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
Team-Based Learning

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Resource of the Month

The Teaching Professor Journal

The Teaching Professor provides research-based and personal insights that will help you:

-Improve student learning
-Develop creative solutions to your biggest teaching challenges
-Understand the latest pedagogical research in a wide variety
of academic disciplines

Note: April 2010 issue reviews the research of Sandy Hilton, Faculty of Management

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

Patricia Wohlgemuth,Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

Just in Time Course Design
Wednesday, July 28th
9:00am to 3:00pm

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. Registration will open soon. For more information contact Heather Hurren at the Centre. heather.hurren@ubc.ca

Fall Teaching Expo
Reserve some time in your calendar to attend the Fall Teaching Expo which runs from August 16th to September 3rd. There are a variety of workshops and activities including two social events!! More information will be available soon but here are a few workshops planned that you may be interested in:

Technology Sandbox
Pop Culture and You
Instructional Foundations Toolkit
Assessment Toolkit
Graduate Student Mentoring
Vista Orientation

The social events will be a fun golf and dinner event on Monday, August 23rd and an Open House at the Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 1st. More information will be available online soon.

Centre Staff Learning Sharing over the summer months
What are we up to this summer? We are busy with individual consultations and planning for the fall, but we are also on the move attending and presenting at various conferences:

June 7th and 8th Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG)
Spring 2010 Workshop "3 cups of T:Teaching, Technology, Transformation"
University of Victoria
Janine will be presenting "Using Technology to Promote Student Engagement, transforming students from passive to active learners".
Peter and Vania will also be attending this event.

Individual Consultations
If you would like to discuss any aspect of your course or curriculum from syllabus creation, learning outcomes, assessment of learning, teaching strategies, using technology in instruction or assessment, please feel free to make an appointment with a Centre staff member. Now is the time to prepare for fall 2010.

in review

Learning Through Research
The 6th annual Learning Conference - Learning Through Research - was a huge success. A variety of sessions and presenters from other campuses kept the participants hopping from session to session, interrupted by some great conversation and refreshment breaks. A special thank you to all our local campus presenters:

Susan Allen, Philip Balcaen, Catherine Broom, Robert Campbell, Yang Cao, Steve Cundy, Judy Gillespie Meaghan Hume, Daniel Keyes, Wendy Klassen, Andis Klegeris, Carolyn Labun, Stephen McNeil, Mary Ann Murphy, Laura Patterson, Cathy Robinson, Chris Schneider, Cathi Shaw, Barbara Sobol, Jordon Stouck, Ray Taheri, Wilda Watts, Robert Whiteley, and Teresa Wrzesniewski

For conference materials and pictures click here.

Peer Mentoring Program
A huge thank you goes out to all our mentors who devote time and energy to mentor faculty who are new to UBC Okanagan or who are looking for the benefits of our mentoring program.

Phil Balcaen,Robert Campbell Jan Cioe, Lally Grauer, Linda Hatt,
Karen Hodges, Wendy Klassen, Carolyn Labun, Nina Langton,
Naomi MacPherson, Sharon McCoubrey, Louise Nelson, Brian Rasmussen, and Carol Scarff