Summer Institute Events

The 2021 CTLT Summer Institute will take place online from August 23-26. These workshops will focus on the fundamentals of teaching and learning for new instructors and teaching assistants. The Summer Institute serves as a forum for new members of the teaching and learning community to collaborate, network and engage in knowledge exchange. Session materials and relevant resources will be curated on the UBC Wiki to support your ongoing learning.

Schedule of Events (PDF)

Please see below for a detailed schedule and to register for sessions.

Supporting Classroom Climate with CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Resources

August 23, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Zoom

In this session, we will be showcasing three resources that the CTLT Indigenous Initiatives team have co-created to support bridging knowledge gaps in curriculum and ways to create supportive and productive classroom climates. During this session, we will be discussing questions such as, “Why was this resource created to support the teaching and learning community? How does this resource serve the needs of various communities (i.e. faculty, staff, students, and Indigenous communities)? How can this resource be used in classrooms to support student learning and existing curricular objectives?”

Facilitators:

  • Hannah Coderre, Educational Consultant: Curriculum and Student Development, CTLT
  • Bronte Burnette, Educational Resource Developer, CTLT Indigenous Initiatives

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Teaching with Care: An Introduction to Accessible Courses and Open Educational Resources

August 23, 2021 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom

One of the priorities when we are teaching is to ensure that our course content and educational resources are accessible to all our learners, regardless of any physical limitations that they might have. In this workshop, we will talk about design practices that can help ensure online course content and open educational resources are more versatile and useful for all students. Learn about useful processes, resources, and tips for getting started with accessibility. Designing for accessibility is a must and benefits all learners.

Facilitators:

  • Afsaneh Sharif, Faculty Liason and Senior Project Manager, CTLT
  • Will Engle, Strategist, Open Education Initiatives, CTLT

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Hybrid Teaching and Learning Conversations: The Challenge of Flexibility

August 23, 2021 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

As UBC continues to make and revise plans to open the 2021 school year, many are considering adopting blended or hybrid learning-based schedules. But what exactly is a ‘hybrid’ approach? Join us for a conversation with UBC Faculty, from a range of disciplines, who recently participated in teaching a pilot hybrid course this summer.

Panelists will discuss how they adapted to a hybrid classroom, and the strategies they implemented to keep learning seamless and engaging for both in-person students as well as those learning remotely. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas with the panelists and their colleagues.

Facilitator:

  • Nicole Ronan Educational Consultant, Learning Design CTLT

Panelists:

  • Amirpouyan Shiva, Lecturer, Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Suborna Ahmed. Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Forest Resources Management

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The UBC Early Alert Program: Support for Students to Get Back on Track

August 24, 2021 | 9 – 10 a.m. | Zoom

Early Alert helps students who are facing academic or wellness difficulties before these difficulties become overwhelming. Faculty, staff and TAs can easily use the Early Alert system to connect UBC students with the support they need, when they need it. Join this session to learn how to access and use the EA system in the new online and modified learning environment.

Following this session, “The Green Folder: Supporting Students in Distress” will be held at 10:00 am. To register for The Green Folder, please click here.

Facilitator:

  • Brian Barth, Manager, Student Support Services

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The Green Folder: Supporting Students in Distress

August 24, 2021 | 10 – 10:30 a.m. | Zoom

Helping students who experience academic and wellbeing challenges is often a part of our roles. The Green Folder provides a concise and helpful way to quickly assess the urgency and type of students concerns, and refer them to the correct supports.

Prior to this session, “The UBC Early Alert Program: Support for Students to Get Back on Track” will be held from 9:00-10:00 am. To register for Early Alert, please click here.

Facilitator:

  • Brian Barth, Manager, Student Support Services

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Building Authentic Assessment for Learning Beyond COVID

August 24, 2021 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom

Teaching online last year forced us to re-examine our assessment practices and re-imagine ways to assess students’ true ability in the real-world environment

In the past year, faculty members explored many authentic assessment methods to assess students remotely during COVID. We like to showcase a few examples and inspire you to incorporate some of our learning in your courses.

In this session, we will revisit our existing assessment strategies, review the general principles for assessments, explore some authentic assessment examples used by colleagues across campus, share our own perceived challenges in the ‘new normal’, and learn tips from each other.

