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The Centre operates a number of Communities of Practice. All faculty are welcome to join at anytime.

Instructional Writing
Fri, February 25 2:00PM-3:00PM
Location: FIP 239

Team-Based Learning
Mon, February 7 9:00AM-10:00AM
Location: SCI 253

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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

February 2011

Call For Proposals!!!
Innovations in Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
7th Annual Learning Conference
May 5 & 6, 2011

UBC Okanagan invites proposals for the 7th annual
Learning Conference
Deadline for submission of proposals is March 7, 2011.

Educators are invited to share their expertise and
experience in the area of innovations in learning and their experiences with research on teaching and learning. The conference intends to explore questions such as how can research about our teaching enhance the student learning experience; how can we measure the success of innovations or adaptations to our teaching?  what approaches to teaching and learning are most effective?

The conference will open with a keynote by Dr. Richard Gale.  In January of 2010, Dr. Richard Gale joined the faculty of Mount Royal University as Founding Director of the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
All interested individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for 50 minute sessions. Each session is expected to have an interactive component. Formats may include discussions, roundtables, and presentations.

For more information contact Peter Arthur (807-9207 or peter.arthur@ubc.ca)

What's after WebCT Vista?
As you may already know, the Learning Technology Advisory Council (LTAC) is working on a project that will significantly shape the future of UBC's learning environments - the selection of a new Learning Management System (LMS). Our current system, WebCT Vista (Blackboard Vista), is used in more than 4,000 course sections, and by over 53,000 students. The Vista product line is being phased out in 2013, so we're starting early!
We are part way through an extensive process to choose our new system, and we need your help. We invite all interested members of the UBC teaching and learning community to participate in our evaluation for the two shortlisted products- Blackboard Learn 9.1 and Moodle 2.0- through product demos and hands-on sessions.

Product Demos: February 8-10, 2011
The vendors of both shortlisted products will be providing demonstrations to UBC Okanagan via web conference.  Come to a central location on campus to watch the web conference or contact eLearning staff to get the conference recording details.
February 8 - MOODLE 2.0
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, SCI 331
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, SCI 331
February 10 -BLACKBOARD LEARN 9.1
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, SCI 331
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, SCI 253

To register for the product demos listed above, please visit www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/register.html

Hands-On Product Evaluations: February 11 - 24, 2011
Exemplary courses will be provided for exploration and if you choose you can have access to create your own content and learning environment based on your specific teaching needs.  
Drop-in times will be held in ARTS 180.
Friday 11th 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Monday 14th 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Friday 18th 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Tuesday 22nd 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Thursday 24th 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

If these times do not work for you and you would like to participate in this evaluation, please contact the eLearning staff at the Centre for Teaching and Learning to arrange an alternate time.  
Your feedback and comments are a vital component of this process and will become part of the data for choosing the next generation learning environment at UBC.  
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Janine Hirtz, eLearning Instructional Support Specialist
at 250-807-9133 or janine.hirtz@ubc.ca
Vania Chan, eLearning Instructional Support Specialist
at 250-807-9408 or vania.chan@ubc.ca
Peter Arthur, Director Centre for Teaching and Learning
at 250-807-9207 or peter.arthur@ubc.ca

D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence)

Fri, February 25, 2011 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leader: Mary Courtney -Dean, Faculty of Health and Social Development
Location: LIB 306

The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The discussion will begin with our guest providing their insights into teaching excellence followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic.
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Midterm Break Workshops- February 15-18

Just in Time Course Design (Sustainability)
Tue, February 15, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: SCI 331

This is an offering of the previously offered one day version of course design with the emphasis on Sustainability. We will look at the usual course design process with the idea of incorporating sustainability within the course being designed. Centre staff and leaders in sustainability will be on hand to offer assistance and ideas for your course design.
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Introduction to Video Production - 2 day Workshop

Wed, February 16, 2011 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Faculty & Staff: Feb. 16th & 17th, 2011
Session Leaders: Rosemary Thompson & Jeff Myers
Limited space available

Have you been considering producing a video to communicate an important message about your department or about a service you provide? Perhaps you are doing research that you would like to document through video or maybe you would like to enhance your teaching by incorporating video? Whatever the reason, the Media Centre is pleased to offer a two day workshop to help get you started!

In this workshop, we will cover the various elements involved in producing an effective video to use for communicating your message, whether for promotion, documentation or presentation. Be prepared to learn to basics of how to plan out your video project, take great video footage and edit your project.

