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The Centre facilitates a number of Communities of Practice. All faculty are welcome to join at any time.

Clicker Community

The first meeting of the Clicker Community of Practice will be Thursday, April 8th from 2:30-3:30pm at the Centre for Teaching and Learning in ADM/SSC 044.  Our discussions will provide an opportunity to debrief on our experiences after moving to the i>clicker system and brainstorm what initiatives would be helpful for the coming year.  
Clickers are handheld devices that allow students to respond to polls and questions posed during class.  This Community of Practice aims to support instructors interested in using clickers with their classes.

Interdisciplinary Instructional Writing

Date: Friday, April 9
Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Location: SCI 331

The goal of this community is to establish the culture of writing across the university, and provide a forum for those within the group to share expertise with respect to writing.

Team-Based Learning
The community heard from Larry Michaelsen via webinar this past month. Larry Michaelsen is one of the authors of the book that the community has used as its main resource, Team-Based Learning – A Transformative Use of Small Teams in College Teaching.

Problem Based Learning
The community had an opportunity to video-conference with UBC Vancouver on March 16th. Four different presenters in Vancouver shared their assessment strategies within the Problem Based Learning context. It was nice to discuss assessment with our colleagues in Vancouver who are using PBL in their classrooms.

Team-Based Learning, Problem Based Learning & Critical Thinking Communities
Thanks to all faculty who participated and contributed to these communities of practice over the course of this academic year. We will start up again in September, but in the meantime if you have any questions or would like to know who to network with about these communities, contact Heather Hurren at 250-807-9288

Check these websites for the most recent resources:
Critical Thinking
Team Based Learning
Problem Based Learning

Resource of the Month


International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning:

Contact Us
Peter Arthur
, 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


UBC Okanagan 6th Annual Learning Conference
Learning Through Research
May 5 & 6, 2010

Complete program now available online
Register online at: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/conference/register

Optional Social Event, Wednesday, May 5

9 & Dine at Aspen Grove Golf Course in Winfield
Tee times begin at 4:15
9 holes of golf and a steak dinner for $35.00
Spaces are limited so register early.

For more information, contact Heather Hurren at 250-807-9288

Centre Wind-Up Event
The term is already drawing to a close so we want to celebrate faculty achievements. All faculty are welcome to join the celebration. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.

There will be an opportunity to provide feedback on this year’s programming and suggest future programming needs. Also, if you have not met our newest staff member, come in to meet Vania Chan!
The team hopes to see you on Wednesday!

Wednesday, March 31
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: ADM044

Using WebCT Vista Gradebook and Calculating your Final Grades
This session is designed for instructors or TAs who use WebCT Vista Gradebook and require assistance with calculating final grade formulas. These grades may then be exported in a format that you can upload to FSC. Exporting and importing grades requires that you be somewhat proficient with Microsoft Excel. (Please note that you do not need to import grades to FSC, this process can be easily done manually especially for smaller sized classes).

Please bring your laptop and syllabus to the workshop.
Tuesday, April 13   2:00-3:00pm
Monday, April 19   11:00-12:00pm
Wednesday, April 21    9:00-10:00 am
Friday, April 23    10:30-11:30 am
Tuesday, April 27    11:00-12:00pm
Friday, April 30    1:00-2:00 pm
Location: ADM044

Course (Re) Design Seminars
Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course with the design process that we will facilitate/provide. The seminar requires a 4-day commitment with whole group instructional sessions followed by small group/team planning sessions, working on a different course aspect each day covering content, learning outcomes, instructional strategies and assessment processes. Individual faculty or course teams may be interested in this opportunity to design a new course or revitalize an existing one.

May 10-13
Applications are now available and due April 12th, 2010


Faculty Instructional Skills Seminar

Date: May 17-19
This workshop is designed to enhance new and veteran teacher’s learning environment facilitation skills. The 3 day experience will involve participants learning and applying instructional design in the creation of mini-lessons that will be taught to the group. Feedback will be provided and will be incorporated in further mini-lessons and peer evaluations.

In the workshop you will:

* write learning outcomes
* use common instructional techniques
* use common instructional resources
* evaluate learning
* develop lesson plans
* give and receive objective, constructive feedback
* increase your competence and confidence as an instructor, regardless of the skill and experience level you come in with!!

Register online

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

Research Week Event Tuesday, March 9th
Three invigorating presentations were held all connecting research to teaching and learning:

Jordan Stouck & Cathi Shaw presented their ‘research in progress’ on student writing needs at UBC Okanagan. They ran a survey to collect data to assist them in identifying programs that work and programs that could be improved to enhance the student experience. They will be presenting the conclusions of their research at the Learning Conference in May.

Stephen McNeil shared his insights into Student Engagement and how faculty might reflect on their practice to identify areas where engagement could be enhanced. He will also present his entire theory and practical examples at the Learning Conference in May.

The Student Research Society informed us of all their activities to encourage undergraduate research on campus. They have a website and a network of students who attempt to match student interests with faculty research needs. They are very enthusiastic and we are sure they will be making further presentations in partnership with the Centre.