teaching in actin

Teaching and Learning takes many forms, Merry Christmas from Peter, Vania, John, Heather, Janine, Bruce, Tricia & Lynne


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, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Wed. Feb. 6th, 10:30am SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Fri. Feb. 8th, 10:30am SCI 331

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

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

Adjunct/Sessional, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this on-line CofP

Teaching First Years, Please contact
Peter Arthur 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

Instructional Writing, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Twelve Weeks to a Journal Article, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Joining the Scholarly Conversation, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Resource of the Month

Make Your Course Available to Your Students at:
Make Your Course Available

Contact Us

Peter Arthur, PhD, Director

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

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

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

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

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

Connect (Blackboard)
This link provides access to Faculty Resources and to the wiki Documentation for Connect (Powered by Blackboard).  We are also continuously updating our Video and Print Resources and tutorials.
Please feel free to send us your suggestions for items you are having any challenges with so we can create resources for you.

We want to hear from you!  Please send us your feedback, comments and suggestions to elearning.ubco@ubc.ca

Connect Support for Students
Do your students need help getting course materials from Connect?  Support will be available in the Library Learning Commons every day throughout the December exam period.  Students can also call 250-807-9611 (Mon-Thurs 8 am – 9 pm and Fri 8 am – 4 pm) or check out the online resources at connect.ubc.ca.





December 2012

Modernization of the Canadian Copyright Act
Tuesday, December 4, 10:00am - 11:00am, Room LIB 305
Facilitators: Barbara Sobol and Sherri Savage
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 in delivering course material.
More Information

Blackboard Courses in Connect for Term 2
Attention Instructors using Blackboard Connect for
Winter Term 2 courses starting in January!

The Centre would like to advise you that all of your January courses have been created and are now available to you as an instructor for creating and uploading content.

Starting December 7th you will be able to make your own courses available to your students as well as change the course available start date if needed.

Please follow the steps provided in this link to make your courses available to your students for the first day of classes – January 2, 2013.  (This can be done at any time, but must be done for each course separately). Make Your Course Available or enter: http://01.cms.ubc.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?vid=44730 

Please follow the steps provided in the Change Course Start Date link ONLY if you would like to change the course available start date in cases where you need to make the course(s) available to your students prior to first day of classes. Change Course Start Date  
or enter: http://01.cms.ubc.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?vid=44736

If you would like assistance with making your course available or changing start dates, please contact us at elearning.ubco@ubc.ca  
or complete the course set-up form.

Please also complete the course set up form if you need any of the following services:
- content imported from WebCT Vista into Blackboard Connect Courses
- TAs access to course(s)
- secondary instructors access to course(s) 
Course Set-up Form

Some of you may require training or a refresher on how to make courses available, upload content or use the Blackboard system in general.  For a complete listing of available workshops, drop in times and online resources, or a consultation with one of our eLearning instructional support specialists, please visit our eLearning website,
Blackboard Connect or enter:

Please Note: The CTL will be hosting a full day drop in for your convenience, Monday, December 3rd, 8:00am – 4:00pm SCI 126

Need to Submit Your End of Term Student Grades?
In addition to our regular drop in times, we have scheduled additional sessions to provide assistance with setting up your Grade Center in BlackBoard Connect, calculating final grades and uploading student final grades to FSC (Faculty Service Centre).  Please bring your laptop if you have one.

Grade Centre Drop-In times for December - SCI 200
Tuesday, Dec. 4th, 11th, 18th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday, Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Friday, Dec. 7th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Thursday, Dec. 13th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Monday, Dec. 17th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Blackboard Connect ALL DAY Drop-In
Monday, December 3rd, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Room SCI 126
The CTL will be hosting a special drop-in day for BlackBoard Connect. E-Learning support specialists will be available to assist with questions ranging from wrapping up your course to getting ready for next term. There will be short 15-minute presentations at the top of each hour and lots of time for personalized help. Schedule below:

8:00am - 8:15am - Getting Started with Connect
9:00am - 9:15am - Creating Content in Connect
10:00am - 10:15am - Communication Tools
11:00am - 11:15am - Setting Up the Assignment Dropbox
1:00pm - 1:15pm - Gradebook Basics
2:00pm - 2:15pm - Gradebook Basics
3:00pm - 3:15pm - Gradebook Basics

Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Every Tuesday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Room SCI 200
Every Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Room SCI 200

CTL Survey - Thanks for your participation!
Thanks to all of you who gave us feedback on current programming and ideas for the future. Your input has helped immensely and we will implement some new workshops and revise some offerings accordingly. Look for new offerings next term!
TELL Your Teaching Assistant.....

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.
Please Register for the December 10th, 11th, and 13th Series

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, coming between January and March 2013:
Teaching with Technology, Active Learning, Helping Students Learn, Ethics, and Giving Students Feedback.

Tech Tips

Blackboard Grade Centre Tip
If you are using the Grade Centre in BlackBoard Connect to calculate a final mark, make sure that a mark is entered in each cell for each active student in your class.  If the student missed an assignment without your permission, enter a zero.  This will ensure your calculated marks are accurate.