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Teaching Innovation Projects (TIPS) Journal

TIPS is an open-access journal that aims to improve teaching and learning through the provision of innovative, discipline-specific teaching strategies for the benefit of all people involved in the delivery of higher education. 
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TEaching Assistants

CTL Credentialing Program

This spring the Centre for Teaching and Learning is offering its credentialing program. They will be held in SCI 331 on the 9th 10th and 12th of May from 9:00am until 12:00pm and the second series will be on the 16th 17th and 19th of May from 9:00am until 12:00pm.
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Coming in June

June 2
Course Design Bootcamp

June 14
Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessments for your Course


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.
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TLt 2016 Conference

The Teaching and Learning with the Power of the Technology (TLt) conference will take place at the University of Regina on May 2 - 3, 2016. The theme of TLt 2016 is "Creating Open and Connected Communities". Mary Burgess from BCcampus and Alec Couros from the University of Regina are the keynote speakers. The preliminary program can be found here.

Registration for the TLt 2016 conference is now open. The regular registration fee is $195. For full time registered students, the fee is $125. Register Here

Provincial Instructor Diploma Program

Selkirk College, College of the Rockies, and Vancouver Community College are again running a week-long residential retreat  on curriculum development and assessment.  This year the retreats occurs at Selkirk's beautiful Tenth Street Campus in Nelson.  
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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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Don't Miss the Learning Conference- Register Now

Register Now!!
May 4 & 5, 2016

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Linda Nilson (Bio)
Address: Ensuring and Assessing the Learning in Authentic Experiential Learning

This year’s conference theme is Engaging and Learning in Authentic Environments. We will have over 35 interactive sessions including 6 roundtable sessions during lunch on Thursday. There will be many presentations focusing on experiential learning involving flipped or flexible classrooms, for example Richard Plunkett is presenting on flipping the course through Team-based Learning and a roundtable presentation on Thursday is highlighting Flipped and Flexible course delivery. Zoe Soon, Ramine Adl  and Andis Klegeris will be presenting on their experiences with SoTL in the areas of experiential learning, problem-solving and plagiarism.  Check the full program here.

Remember that the conference is free of charge for UBC faculty but register now to ensure proper numbers for catering and printing needs.
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2017-18 Aspire Learning & Teaching (ALT) Fund Call for Proposals

The Provost of The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, in collaboration with the Deans' Council, invites proposals to the 2017-18 Aspire Learning & Teaching (ALT) Fund. Now in its second year, the ALT Fund supports curriculum change, innovative teaching practices and learning environment enhancement as envisioned in Aspire. The fund will enable faculty members to make strategic changes within existing, or implement new, undergraduate and graduate academic programs that are more flexible, interdisciplinary, experiential and/or collaborative. The main goal of the ALT Fund is to transform student learning at UBC Okanagan.

Please visit the ALT Fund website for more detail: https://altfund.ok.ubc.ca 

Teaching Portfolios

Mon, May 2, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren

Participants will review over contents and purpose of the teaching portfolio.
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Aligning Learning Outcomes and Assessments for your Course

Wed, May 25, 9:30am-10:30am or
Tue, Jun 14, 9:30am-10:30am
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren

Participants will review learning outcomes for their courses and align the student assessment pieces accordingly.
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UBC Centennial Events

UBC Centennial Keynote – Brilliant: The Science of How to Get Smarter

Thu, May 5 9:30am-11:30am

This event will also be livestreamed. To view the livestream, please click here: Brilliant: The Science of How to Get Smarter – Livecast

In this UBC Centennial Session, we welcome keynote speaker Annie Murphy Paul. Paul is an author, journalist, consultant, and speaker who refutes the idea that intelligence is determined by genetic inheritance or an individual’s upbringing by revealing the impact of the microenvironment. From the physical postures we assume to the way we take in new knowledge to the techniques we use to commit material to memory, the situations we create (or find ourselves in) can evoke or suppress intelligent thought and behaviour. In this Centennial Session, Paul will explore the implications of this finding for the future of teaching and learning in higher education and beyond. More Information

UBC 2050: The Future of Higher Education – Panel Discussion

Thu, May 5 2:00pm-4:00pm

This event is also being live streamed. To view the live stream please click here: UBC 2050: The Future of Higher Education – Panel Discussion Livecast

Higher education, both at UBC and more broadly, has changed dramatically over the past one hundred years. This UBC Centennial Session brings together academic decision makers along with key faculty, alumni, and students, to review the major changes that have occurred in the past one hundred years, discuss breakthroughs and innovations poised to have significant influences on the future, and chart the near-term future of teaching and learning at UBC. More Information

Indigenizing the Curriculum 3-Day Workshop –
May 16-18, 2016

The University of the Fraser Valley is hosting a three-day workshop, Indigenizing the Curriculum, to provide strategies and techniques to address the absence of Indigenous ways of knowing and history in the curriculum. For the most part, faculty members agree that being more inclusive in their teaching provides a greater depth of learning for students, however, most are unsure how this can be done. At times, the fear of making a mistake prevents faculty members from including this information.  More than just having a reading or guest speaker, to indigenize the curriculum is to weave this material throughout the course.
In this hands-on, three-day workshop, participants will be provided the opportunity to experience aspects of Indigenous culture, traditions, scholarship and learning strategies that can be incorporated into a wide variety of courses and programs. 

Date: May 16 – 18, 2016, UFV Abbotsford Campus, 33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC. V2S 7M8

Cost: $349 for visitors to UFV. Space is limited.
To register, please contact tlcevents@ufv.ca

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