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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.

Course (Re) Design, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Wed. Feb. 6th, 10:30am SCI 331

Teaching Large Classes, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Fri. Feb. 8th, 10:30am SCI 331

Problem Based Learning,
Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

Team Based Learning, Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

Adjunct/Sessional, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this on-line CofP

Teaching First Years, Please contact
Peter Arthur to join this CofP

Critical Thinking,
Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

e-Learning, Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

Clickers, Please contact
Vania Chan
to join this CofP

Instructional Writing, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Twelve Weeks to a Journal Article, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Joining the Scholarly Conversation, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Resource of the Month


EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.
The Educause website offers many resources and current offerings of conferences and seminars.

Further Training for Our Teaching Assistants.....

Student Affairs Forum
All TA's are invited to a forum sponsored by student affairs on February 13th at 3:30 in ART 218

TA's are frequently in a position to notice their students struggling; whether this is academic, personal, or due to some other issue.

The university offers numerous services to assist students needing help. This session will acquaint TA's with those services and thus equip them to better offer assistance.

Ethics Seminar
Wed, February 27, 2013
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, SCI 331

Session Leader: Dr. John Burton

Participants will discuss how to determine how one goes about building a foundation upon which an ethical course of action is the one taken routinely. Register

Practical Experience Credential

We are still accepting applications from TA's who are teaching this semester and who wish to earn the practical experience credential.

John Parry,  Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Program
john.parry@ubc.ca | phone 250 807 8657

Have you subscribed to the TA Blog? We post just once per week. Look out for the Teaching Assistant advertisements for next year.  http://parryed.wordpress.com/

Connect (Blackboard)
This link provides access to Faculty Resources and to the wiki Documentation for Connect (Powered by Blackboard).  We are also continuously updating our Video and Print Resources and tutorials.
Please feel free to send us your suggestions for items you are having any challenges with so we can create resources for you.

We want to hear from you!  Please send us your feedback, comments and suggestions to elearning.ubco@ubc.ca

Connect Support for Students
Do your students need help getting course materials from Connect?  Support is available in the Library Learning Commons every day including weekends.  Students can also call 250-807-9611 (Mon-Thurs 8 am- 9 pm and Fri 8 am - 4 pm) or check out the online resources at connect.ubc.ca

Research Week 2013- March 4th to 8th
Call for Presentations

Faculty members are invited to present in two areas:

1. Examples of undergraduate research opportunities that exist in your courses

2. Your own research into teaching and learning (SoTL)

The Centre for Teaching and Learning will host presentations on Friday, March 8th from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Contact Heather Hurren if you are interested in presenting at this year's event

Contact the CTL Team

Peter Arthur, PhD, Director

Vania Chan, B.Sc., M.A. (Candidate)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
Janine Hirtz, M.A.(Education)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development
Tricia Lalli, B.A
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support
Lynne McPherson, P.Dc
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator
John Parry, M.Ed
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programming
Bruce Young M.HK. B.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Twitter.com @UBCOCTL
CTL Blog or http://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoc1



February 2013

UBC Okanagan Campus
9th Annual Learning Conference!
Enhancing Student Learning

Wednesday & Thursday, May 1st & 2nd
Theme: Enhancing Student Learning

We invite educators to share best practices and disseminate their research in sessions that will explore student learning, using inquiry in the undergraduate classroom, flexible learning environments and optimum first year experiences.
Deadline for proposal submission is February 28, 2013.
Submit proposal online

Flexible Learning: What are the possibilities?
Thu, February 21, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:45 PM, UNC 200

You are invited to join us for a morning of inquiry and discussion of opportunities for leveraging flexible learning. Flexible learning strategies such as flipped, blended or online provide students with new ways of engaging with course content, peers and instructor. Tony Bates has extensive experience with flexible learning and will lead an interactive discussion on:

- the types of learning environments that are possible with this strategy,
- why we would consider this approach, and
- how faculty would consider the implementation of flexible learning with their teaching.

Tony will moderate a round table session providing an opportunity for participants to share and discuss practical approaches to enhancing learning in and out of the classroom. The conversation will continue over lunch.

A light lunch will be provided. Register

Provost's Flexible Learning Grant
Provost Wes Pue announced at the Provost's Forum on Flexible Learning an internal grant that will provide support for faculty members to develop genuinely innovative approaches to creating flexible learning environments.  For more details click here 

Faculty are invited to join in a date

Discussion About Teaching Excellence (D.A.T.E.)
with Professor Deborah Buszard, Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus

Tuesday, February 26
Starting at 12 noon, ending at 1 p.m.
Coffee and tea will be provided at 11:50 a.m.
UNC 200 Ballroom

The discussion will begin with Professor Buszard providing insights into teaching excellence, followed by an open discussion.
RSVP to Lynne McPherson at lynne.mcpherson@ubc.ca
or register online

Teaching with Technology - Formatting Long Documents
Friday , February 1, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, SCI 331
Presenter: Deborah Roberts, Professor, School of Engineering

Prerequisites: Bring your laptop

This presentation examines Microsoft Word's more advanced options. How should you set up the program for advanced academic writing.
-Setting up Word
-Using styles
-Using captions
-Using track changes

Sustainability and the Curriculum
Thu, February 7, 2013, 12:00-1:30p
Location: SCI 331

Description: Join us on February 7th as we videoconference with UBC Vancouver.  We will explore the Sustainability Leadership course with Julian Gonzalez.  We plan to engage in a dialogue about sustainability curriculum, and techniques of incorporating sustainability into the curriculum. Register

