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I blog about educational development, facilitation, and teaching. 

As of March 2018, I am blogging more regularly at isabeauiqbal.com (my coaching site). I will still occasionally blog here.

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How do young undergraduate students learn best?

It should come as no surprise to me that the longer I work at UBC, the younger the students look. I can’t tell the difference between someone who is 17 and 26 and even photos of newly appointed faculty members make me feel “old”. I frequently wonder how the generational gap between educators and students […]

Ice-breaker for facilitation skills workshop

Last week, Lucas Wright and I co-facilitated a session titled “Facilitating Teaching: Approaches and Skills”. For our ice-breaker, we led a speed-friending* activity in which participants had 45 seconds each to respond to the questions below before they switched partners and answered the next question with a new partner. The questions we developed all pertain […]

Using stick figure narratives in educational development

This blog describes how we can use stick figure narratives in our educational development (ED) work. My thoughts on this were inspired by a workshop facilitated by Dr. Jessica Motherwell McFarlane who presented at Symposium 2018.  Dr. Motherwell McFarlane uses stick-figure narratives in her role as an instructor and counsellor to explore resiliency. One of the premises […]

3 Quick and Easy Energizers

In a course I recently taught, I used and/or learned a few energizers. Since I love having these types of activities in my ‘back pocket’, I wanted to share them with you: Ping Pong Ball Good for a large group energizer. Divide the group into 3 and have each sub-group stand or be in a […]

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