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teaching and Learning in action

Teaching and Learning in Action

resource of the month

The Dynamic Classroom: Engaging Students in Higher Education by Catherine Black

This resource is available for loan from the Centre

scholarly teaching
Coming in May

May 6 & 7
11th Annual Learning Conference Making an Impact: Transforming the Student Experience

May 11-14
Course (Re) Design Seminar

May 28 and 29
Scholarly Inquiry Intensive


Indigenizing the Curriculum
3-Day Workshop

Date: June 8, 9, and 10, 2015 at UFV Abbotsford Cost: $289 for visitors to UFV. Space is limited. To register, please contact

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.

Adjunct / Sessional
Bill Latta

Course (Re) Design 
Heather Hurren

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz

Janine Hirtz

Vania Chan

ctl tEAM

Peter Arthur, PhD

Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Tricia Lalli
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
Learning Instructional Support Specialist

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11th Annual Learning Conference
Making an Impact: Transforming the Student Experience
May 6 and 7, 2015

Register Now!

The conference will open with a keynote by Dr. Alec Couros, Associate Professor of Information and Communication Technologies at the University of Regina. Alec is a scholar and advocate of openness in distributed learning environments. He has facilitated hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally.

Click here to register

Scholarly Inquiry Intensive May 28th and 29th, 2015

Faculty are invited to participate in a 2-day intensive seminar to design their research project in a highly supported, retreat-like environment on campus. Facilitators Peter Arthur and Heather Hurren will facilitate the 2 day event. No SoTL or research experience is required – all you need is curiosity or questions about teaching and learning. The two day event will assist in developing your research project from your initial curiosity/question to research methodology to ideas for dissemination. The two day event is planned for May 28 & 29th. Applications are invited with a deadline of May 15th.

Free for UBC Faculty

Application Form

Library Resources for Teaching and Learning

Learning about teaching strategies in higher education is as close as your library. UBC Okanagan Library has an extensive collection of books to help faculty enhance their teaching skills. Find books on instructional techniques, using technology in the classroom, assessment, mentoring, and collaborative learning. Click here to access the library guide: Resources for Teaching and Learning In Higher Education. This guide prefers Firefox or Chrome browsers.

Library contact: Jan Gattrell

More Learning, Less Grading

Thu, April 2, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: EME2202
Facilitator: Greg Garrard Associate Professor, Sustainability
A workshop to explain how to shift assessment workload from the instructor to the students. The discussion will be based on UK research into evidence-based assessment for learning.
Register Now

Teaching Portfolios

Mon, April 20, 2 10:30 AM -11:30 AM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Peter Arthur
The workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio.
Participants will be given examples.
Register Now

Examining and Creating Learning Outcomes for Your Courses

Thu, April 23, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

Let’s talk about what learning outcomes are, how they align with assessment and practice creating them or critiquing existing ones.
Register Now

Course (Re)Design Seminar

Mon, May 11 - Thu, May 14
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Session Leaders: CTL Team
Location: TBA

Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course.

Application deadline is April 15th.

Application Form

Thank a Prof!

The CTL offers a program for students to informally thank their professors, entitled Thank a Prof. Students go online and submit their instructors name and the reasons they are thanking them and then the CTL posts these profs on our website and the instructors receive a letter indicating that they were recognized by their students. Here is a list of those professors recognized in March:

Eric Zvaniga
Blythe Nilson
Jordan Stouck
Karis Shearer
Tara Carpenter
Levi Gahman
Chris McNeil
Matt Husain
Carlos Rasi
Karen Perry
Diana Carter
Myron Campbell
Norine Webster

Teaching and Learning Showcase

The Centre of Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce a new section has been added to the Centre’s web site. The new section is titled the UBCO Teaching and Learning Showcase and features instructors who are using innovative teaching strategies to enhance teaching and learning on the Okanagan Campus. The pages can be accessed here.

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Tel: (250) 807-9293