teaching in actin


The Centre 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/attending in the fall.

Problem Based Learning- Heather Hurren
Team Based Learning- Heather Hurren
Course (Re) Design- Heather Hurren
Critical Thinking- Janine Hirtz
eLearning-Janine Hirtz
Clickers- Vania Chan
instructional Writing- Peter Arthur
Teaching First Years- Peter Arthur

Resource of the Month

Teaching at its Best
by Linda Nilson
Available at UBCO Library

Contact Us

Peter Arthur
, PhD, Director

Janine Hirtz, M.A. (Education)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Vania Chan,
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Heather Hurren, M. Ed
Manager, Academic Development

Tricia Wohlgemuth,
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

April 2011

UBC Okanagan 7th Annual Learning Conference
Innovations in Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
May 5 & 6, 2011

Complete program available soon
Register online at: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/conference/register

The conference will open with a keynote by Dr. Richard Gale, Founding Director of Mount Royal University's Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and former Senior Scholar and Director of the CASTL Higher Education Program at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  The second day will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes, Dean of the College of Management and Economics (University of Guelph) and past-president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  

Reflecting on Your Teaching
Fri, April 1, 2011 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leader: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

This workshop will examine various methods for reflecting on your practice. The reflective practitioner develops and refines skills as they purposefully reflect on present teaching practices. Ideas will be offered that may be useful to include in a teaching portfolio.
Register Now

Term Wrap Up

The term is drawing to a close and the Centre wishes to celebrate faculty accomplishments. Join us for refreshments in SCIENCE 200 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm Thursday, April 7th.

Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades
Location SCI 200

Tues, April 12 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wed, April 13 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Fri, April 15 11:00 PM- 12:00 PM
Tues, April 19 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Wed, April 20 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tues, April 26 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Wed, April 27 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Fri April 29 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

These drop in sessions are designed for instructors or TAs who use WebCT Vista Gradebook and require assistance with calculating final grade formulas. These grades may then be exported in a format that you can upload to FSC. Exporting and importing grades requires that you be somewhat proficient with Microsoft Excel.

(Please note that you do not need to import grades to FSC, this process can be easily done manually especially for smaller sized classes).

Course (Re)Design Seminar May 9-12, 2011
Spots still open for this 4 day seminar. Contact Heather Hurren for more information or to register. Register Online>>>
in review

Showcase- Shirley McDonald

Learning to Write and Writing to Learn Using Vista Web/CT Assignment Submission Tools

In the fall of 2008, I was hired by UBC Okanagan to create the learning materials for Readings in Narrative and design the Vista tools for a web-based course delivery. I am currently teaching the course for the third time and am enjoying the satisfying experience of observing, monitoring, and facilitating the tremendous learning that is taking place in my virtual classroom. Performing all three roles-course developer, technician, and instructor-is unusual in the realm of distance education, but it has proven to be beneficial, because it allows me to make the course dynamic in content and achieve a high degree of interaction to enhance students' learning. Read More>>>