teaching in actin


The Centre operates a number of communities of practice from September to March. All faculty are welcome to join. Please contact the appropriate person if you are interested in joining/attending in the fall.

Problem Based Learning- Heather Hurren
Team Based Learning- Heather Hurren
Course (Re) Design- Heather Hurren
Critical Thinking- Janine Hirtz
eLearning-Janine Hirtz
Clickers- Vania Chan
Instructional Writing- Peter Arthur
Teaching First Years- Peter Arthur

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For quick updates at your fingertips about the Centre for Teaching and Learning events, workshops and news; follow us on Twitter.  Go to twitter.com and search ubcoctl

Don't have a twitter account, you can go to Twitter.com and create an account for free.  If you would like to know more about Twitter microblogging and how this technology can be used in teaching and learning, please contact Janine or Vania at the Centre for Teaching and Learning

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

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator

Tricia Wohlgemuth,
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support

May 2011

Register Now!!!
UBC Okanagan 7th Annual Learning Conference
Innovations in Learning: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
May 5 & 6, 2011

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

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.  

New Team Member- Lynne McPherson

After several years working within the private sector, Lynne McPherson was fortunate to have the opportunity to embark on a career in academic administration, progressing through grass root positions with School District 42 in Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, to more complex roles at the University of Northern British Columbia.  In 2007 Lynne joined the UBC Okanagan School of Social Work, and shortly after accepted a position in the Office of Provost as Executive Administrator Academics.
Now, as the newest member of the Centre of Teaching and Learning team, Lynne will be responsible for the communication, event coordination, and management of the teaching evaluation process.
Since moving to Kelowna, Lynne has enjoyed spending time on the golf course, fly fishing on local lakes and rivers, and more recently watching the Vancouver Canucks.

in review

Showcase- Highlights of the 2010/2011 Academic Year for the CTL

  • Offered  over 80 faculty workshops
  • Received record numbers for Grad student workshops
  • Received positive feedback from an external review process
  • We added another team member- Lynne McPherson
  • We moved from the Admin building to SCI 200
  • We moved from Learning Services to the Provost's Office
  • Started 3 new communities of practice
  • Expanded our capabilities for assisting with research on teaching and learning
  • You can follow us on twitter! (Go to twitter.com and search ubcoctl)
  • Launched the new Thank a Prof program
  • Assisted with goBeyond expanding their participation in their annual promotion
  • Launched Caught on Camera program