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teaching and Learning in action

Teaching and Learning in Action

resource of the month

Collaborative Learning Techniques- A Handbook for College Faculty

by Elizabeth F. Barkley, Claire Howell Major,
& K. Patricia Cross

This resource is available for loan from the Centre

scholarly teaching

Learning Styles and Learning Spaces: Enhancing Experiential Learning in Higher Education

Author(s): Alice Y. Kolb and David A. Kolb

Academy of Management Learning & Education, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Jun., 2005), pp. 193-212

Coming in September

Introduction to Blackboard Connect for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Sessionals
Thursday September 10
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Academic Integrity and Working with Turnitin for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Sessionals
Tuesday, September 15
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Teaching Assistants

Foundations Credentialing Certification

General Workshop Series Schedule
August 19, 20 & 21 | Series ‘A’
9 a.m. to 1 2 p.m.
August 31, September 1 & 2 | Series ‘B’
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
September 9, 10 & 11 | Series ‘C’
3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
September 21, 22 & 23 | Series ‘D’
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

More Information



New Perspectives on Technology in Learning and Teaching

In photography a tilt-shift lens is used to alter perspective and determine which part of the image appears in sharp focus. This conference intends to apply those concepts to the practical uses of Technology in Learning and Teaching.

2015 Conference datesFriday September 25, 6:30-8:30pm &
Saturday September 26, 8:30am-3:30pm

Okanagan College KLO Campus, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC Canada

Cost: $50 + GST. Includes beverages and appetizers on Friday night, Continental Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch on Saturday.

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2nd Annual Symposium: Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching & Learning Practice

Location: Vancouver, B.C. (venue to be announced)

Save the Date:
Nov. 13, 2015

Call for Proposals: Open now until September 20, 2015

Building on the sold-out success of last year’s Symposium, we are reuniting to continue exploring and sharing our adventures in scholarly inquiry into our teaching and learning practice. Please plan to join us for a day of speakers, presentations, discussions and networking with colleagues who share an interest in research-based teaching and learning.

We welcome your proposals!

Registration will open Aug. 31, 2015

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

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

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Fall Teaching Expo Aug. 18th to
Sept. 4th

Getting Started with Connect (BlackBoard)

Tuesday, August 18
Tuesday, August 25
Tuesday, September 1
9:30 to 11:00 a.m.
This session will introduce you to Connect (BlackBoard), an online environment where instructors can create a course site for their students. Please bring your laptop or a USB drive with files that you would like to post in your Connect course.

Clickers Drop-In

Wednesday, August 19
Wednesday, August 26
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
For faculty who have used the i-Clicker system in previous years, drop by for assistance with setting up your software for the new semester. Please bring your laptop or USB drive and your blue clicker remote.
Note: Instructors who are new to using clickers are invited to book an appointment with Vania Chan (vania.chan@ubc.ca) for a more in-depth orientation session.

More Learning, Less Grading

Monday, August 24
1:30 to 3:00 p.m.
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.

Classroom Technology Tour

Wednesday, August 26
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
UBC’s Okanagan campus has a variety of audio visual (AV) technologies available in its classrooms. These include projection systems, document cameras, and audio systems. This session will be a walking tour where participants will have to opportunity to visit a large lecture theatre equipped with a wide range of AV technologies as well as one of our smaller class with limited technology.
A general overview of the available technologies will be provided.
Note: If you need a personalized orientation to the AV system in your classroom, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning in August at elearning.ubco@ubc.ca to schedule an appointment, before the busy September period.

Teaching Portfolios

Thursday, August 27
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Participants will begin work on a course they wish to design. This is a condensed version of the 4 day seminar so the process will be collapsed into one day.

