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teaching and Learning in action

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

Green Guide #13

Lecturing for Better Learning
Robert Cannon and Christopher Knapper

This resource is available for loan from the Centre.


scholarly teaching

Transformative Dialogues is a forum for conversations intended to foster the improvement of adult teaching and learning. Transformative Dialogues facilitates the multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas, actions, and results of innovative and professional practice in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
This is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal and accessible here.


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.


April 20, 2015
Teaching Portfolios

April 23, 2015
Examining and Creating Learning Outcomes for Your Courses

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

Register Now!

The conference will open with a keynote by Dr. Alec Couros, Associate Professor of Information and Communication Technologies at the University of Regina. Alec is a scholar and advocate of openness in distributed learning environments. He has facilitated hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally.

Click here to register

Research Week – Wed, March 4th
12 noon-4:30 pm in SCI 331

12:00 PM Jordan Stouck
A Blended Learning Approach to Writing Instruction

12:30 PM Shirley McDonald
Inkshedding: A Tool for All Seasons

1:00 PM Yves Lucet
ConEE: An Exhaustive Testing Tool to Support Learning Concurrent Programming Synchronization Challenges

1:30 PM Zoe Soon
Ignite & Excite: Adding Hands-on-Activities to Lectures, Labs, and Beyond Class Time!

2:00 PM Nina Langton
Gamification & Game-Based Learning: Incorporating Best Practices in the Use & Design of Games for the Classroom

2:30 PM Andis Klegeris
Generic Problem-Solving Skills of Undergraduate Students on UBC Okanagan Campus

3:00 PM Laura Patterson
Quantitative Discourse Analysis of 1st Year Engineering Student Reflections on a Community Service Learning Communications Assignment: The Pilot Study

3:30 PM Peter Arthur
Supporting Self-Directed Learning with Metacognitive Curricular Interventions

4:00 PM Robert Campbell
Concept Navigator: Optimizing Student Performance with Concept Mapping & Learning Analytics

Online Course Design Workshop

Fri, March 6 & 13  
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: EME 1123
Facilitators: Bill Latta, Bruce Young

This is a 2-week, hands-on workshop intended for faculty wanting to either get started with, or enhance their online teaching.

The first session (March 6) is designed to give participants the opportunity to learn practical skills and knowledge in both developing and teaching an online course. A variety of technologies and strategies to facilitate participant learning through interactions, content delivery, and assignments will be demonstrated.

The second session (March 13) will involve a hands-on working session where the participants will work on designing components for their future online courses. The workshop leaders will be available to provide individual and group help as needed.
Register Now

Assessment Module #4 - Self and Peer Assessment & Assessing Large Classes

Mon, March 9, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitator: Heather Hurren
Participants will be invited to share best practices in assessing large classes and discuss methods of obtaining self and peer assessments.
Register Now

Examining and Creating Learning Outcomes for Your Courses

Tue, March 17, 2:30 PM - 3:30 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

Reflective Practice Workshop

Fri, March 20, 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

Thank a Prof!

The CTL offers a program for students to informally thank their professors, entitled Thank a Prof. Students go online and submit their instructors name and the reasons they are thanking them and then the CTL posts these profs on our website and the instructors receive a letter indicating that they were recognized by their students. Here is a list of those professors recognized in January and February:

Noriko Ozawa
David Koslowsky
Mary Ann Murphy
Daniel Salhani
Richard Plunkett
Cristina Senn
Zoe Soon
Aleksandra Dulic
Diana French
Blair Spearman
Constance Crompton 
Deanna Gibson
Jodey Castricano
Karen E. Hodges
Marie Loughlin
Michael Deyholos
Miranda Hart
Ramon Lawrence
Ruth Frost
Trudy Kavanagh
Eva-Marie Kovacs-Kowalke
Linda Allan
Melissa Jacques
Brenda Huber
Stephanie Tolman
Jessica Stites Mor
Hugo De Burgos
Milka Beck

Course (Re)Design Seminar

Mon, May 11 - Thu, May 14
9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Session Leaders: CTL Team
Location: TBA

Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course.

Application Form


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Tel: (250) 807-9293