Teaching with Technology - Using Movie Maker
Fri, February 8, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young

Prerequisites: PC Laptop with Movie Maker(http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34)

Movie Maker is a free video tool from that can be used to create and edit basic video files that can be used to introduce key concept as well as edit publisher created videos. Once created, the video content can be added to Connect course. This hands-on workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to edit a video clip with Movie Maker. An overview of several free tools that can be used to download, convert and publish video content will also be provided. Register

Teaching Squares
Tue, February 12, 2013
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

Faculty will be placed into a "Square" with three other instructors from diverse content areas. An initial meeting is held where participants meet to schedule classroom visits and discuss their goals for participating in the program. Each Square participant will visit one class per week and will be visited once a week by a Square participant. After all visits have been completed (3 weeks), the entire Square will reconvene to discuss what they discovered about their own teaching.

For more information, please contact Heather Hurren, Manager of Academic Development, directly at heather.hurren@ubc.ca, if you are interested in joining the Winter 2013 Teaching Squares Group.

Assessment Series Workshop #1 - Developing an Assessment Philosophy
Tue, February 12, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, SCI331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

This workshop will involve reflecting on your assessment practices and examine current research in assessing students in higher education. Register

Teaching with Technology - PowerPoint to Video Conversion
Fri, February 15, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young

Prerequisites: PC or Mac Laptop with PowerPoint, computer headset

Users have the ability to enhance PowerPoint presentations with audio narrations. Once the audio has been added to a presentation it can be easily converted to a movie file making it easier for you to distribute, and easier for recipients to view. This hands-on session will allow attendees to opportunity to narrate a presentation and then convert it to a movie. Register

Peer Review
Tue, February 19, 2013 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM,  SCI 331
Session Leaders: Heather Hurren and Bill Latta

This workshop is designed to assist peer reviewers in the processes involved in summative peer review. It will also be an information session for all faculty who have questions or wish to share best practices in the peer review process. Topics will include the pre-conference setting, observation parameters, post conference tips and effective feedback practice. Register

Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar
Tue, February 19, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wed, February 20, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thu,February 21 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Leader(s): Heather Hurren
Location: SCI331

This workshop is designed to enhance new and veteran teacher’s learning environment facilitation skills. The 3 day experience will involve participants learning and applying instructional design in the creation of mini-lessons that will be taught to the group. Feedback will be provided and will be incorporated in further mini-lessons and peer evaluations.
In the workshop you will:
-write learning outcomes
-use common instructional techniques
-use common instructional resources
-evaluate learning
-develop lesson plans
-give and receive objective, constructive feedback
-increase your competence and confidence as an instructor, regardless of the skill and experience level you come in with!! Register

Asperger's Syndrome - Awareness session
Wed, February 20, 2013 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, FIPKE 121
Presenter: Disability Resource Centre

The UBC Okanagan campus Disability Resource Centre would like to invite you all to a disability awareness session on Asperger’s Syndrome for faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students. Register

Assessment Series Workshop #2 - Connecting Assessment to Learning Outcomes
Thu, February 28, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

This workshop will examine what student learning outcomes are achieved by our current assessment methods. The goal will be to align the outcomes with the assessment pieces planned. Register

Discussion About Teaching Excellence (D.A.T.E.)
Tue, March 26, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, SCI 331

Guest: Christopher Schneider Assistant Professor

The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Tech Tips

Flexible learning at UBC Okanagan

After receiving the Faculty of Health and Social Development Teaching and Innovation Learning Grant at UBC Okanagan, Principal investigator Dr. Alan Davidson worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning to design and pilot 2 Blended learning courses in a graduate program at the Okanagan Campus.  Blended learning environments can vary greatly along the spectrum from fully online to face-to-face with some internet or web based activities.  These courses were each specially designed to attempt to meet graduate student needs of flexible learning opportunities that would work around their professional and personal schedules while allowing them to further their educational goals. 

The research goals were to use contemporary curriculum development and delivery mechanisms to forge a “community of inquiry” (Garrison & Kanuka, 2004) and to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of a flexible learning approach from the points of view of student satisfaction, critical inquiry and reflection and conveying the content of the course.

In support this initiative, the Centre for Teaching and Learning collaborated with faculty and research assistants to develop innovative courses of study and to evaluate their implementation and effectiveness and UBC-O librarians provided expertise in supporting e-learning and managing related copyright issues.  Dr. Julie Johnson participated in a course redesign initiative to ensure the most effective balance of online activities and face-to-face. 

As UBC Okanagan looks forward to the innovative potential of flexible learning environments we would invite any faculty members who may be interested to schedule a consultation around the possibilities of how flexible learning strategies may benefit student learning in your course(s). 

Video Capture and Publication

As mentioned in our last newsletter, the Centre for Teaching and Learning has established an area where faculty can easy create and publish video resources to support the instructional process. The available technology can be used to support a variety of instructional strategies including blended learning, the creation of micro lectures as well as supporting flipped classroom and just in time initiatives. A recording can include a full-motion video stream, an audio stream, and a data video stream, such as a PowerPoint presentation or the output of the document camera or IPad. Once the content is captured, the different components are woven together and published to a UBC server. The recording can then be linked to Connect courses or shared as a standalone resource.  All technical aspects of the process are handled by CTL staff providing faculty with an easy button solution.

If you are interested in developing video based learning objects to support your instruction, please contact Bruce Young at 250-807-9027.