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Centre for Teaching and Learning
April, 2017 Newsletter

13th Annual Learning Conference
Registration is Now Open!!

"Engaging Every Learner"
May 3 -- 4, 2017
The 13th annual learning conference explores how we can design, assess, and facilitate learning that engages every learner, allowing each student to build their own knowledge and contribute their own strengths to their learning and the learning of their classmates and instructors.

Share your promising practices and research around designing, assessing, and facilitating learning that engages every student and allows each student to build their own knowledge and contribute their own strengths to the class.

For Tentative Conference Program - Click Here
For complete conference information - Click here.

Directed RFP to both Brightspace and Canvas

Dr. Simon P. Bates  
Senior Advisor Teaching and Learning 

Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
Jennifer Burns
Chief Information Officer
The first phase of the procurement process to find a replacement for Blackboard Connect has now been completed.  Broadly speaking, the evaluation was based on user experience (60%) as well as vendor presentations, Q&A and interviews (40%).  Committee members met on February 27 to consider results of this stage, which included:
  • feedback from faculty members teaching on the 10 pilot courses in BRIGHTSPACE and CANVAS;
  • feedback from students enrolled in pilot courses being offered through CANVAS and BRIGHTSPACE;
  • formal usability testing at Point Grey and Okanagan campuses;
  • feedback from faculty, staff and students based on vendor presentations and answers to questions in "drop-in" sessions; and,
  • interviews with the evaluation committee.
The Committee reached a unanimous decision to recommend proceeding to a directed RFP to both vendors.  This recommendation was put to the IT Advisory Committee (ITAC) on March 7th, and to the UBC Executive late last week.  We now have approval to move forward to the RFP phase.

The RFP was released on March 22, and responses are due on April 5th.  The Committee will have one (1) week to evaluate the proposals and to select a preferred vendor.  Negotiations will begin with the preferred vendor immediately following.  We expect to present the results of this phase to the UBC Executive and the Board in mid-June.  In the meantime, we are meeting with Faculties to determine their priorities for implementation, and the additional support required to do so.

Thank you for your continued participation and support of this project. If you have any questions about the process to date or the project in general, please contact

If you have questions about teaching and learning, visit the new CTL Help Desk and scan through the Frequently Asked Questions. If that doesn’t help, you can submit a detailed description of your question and we’ll get back to you.

We have also created a new email to assist you with any services provided by the CTL. The new email is .  Please send any questions including Connect questions to instead of the elearning email you have used in the past.
The elearning email has become inactive and you will need to delete it from your address book.  Please follow the instructions below to delete the email:
·         In Outlook select a New Message
·         Type in
·         There should be a pop up just below the TO line with the email address and an X
·         Click on the X to clear the old address
If you have problems deleting the email from your address book you can contact the ITServices helpdesk at 79000.

2016 Winter Term 2
Student Evaluation of Teaching

Evaluations will be open to students on Friday, March 24 and will be available until they close Sunday, April 9, 2017
Moving away from Connect
Peter Newbury
Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Senior Advisor, Learning Initiatives

By December, 2018, Connect will be gone. By then, every instructor who uses the Learning Technology Ecosystem (LTE) will have moved their course to the new system, Canvas or Brightspace. (We’ll know which at the Board of Governors meeting on June 15.) A lot has to happen between now and then. To see what’s involved, it helps to think of moving to the new LTE like moving to a new house.
Play along with me…

By December, 2018, your house will have been bulldozed. Right now, you’ve made offers on two new places but you won’t hear back from their realtors until June 15. That doesn’t mean you have to sit idle, though. Instead, now is the time to start deciding what you’ll bring to the new house. It’s also time to start cleaning out your closets and piling everything in the garage. From there, you can figure out what to recycle, what to give away, and what to take to the landfill.

Back to teaching and learning: if you’ll be teaching a course you’ve already taught in Connect, you can start looking through the resources that have been piling up over the years. How many syllabi are archived? How many different Homework 1 assignments are there? Which version of your Reading List is current? You don’t need to move them all.
To help you do this, the CTL is looking into creating copies of your courses with just the content, so you can identify which resources to keep and which to recycle. Then, when the time comes to move, you’ll know what to bring, how to arrange things when you get there, and what you need to add to make the most of your new space.
The CTL is also working with the LTE Replacement Project leaders and the UBC Okanagan Deans Council to look at the big picture: By December, 2018, our city needs to be moved. We need to ensure there are enough moving trucks, movers, and cable guys to get everyone moved out and moved in, and how to detour around the construction on Hwy 97. We’re looking at different options right now. Do we move everyone at once? What about neighbourhood by neighbourhood, street by street, or everyone with even addresses?
I don’t know yet which transition strategy we’ll follow. I do know this, though: Those of us supporting the move will do our best to minimize the disruption. And no matter how nice your new place and how great its location, location, location, there will be some exhausting days ahead, days when you flop down on the boxes with a pizza and a cold drink and say to yourself, “You know what? I can unpack that box tomorrow.”
(Image adapted by Peter Newbury from “moving-day-boxes” shared by Nicolas Luk on flickr CC-BY.)

Registration Fees Early Bird $200 + taxes (until April 16) Regular Rate $250 + taxes Student Rate $100 + taxes Includes  all sessions, 2 breakfasts,  2 lunches, refreshment breaks and the Thursday evening social. Registration will be open until May 23, 2017 or until sold out. 
The higher education institutions of Halifax are pleased to be hosting the 37th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference. Our conference theme is Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions and Transformations. We look forward to meeting with you and participating together in our shared teaching and learning practice. Please visit our website >>

The Centre for Teaching and Learning will be hosting this month’s Pit Stop.  Join us Friday, April 21, 2017 9:30 am to 10:30 am in SCI 200

Team-Based Learning Course Design Institute

May 16 and 18, 2017
UBC Vancouver

Click Here for More Information
Grade Centre Drop-In Sessions
Tuesdays April 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 1:30-3:30 pm; SCI 200
These drop in sessions will focus on your individual needs for setting up your Connect grade centre to calculate student grades.  We can also assist you with formatting your Excel spreadsheet for uploading final grades to FSC (Faculty Service Centre). Please bring your laptop if you have one.  Other times may also be available by appointment.  Please
April Workshop

Preparing Your Teaching Portfolio Information Session – Apr 26: 9:30 – 10:30 am SCI 331

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Course (Re)Design Seminar - May 8 - 11, 2017 SCI 331
Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course with the design process that CTL will facilitate.  This year's emphasis will be on flexible design.  Note: This seminar requires a 4 day commitment. Contact Heather Hurren for more information.

Register Now

Your CTL Team

Peter Newbury, PhD
ph: 250.807.9340
Twitter :@polarisdotca


Vania Chan M.Ed.
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
ph: 250.807.9408
Janine Hirtz,
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist

ph: 250.807.9133 
Heather Hurren, M.Ed.
Manager, Academic Development
ph: 250.807.9288 

Tricia Lalli, B.A.
CTL, Office and Technical Support Coordinator
ph: 250.807.9293 

Bill Latta, M.Ed. 
Learning instructional Support Specialist

Lynne McPherson
Communication and Teaching Evaluation Coordinator
ph: 250.807.8845

John Parry, M.Ed. 
Coordinator, Graduate and Teaching Assistant Program
ph: 250.807.8657

Brian Powell, M.A.
e-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
ph: 250.807.9027

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