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CTL 2012 Fall Teaching Expo
August - September
There are a variety of workshops and sessions available for new and experienced faculty, here's just a few; FISS, Teaching Dossier, Teaching Large Classes, Strategies Swap and many more. Further Details.


Communities of Practice

The Centre 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/attending in the winter term.

Problem Based Learning, Heather Hurren
Course (Re) Design, Heather Hurren
Team Based Learning, Heather Hurren
Critical Thinking, Janine Hirtz
e-Learning, Janine Hirtz
Clickers, Vania Chan
Instructional Writing, Carolyn Labun
Teaching First Years, Peter Arthur
Adjunct/Sessional Faculty Community,

Heather Hurren
Teaching & Learning in Large Classes, Heather Hurren

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Need to put materials on Reserve?
Connect with your Library!

For September 2012, the Library will provide a new way to place your course materials on reserve.  Simply log in to Connect and use the Library Course Reserve link provided. 

This will allow you to manage not only print reserve material, but also provide links to online readings and other formats such as streaming audio and video.


  • Attend our workshop August 16 (future workshop dates to be announced)
  • Come to a drop in session in the CTL office on Wednesday afternoons between 1-3 pm
  • Contact your subject librarian or Sherri Savage or phone (250)-807-8410

An updated online guide to the new system will be announced and available soon.

Connect (Blackboard online learning management replaces WebCT Vista)
All courses at UBC Okanagan have been created and may be made available to students online in Connect upon instructor request for the first day of classes or another specified date. Instructors and students need to use their CWL ID to login. If you would like to request course availability, change the start date or have previously taught content from WebCT Vista imported into this new environment, please fill out the course Setup Form.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering a variety of workshops and training sessions to help you to set up and use Connect.  For a complete listing of workshops you can register to attend, please visit CTL Faculty Events or for online resources, documentation and video tutorials visit CTL Instructor Resources.

This change from WebCT Vista to Connect will be advertised to students through posters, bookmarks, the Learning Commons in the library and our websites.  You may need to let returning students know that you will be using Connect as many of them will be accustomed to accessing courses through WebCT Vista (which continues to be available for some students at UBC Vancouver campus). 

All information, support options and resources will be updated regularly on our CTL Blackboard website. Please direct any questions or concerns to e-learning UBCO.


August 2012

CTL Fall Teaching Expo - 2012 Workshop Schedule

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 13th, 14th. 15th
Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar - see details below

Wednesday, August 15th
Working with Migrated Content in Blackboard Connect
Communicating in Blackboard Connect
Blackboard Connect Grade Center
Classroom Technology Orientation - for EME 050

Thursday, August 16th
Creating and Adding Course Content in Blackboard Connect
Groups and Collaboration Tools
ARES Course Reserves

Friday, August 17th
Teaching Dossier

Monday, August 20th
Leveraging Open Education Resources
Integrating Metacognitive Strategies Into Instruction
Teaching First Year Students

Tuesday, August 21st
Working with Migrated Content in Blackboard Connect
Assessments in Blackboard Connect
PowerPoint Basics / Pedagogy
Advanced PowerPoint Presentations

Wednesday, August 22nd
Teaching Large Classes
Assessment for Learning

Thursday, August 23rd
Strategy Swap
Classroom Technology Orientation - for SCI 333 and 337

Friday, August 24th
Communicating in Blackboard Connect
Classroom Technology Orientation - for ART 366, 376 and 386
Blackboard Connect Grade Center
Creating and Adding Course Content in Blackboard Connect

Monday, August 27th
Creating and Adding Course Content in Blackboard Connect
Classroom Technology Orientation - for ASC 130 and 140
Assessments in Blackboard Connect
FLIP Classroom - What is it?

Tuesday, August 28th
Working with Migrated Content in Blackboard Connect
Communicating in Blackboard Connect
Instructional Foundations Toolkit
New Faculty Technological Orientation
Blackboard Connect Grade Center
First Class Success
Teaching Dossier

Wednesday, August 29th
Classroom Technology Orientation - for FIPKE 204

Thursday, August 30th
Classroom Technology Orientation - for LIB 306, 312 and 317
CTL Open House

Friday, August 31st
What’s In The Library For You?

For further information or to register for any or all of these exciting 2012 Teaching Expo workshops click on: Register Now

Faculty Instructional Skills Seminars
August 13th, 14th and 15th from 9:00am - 12:00pm, LIB 305
This workshop is designed to enhance new and veteran teacher’s learning environment facilitation skills. The 3 day experience will involve participants learning and applying instructional design in the creation of mini-lessons that will be taught to the group. Feedback will be provided and will be incorporated in further mini-lessons and peer evaluations.
In the workshop you will:
• write learning outcomes
• use common instructional techniques
• use common instructional resources
• evaluate learning
• develop lesson plans
• give and receive objective, constructive feedback
•  increase your competence and confidence as an instructor, regardless of the skill and experience level you come in with!
Further Details

Blackboard Connect Workshops
Please note: seating is limited to 15 faculty members per workshop - register asap to reserve your spot! Bring your laptop if you have one.
Please Register
Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Every Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Room SCI 200

Blackboard Connect Extended Hours of Support
As part of our commitment to help faculty with the transition to Connect, eLearning specialist support hours will be extended during critical times.  Starting August 1st until September 14th, emails sent to elearning.ubco@ubc.ca will be a top priority and faculty can expect a response within a few hours of submitting a question or query.

In addition an eLearning specialist will be available for your Connect (online course management) and other eLearning technology related support needs in SCI 200 on Labour Day, Monday, September 3rd, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.

A CTL support specialist will also be in SCI 200 during the first week of classes. Hours are as follows:
Tuesday, September 4th, 8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 5th,
8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 6th,
8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, September 7th,
8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Copyright Drop-In
Every Wednesday in August, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Room SCI 200
Thursday, August 16th and 23rd, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room SCI 200

Copyright Workshops
Thursday, August 16th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Room LIB 304
Thursday, August 30th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room ART 104
These sessions will provide participants with practical solutions for delivering course materials in class and online in Connect / BlackBoard while adhering to legal obligations. A brief overview of the current copyright landscape will include a discussion of Canadian Copyright Law, Access Copyright and library license agreements. This will be followed by step-by-step instructions for various options for delivering course materials.
Please Register

Heads Up to your Teaching Assistants for 2012.....

Teaching Scholars Credentialing Program -
Instructional Skills Seminar (ISS) Foundations Certificate - Next series dates...

Register Now
for August!

August 29th, 30th and 31st, 9:00am - 12:00pm, Room ART 203
ISS Foundations Certificate: Recognizes your TA's successful participation in the Instructional Skills Seminars, microteaching, supplementary workshops, and reflection upon these experiences.

In this workshop series your TA will:
- write learning outcomes
- use common instructional techniques
- use common instructional resources
- evaluate learning
- develop lesson plans
- give and receive objective, constructive feedback
- increase their competence and confidence as an instructor, regardless of the skill and experience level they come in with!
August Series Registration

For September series dates and registration link please click on
Further Details

in review

This summer is proving to be a busy one....

Some of the CTL team were able to attend and present at a variety of conferences across the country in June. 

We are wrapping up research projects and pilot projects and have recharged our batteries in an effort to better serve faculty this fall with new teaching strategies, workshops and the integration of collaborative technologies to enhance student learning at UBC Okanagan!