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teaching and Learning in action


resource of the month

The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures

by Henri Lipmanowicz &
Keith McCandless

This resource is available for loan from the Centre

scholarly teaching
Coming in DECEMBER

Just in Time Course Design

Wed, December 16
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: SCI 331

Teaching Assistants

Mon, November 2 Course Design
4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

November 10
TAs Giving Students Feedback
4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

More information for TA workshops


Vancouver Island TBL Institute

Transform Your Classroom with Team-Based Learning

December 9 and 11, 2015 in Nanaimo, BC, Canada


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) DesignHeather Hurren

Experiential Learning
Heather Hurren

Problem Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Team Based Learning
Heather Hurren

Teaching Large Classes
Heather Hurren

Teaching First Years
Peter Arthur

Teaching Online
Janine Hirtz

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

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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The Office of the Provost and Centre for Teaching and Learning will host an Open House honoring Dr. Peter Arthur for his years of service as the Director. . Peter has completed two five year terms of secondment from the Faculty of Education (maximum allowed).Join us Friday, December 4th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm in the Centre (SCI 200) for refreshments and a short program at 3:00pm to thank Peter for all his contributions to teaching and learning as Director of the Centre.

Instructional Skills Seminar

November 3-5, 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Bill Latta, Learning Instructional Support Specialist

The Instructional Skills Seminar (ISS) is a three-session program. Participants review basic ideas about teaching and learning and are encouraged to try new instructional strategies within the safe environment of the group. The ISS is a developmental activity and involves peer and self-evaluation.

During this seminar, you will have the opportunity to work closely with peers to improve each other’s teaching by practicing a variety of instructional techniques. You will practice using learning objectives, plan and conduct short lesson plans, and give and receive constructive feedback.

In the seminar, you will take on the role of both instructor and learner. In the instructor role, you will prepare and conduct 2 ten minute mini-lessons and when delivering the lesson becomes the instructor. When someone else in the group is the instructor, you will take on the role of learner. Immediately following each of the mini-lesson, learners give the instructor feedback on the effectiveness of the mini-lesson. This feedback takes 2 forms: written (using forms provided in this seminar) and verbal guided by the seminar facilitator. Mini-lessons are recorded and participants are encouraged to review their recording prior to their next mini-lesson using the reflective guides provided by the facilitator.

Participants will share experiences and best practices when teaching large classes.

Register Now

Teaching Large Classes Community of Practice

Mon, November 16,
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development

Participants will share experiences and best practices when teaching large classes.

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Experiential Learning Community of Practice

Wed, November 25,  
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development

Participants will share best practices when implementing experiential learning activities in their classrooms.

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Location: SCI 200
These drop in sessions will focus on your individual needs for setting up your grade centre for the purpose of calculating student grades.  E-learning support specialists can also assist you with formatting your excel spreadsheet for uploading final grades to FSC (Faculty Service Centre). Please bring your laptop if you have one.

Wed, December 2 1:00PM-3:00PM
Thu, December 3 9:30AM-11:30AM
Tue, December 8 1:30PM-3:30PM
Thu, December 10 10:00AM-NOON
Mon, December 14 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wed,December 16 10:00AM-NOON
Thu, December 17 2:00PM-3:30PM
Mon, December 21 1:30PM-3:30PM

SoTL Information Session

Wed, December 9,
10:30PM -11:30 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development
Come and hear from experienced SoTL researchers what the possibilities are for research into teaching and learning.
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Assessment Bootcamp

Thu, December 10,
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development
Participants will review best practices in assessment including connecting assessments to learning outcomes, rubric design, providing effective feedback, assessing teamwork, peer assessment and large class assessment ideas.
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Term Launch Bootcamp

Mon, December 14
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development
Participants will prepare for next term, reviewing over learning outcomes, syllabus design, assessment practices and first class success strategies.
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Blackboard Connect

If you are teaching a lecture or seminar course section your Blackboard Connect 2015W2 course(s) that start January 2015 are available to instructors.

Please complete the request formif 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.

12th Annual Learning Conference

Reserve the date
May 4 & 5, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Linda B. Nilson

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