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teaching and Learning in action

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communities of practice

The UBC Okanagan, Centre for Teaching and Learning, operates a number of Communities of Practice from September to March. All faculty are welcome to join. Please contact the appropriate person if you are interested in joining or attending.


Adjunct / Sessional Community
Bill Latta

Clickers

Vania Chan

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz

e-Learning
Janine Hirtz

Instructional Writing
Jordan Stouck

Instructor Community
Peter Arthur

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren
Next Mtg: October 8th
9:30am-10:30am
SCI 331

resource of the month
monthly scholarly Article

Each month we will post a journal article about research into teaching and learning. Please take time to read and reflect on the articles as they may impact your teaching and learning situation.

A Practical Approach for Converting Group Assignments into Team Projects

Blackboard connect and copyright drop-in

Tuesdays:
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Location: SCI 200

COMING IN November

November 6th Connect Course Design Strategies

November 17th Feedback

November 18th University Teaching Modules: Course Design Part 3 - Assessment of Student Learning

November 20th University Teaching Modules: Course Design Part 4 - Teaching and Learning Activities

November 26th Assessing Team Work

PARTNER / EXTERNAL EVENTS

2014 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Registrations Now Open'Collaborative Conversations'
November 6-8, 2014
Banff Alberta

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CTL Team

Peter Arthur, PhD
Director

Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Coleen Stothers
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator

John Parry, M.Ed
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programming

Janine Hirtz, M.A.(Education)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Vania Chan, B.Sc., M.A. (Candidate)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Bruce Young, M.HK, B.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Bill Latta, B.A., B.Ed, M.Ed
Learning Instructional Support Specialist


Twitter @UBCOCTL

CTL Blog
blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoctl


2014 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Registration Now Open

'Collaborative Conversations'
November 6-8, 2014
Banff Alberta

Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University is pleased to announce its fifth annual Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

This gathering of teacher/scholars is a practitioner’s conference dedicated to developing teaching and learning research, sharing initial findings, going public with results of completed projects, and building an extended scholarly community.

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D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence)


Wednesday, October 15th
12:00pm - 12:50pm
Location: SCI 331

Guest Speaker: ???

The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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Open Classroom Week


October 20th - 24th
8:00am - 10:00pm each day
UBC Okanagan Campus

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is seeking faculty to volunteer their classrooms for the Open Classroom Week. The concept of the Open Classroom will allow faculty members to observe their colleagues teaching to gain insights into teaching and learning processes. Volunteers would be expected to teach their regularly scheduled class, but be open to having other faculty observe the teaching and learning process that day. Whether you are teaching traditionally, using flexible learning strategies, or trying some new techniques, this would be your opportunity to showcase your skills. Faculty are interested in observing how their colleagues use clickers, begin class, end class, use interactivity for student engagement, etc. If you are willing to open your classroom to other faculty please fill out the following form so that we can put together a schedule of Open Classes. Please register with this form prior to October 10, 2014 so that we can advertise the schedule. Thanks

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Monthly RISe Drop-In Sessions Now Available


Looking for assistance with your RISe ethics application? Need help navigating in RISe?

The Office of Research Services will be offering monthly RISe drop-in sessions beginning September 25th.

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OCTOBER WORKSHOPS


Connecting Assessment to Learning Outcomes

Wednesday, October 1st
9:30am - 10:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

This workshop will examine what student learning outcomes are achieved by our current assessment methods. The goal will be to align the outcomes with the assessment pieces planned.

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Online Course Design

October 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
(Workshop consists of 4 weekly online sessions)

This is a 4-week, hands-on workshop intended for faculty wanting to either get started with, or enhance their online teaching. This workshop is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn practical skills and knowledge in both developing and teaching an online course. This workshop is conducted entirely online using a variety of technologies and strategies to facilitate participant learning through interactions, content delivery, and assignments. Participants will work through the sessions as a cohort interacting with each other and the facilitators. Completion of this online workshop will help participants understand the dynamics of online courses from a student perspective.

Participants will work individually and in small groups, spending the majority of the time working asynchronously with some scheduled live synchronous events.

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Video Creation with Mobile Devices: Students as Content Creators

Thursday, October 2nd
10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young
Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Pre-requisites: Laptop, and an understanding of the Connect video tools. Participants are encouraged to bring their cell phone or tablet and associated cables that allow them to download video content.

This workshop will explore use of the video cameras available in today’s tablets, cell phones and laptops and how they can be used to support teaching and learning. Participants will create a 60 second video with a mobile device and then upload it into Connect. The video editing tool available in Connect will be introduced. The session will conclude with a discussion regarding how student created videos can be used as part of the assignment process as well as in student blogs, wikis and online discussions.

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Effective Use of Group Work With Connect

Tuesday, October 7th
10:30am - 11:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young
Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Pre-requisites: None

Students can be placed in Connect groups to allow them to work together on projects and other class assignments. Creating groups in Connect gives each group a private workspace where the members can email, exchange files and participate in a group discussion board.

Splitting students off into groups is helpful in large as well as small enrollment classes as a group allows for project collaboration, study and help sessions or to create peer review opportunities. Groups can also have access to private discussion boards, blogs, wikis, journals and other collaborative tools.

This session will focus on the group setup process as well as strategies and tools to increase student interaction and involvement.

