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  • jonathan verrett 9:40 am on September 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Upcoming Symposium on SoTL at SFU Harbour Centre 

    We thought many instructors would be interested in the following symposium at SFU Harbour Centre, downtown Vancouver, coming up in November. The link below also provides information on proposing a presentation.

    Deadline for proposals is Sept. 21, 2014!


    BCcampus, along with colleagues from Teaching and Learning Centres across the province, would like to invite you to join us in Vancouver for the first Provincial Symposium on Scholarly Inquiry into Teaching and Learning Practice on November 14, 2014.

    This day includes a variety of keynote speakers, presentations, and opportunities to learn more about conducting inquiries into personal teaching and learning practices. The event will take place at SFU Harbour Centre. Registration is $40, and limited to 100 people, so register early!

    Please share this with your faculty colleagues, librarians, instructional staff and anyone else you think would be interested in presenting or attending.

    For more information and to register, please go to http://open.bccampus.ca/symposium-on-scholarly-inquiry-into-teaching-and-learning-practice/

  • jonathan verrett 9:12 pm on January 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Coming Event! Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: What, Why, and How? 

    Title: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: What, Why and How

    Day/time: January 31, 2-3:30pm

    Location Michael Smith Labs, Room 101

    Will it be recorded and posted online? We hope so! We’re working on it, with the help of CTLT, and we’ll let you know.

    Description: Have you heard of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, but are not sure exactly what it is or what it looks like? Or perhaps you know something about it but would like to know more? This event will start with a panel of three speakers, and will leave a good deal of time for discussion afterwards. 

    Simon Bates, Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC, will start off the panel by giving a presentation about the nature of SoTL.

    Niamh Kelly, Associate Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UBC, will speak about transitioning from disciplinary research to SoTL.

    Gary Poole, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, will speak about some of his research in SoTL, to give an example of SoTL work.

    All are welcome to this free, public event! 

    Speaker bios

    Simon Bates joined UBC in the summer of 2012, and was previously Dean of Learning and Teaching and Professor of Physics Education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has published extensively in the areas of physics education research and the role of technology in enhancing learning. As Academic Director of UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, he is responsible for the provision of academic support services to the teaching and learning community, and part of the leadership team of the Flexible Learning Initiative, a major 5-year teaching and learning transformation program at UBC. He teaches on the Physics 101 course at UBC, a first year course on energy and waves delivered to 1700 non- majors annually

    Niamh Kelly, a faculty member in Medicine, describes herself as an academic ‘cross dresser’: a medical microbiologist scientist, not an MD; a scientist who is researching teaching and learning, not science; a University science teacher who is designing curricular interventions for high school students. Through all of this Niamh is interested in cutting across barriers that exist between the humanities and sciences. Her research is focused on: (i) the difficulties associated with transitioning into the scholarship associated with teaching and learning when trained as a scientist; and, (ii) how integrating the arts into a high school biology curriculum influences students’ attitudes toward, and beliefs about, science.

    Gary Poole is a professor and Associate Director of the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Senior Scholar in the Centre for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia. He is a past-president of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In 2004, he established and directed the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UBC.  He is a 3M National Teaching Fellow and he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  His current scholarly work focuses on self-directed learning, with a focus on medical education.

  • jonathan verrett 10:21 am on October 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    Coming Event! Celebrating innovation in teaching: Applying scholarship to improve practice 

    Are you designing a new course? Ready to redesign an existing course? Why not use the scholarship of teaching and learning to inform your design process? Hear our panelists share the different ways they have applied scholarship in their courses, ranging from the broad course design level (Dr. Rawn), to using a flipped classroom model during course delivery (Dr. Sens), to improving the efficacy of feedback on student written work (Dr. Rea). We hope you will leave this session energized to engage in scholarly teaching.


    Dr. Catherine Rawn (Instructor, Psychology)
    Dr. Allen Sens (Professor of Teaching, Political Science)
    Dr. Jaclyn Rea (Instructor, Arts Studies in Research and Writing)

    Join us on Thursday 24 October 2013, 12:30-2pm, in Buchanan B208.

    Brought to you by the Instructor Network.

  • 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!


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