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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.T8 2012

Further Training for Our Teaching Assistants.....

TA Credentialing Program

June 25, 26, 27 9:00-12:00, SCI331


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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



June 2013

Interested in Flexible Learning?
The following UBC sponsored event will be available online this Friday, June 7th from 2:00PM to  4:00 PM at http://bit.ly/MazurUBC

Presentation by: Dr. Eric Mazur - The Tyranny of the Lecture

Most -- if not all -- of the important skills in our life are acquired outside the traditional classroom setting. Yet we continue to teach using lectures where students passively take down information. Instead, we should really focus on the assimilation of that information and shift the focus from teaching to helping students learn.

Over the past 20 years, instructors world-wide have begun to adopt Peer Instruction to get students to think in class. With the advent of new technology the process can be significantly improved. A new data-analytics driven audience response system does away with multiple choice questions and helps instructors design better questions, manage time and process flow, and optimize the discussions in the classroom.

Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and physics education. The realization in the early 1990's that despite, his careful and excellent lectures, his students were actually learning only a small fraction of what he was trying to teach them, led him to develop the instructional methodology known as Peer Instruction. Now widely adopted and utilized across many countries, institutions and disciplines, Peer Instruction is a key technique to enhance student engagement and learning in large classes.

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 Seminar, Blackboard Bootcamp, Teaching Large Classes, Instructional Strategies and many more. Stay tuned for more details.

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 3-4 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

Copy Blackboard/Connect Course Content
Please note that if you would like to copy course content from a previously taught Blackboard/Connect course into your new fall term version, you can do this yourself.  Click here to follow the simple step by step instructions.  .
It is highly  recommended that you complete this process well before you need to use the content as this is a queued process and only 1 course for the entire UBC  campus can be copied at a time; therefore if people have large courses or if you are queued behind a large course, this process could take several days.  
If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like assistance with this process, please email:  elearning.ubco@ubc.ca

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 “Redesigning a Large Lecture Course for Student Engagement”. Enjoy!!

Monthly Instructional Strategy
Each month the Centre will include an instructional strategy that you may wish to try in your courses. If you need further information contact Heather at the Centre. This month’s strategy is entitled “Graffiti"

Tech Tips

9th Annual Learning Conference

Thanks to all our participants in the highly successful learning conference. We broke our attendance records from previous years and the feedback on the sessions offered was very positive. Resources from the conference are now available here.
Book your time well in advance for the 10th Annual Learning Conference May 7th and 8th, 2014!!