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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,Please contact Heather Hurren directly 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

CTL Library now has professional development books to loan. Preview our titles here or drop in to view the collection.

TA Training
Seminars for new TA's begin on May 21st at 9.00am. This seminar is also the first leading to the TA Credential. TA's are encouraged to sign up please click here to Register

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

May 2013

Register Now!!!
9th Annual Learning Conference!
Enhancing Student Learning

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
Tuesday, April 30
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
Tue, April 30, 2013 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM, SCI 331
Presenter: Bruce Young
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. Register

Session 2 Discussions, Blogs, Wikis and Journals
Tue, April 30, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, SCI 331
Presenter: Brigitte La Normande - Blogs
Daniel Keyes - Discussions
Ben Nilson - Wikis
Presenter Pending - 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
Tue, April 30, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, SCI128
Presenter: Bruce Young
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. Register

Course (Re)Design Seminar
Full 4-Day Seminar Monday, May 6th - Thursday, May 9, 2013. 9:00am - 330pm
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
Tuesday, May 14th at 1:00pm  OR Wednesday, May 15th at 3:00pm
Location: LIB125
Facilitator: Marjorie Mitchell

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. Register

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:

Active Learning
Helping Students Learn
Giving Students Feedback
Course design
Learning theories and learning differences
Teaching with technology
Marking Strategies
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


Tech Tips

This program gives public recognition to a professor/instructor that has assisted their students in their educational endeavours. Professors and instructors recognized by a student in 2012-2013... CONGRATULATIONS!

Dr. Luis Aguiar, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Martin Blum, Associate Professor, English
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Natasha Mandryk, Math
Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences Unit 5
Dr. Zach Walsh, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Chris McNeil, Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Health and Social Development
Dr. Zoe Soon, Instructor, 
Faculty of Health and Social Development
Dr. Dan Ryder, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences