teaching in actin

Elham Shamekhi was among the first group of Credentialing graduates. She is receiving congratulations from Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos, Associate Dean and Director, School of Engineering and Dr. Peter Arthur, Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning.


Communities of Practice
The UBC Okanagan, Centre for Teaching and Learning, 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 or attending.

Course (Re) Design, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Wed. Feb. 6th, 10:30am SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Fri. Feb. 8th, 10:30am SCI 331

Problem Based Learning,
Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

Team Based Learning, Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

Adjunct/Sessional, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this on-line CofP

Teaching First Years, Please contact
Peter Arthur to join this CofP

Critical Thinking,
Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

e-Learning, Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

Clickers, Please contact
Vania Chan
to join this CofP

Instructional Writing, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Twelve Weeks to a Journal Article, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Joining the Scholarly Conversation, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

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Coming in the February....

Midpoint Feedback
Tues. Feb. 5th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Teaching Squares
Tues. Feb. 12th, 9:00am - 3:00pm
SoTL Brown Bag Discussion
Presenter: Stephanie McKeown
Tues. Feb. 26th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Mid-Winter Break!

*Sustainability in the Curriculum Event
*Peer Review Workshop
*Instructional Strategy Swap
*Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar
Tentatively set for:
Feb. 19th, 20th, 21st 9:00am - 12:00pm

Further Training for Our Teaching Assistants.....

Practical Experience Certificate
Wed. Jan. 16th, 3:00pm - 3:30pm TBA
1. Participants must complete at least two semesters as a teaching assistant or equivalent.
2. Observation and Review. Participants must have a full teaching session observed, videoed, and reviewed with a member of the CTL staff. They must also receive an endorsement from their supervisor.
3. Participants must provide evidence of either peer feedback or student evaluations.
This will be submitted in the form of a self-reflection paper.
Following the orientation each participant will be scheduled individually.
Please have your TA's Register

Professional Preparedness Certificate - Orientation
Wed. Jan. 23rd, 3:00pm - 3:30pm TBA
This Certificate has the following components:
- Participants must develop a statement of teaching philosophy and discuss it with CTL staff. (Some faculties may wish to facilitate this activity and tailor it to their specific discipline.
- Participants will be expected to prepare a portfolio or dossier.
- Participants will attend a forum on Ethics.
- Participants will prepare a scholarly presentation. Whether organizing a presentation for an academic conference or planning a presentation for non-academic attendees, participants will apply appropriate strategies, as presented by the Centre for Scholarly Communication, in the execution of a project. This area of study may result in a presentation at a Grad conference.

Other aspects of the program will be scheduled on an individual basis.
Please have your TA's Register

Connect (Blackboard)
This link provides access to Faculty Resources and to the wiki Documentation for Connect (Powered by Blackboard).  We are also continuously updating our Video and Print Resources and tutorials.
Please feel free to send us your suggestions for items you are having any challenges with so we can create resources for you.

We want to hear from you!  Please send us your feedback, comments and suggestions to elearning.ubco@ubc.ca

Connect Support for Students
Do your students need help getting course materials from Connect?  Support is available in the Library Learning Commons every day including weekends.  Students can also call 250-807-9611 (Mon-Thurs 8 am – 9 pm and Fri 8 am – 4 pm) or check out the online resources at connect.ubc.ca
Contact the CTL Team

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, P.Dc
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator
John Parry, M.Ed
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programming
Bruce Young M.HK. B.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Twitter.com @UBCOCTL
CTL Blog or http://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoc1



January 2013

UBC Okanagan Campus
9th Annual Learning Conference!
Enhancing Student Learning
Wednesday & Thursday, May 1st & 2nd
Theme: Enhancing Student Learning
We invite educators to share best practices and disseminate their research in sessions that will explore student learning, using inquiry in the undergraduate classroom, flexible learning environments and optimum first year experiences.
Deadline for proposal submission is February 15, 2013.
Submit proposal online
Further Information

CoursEval - Teaching Evaluations
Next Step, Accessing Results
Access to responses by the faculty member is controlled by the administrator. Survey results are not released until after grades are submitted (normally three weeks following the last day of exams).
Reasons that courses may not appear include: Course enrolment is less than 6 or the number of completed course evaluations is 5 or less. To access the secure website for results, you will need to sign in with your CWL
NEW for Faculty & Teaching Assistants in 2013!
Teaching with Technology Workshop Series
The Centre is offering an exciting new series of workshops beginning in January entitled “Teaching with Technology”. Each workshop or presentation will be specifically targeted to one technology related skill. Lasting less than an hour, the session will equip participants with information and strategies to enhance their teaching.

#1 - Social Media Tools in Connect
Friday, January 11th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331
The advent of social media tools has provided educators the opportunity to encourage student interaction and collaboration.  Connect provides access to a variety of social media tools including blogs, wikis, journals and podcasting tools.  This presentation will provide an overview of these tools as well as examine the new mashup tool available in Connect. The ability to use embed code to pull in content such as maps, images and Twitter feeds into a Connect course will also be examined. Register

#2 - Dropbox/Online Bookmarks/Cloud
Friday, January 18th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331
The premise behind Dropbox is it gives you access to your files no matter what computer or device you have at hand. Dropbox stores files with strong encryption on multiple servers and lets you get at your files quickly, easily from virtually any Internet-enabled device including your phone. Therefore use it as an automatic backup system for your files.  Use your UBC email and qualify for 25g free. Other storage services will be presented including ICloud and bookmark cloud apps. Register

