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New communities of practice for the fall!!

Teaching and Learning in Large Classes
This group will meet to share best practices for keeping students engaged and discuss various assessment strategies that would work with larger numbers of students. Contact Heather Hurren for more information and watch for the first meeting in September.

Adjunct/Sessional Faculty Community This community will offer support for the increasing numbers of adjunct faculty on campus. You are invited to connect with other instructors and learn more about what campus services are available. Contact Heather Hurren for more information and watch for the first meeting in September.

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 fall.

Problem Based Learning- Heather Hurren
Team Based Learning- Heather Hurren
Course (Re) Design- Heather Hurren
Critical Thinking- Janine Hirtz
eLearning-Janine Hirtz
Clickers- Vania Chan
Instructional Writing- Peter Arthur
Teaching First Years- Peter Arthur

Resource of the Month

Doodle is a free, simple and quick tool to help schedule meetings between a number of people.  Set up a poll proposing several meeting times and send a link to all participants.  Each person can indicate their availability and you'll be able to see what time works for the group. http://doodle.com/

Contact Us

Peter Arthur
, PhD, Director

Janine Hirtz, M.A. (Education)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Vania Chan,
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Heather Hurren, M. Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator

Tricia Wohlgemuth,
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

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July 2011

Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar
August 17 - 19, 2011

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
- 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!!

Register Now

2011 Fall Teaching Expo
August 17 - September 2

All faculty members are invited to attend one, some or all of the programs being offered during our 2011 Fall Teaching Expo. There are a variety of sessions being offered for new and experienced faculty. The Centre for Teaching and Learning staff will be facilitating most of the programs but CTL will also be acting as a host for faculty offering workshops in their area of expertise.

Here is only a sampling

Various WebCT Vista sessions;
Assessments, Orientation, Communication, Gradebook

Clicker Session
Graduate Student Mentoring
Large Class Strategies
Working with Teaching Assistants
Teaching First Years
Inclusive Classroom

For more information or to register please visit:
http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/events.html or call 250-807-9293
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International conference at UBC's Okanagan campus puts focus on e-learning and teaching

Learning technologists from around the world visited UBC's Okanagan campus June 27 and 28 for the 6th annual International Conference on e-Learning.

Participants from 37 countries attended the two-day event, notes Conference Chair Peter Arthur, director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the Okanagan campus and a professor in the Faculty of Education.

Over the two days of the conference, researchers, practitioners and academics from as far away as Malaysia, New Zealand, and South Africa presented their research findings, works in progress, case studies and conceptual advances in areas of work where education and technology intersect.

"We are earning a reputation for leadership in many areas of research and teaching," says Arthur. "Hosting this global conference is an important opportunity to introduce our Okanagan campus to other influential people working at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology."

A variety of topics were addressed at this interdisciplinary conference, including issues important in higher education, instructional design, and e-learning, with applications in law, science, library scienc4e, medicine, business, human resources, cultural studies and many other disciplines.

"The conference brings together varied groups of people with different perspectives, experiences and knowledge in one location," says Phil Balcaen, Conference Programme Chair and a professor in the Faculty of Education at UBC's Okanagan campus.

The 2011 ICEL conference proceedings will be submitted for publication in the prestigious Electronic Journal of e-Learning.

More information about the conference: