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teaching and Learning in action


resource of the month

The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course

by Linda B. Nilson

This resource is available for loan from the library
LB2361 N55 2007.

scholarly teaching

(Your First Job)

by Robert Leamnson, PhD

Coming in FebRuary

February 1
Midpoint Feedback Information Session

February 2
Instructional Skills Seminar


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.

The theme for the June 2016 conference is Empowering Learners, Effecting Change.  STLHE 2016 will explore the ways in which we contribute to the development of students who are motivated, confident, and prepared to effect positive change in personal, professional, educational, and civic realms.
As we move closer to the event, additional programming details and a call for proposals will be provided on the official conference website STLHE2016SAPES.CA

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

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

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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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.

Adjunct Faculty and Sessional Instructor Orientation Session

January 5 9:00 AM - 11:00AM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Bill Latta
Adjunct faculty and sessional instructors 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 and sessionals who have new or continuing appointments during the 2015/16 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

Blackboard Connect for Adjuncts/ Sessionals

January 7 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: 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.
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Teaching Large Classes Community of Practice

January 11 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren
Participants will share experiences and best practices when teaching large classes.
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Academic Integrity and TurnitinJanuary 12 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: 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.
Register Now

Reflective Practice Workshop -
Session 1

January 14 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Bill Latta

Session 1: Thursday - January 14, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 2: Thursday - February 18, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 3: Thursday - March 17, 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.
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Advanced Features in Connect - eLearning Workshop

January 21 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Janine Hirtz
Want to get more out of your learning management system? Attend this session for an overview of useful and advanced tools available to help with teaching efficiency.
• Manage Groups like a pro!
• Use Achievements tool to motivate students!
• Date Management Review - shift due dates and availability dates easily!
• Course Reports
• Adaptive Release
• iPeer
• Using Rubrics
• Grading options (Assignments)
• Multimedia options
• Virtual Classroom
• Homework tools (WebWork)
• Partner and Publisher Tools
Register Now

D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence) Panel

January 27 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Location: SCI 331

The discussion will take the form of panel discussion hosted by the CTL.
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Midpoint Feedback Information Session

January 28 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM 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

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


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Tel: (250) 807-9293