teaching in actin


The Centre operates a number of Communities of Practice. If you would like more information or to join one of the following communities, contact the Centre:

Course (re) Design
Critical Thinking
Instructional Writing
Problem Based Learning
Team-Based Learning

Teaching First Years
Fri, March 4 2:00PM-3:00PM
Location: SCI 253

Team-Based Learning
Mon, March 14 9:00AM-9:50AM
Location: SCI 253

Resource of the Month

The Effective, Efficient Professor :
Teaching, Scholarship and Service

by P.C. Wankat  2002

This resource book is available for loan from the Centre.


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

March 2011

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

UBC Okanagan invites proposals for the 7th annual Learning Conference
Deadline for submission of proposals is March 14, 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, 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.

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) or
Heather Hurren (807-9288 or heather.hurren@ubc.ca).

Research Week Activity- Thursday March 10th
Join us all day on Thursday March 10th in SCI 253 for a variety of presentations by faculty on research into teaching and learning.
Here is the schedule:

10:30am Elizabeth Anderson:
Team Based Learning experiences in Nursing

11:00am Andis Klegeris:
Problem Based Learning in Pharmacology

11:30am Wendy Klassen:
"The impact of an innovative field based component within the mathematics methods course for pre-service teachers at UBC Okanagan"

1:00pm Ramon Lawrence & Teresa Wrzesniewski:
"Improving Pedagogical Efficiency and Effectiveness using an Automated Testing System"

1:30pm Research Support Leads
Research Services Office, IT supports, Library Resources, CTL resources

2:00pm Patricia Lasserre :
Team Based Learning in Computer Science

2:30pm Robert Whiteley, Judy Gillespie, Cathy Robinson & Wilda Watts :
"Education for Effective Interprofessional Practice in Child Welfare"

3:00pm Mary Ann Murphy:
"The Intergenerational classroom as a vehicle to reduce social distance and promote social innovation: Integrating research, teaching and undergraduate learning"

We hope you will join us to hear the research projects that are actively being pursued on this campus.

D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence)
Fri, March 18 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leader: Lynn Bosetti (Dean, Faculty of Education)
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 insights into teaching excellence followed by an open discussion. We encourage you to participate in this important topic.
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Lunch & eLearn
Thu, March 10,12:00 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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Intro to Clickers
Fri, March 25, 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Session Leader: Vania Chan
Location: SCI 331

Designed for instructors who are not currently using clickers but thinking about using them in the fall, this session will offer a demonstration of the clicker system and a discussion about different instructional uses of clickers.
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in review

Showcase- Carolyn Labun
Getting Your Message Across

This past term, I worked towards two separate goals with my first-year writing students: to bring the world into our classroom; and (through our class blog, Engineers Write the World, and our writing journal, First Words) to bring our writing into the world.  I hoped to bridge the gap between the academy and professional practice, and to help my students see that as our class motto claims, they can “get their message across,” that their words matter, and someone is listening. Read More>>>