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Communities of Practice for Fall 2011!!

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.

Teaching and Learning in Large Classes
Heather Hurren
Meeting: Tuesday, September 13
SCI 253, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Adjunct/Sessional Faculty Community
Heather Hurren
Meeting: Tuesday, September 6
SCI 253, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren
Meeting: Monday, September 26
SCI 253, 10:30am - 11:30am

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren
Next Meeting: TBA

Course (Re) Design
Heather Hurren
Meeting: Tuesday, September 27
SCI 253, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Critical Thinking - Janine Hirtz
e-Learning - Janine Hirtz
Clickers - Vania Chan
Instructional Writing - Peter Arthur
Teaching First Years - Peter Arthur

Problem-based Learning Resources

Thanks to Dr. A. Klegeris the Centre now has a collection of PBL print resources.

1. PBL in Higher Education: Untold Stories
 2. New Curriculum for New Times
. Bring PBL to Higher Education: Theory and Practice
4. The Power of PBL
5. Thinking Toward Solutions: PBL Activities for general Biology 
6. PBL - Revitalising Your Practice in Higher Education
7. PBL in a Health Sciences Curriculum
8.  How to Gain the Most from PBL

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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September 2011


Members of the Library, Centre for Teaching and Learning and Bookstore are available to assist you with your copyright questions. A listing of UBC Okanagan copyright contacts is online at http://copyright.ubc.ca/copyright-contacts/.  Additionally, faculty specific copyright information may be found online at http://copyright.ubc.ca

Question: What's CTL all about ?
Find out on
Tues. Sept. 2nd, 9:30am to 10:30am!!
Tues. Sept. 13th, 3pm to 4pm!!
Wed. Sept. 28th, 3pm to 4pm !!

Come to SCI 331 on any or all times, and find out how the CTL can assist you in your teaching and learning ventures and how you might become involved in CTL programming. You will get information and an overview of the Centre for Teaching and Learning programming.

The CTL ‘Technology Sandbox’.....
has a variety of technologies for you to explore!!

The purpose of the Sandbox is to make technology and Web 2.0 tools readily available so that faculty can experiment and investigate potential teaching and learning applications. Our eLearning specialists, Vania Chan or Janine Hirtz are available for consultation and discussion about how these technologies can be mindfully integrated using sound pedagogical practices to enhance student learning and community in and outside of your classrooms. Come try out the iMac or PC and some of the specialized software or Web 2.0 applications. 

Technologies available for short term loan include video cameras, podcasting equipment, iPads, iPod Touch, and a RIM Playbook. Please contact Vania or Janine, if you are interested in working, playing, or experimenting with the Sandbox Tools.

You're Invited....SoTL Social
"Let’s celebrate current research and connect with possible collaborators!"

Thu, Sept, 22, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, SCI 200

The CTL Team are extending an invitation to come and enjoy some light refreshments while networking with other faculty interested in research about teaching and learning. See you there.......!

Friday, Noon-12:50, Workshop Series - for September

Yoga Anyone Karen Ragoonaden would like you to join her in LIB 305 on Sept 2nd for a lesson on 'Integral Yoga: Integrating Yoga into Teaching and Learning'...Sounds like fun!!

Copyright Compliance for Professors. On Sept 9th, in ART 102, our Okanagan campus librarians, Barbara Sobol and Robert Janke will present practical solutions for delivering course materials in WebCT/Vista while adhering to legal obligations and a brief overview of the current copyright landscape. Discuss the Canadian Copyright Law, Access Copyright and library license agreements. Receive by step-by-step instructions options for delivering course material.

Do you have your Assessment Toolkit ? well...on Sept 16th, Janine Hirtz and Heather Hurren will meet you in SCI 331 to investigate assessments for learning, and of teams & groups, rubrics, grading and test construction. Self-reflection and assessment philosophy will be explored. Get an overview of Vista’s assessment tools including how to set up Gradebook in Vista to accommodate your assessment requirements.

Curious about Student Peer Evaluation ? Catch Heather and Janine on Sept 23rd in SCI 331 to examine various strategies currently used to gather peer feedback for group processes. Formative ungraded processes will be examined as well as strategies for assigning grades to peer evaluation. An online version will be presented and discussed.

On Sept. 30th, Peter Arthur will see you in SCI 331, where you will learn more about the purpose and contents of Teaching Portfolios. Guests will be given handy and useful examples.

Register NOW! and don't forget to bring your lunch......

Info - Pass it On - to your TA's and Grad Students.

TA Tuesdays, Every Tuesday 2:30-4:00 SCI 200
TA Orientation, Sept 14th, 2:30-4:00 Art 112
TA Buffet, Sept 17th, 9:00-3:00 Art 112
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Grad Instructional Skills Seminars,
Your graduate student may be involved in teaching or assisting during undergraduate courses. Perhaps they have thought of a career in academia. These Seminars have been designed to get them started. Read More

in review

Once again the Fall 2011 Teaching Expo was a great success. We experienced record breaking attendance. Please join us in thanking the faculty and staff members who shared their expertise in various workshops and presentations.

Daniel Keyes, Marjorie Mitchell, Diane Dyrdal, Sherri Savage, Jennifer Jakobi, Paul Shipley, Gordon Lovegrove, Laura Patterson, Sandy Hilton, Corrine Crockett, Barbara Brown-Mackenzie, Sarah Donnelly, Sally Stewart, Leah Sanford, Terri Flanagan, Allison Hargreaves, David Jefferess, Joyce Boon, Karen Ragoonaden, Cindy Bourne, Barbara Sobol, Robert Janke, Melody Burton!