#3 - Evernote/OneNote
Friday, January 25th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331
Evernote and OneNote are easy-to-use apps that help you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas, and improve productivity. Evernote is free and lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders--and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go. OneNote is a part of the Microsoft suite that serves essentially the same purposes. Register

#4 - Formatting Long Documents
Friday, February 1st, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331
This presentation examines Microsoft Word’s more advanced options. How should you set up the program for advanced academic writing? (Setting up Word, Using styles, Using captions, Using track changes). Register

#5 - Using Movie Maker
Friday, February 8th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331 Read More
#6 - PowerPoint to Video Conversion
Friday, February 15th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331 Read More
#7 - Blogging
Friday, March 1st, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331 Read More
#8 - PowerPoint Advanced Skills
Friday, March 8th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Rm: TBA Read More
#9 - Using the new UBC Video Server
Friday, March 15th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331 Read More
#10 - Blackboard Collaborate
Friday, March 22nd, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331 Read More
#11 - Using Video in Your Classroom
Friday, April 5th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, SCI 331 Read More

Copyright Modernization Bill
Tues. Jan. 8th, 10am - 11am, LIB 304
Wed. Jan. 16th, 11am - 12pm, ART 374
Facilitated by: Barbara Sobol and Sherri Savage

Amendments set out in Bill C-11 the Copyright Modernization Bill are now in effect to update the Canadian Copyright Act.  Find out how additional educational exceptions and changes to fair dealing  will affect you at UBC. Register
NEW for Faculty in 2013!
Assessing Students in Higher Education - Feb Start
This is an 8-part series of Assessment Workshops all directed to various aspects of assessing student learning in higher education.

#1 - Developing an Assessment Philosophy
Tuesday, February 12th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SCI 331
#2 - Connecting Assessment to Learning Outcomes
Thursday, February 28th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SCI 331
#3 - Communicating Your Assessment Plans
Tuesday, March 5th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SCI 331
#4 - Using Rubrics
Tuesday, March 19th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SCI 331
#5 - Feedback
Tuesday, April 2nd, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, SCI 331

Assessment Workshop Series - Scheduled for Fall 2013
#6 - Assessing Team Work
#7 - Self and Peer Assessment
#8 - Assessment in Large Classes
Research Week 2013
Monday to Friday, March 4th to 8th
Call for presentations!
Faculty are invited to present in two areas:
1. Examples of undergraduate research opportunities that exist in your courses
2.Your own research into teaching and learning (SoTL)
The Centre for Teaching and Learning will host presentations on:
Friday, March 8th, ,10:30am- 2:30pm, SCI 331
Contact Heather Hurren if you are interested in presenting at this year’s event.
Foundations Credentialing Certification
January 8th, 9th, and 10th Series from 9:00am - 12:00pm
January 8th, 9th, and 10th Series from 3:30pm - 6:00pm

1. Pedagogical Discussion and Training. Participants will attend the Instructional Skills Seminar.
UBC Okanagan Instructional Skills Seminar (ISS) is a 12 hour program. Each ISS ideally is comprised of 4-6 participants. Participants review basic ideas about teaching and learning and are encouraged to try new instructional strategies within the safe environment of the group. The ISS is a developmental activity and involves peer and self-evaluation.

During the ISS, students have an opportunity to work closely with peers to improve each other’s teaching and practice a variety of instructional techniques. They will practice using learning objectives, plan and conduct short lesson plans, and give and receive constructive feedback.

In the ISS, each participant takes on the roles of both instructor and learner. Each participant prepares and conducts 2 ten minute mini-lessons and when delivering the lesson becomes the instructor. When someone else in the group is the instructor, the other participants are the learners. Immediately following each mini-lesson, learners give the instructor feedback on the effectiveness of the mini-lesson. This feedback takes 2 forms: written feedback (using sheets provided in this resource package) and verbal feedback guided by the facilitator. Mini-lessons are recorded and participants are encouraged to review their recording prior to their next mini-lesson.
Please have your TA's Register for the AM workshop or
Please have your TA's Register for the PM workshop

2. Participants will attend three CTL approved teaching workshops and prepare a critical reflection of their relevance.
The workshops may be chosen from the following: Using Technology, Active Learning, Helping Students Learn, Ethics, and Giving Students Feedback.

Using Technology (TA Credentialing Program)
Wednesday, January 16th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm SCI 331
An exploration of the current technology that may be used in university teaching. This course will be designed based upon the needs of the enrolled group but will also cover new technology used.
Please have your TA's Register

Active Learning (TA Credentialing Program)
Wednesday, January 23rd, 3:30pm - 4:30pm SCI 331
"I seek a method by which teachers teach less and learners learn more." Johann Comenicus. "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember.
I do and I understand." Confucius.
Please have your TA's Register

Faculty Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Tuesday's, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, SCI 200
Wednesday's, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, SCI 200

TA Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Wednesday's, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, SCI 200
Tech Tips

Video Capture and Publication
In conjunction with IT Services, the Centre for Teaching and Learning has established an area where faculty can easily create and publish video resources. These resources can serve a wide range of purposes including the introduction of lecture materials, the creation of Khan style resources and the creation of resources that review complex course materials. Once created, the video resources are easily published to a UBC server and can be linked to Connect courses or shared as standalone resources.  If you are interested in developing video based learning objects to support your instruction, please contact Bruce Young at 250-807-9027.