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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

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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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June 2011

Centre Staff Available for Individual or Group Consultations

Centre staff are ready to meet with you on any aspect of teaching and learning. Whether you are starting a new course/project, want to revise an entire course or reflect on current practices, we are here to assist.

Common areas of consultations include:

  • Syllabus creation
  • Group Work Projects
  • Implementing and integrating technological tools into your teaching
  • Assessment practices
  • Teaching Portfolio creation/revision
  • Research ideas for measuring learning
  • Student engagement ideas
  • Course revisions

6th International Conference on e-Learning ICEL-2011

University of British Columbia
Okanagan Campus
Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
June 27-28, 2011

The International Conference on e-Learning (ICEL-2011) invites researchers, practitioners and academics to present their research findings, works in progress, case studies and conceptual advances in areas of work where education and technology intersect. The conference brings together varied groups of people with different perspectives, experiences and knowledge in one location. It aims to help practitioners find ways of putting research into practice and researchers to gain an understanding of real-world problems, needs and aspirations.

UBC Faculty and staff receive a special rate of £150 which covers the cost of full attendance (including conference dinner, lunches, proceedings, etc.)

It is a great opportunity to network with learning technologists from around the world.  There are currently registrants from 36 different countries.
For more information regarding the conference: http://www.academic-conferences.org/icel/icel2011/icel11-home.htm 

We look forward to welcoming participants from across the globe and we hope that you will be able to join us.

Philip L. Balcaen, PhD
Programme Chair
University of British Columbia
Okanagan Campus

Peter Arthur
, PhD
Conference Chair
University of British Columbia
Okanagan Campus

CTL team members receive a grant for developing a collaborative online tool supporting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)!!

This past fall Peter, Janine and Heather received a grant from the Educational Developer's Caucus (EDC) to develop a website hosting SoTL projects. They are working with partners at Thompson Rivers University and BCCampus and will be showcasing the website at a conference in Saskatoon in June.

The project is entitled SoTL Portal...Connecting Researchers. It is in the developmental stage, but when ready our faculty will have access to post ideas for research in order to find collaborators, search the site for research ideas or collaborators, post research in progress to receive feedback, discuss research projects online or post final research results. This database will enhance collaboration and dissemination of research on teaching and learning throughout Canada and internationally.

Just in Time Course Design Going on the Road!!

The Centre developed and offered the Just in Time Course Design Workshop here at UBC Okanagan in July and December of last year and now the team of Peter, Janine and Heather are presenting the workshop to colleagues at the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) in June in Saskatoon. Centre staff believe that it is important to keep current in the field of teaching and learning by attending such conferences and welcome the opportunity to contribute to faculty development programs outside of our campus.
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Innovations in Learning
7th Annual Learning Conference

Another highly successful conference was held here May 5th & 6th. There were a good mix of sessions offered by our faculty as well as visiting scholars from UBC Vancouver campus, Mount Royal University and the University of Guelph. Participants included UBC faculty and staff, as well as colleagues from the University of Regina, Okanagan College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and school district #23. There were countless rich discussions about teaching and learning at organized networking times and nutrition breaks. We are already planning for the 8th Annual Conference to be hosted here May 2nd & 3rd, 2012.

View conference photos and materials.