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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

Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities
Group Work that Works to Generate Critical Thinking and Engagement

Edited by: Michael Sweet, Larry K. Michaelsen

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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Important Announcement!

This fall UBC will be moving to a new system for requesting and managing library course reserves.  The library course reserve system will be deployed as a building block through the Blackboard learning management system. 

What is the new course reserve system and why is it worth using?
This course reserves software program provides students with a single place to go to find links to all their online readings as well as information about print materials on reserve at the Library. For instructors, it 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.

The system has been designed to integrate seamlessly with Course Management Systems (CMS) like Blackboard and provides instructors with an efficient means to place course reserves requests, track the request progress through the system and finally, access the full-text of the readings via hyperlink.

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 Notice

WebCT Vista
Courses Archived on June 15th

As you are likely aware, UBC is moving to Blackboard as our new learning management system.  If you still have not requested your Blackboard Course for Summer, Winter I or II we recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience and then register to attend one of our training events or drop in during drop in sessions being offered throughout the summer!  
Your WebCT Vista courses will no longer be available to you or your students after June 15th. On June 16th all Vista courses will be backed up and archived.  These archived versions of your Vista course content can be imported into your new Blackboard Course (just indicate this on your course request form); and they can also be made available to you upon special request to review content and or student grades.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the eLearning team. Vania Chan or Janine Hirtz.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is committed to assisting you in any way we can to make this transition as smooth as possible for our faculty and students.  

Blackboard Course Request
Training Events

Special Workshop:

An Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis Using WinBUGS Software
Tuesday, May 29th, 10am-12pm rm. TBA
Presenters: Dr. Paramjit Gill and Dr. Ryan Lekivetz
The Workshop will present an introduction to the practice of Bayesian data analysis. The Workshop is suited for faculty and graduate students who have some experience with or a need for statistical analysis for their research. No previous exposure to Bayesian methods is assumed. Basic Bayesian ideas will be discussed along with their practical implementation using WinBUGS software. The software requires very minimal computer coding efforts. Software and user manual are available free of cost from www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk/bugs

The students will run some WinBUGS code starting with some toy examples. Some examples from Ecological/Environmental Science, Social Psychology and Sports will be discussed. A detailed handout package will be provided to each student for later use. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops. Please download and install the software (source: www.mrc-bsu.cam.ac.uk/bugs).

What is Bayesian Analysis? Bayesian inference is named after the Rev. Thomas Bayes (1701 – 1761), a priest who never published a mathematical paper in his lifetime. The method differs from the classical (Fisherian) statistical inference in a major way.  Any prior knowledge about the parameters (based on subjective judgement or past data) can be incorporated in a formal way.
Please Register

If you have any questions or concerns about E-Learning, please contact a member of the eLearning team:  Janine.hirtz@ubc.ca 250-807-9133 or Vania.chan@ubc.ca 250-807-9408.


May 2012

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

Registration is FREE to UBC Faculty!

...and includes access to all sessions, 2 lunches, 2 continental breakfasts, and 4 refreshment breaks, so please register so we can order enough for everyone!!

Conference Dates: May 2nd and 3rd, 2012
This year’s conference will host over 40 presenters from 9 different campuses including the University of Waterloo, University of Calgary, McMaster University & Queen’s University.
View this year's program

Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar
May 11th, 14th and 15th
This workshop is designed to enhance new and veteran teacher’s learning environment facilitation skills. The 3 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.

In the workshop you will:
• use common instructional techniques and 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!

Teaching Portfolios
Monday, May 14th, 1pm-2pm, SCI 331
Thursday, May 24th, 10am-11am, SCI 331
This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples.

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


UBC Okanagan is implementing the new Learning Management System as of May 1, 2012. Please request your Blackboard courses by completing the form at the link provided:

Blackboard Course Request

Blackboard Drop-In Sessions (May, 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 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, May 1st, 10am-11:30am, ASC 165
Wednesday, May 23rd, 9:30am-11am, ARTS 215
Tuesday, May 29th, 9am-10:15am, ARTS 215
Tuesday, June 12th, 9:30am-11am, Room TBA
Wednesday, July 18th, 10am-11:30am, Room TBA

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
Thursday, May 10th, 9:30am-11am, ASC 165
Thursday, May 24th, 9am-10:30am
, ARTS 215
Wednesday, May 30th, 10am-11:30am, ARTS 215
Monday, June 18th, 9:30am-11am, Room TBA
Thursday, July 26th, 9:30am-11am, Room TBA

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
Thursday, May 24th, 11am-12pm, ARTS 215
Tuesday, May 29th, 10:30am-11:30am, ARTS 215
Tuesday, June 12th, 1:30pm-2:20pm, Room TBA
Thursday, July 26th, 1:00pm-1:50pm, Room TBA

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
Thursday, May 24th, 1pm-2pm, ARTS 215
Tuesday, May 29th, 1pm-2pm, ARTS 215
Tuesday,  June 12th, 2:30pm-3:20pm, Room TBA
Thursday, July 26th, 2:00pm-2:50pm, Room TBA

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

Blackboard Grade Center
Friday, May 11th, 10:30am-11:50am, ASC 165
Thursday, May 24th, 2:30pm-3:30pm, ARTS 215
Tuesday, May 29th, 2:30pm-3:30pm, ARTS 215

Explore new and exciting features of this sophisticated grade centre tool.  Some highlights include ‘needs grading’ link, customizable ‘smart views’ and an early warning system: a rule-driven communication tool that Instructors use to send email notification messages to students when Early Warning System rule criteria are met. Rules are created by Instructors and can be based on a test score, calculated column, due date, or Course access etc.
Please Register

* Watch for more Blackboard drop-In sessions and workshops in August!


Copyright Compliance Audits
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.

Copyright Workshops
Friday, May 4th, 10:30am-11:30am, LIB 111
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
Friday, May 25th, 10:30am-11:20am, Room TBA
Tuesday, June 25th, 1pm-1:50pm, Room TBA
Wednesday, July 25th, 10:30am-11:20am, Room TBA
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.
Further Details

in review

This program gives public recognition to a professor/instructor that has assisted their students in their educational endeavours. Professors and instructors recognized by a student in 2011-2012... CONGRATULATIONS!

Dr. Craig Nichol, Assistant Professor
Kam So, Sessional Lecturer
Dr. David Scott, Associate Professor
Dr. Kit Pasula, Associate Professor
Dr. Margo Tamez, Associate Professor
Dr Ricardo Trumper, Associate Professor
Dr. Philip Balcaen, Assistant Professor
Dr. Scott Reid, Associate Member
Dr. Kenneth Carlaw,  Associate Professor
Dr. Mark D. Holder, Associate Professor
Dr. Paul Davies, Associate Professor
Dr. Noriko Ozawa, Assistant Professor
Dr. Michael Woodworth,  Associate professor
Dr. Christine Schreyer, Assistant Professor
Dr. Christopher Schneider, Assistant Professor
Dr. Gordon Binsted, Human Kinetics
Dr. Zach Walsh, Assistant Professor
Dr. Barrie McCullough, Associate Professor
Dr. Edward Neeland, Associate Professor
Dr. Joyce Boon, Associate Professor
Dr. Janet Kluftinger, Sessional Biology Faculty
Dr. P. Jefferson Curtis, Associate Professor
Dr. Paul R. Shipley, Assistant Professor