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  • jonathan verrett 8:00 am on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: active learning, lectures, peer instruction   

    June 7 2013: Eric Mazur on “The Tyranny of the Lecture” 

    UBC’s Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning presents Eric Mazur, who will be speaking about “The Tyranny of the Lecture.” Click the image to read the details. Note the option to watch the live stream!


    • Jon 1:36 pm on June 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      What the abstract for this talk doesn’t mention is that this “new data-analytics driven audience response system” is a for-profit website built by a start-up that Mazur founded and recently sold to Pearson for c. 5-10 million dollars, while he remains involved as a consultant.

      In short, it’s a product he’s trying to sell us.

      For more thoughts on Mazur’s talk, see here.

  • jonathan verrett 11:18 am on May 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: flexible learning   

    Flexible Learning event 

    Simon Bates has invited you to participate in a session titled ‘What Flexible Learning Looks Like’ on Wednesday, May 8, from 10:30-12:30 in the Earth Sciences Building (2207 Main Mall) in Room 1012 (you can find more information and register here http://www.events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/view/2439).  Faculty and students will share examples of work being done in the area of Flexible Learning across campus. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and the Flexible Learning Implementation Team and to discuss the support available for course redesign. Professor Toope will also speak at the event.

  • jonathan verrett 5:59 pm on April 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming ISWs at CTLT 

    Hello Instructors! In case you are interested (or know a colleague who could benefit), there’s an Instructional Skills Workshop coming up April 9, 10, and 11.
    For more details and to register for the April ISW, please click here: http://www.events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/view/2231
    ISWs are also offered in May, July, August and December. More info is available here: http://www.events.ctlt.ubc.ca/series/view/48
  • jonathan verrett 2:00 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming CTLT Event of Special Interest to Instructors: 3M National Teaching Fellowship Meeting 

    3M National Teaching Fellowship Meeting

    On behalf of Carol-Ann Courneya, UBC 3M Council Chair and Simon Bates, CTLT Academic Director, we would like to invite you to the 3M National Teaching Fellowship: Information and Q&A Sesion.

    Please find the details of an upcoming event here: 3M National Teaching Fellowship April Meeting. The purpose is to provide information and support for applications, planned, potential or future, for 3M National Teaching Fellowships (http://www.stlhe.ca/awards/3m-national-teaching-fellowships/). Please would you circulate it to Heads of Departments, Chairs of Awards Committees and faculty members.

    Registration for the event, to be held on Thursday, April 4th from 10am-12pm in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Room 2.22, is online at http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca./events/view/2351


  • jonathan verrett 10:14 am on February 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Upcoming Event: What does “Educational Leadership” mean at UBC? Insights from Dr. Simon Bates 

    What does Educational Leadership mean? What about Teaching Excellence? Innovation in Teaching? These terms are increasingly part of the teaching landscape at UBC, but what do they mean in the context of our careers? Come and hear Dr. Simon Bates, Professor of Teaching, Senior Advisor on Teaching and Learning, and Academic Director of CTLT speak about what these key terms can entail. (Hint: They’re much broader than you might think!) This session will help you develop ideas about how to engage in educational leadership, teaching excellence, and innovation, as well as how to represent these actions on your annual reports, promotions files, and award applications.

    Join us on Wednesday 27 March 2013, 3-4:30pm, Dodson Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

    Instructor track faculty, research track faculty, heads and directors, and other interested parties are welcome to join us.

  • jonathan verrett 5:03 pm on October 29, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Enriched Educational Experiences (E3s) – What are they and how can you implement them? 

    We hope your year has kicked off brilliantly. Come to Angus Room 241, on Thursday November 1 from 2-3:30pm… and be inspired! Join us to hear an interdisciplinary panel discuss their experiences designing and implementing Enriched Educational Experiences at UBC. Here are the panelists:
    Dr. Janet Giltrow, Senior Associate Dean Students, Faculty of Arts – an overview of what Enriched Educational Experiences (E3s) are and where they fit in UBC’s mandate
    Dr. Sunaina Assanand, Instructor, Faculty of Arts – on Community Service Learning (local and International) in a third year gender psychology course
    Dr. Joanne Fox, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Science ­- on using Peer Review in a first year seminar in science
    Dr. Pete Ostafichuk, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Applied Science – on implementing Team Based Learning and flipped classrooms in Engineering
    Mr. Jim Sibley, Director, Applied Science’s Centre for Instructional Support – on Team Based Learning across the disciplines

    Thursday 1 November 2012 Angus Room 241, 2-3:30pm

    Also please note, some of us are heading to Mahoney’s at 4pm for informal drinks, appetizers, and conversation. We’d love for you to join us!

