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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

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

7th Annual Dr. Olive Yonge Teaching and Learning Scholarship Day

March 20, 2015
Lister Centre, University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta

Call For Abstracts Deadline: January 16, 2015

For more information and to submit an abstract, click here

COMING IN February

February 4
Assessment Module #2- Communicating Assessment Plans & Using Rubrics

February 6
Introduction to Screencasting/Desktop Capture

February 10-12
Instructional Skills Seminar

The CTL will assist in midpoint feedback collection from February 2 to 27.

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

Call for Proposals:

Educators are invited to share their expertise and experiences in advancing student learning through evidence-based practice. The conference theme “Making an Impact: Transforming the Student Experience” invites faculty to explore questions such as how can research inform my teaching and enhance the student learning experience– how do students learn best, what does the research say about approaches to teaching and learning that are most
effective? Which innovations are working well?

Proposals are invited in the areas of experiential learning, scholarship of teaching and learning, flexible learning, metacognition, technology use in the classroom, internationalizing curriculum, interdisciplinary learning experiences, assessment in higher education or any general teaching and learning innovation.

All interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 45–minute sessions. Each session isexpected to include an interactive component. Formats may include discussions, round tables, and presentations.

To submit your proposals visit

Deadline for conference proposals
is February 27, 2015.

To register, or for current program listing visit ctl.ok.ubc.ca/conference

UBC Okanagan Innovations in Teaching and Learning Research Grant

The purpose of this grant is to:

  • Transform the teaching and learning experience at UBC's Okanagan campus
  • Promote sharing and adoption of research results
  • Promote teaching and learning innovation
  • Advance the scholarship of teaching and learning at UBC's Okanagan campus

Application deadline: January 31
Application Materials:

Adjunct Faculty Orientation Session

Tue, January 6, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta

Adjunct faculty are invited to participate in this session covering an orientation to the University of British Columbia Okanagan. This session will be relevant to all adjunct faculty who have new or continuing appointments during the 2013/14 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
Register Now

Introduction to Blackboard Connect for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Sessionals

Wed, January 7, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta
This session will introduce you to the Blackboard environment showing some tips and tricks for navigation. This will include an in-depth look at how to create and add content in Blackboard. Best practice for presenting, organizing and navigating web-based course content and files will be discussed. A brief overview of assignment, assessment tools and the Gradebook will also be included.
Register Now

Teaching Portfolios

Fri, January 9, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
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

Academic Integrity and Working with Turnitin for Lecturers, Adjuncts, Sessionals

Tue, January 13, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Bill Latta

This session will explore issues related to academic integrity. Participants will also learn how Turnitin can be used to check for the originality of assignments that students will submit to you. Learn how to use Turnitin to scan assignments and report on their originality.
Register Now

SoTL Grant Information Session

Wed, January 14, 10:30AM-11:00AM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Register Now

Introduction to Snagit

Fri, January 16, 10:30 AM -11:35 AM
Location: SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young
Type: Workshop - Hands-on: Please bring your laptop
Prerequisites: Laptop with Snagit Installed

Description: Snagit is a screen capture program that can assist in the creation of quality Word documents and presentations. It allows content that appears on a computer screen to be captured as either an image or video.
This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to explore SnagIt’s features as well as create a simple PowerPoint presentation and video tutorial using content captured from their laptop screen.
Register Now

Reflective Practice Workshop

Fri, January 16,1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: EME 1123
Facilitator: Bill Latta

"In reflective practice, practitioners engage in a continuous cycle of self-observation and self-evaluation in order to understand their own actions and the reactions they prompt in themselves and in learners. The goal is not necessarily to address a specific problem or questions defined at the outset, as in practitioner research, but to observe and refine practice in general on an ongoing basis".

This 3 part workshop will explore the use of reflective practice in your instructional environment. Each of the 3 sessions will be held once a month from January to March. This time frame will allow workshop participants to discuss the use of reflective practice in instruction; practice using the workshop concepts with their existing courses; and deconstruct how things went with their personal practice.
Register Now

Assessment Module #1-Developing an Assessment Philosophy & Connecting Assessment to Learning Outcomes

Tue, January 20, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

Reflect on your assessment practices and examine current research in assessing students in higher education. Examine what student learning outcomes are measured by our current assessment methods. The goal will be to align the outcomes with the assessment pieces planned.
Register Now

Examining and Creating Learning Outcomes for Your Courses

Fri, January 23, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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

Midpoint Feedback Information Sessions

Tue, January 27, 11:30AM -12:00 PM
Fri, January 30, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren

The information session will review possible templates to use to collect anonymous feedback on the teaching and learning thus far in the term. The CTL will assist in midpoint feedback collection from February 2 to 27.
Register Now

The Foundations Certificate For TAs

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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