teaching in actin

CTL 2012 Fall Teaching Expo
August - September
There are a variety of workshop and sessions available for new and experienced faculty, here's just a few; FISS, Teaching Dossier, Teaching Large Classes, Strategies Swap and many more. Stay tuned for more details.


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 & Learning in Large Classes, Heather Hurren

Resource of the Month

CELT - collected essays on Learning and Teaching

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

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Important Announcement!
Ares is a course reserves software program which conveniently provides students with a single place to go to find links to all their online readings as well as information about print materials, video and other materials on reserve at the Library. For instructors, Ares is a convenient, one-stop tool which will manage a number of previously disparate activities: displaying information about print reserves; providing links to online readings and ensuring the stability of those links; and providing links to other online formats such as streaming audio or video clips.

Ares has been designed to integrate seamlessly with Course Management Systems (CMS) like Blackboard or can be used in a stand-alone environment and as of September 2012 will be implemented as the method of reserving course material through the UBC Library.
Online Resource

The Centre for Teaching and Learning in partnership with the UBC Okanagan library would like to invite you to learn more about the new online course reserves system by visiting our Online Guide, or by attending one of the workshops this summer (see times on the Events calendar), or contacting Janine Hirtz or your subject librarian.

Important Information About Your WebCT Vista Courses!
UBC has made the move from WebCT Vista to Blackboard in our online Connect learning environment! 

We are completing  a backup and archived of all your previously taught courses in WebCT Vista from 2008 to 2011 and this content will be available for you to request that it be copied into your new courses in Blackboard.

A mass course creation process took place on June 16 and all lecture and seminar courses starting in September have been created in Connect.  Please login to Connect at http://connect.ubc.ca to ensure that your course is available to you. By default the courses are NOT available to students and so you will need to contact us to request that the course(s) be made available to your students.  You can also specify the date and whether or not you would like Vista content copied in.  Instructors “of record” in the SIS system will have access to the course(s).   You may request course set up by going to the Blackboard Connect Course Setup Form.

Support and Training sessions for working in Connect on your Blackboard courses will be available throughout the summer.
Drop-In and Workshop Times


July 2012

Innovations in Teaching and Research Grant WINNERS! Congratulations go out to...

Dr. Sandy Hilton, Faculty of Management
Title of Project: An Examination of Teaching Professionalism in Canadian Undergraduate Accounting Programs

Dr. Keshani Hussein, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Title of Project: World History of Art Mashup (WHAM): Reimagining Art History Learning Tools

Dr. W. Stephen McNeil, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences
Title of Project: Interactive Visualizations of Biological Macromolecules

Dr. Alwyn Spies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Title of Project: Using Mobile Technology to Increase Target Language Interaction in Beginner Language Classes

The purpose of this grant is to transform the teaching and learning experience, promote sharing and adoption of research results, promote teaching and learning innovation and finally to advance the scholarship of teaching and learning at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Further Details

Blackboard Connect Course Request

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

Blackboard Connect Workshops.............Listed below
(Please note: seating is limited to 15 faculty members per workshop - register asap to reserve your spot! Bring your laptop if you have one.)

Getting Started With Your Migrated Course
Wednesday, July 18th, 10:00am-11:30am, Room ARTS 215
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 Connect
Thursday, July 26th, 9:30am-11:00am, Room ARTS 215
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 Connect
Thursday, July 26th, 1:00pm-1:50pm, Room ARTS 215
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 Connect
Thursday, July 26th, 2:00pm-2:50pm, Room ARTS 215
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

Sherri Savage is a copyright first point of contact.  She is available to assist with finding answers to your copyright questions. To obtain a copyright compliance audit of your course materials please contact Sherri Savage or at 250-807-8410. This service is provided to faculty members who wish to use it in order to ensure their compliance with Canadian law. Another important support resource is the http://copyright.ubc.ca  website. This site contains extensive information on how to efficiently and legally access teaching and research materials.

Copyright Drop-in

Every Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Room SCI 200

Copyright Workshop for Summer Courses
Wednesday, July 11th, 10:30am-11:30am, Room LIB 303
This session will provide participants with practical solutions for delivering course materials in class and online in BlackBoard / WebCT Vista while adhering to legal obligations. A brief overview of the current copyright landscape will include a discussion of Canadian Copyright Law, Access Copyright and library license agreements. This will be followed by step-by-step instructions for various options for delivering course materials.
Please Register

Accessing and Using Course Reserves at UBC
Wednesday, July 25th, 10:30am-11:20am, Room ARTS 215
All faculty are welcome to attend this workshop for an overview of the new course reserve system.  There will be a hands-on portion to allow faculty to create their course reserve link item and make it available to students. Faculty will then receive instruction and assistance to complete the form(s) to request course reserve items for courses.  Course reserves may take up to 4 weeks to process.
If you wish to participate in the hands-on portion, please bring your detailed list of reserve items and ensure that your Blackboard course is available. 
You may also bring your own laptop or use available lab computers. 
Please Register


Teaching Scholars Credentialing Program

For Teaching Assistants and Grad Students at UBC's Okanagan campus, three certificates of completion may be earned.
The University recognizes the important contribution made by teaching assistants and graduate students to its instructional course offerings in collaboration with the University's academic departments and graduate programs, the  Teaching Scholars Credentialing  (TSC) program, offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), provides opportunities to advance graduate students' pedagogical, academic, and professional progress.

The purpose of the credentialing program is to develop the skills of Teaching Assistants at UBC's Okanagan campus so that they can begin their teaching careers as TA's using known and tested effective strategies.

Teaching Scholars Credentialing Program -
Instructional Skills Seminar (ISS) Foundations Certificate - Next series dates...

Register Now for July!

July 24th, 25th and 26th, 9:00am-12:00pm, Room ART 203
ISS Foundations Certificate: Recognizes your successful participation in the Instructional Skills Seminars, microteaching, supplementary workshops, and your reflection upon these experiences.

In this workshop series 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!
July Series Registration

For August and September series dates and registration link please click on further details.
Further Details

in review

This summer will prove to be a busy one....
for the team at the Center for Teaching and Learning as our e-learning instructional support staff wrap up the BlackBoard pilot and begin actively working to ensure successful implementation of the new learning management system, and online library course reserves system,  initiatives all coming this fall. 

We look forward to working with faculty and instructors over the next two months in getting your courses ready for the 2012-2013 academic year!