  • jonathan verrett 9:33 am on May 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Come celebrate the end of the year! 

    Please join us for a friendly and informal celebration of the end of year. Bring a story – perhaps a success or a teaching tip — to share as you (re)connect with our fellow Instructors and Senior Instructors.

    Tuesday May 22 in the Buchanan Penthouse, 4:30-6pm

    Appetizers will be sponsored by the Faculty of Arts. To help us with ordering, please RSVP using this website: http://www.doodle.com/kr3znm68xg5f2p3n

    Hope to see you there!


  • jonathan verrett 12:12 pm on April 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

    UBC Faculty Certificate Program in SoTL 

    I just finished the UBC Faculty Certificate Program in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. It’s a year-long workshop in which participants meet monthly and do a number of things, including:

    • Create an extensive teaching dossier (next year this will be entirely online), including statements of teaching philosophy, reflections on teaching, evidence of teaching effectiveness, leadership in curriculum/pedagogy/scholarship of teaching and learning, and more

    • Engage in peer review of teaching: visit two other classes and have two people visit your own

    • Read and discuss articles in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and keep a monthly journal of reflections on these readings

    • Develop your own research project in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, with help from the workshop’s facilitators and other workshop members; do a presentation on this project to the group and get feedback; write a proposal for the project. You don’t actually have to complete the project that year by collecting data–there is not enough time to do that! But you go through the work of developing it and then can collect data afterwards.

    I found it a fantastic experience, and recommend it to anyone. It seems especially valuable for Instructors, as work in SoTL can be part of advancing towards Professor of Teaching.

    It does mean a significant amount of work, though; in addition to once-monthly meetings of three hours, one must do all the above things from Sept. to April. There are scholarships available, and I got one of those to use to pay a grad student to help with anything from marking to my administrative work to helping with the SoTL research project itself, so that helped me handle the extra time the workshop took.

    Here is an announcement of the application and deadline for 2012-2013. Note that internal Faculty deadlines may be earlier (e.g., the deadline for the Arts Faculty is May 1), since the Faculty may be selecting among candidates first–I think that’s how it works.


    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Leadership Program

    We are now taking applications for the next cohort offering (September, 2012 – April 2013) – DEADLINE = MAY 4th. Please see the Certificate website for more details about the on-line application process and the Teaching Scholarship Scheme:

    • Catherine Rawn 9:28 am on May 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experiences on this Christina! It seems a bit intimidating but is great to know you got a lot out of it, too.

  • jonathan verrett 4:57 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Thanks Dr. Eich! 

    Special thanks to Dr. Eich and for everyone who came out to the last Instructor Network Lunch’n’Learn. Over 50 people attended — thanks to everyone for joining us for this stimulating session!

    Here is a link to Dr. Eich’s summary paper on the cognitive science of learning enhancement. He also has generously agreed to share his slides from his talk. They can be found here: Eich CSLE Powerpoint (20111114).


  • jonathan verrett 9:09 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming Lunch and Learn: The cognitive psychology of learning 

    Mark your calendars for the next Instructor Network Lunch and Learn… you won’t want to miss this!

    Where: Dodson Room (room 302) in IKE Barber on November 15, at 12:30; anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

    Topic: The Cognitive Psychology of Learning – Ever wonder how to best promote long-term retention in our students? How to maximize the efficacy of testing situations? Join us as Dr. Eric Eich leads a fascinating tour of research from the fields of learning and memory that is immediately applicable to our classroom contexts.

    By Dr. Eric Eich, FRSC, former Psychology Department Head, Current Editor-in-Chief of Psychological Science (psychology’s leading journal)

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