Canvas Training

Are you ready for your Winter 2018 courses? The Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting Canvas based workshops during the summer starting on July 9th.

Varying throughout the summer, we offer Canvas workshops that are aimed at instructors who are just getting started on Canvas. As well as for instructors who feel ready to learn how Canvas can be a powerful tool in their class!

These workshops are designed to help you explore the most important features and tools found in Canvas, so that you can easily create, move or re-create your courses.

Check out the CTL Canvas website for a complete listing of these workshops covering various topics ranging from “Getting Started on Canvas” to using “Canvas Integrated Multimedia Platforms.”

Celebrate Learning Week

Transformative Teaching

Call for Faculty Volunteers : Guidelines for Transformative Teaching

With the Strategic Plan comes a recommitment  to transformative learning – learning that’s interdisciplinary, critical, and practical, with inspired graduates prepared to contribute to their local and global community. The Office of the Provost, in consultation with the Senate Learning & Research Committee, is embarked on a project to answer to the underlying question: What does transformative teaching – the kind of teaching that creates transformative learning – look like at UBC Okanagan?

We seek your help to create guidelines and descriptions of transformative teaching. These guidelines could inform countless teaching and learning discussions, practices, and decisions, including peer observations, the student evaluations of teaching, and providing course instructors with a trajectory for developing from effective to excellent teachers.

If you’re interested in contributing to this discussion and can commit two half-days, one in early May and one in late in May, please contact Peter Newbury, Senior Advisor for Learning Initiatives at From faculty who express interest and faculty recommended to us by their Dean, together with students and winners of the Provost Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, we will assemble a working group that is inclusive and representative.

2017 / 2018 Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors


The UBC Okanagan Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors recognizes the exemplary contributions of students in their teaching support roles. Nominations for this award are due March 30, 2018. Click here for more information. Continue reading “2017 / 2018 Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors”

14th Annual Learning Conference

The spaces where teaching and learning occur play a critical role in our students’ success. At the 2018 UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, we invite you to fill in the blank and share your experiences, practices, and research about the ________ space you create for learning.

2018 Learning Conference Website

Current and Past CTL Newsletters


All copies of the current and past newsletters can be found here. Continue reading “Current and Past CTL Newsletters”

Deep Conversations

Looking for Deep Conversations about Teaching and Learning?
Join a Faculty Learning Community
Are you looking to participate in deeper conversations about teaching and learning but don’t have the time or resources to join a discussion group “for life”? Then a Faculty Learning Communities is just what you’re looking for. Here’s what you need to know:
  • Groups will meet for a limited time – 2 months, 6 meetings, 1 day, or whatever the group decides – to dig deep into a topic
  • You’ll work together to create something – a webpage, 1-pager, resource list, video – to share with the wider community.
  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning will handle the arrangements.

 We know there is already interest in conversations about on teaching large classes, creating an inclusive classroom, and learning analytics. And we invite you to suggest additional topics we’ll add to the list.

If you’re interested in joining one of these conversations, please complete this form. We’ll get back to you soon with information about the first meetings in early October!

Transition to Canvas at UBC Okanagan

After extensive consultation with faculty, students, and staff, in June UBC selected Canvas as the learning technology ecosystem to replace our current learning management system, Connect. Canvas is a powerful tool for supporting teaching and learning, is simpler to use for both course instructors and students, and has many advanced features and capabilities that will allow course instructors to be even more creative (and efficient) in how they teach. Read More

Moving, Creating, and Re-Creating your course in Canvas

This workshop introduces you to the most important features and tools of Canvas so you can continue to move, create, and re-create your courses. It’s very important you Register for this workshop and confirm the course you’ll be teaching so we can create the Canvas shell for your course before the workshop.

Canvas Studio

Canvas Studio drop-in sessions are most beneficial for instructors who would like specific help building content for their Canvas course(s).  You are welcome to attend all day or you can come and go as needed to set up the tools you wish to use in the Canvas environment.  Please bring your laptop and content that you would like help with.

Continue reading “Canvas Studio”