Spring Institute events

Schedule of events

For a full listing of events, download the Spring Institute program.

Exploring the CURE: A Symposium on Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

May 2, 2017 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | IKBLC, Room 2.22

Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) have been developing since at least 2000 at the University of British Columbia. To date, a dedicated UBC forum to explore these innovative courses has not been established. We would like to spearhead this effort at UBC by hosting a symposium bringing together educators sharing interests in CUREs.
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After the Ban: Continuing Conversations on Discrimination and Marginalization at UBC

May 2, 2017 | 9:30 am-11:30 am | IKBLC, Dodson Room (Room 302)

When the first travel ban in the United States was implemented in January 2017 a number of faculty, staff and students got together to discuss possible responses by UBC. We are organizing this session to discuss how we can continue to address concerns about racism, Islamophobia, anti-semitism, anti-immigration, transphobia and other issues of discrimination and marginalization that have been raised for many in the UBC community in recent months. 
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When Are We Going to be Ready? Faculty Experiences Introducing Indigenous Content as Non-Specialists

May 2, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | IKBLC, Room 2.22

A teaching and learning panel featuring instructors across different fields and disciplines who are actively responding to TRC and other calls to action by integrating Indigenous content in their courses. Come hear what motivated them to do so, and learn from their experiences, challenges, and successes.
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Replacing Connect & What To Expect Next

May 2, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | IKBLC, Dodson Room (Room 302)

The Process of Replacing Connect & What To Expect Next Since last summer, UBC has undertaken an extensive consultation and evaluation process to determine how the UBC Learning Technology Environment needs to change to better support teaching and learning. These results have been used to select the application that sits at the core of our Learning Technology Environment. In this panel-style presentation, faculty and staff from the Learning Technology Environment Renewal team will discuss these engagement and evaluation activities, and share what they learned through the process. There will also be time to ask questions about the project directly to the project team.
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Creating Emotional Connections with Technology

May 2, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | University Services Building, UBC Studios – Main Studio, Room 0110

The key element in student engagement is the affective connection with learning elements and materials. The lightboard is ideally suited for creating this connection, a consequence of the eye contact of the presenter with the viewer. Examples of lightboard presentation techniques will demonstrate this strong connection and how the lightboard can be used as the ideal vehicle for students as producers.
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Best Practices in Teaching Science Communication

May 3, 2017 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | IKBLC, Room 2.22

To disseminate recent ideas and advancements in this area, Writing Across the Curriculum+ (WAC+) will showcase the work of UBC faculty and students involved in teaching communication in science. This will be a dynamic event where participants cycle through a selection of three 20-minute roundtable presentations.
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Mapping a Plurality of the Good in Teaching

May 3, 2017 | 9:30 am-11:30 am | IKBLC, Dodson Room (Room 302)

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to clarify and explain your orientation to teaching, understand orientations different from your own and appreciate why evaluations of teaching should consider a ‘plurality of the good’ in teaching
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The ComPAIR Project: Student Experiences with a New Teaching Technology

May 3, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | IKBLC, Room 2.22

This presentation introduces ComPAIR, an innovative peer-feedback and teaching technology being developed at UBC. Participants will engage with the application hands-on to learn about this new way to integrate comparison and peer feedback into other modes of teaching. We will then review the results of an extended assessment of student experience with ComPAIR through three pilot courses in English, Physics and Math at UBC.
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Evaluation of Teaching: Integrated Reporting of Summary Statistics

May 3, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | IKBLC, Dodson Room (Room 302)

Student Evaluation of Teaching (SEoT) summary statistics are going through a transition and a new Integrated Reporting tool is now implemented. The Reporting Tool will be accessible to department heads and directors. If you are involved in using the results for evaluating instructors in your program, come to this session to learn about the steps that have been taken, what the reporting tool looks like and the statistics reported.
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UBC Studio Open House

May 3, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | University Services Building, UBC Studios

This hands-on studio tour will introduce you to the educational media support services available at UBC Studios for all UBC faculty and staff. The Open House will begin with a short presentation / Q&A session. Our staff will then guide you through a hands-on tour of the services at the Studio.
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Making It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

May 4, 2017 | 10:00 am-11:30 am | Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012

Distinguished University Professor at Washington University, Roddy Roediger is the keynote speaker for Celebrate Learning Week. His presentation will provide evidence advancing from laboratory experiments to field experiments in classrooms showing how frequent quizzing can improve educational outcomes.

Not able to attend in person? Join us via live stream here.
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TLEF Showcase

May 4, 2017 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Earth Sciences Building, Lobby

Each year, a portion of UBC-V student tuition is set aside to form the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF). The TLEF is a unique opportunity for faculty and students to apply for funding to carry out projects seeking to improve the student learning experience at UBC-V. Come to this event to see poster presentations from 40+ TLEF project teams, to learn more about how their TLEF projects are impacting the student experience across campus. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
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Writing Assignment and Assessment Design

May 5, 2017 | 9:30 am-11:30 am | IKBLC, Dodson Room (Room 302)

During the workshop, participants will focus on audience, purpose and genre for writing assignments, will assess and receive peer feedback on the design of their own assignment, and will assess advantages and disadvantages of different types of rubrics.
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Developing a Course-Level Graduate TA Program

May 5, 2017 | 9:30 am-11:30 am | IKBLC, Room 2.22

In the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, we have incorporated a course-level Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) development program into a large-enrollment course. In this session, we will present the course context, components of our model, and analysis of our interviews with GTAs that have participated in the program.
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Transforming Learning Spaces

May 5, 2017 | 9:30 am-11:30 am | Orchard Commons, Room 4074

In 2016, UBC opened a new academic facility called Orchard Commons that combines living, learning, and working spaces and offers an opportunity to rethink learning space design based on a more holistic view of the student experience. At this session, we will share our design approaches, give virtual tours of some of these classrooms, and discuss the themes that emerged from this process. The importance of flexibility, collaborative peer learning and group work, and open spaces that encouraged active engagement emerged as key drivers to this classroom design initiative. In a group exercise, participants will also explore and share ideas about how they might change their teaching in an active learning classroom.
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Flexible Learning in the Sauder School of Business

May 5, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | IKBLC, Dodson Room (Room 302)

In this session we will discuss and explore the benefits, challenges and lessons learned from the implementation of the Sauder’s Flexible Learning Initiatives.
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Building Digital Literacies: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

May 5, 2017 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | IKBLC, Room 2.22

Wikipedia-based assignments can engage students in an authentic learning experience that involves open collaboration, critical thinking, and knowledge building for a global audience. This hands-on edit-a-thon will cover the basics of Wikipedia editing and will involve adding citations and new content to Wikipedia.
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