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teaching and Learning in action


resource of the month

McKeachie’s Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers
Available in the campus Library LB2331.M394 (2014) or to purchase through Amazon Click Here

scholarly teaching

Scholarly Article:
Conceptualizing plagiarism: using Lego to construct students’ understanding of authorship and citation

Coming In September

Orientation to Teaching
Teaching Large Classes
Teaching Portfolios
Academic Integrity and Working with Turnitin
Reflective Practice
Online Course Design
Assessing Student Learning
SoTL Information Session
Teaching Squares

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.

CofP Info Sessions:

Large Classes
Sept 14, 2:30-3:30pm

Team Based Learning
Sept 19, 2:30-3:30pm

Experiential Learning
Sept 22, 2:30-3:30pm

Adjunct / Sessional
Bill Latta

Teaching Online
Janine Hirtz and Michelle Lamberson

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz

Janine Hirtz

Vania Chan

ctl tEAM

Peter Newbury, PhD
Director, Senior Advisor Learning Initiatives

Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Tricia Lalli
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, M.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Brian Powell, M.A. (Applied Linguistics)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

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

Twitter @UBCOCTL

CTL Blog


CTL Teaching Expo Aug 15th to Sept 2nd

Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessments for Your Course
Thu Aug 18, 9:30-10:30am
Mon Aug 29, 2:30-3:30pm

Review learning outcomes and align student assessment

Getting Started With Connect
Mon Aug 22, 10-11:30am
Tue Aug 30, 1-2pm

Create a course site for your students and post in Connect

Managing Your Connect Content
Mon Aug 22, 1-2pm
Save time uploading, replacing, copying and sharing files

Communication in Connect
Tue Aug 23, 10-11:30am
Take a closer look at the tools available in Connect

Multimedia Using Kaltura
Tue Aug 23, 1-2pm
Kaltura has new features!

Assessing Students Using Connect Assessment Tools
Wed Aug 24, 10-11:30am
Set up and score assignment submissions using a rubric

Working with Groups in Connect
Wed Aug, 24, 1-2:30pm
Create & manage groups and facilitate student collaboration

Classroom Technology
Wed Aug 24, 2:30-3:30pm
Mon Aug 29, 2:30-3:30pm

General overview of technologies large/small lectures

Setting up Your Grade Centre
Thu Aug 25, 10-11:30am
Set up the Grade Centre in Connect courses

Teaching Portfolios
Thu Aug 25, 10:30-11:30am
Review contents and purpose

Copyright Alerts
Thu Aug 25, 1-2pm
Wed Aug 31, 2:30-3:30pm

Copyright Alerts Module within Connect

Connect Added-On Tools
Mon Aug 29, 10:30-11:30am
Control Panel, Customization and Tool Availability

Introduction to Clickers
Mon Aug 29, 1-2pm
Demonstration of the clicker system

Tue Aug 30, 1-2:30pm
Explore academic integrity & how Turnitin can be used

First Class Success & Syllabus Design
Tue Aug 30, 2:30-3:30pm
Strategies when meeting students & review syllabus template

Tech Orientation
Wed Aug 31, 9:30-11am
Accessing UBC technology when on/off campus

Teaching Large Classes
Thu Sept 1, 1-2pm
Best practice with large student numbers

Register Now


Peer Mentorship Program for Students

All new-to-UBC students are paired to an upper-year student in the same academic program known as their Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors are UBC Okanagan campus experts and current successful students. Thus, they are eager to answer questions, guide students in navigating different campus resources, and encourage them to participate in engagement opportunities.

As a faculty member, we encourage you to refer a new student to their Peer Mentor should they: struggle understanding academic expectations, express need for help either personally, socially, or academically, demonstrate or share difficulties adjusting to university, or indicate the wish to get involved outside the classroom.

Faculty members are invited to contact their faculty Peer Mentors should they need support on events, initiatives, promotion and dissemination of information, or to build peer-to-peer feedback on annual projects or class milestones for students.

For more information, please visit our website students.ok.ubc.ca/peermentor or email laura.pradasilva@ubc.ca  

Heads Up to Your Teaching Assistants

TA Credentialing Certification Workshop Series, dates and times, all taking place in SCI 331! Your TA should Register Here as soon as possible - space is limited and spots fill up very quickly.

Tuesday, Sept 6th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 7th 9am-12pm
Thursday, Sept 8th 9am-12pm

Tuesday, Sept 6th 1pm-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 7th 1pm-12pm
Thursday, Sept 8th 1pm-12pm

Monday, Sept 12th 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Sept 13th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 14th 9am-12pm

Monday, Sept 12th 2pm-5pm
Tuesday, Sept 13th 2pm-5pm
Wednesday, Sept 14th 2pm-5pm

Monday, Sept 19th 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Sept 20th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Sept 21st 9am-12pm

Centre for Teaching and Learning
SCI 200 - 1177 Research Road
Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada
Tel: (250) 807-9293