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You're Invited! 2012
Provost, Open Access Forum - The Democratization of Knowledge.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2:15pm-3:30pm

Provost Wesley Pue, Moderator
Open access provides faculty, students and global communities with unrestricted, online access to quality scholarly publications, learning environments and educational resources. Register Here or
RSVP to Lynne McPherson


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: Oct.. 2nd, 2:00-3:00pm SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes, Heather Hurren
Meetings are both in room SCI 331:
Thursday. October. 18th, 2:30-3:20pm
Tuesday. November 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

Teaching & Learning at
UBC's Okanagan Campus
A Guide for Instructors

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!
For September 2012, the Library will provide a new way to place your course materials on reserve.  Simply log in to Connect and use the Library Course Reserve link provided. 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 in the CTL office on Wednesday afternoons between 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Contact your subject librarian or Sherri Savage or phone (250)-807-8410.

An updated online guide to the new system will be announced and available soon.

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.  Winter Session hours are 8:00am - 9:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:00am - 4:30pm Friday.
  • See the Learning Commons Assistants in the Library.  Hours during the term will be posted in the Learning Commons

Head's Up - coming in November!

Nov 6th - SoTL Brown Bag Lunch with Sandy Hilton
Nov 13th - Just in Time Course Design
Nov 13th - Blackboard and Social Media
Nov 14th - TA's - Teaching with Technology
Nov 20th - Getting Started with Blackboard Connect
Nov 21st - D.A.T.E. - Naomi McPherson
Nov 26th - Java Junction - Inclusive Classroom
Nov 27th
- Screen Capture Tools
Nov 28th - TA's - Course Design

Will the following faculty members please pick up your gift in SCI 265
Adam Jones, Brian Rasmussen. Anne Fleming, Dennis Tetreau, and Jeannette Armstrong. Thank you!


October 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

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. Thanks in advance!
CTL Programming Survey

CTL Services for Faculty
Centre staff are available for individual or group consultations for:

1. Formative development of teaching - Centre staff can work with you on specific or general teaching skills through observation and reflection, recording and discussion and other means that you choose.

2. Review and reflection of student evaluations of your teaching.

3. Discussion, research and implementation of innovative techniques for teaching and learning.

You may find it useful to talk to a teaching consultant at the Centre. Our consultants have teaching experience, have worked with dozens of faculty and taught/observed hundreds of classes. They can assist in your planning for successful student learning.
Further Information

SoTL Brown Bag Discussion - Luncheon Series
Topic: Research Support Leads

Tuesday, October 16th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331
Hear about resources and contacts that could assist you in your research about teaching and learning.
Please Register

Java Junction
Topic: Peer Review!

Monday, October 29th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Room SCI 200
Whether you are being reviewed or doing the review, come with your questions and suggestions for best practice in creating a successful peer review process.
Further Information


i Peer
Tuesday, October 2nd, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331
If you incorporate team or group projects as learning activities, iPeer may be a useful tool as it allows students to deliver rubric based peer evaluations to assess individual and group performance. In this workshop we will review best practices for peer assessment and we will provide an overview of the iPeer application features and tools that make this an effective and efficient method for providing student feedback for group work and team projects.
Please Register

Getting Started with Blackboard Connect
Tuesday, October 2nd, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129
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

Tuesday, October 9th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331
Turnitin continues to be used on our campus by faculty to reinforce a commitment to academic integrity and to help prevent plagiarism. The software underwent an upgrade this past term and now an increasing number of faculty are using the grademark and peer review features available. This session will focus on understanding the originality reports and how to use Grademark as a sustainable marking option as it reduces printing costs and saves time. You will never lose another student’s paper and you’ll have a permanent accessible record of progress and comments at your fingertips. It’s the perfect solution for courses with multiple markers.
Please Register

Blackboard Connect Groups and Collaboration
Tuesday, October 9th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129
This workshop will provide faculty with a hands-on introduction to the Groups and Collaboration tools available in Connect.  Participants will be provided with an overview of how to facilitate collaboration within instructor established student groups using tools such as blogs and wikis. The ability for group members to exchange documents and submit group assignments will also be explored.
Please Register

Mentoring Markers - Getting TA's Started With Marking
Monday, October 15th, 10:30am - 11:30am, Room SCI 331
Tuesday, October 16th, 10:30am - 11:30am, Room SCI 331
This workshop is intended for faculty who have Teaching Assistants marking student assignments. You are encouraged to bring your TA to the workshop. What aids/supports do TA.’s need to assist them in successfully grading student work? Come to share best practices to facilitate smooth and efficient marking processes.
Please Register

Blackboard Connect Grade Centre Overview
Tuesday, October 16th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129
Tuesday, October 23rd, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129
Tuesday, October 30th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129
This session will provide a hands-on overview of the Connect Grade Centre including basic functions such as adding, modifying and removing grade columns; weighing grades by item or by category; dropping the lowest grade(s) and providing feedback on assignments and tests. Training will also include creating smart views of Grade Center content and organizing Grade Centre columns.
Please Register

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

TELL Your Teaching Assistant - October 2012.....

Helping Students Learn, TA Credentialing Program
Wednesday, October 17th, 3:30pm - 6:30pm, Room SCI 236
Participants will learn to recognize and appreciate multiple learning preferences. They will acquire knowledge of different teaching methods/strategies for various learners in the classroom and they will be able to assist students in the classroom by applying appropriate learning strategies.
Please Register

Giving Students Feedback, TA Credentialing Program
Wednesday, October 31st, 3:30pm - 6:30pm, Room SCI 236

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

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

Tech Tips

At the request of faculty - here it is!

Screen Capture Tools

Tuesday, November 27th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room FIPKE 129

Facilitated by: Bruce Young, e-Learning Specialist
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

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