teaching in actin


The Centre operates a number of Communities of Practice which typically start up in the fall. If you would like more information or to join one of the following communities, contact the Centre:
Critical Thinking
Instructional Writing
Problem Based Learning
Teaching First Year Students
Team-Based Learning

Next terms schedule will be available in early January, check our website for the latest information.
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Award-Winning Professors Speak Out

This Month: Rick Schwier, Faculty of Education, University of Saskatchewan

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

December 2010

Teacher of the Year Award
Do you know an outstanding teacher? Nominate him/her for the Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation. 

Each year, UBC's Okanagan campus acknowledges a faculty member for their contribution to teaching excellence and innovation during the time of their appointment at the University.
 Click here for Award Terms and Criteria

Deadline for Notification of Intent to Nominate Form: December 17, 2010
Deadline for Complete Nomination package: February 21, 2011 

Term Wrap Up
Join us to celebrate the term's achievements on Friday December 3rd from 2:30PM to 3:30PM in SCI 200. Refreshments will be served.

goBEYOND Teach-In 2011: Climate Solutions, From Classroom to Community
Wed, December 1, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: ART202

This workshop is an information session to prepare for the goBEYOND Teach-In happening on campuses around the world between January 17th to 28th.

An easy way to integrate sustainability education into you curriculum, the 2011 goBEYOND Teach-In will focus on the creation and sharing of knowledge from each discipline (including yours) to tackle the climate challenge together. We will present some quick and easy strategies you can use in your classroom to participate in the Teach-In as well as some longer term projects if time allows in your course timetable.

Come and hear about the goBEYOND Teach-In challenge and how you could be involved.

For more information please contact Mallory Hewlko ubco@campusclimatenetwork.org.

The goBeyond Teach-In 2011:All-You-Need-to-Know Guide

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Just in Time Course Design
Mon, December 6, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Session Leaders: Peter Arthur, Janine Hirtz, and Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 396

Don't have time to commit to the four day Course (Re)Design Seminar? Come for one day and learn about constructive alignment of learning outcomes, content choices, instructional strategies and assessment. This will assist in planning your courses for fall. For more information contact Heather Hurren at the Centre. heather.hurren@ubc.ca
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Teaching and Hermeneutics Workshop
Thu, December 9, 2010 11:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Location: ART106
Session Leader: Tim Weiler

Tim Weiler, a senior student (equivalent of masters here in Canada) at the LMU, is holding a half-hour workshop for the UTAs and Language Assistants of Professor Claude Desmarais' GERM100 Beginners' German Language Class. This is the class in which he worked as a volunteer, greatly contributing to the class. As he has specialized in the study of hermeneutics and DaF (German as Foreign Language), and his workshop will address teaching in general from the perspective of hermeneutics, this workshop will be made open to all professors and teachers at the university.

Starting with an introduction to the notion of Gadamer's hermeneutic circle, Tim will elaborate why everyone who teaches is able to and should be committed to life-long learning, before moving to a discussion of the consequences of such an attitude. This latter part of his workshop will focus on the thought of Hans Hunfeld with respect to such an attitude to teaching.

There will be time for interaction, questions and comments from the audience, in the spirit of hermeneutics, so that all can actively engage in learning from others and themselves.
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WebCT Vista Gradebook
Location SCI 200
Tues, December 7, 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM
Thurs, December 9, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Mon, December 13, 1:30 PM -2:30 PM
Thurs, December 16, 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Fri, December 17, 10:00 AM- 11:00 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).

You are also welcome to drop in during our weekly TA Tuesdays (2:30- 4:00 pm) and Vista Wednesdays (1:00- 3:00 pm) sessions.

Please bring your syllabus.
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Clickers Setup
Location: SCI 200

These drop-in sessions are designed for instructors who have been using clickers and would like to prepare for next term by setting up their clicker software or getting a refresher in using the clicker system.
Monday, December 13, 3:00 - 4:00
Friday, December 17, 11:00 -12:00
Please bring your blue instructor remote along with your laptop and/or USB stick.

in review

November was a busy month!!

Here is a listing of all our activities this month for faculty and graduate students:

Critical Thinking Community of Practice                 
Teaching Assistant Pizza Day
ETUG conference
Team Based Learning Community of Practice
Successful Instructional  Strategies Workshop
Peer Mentoring Luncheon
Graduate Student Writing Workshops
Centennial Symposium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
D.A.T.E. with guest Patricia Lasserre
Internal Grant Application workshop
WebCT Vista Drop-in
WebCT Vista Gradebook Workshop