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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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New Directions for Teaching and Learning

"Team-Based Learning: Small-Group Learning's Next Big Step"

Larry K. Michaelsen
Michael Sweet
Dean X. Parmelee

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 Assistance!

WebCT Vista Wednesday Drop-In
Mar 7, 14, 21 and 28
1pm-3pm SCI 200

Educ Tech Monday Drop-In
Monday, Mar 26, 12pm-12:50pm SCI 331
Topic: Communicating with your students in BlackBoard Learn in Blackboard Learn.

Java Junction
Wednesday, Mar 28, 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.


March 2012

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

Conference Dates: May 2nd and 3rd, 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.

DATE: Discussions About Teaching Excellence
With Dr. Wisdom Tettey, Dean, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

Wednesday, March 28th, 12pm-12:50pm SCI 331
Topic: "The De-centered Instructor and the Embodied Learner: An Examination of their Relational Dynamics in Support of Teaching and Learning Excellence"

Centre's Research Week 2012 Events
March 5th to 9th
There is no doubt that research rocks at UBC's Okanagan campus and Celebrate Research Week is the time to tell everyone how.
The campus and broader communities are invited to engage in UBC's powerful research and applaud the investigative and collaborative efforts of UBC's researchers.
Join UBC faculty, staff, and students for an up-close, introspective, and really exciting look at UBC's research.

Student Research Society Presentation
Monday, March 5th, 11:30am-12:20pm SCI 331
This is an information session for faculty looking to integrate research into the undergraduate experience. Hear what the Student Research Society does and how faculty can connect with the society.

SoTL Brown Bag Presentation with Dr. Sandy Hilton
Friday, March 9th, 12pm-12:50pm, SCI 331
Topic: "Teaching beyond the technical: what does it take to create professionals?"

INVITATION: to all Faculty Members

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

CTL March Workshops and Presentations

goBeyond Sustainability

Friday, March 2nd, 12pm-12:50pm, SCI 331
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. Read More!

SoTL Brown Bag Presentation with Dr. Stephen McNeil
Thursday, March 15th, 12pm-12:50pm SCI 331
Topic: "Duelling Bonding Theories: assessing students’ understanding of the use of chemical bonding models".

Intro to Clickers
Friday, March 16th, 12pm-12:50pm, SCI 331
Designed for instructors who are not currently using clickers but thinking about using them in the fall, this session will offer a demonstration of the clicker system and a discussion about different instructional uses of clickers.

Social Media - What is it?
Friday, March 23rd, 12pm-12:50pm, SCI 331
Curious about what social media is? Join Dr. Robert Campbell and Vania Chan in this workshop and explore some examples of social media tools such as blogging, microblogging (Twitter), photo and video sharing, and bookmarking. We will also discuss examples of how social media can be used in educational, professional, or personal contexts.


E-learning Support for Students

Do your students need help with Turnitin?  Are they uncertain of how to use the Vista Assignment Dropbox?  In partnership with the Library, a Learning Commons Assistant is stationed in the Library for 12 hours each week to provide student support for WebCT Vista, Turnitin.com and other technologies supported by the CTL.  

The hours during Term 2 classes are:

Monday 3:30pm-4:30pm, 8pm-9:30pm
Tuesday 12:30pm-3pm         
Wednesday 12:30pm-3pm         
Thursday 3:30pm-6pm         
Friday 9am-11am

Hours during the April exam period will be posted in the library.

Students can also contact the e-learning helpline at 250-807-9611. Winter Session hours are 8:00am- 9:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am-4:30pm Friday.

Special Event....OPEN FORUM!!!
On-Line Teaching Evaluation Questionnaire
Friday, March 16th, 2:30pm-3:30pm, SCI 337
Exploration of Online Student Evaluation of Teaching at UBC Okanagan.You are invited to an open forum that will explore the potential for an online student evaluation of teaching system.
Further Information

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The Centre for Teaching and Learning
The Centre offers many workshops and seminars throughout the term. If you have missed one that you wanted to attend, don’t hesitate to contact the Centre and speak with the facilitator regarding a one-on-one consultation or to find out when the session will be offered again. The Centre always likes to hear from faculty about new ideas for workshops or feedback on past workshops, so don’t hesitate to drop us an email or give us a call.
There is also a place on our website to send us feedback: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/contact/feedback.html