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Your CTL Team is ready for action!
Let us know how we can assist you in promoting and supporting your pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. Check out the various instructional supports and workshops we offer. Please come visit us in SCI 200, we would like to hear from you!


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.

CofP - Teaching Large Classes
Mtg set for Monday, October 7th

2:30pm - 3:30pm, in SCI 331
Participants will share best practices when teaching large class sizes. All are welcome! Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Course (Re) Design, Please contact
Heather Hurren to join this CofP

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

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

Adjunct/Sessional, Please contact
Bill Latta
to join this on-line CofP

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

Instructional Writing, Please contact
Jordan Stouck 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

Resource of the Month

The Centre for Teaching and Learning is developing both print and video resources to support the implementation and use of BlackBoard Connect.  The list of resources is being constantly updated and interested faculty can find these supports at Connect Help.

Scholarly Teaching
Each month we will post a journal article about research into teaching and learning. Please take time to read and reflect on the readings as they may impact your teaching and learning situation. We will be hosting a discussion board through a connect shell where you can add your comments and also suggest other articles of interest. If you wish to be added to this Blackboard Connect shell please email Heather Hurren at the Centre with your CWL ID.

October Article......
How Effective are Self- and Peer Assessment of Oral Presentation Skills Compared with Teachers’ Assessments?

October Instructional Strategy......Quotations

IMPORTANT: Available to Faculty,
Midpoint Feedback Templates
The Centre for Teaching and Learning will offer two templates for faculty to use from October 7th to 25th. These templates can be uploaded to a BlackBoard Connect shell that will be available to your students, but not available to you. CTL will send you the anonymous results. If you are interested in getting feedback from  your students on how the course is going for them so far, please contact Heather Hurren at the Centre to arrange a Midpoint Feedback set-up for your courses.

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

Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Wednesday's, 3pm - 4pm, SCI 200

Head's Up - coming in NOVEMBER!
Nov 1st - Web Based Tools
Nov 5th - Using Video to support instruction and assessment
Nov 13th - Just in Time Course Design
Nov 13th - D.A.T.E - See Below
Nov 15th - SoTL #2: Quantitative Research Methods
Nov 19th - Assessment #8: Assessment in Large Classes
Nov 26th - SoTL #3: Qualitative Research Methods

NOVEMBER: D.A.T.E. Discussions About Teaching Excellence with Dr. John Wagner, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Wednesday, November 13th,
12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331
The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion will begin with Dr. John Wagner presenting his insights on 'Teaching Excellence. This will be followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic. Please Register

CTL Team
Peter Arthur, PhD

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

Janine Hirtz, M.A.(Education)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Vania Chan, B.Sc., M.A. (Candidate)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Bruce Young, M.HK. B.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Bill Latta, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

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October 2013 Newsletter

Special CTL Features for October!

Having trouble......
Formatting Long Documents?
Dr. Deborah Roberts will show you how in this two part workshop series.
Part 1: Friday, October 4th,
10:30am - 12:00pm, Room SCI 331
Part 2: Friday, October 11th,
10:30am - 12:00pm, Room SCI 331
Dr. Deborah Roberts from the UBCO Faculty of Engineering will share her knowledge regarding this topic. Past attendees have found Dr. Roberts’ insights and suggestions extremely valuable in working with long documents. The workshop will run over two 90 minutes sessions and it is strongly recommended that registrants plan on attending both sessions as the information provided will build from one session to session. Please note this is limited seating (25) for this two part workshop and attending both sessions is recommended as each session will introduce unique concepts. Setup features for advanced academic writing will be discussed. Topics will include: Setting up Word • Using styles • Using captions • Using track change. Register

Using Twitter in the Classroom - hashtags, live-tweeting & more!
With Dr. Christine Schreyer, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Wednesday, October 16th,
9:30am - 10:50am, Room SCI 331
This workshop explains how I've used Twitter in my classes since the fall of 2012, including best practices, student reactions, and the basics of how to use Twitter. In the workshop, we'll look at the hashtags for my courses (#ANTH474, #ANTH377, #ANTH270, #ANTH473 and #ANTH170) to see how they work and, depending on interest, work on setting up your own Twitter accounts for teaching. Please bring laptops, tablets, smart phones to see the examples in action. Register

3rd Annual Provost's Forum on Open Access
Monday, October 21st,
1:30pm - 2:30pm, Room UNC 200
You are invited to join our Provost and invited panel consisting of Dr. John Willinsky (Stanford University), Dr. Lawrence Berg (UBC Okanagan Faculty) and Laura Thorne (UBC Okanagan Library) in a lively discussion on the Open Access movement.  *light refreshments provided. Register

