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2013 CTL Fall Teaching Expo
All faculty are invited to attend the 2013 Fall Teaching Expo, August 19th to 30th. There are a variety of sessions being offered for new and experienced faculty.


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.

Course (Re) Design, Please contact
Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Teaching Large Classes, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Problem Based Learning,
Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Team Based Learning, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Adjunct/Sessional, Please contact
Bill Latta
to join this on-line CofP

Teaching First Years, Please contact
Peter Arthur to join this CofP

Instructional Writing, Please contact
Jordan Stouck to join this CofP

Critical Thinking,
Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

e-Learning, Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

Clickers, Please contact
Vania Chan
to join this CofP

Resource of the Month

Kaltura This new service will be available prior to the start of the fall 2013 semester and will be closed integrated into the Connect environment to allow media content such as videos and mp3 files to be easily associated with courses as well as student assignments. For more information please contact Bruce Young at 250-807-9027.

Scholarly Teaching
Each month we will post a journal article about research into teaching and learning. Please take time to read and reflect on the readings as they may impact your teaching and learning situation. We will be hosting a discussion board through a connect shell where you can add your comments and also suggest other articles of interest. If you wish to be added to this Blackboard Connect shell please email Heather Hurren at the Centre with your CWL ID.

August Article......
Learning Equity Between Online and On-site Mathematics Courses

August Instructional Strategy......
First Turn/Last Turn

Faculty Blackboard Connect and Copyright Drop-In
Tuesday's, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, SCI 200, Starting September 10th
Wednesday's, 1pm - 3pm, SCI 200, Starting September 4th

Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Wednesday's, 3pm - 4pm, SCI 200, Starting September 11th

Extra Faculty Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Thursday, Aug. 29th, 1pm - 4pm, SCI 126
Friday, Aug. 30th, 9am - 12pm, SCI 126

Teaching That Takes Advantage of Your Science Expertise
Tuesday, Aug 27th, 1pm - 2pm, SCI 331
Guests: Warren Code & Brett Gilley with the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative. The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative is in its 6th year aimed at improving undergraduate science education by incorporating research-based teaching practices that take better advantage of the instructor’s expertise in their discipline.  Some key principles involved in learning will be presented and how they have been applied thus far. Join our colleagues from UBC-V in discussing teaching and learning! Read More

Coming on September....
6th - Teaching Portfolios
10th - Kaltura

13th - Advance PowerPoint
15th - 3M Teaching Award Presentation
16th - Teaching Squares
17th - MidPoint Feedback
24th - D.A.T.E. with Dr. Yannacopoulos
24th - Creating Video Supports for Flipped & Flexible Classrooms
27th - IPeer

September 13th Proposal Deadline
2013 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning - Call for Proposals..... Read More

CTL Team
Peter Arthur, PhD, Director

Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Tricia Lalli, B.A
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

Lynne McPherson, P.Dc
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
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Twitter.com @UBCOCTL
CTL Blog or http://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoc1

August 2013

It's time for the CTL 2013 Fall Teaching Expo
August 19th to 30th workshop schedule... Read More

Monday, August 19th
Blackboard Connect Boot Camp
Tuesday,, August 20th
Blackboard Connect Boot Camp
Wednesday, August 21st
Blackboard Connect Boot Camp
Assessing Team Work
Peer Review
Thursday, August 22nd
Academic Integrity
Teaching Large Classes
Using Feedback to Inform Your Teaching
Friday, August 23rd
Innovations in Teaching & Learning research Grant Information
Enhancing Student Learning with Open Educational Resources
Monday, August 26th
New Faculty Technology Orientation
Instructional Foundation Toolkit
First Class Success
Tuesday, August 27th
Introduction to Clickers
Teaching That Takes Advantage of Your Science Expertise
Wednesday, August 28th
Flexing for Learning
Friday, August 30th
Instructional Strategy Buffet

Classroom Technology Orientations (2013 Fall Expo)
Familiarize yourself early on how to use the enhanced audiovisual equipment in your Fall classroom. Use of the Smart Podium located in various rooms will also be discussed. Please remember to bring along your laptop in order to test your computer with the technology available in your classroom.
If you teach this fall in classroom....
ART 366, 376, 386 meet on Friday, August 16th, in ART 366 at 9am

FIPKE 204 meet on Friday, August 16th, in FIPKE 204 at 11am
ASC 130 or 140 meet on Monday, August 19th, in ASC 130 at 9am
LIB 312 meet on Monday, August 19th, in LIB 312 at 11am
EME 0050 meet on Tuesday, August 20th, in EME 0050 at 9am
SCI 337 meet on Tuesday, August 20th, in SCI 337 at 11am

Blackboard Connect Boot Camp! (2013 Fall Expo)
The three day sessions will focus on specific topics or aspects of the UBC learning management system. If you are new to the Blackboard Connect environment or are interested in preparing your online course materials for the start of the Fall semester, hone your Connect skills by attending one or all of the sessions listed below.

