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teaching and Learning in action

Teaching and Learning in Action

resource of the month

Getting Started with Team-Based Learning

by Jim Sibley & Peter Ostafichuk

This resource is available for loan from the Centre

scholarly teaching

SoTL Through the Lenses of the Arts & Humanities – Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Current Issue: Volume 6, Issue 2 (2015) SoTL through the Lenses of the Arts and Humanities

Coming in AUGUST

August 18
Getting Started with Connect (Blackboard)
9:30am to 11:00am

August 19
Clickers Drop-In


Okanagan Faculty Present at the STLHE conference in Vancouver

Ben Nilson presented a session entitled “Using role-immersion games like the ‘Reacting to the Past’ series in larger classes.”
Jordan Stouck presented a session entitled “Transforming the first year writing experience: Blended learning in the composition classroom.”
Peter Arthur presented sessions entitled "Leadership to advance scholarly teaching at post-secondary institutions", "Solving the puzzle of learning outcomes and curriculum: How do the pieces fit?" and "Student evaluation of teaching response rates".

If you or your colleagues have presented at teaching and learning conferences and we missed you, please let us know. We would like to highlight all the external activities that involve our faculty in the teaching and learning realm.

2nd Annual Symposium: Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching & Learning Practice

Location: Vancouver, B.C. (venue to be announced)

Save the Date: Nov. 13, 2015

Call for Proposals: Open now until September 20, 2015

Building on the sold-out success of last year’s Symposium, we are reuniting to continue exploring and sharing our adventures in scholarly inquiry into our teaching and learning practice. Please plan to join us for a day of speakers, presentations, discussions and networking with colleagues who share an interest in research-based teaching and learning.

We welcome your proposals!

Registration will open Aug. 31, 2015

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

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

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

Twitter @UBCOCTL

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Fall Teaching Expo Aug. 18th to
Sept. 4th

Check our website for workshops and seminars offered in late August and early September!!

New CTL Event Registration System

The UBCO CTL has implemented a new registration system for all Centre events and professional development opportunities.

At this time we require everyone - UBC affiliated or otherwise - to complete a onetime registration process for the CTL events system. If you already have a CWL please select the log in button to start the process. Complete the requested information and then  log out and log back into the system (http://okevent.ctlt.ubc.ca) to browse and register for events of interest. The new system will allow for registrants to monitor the events they are registered in as well as cancel registration for events they are unable to attend.

Just in Time Course Design

Tue, July 7 9:00am-2:30pm
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

Faculty are invited to participate in a fast-paced introduction to the process for course design that they can apply on their own or with one-one-one or team support over the summer.

Syllabus Creation

Wed, July 8th 10:30am-11:30am or
Wed, July 29 9:30am-10:30am
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

Participants will examine required and optional syllabus content.

Reflecting on Learning Outcomes and Assessment of Student Learning

Wed, July 15, 10:00am-11:00am
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

Faculty are invited to attend a workshop designed to reflect on the current learning outcomes for their courses and to align them with assessment pieces used to evaluate student achievement.

Teaching Large Classes

Thurs July 16, 1:30pm-2:30pm or
Tue, July 28 1:30pm- 2:30pm
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

Faculty are invited to participate in a discussion of best practices when faced with large student numbers in their courses.

Preparing for and Assessing Team Work

Thurs, July 23 9:30am-10:30am
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

This workshop will address best practices when assessing teamwork. Participants are encouraged to bring their ideas as well as team assignments they are struggling with.

Experiential Learning

Mon, July 27, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Location SCI 331

Participants will review what is meant by experiential learning and share best practices as they plan for another term.

Library Resources for Teaching and Learning

Learning about teaching strategies in higher education is as close as your library. UBC Okanagan Library has an extensive collection of books to help faculty enhance their teaching skills. Find books on instructional techniques, using technology in the classroom, assessment, mentoring, and collaborative learning.

 Click here to access the library guide: Resources for Teaching and Learning In Higher Education. This guide prefers Firefox or Chrome browsers.

Library contact: Jan Gattrell

Connect Course Access



Please note that students gain automatic access to your course through registration (and you need to make the course available).

If you are listed as the instructor of record you will be listed on the Connect course as the instructor and you will see the course sections listed on login with your cwl id at: www.connect.ubc.ca

If you are co-instructing a course you will see the course listed in Connect but you will not be listed as the instructor. 

If you require the addition of TAs or additional instructors to your course, please make this request through your department’s administration support staff. 

TAs should be added in SISC and then they will automatically receive the required access to Connect.  If they are added as a marker / grader – they will only have access to the Grade Center and able to mark assignments and quizzes.  They will not be able to communicate with students or create / edit content within Connect.  Please see your unit admin clerk if your TA does not have the required access to your Connect course.

If there are extenuating circumstances or if you unit admin person requires clarification, please have them contact tricia.lalli@ubc.ca or janine.hirtz@ubc.ca

Thank you for your cooperation as UBC transitions to these new systems. 

If you are teaching a lecture or seminar course section your Blackboard Connect 2015W1 course(s) that start September 2015 are now available to instructors.

Please complete the request form if you require lab, tutorial or practicum course sections.

To copy existing content from a previously taught course

To make your course available to students

Follow the steps to set up your new course and begin adding content

To merge course sections or cross listed course sections.

CTL Staff Summer Activities

While members of the CTL team do take some vacation over the summer months, we are still busy assisting faculty in a number of ways!! Here are a few highlights of what the team is up to these days:

Peter Arthur: Facilitated a two-day SoTL Intensive entitled "Scholarly Inquiry into Student Learning: Designing Your Research Project; presented at STLHE national conference in Vancouver and will be presenting at the Botany 2015 conference in Edmonton; consulting on course design, teaching portfolios; continue with university committee work.

Heather Hurren: Facilitating workshops in June and July on Learning Outcomes, Assessment, Teaching Large Classes, Experiential Learning, Course Design; consulting on course design and teaching portfolios.

Janine Hirtz: Consulting for online course design; attending STLHE in Vancouver (June); attending ETUG (Educational Technology Learning Group) in her role as an organizer on the steering committee (June); participating in professional development for best practices in online, flexible and blended learning design; facilitating elearning workshops for W1 2015 Term start up and assisting with faculty using Blackboard Connect and other learning technologies during summer session.

Vania Chan:Attending ETUG and STLHE in Vancouver (June); consulting on technology use in the classroom; assisting faculty with orientations to BlackBoard Connect and clickers during the summer session; attended Creating Connections 4.0 in Vancouver (May) and continuing her role as one of the organizers of the WiSE Mentoring Program for students.

John Parry: Facilitating credentialing workshops and consulting with graduate students and teaching assistants.

Bill Latta
: Consulting for adjunct faculty and the Faculty of Education; developing new supports for students using technology in both online and classroom environments.

Lynne McPherson: Learning about new systems like TeachEval and new modules in CoursEval so that she can troubleshoot for faculty; working with a new workshop registration system.

Tricia Lalli:  Implementing a new registration system for faculty and teaching assistant workshops; course creation in Blackboard Connect; working with administrative support staff on new procedures for adding users to Blackboard Connect and SISC.


Centre for Teaching and Learning
SCI 200 - 1177 Research Road
Kelowna, BC, V1V 1V7, Canada
Tel: (250) 807-9293