Facilitators:

  • Hailan Chen, Educational Consultant, Learning Design, CTLT
  • Judy Chan, Faculty Associate/ Faculty Liaison, Land and Food Systems, CTLT

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Exploring Zoom

August 24, 2021 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Zoom

Zoom is a web-conferencing application for moderating classes, meetings, or other group collaborations virtually. Join us for this session to learn more about Zoom and best practices in using it for teaching virtual classes.

Note: For this session, we will be facilitating a practice space from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, after session completion. Please feel free to stay to practice using Zoom.

Facilitator:

  • Lucas Wright, Senior Educational Consultant, CTLT

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Teaching Philosophy Statements: Show Me the Good Stuff

August 24, 2021 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

A teaching philosophy statement is a written description of your values, goals, and beliefs about teaching and learning. It is often required as part of your documentation for tenure and promotion and in applications for academic positions.

In this session, participants will explore what constitutes an effective teaching philosophy statement, and review and discuss strong examples. We will pay special attention to statements of beliefs and evidence and alignment between the two.

Participants will walk away from the session equipped to revise or develop their own teaching philosophy statement.

Facilitators:

  • Judy Chan, Faculty Associate/ Faculty Liaison, Land and Food Systems, CTLT
  • Isabeau Iqbal, Senior Educational Developer, CTLT
  • Sue Hampton, Educational Consultant: Facilitation and Process Design, CTLT

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Integrating Lessons Learned From the Past Year Into the Classroom

August 24, 2021 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

After spending last year teaching online, we have developed approaches, skills and resources for teaching online. As we look ahead to the gradual return to campus and transition in-person, blended and transitional learning this fall, what are some ways that we can leverage online learning to make our course more flexible, inclusive and engaging. In this interactive workshop we will discuss some themes that emerged in student surveys about their experience learning online last year.

Faculty members will share their own experience and strategies to further explore effective ways of supporting gradual re-entry in the classroom. Participants will discuss with colleagues from different disciplines about what worked last year, and strategies and approaches for integrating these practices into your teaching.

Facilitators:

  • Lucas Wright, Senior Educational Consultant, CTLT
  • Adriana Briseño-Garzón, PhD Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation
  • Jennifer Walsh Marr, Lecturer, AEP (Arts), Academic English Program

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Multiple Choice Questions for Higher Order Thinking

August 25, 2021 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Are you using multiple choice questions to their full capacity? We all know that multiple choice questions can be a powerful component of your assessment and pedagogical strategies. They can save time and support consistency in marking, They can be useful for piquing student interest; promoting classroom interaction (both in person and online!); and assessing prior, formative and even summative learning.

Is there a learning outcome or content that you are struggling to assess and wonder if a multiple choice question might work? Bring that outcome or content and the questions/approaches you have used in the past and let’s explore if and how a multiple-choice question might work.

Facilitators:

  • Carrie Hunter, Curriculum Consultant, CTLT
  • Judy Chan, Faculty Associate/ Faculty Liaison, Land and Food Systems, CTLT

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Inclusive Teaching: What is it and Why Does it Matter?

August 25, 2021 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom

This session is for anyone who teaches at UBC who is looking for an introduction to inclusive teaching practices. Be introduced to the literature underpinning inclusive teaching and discuss why inclusive practices in the classroom are important, including considerations for the online environment . We will explore diversity at UBC, including who lives and studies here. You will have an opportunity to learn, discuss and share inclusive teaching practices. You will leave the workshop with a range of practices and resources to continue exploring.

Facilitators:

  • Susan Hampton, Educational Consultant: Facilitation and Process Design, CTLT
  • kele fleming, Associate Director, Teaching & Learning Professional Development, CTLT
  • Afsaneh Sharif, Faculty Liaison, CTLT
  • Jackie Stewart, Associate Professor of Teaching

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Working with Open Educational Resources (OER)

August 26, 2021 | 9 – 10 a.m. | Zoom

If you are preparing resources for your teaching, from PowerPoint slides to online modules, chances are you’ll want to incorporate readings, images, video clips, problem sets, or other materials from different sources. This session will focus on the pragmatic elements and the basics of working with open educational resources (OER), which are teaching and learning resources that have an open permission which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere.