#1 - Introduction and Overview of Connect
Monday, August 19th, 9:00am - 11:00am, SCI 126
Is Blackboard new to you? – Well, in this session you will work through the introduction; learn tips and practice tricks needed to navigate through Blackboard Connect. Get the basics of creating content and using it’s communication tools. Register

#2 - Creating and Adding Content to Your Course
Monday, August 19th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, SCI 126
Ready, set, go! Now take this in depth look at creating and adding content. Examine best practice for presenting, organizing and navigating web-based course content and files. Learn why for more than one course, consistency in design of course pages makes navigation easier for students and increases efficiency for you. Register

#3 - Assignment and Assessments
Tuesday, August 20th, 9:30am - 11:00m, SCI 126
Explore how the electronic assignment and the assessment (quiz) tools in Connect may be used to evaluate and assess student learning. Register

#4 - Blogs, Wikis, Journals and Discussion Boards
Tuesday, August 20th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, SCI 126
Connect uses a variety of tools that facilitate communication between faculty and students, including email, messaging, discussion groups, blogs and wikis. This is a hands-on opportunity to explore these tools. Register

#5 - Grade Centre
Wednesday, August 21st, 9:30am - 11:00am, SCI 126
Focus on simplifying the course grade centre. Bring along your course syllabus to complete the course grade centre during this session and be prepared to review • Recommendations for the initial setup of a course grade centre • types of grade centre columns • mark entry • organizing, hiding and deleting columns • exporting and importing grade centre information • using smart views • marking assignments submitted in Connect. Register

#6 - Drop-in
Wednesday, August 21st,1:00pm - 2:30pm, SCI 126
This drop-in in session is open to anyone who would like help with the setup and activation of their Connect courses.

Modernization of the Canadian Copyright Act
...the copyright law has changed again!

Thursday, August 8th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, LIB 111
Monday, August 19th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, LIB 111
Tuesday, August 27th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, LIB 111
Facilitated by: Laura Thorne, Learning Services Librarian (Research)

Amendments set out in Bill C-11 the Copyright Modernization Bill are now in effect to update the Canadian Copyright Act. Find out how additional educational exceptions and changes to fair dealing will affect you at UBC. Register

Copyright Assistance and Q & A Drop-In
Wednesday, August 14th, 21st & 28th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, SCI 200
Thursday, August 15th & 22nd, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 200


"UBC-O Teaching Scholars Credentialing Program"
Foundations Credentialing Certification

1. Pedagogical Discussion and Training. Participants will attend the Instructional Skills Seminar.
UBC Okanagan Instructional Skills Seminar (ISS) is a 12 hour program. Each ISS ideally is comprised of 4-6 participants. Participants review basic ideas about teaching and learning and are encouraged to try new instructional strategies within the safe environment of the group. The ISS is a developmental activity and involves peer and self-evaluation.

During the ISS, students have an opportunity to work closely with peers to improve each other’s teaching and practice a variety of instructional techniques. They will practice using learning objectives, plan and conduct short lesson plans, and give and receive constructive feedback.

In the ISS, each participant takes on the roles of both instructor and learner. Each participant prepares and conducts 2 ten minute mini-lessons and when delivering the lesson becomes the instructor. When someone else in the group is the instructor, the other participants are the learners. Immediately following each mini-lesson, learners give the instructor feedback on the effectiveness of the mini-lesson. This feedback takes 2 forms: written feedback (using sheets provided in this resource package) and verbal feedback guided by the facilitator. Mini-lessons are recorded and participants are encouraged to review their recording prior to their next mini-lesson.

Foundations Credentialing Certification
General Workshop Series Schedule
August 21st, 22nd and 23rd Series from 9:00am - 12:00pm
August 31st, September 1st Series from 9:00am - 12:00pm
September 4th, 5th and 6th Series from 9:00am - 12:00pm
September 11th, 12th and 13th Series from 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Foundations Credentialing Certification
(Biology Lab TA's Only) Additional Workshop
September 3rd, between 1:00pm and 3:00pm in LIB 317

Foundations Credentialing Certification
(Earth Sciences TA's Only) Workshop Series Schedule
September 4th, 5th and 6th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm in SCI 331

2. Participants will attend three CTL approved teaching workshops and prepare a critical reflection of their relevance.
The workshops may be chosen from the following:
Active Learning, Marking for PSYCHOLOGY Mid-terms, Marking Mid-terms, Helping Students Learn, Giving Students Feedback, Teaching with Technology, or Course Design, all offered between September 25th to November 27th.

Please have your TA's Register

Tech Tips

Since the end of classes in April,
CTL staff have been working with individual faculty and departments on various teaching and learning projects: Course Design • Flexible Learning Projects • Flipped Classroom Projects • Preparing for fall implementation of Team-Based Learning • Clickers • Syllabus Creation • Teaching Portfolio preparation • Blackboard Connect assistance • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Projects....Please make an appointment with one of your CTL experts to assist you with your fall start-up preparations.