Wednesday & Thursday, May 1st & 2nd
This year’s conference features approximately 30 sessions with presenters from 6 different universities. Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Pat Rogers is currently the Vice-President: Teaching and Learning, Wilfred Laurier University and Past- President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The title of her presentation is “Student Engagement, Student Success, and Other Important Connections”. Join us in this sharing and celebration of “Enhancing Student Learning”!!
Complete program available here
Register online at: www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/conference/register
UBC Okanagan Flexible Learning Pre-conference
A number of preconference workshops have been planned to provide faculty with an overview of some of the tools that can be used to support flexible learning as it aligns with their pedagogy. All sessions will take place in Science 331 unless otherwise indicated.
Session 1: Using Blackboard IM
Blackboard Instant Messenger is a free tool within the Black Connect environment. This session will provide an overview of this tool and focus on how instructors can use it to establish virtual office hours as well as create a collaborative online environment in their classes.
Session 2 Discussions, Blogs, Wikis and Journals
UBCO faculty members will share their experiences regarding tools that encourage student engagement. These tools can be used for a variety of purposes and this session will provide insights and recommendations from faculty members past experiences.
Session 3 Adding Audio and Converting PowerPoint Slides into videos
Many instructors have created a range of instructional materials and resources using Microsoft PowerPoint. When this content is placed online, an important component that is often missing is audio explanations of key concepts and ideas. PowerPoint 2011 for the Mac and PowerPoint 2010 allows users to easily add audio content to slides and then save them as a movie for posting online. This hands-on session will take participants through this process.
We currently have one spot left for this seminar. The 4-day seminar is only offered once a year, so if you are interested in re-designing an existing course or developing a new course, then this is the seminar for you. Participants work in an interdisciplinary setting with support and guidance from each other as well as Centre staff while moving through a course design process. Participants must commit to attend all 4 days from 9am to 3:30pm. Contact Heather Hurren for more details or to register (soon).
Modernization of the Canadian Copyright Act
Amendments set out in Bill C-11 the Copyright Modernization Bill are now in effect to update the Canadian Copyright Act. Find out how additional educational exceptions and changes to fair dealing will affect you at UBC.
Ensuring Academic Integrity
Concerned about students plagiarizing or purchasing term papers? Here are a few tips for next term:
-Consider alternative methods of measuring the same learning outcomes that the paper measures – what other task could the students perform to demonstrate their mastery of those same learning outcomes?
Break the paper down into smaller parts with them submitting parts separately and/or some of them done in class, for example:
A free write on their paper topic
A bibliography for their topic
A shorter paper written in class, bringing in all their rough drafts/resources
If you would like to discuss these and other methods of circumventing this issue, drop in and chat with one of the CTL staff.
Teaching Scholars Credentialing Program
On April 3rd, the second awards ceremony took place recognizing twenty teaching assistants who had completed their foundations credential. Click here to view photos from the award cerremony on April 3rd. This would bring the total to seventy students who have been recognized during this academic year. 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. The Foundations Credential contains the following components:
1. Pedagogical Discussion and Training
Participants will attend the summer instructional skills seminar or the same program offered during other times during the year.
2. Participants will attend three CTL approved teaching workshops and prepare a critical reflection of their relevance.
The workshops may be chosen from the following:
Helping Students Learn
Giving Students Feedback
Learning theories and learning differences
Teaching with technology
Teaching International Students
The Practical Experience Credential contains the following components:
1. Participants must complete at least two semesters as a teaching assistant or equivalent.
2. Observation and Review. Participants must have a full teaching session observed, videoed, and reviewed with a member of the CTL staff. They must also receive an endorsement from their supervisor.
3. Participants must provide evidence of either peer feedback or student evaluations.
The next series of seminars begins on
May 21st - 9:00-12:00
plus one of the following
May 22nd - 9:00-12:00
May 22nd - 1:00-4:00
May 23rd - 9:00-12:00
May 23rd - 1:00-4:00
Location: SCI 331 Register