8th Annual Learning Conference
Scholarly Approaches: Evidence-Informed Teaching and Learning
...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!!
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
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!
This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples.
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.
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)
Faculty are welcome to drop in for assistance with Blackboard, the new learning management system. Bring your laptop if you have one.
Getting started with your migrated course
Explore your migrated course and learn the basics as you transition from WebCT Vista to Blackboard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* Watch for more Blackboard drop-In sessions and workshops in August!
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.
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.
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.
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.