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teaching and Learning in action


resource of the month

Managing Technological Change

by A.W. (Tony) Bates

This resource is available for loan from the Centre

scholarly teaching

Metacognitive Skills Development: A Web-Based Approach in Higher Education

Author(s): Chun-Yi Shen & Hsiu-Chuan Liu

Source: The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology – April 2011, volume 10 Issue2

Coming in October

Midpoint Feedback Information Sessions
Tues, October 6
10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Wed, October 7
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

SoTL Information Sessions
Fri, October 9
10:30 AM -11:30 AM

Teaching Assistants
TA Credentialing
View the various times being offered

TA Orientation
Tue, September 22
4:00 PM- 5:00 PM

Active Learning
Mon, September 28
4:00 PM- 5:00 PM



New Perspectives on Technology in Learning and Teaching

September 25,
6:30 PM-8:30 PM &
September 26,
8:30 AM 03:30 PM

Okanagan College KLO Campus, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC Canada

Cost: $50 + GST. Includes beverages and appetizers on Friday night, Continental Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch on Saturday.

More Information

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

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

Teaching Online
September 24
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Janine Hirtz

Critical Thinking
September 22
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
Janine Hirtz

September 17
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
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

Twitter @UBCOCTL

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Welcome Brian Powell to the Team

Welcome Brian Powell, our newest e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist. Brian will arrive Sept. 8th so drop in to the Centre and meet our newest team member! Brian will assist you in your teaching and learning technology needs.

Getting Started with Connect (BlackBoard)

Tue, September 1,
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: SCI 126
Facilitated by: Vania Chan

This session will introduce you to Connect (BlackBoard), an online environment where instructors can create a course site for their students. Please bring your laptop or a USB drive with files that you would like to post in your Connect course.
Register Now

First Class Success

Tue, September 1
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: SCI 396
Facilitated by: Peter Arthur

Participants will discuss best practices for creating a successful first class.
Register Now

Learning Outcomes and Syllabus Design

Tue, September 1
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 396
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren

Participants will examine learning outcomes for their courses and other elements of syllabus creation.
Register Now

Clickers Drop-In

Wed, September 2
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: SCI 253
Facilitated by: Vania Chan, ELearning Instructional Support Specialist

For faculty who have used i-Clicker in previous years, drop by for assistance with setting up your software for the new semester. Please bring your laptop or USB drive and your blue clicker remote.

Note: Instructors who are new to using clickers are invited to book an appointment with Vania Chan (vania.chan@ubc.ca, 250-807-9408) for a more in-depth orientation session.
Register Now

Drop-In/Open House

Wed, September 2
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI200

Drop by to catch up or receive assistance in preparing for the fall term!!

Technology at

Wed, September 2
9:30 PM - 11:15 PM
Location: SCI 396
Facilitated by: Janine Hirtz

New & Returning Faculty Technological Orientation

UBC Okanagan has many technologies that you will need to use to work efficiently. There are also many technologies available to help with teaching and learning. This session is for new and returning faculty to become oriented to Novell, Blackboard, LOCR, Connect, FSC, and CWL etc. This session will cover important aspects of accessing technology at UBC both on campus and off. Access your Novell account and F-drive space where you can store and back up your important files and documents, library databases, Blackboard Course Management software, Faculty Service Centre, wireless internet, UBC email, booking equipment and so much more.

Experts will be on hand to answer your questions.
Register Now

Drop-In/Open House at CTL

Wed, September 2
2:00 PM -3:00 PM
Location: SCI 200

Drop by to catch up or receive assistance in preparing for the fall term!!

Adjunct Faculty and Sessional Instructor Orientation Session

Thu, September 3
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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

Classroom Technology Walkthrough

Thu, September 3
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Arts and
Location: ASC 140
Facilitated by: Vania Chan, ELearning Instructional Support Specialist

This workshop will be particularly useful for instructors teaching in a large lecture hall. UBC’s Okanagan campus has a variety of audio visual (AV) technologies available in its large classrooms, which include projection systems, document cameras, and audio systems. This session will be provide a hands-on demonstration of the AV technologies available.
Register Now

Maximizing Student Success

Fri, September 4
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: SCI396
Facilitated by: Peter Arthur

Learning centred environments provide students an opportunity to direct their own learning. This session focuses on strategies instructors may embed in their learning environments to assist students with improving their metacognitive skills.
Register Now

Introduction to Connect for Adjuncts and Sessionals

Thu, September 10
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.
Register Now

Academic Integrity for Adjuncts and Sessionals

Tue, September 15
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 331
Facilitated by: Bill Latta, Learning

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

Teaching Squares

October 13 -November 16
Facilitated by: Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development

Join 3 other faculty members in an adventure of classroom observations. Observe each other teach for the sole purpose of reflection on your own teaching - no evaluation is undertaken! Your commitment includes a first meeting of the foursome, organization of the observations, completing 3 observations and attending a wrap-up meeting. Contact Heather Hurren for more information.
Register Now

D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence) Guest: DVCP. Prof. Deborah Buszard

Wed, October 14
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: UNC200

The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the CTL. Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Deborah Buszard will be our guest to get the conversation going.
Register Now

Open Classroom Week

October 26th to 30th, 2015
The concept of the open classroom will allow faculty members to observe their colleagues teaching to gain insights into teaching and learning processes. Volunteers would be expected to teach their regularly scheduled class, but be open to having other faculty observe the teaching and learning processes that day. Whether you are teaching traditionally, using flexible learning strategies, or trying some new techniques, this would be your opportunity to showcase your skills. Faculty are interested in observing how their colleagues use clickers, begin class, end class, use interactivity for student engagement, etc.

To open your classroom, please fill out the form by October 16th.

Contact Heather Hurren at 250-807-9288 or heather.hurren@ubc.ca if you would like more information.



What is it?

Help your students learn with:


WeBWorK is a free open source Perl-based system for delivering individualized homework problems over the web. It gives students instant feedback as to whether or not their answers are correct. By providing students with immediate feedback as to the correctness of their answers, they are encouraged to make multiple attempts until they succeed. By individualizing problems, cheating is discouraged. By providing instructors with real-time statistics, lesson plans can be customized to better serve students. 

For more information see Wiki Documentation



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