UBC Survey Tool
Tuesday, October 8th,
1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room SCI 331
Do you need to create a survey quickly?
The UBC Survey Tool might be a powerful answer to your needs. This workshop will demonstrate how you can use this tool to create and edit survey questions, publish the survey and invite identified respondents to complete it; analyze the resulting data in a number of ways, and share the results as you wish. UBC hosts the Enterprise Feedback Management (EFM) survey solutions. It is Canadian-hosted, complying with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All data is stored and backed up in Canada. Register

Assessment Series #7 - Self and Peer Assessment
Tuesday, October 15th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room SCI 331
This workshop will discuss best practices with using self-assessment with your students as well as peer assessment for team/group work. Register

Kaltura - Creating and Posting Video Resources in BlackBoard Connect
Friday, October 18th,
10:30am - 12:30pm, Room SCI 331
The use of video as an instructional and assessment tool is becoming wide spread in higher education. In order to meet this demand, UBC has implemented a video streaming solution called Kaltura that is integrated into our Connect learning management system. This new system will provide both faculty and students that ability to upload locally created video as part of the instructional process. Students can also upload video from a range of sources include cell phones and tablets as part of an assignment or class discussion. This workshop will provide an over of Kaltura and how it is integrated into Connect. A hands-on opportunity will be provided in other to allow attendees an opportunity to upload video into courses. An overview of possible uses of this new tool will also be provided. Register

Peer Review
Tuesday, October 29th, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Room SCI 331
This workshop will examine the process of peer review and be an information session for those needing to be peer reviewed for tenure and promotion, those interested in having a peer review done for formative reasons, and for those who have been given the task of reviewing their peers. Register

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Workshop Series....You missed #1 - Developing a Research Question, but you still have time to register for #2, #3, #4, and #5 so, Register Now!

#2 - Quantitative Research Methods
Friday, November 15th, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Room SCI 331
Facilitator: Stephanie McKeown, Planning and Institutional Research

#3 - Qualitative Research Methods
Tuesday, November 26th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331
Facilitator: Dr. Rachelle Hole, School of Social Work

#4 - BREB Preparation/ RISE System
Monday, December 2nd, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Room SCI 331
Facilitator: Dr. Carolyn Szostak, IKBSAS, Psychology

#5 - Writing a Research Proposal
Tuesday, December 3rd, 10:30am - 11:30am, Room 331
Facilitators: Kristen Korberg, Research Services Office
and Lainna El Jabi, Research Facilitator

Workshop Series Schedule for October!

Marking Mid-Terms
Wednesday, October 2nd, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Room LIB 312
Grading and Feedback (FCCS TA's Only)
Monday, October 7th, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, Room ART 382
Helping Students Learn
Wednesday, October 16th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Room LIB 312
Writing for the Academic Job (FCCS TA's Only)
Thursday October 17th, 11:00am - 12:00pm, Room TBA

Crafting an Effective Presentation (FCCS TA's Only)

Friday, October 25th, 10:00am - 11:00am, Room TBA
Friday, October 25th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Room TBA
Giving Students Feedback
Wednesday, October 30th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Room LIB 312

Tech Tips

Teaching Assistant Foundations Credentialing Program is a WIN, WIN for Faculty, TA's and Students......
This program is a benefit to all undergraduate students attending classes and seminars with TA's that have received or are working toward their Credential. The feedback from Teaching Assistant’s is that they are better prepared, have a clearer sense of appropriate leaning outcomes and are able to engage their students in meaningful active participation.

The Teaching Assistants themselves can now offer evidence of preparedness for teaching in higher education. With an ever more demanding job market the Credentialing Certificate is a valuable addition to their resume.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning was pleased to work in partnership with the School of Engineering, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, Earth Sciences, Kinesiology, Psychology and Biology Laboratory Coordinators in crafting a Teaching Assistant Foundations Credentialing course design that would reflect the specific needs of their discipline.

In Fall 2012 there were 31 Graduate students registered in the TA Foundations Credentialing Program, this Fall the enrollment exploded to 142 - proof, that this program provides an opportunity to advance graduate students’ pedagogical, academic, and professional progress as well as enhance the instructional quality of the UBC Okanagan campus course offerings.

Tech Tips

Free Music
Faculty and students are often looking for free music that can be used to enhance presentations and video productions. A number of music creators are licensing their works under the Creative Commons Licenses.  A list of web sites that provide access to music which fall under Creative Commons’ flexible copyright licenses are listed below. If you are interesting in using a piece from one of these sites:

  • Check the licensing attached to the music
  • Ensure properly credit the musician and the track.
  • Express the CC license the track is under.