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Centre for Teaching and Learning
March, 2017 Newsletter

13th Annual Learning Conference

"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.

Call for Proposals Information can be found here
Proposals Due: Monday March 6, 2017

For complete conference information, click here.

Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors
The UBC Okanagan Provost Award for Teaching Assistants and Tutors recognizes the exemplary contributions of students in their teaching support roles. A reminder that the deadline for submission is fast approaching. Completed and reviewed nomination packages must be submitted to the Centre for Teaching and Learning in SCI 200 by Friday, March 10, 2017.

Visit the CTL website for information about eligibility, selection criteria, and nomination procedure.

Nomination Package
Required documents:
  • Nomination form. Note the nomination form requires signatures from both the supervisor making the nomination and the nominee.
  • A letter of nomination, typically written by the faculty member making the nomination that refers to the selection criteria and indicates why the nominee should receive the award.
  • A teaching statement written by the nominee, not to exceed 2 pages, describing their approach to teaching and learning, highlighting actual teaching activities, and reflecting on why they feel they’ve earned the nomination.
  • A summary of recent teaching responsibilities, not to exceed 1 page and compiled by the nominee, including the types of teaching undertaken, number of students, hours per week in contact with students.
Supporting evidence:
Supporting evidence strengthens the nomination package. The nominating unit/department, nominating faculty member, and the nominee are encouraged to gather as many of the following as possible:
  • letters/emails of support from students in the sessions led by the teaching assistant/tutor describing of why the teaching assistant/tutor deserves the award
  • letter of support from the nominee’s course instructor or supervisor, if different from the faculty member making the nomination
  • testimonial letters from sources other than the faculty member making the nomination
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning TA Credentialing Certificate, if completed
  • teaching certificates earned by the nominee at other institutions
  • evidence of professional development in teaching including participation in seminars and workshops about teaching and learning offered by CTL, units/departments, professional societies, at conferences, in person and online, etc.
  • a summary of Student Evaluation of Teaching (SEoT) reports from the current and previous courses. Note that SEoT reports for Winter Session Term 2 will not yet be available when nominations are due so nominees and nominators are encouraged to reference and include SEoT reports from previous terms and courses.
2017-18 ALT Fund Recipients Announced
The Provost & Vice Principal Academic recently announced that two projects were funded in the 2017-18 Aspire Learning & Teaching (ALT) Fund:
  • UBCO Design Thinking Hub, Dr. Ray Taheri-Ardebili (Lead), Senior Instructor, School of Engineering; Dr. Susan Crichton, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education (UBC Okanagan); Dr. Sabine Weyand, Instructor, School of Engineering (UBC Okanagan); Nancy Darling, Director, Women In Trades (Okanagan College)
  • Digital Media Flexible Learning Modules, Miles Thorogood (Lead), Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Barber School of Arts & Sciences; Myron Campbell, Instructor, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (UBC Okanagan); Dr. Bowen Hui, Instructor, Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences (UBC Okanagan); Dr. Manuela Ungureanu, Associate Professor, Irving K Barber School of Arts & Sciences (UBC Okanagan); Lori Walter, Scholarly Communication Librarian, UBC Okanagan Library (UBC Okanagan)
More information is available at
2018-19 ALT Fund Call for Proposals
The Provost of The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, in collaboration with the Deans' Council, invites proposals to the 2018-19 Aspire Learning & Teaching (ALT) Fund. Now in its third year, the ALT Fund supports curriculum change, innovative teaching practices, and learning environment enhancement as envisioned in Aspire. The fund will enable faculty members to make strategic changes within existing, or implement new, undergraduate and graduate academic programs that are more flexible, interdisciplinary, experiential, and/or collaborative. The main goal of the ALT Fund is to transform student learning at UBC Okanagan. 

Letters of Intent for the 2018-19 ALT Fund are due online by 3:00 PM, May 24, 2017.  
Please visit the ALT Fund website for more information about the priority focus areas, application process, and guidelines.
Questions related to the ALT Fund may be directed to Michelle Lamberson, Director, Flexible Learning Special Projects, UBC Okanagan and Vancouver (Phone: 250-807-9029, Email:  and/or

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
Learning Technology Environment Renewal

Please check here for the latest updates and status of the Learning Technology Environment renewal.
Teaching a small class…of 400

Peter Newbury - CTL Director

If you’ve been to campus lately, you’re probably aware of the construction next to the Library. Why, I can hear the vacuum digger truck right now…!

The new Teaching and Learning Centre is a much-needed expansion to the Library. There will be many terrific features inside, like the Archives, Great Reads room, visualization and media production studios, a café, great artworks, lots and lots of informal study spaces, and – the one I’m most excited about – a 400-seat classroom.

I’m on the working group designing this classroom. I’m there to advocate for teaching and learning. My goal is to eliminate, as much as possible, anything that interferes with student-student and student-instructor collaboration and communication. When you visit this classroom in Fall 2018, you’ll find
  • many aisles up and across the room, allowing instructors and teaching assistants to easily walk to within arm’s reach of every single student
  • gently tiered rows that allow the instructor at the front to make eye contact with every student
  • rows of desks with swivel chairs on wheels that allow students to easily turn and collaborate with each other
  • many accessible spaces throughout the classroom, allowing students in wheel chairs or with mobility issues to sit amongst their peers
  • effortless front-third, middle-third, back-third lighting control, allowing the instructor to darken the back of the room to keep smaller classes together at the front
  • [I’m still working on this one!] small, portable whiteboards at every other seat, allowing students to get to work without wasting any time getting or returning their whiteboards

Did you notice the word that occurred again and again? “Allow”

No instructor will be required to teach in a certain way, of course. But when they want students working together, when they want more active learning, when they want to circulate around the room to connect face-to-face…this classroom will allow them to do that.

If you’re lucky enough to teach in this classroom, don’t worry about struggling to adapt to the size – the CTL will be there with resources and support as you design and teach the class.

I’m really excited about the teaching and learning that will happen in this classroom. I hope you are, too.

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 >>
Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

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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