Spring Institute Events

Schedule of Events (PDF)

Exploring inclusive and equitable teaching practices: Using a new set of UBC-based case studies

Tuesday, May 21 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillars: People and Places, Transformative Learning

How can you shift challenging moments in your teaching into transformative learning experiences not only for students but also for you as an educator? Join this interactive workshop to engage with a set of new case studies that addresses the complexity of the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and Indigenous engagement in teaching and learning settings.
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Teaching and learning with technology panel

Tuesday, May 21 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC Chilcotin Room (Room 256)

Pillars: People and Places, Transformative Learning

This panel session provides a unique opportunity for faculty to become acquainted with the latest learning technology innovations available to the UBC community. Five panelists will discuss how they integrate aspects of UBC’s learning technology ecosystem into their teaching practice and the impact these technologies have on their students learning outcomes.
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OnTask: A learning analytics tool to provide personalized feedback to every student

Tuesday, May 21 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | IKBLC Chilcotin Room (Room 256)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Join us to learn how you learning analytics can help you transform the way students receive feedback in your course! A panel of instructors will share their experiences, reflections, and learning at this session.
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Space of connection: CTLT resources showcase

Tuesday, May 21 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | IKBLC Level 2 Foyer

Visit this informal networking space to connect with fellow Institute participants and find out what services, support and resources CTLT has to offer!


Exploring the wellbeing landscape in teaching & learning at UBC: Ideas to action

Tuesday, May 21 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Wellbeing Design Lab, CIRS

Pillars: People and Places, Transformative Learning

This session is co-hosted by the Teaching & Wellbeing Community of Practice, the Health Promotion & Education unit in Student Development & Services, Human Resources, and UBC Wellbeing. Participate in this open forum and dialogue-based session to explore the current landscape of wellbeing, teaching and learning at UBC.
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Student Peer Assessment to reinforce community and the role of audience

Tuesday, May 21 | 1 – 4 p.m. | IKBLC Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Join this session on Student Peer Assessment (SPA) to familiarize yourself with the basic issues raised in the literature around student peer assessment, including rationales for inclusion, the role of interpersonal factors, and various criteria for assessment. You will more confident with customized yet sustainable ways to incorporate SPA to support your individual courses and disciplinary practices.
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Concretizing the abstract: “Poetic Challenges” as practical application in the blended classroom

Wednesday, May 22 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

How do we create a seamless relationship between what students are doing on their own (i.e. online) and the active learning component in the classroom? What makes a meaningful learning experience? How do we boost higher-order thinking while practicing authentic application of skills? Join us to tackle what we came to call the Poetic Challenges in our process to make the in-class portion of a blended learning course incorporate concepts covered in the weekly online materials and make practical applications that are useful, relevant and concrete for learners.
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Dissemination of undergraduate research: A best practices roundtable symposium hosted by writing across the curriculum

Wednesday, May 22 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC Chilcotin Room (Room 256)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

This roundtable symposium will explore a range of models that have been developed across the disciplines by UBC students and faculty to enable the dissemination of undergraduate research. Models may include undergraduate research journals, three-minute thesis competitions, undergraduate research symposia and conferences, course-based blogs, podcasts, course-based poster sessions, and public outreach initiatives. Come and join in lively small-group discussions around how these different models are being used to facilitate teaching and learning!
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Designing for gamification: First steps in transforming an existing course

Wednesday, May 22 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | IKBLC Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

In this interactive workshop, you will become familiar with the concept of gamification, be able to identify ways to integrate it in your courses, and outline a plan for recasting an existing learning module in your course through gamification.
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Human Library: Enhancing students learning and experiences

Wednesday, May 22 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | IKBLC Level 2 Foyer

Pillar: People & Places

The Human Library invites you to borrow a Living Book of the Enhancing Students Learning and Experiences Collection to learn about fabulous services and resources at UBC! “Read” a human book to find out different ways you can support your students success holistically.
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What is on the horizon at UBC? Creating a UBC specific Horizon Report

Wednesday, May 22 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | IKBLC Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

The Horizon Report is an annual report that has served to identify key technologies, practices and trends likely to influence higher education with horizons of under one year, two to three years and five years out. Join us to conduct an institutional scan using a modified Delphi process to identify a list of candidate emerging technologies and will surface other resources useful in determining technologies and practices to be aware of for planning for the future.
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TLEF Evaluation

