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Communities of Practice
The UBC Okanagan, Centre for Teaching and Learning, 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 or attending.

Course (Re) Design, Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Teaching Large Classes,Please contact Heather Hurren to join this CofP

Problem Based Learning,
Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

Team Based Learning, Please contact Heather Hurren directly to join this CofP

Adjunct/Sessional, Please contact Bill Latta to join this on-line CofP

Teaching First Years, Please contact
Peter Arthur to join this CofP

Critical Thinking,
Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

e-Learning, Please contact
Janine Hirtz
to join this CofP

Clickers, Please contact
Vania Chan
to join this CofP

Instructional Writing, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Twelve Weeks to a Journal Article, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Joining the Scholarly Conversation, Please contact Carolyn Labun to join this CofP

Resource of the Month

Available at UBCO Library
LB 1028.B4766 2012

TA Credentialing Seminars
The University recognizes the important contribution made by teaching assistants and graduate students to its instructional course offerings in collaboration with the University's academic departments and graduate programs, the  Teaching Scholars Credentialing  program, offered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL), provides opportunities to advance graduate students' pedagogical, academic, and professional progress.
The purpose of the credentialing program is to develop the skills of UBC Okanagan Teaching Assistants so that they can begin their teaching careers as TA's using known and tested effective strategies.
You may wish to advise the TA's that you will be appointing in the near future that this opportunity exists.

The next series begins on July 16th and runs for three half days. Additional sessions will be scheduled throughout the summer. We are available to offer this program to all the TA’s in your department; thus we can tailor the program to each specific discipline. I will be happy to meet with you to discuss this opportunity.
Contact:  john.parry@ubc.ca     7-8657


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Individual or Team Consultations
Make an appointment to consult with Centre staff over the summer to reflect on and plan for your next teaching and learning experience. We can assist with planning and development of learning outcomes, assessment pieces, syllabi creation, implementing technology into your curriculum and many other aspects of teaching and learning to prepare you for your next teaching assignment.

Contact the CTL Team

Peter Arthur, PhD, Director

Vania Chan, B.Sc., M.A. (Candidate)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
Janine Hirtz, M.A.(Education)
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
Heather Hurren, M.Ed
Manager, Academic Development
Tricia Lalli, B.A
Centre for Teaching and Learning Support
Lynne McPherson, P.Dc
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator
John Parry, M.Ed
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Programming
Bruce Young M.HK. B.Ed
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

Twitter.com @UBCOCTL
CTL Blog or http://blogs.ubc.ca/ubcoc1



July 2013

Teaching Expo August 6th-30th
There are a variety of workshop and sessions available for new and experienced faculty, here's just a few; Instructional Skills Workshop, Blackboard Bootcamp, Teaching Large Classes, Instructional Strategies and many more. For more details click here.

Course (Re)Design Seminar
Full 4-Day Seminar Tuesday, August 6th - Friday, August 9, 2013. 9:00am - 3:00pm

Course (Re)Design Application Form >>

Application Deadline: July 26, 2013

For more information about the seminar go to:

Instructional Skills Workshop

Tuesday, August 13 – Friday, August 16, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm daily
Location:  SCI 331

The Instructional Skills Workshop is offered within a small group setting and is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. During the 4 day workshop, participants design and conduct three “mini-lessons” and receive verbal, written and video feedback from the other participants who have been learners in the mini-lessons. Using an intensive experiential learning approach, participants are provided with information on the theory and practice of teaching adult learners, the selection and writing of useful learning objectives with accompanying lesson plans, techniques for eliciting learner participation, and suggestions for evaluation of learning.

The workshop encourages reflection and examination of one’s teaching practices with feedback focused on the learning process rather than on the specific content of the lesson. Effective feedback skills, practiced in the workshop, are useful for educators in the classroom and also as they conduct their regular institutional business.

Register early to ensure your participation (limit 6) Register

Discussion About Teaching Excellence (D.A.T.E.)
Guest: Dr. Spiro Yannacopoulos

Director of UBC’s School of Engineering and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science
Tue, September 24, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: TBA

The discussion will take the form of an open meeting hosted by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Scholarly Teaching

Each month we will post a journal article about research into teaching and learning. Please take time to read and reflect on the readings as they may impact your teaching and learning situation. We will be hosting a discussion board through a connect shell where you can add your comments and also suggest other articles of interest. If you wish to be added to this Blackboard Connect shell please email Heather Hurren at the Centre with your CWL ID.

This month’s article is entitled “Grading Class Participation". Enjoy!!

Monthly Instructional Strategy
U-Shaped Debate

The U-shaped Debate strategy offers an alternative to the traditional two-sided debate. The goal is to encourage students to endorse positions provisionally while listening to others in an attempt to figure out the most defensible personal stance along a continuum of possibilities. Stress that students are not to try to convince others, but merely to explain why the position they are sitting in is the most defensible one for them. There is no need to reach consensus on the issue.

  • arrange the class in a U-shape
  • ask students with polar views (i.e., either strongly agreeing or strongly disagreeing with the proposition) to seat themselves at either tip of the U; ask students with mixed opinions to sit at appropriate spots along the rounded part
  • ask students at each tip of the U to state their position and offer a few reasons only (if there is an imbalance in strong support for one side or the other, locate yourself temporarily in a polar position to get the discussion going)
  • alternate from side to side, as students from all parts of the U offer their views
  • encourage students to physically move along the spectrum if they have heard reasons that cause them to want to shift their intellectual position on the issue.

Fourth Annual Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning November 7 - 9, 2013 in Banff, Alberta Canada

Call for Proposals

Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Mount Royal
University Calgary, Alberta

This practitioners conference is dedicated to developing teaching and
learning research, sharing nascent findings, going public with results
of completed projects, and building an extended scholarly community.

Please access the Call for Proposals,
http://isotlsymposium.mtroyal.ca/proposals.html accepted from
individual scholars or teams of scholars committed to presenting their
work in one of two venues:

a 60 minute concurrent session or a 90 minute poster session in the
following categories; completed teaching and learning research, early returns and initial findings of work in progress, calls for
collaboration, triangulation, and development.

Keynote Speakers:

Nancy Chick, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Teaching
Vanderbuilt University

Lynn Taylor, Ph.D.
Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning)
University of Calgary
Gary Poole, Ph.D.
Associate Director
School of Population and Public Health
University of British Columbia

Karen Manarin, Ph.D.
Departments of English and General Education Mount Royal University and
April McGrath, Ph.D., Department of Psychology Mount Royal University

Pre-Symposium Workshops will be announced shortly.

Tech Tips

Conference Presentations Last Month

John Parry – Poster Session – TA Credentialing at UBC Okanagan at TAGSA (Teaching Assistant and Grad Student Advancement) at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, May 13th &14th.

Peter Arthur –Emerging trends in post-secondary education: Implications for the sustainability of teaching centres and Graduate courses on teaching: Components and challenges. Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Cape Breton, June 19th- 22nd.

Heather Hurren – Assessment in Higher Education: Reflecting on our Practice at STLHE (Society for Teaching and Learning ) at Cape Breton University, June 19th.