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resource of the month

Teaching At Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors

by Linda B. Nilson

This resource is available for loan from the library
LB2331 N55 2010.

scholarly teaching

Canadian Journal  for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Vol 6 Issue 3 (www.cjsotl-rcacea.ca)
"Teaching for Diversity in Teacher Education: Transformative Frameworks"
Karen O. Ragoonaden, Awneet Sivia, and Victorina Baxan

ISSOTL's Journal 'Teaching & Learning Inquiry' - Now Open Access!

Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI)-the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL)-is now available online and open access at TLIjournal.com

Coming in March

March 16
Teaching Large Classes Community of Practice

March 17
Reflective Practice Workshop- Session 3


2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference

Western University along with Fanshawe College will co-host the 2016 Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference. Mark your calendars for the 2016 conference in London, Ontario from June 21st-24th, 2016.

Festival of Learning

June 6-10, 2016
Delta Villa Hotel, Burnaby

A variety of events will occur during the week in the areas of course design, open education, SoTL, learning technologies, learning space design, leadership in faculty development and social activities. More information will be available soon, but for now, SAVE THE DATES!!!

Thresholds ConceptsThe 6th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference will be held at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada from June 15th to 17th, 2016.

For more information about the conference click here.

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

Experiential Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren

Teaching Online
Janine Hirtz

Critical Thinking
Janine Hirtz

Janine Hirtz

Vania Chan

ctl tEAM

Michelle Lamberson, PhD
Acting Director

Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Tricia Lalli, B.A.
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

Brian Powell,
M.A. (Applied Linguistics)

e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

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

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Teaching Assistant and Tutor Nominations Due February 8

Looking to recognize your TA or tutor for all their efforts? Make sure your nominations for the Provost Award for
Teaching Assistants and Tutors are delivered to your unit or department head by February 8.

12th Annual Learning Conference
Engaging and Learning in Authentic EnvironmentsKeynote Speaker:
Dr. Linda Nilson
May 4 & 5, 2016




We are pleased to welcome Dr. Linda Nilson as our keynote speaker as we address themes and recommendations of ASPIRE.

All faculty are invited to share their research into teaching and learning (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), their expertise and experiences in advancing student learning.

The conference theme “Engaging and Learning in Authentic Environments” invites faculty to explore these critical questions:

  • How can I engage my students?
  • What are authentic learning experiences?
  • What are authentic assessment practices?
  • How can technology enhance the student learning experience?
  • Are there opportunities for interdisciplinary learning experiences?
  • How do students learn best?
  • What does the research say about approaches to teaching and learning that are most effective?
  • How can we encourage self –directed learning?
  • How can my courses offer experiential learning?
  • Will flipped classrooms or flexible learning work in my teaching environment?
  • Is there room for community service learning in my discipline?

Proposals are invited in any one of these broad areas. All interested individuals or teams are invited to submit proposals in one of two formats: 45 minute interactive sessions or 30 minute roundtable presentations(over lunch).

To submit your proposal visit

Deadline for conference proposals is February 29, 2016.

Midpoint Feedback Information Session

February 1 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren
Participants will receive information on possible avenues to receive feedback from their students on how the term/course is progressing.
Register Now

Instructional Skills Seminar

February 2 - February 4
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Bill Latta
The Instructional Skills Seminar (ISS) is a three-session program. Participants review basic ideas about teaching and learning and are encouraged to try new instructional strategies within the safe environment of the group. The ISS is a developmental activity and involves peer and self-evaluation.
During this seminar, you will have the opportunity to work closely with peers to improve each other’s teaching by practicing a variety of instructional techniques. You will practice using learning objectives, plan and conduct short lesson plans, and give and receive constructive feedback.
In the seminar, you will take on the role of both instructor and learner. In the instructor role, you will prepare and conduct 2 ten minute mini-lessons and when delivering the lesson becomes the instructor. When someone else in the group is the instructor, you will take on the role of learner. Immediately following each of the mini-lesson, learners give the instructor feedback on the effectiveness of the mini-lesson. This feedback takes 2 forms: written (using forms provided in this seminar) and verbal guided by the seminar facilitator. Mini-lessons are recorded and participants are encouraged to review their recording prior to their next mini-lesson using the reflective guides provided by the facilitator.
Register Now

Reflective Practice Workshop -
Session 2

February 18 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Bill Latta

Session 3: Thursday - March 17, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Enhancing learning for our students involves more than just understanding and being able to apply general learning and teaching principles and guidelines. Most importantly, it involves being able to make sense of what is going on in our classes, which means understanding our students and being able to respond appropriately to their needs and feedback. It also involves understanding ourselves as teachers, which means being aware of why we do what we do and the impact of this upon our students’ learning. We develop this awareness and understanding through engaging in an ongoing process of reflection. (McLean, 2007)
This workshop is broken up into three sessions:
Session 1: What is Reflective Practice; Why Reflect on Your Teaching?
Session 2: Categories, Types and Methods of Reflection.
Session 3: Frameworks for Reflective Practice; Reflective Writing.
Register Now

Advanced Communications in Connect - eLearning workshop

February 25 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Janine Hirtz, eLearning Instructional Support Specialist

Do you know who your students are? Why they are taking your class? How you can improve their learning in and out of class? How does connecting with students impact learning?
• Email
• Course Messages
• Discussions (Group / Graded)
• Journals
• Blogs (Individual / Course)
• Wiki
• Audio Discussion Board
• Collaborate
• Twitter feeds
• Retention Center
Register Now

Teaching Squares

February 29
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren
Join 3 other faculty members in an adventure of classroom observations. Observe each other teach for the sole purpose of reflection on your own teaching - no evaluation is undertaken! Your commitment includes a first meeting of the foursome, organization of the observations, completing 3 observations and attending a wrap-up meeting. Contact Heather Hurren for more information.
Register Now

Teaching Large Classes Community of Practice

February 29 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren
Participants will share experiences and best practices when teaching large classes.
Register Now

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