Thursday, May 23 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Come to this hands-on workshop to develop a practical and detailed evaluation plan for your Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) project. You will have access to a team of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) specialists who will work with you to design your plan, building off your disciplinary and pedagogical expertise.
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Research bytes: Student attitudes

Thursday, May 23 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC Chilcotin Room (Room 256)

Pillar: Transformative Learning, Research Excellence

Are you interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)? Find unique projects that your fellow colleagues are conducting in their classrooms and learn what doing SoTL has taught them about teaching and learning! You will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with all of the presenters and to consider ways to incorporate these knowledge into your own teaching practice!

  • Exploring the value of student workers’ contribution in teaching and learning
  • Reducing Participation-Related Anxiety in Discussion-Based Courses
  • Teaching Empathy to Medical Students via Narrative Knowledge

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Evaluating a community engaged learning course: Tools and strategies

Thursday, May 23 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | IKBLC, Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Come learn about how to evaluate and assess community engaged learning courses and glean insights into the experience of an UBC instructor on his developed assessment tools. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in a group exercise to generate challenges and best strategies to evaluate community engaged learning courses!
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Research bytes: Beyond the classroom

Thursday, May 23 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | IKBLC Chilcotin Room (Room 256)

Pillar: Transformative Learning, Research Excellence

Are you interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)? Come find out unique projects that your fellow colleagues are conducting in their classrooms and learn what doing SoTL has taught them about teaching and learning! You will have the opportunity to engage in discussion with all of the presenters and to consider ways to incorporate these knowledge into your own teaching practice.

  • Demystifying the CURE: Exploring domain-specific teaching and learning practices supporting course-based undergraduate research experiences
  • The Role of Stakeholder Voices in Curriculum Reform
  • Quantitative Arts: Using Real World Practice to Increase Learning of Quantitative Research Methods

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Space of connection: Research and evaluation resources showcase

Thursday, May 23 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | IKBLC Level 2 Foyer

Find out valuable resources relating to experiential learning, community engaged learning and SoTL or simply mingle with fellow Institute participants!


Evaluating the impact of experiential learning

Thursday, May 23 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | IKBLC, Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Experiential learning can be conceptualized in many different ways, and it can take richly diverse forms across disciplines and contexts. We invite all UBC educators actively implementing experiential learning opportunities for their students as well as those who are considering introducing such pedagogies in their teaching to join this session.
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Marketplace for innovative teaching practices

Friday, May 24 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC, Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

The UBC Educational Leadership Network (ELNET) invites inspired and needing to be inspired teaching faculty, sessionals and graduate students to this market of successful and unique teaching practices and ideas. We invite faculty, sessionals and graduate students to come and present teaching practices you are excited to share and disseminate, or just come and take in all the ideas and suggestions to possibly integrate into your courses making them even better. Approaches and practices shared at the Marketplace can range from small little tips to major overall course themes or approaches, yet all grounded in scholarly literature.
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Online and mobile learning done right: Designing for professional learners

Friday, May 24 | 9 – 10:30 a.m. | IKBLC, Chilcotin Room (Room 256)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Faculty who work with community and industry partners are often inspired to transform some of our teaching in the classroom into learning materials for external professional learners. We invite faculty and staff members who are interested in developing self-paced professional development courses to join us.
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“Never have I ever”: The pedagogy edition with CTLT faculty associates

Thursday, May 24 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | IKBLC, Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

“Never have I ever” participated in an interdisciplinary pedagogical workshop structured in this beloved truth game! Join the five panelists in a lively discussion of specific challenges and strategies in teaching at UBC.
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Space of connection: Reflecting on the Spring Institute

Friday, May 24 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | IKBLC Level 2 Foyer

Linger once more in this informal networking space. Reflect on your learning this week and share your inspiration with fellow Institute participants!


Using Liberating Structures to engage and unleash everyone

Friday, May 24 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | IKBLC, Seminar Room (Room 2.22)

Pillar: Transformative Learning

Conventional structures such as presentations, lectures, status reports and managed discussions tend to be over-controlling and stifle inclusion and engagement. Come find out how Liberating Structures can be used in your teaching and learning context to shake it up!
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