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Your Okanagan campus, CTL team.........Would like to welcome you back for what will be another exciting year!
The Centre promotes and supports excellence in teaching and learning and provides campus-wide support for all models of teaching and learning, including online learning. Check us out in SCI 200! 


Communities of Practice

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 winter term.

Problem Based Learning, If interested please contact Heather Hurren

Course (Re) Design, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Oct. 2, 2-3pm SCI 331

Team Based Learning, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Sept. 17, 1-2pm SCI 331

Critical Thinking, Janine Hirtz
Meeting: Sept. 21, 10-11am

e-Learning, Janine Hirtz
Meeting: Sept. 24, 12-1pm

Clickers, Vania Chan
Meeting: Sept. 28, 11-12pm SCI 331

Instructional Writing, Carolyn Labun
Meeting: Sept. 21, 2-3pm

Teaching First Years, Peter Arthur
Meeting: TBA

Heather Hurren
Meeting: Sept. 11, 2:30-3:30pm SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Sept. 18, 2:30-3:30pm SCI 331

Twelve Weeks to a Journal Article,
Carolyn Labun
Meeting: Sept. 11, 3-4pm LIB 101

Joining the Scholarly Conversation, Carolyn Labun
Meeting: Sept. 19, 3-4pm LIB 101

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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

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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 1-3 pm
  • 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.

Congratulations & Thanks to
Dr. John J. Mitchell, University Professor for 48 years!
In celebration of his career, the Centre presents his biography, three interview questions and quotes from colleagues. Read More

 Head's Up - coming in October!
October 2nd - i Peer
October 9th - Turnitin
October 16th - SoTL Brown Bag
October 23rd - Connect Grade Center
October 29th - Java Junction - Peer Review


September 2012

D.A.T.E. Discussions About
Teaching Excellence
with Dr. Miriam Grant,
Vice Provost Research,
Dean, College of Graduate Studies

Tuesday, September 18th,
12:00pm - 12:50pm Room SCI 331

Topic: Pursuing Excellence in Graduate Supervision!
The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion will begin with Dr. Miriam Grant providing her insights into 'Pursuing Excellence in Graduate Supervision' followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic.
Please Register

Friday, September 7th, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Room EME 2181
This session will provide participants with practical solutions for delivering course materials in class and online in Connect / BlackBoard while adhering to legal obligations. A brief overview of the current copyright landscape will include a discussion of Canadian Copyright Law, Access Copyright and library license agreements. This will be followed by step-by-step instructions for various options for delivering course materials.
Please Register

CTL Orientation
Tuesday, September 11th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Room SCI 331
Thursday, September 20th, 10:30am - 11:30am, Room SCI 331
This workshop is open for all Faculty and will offer information and an overview of the Centre for Teaching and Learning programming and staff will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have. Come and find out how the CTL can assist you in your teaching and learning ventures and how you might become involved in CTL programming.
Please Register

Teaching Squares
Monday, September 17th, Location TBA
Faculty will be placed into a "Square" with three other instructors from diverse content areas. An initial meeting is held where participants meet to schedule classroom visits and discuss their goals for participating in the program. Each Square participant will visit one class per week and will be visited once a week by a Square participant. After all visits have been completed (3 weeks), the entire Square will reconvene to discuss what they discovered about their own teaching.

For more information, please contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, directly at heather.hurren@ubc.ca, if you are interested in joining the Winter 2012 Teaching Squares Group.
Please Register

Java Junction
Topic: Student Use of Personal Technologies in Class!

Monday, September 24th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm Room SCI 200
Student Use of Personal Technologies in Class - come for coffee and a chat about pertinent teaching and learning issues.
Please Register

Midpoint Feedback
Tuesday, September 25th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm Room SCI 331
In this workshop, participants will examine various midpoint feedback strategies and hear from faculty who currently use midpoint feedback to enhance their teaching and the student learning experience. The Centre offers a few templates that can be used within Vista to facilitate midpoint feedback and that process will be explained.
Please Register

SoTL Social
Tuesday, September 25th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm Room SCI 331
Interested in research about teaching and learning? Come to this informal social to hear from recent grant recipients what their research ideas are and share best practices.
Please Register

Blackboard Connect Extended Hours of Support
As part of our commitment to help faculty with the transition to Connect, eLearning specialist support hours will be extended during critical times.  Starting August 1st until September 14th, emails sent to elearning.ubco@ubc.ca will be a top priority and faculty can expect a response within a few hours of submitting a question or query.

In addition an eLearning specialist will be available for your Connect (online course management) and other eLearning technology related support needs in SCI 200 on Labour Day, Monday, September 3rd, from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.

A CTL support specialist will also be in SCI 200 during the first week of classes. Hours are as follows:
Monday, September 3rd, 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Tuesday, September 4th, 8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, September 5th,
8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 6th,
8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, September 7th,
8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:30pm

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

Heads Up to your Teaching Assistants for 2012.....

Teaching Assistant Orientation
Wednesday, September 12th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm Room SCI 396
This session is suggested for all Teaching Assistants. This introductory and overview is relative to your responsibilities and obligations as a TA. Attendees will receive the Guide to Effective Practices, a useful manual and reference. Those who attend will also be asked to suggest and participate in the planning of Fall 2012 TA workshops.
Please Register

Teaching Assistant Workshop Buffet
Saturday, September 15th,
9:00am - 12:30pm Room SCI 396
12:30pm - 3:00pm Room ART 215

This event will include a morning workshop, Instructional Practice and Lesson Basics; these will equip TA's to deal effectively with the face to face aspects of the position. A delicious pizza lunch will be served. The afternoon will focus on navigating BlackBoard Connect as a teaching assistant, including communication tools, grade center basics and the assignment dropbox.
Please Register

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

Fall 2012 Teaching Expo
Every year the Teaching Expo is a great success, Fall 2012 Expo was no exception. We experienced record breaking attendance. Please join us in thanking the faculty and staff members who shared their expertise in various workshops and presentations,
We couldn't have done it without you!