Note: This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Participants must commit to both days.
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Course (re)Design Reunion
Wed, February 16, 2011 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: SCI 331

All previous participants in the 4 day seminar and 1 day seminars (Just in Time Course Design) are invited to meet and share course design experiences and assess any upcoming needs of the Centre or the course design faculty team to continually move your projects forward.
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Inclusive Classrooms
Wed, February 16, 2011 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: SCI 331

This workshop will explore various strategies to assist in making all classrooms respectful and inclusive of all students. Faculty are welcome to share their best practices and success stories for this important initiative. Resources will be explored.
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Enhancing Student Learning with Open Educational Resources
Wed, February 16, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM UBC Okanagan campus. Session Leader: Peter Arthur
Location: SCI 331

Open educational resources are digital educational materials that are freely shared by teachers, students and lifelong learners. For example faculty have access to over 7 million free shareable media files from Wikimedia Commons, 69 million free sharable photos at Flickr (Creative Commons subset), 25 thousand digital learning objects at MERLOT and MIT has 1800 of its courses free and online. This session will focus on how faculty may leverage open educational resources to enhance learning environments.
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Thu, February 17, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Session Leader: Janine Hirtz
Location: LIB 111

Turnitin continues to be used on our campus by faculty to reinforce a commitment to academic integrity and to help prevent plagiarism. The software underwent an upgrade this past term and now an increasing number of faculty are using the grademark and peer review features available. This session will focus on understanding the originality reports and how to use Grademark as a sustainable marking option as it reduces printing costs and saves time. You will never lose another student’s paper and you’ll have a permanent accessible record of progress and comments at your fingertips. It’s the perfect solution for courses with multiple markers.
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Using Social Media for Learning
Thu, February 17, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM UBC Okanagan campus. Session Leader: Peter Arthur
Location: ARTS180

Social media provides students the opportunity to collaborate, share and demonstrate their knowledge in new ways. This session is an introduction to how blogs, wikis and podcasting may be integrated into learning environments.
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Understanding Statistics from Multiple Choice Exams
Mon, February 21, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Session Leader(s): Barbara Rutherford & Vania Chan
Location: SCI 253

In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the statistical reports generated from marking multiple choice (bubble sheet) exams. This workshop will address frequently asked questions such as:

-What is represented by the mean, standard deviation, percentile, median?

-Why would they be meaningful when marking an exam?

-What is the point biserial?

-How do you determine if an exam question was “good”?

There will also be a presentation/demo of the new version of the Remark Optical Mark Reader software currently available in the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Ed Tech Centre, and the Psychology Department.

If you would like to attend, please register using the link below or contact Vania Chan (vania.chan@ubc.ca).
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Midpoint Feedback
Fri, February 4, 2011 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leader(s): Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

In this workshop, participants will examine various midpoint feedback strategies and hear from faculty who currently use midpoint feedback to enhance their teaching and the student learning experience. The Centre offers a few templates that can be used
within Vista to facilitate midpoint feedback and that process will be explained.
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Wed, February 9, 2011 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Leader: Barbara Sobol
Location: SCI 200

Copyright issues are often complex, and the landscape is undergoing major change. These issues become even more complicated when trying to create or use digital content within your WebCT Vista courses. Do you have copyright questions or concerns around linking to articles, images or making a variety of digital content available in WebCT Vista to help your students learn? Drop in to this Vista session to learn more about the options and support available to you as instructors.
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Lunch & eLearn
Thu, February 10, 2011 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: SCI 253

Learn about elearning technologies that are supported on our campus or emerging in higher education and engage in discussions about how these may be able to help student learning or save you valuable time. Some sessions will feature guest faculty who will share their experiences and how they are implementing and integrating technologies to enhance teaching and student learning. The sessions are scheduled over the lunch hour; so feel free to bring your lunch and join in the discussion.
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in review

Showcase- Dr. Scott Reid

Dr. Scott Reid, professor of Biology, is continuously experimenting with technology to create learning resources for his students.  “I will never stop trying to generate supplemental course material that engages the students and enhances the probability that they can excel at their studies...”  In recent years, Scott has moved pre-lab talks out of the lab and captured his lectures using video recordings.  In his personal account, Scott explains his philosophy behind the supplemental materials that he creates for his students, describing how he does it and sharing nuggets of wisdom he has acquired through his vigorous experimentation. Read More>>>