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University Teaching Modules: Learning Outcomes Part 2 - Creating Learning Outcomes

Tuesday, October 7th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

Participants will develop learning outcomes for their courses, based on interdisciplinary feedback and disciplinary expectations.

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Communicating Your Assessment Plans

Friday, October 10th
10:30am - 11:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

Look at various communication avenues used to inform students about assessment practices. The goal is for transparency and consistency in communicating expectations.

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University Teaching Modules: Learning Outcomes Part 3 - Communicating & Measuring Learning Outcomes

Tuesday, October 14th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leaders: Heather Hurren

Participants will examine communication strategies and assessment strategies for the learning outcomes of their courses.

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Introduction to Camtasia

Friday, October 17th
10:30am - 12:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young
Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Pre-requisites:
Laptop with Camtasia installed.

This session will provide an overview of the screen recording capabilities of Camtasia. Participants will record, edit and share demonstrations and presentations using Camtasia Studio 8. This program allows you to record anything you see on your computer screen, edit into a professional screencast that can be shared instantly.

Prior to the workshop, please ensure that a ticket has been submitted to have IT services install Camtasia on your computer or download and install a trial version from TechSmith. http://www.techsmith.com/download/camtasia/

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Using Rubrics

Monday, October 27th
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

Examine best practices when utilizing rubrics as part of your student assessment package.

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University Teaching Modules: Course Design Part 1 - Context and Content of the Course

Tuesday, October 28th
9:30am - 11:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

Participants will begin the process of course (re)design by examining contextual factors affecting the delivery of the course as well as take a critical look at content expected in the course.

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Working with Video in Connect

Tuesday, October 28th
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young
Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Pre-requisites:
None

The use of video as an instructional and assessment tool is becoming prevalent in higher education. In order to meet this demand, UBC has implemented a video streaming service called Kaltura that is integrated into our Connect learning management system. This feature in Connect will provide both faculty and students the ability to upload locally created video. Students can also upload video from a range of sources including cell phones and tablets as part of an assignment, class discussion, blog, journal or wiki.

This workshop will provide an overview of Kaltura and how it is integrated into Connect. A hands-on opportunity will be provided to allow attendees an opportunity to upload video into Connect. An overview of possible uses of this new tool will also be provided.

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University Teaching Modules: Course Design Part 2 - Course Learning Outcomes

Thursday, October 30th
9:30am - 11:30am
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

Participants will examine and create learning outcomes for the course being designed.

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Please Encourage Your TA to Participate in the Following Program

The Practical Experience Credential

  • Participants must complete at least two semesters as a teaching assistant or equivalent.
  • Participants must have two full teaching sessions observed and reviewed with a member of the CTL staff. They must also receive an endorsement from their supervisor.
  • Participants must provide evidence of peer feedback or student evaluations.
  • Participants may undertake appropriate study and practice within their area of expertise; as designed by their parent faculty.

In order to register for this program those interested should contact:

John Parry, Coordinator
Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programme
The University of British Columbia
SCI 259 3333 University Way
Kelowna, BC Canada V1V 1V7
Blog - http://parryed.wordpress.com/
john.parry@ubc.ca | phone 250 807 8657

Register Individually with John Parry


TELL YOUR TA ...... What's coming up in October!

Marking for Psychology TAs

Wednesday, October 1st
3:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

Are you ready to mark the midterms. Some important considerations and tips for marking.

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TA Credentialing - Critical Studies ONLY

Monday, October 6th
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: ART 365
Session Leader: John Parry

Class on grading/formative feedback and assisting students during office hours/handling questions or challenges.

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TA Credentialing (Foundations)

Oct 14th, 15th, 21st
4:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

The Foundations Credentialing program develops the skills of UBC Okanagan Teaching Assistants so that they can begin their teaching careers as TA’s using well known and tested effective teaching strategies.

Why Earn the Credential?
Time spent refining one’s reflective teaching practice makes one more confident and skilled as a teacher and is valuable preparation for an academic career.
For graduate students and teaching assistants the UBC Okanagan Credential is a demonstration of their tangible commitment to teaching. This can be of great benefit in today's increasingly competitive academic job market, where colleges and universities routinely ask applicants to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Participants take part in an instructional skills seminar followed by attendance at three of the following workshops:
Active Learning,
Giving feedback,
Course design,
Teaching with Technology,
Marking Strategies,
Critical Incidents.

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Marking Mid-Terms

Thursday, October 16th
3:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

Are you ready to mark the midterms. Some important considerations and tips for marking.

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Giving Student Feedback

Monday, October 20th
3:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: SCI 331
Lead by experienced TA’s

How can you use the goals and objectives of the course to provide useful written feedback to students? This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the elements of constructive feedback as well as what data should inform it.

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Teaching with Technology

Tuesday, October 28th
3:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: Bruce Young

An exploration of the current technology that may be used in university teaching. This course will be designed based upon the needs of the enrolled group but will also cover new technology used.

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Have a Suggestion for Connect Improvements or Enhancements? UBC wants to hear from you!

Submit your ideas here


TECH TIPS


5 Technology Trends Poised to Rock Higher Education

Trends like “devices,” “MOOCs,” and “Twitter,” are making the rounds in higher education, but what do these trends means for admin and students, and how are they affecting classroom practice and IT capabilities?

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Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada
Tel: (250) 807-9293