teaching in actin


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

Mon, January 24 1:00PM- 1:50PM
Location: SCI 253

CoPE (Community of Practice for ELearning)
Mon, January 10 9:30AM-10:20AM
Location: SCI 331

Critical Thinking
Thu, January 13 9:00AM-10:00AM
Location: SCI 200

Instructional Writing
Fri, January 21 2:00PM-3:00PM
Location: SCI 331

Teaching First Year Students
Fri, January 28 2:00PM-3:00PM
Location: SCI 331

Team-Based Learning
Mon, January 10 9:00AM-9:50AM
Location: SCI 253

Course (re)Design
This community brings together faculty who have participated in the seminars, the 4 day version offered in the spring and the one day Just in Time seminars as well as faculty interested in the course design process. This community will meet once or twice a term. If you would like to join this community, contact Heather Hurren at the Centre.

Resource of the Month

Create your own video tutorials

Need to take a picture or create a short video of what you see on your computer monitor?  Jing is simple to use and its free. This tool can help you to instantly create video tutorials to share with your students or for your own learning.  Jing is compatible with MAC OS and Windows, read and learn more at www.tchsmith.com/jing

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

January 2011

D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence)
Fri, January 21, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leader(s): Maury Williams
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 a guest providing their insights into teaching excellence followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic.
Register Now

goBEYOND Teach-In 2011: Climate Solutions, From Classroom to Community
Mon, January 10, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: SCI 331

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 .

Register to be part of the Teaching
The goBeyond Teach-In 2011:All-You-Need-to-Know Guide

Register Now

Sessional/Adjunct Faculty Orientation
Wed, January 12,12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: SCI 200

The Centre for Teaching and Learning invites all Adjunct and Sessional faculty to come and meet the team and find out how the Centre could be of assistance this term in your teaching and learning endeavors. It will be a quick information session with refreshments provided. Please drop in and see what the Centre is all about!
Register Now

Teaching and Research in Undergraduate Education Grant Workshop
Fri, January 14, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: SCI 331

This workshop is intended to inform applicants about the process and possibilities for collaboration to receive this grant. If you are thinking of applying for this grant, attend the workshop to hear others' ideas and have your questions answered about the application process. Previous grant holders will be in attendance.
Register Now

WebCT Vista Orientation
Wed, January 5, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Session Leader: Vania Chan
Location: ADM 011

This hands on session will provide an overview for using WebCT Vista, including how to navigate using tabs, menus and action link buttons. During this session you will learn about Vista settings and permissions and uploading documents and other course materials. We will explore Vista communication tools, including email, discussions, journaling and announcements.
Register Now

Preparing Students for Team/Group Work
Thu, January 6, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Session Leader: Heather Hurren
Location: SCI 331

This workshop will explore various techniques to help prepare students to be effective team members and to monitor the students contributions and development as team members. There will be a brief look at assessing team work but a separate workshop is offered in this area.
Register Now

Assessing Teams
Fri, January 7, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leaders: Heather Hurren & Janine Hirtz
Location: SCI 331

In this workshop, participants will examine various strategies currently used to gather peer feedback for group/team processes. Formative ungraded processes will be examined as well as strategies for assigning grades to peer evaluation. The online version iPeer will be presented and discussed.
Register Now

Lunch & eLearn
Thu, January 13, 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.
Register Now

Teaching Portfolios
Fri, January 28, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leader: Peter Arthur
Location: SCI 331

This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the purpose and contents of a teaching portfolio. Participants will be given examples.
Register Now

in review

2010 in Review

Reflecting back on 2010 and realizing the many positive developments that have occurred, we want to thank those involved for making it another great year.

 -We welcomed Vania Chan into the fold of educational developers/consultants available to faculty.

-We launched the Grant for the Integration of  Teaching and Research in Undergraduate Education (4 grants awarded).

-Participation in World Cafe, where members discuss current and future trends of educational technology and environments that support student learning in higher education.

-We added the Student Research Society to our Research Week activities.

-We welcomed faculty to consider Sustainability in their curriculum.

-We launched a new version of course (re)design to meet more faculty needs: Just in Time Course Design.

-We began new communities of practice in pertinent areas of instructional writing, clickers and teaching  first year students.

-We developed a Peer Review format for faculty and departments to consider.

- We supported new Graduate student programming in the area of writing needs.

-Renewed support of iPeer, an assessment tool for teams and groups.

-Launched the new series Discussions About Teaching Excellence (D.A.T.E.)