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teaching and Learning in action


resource of the month
Coming August:
Teaching EXpo
Aug 15 - Sept 2

Here's a sample of the CTL Expo Workshops!

Wellness Charter

First Class Success & Syllabus Design

Large Class Strategies

Multimedia Using Kaltura

Fluid Surveys


Assessing Students Using Connect Assessment Tools

Classroom Technology

Copyright Alerts

Introduction to Clickers

Connect Added-On Tools

Managing Your Content in Connect

Getting Started With Connect

Communication in Connect

Working With Groups in Connect

Setting Up Your Grade Centre


The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University invites you to the 7th Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning being held in Banff, Alberta on November 10th to 12th, 2016
More information

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

Bill Latta

Experiential Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren

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
(Starting July 15th)

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

register Welcome!

Dr. Peter Newbury

Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning and Senior Advisor, Learning Initiatives

We look forward to the mid-July arrival of Dr. Peter Newbury, who joins us as the Director, Centre for Teaching & Learning and the Senior Advisor, Learning Initiatives. Please feel free to drop by SCI 200 to welcome Peter aboard and visit the entire CTL Team in September at the Open House! 
Dr. Newbury was the Associate Director, Center for Engaged Teaching within the Teaching & Learning Commons, University of California San Diego, where he worked with faculty, post-docs and graduate students to advance their understanding of teaching and learning in higher education and to help them adopt evidence-based instructional practices in their classes. he was a science education specialist with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC’s Vancouver campus. Prior to that, he taught college- and university-level math and astronomy.
Dr. Newbury received his PhD and MSc in Applied Mathematics (Astronomy) from the University of British Columbia and his BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Astronomy from the University of Manitoba. 
You can read about Dr. Newbury’s thoughts and experiences in higher education on his blog, Science Edventures and follow him on Twitter at @polarisdotca

Teaching Portfolios

Wed, July 6, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren

Participants will review over contents and purpose of the teaching portfolio.
Register Now

Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessments for Your Course

Tues, July 12, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren

Participants will review learning outcomes for their courses and align the student assessment pieces accordingly.
Register Now

Share your expertise: offer a workshop at the CTL August Teaching Expo

If you're interest in offering a workshop between August 15th and September 2nd at the CTL August Teaching Expo, please contact Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development

New in August! Course Design Seminar: Focus on Flexible Learning

Participants will experience 3 days of course design focused on the use of flexible learning strategies.
Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course with the design process that we will facilitate/provide. The seminar requires a 3-day commitment with whole group instructional sessions followed by small group/team planning sessions, working on a different course aspect each day covering content, learning outcomes, instructional strategies and assessment processes. Individual faculty or course teams may be interested in this opportunity to design a new course or revitalize an existing one. Read More

Space is limited so please fill out the online application by July 29th.

Contact: Heather Hurren for more information.

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.

Monday, Aug 22nd 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Aug 23th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Aug 24th 9am-12pm

Monday, Aug 29th 9am-12pm
Tuesday, Aug 30th 9am-12pm
Wednesday, Aug 31st 9am-12pm

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

Winter Term 1 and 2

If you need to have your course sections and/or cross-listed course sections merged or if you require lab, practicum or tutorial sections please request this on the course set up form

If you are new to Connect, or need to refresh your memory about this template, please see the linked guide, "Your Connect Course Checklist" (PDF). This guide contains a checklist to ensure your course is ready to go, including how to copy course content, make your course available and obtain help. 

Instructor and TA access are provided through your department administration personnel.

Many workshops for using Connect and other teaching and learning workshops including Copyright information sessions will be offered during our August Teaching Expo. Please watch your email and our newsletter for these upcoming events!

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