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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: See you in the New Year!

Teaching Large Classes, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Tues. Nov. 20th, 9:30-10:20am

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

Resource of the Month

The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning – Volume 3, Issue 1 (2012)

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, 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 and search @UBCOCTL
CTL Blog or http://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoctl/

Need to put materials on Reserve?
Connect with your Library!
The Library is providing a new way to place your course materials on reserve. Simply log in to Connect, select the course, and use the Library Course Reserve link provided to add reserve items. This will allow you to manage not only print reserve material, but also provide links to online readings and other formats such as streaming audio and video.

Come to a drop in session at  the CTL  on Tuesdays between 2:30 – 4:00pm or Wednesdays between 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Contact your subject librarian or Sherri Savage (250)-807-8410. Online tutorials

Connect (Blackboard) Update
While many of our faculty have started using Blackboard in Connect this past term, there may be new tools that you would like to learn about using.  Please check out our Faculty Events as we are continuing to offer many workshops and drop in sessions throughout the term. 

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

Head's Up - coming in December!

Dec 3rd - Just in Time Course Design
Dec 25th - Santa


November 2012

D.A.T.E. Discussions About
Teaching Excellence
with Dr. Naomi McPherson,
Associate Professor, IKBSAS,
Cultural Anthropology

Wednesday, November 21st,
12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331

Topic: Does Chalk and Talk lend itself
to Passive (or no) Learning!

Technology in the classroom has become de rigueur; a kind of blackboard bling intended to enhance learning by presenting material in a form familiar to the student, such as web pages, sound bites, colour, changing images, YouTube clips. Are we really catering to a viable learning process, or succumbing to the marketing hype and contributing to short attention spans, lack of ability to focus, and information as a substitute for knowledge.

The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Naomi McPherson will provide her insights into teaching excellence followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic.
Please Register

Important Notice: New This Year!
Please be aware that students will be completing the Teacher Evaluations Questionnaires online. Look for an email in your mailbox on Monday, November 5th to verify your courses for evaluation. Should you have any questions, please contact Lynne McPherson.

Did you fill "IT" out last month.........NO!
well this is your chance to submit your input!
Faculty Survey for Input on the Centre for Teaching and Learning Programming, please take a few minutes to give us feedback and suggestions about future programming. Your assistance will help us plan for another successful year. The survey covers general use of CTL workshops, Mid-Winter Break planning and annual Learning Conference planning.
CTL Programming Survey or drop into the CTL office in SCI 200 and fill one out.

SoTL Brown Bag Discussion - Luncheon Series
Guest Speaker: Sandy Hilton, Faculty of Management
Topic: Helping Students Develop as Professionals

Tuesday, November 6th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331
Helping students develop as professionals; some evidence from students and educators.
Please Register

Java Junction
Topic: Inclusive Classrooms!

Monday, November 26th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Room SCI 200
Join Leah Sanford and Kamilla Bahbahani along with other UBCO faculty in a discussions about inclusive classrooms..
Further Information


Just in Time Course Design
Tuesday, November 13th, 9:00am - 3:00pm, Room SCI 331
Don’t have time to commit to the four day Course (Re)Design Seminar? Come for one day and learn about constructive alignment of learning outcomes, content choices, instructional strategies and assessment. This will assist in planning your courses for fall. For more information contact Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development.
Please Register

Blackboard Connect and Social Media Tools
Tuesday, November 20th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room TBA
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 session will explore 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 and images into a course will also be examined.
Please Register

Getting Started with Blackboard Connect
Tuesday, November 20th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129
This session will provide a baseline overview to help you get started with BlackBoard Connect, focusing on navigation, adding content, and communication tools.    Great for instructors who are just starting to use BlackBoard Connect or who are preparing for next semester.
Please Register

Screen Capture Tools
Tuesday, November 27th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129
How can you use the goals and objectives of the course to provide useful written feedback to students. This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the elements of constructive feedback as well as what data should inform it.
Please Register

Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Every Tuesday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Room SCI 200
Every Wednesday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Room SCI 200

Connect Support for Students
Do your students need help with the transition to Connect?  Are they uncertain of where to log in or how to access course materials?  Students at Okanagan campus have three avenues for support:
Online resources at connect.ubc.ca. over the phone at 250-807-9611, or in person between 8:00am - 9:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am - 4:30pm Friday.

TELL Your Teaching Assistant - November 2012.....

Teaching with Technology, TA Credentialing Program
Wednesday, November 14th, 3:30pm - 6:30pm, Room SCI 236
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 Register

Course Design, TA Credentialing Program
Wednesday, November 28th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Room SCI 236

The learning outcomes of the course and the assessments planned to measure the achievement of those outcomes; including:
- Articulation of learning objectives
- Appreciation of who your students are
- Identification of assessment strategies
- Planning of Instructional Strategies
- Planning of content
Please Register

Teaching Assistant - Blackboard Connect Drop-In Times
Every Wednesday, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Room SCI 200

Tech Tips

The Centre for Teaching and Learning has a BLOG!

This blog is designed to inform faculty at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus about the extensive program we offer. We promote and support excellence in teaching and learning and provide campus-wide support for all models of teaching and learning,

Our blog has been reasonably active. we welcome your contributions, just email the content to John Parry, Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Program, and John will post your blog!

Go to CTL Blog or key in at http://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoctl/ and sign up for twice weekly updates. Note that there is a spot for you to subscribe.