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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 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

Please Welcome!

Bruce Young
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is pleased to introduce our newest eLearning team member.  Bruce Young started with the Centre in mid May and comes with many years of experience in education.  He is enthusiastic about working with faculty at UBC Okanagan campus in assisting with their transition from WebCT Vista to Connect – Blackboard.  He also brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm around using social media, digital media and streaming video to support teaching and learning.
Bruce looks forward to meeting you and working the Okanagan’s very dedicated instructors on integrating technologies into their pedagogy.  We are happy to have him and are confident that he will be a wonderful addition to our eLearning team!

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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.

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June 2012

Important Information About Your WebCT Vista Courses

As you may be aware by now, UBC is in the process of moving from WebCT Vista to Blackboard in our online Connect learning environment over the summer. 

In preparation for migrating all of your WebCT Vista courses to Connect and our BlackBoard learning management system, we will be creating a backup archive 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.

Please review the following regarding this process.
In order to ensure the integrity of your course content backups,  you will not have access to any of your WebCT  Vista courses after June 16th, 2012.

a) You may however request access for special cases at a later date should you need to review the content or student data and access will be provided for you.

b) If you are teaching a summer course that is running in Vista – you will continue to have access until 6 weeks after the course is completed.

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

UPDATE: UBC Okanagan Campus, Transitions from WebCT Vista to Connect (Blackboard)
Our transition process is well under way as many instructors are using Blackboard for their summer courses!  If you have requested courses for September 2012, they will be available to you soon.  Summer courses will continue to be created upon request, please fill out the form.

All September 2012 courses being offered on our campus will be available through Connect in Blackboard during the first part of July.  Your course(s) may require some modification such as Vista content copied in, or multiple sections merged into one.  We will be communicating with you to assist in ensuring that the course set up meets your needs.  Please visit our website to access the most current information, online resources, or to register for workshops and events.

Blackboard Connect Course Request

Blackboard Connect Drop-In Sessions (June, July)
Every Wednesday, 1pm-3pm SCI 200
Faculty are welcome to drop in for assistance with Blackboard, the new learning management system.  Bring your laptop if you have one.

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
Tuesday, June 12th, 9:30am-11am, Room ARTS 215
Explore your migrated course and learn the basics as you transition from WebCT Vista to Blackboard.
Please Register

Communicating in Blackboard Connect
Tuesday, June 12th, 1:30pm-2:20pm, 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
Tuesday,  June 12th, 2:30pm-3:20pm, 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

Creating and adding course content in Blackboard Connect
Monday, June 18th, 9:30am-11am, 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

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 Workshops
Thursday, June 28th, 10:30am-11:30am, LIB 111
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

Copyright Drop-in
Every Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm in SCI 200

Accessing and Using Course Reserves at UBC
Tuesday, June 26th, 1pm-1:50pm, 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.

Time spent refining one's reflective teaching practice makes one more confident and skilled as a teacher and is valuable preparation for an academic career. For graduate students and teaching assistants, the Credential is a demonstration of their tangible commitment to teaching. This can be of great benefit in today's increasingly competitive academic job market, where colleges and universities routinely ask applicants to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness.
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