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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

Resource of the Month

The CTL “Tools for Excellence” brochures. CTL Tools of Excellence

#1 Group Activities
A Checklist for Instructors and TA’s
Assessment for Learning
Classroom Discussions
Classroom Etiquette
Effective Leadership
Ending the Semester
Ethical Principles in Uni. Teaching
Formative Peer Review
Inclusive Classrooms
Learning Student Names
Pop Quizzes, an Alternative
PowerPoint Presentation check-list
Reflecting on your Teaching
Small Group Work
Syllabus Creation
Teaching Large Classes
Teaching your First Class
Using Teams or Groups
When do Students learn?

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
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator

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

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CTL Drop-In For Assistants!

WebCT Vista Wednesday Drop-In
February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
1pm-3pm SCI 200

Educ Tech Monday Drop-In
Monday, Feb 27, 12pm-12:50pm SCI 200
Topic: Creating and revising your content in Blackboard Learn.

Java Junction February Drop-In
Wednesday, Feb 29, 3pm-4pm SCI 200
Coffee, Tea and Conversation about Teaching and Learning.

WebCT Vista to LMS in May 2012

UBC Okanagan is pleased to announce that our campus is playing an important role in the transition from WebCT Vista to our new LMS (learning management system), BlackBoard Learn.  We are pleased to have 6 professors participating in the pilot of BlackBoard in 9 courses that started this January. 

The information gained from students, TAs and instructors in this pilot will be important as we move towards the full implementation of a new LMS which will start in May 2012. 

Please watch for upcoming communications from the Centre for Teaching and Learning about deadlines for creating new courses for the spring and fall terms and for migrating content from WebCT Vista into BlackBoard Learn.  We will also be offering a variety of orientations, workshops, one on one consultations and best practice information for moving you and your courses as seamlessly as possible into this new environment.

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.


February 2012

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

Call for Proposals .......... Deadline February 29
Conference Dates: May 2 and 3, 2012
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.

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.

Innovations in Teaching and Research Grant
Application Deadline: February 15

Further details

Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar
Registration and further details
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 20, 21, and 22
9am - 12pm, SCI 331

This workshop series is designed to enhance new and veteran teacher’s learning environment facilitation skills. The 3, half 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.

Blackboard Preview
Wednesday, Feb 22, 11am-12pm SCI 331
In May 2012, all UBC Okanagan courses using Vista will be migrated to the new learning management system, Black Board Learn. The CTL will be hosting a preview and information session for anyone interested in taking a look at this new system.

Just In Time Course Design
Thursday, Feb 23, 9am-3pm, SCI 331
Come for one day and learn about constructive alignment of learning outcomes, content choices, instructional strategies and assessment. This will assist in planning your courses for fall.

CTL February Events

Peer Review
Thursday, Feb 2, 1pm-2:30pm, SCI 331
Repeated: Tuesday, Feb 21, 1pm-3pm, SCI 331

Examine the process of peer review and be an information session for those needing to be peer reviewed for tenure and promotion, those interested in having a peer review done for formative reasons, and for those who have been given the task of reviewing their peers.

Friday, Feb 3, 12pm-12:50pm, SCI 331
With Jenna Gall, goBeyond Campus Coordinator

This workshop will be an information session for GoBeyond - The International Teach-In for Climate Justice happening March 5-17. Ideas and strategies will be shared for your classes’ participation in the Teach-In OR you can just come and hear about ideas for integrating sustainability into the curriculum.

SoTL Social
Thursday, Feb 16, 2:30pm-3:30pm, SCI 200
Enjoy some light refreshments while networking with other faculty interested in research about teaching and learning. Come celebrate current research and connect with possible collaborators!

Student Engagement
Wednesday, Feb 22, 1pm-3pm SCI 331
Examine various types of student engagement – engagement with course materials, engagement with class peers, etc. The workshop will model an engaging strategy that can be used in your classes.

Interpreting Your TEQ Results
Wednesday, Feb 29, 9:30am-10:20am SCI 331
Let’s take a look at what the results are telling us. Take some time to reflect on the Teacher Evaluation Questionnaire.

Teaching Assistants and Grad Students Workshops

PowerPoint, Effective Presentations
Wednesday, Feb 1, 3:30pm-4:30pm, SCI 331
Examine some do’s and don’ts of effective PowerPoint presentations.

Setting Up Your Own BLOG - bring your laptop
Wednesday, Feb 8, 3:30pm-4:30pm, SCI 331
Using Wordpress; here is an opportunity to set up your own blog.

Classroom Discussions
Wednesday, Feb 15, 3:30pm-4:30pm, SCI 331
Practical suggestions for improving the participation in classroom discussions. It also touches on the importance of asking higher level thinking questions.

Student Engagement for Teaching Assistants
Tuesday, Feb 21, 1pm-2:30pm, SCI 331
Examine various aspects of student engagement from the faculty and student perspective. Results of recent NSSE results will be analyzed as well as sharing best practices for engaging students.

Effective Teaching Strategies, B.O.P.P.P.S.
Wednesday, Feb 29, 3:30pm-5pm, SCI 331
Many different templates exist for planning lessons but one that is commonly used on BC campuses is the B.O.P.P.P.S.

Have your TA's and Grad Students Register Now

Special Event....!!! Brought to you by the Media Centre,
Introduction to Video Production

Two Day workshop for Staff and Faculty, Feb 22, 23, 9am-4pm
Learn how to produce a video so you can:
> communicate important messages
> document your research
> add interest to your presentations
> Whatever your reason, the Media Centre can help get you started!.
Register Now

Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors
This award recognizes exceptional undergraduate and graduate student teaching assistants and tutors for their contributions to academic life at UBC's Okanagan campus.

2011 Submission Deadlines:
> Call for nominations: Dec 15, 2011
> Collection of nominations by unit/dept: Dec 15, 2011 - Feb 7, 2012
> Submission of nominations to the Dean, Faculty/the AVP Students: February 15, 2012
> Submission of four selected nominations to Lynne McPherson, Centre for Teaching and Learning, SCI 265 by February 28, 2012
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