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First Day of Class

As Will Rogers once said, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” What you do in your first class establishes the learning environment for the rest of your course, so it’s critical to think and plan carefully.

The goals of the first class are to:

  • motivate learning – why should your students engage and invest their time and energy?
  • personalize the experience – how can each student find your course meaningful?
  • establish expectations – how will your course run and what will happen in class?

That’s a lot to accomplish in 50 or 80 minutes. The Centre for Teaching and Learning is holding a “First Day of Class” workshop (twice) to help you decide what to do in your first class:

  • Thursday, August 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, EME 3113  Register
  • Friday, August 31, 10:00 – 11:00 am, SCI 331  Register

Please register so we can contact you with pre-workshop resources.

Pop-Ups

Teaching and Learning POP-UPs

Later this month, Centre for Teaching and Learning staff will be in your building to provide on-site consulting on a variety of teaching and learning topics to help you plan your Fall courses. Drop in to discuss syllabus design, student assessments, aligning learning outcomes and assessments, planning for team work, and more. Come with your questions, concerns, and ideas!

Here is where we’ll be popping up:

  • Monday, August 20: 9am to 11am ARTS Foyer
  • Wednesday, August 22: 1pm-3pm CCS Foyer
  • Friday, August 24: 9am to 11am EME 3112
  • Monday, August 27: 1pm-3pm SCI 331

Connect Ending

The UBC community will no longer be able to access Connect After August 31, 2018.

It is recommended that course instructors export all their existing Connect material as you will not be able to access Connect after August 31, 2018. It is recommended that you save this content in two separate locations, such as your desktop and a USB flash drive.

If you would like assistance in exporting your course content from Connect, please contact CTL staff at ctl.helpdesk@ubc.ca.  Please feel free to use the Step by Step Tutorial for exporting your content from Connect.

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 peter.newbury@ubc.ca. 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!