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The Centre facilitates the following Communities of Practice:

Critical Thinking
Instructional Writing
Problem Based Learning
Teaching First Years
Team-Based Learning

All faculty are welcome to join any of these communities.  Contact the Centre to make sure you are invited to the next meeting. Most communities meet monthly to discuss best practices in an interdisciplinary setting. The meeting dates will be advertised on our website in early September.
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Contact Us

Peter Arthur
, PhD, Director

Janine Hirtz, e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Vania Chan, e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Heather Hurren, Manager, Academic Development

Tricia Wohlgemuth,Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

September 2010

Open House
Wednesday, September 1st, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Come and visit the Team at the Centre for Teaching & Learning. Hear about new programs and offerings for 2010-2011!! Refreshments will be available.

Let's catch up on what you have been doing over the summer and get ready for fall start-up!
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Peer Evaluation of Team/Group Processes
Friday, September 10th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Session Leader(s): Heather Hurren and Janine Hirtz

In this workshop, participants will examine various strategies currently used to gather peer feedback for group processes. Formative ungraded processes will be examined as well as strategies for assigning grades to peer evaluation.
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D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence)

Friday, September 24th, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Join us for this terms "kick off" event.
Session Leader: Dr. Stephen McNeil (Associate Professor of Chemistry, UBC Okanagan Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation Winner)

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.
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Teaching Squares
Monday, September 20th

Interested faculty will be placed into a "Square" with three other instructors from diverse content areas. An initial meeting is held where participants meet to schedule classroom visits and discuss their goals for participating in the program. Each Square participant will visit one class per week and will be visited once a week by a Square participant. After all visits have been completed (3 weeks), the entire Square will reconvene to discuss what they discovered about their own teaching. Contact Heather Hurren for more information: heather.hurren@ubc.ca
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WebCT Vista Wednesdays
Join us at the Centre for Teaching and Learning!

Drop-in any Wednesday from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM, September 8th to
December 8th.

You are invited to drop by the Centre for Teaching and Learning in ADM 044 on Wednesday afternoons for help with WebCT Vista.  These are unstructured session times when help will be available to you regarding any concerns, issues or questions you have about using WebCT Vista

We look forward to seeing you!

TA Tuesdays- Do you have a Teaching Assistant?

All Teaching Assistants are invited to drop in to the Centre for Teaching and Learning (ADM044) from 2:30 PM  to 4:00 PM every Tuesday to get assistance in the following areas:

-WebCT Vista support
-Optical Mark Reader instruction
-Instructional or assessment support

Centre staff will be available to assist your T.A.'s during this drop-in time every Tuesday from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

in review

Just In Time Course Design

An energetic group of faculty joined together to look at course design strategies in July. The Centre re-designed its 4-day seminar into a "boot camp" of intensive compacted activities to get faculty started on re-designing or creating courses for the fall. The one day event was filled with focused activities around content mapping, clarifying outcomes, choosing assessment strategies and identifying teaching and learning strategies to achieve the outcomes. This seminar will be offered again in December and the Centre's usual offering of the 4-day seminar occurs in May.  It is a great way to discuss learning in a casual,  interdisciplinary setting.

Next Offering: Monday, December 6th