teaching in actin

Fall 2013 - Here they come!
.....and the Centre for Teaching and Learning 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 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, Please contact
Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Teaching Large Classes, 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

REMEMBER: The Centre for Teaching and Learning office in SCI 200 has, for your borrowing pleasure, a library of teaching resources.

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.

September Article......
The problem of free-riding in group projects: Looking beyond social loafing as reason for non-contribution by D. Hall & S. Buzwell

September Instructional Strategy.......Jigsaw Method

ATTENTION: new tech in SCI 331
Creating Video Supports for the Flipped and Flexible Classroom
Tuesday, September 24th,
1:00pm - 2:00pm, Room SCI 331

This season will feature the use of newly established video resources in SCI 331. These resources can be used to support a variety of instructional strategies including Blended Learning, the creation of micro lectures as well as supporting Flipped Classroom and just in time initiatives. Faculty and students can work in partnership to create valuable instructional resources and learning artifacts. The available technology can enable the creation of lecture and video content generated from the desktop as well as the lecture theatre in an easy non-technical manner. This new facility integrates interactive Smart Technologies, a document camera as well as video camera to allow faculty to create video resources that can be integrated into their online courses. This session will highlight the use of these tools. Register

Faculty Blackboard Connect and Copyright Drop-In
Tuesday's, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, SCI 200, Starting September 10th
Wednesday's, 1pm - 3pm, SCI 200, Starting September 4th

Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Wednesday's, 3pm - 4pm, SCI 200, Starting September 11th

 Head's Up - coming in October!
October 8th - UBC Survey Tool
October 15th - Assessment #7
October 18th - Kaltura
October 29th - Peer Review

CTL Team
Peter Arthur, PhD, Director

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

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

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

September 2013

D.A.T.E. Discussions About
Teaching Excellence with
Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos,
Associate Dean, School of Engineering

Tuesday, September 24th,
12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room EME 1202
Topic: Incorporating professional practice examples in undergraduate lectures!
The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion will begin with Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos presenting examples of demonstrating the relevance of topics covered in lectures by relating them to 'real life' examples. This will be followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic. Please Register

3M Award Information Session
Wednesday, September 18th, 2:30pm - 3:30pm, Room TBA
Presenters: Dr. Carol-Ann Courneya, Cellular & Physiological Sciences and Dr. Peter Arthur, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Faculty are invited to this information session on the 3M Teaching Award. The 3M National Teaching Fellows are given to 10 recipients per year from all across Canada’s universities. Every year, 10 Canadian professors are recognized for their exceptional contributions to teaching and learning by the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, created by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 3M Canada. Register

Teaching Portfolios
Friday, September 6th, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Room SCI 331
This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples. Register

Kaltura - Creating and Posting Video Resources in Connect
Tuesday, September 10th,
1:00pm - 1:50pm,
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

Advanced PowerPoint
Friday, September 13th, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Room SCI 331
This session will allow participants an opportunity to examine some advanced features in Microsoft PowerPoint including the use of master slides, animations and action buttons. The ability to create media rich presentations that include video, audio clips as well as narrations will be explored. tools that allow presentations to be converted a movie file will also be demonstrated. Register

Teaching Squares
Monday, September 16th, Room 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. Please contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, directly at heather.hurren@ubc.ca, if you are interested in joining the Fall 2013 Teaching Squares Group. Register

Midpoint Feedback
Tuesday, September 17th, 1:00pm - 1:45pm, 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 Connect to facilitate midpoint feedback and that process will be explained.

Assessment Series #6 - Assessing Team Work
Friday, September 20th, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Room SCI 331
This workshop will address best practices when assessing teamwork. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas as well as team assignments they are struggling with. Register

Friday, September 27th, 10:30am - 11:30am, 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. Register

NEW: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Workshop Series.....
Register for one or all in this exciting series!

#1 - Developing a Research Question
Thursday, September 26th, 12:00pm - 12:50pm, Room SCI 331
Facilitator: Dr. Carol Scarff, Faculty of Education

#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


Foundations Credentialing Certification
General Workshop Series Schedule
September 4th, 5th and 6th from 9:00am - 12:00pm, SCI 331
September 11th, 12th and 13th from 3:30pm - 6:30pm, SCI 331
September 17th, 18th and 19th from 3:30pm - 6:30pm, SCI 331

Foundations Credentialing Certification
(Earth Sciences TA's Only) Workshop Series Schedule
September 4th, 5th and 6th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Room SCI 331

Teaching Assistant Orientation
Tuesday, September 10th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Room ART 114
This important workshop for all newly appointed TA’s will acquaint you with the various resources available to you on the UBC-O campus to increase the effectiveness of your assistance to undergraduate students. Register

Teaching Assistant Workshop Buffet
Saturday, September 14th, 9:00am - 3:00pm, Room ART 104
The TA buffet is a unique opportunity to begin the credentialing program on a Saturday morning when you are free of other university expectations. A pizza lunch is served. After lunch there is an introduction to Connect. Almost all TA’s will be expected to use Connect as part of their responsibilities. Register

Interactive Learning (FCCS TA's Only)
Monday, September 16th from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Room ART 382

Active Learning
Wednesday, September 25th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Room 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
Active learning has been defined as an approach to instruction in which students engage the material they study through reading, writing, talking, listening, and reflecting. Active learning stands in contrast to "standard" modes of instruction in which teachers do most of the talking and students are passive. (Center for Teaching and Learning) Univ of Minnesota. Register

Marking for Psychology Teaching Assistants
Friday, September 27th, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Room SCI 331
This important workshop for all newly appointed TA’s will acquaint you with the various resources available to you on the UBC-O campus to increase the effectiveness of your assistance to undergraduate students. Register

Tech Tips

Fall 2013 Teaching Expo
Every year the Teaching Expo is a great success, Fall 2013 Expo was no exception. We experienced record breaking attendance. This year we had over 30 workshops and seminars for faculty. Thanks to all the faculty and staff that helped out. Happy Teaching!