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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, Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

Teaching Large Classes,Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

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
Bill Latta 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

CTL Library now has professional development books to loan. Preview our titles here or drop in to view the collection.

Contact the CTL Team

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

April 2013

Register Now!!!
9th Annual Learning Conference!
Enhancing Student Learning

Wednesday & Thursday, May 1st & 2nd

This year’s conference features approximately 30 sessions with presenters from 6 different universities. Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Pat Rogers is currently the Vice-Provost: Teaching and Learning, Wilfred Laurier University and Past- President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Join us in this sharing and celebration of “Enhancing Student Learning”!!

Complete program available here

Register online at: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/conference/register

UBC Okanagan Flexible Learning Pre-conference
Tuesday, April 30
A number of preconference workshops have been planned to provide faculty with an overview of some of the tools that can be used to support flexible learning as it aligns with their pedagogy. All sessions will take place in Science 331 unless otherwise indicated.

Session 1: Using Blackboard IM
Tue, April 30, 2013 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young

Blackboard Instant Messenger is a free tool within the Black Connect environment. This session will provide an overview of this tool and focus on how instructors can use it to establish virtual office hours as well as create a collaborative online environment in their classes. Register

Session 2 Discussions, Blogs, Wikis and Journals
Tue, April 30, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, SCI 331
Presenter: Brigitte La Normande - Blogs
Daniel Keyes - Discussions
Ben Nilson - Wikis
Presenter Pending - Journals

UBCO faculty members will share their experiences regarding tools that encourage student engagement. These tools can be used for a variety of purposes and this session will provide insights and recommendations from faculty members past experiences.

Session 3 Adding Audio and Converting PowerPoint Slides into videos
Tue, April 30, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, SCI128
Presenter: Bruce Young

Many instructors have created a range of instructional materials and resources using Microsoft PowerPoint. When this content is placed online, an important component that is often missing is audio explanations of key concepts and ideas. PowerPoint 2011 for the Mac and PowerPoint 2010 allows users to easily add audio content to slides and then save them as a movie for posting online. This hands-on session will take participants through this process. Register

Need to Submit Your End of Term Student Grades?
We have regular drop in times to provide assistance with setting up your Grade Center in BlackBoard Connect, calculating final grades and uploading student final grades to FSC (Faculty Service Centre).  Please bring your laptop if you have one.

Grade Center and Blackboard Connect Drop-In
Tuesday April 9, 16, 23: 2:30pm - 4:00pm, Room SCI 200
Wednesday April 10, 17, 24: 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Room SCI 200

or email elearning.ubco@ubc.ca for an appointment

Teaching with Technology - Using Video in Your Classroom
Fri, April 5, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Science Building, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young

This session will provide an overview of how video can be used to support instruction and how the new video storage solution can be used to create YouTube type resources for your class. Information regarding video based student assignments will also be provided. Register

Course (Re)Design Seminar
Full 4-Day Seminar Monday, May 6th - Thursday, May 9, 2013. 9:00am - 3:00pm

Course (Re)Design Application Form >>

For more information about the seminar go to:

Adjunct Faculty Support
Adjunct faculty play a vital role in creating a rich learning environment at UBC Okanagan.  The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support for all models of teaching and learning that adjunct faculty are engaged in.  These supports include, but are not limited to, consultation on issues related to instruction, and use of the many e-Learning tools available at UBCO.

For more information, please contact:

Bill Latta
Learning Support Specialist
Centre for Teaching and Learning
Office: Sci 200
Phone: 250 807 8270
E-mail: bill.latta@ubc.ca

Blackboard / Connect Notice to Summer Course Instructors:
Your Summer 2013 Term I and II courses are now available to you in Blackboard Connect.  You can login with your CWL ID to http://connect.ubc.ca  
While the course is available to you for creating and adding content – it is NOT available to your students.  In order to make your course available to students, please click on the link provided for video / print tutorials.
You can – make your course available, change the start date and copy content from a previously taught Blackboard Course.  www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/elearning/toolkit/blackboard/help
For all other requests (ie: adding instructors and/or TAs) please click here to complete the Course Set up form.   If you have any questions or concerns or if you do NOT see a course that you are teaching, please email elearning.ubco@ubc.ca and your inquiry will be promptly addressed.  

Tech Tips


Mediasite 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 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.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning has established a mini studio that uses Mediasite coupled with interactive Smart Technologies, a document camera as well as video camera which allow faculty to create video resources that can be integrated into their online courses. In addition, the setup also allows for the use of an Ipad to create of Khan Academy type resources. To find out more please contact Bruce Young at 250-807-9027