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University of British Columbia Okanagan

October, 2016 Newsletter

D.A.T.E. (Discussions About Teaching Excellence) SoTL Panel

Wed, October 19, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Science Building. Location: SCI 331

This Discussion About Teaching Excellence will feature our campus SoTL scholars sharing their work in a panel format, followed by questions from faculty. The panel of scholars include Elizabeth Anderson from Nursing, Karen Hodges from Biology, Robert Campbell from Education, Andis Klegeris from Biology and a representative from the Behavioural Ethics Board. Come and hear about the research that is being done into teaching and learning!
Are you marking multiple choice bubble sheet exams?
The Optical Mark Reader (OMR) station has moved from CTL to the Library, allowing for more flexible access during the daytime, evenings, and weekends.  This will be a self-serve workstation for instructors and TAs to use independently; an instruction manual will be available.  Time can be reserved in advance at using your Novell ID.  The workstation is located on the second floor of the Library in the northeast corner, near study room LIB 225 and the Bloomberg terminal.

Online Teaching Community

When: Thursday, October 20th 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Where:  SCI 331

When we shift our teaching from face-to-face to online, many questions arise.  How do we connect with our students? How do we design effective learning experiences that are achieved online? How do we know our delivery methods are effective when we aren’t in the same room as our students? What is the appropriate balance of  synchronous and asynchronous activities for our learners?  Making that transition can be challenging and rewarding. But wouldn't it be nice if we had a group of colleagues to talk with about the experience? We invite you to join a new community here at UBCO that will focus on examining teaching and learning in an online environment.  Whether you are just considering taking on an online teaching assignment, have taught online once or twice, or have been teaching online for years, please join our inaugural meeting on Thursday, October 20th .  In the first meeting, we will talk about how we can support and learn from one another.  In future meetings, we may even walk the talk and meet online! We look forward to designing this new community together!

“You don’t have to wait for the clock to strike to start teaching”

Peter Newbury - CTL Director
Every day, students come to the classroom, find their seats, stare momentarily at the blank screen, and launch into some conversation with their neighbours. And it’s not a conversation about astronomy, history, mechanics, psychology, or whatever they’re going to be doing for the next 50 or 80 minutes.
That’s an opportunity lost.
Instructors, your students are here, ready to turn their attention to your material. Grab their fleeting curiosity and exploit it! Find a picture or diagram or something interesting, maybe even from later in today’s class, and put it on the screen. Then add two lines of text:
What do you notice?
What do you wonder?
Can there be better prompts for starting a conversation with your students? EVERY student can notice something and wonder about it. This is an opportunity for you to:
  • give your students practice interpreting graphs/diagrams/photographs
  • give them practice talking about your field
  • create an opportunity for your students to contribute to the class, rather than being spectators
  • learn what your students are thinking about — that’s critical if you want to build new knowledge on existing knowledge
 When the clocks finally strikes, spend 2 minutes in conversation with your students, engaging them with each other, with the content of the class, and with you.
(Except from “You don’t have to wait for the clock to strike to start teaching”.)

The Future is Open: Educating for the Commons through Open Educational Resources
When any smartphone can find the content of any textbook for free, why go to university? For Rajiv Jhangiani, students who have access to smart technologies, like computers and cell phones, can find ways to download and access practically any copyrighted source material that would be assigned in a standard university course. he fact that this is so means that students attending universities today are looking for something more than simply the ability to locate and access information.Read More . . .

Hosted at the Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver, BC – Friday, October 28th , 2016

Proposal Deadline: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The Fall Workshop 2016 Call for Proposals is Open:

This fall you are invited to the Little (Work) Shop of Horrors to tell your tales of edtech experiments, good and bad. Join us on Friday, October 28th and bring your “tricks”, “treats”, missteps, and lessons learned to share with BC’s Educational Technology community.
October Workshops
Midpoint Feedback Information Session
Tuesday, October 4th, 10:30 - 11:00 am SCI 253

Multimedia Using Kaltura
Thursday, October 6th, 10:00 - 11:00 am SCI 331

Instructional Skills Seminar
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, October 18th, 19th, 20th
9:00 - 11:00 am SCI 331

D.A.T.A (Discussion About Teaching Excellence) SoTL Panel
Wednesday, October 19th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm SCI 331

Inkshedding: Learning to Write and Writing to Learn
Friday, October 21st, 10:30 - 12:00 pm SCI 331

Stopping Plagiarism Before it Starts
Tuesday, October 25th, 10:30 - 12:00 pm SCI 331

Assessing Student Learning - Module 2: Communicating Your Assessment Plans & Using Rubrics
Tuesday, October 25th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm SCI 331

Register Now
Coming in November
Flipped and Flexible Teaching
Assessing Student Learning - Module 3
WordPress In/For Your Course Content
Large Class Community of Practice
Assessing Student Learning: Module 4
Your CTL Team

Peter Newbury, PhD
SCI 200B
Twitter :@polarisdotca


Vania Chan M.Ed.
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
SCI 200D
Janine Hirtz,
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

SCI 200E
Heather Hurren, M.Ed.
Manager, Academic Development
SCI 200C

Tricia Lalli, B.A.
CTL, Office and Technical Support Coordinator
SCI 200

Bill Latta, M.Ed. 
Learning instructional Support Specialist
SCI 200

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator
SCI 265

John Parry, M.Ed. 
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Program
SCI 259

Brian Powell, M.A.
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
SCI 200

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