Voice Care Workshop for Teaching

Friday, August 28
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Occupational voice users are vocal athletes and like athletes everywhere they are subject to the stresses, strains and injuries of performance. Teachers are wellknown to have voice problems more frequently than people in other occupations (Roy et al., 2001; Hunter & Titze, 2010). At UBCO, we have heard that professors have challenges preserving their voices especially with those three hour classes. We recognize the special needs of professors and want to offer you a seminar that will:
1. Teach proper care of your voice for teaching and in everyday life
2. Help you learn natural, efficient voice production for short and longer classes

Random Acts of Exercise for the Classroom

Tuesday, September 1
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sitting for long periods of time is not conducive to health or to learning, as attention deteriorates. The health of our students is paramount for their academic success. This workshop will be a “how to” session on how teachers, in any program or discipline, can simply add short exercise breaks into their lecture classes. No runners, exercise attire, or degrees in kinesiology necessary!

Technology at UBCO

Wednesday, September 2
9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
UBC Okanagan has many technologies that you will need to use to work efficiently. There are also many technologies available to help with teaching and learning. This session is for new and returning faculty to become oriented to Novell, Blackboard, LOCR, Connect, FSC, and CWL etc. This session will cover important aspects of accessing technology at UBC both on campus and off. Access your Novell account and F-drive space where you can store and back up your important files and documents, library databases, Blackboard Course Management software, Faculty Service Centre, wireless internet, UBC email, booking equipment and so much more. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.

First Class Success

Tuesday, September 1
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Participants will discuss best practices for creating a successful first class.

Learning Outcomes and Syllabus Design

Tuesday, September 1
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Participants will discuss best practices for creating a successful first class.

Adjunct Faculty Orientation

Thursday, September 3
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Adjunct faculty and sessional instructors are invited to participate in this session covering an orientation to the University of British Okanagan. This session will be relevant to all adjunct faculty and sessionals who have new or continuing appointments during the 2015/2016 academic year.
Topics covered in this session will include:
1. UBCO – A teaching overview
2. Your Department and Discipline
3. Establishing a Rapport with your students
4. UBCO Resources
a. Adjunct Faculty Virtual Office
b. Adjunct Faculty Handbook

Maximizing Student Success

Friday, September 4
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Learning centred environments provide students an opportunity to direct their own learning. This session focuses on strategies instructors may embed in their learning environments to assist students with improving their metacognitive skills.

New CTL Event Registration System

The UBCO CTL has implemented a new registration system for all Centre events and professional development opportunities.

At this time we require everyone - UBC affiliated or otherwise - to complete a onetime registration process for the CTL events system. If you already have a CWL please select the log in button to start the process. Complete the requested information and then  log out and log back into the system (http://okevents.ctlt.ubc.ca) to browse and register for events of interest. The new system will allow for registrants to monitor the events they are registered in.

Connect Course Access



Please note that students gain automatic access to your course through registration (and you need to make the course available).

If you are listed as the instructor of record you will be listed on the Connect course as the instructor and you will see the course sections listed on login with your cwl id at:www.connect.ubc.ca

If you are co-instructing a course you will see the course listed in Connect but you will not be listed as the instructor. 

If you require the addition of TAs or additional instructors to your course, please make this request through your department’s administration support staff. 

TAs should be added in SISC and then they will automatically receive the required access to Connect.  If they are added as a marker / grader – they will only have access to the Grade Center and able to mark assignments and quizzes.  They will not be able to communicate with students or create / edit content within Connect.  Please see your unit admin clerk if your TA does not have the required access to your Connect course.

If there are extenuating circumstances or if you unit admin person requires clarification, please have them contacttricia.lalli@ubc.ca orjanine.hirtz@ubc.ca

Thank you for your cooperation as UBC transitions to these new systems. 

If you are teaching a lecture or seminar course section your Blackboard Connect 2015W1 course(s) that start September 2015 are now available to instructors.

Please complete the request formif you require lab, tutorial or practicum course sections.

To copy existing content from a previously taught course

To make your course available to students 

Follow the steps to set up your new course and begin adding content

To merge course sections or cross listed course sections.




Centre for Teaching and Learning
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Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada
Tel: (250) 807-9293