Author Archives: Catherine Rawn

Senior Instructor at UBC; teaches learners in Intro Psychology (Psyc 101 & 102), quantitative research methods and statistics (Psyc 217 & 218), and others; heads Psychology's TA Development; co-writes quantitative research methods textbook; shows up. From Guelph Ontario; enjoys balcony gardening, good food, good wine; half-marathoner and occasional sprint triathlete; car-free; vegetarian; happily married; nemeses: bell peppers, aphids.

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.

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.

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  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.

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:
ISWs are also offered in May, July, August and December. More info is available here:

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 ( 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


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.

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!

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:

Hope to see you there!


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).