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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 and Learning in Large Classes,
Heather Hurren

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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
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator

John Parry, M.Ed
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programming

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CTL Drop-In Sessions!

WebCT Vista Wednesday
April 4, 11,18 and 25, 1pm-3pm SCI 200

Thurs, Apr 12, 19 and 26. 1pm-2:30pm

Every Wednesday from 1pm-3pm SCI 200

Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades

Tues, Apr 10, 17, 24, 2:30pm-4pm
Wed, Apr 11, 18, 25, 1pm-3pm
All sessions are in SCI 200, Please bring your laptop.

These sessions are designed for instructors or TAs who use WebCT Vista Gradebook and require assistance with calculating final grade formulas. These grades may then be exported in a format that you can upload to FSC. Exporting and importing grades requires that you be somewhat proficient with Microsoft Excel.

(Please note that you do not need to import grades to FSC, this process can be easily done manually especially for smaller sized classes.)


To obtain a copyright compliance audit of your course materials please contact Sherri Savage at sherri.savage@ubc.ca or at 807-8410. This service is provided to faculty members who wish to use it in order to ensure their compliance with Canadian law.

Copyright workshops for summer courses:
Friday, May 4, 10:30am-11:30am, LIB111
Thurs, June 28, 10:30am-11:30am, LIB111

Copyright Drop-In
Every Wednesday from 1pm-3pm SCI 200

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a member of the eLearning team:  Janine.hirtz@ubc.ca 250-807-9133 or Vania.chan@ubc.ca 250-807-9408.

A Special CTL Thank You to;

The instructors who piloted Blackboard Learn
Jan Cioe, Nina Langton, Yves Lucet, John Burton, Charlene Strumpel and Deb McCullough.
The Teaching Assistants Advisory Committee
Ruby Bahniwal, Kiano Zamani, Luisa Campos, Max Dickerson and Michelle Stanley.
Our Peer Mentors
David Jack, Robert Campbell, Louise Nelson, Donna Senese, Sharon McCoubrey, Wendy Klassen, Carlos Teixiera, Carol Scarff and Nina Langton.
The CTL Partners committee members
Sharon McCoubrey, Sandy Hilton, Jannik Eikenaar, Ruth Frost, Wendy Andrews, Ray Taheri, Teresa Wrezniewski and Michael Treshow.
Brown Bag SoTL presenters
Sandy Hilton and Stephen McNeil
This term's DATE presenter
Wisdom Tettey.
e-Learning guest speakers
Jan Cioe and Robert Campbell.


April 2012

8th Annual Learning Conference
Scholarly Approaches: Evidence-Informed Teaching and Learning

Registration is now Open!!

"Did you know that our annual Learning Conference is FREE to UBC Faculty?"

Conference Dates: May 2nd and 3rd, 2012

This year’s conference will host over 40 presenters from 9 different campuses including the University of Waterloo, University of Calgary, McMaster University & Queen’s University.

The conference will open with a keynote by Dr. Geoff Norman, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Dimensions of Clinical Expertise, Assistant Dean of The Programme for Educational Research and Development at McMaster University. Dr. Norman's topic, "A Cognitive Perspective on How People Learn: Implications for Teaching."

The second day will open with a keynote address by Dr. Christopher Knapper, entitled “Teaching for Deeper and Lifelong Learning”. Dr. Knapper is founding president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Professor Emeritus at Queens University.

Registration is FREE and includes access to all sessions, 2 lunches, 2 continental breakfasts, 4 refreshment breaks  (PLEASE REGISTER SO WE ORDER ENOUGH!)

An educational wine-tasting event will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at 4:00pm for a cost of $10.00. Learn the “how to’s” and the essence of Okanagan wines. Limited spaces are available for the event so register early.
View this year's program

CTL Term 2 Wrap up!

Wed April 4th, 2:30pm-3:30pm, SCI 200
The term has drawn to a close and the Centre wishes to celebrate faculty accomplishments. Join us for refreshments!

Java Junction

Wednesday, April 25th, 3pm-4pm, SCI 200
Coffee, tea and conversation about teaching and learning.

Course (Re)Design

Full 4-Day Seminar May 7th to 10th
The course (re)design seminar engages participants in the process of aligning learning outcomes, learning strategies and learning assessment in their courses. It is a hands-on, intensive seminar with key features of peer discussion and critique, systematic reflection and the identification of basic assumptions regarding course design and student learning.

Activities will include: Mapping Out Your Course, Learning Outcomes, Learning Strategies, and Learning Assessment.
Further Details
Registration and Application Form

Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar

Monday, April 30th, 9am - 12pm
Tuesday, May 1st, 9am - 12pm
Friday, May 4th, 9am - 12pm
This workshop series 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!

TELL THE TA'S...........!
Marking Marathon

Tuesday, April 3rd, 4pm - 7pm, SCI 247
Thursday, April 5th, 4pm - 7pm, SCI 396
Tuesday, April 10th, 4pm - 7pm, SCI 396

Thursday, April 12th, 4pm - 7pm, SCI 396
Tuesday, April 17th, 4pm - 7pm, SCI 396
Thursday, April 19th, 4pm - 7pm, SCI 396

The Centre for Teaching and Learning invites you to do your marking in the company of others.

The appropriate room will open from 4pm—7pm on each of these days. Coffee and cookies available, and at 4:30 each day we will be ordering pizzas for those in attendance.


UBC Okanagan is implementing the new Learning Management System as of April 30, 2012. Please request your Blackboard courses by completing the form at the link provided:

Blackboard Course Request

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions
Thurs, April 12th,29th and 26th, 1pm-2:30pm
Faculty are welcome to drop in for assistance with Blackboard, the new learning management system.

Blackboard Workshops...............................Listed below
(Please note: seating is limited to 15 faculty members per workshop - register asap to reserve your spot!)

Getting started with your migrated course
Monday, April 16th, 1:30pm-3pm
Tuesday, May 1st, 10am-11:30am

Explore your migrated course and learn the basics as you transition from WebCT Vista to Blackboard.
Please Register

Creating and adding course content in Blackboard
Wednesday, April 18th, 10:30am-12pm
Thursday, May 10th, 9:30am-11am

This session will take an in depth look at how to create and add content in Blackboard.  A brief overview of communication tools, student activity tools, and grade center will be provided.
Please Register

Communicating in Blackboard
Monday, April 23rd, 1:30pm-2:50pm
Blackboard has a variety of communication tools including internal messaging, email, discussions, journals and wikis. This session will focus in depth on how these can be used to enhance student communication, feedback and collaboration.
Please Register

Assessments in Blackboard
Monday, April 30th, 10am-11:20am
Blackboard assessment tools include online tests and assignments. This session will provide an overview of how these may be used to evaluate and assess student learning.
Please Register

Blackboard Grade Center
Friday, May 11th, 10:30am-11:50am
Explore new and exciting features of this sophisticated grade centre tool.  Some highlights include ‘needs grading’ link, customizable ‘smart views’ and an early warning system: a rule-driven communication tool that Instructors use to send email notification messages to students when Early Warning System rule criteria are met. Rules are created by Instructors and can be based on a test score, calculated column, due date, or Course access etc.
Please Register

* Watch for more Blackboard drop-In sessions and workshops throughout the summer!

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