Facilitators:

  • Will Engle, Strategist, Open Education Initiatives
  • Rie Namba, Educational Resources Developer – Open Resources

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CTLT Indigenous Initiatives Virtual Coffee Drop-in

August 26, 2021 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

Do you have questions about how to thoughtfully integrate Indigenous content and representation into your course work? Curious about how to offer meaningful land acknowledgements in online meetings or events at UBC? Indigenous Initiatives’ Virtual Coffee Drop-ins are great place to explore these topics, connect with others on the same learning path, or just get to know our team.

Indigenous Initiatives at CTLT develops and offers programming, resources, and consultations focused on Indigenous engagement in curriculum, pedagogy, classroom climate, and professional development. To facilitate respectful and meaningful dialogue in learning spaces on campus and within the communities we work, we provide support and professional development for faculty, teaching assistants, and graduate students who are teaching in face-to-face, blended, or online classes. The Virtual Coffee Drop-ins are open to anyone who would like support in these areas and would like to stay connected.

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Student Experience of Instruction: New University Module Questions

August 26, 2021 | 11 a.m – 12:30 p.m. | Zoom

Starting in September 2021, the University Module Items on the Student Experience of Instruction (SEI) surveys (formerly Student Evaluations of Teaching) will be changing, with a new common set used across both UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. Join us in this session to learn about the changes, the motivation behind them, and how the new questions have been tested with students and faculty. We will also discuss the possible ways these questions may be helpful for learning about how students experience courses, and how one might include data from both the previous and new SEI questions in dossiers for merit, tenure, and promotion.

Facilitators:

  • Stephanie McKeown, Chief Institutional Research Officer
  • Abdel-Azim Zumrawi, Statistician, PAIR
  • Tanya Forneris, Interim Academic Lead, Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBCO
  • Christina Hendricks, Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, UBCV

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Writing a (Mindful) Learner-Centered and Inclusive Syllabus

August 26, 2021 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Your syllabus is an important document that introduces the course and you to the students. It also sets forth your responsibilities and those of your students. Though templates exist for syllabus creation, there are many choices and a multitude of subtleties to consider when designing this document. In this session, we explore the characteristics and benefits of a mindful, learner-centered, inclusive syllabus, including considerations for the online environment.

By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose(s) and benefits of an inclusive and learner-centered syllabus, from both the students’ and the instructor’s perspectives
  • Critically discuss elements of an inclusive and learner-centered syllabus

Facilitators:

  • Gail Hammond, PhD, RD, Faculty of Land & Food Systems
  • Sue Hampton, Educational Consultant, CTLT

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Exploring the TAFaculty Working Relationship (for TAs)

August 26, 2021 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom

As a teaching assistant (TA), you will be working closely in different roles with an experienced instructor to teach. When this relationship goes well, it can be rewarding, educational, and fun. When it does not, it can be frustrating and overwhelming. In this session we will explore the various needs and expectations (including the TA contract) that structure the TA-Instructor relationship, develop effective communication strategies, including feedback and building professional interpersonal skills, all with the aim of helping you to build a harmonious and rewarding professional relationship with the instructors you work with.

We highly recommend this session to new TAs, and returning TAs who would like to improve their working relationship with their instructor.

Facilitators:

  • Judy Chan, Faculty Associate/ Faculty Liaison, Land and Food Systems, CTLT
  • Shaya Golparian, Educational Developer: TA Development Programs, CTLT

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Teaching with TAs (for Faculty)

August 26, 2021 | 1 – 3 p.m. | Zoom

Teaching Assistants (TA) play a significant role in students’ learning. They are often expected to teach, facilitate discussions and conduct tutorials and labs in person and/or online, grade electronically submitted papers, and perform many other duties to assist instructors and inspire students. As instructors, we need to provide support and guidance so that TAs can perform their best.

In this session, we will explore what instructors and students expect from their TAs, key elements of the TA contract, and how we can enhance the teaching and learning experiences of our TAs.

Facilitators:

  • Judy Chan, Faculty Associate/ Faculty Liaison, Land and Food Systems, CTLT
  • Shaya Golparian, Educational Developer: TA Development Programs, CTLT

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