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.
The Academic Development Centre at Mount Royal University is hosting its first Towards Scholarly Teaching spring professional development intensive May 19th - 22nd, 2015.
We invite you to join us in Calgary in May.
Program information and registration details are available here
Heather Hurren, M.Ed Manager, Academic Development
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
Monday, December 1,
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Session Leader: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331
This two hour session will offer participants a starting point for re-vamping a course or getting ready to teach a course for the first time. Topics examined will include: Learning Outcomes Alignment, Assessment of Student Learning, and Syllabus Creation. Register Now
Critical Thinking Community of Practice
Thursday, December 4th at
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Our December Community of Practice meeting speaker, Dr. Holger Andreas will lead a discussion titled Theories of Truth. Dr. Andreas teaches Philosophy at UBC Okanagan. Please join us for this upcoming session as we continue our exploration of critical thinking in higher education! Register Now
Individual Consultations with CTL Staff
A reminder that you are invited to consult with CTL staff on teaching, learning and research issues to assist in your planning for next term. Call or email to make an appointment.
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) 2015 Conference
You are invited to participate in the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) 2015 conference's Call for Proposals. For this 35th Annual STLHE conference, themed, “Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice”, the conference welcomes proposals on topic areas related to:
Teaching, assessment and evaluation
Curriculum design and learning outcomes
Leadership in teaching and learning
Learning environments & technology integration
Disciplines, language, and culture
Learners considerations and support
Research, scholarly inquiry and reflective practice
Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST.
For proposal support contact either Peter Arthur or Heather Hurren in the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Discussions About Teaching Excellence (D.A.T.E.)
Summary of Oct. 15th D.A.T.E.
Thanks to Christine Schreyer, Greg DuManoir & Stephen McNeil for leading the discussion on Student Use of Technology During Classtime!! It was a well-attended event drawing faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines.
The discussion focused on ways to implement student use of technology during class time and not much time was spent on banning technology, although a few rules about technology were shared such as:
Designating a particular area of the classroom that laptops/iPads could be used. The suggestion of one side of the room going from front to back seemed preferable to the front or the back.
Sharing an article right on the syllabus that shows the research of student grades declining because of distractions caused by misuse of technology during class time.
There was mention of a few courses where laptops or technology is discouraged because face to face communication skills are the focus.
It was pointed out that this is not a new problem, just a new version of an old problem that students may choose to do other things during class time (example given was bringing a magazine or newspaper to class and read that rather than pay attention). The goal is to engage students in the material/activity during class time so that they will see the advantage of on-task behavior and participation.
Students are encouraged to use their devices to look up content/answers during class time and also some reported that students are recording their lecture rather than taking notes. It was shared that students should be taught how to properly disseminate information via technology since that is the way of the future.
There were concerns that allowing the dependence on technology will diminish the student’s communication and social functioning abilities. Another concern was the limited capacity with wi-fi in many areas of the campus and for faculty and students it seems a never-ending activity of learning new software. The lack of computer labs for classtime use is an issue as well.
There was discussion about various pieces of technology ranging from chalk and chalkboard to document cameras to twitter feeds being used to ask questions in class. The key was to balance the use of technology and guide the use through your course learning outcomes. It was suggested that first year students need to develop the communication skills and classroom etiquette prior to depending on technology for interaction.
A concern was also raised about the over-use of technology from PowerPoint use, Blackboard Connect materials, downloading lecture videos and online testing to the extent that students will soon not have to come to class at all.
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