STRATEGIC PLAN 2023 – 2028
The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports the teaching and learning community at UBC Okanagan by delivery of programs, services, and technologies to improve the effectiveness of teaching and student outcomes in learning environments that reflect our diversity and goals of equity, inclusion, and excellence.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning is the epicenter connecting the UBC Okanagan community dedicated to inspiring and inclusive teaching, learning innovation, professional development, and excellence in student learning outcomes and experience.
To promote, inspire, and support excellence in teaching and learning practices, scholarship, technologies, and leadership.
We collaborate across the university to develop a community aligned with our values and striving for educational excellence.
We care about the well-being and success of all students, teaching assistants, faculty, and staff in our diverse learning community and ensure our interactions are respectful and positive.
We believe innovation leads to excellence. Continual improvement and professional development are required to support evolving learning communities and student needs. We collaborate to deploy and evaluate new technologies and learning techniques, and foster the scholarship of teaching and learning to disseminate new ideas.
We build trusting relationships by demonstrating compassion, honor and transparency.
We respect the land that we are located on and our relationships with Indigenous communities. We value inclusive and accessible teaching and learning environments, and value the lived experience of all members of our community.
To have a positive impact on our learning community and student outcomes, we take an evidence-based approach to the evaluation of pedagogies and technologies and support the community on making incremental improvements using reproducible methods.
CTL 2018 – 2023: a pERIOD OF tRANSITION
This strategic plan follows a five-year period of transition for the Centre for Teaching and
Learning. CTL undertook an external review in 2019, which identified a number of areas of focus for the Centre. As a result of the review, the Centre was restructured (positions reclassified, and the organizational structure modified), and additional resources were invested in the Centre (which enabled the creation of new positions). As a result, the CTL team currently comprises:
- Academic Director (part-time faculty secondment)
- Manager and Senior Educational Consultant
- 5 Educational Consultants (focused on Inclusion, Indigenous Initiatives, Faculty and Curriculum Development, Student and TA Development, Technology Projects and
- 3 Support Analysts (focused on Learning Technology support)
- Graduate student (Learning Design Interns), and undergraduate student (co-op) positions
It is from this period of transition that this strategic plan is being advanced to support the
teaching and learning community at UBC Okanagan.
Support and foster a community dedicated to advancing teaching and learning at UBC Okanagan through learner-centered and evidence-informed teaching approaches and curriculum development practices. This collaborative community increases the impact of the CTL by peer mentorship and connecting broadly within departments and faculties.
- Continue to provide workshops and events, such as Celebrate Learning Week, to connect faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and other teaching assistants to discuss instructional topics.
- Develop a CTL teaching fellowship program recognizing faculty engaged in teaching and learning activities that can inspire and collaborate with colleagues.
- Recognize teaching excellence by promoting existing internal and external awards and assisting faculty on applying for these awards. Develop new awards recognizing instructional achievement within departments and faculties that will help identify members on the path for major awards.
- Strengthen and expand collaborations with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC Vancouver.
- Continue to consult with faculty and administration to address current and future teaching needs including opportunities, learning spaces, planning, and resources.
- Advocate for institutional teaching initiatives including experiential learning, integrative teaching evaluations (particularly peer and student evaluations), open access, and educational technologies.
- Cultivate capacity for inclusive, equitable, anti-racist, and accessible teaching and learning practices and experiences.
- Advance decolonized and Indigenized curriculum and teaching practices
- Raise awareness of CTL services and demonstrate our impact through reporting, surveys, and data collection and analysis.
- Facilitate meaning-making and informed decision-making in response to results from campus-wide surveys related to teaching and learning.
- Develop opportunities to facilitate community development for Educational Leadership faculty across campus to work with and learn from one another.
- Support curriculum development that is flexible, accessible, and learner-centered including curriculum review processes, new courses and programs, and online, blended, or multi access instruction. Support program development, renewal and evaluation processes and quality assurance in alignment with UBC strategic priorities.
Deliver programming and events that support the community in professional development to improve teaching practice. Specific focus on key university priorities including experiential learning, Indigenous content integration, inclusion, accessibility, and learning outcomes.
- Continue and expand the delivery of programming on Indigenous knowledge, inclusion, and accessibility. Support community building in these areas.
- Continue to provide professional development consultations and workshops for key instructional needs. Increase the number and diversity of attendees.
- Expand the graduate student development programming beyond the TA Letter of Completion, to include further micro-credentials (up to and including a Certificate program). Partner with CTLT at UBCV to bring CIRTL programming to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at UBCO.
- Deliver workshops and programs (including micro-credentials) specifically targeted for early career faculty to improve their teaching practices.
- Continue the extensive number of workshops and support activities related to educational technology support systems, including Canvas.
- Foster scholarly, reflective and learner-centered teaching practices for faculty career progression.
- Create opportunities for students to develop, collaborate, and contribute as partners in teaching and learning practices and scholarship.
Support the development of educational leadership and scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) on campus.
Expand and support the SoTL community at UBCO by hosting more workshops and engaging faculty members currently active in SoTL activities.
- Partner with the Institute for SoTL (ISOTL) at UBC Vancouver to bring ISOTL to UBC Okanagan, and develop SoTL seed grants other SoTL programs that mirror opportunities available to UBC Vancouver faculty and graduate students.
- Develop processes to measure SoTL activities at UBCO, including faculty, grants, and publications.
- Create an environment supporting interdisciplinary and cross-faculty SoTL collaborations enabling larger projects and grant funding.
Provide expertise and support for current and future educational technologies, curriculum design, and evaluation methods. Encourage instructors to adopt new technologies and techniques into their pedagogy that demonstrate improved learning outcomes.
- Continue to support instructors through workshops, individual consultations, and communities of practice to effectively deploy, utilize, and optimize educational technologies including Canvas.
- Facilitate the creation of effective and engaging learning experiences across flexible teaching modalities (including blended, multi-access, and online learning), diverse audiences, and learning needs.
- Clarify the CTL role for supporting learning technology on campus in collaboration with other departments on campus and in Vancouver, such as UBC IT and LT Hub, to streamline and enhance information dissemination and support.
- Develop partnerships and collaborations with faculty, UBC IT, and LT Hub, to assist instructors in evaluating and developing new innovative technologies.
Strategic Plan Implementation
For each of these priorities, CTL will develop an implementation and evaluation process, led by key members of the CTL team, with input and oversight of the faculty fellows, Academic Director, and Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning. These processes will prioritize actions under each priority area, and work to implement specific initiatives to meet these goals on a one-to-five-year time horizon.
Open Access Statement
Where possible, our educational resources are created as open access. We encourage our
community and collaborators to provide materials using open or creative commons licenses.