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  • jonathan verrett 8:49 am on October 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    UBC Mix: A collaborative teaching and learning opportunity 


    Have you heard about gamers working with AIDS researchers to produce new medicines? How about students using solar energy models to fill First Nations reserve housing needs? Or anthropologists linking up with bankers to explain the finance sector on the blogosphere? Interdisciplinary projects like these offer exciting challenges and rewards. How can you motivate your students to think outside the box and engage in interdisciplinarity? Partner with us at UBC Mix!

    UBC Mix helps partner instructors, students, and courses together to create an interdisciplinary atmosphere that enhances learning and broadens understanding. Find out more on our website, dig in and get involved on our wiki page, or send me an email at ubc-mix@interchange.ubc.ca! I am the UBC Mix coordinator, and I’m happy to answer your questions and plan your Mixes with you! 

    How does it work?
    We help to connect like-minded instructors across disciplines, providing them with guidance and resources to bring their students together for joint activities and projects.

    Possible Mixes?
    How about swapping lectures with another instructor to bring new material into both classrooms? Or joining labs and tutorials to explore a common interest? What about holding a data mash-up meeting, bringing students, skills, and fresh data together to create something new? Or applying university knowledge outside the classroom through Community Service Learning projects? Joint lecture series, symposia, and salons offer additional ways to Mixthings up! 

    How can UBC Mix help? 
    As the UBC Mix Student Coordinator, my role is to support you in a number of ways:

    • Connecting: Are you looking for a UBC Mix partner?  If you are looking for a partner for an interdisciplinary learning experience for your students, I will help to locate relevant, interested individuals to join forces with you to provide innovative and exciting projects, events, joint readings, and more for your students.
    • Brainstorming: Are you interested in interdisciplinary learning initiatives, but need some additional help transforming your ideas into reality? I am available for consultation meetings in person, on the phone, or by email. Got an idea? Share it with me and we’ll brainstorm ways to make it happen!
    • Event Planning: Are you planning a Mix-supported event this year? I can help with room and audio-visual equipment bookings, as well as other preparations. I can also assist you on the day of your event. Plan, publicize, and present your Mix, providing personal support before, during, and after
    • Resources: Mix partners can apply for up to $500 to reach Mix goals (e.g. equipment rentals, transportation, guest speaker honoraria, etc.). We also have online resources on our UBC Mix Community Portal, including articles about interdisciplinary learning, examples of current and past Mixes, and ideas for future Mixes.

    How can I help you?

    I look forward to working with you! 
    Natalie J.K. Baloy
    UBC Mix Student Coordinator
    Email: ubc-mix@interchange.ubc.ca
    Website: terry.ubc.ca/mix/
    Wiki: wiki.ubc.ca/UBC_Mix_Community_Portal

  • jonathan verrett 3:11 pm on September 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply


     The UBC Instructor Network invites you to a “Bring Your Own Lunch and Learn” panel session and discussion on Promotion to Senior Instructor”!

    The event will be held on Monday, September 26th from 12:00 – 12:50 in the Dodson Room in the Irving K. Barber learning Center. We have the room until 1:30, so those without other meeting or teaching obligations are welcome to stay for further discussion past 12:50.

    Our panelists:

    Susan Boyd: Chair, Senior Appointments Committee
    Vanessa Auld: Chair, Faculty of Science Promotions and Tenure Committee
    Deena Rubuliak: Executive Director, UBC Faculty Association
    Paul Bartha: Head, Department of Philosophy
    Christina Hendricks, Senior Instructor (Philosophy) and Chair of the Arts One Program

    We expect the session to be of great interest to Instructor ranks across UBC. Discussion will include promotion and tenure procedures and process, assembling your materials, learning portfolios, referee letters, and much more!

    Please distribute this notice to your colleagues who might be interested!

    The Instructor Network

    P.S. At our initial meeting of Instructors last Spring, a number of people indicated interest in a series of “Lunch and Learn’s,” lunchtime meetings where we would discuss issues of interest to Instructors. We sent out a survey recently to determine which topics are of greatest interest, and this one had significant interest. Others are on the way, including promotion to Professor of Teaching, scholarship of teaching practice, links between research and teaching, student health and learning, and more.

