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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 directly to join this CofP

Teaching Large Classes, Heather Hurren
Meeting: Thu. Mar 7th, 9:30am-10:30am SCI 331

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

Tony Bates was our special guest speaker in February on the topic of “Flexible Learning: What are the Possibilities?”  His latest book, Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning, and his other publications are available in the library

Available at UBCO Library
LB2395.7 .B376 2011

Further Training for Our Teaching Assistants.....

Giving Students Feedback (TA Credentialing Program)
Wed, March 6, 2013 3:30 PM - 4:30PM Location: SCI 331
Session Leader: John Parry

How can you use the goals and objectives of the course to provide useful written feedback to students. This workshop will provide an opportunity to consider the elements of constructive feedback as well as what data should inform it. Register

Seminars for your TA's
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 May 21st 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

Blackboard / Connect update!
The CTL wishes to sincerely thank all of our instructors who have taken time to provide valuable feedback regarding the use of Blackboard in Connect and system performance during this transition phase.  We are working diligently with Vancouver IT support and Blackboard to address all issues and concerns in an effort to ensure a stable product with efficient and satisfactory performance levels.  Please continue to send your feedback, concerns and any questions you may have regarding Blackboard / Connect.  For most efficient service and to help us better track and resolve issues, please email your concerns to elearning.ubco@ubc.ca  You may also call one of our eLearning support specialists with your questions or for help with more urgent matters.  
Of course we would also like to thank our instructors who have pointed out some of the improvements and benefits they have experienced in using new improved tools and features available in Blackboard.  Please watch for Blackboard tips and highlights featured in our newsletter.
Please visit our UBC Okanagan Blackboard Resource site for online support documentation, video tutorials and to register for upcoming workshops.

Connect Support for Students
Do your students need help getting course materials from Connect?  Support is available in the Library Learning Commons every day including weekends.  Students can also call 250-807-9611 (Mon-Thurs 8 am- 9 pm and Fri 8 am - 4 pm) or check out the online resources at connect.ubc.ca

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

March 2013

UBC Okanagan Campus
9th Annual Learning Conference!
Enhancing Student Learning

Wednesday & Thursday, May 1st & 2nd

Educators will share best practices and disseminate their research in sessions that will explore student learning, using inquiry in the undergraduate classroom, flexible learning environments and optimum first year experiences.

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

Research Week Presentations: Friday, March 8th in SCI 331

1. Experiences with Undergraduate Research
2. Measuring Innovations in the Classroom

Check the website for more details soon.

Teaching with Technology - Blogging
Fri, March 1, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young

Blogs have a variety of uses in higher education. This presentation will provide an overview of these uses as well as the blogging tools available to UBC faculty members. A faculty member will also provide an overview of how they successfully used blogs to support the instructional process in the their class.Register

Understanding Statistics from Multiple Choice Exams
Mon, March 4, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, SCI 331

Guest Speaker: Dr. Barbara Rutherford (Psychology)

In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the statistical reports generated from marking multiple choice (bubble sheet) exams. This workshop will address frequently asked questions such as:

- What is represented by the mean, standard deviation, percentile, median?
- Why would they be meaningful when marking an exam?
- What is the point biserial?
- How do you determine if an exam question was "good"?

Feel free to bring along the stats reports you have saved from past bubble sheet exams.Register

Assessment Series Workshop #3 - Communicating Your Assessment Plans
Tue, March 5, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, SCI 331
Session Leader: Heather Hurren

This workshop will examine various communication avenues used to inform students about assessment practices. The goal is for transparency and consistency in communicating expectations. Register

SoTL Brown Bag Discussion
Thu, March 7, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, LIB 125

Stephanie McKeown, Director, Campus Research & Analysis.
Topic: Measuring quality in higher education...does it add up?

Stephanie will share her current research project as well as resources faculty could be using for statistical analysis. Register

Teaching with Technology - PowerPoint Advanced Skills
Fri, March 8, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young

Prerequisites: Basic PowerPoint skills, PC or Mac Laptop with PowerPoint

This session will allow participants a hands-on opportunity to examine some advanced features in Microsoft PowerPoint including the use of master slides, animations and action buttons. The ability to create media rich presentations that include video, audio clips as well as narrations will be explored. Register

Introduction to Clickers
Fri, March 15, 2013 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM, SCI 331
Seminar Leaders: Vania Chan

Designed for instructors who are not currently using clickers but thinking about using them in the fall, this session will offer a demonstration of the clicker system and a discussion about different instructional uses of clickers. Register

Assessment Series Workshop #4 - Using Rubrics
Tue, March 19, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, SCI 331
 Session Leader: Heather Hurren
& Bruce Young

This workshop will examine best practices when utilizing rubrics as part of your student assessment package. We will look at using rubics within Blackboard Connect also. Register

Teaching with Technology - Blackboard Collaborate
Fri, March 22, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young

Blackboard Collaborate is web conferencing that is available in all Connect courses. It gives provides access to tools that support two-way audio, video, online interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing session recording. The session will provide an overview of how faculty can use Collaborate to engage with students and colleagues as if they were in a traditional classroom even though participants are not in the same physical location. Register

Discussion About Teaching Excellence (D.A.T.E.)
Tue, March 26, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM,  SCI 331

Guest: Christopher Schneider Assistant Professor

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

Assessment Series Workshop #5 - Feedback
Tue, April 2, 2013 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM, SCI 331
Leader: Heather Hurren

This workshop will examine best practices for communicating feedback to students in paper-based and online formats.

Course (Re)Design Seminar
Full 4-Day Seminar Monday, May 6th - Thursday, May 9, 2013. 9:00am - 3:00pm

Course (Re)Design Application Form >>

For more information about the seminar go to:

Tech Tips

Blackboard Tips

Blackboard Email directs course Email to student and instructor “external” email addresses.  You may reply to these emails directly from your external email inbox (no need to login to Blackboard)!  For instructions on how to set up this tool link, click here (and remember to select the Email Tool).