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Communities of Practice for Fall 2011!!

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 fall.

Teaching and Learning in Large Classes
Heather Hurren
Adjunct/Sessional Faculty Community
Heather Hurren
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 - Peter Arthur
Teaching First Years - Peter Arthur


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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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October 2011

D.A.T.E. Discussion About Teaching Excellence
Tues. October 18th, 12:00pm to 12:50pm, SCI 331

Dr. Michael Woodworth
"TNT Dynamite: Are Teachers, tests and textbooks toast? Immediate Realities of the 21st Century."
Relatively recent technological advancements have dramatically increased the pure volume of information that is readily available, as well as the ease at which (as well as the methods by which) this information can be obtained.
This will cause major challenges in the next few years for our traditional methods of teaching many of our University courses.
It is proposed that the impact of the internet and various on-line and social media devices on traditional University courses will become so pronounced that by the year 2020, many University Professors will be forced to drastically alter the way they deliver their material or faceā€¦..extinction. Register

Reduce Plagiarism - with Dr. Trudy Kavanagh
Fri. October 7, 12:00pm to 12:50pm, LIB 303
Fight plagiarism with prevention: Even the best detection methods and technologies cannot guarantee to 'catch ’ plagiarism. This session will focus on assignments that spark intellectual interest and reduce the temptation to plagiarize or cheat in other ways (buying papers). Register

SoTL Research Methods - with Dr. Carol Scarff
Thur. October 27, 2:30pm to 3:30pm, LIB 302
This session will be for faculty who are interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and/or Action Research in the classroom.
An overview of research methods will be provided as well as some time dedicated to matching your own research questions to the various presented methods. More details will be provided soon. Register

CTL October Workshops......

Understanding Statistics from Multiple Choice Exams
with Dr. Barbara Rutherford and Vania Chan
Fri. October 21, 12:00pm to 12:50pm, SCI 331

In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the statistical reports generated from marking multiple choice(bubble sheet) exams.

Classroom Media - with Janine Hirtz
Fri. October 28, 12:00pm to 12:50pm, SCI 331

Media Assignments: This session will focus on creating media assignments that are aligned with course goals and learning outcomes.

Wikis for Collaborative Inquiry - with Janine Hirtz
Mon. October 31, 12:00pm to 12:50pm
Log in to the session: http://bit.ly/oUVU3B
This session will focus on how you can use UBC Wikis http://wiki.ubc.ca to foster collaborative inquiry. UBC Wikis support asynchronous communication and group collaboration. If process is a part of your learning outcomes, then Wikis may be the right tool for creation, collection, research and reflection of knowledge construct-ion in your course.

Register NOW! and don't forget to bring your lunch......

Info - Pass it On - to your TA's and Grad Students.
Workshop: Copyright for Teaching Assistants
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Fri. October 7, 11:00am to 12:00pm,
ART 376
Session Leader: Sherri Savage, UBC Okanagan Library

in review

It has been a very busy fall and the Centre has offered a variety of workshops and seminars but remember that we are also available for individual consultations about teaching and learning if our offerings don’t work with your schedule. Call any one of us to book a consultation.
Also, a reminder that every Wednesday is Drop-In for Vista assistance from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in SCI 200.
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