  • jonathan verrett 11:02 am on June 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    STLHE Conference: Session on Instructor Track 

    I just returned from the Society for Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed (http://www.stlhe.ca/) annual conference in Saskatoon. Made some very interesting connections with colleagues from various disciplines from across the country. Would be great to see a bigger contingent from UBC next year in Montreal!

    There’s a group, led by Sue Vajoczki, from EOS/Geog, at McMaster, conducting research describing the ways the Instructor track manifests in Ontario. I asked for her report but there is a required delayed release from her funding agency, the HEQCO: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. (Do we have a similar body in BC?) Anyway, the report is due to be released here this fall. Weren’t any big surprises in her presentation, but great to see research about us happening!

  • jonathan verrett 1:33 pm on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Upcoming Social Event! 

    We would like to invite you to the first social event of the Instructor Network–a University-wide initiative to introduce Instructor-Is and Senior Instructors to one another for the purpose of support and advocacy.  Our first event will be a “meet-and-greet” next week:

    Date: Thursday, June 9th
    Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
    Location: Lillooet Room, room 301, Irving K Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall

    If you are able to attend the event, please RSVP by e-mail to learnenh@psych.ubc.ca.  If you are unable to attend the event, please be assured that we hope to organize other Instructor-related events in the near future. If someone you know should have been invited and hasn’t, please feel free to spread the word and bring them along.

  • jonathan verrett 9:33 am on October 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Angus Reid Survey on UBC faculty’s perceptions of teaching 

    I didn’t know this happened! Very interesting! 

    Explanation taken from the website:

    In November and December 2008, UBC commissioned Angus Reid Strategies to conduct a confidential, anonymous survey to help us better understand faculty members’ views and opinions about teaching and learning. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a major research university has conducted a comprehensive survey of its faculty members on this important topic.

    The link to the results is here: http://www.lead.ubc.ca/angusreidreport/index.html

  • jonathan verrett 10:37 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Naming the Network? 

    What do you think of IN.UBC, stands for Instructor Network at UBC? Other ideas? Post a comment to share your thoughts!

    • ksirluck 9:47 am on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I like it: simple, memorable, and it makes its point. We are an important part of the university community, here to stay. Best regards, Kate Sirluck

  • jonathan verrett 10:26 am on October 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    What is teaching? 

    The classic example of teaching happens in the classroom, and perhaps one-to-one in an office hour. As instructors, what else do you do that you consider to be teaching? Post a comment to share!

  • jonathan verrett 5:37 pm on September 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply  


    We are developing this site as a place for Instructors and Senior Instructors at UBC to connect online. We can share resources and ideas, as well as common concerns we have as UBC faculty members in the teaching stream. Feel free to leave comments with ideas and feedback.

    • asens 7:35 pm on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      OK, I just wrote this earlier in the “About” section, shows how much I know!

      Hello All:

      Thanks again to Catherine for setting this up. Further to our conversation last week, with the University planning to implement one of the key features of the Place and Promise Academic Plan, the commitment that every undergraduate student will have the opportunity to have two enriched educational experiences (E3) we might be ready as Instructors to respond to a call for what we do as instructors that qualifies as an enriched educational experience. Co-op placements, community service learning, international service learning, and internships are no brainers, but we need to reflect on other educational experiences that might be deemed transformative.

      As a group, we might also want to have a sense of how many of these E3 activities are provided by Instructor rank faculty.


    • Catherine Rawn 12:25 am on October 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi All,

      I’m glad that this platform seems to suit our needs. Just to clarify though, it was a joint effort to get this started: thanks to Christina for suggesting we look into UBCblogs, and Sunaina and I together considered the options with Angela and Shane at Arts IT. This has definitely been a joint effort getting this network and website ball rolling!

      Looking forward to working with all of you as we develop this further. Feel free to make changes to the site. And thanks for the note about enriched experiences, Allen. Definitely good to keep in mind.

    • jackie rea 4:26 pm on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi all,

      Great site; I’m sure it’ll prove incredibly useful. Can’t wait to hear how other Instructors define teaching (upcoming posts).

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