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Teaching and Learning in Action

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

resource of the month
scholarly teaching

Your Voice is Needed!!
Survey on a BC Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning Certificate

A group of us in BC’s Post-Secondary Teaching & Learning community (including those from SFU, UVic, VIU, UBC-O, and TRU) is seeking input from faculty and instructors about the development of a BC Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning Certificate.

Information on the proposed certificate, including scope and curriculum, rationale, comparison to similar programs in Canada (including the BC Provincial Instructor’s Diploma) and more is available here.

You are invited to complete the (anonymous) survey by Dec. 12

Towards Scholarly Teaching

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



This program will be offered as follows”

January 6th, 7th, and 8th, @ 9.00am

January 6th, 7th, and 8th, @ 4.00pm

January 12th, 13th, and 14th @ 4.30pm


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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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Course Construction Bootcamp

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
Location: SCI 331

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
  • Educational development
  • Leadership in teaching and learning
  • Learning environments & technology integration
  • Disciplines, language, and culture
  • Learners considerations and support
  • Research, scholarly inquiry and reflective practice

See http://stlhe2015sapes.ca/

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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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