Winter Institute Events

The 2020 CTLT Winter Institute will take place online from December 14-17. The CTLT Winter Institute will focus on the fundamentals of online teaching and learning issues and is designed to help participants enhance their understanding of sound online teaching practices and how to implement them in their teaching contexts. The theme of this year’s Winter Institute is Sustainable, Inclusive and Thriving Communities. Session materials and relevant resources are curated on the UBC Wiki to support your ongoing learning.

“We define sustainability as simultaneous improvements in human and environmental wellbeing.” – UBC Strategic Plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century (p. 39).
Schedule of Events (PDF)

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

Transitioning to Online Teaching: A Blended Approach

Monday, Dec. 14 | Course opens | 9 a.m. | Zoom
Wednesday, Dec. 16 | Synchronous Session 1 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Zoom
Friday, Dec. 18 | Synchronous Session 2 | 1 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Transitioning to Teaching is a short course that focuses on blending synchronous and asynchronous online components. In this peer-based course, you will learn strategies and approaches to teaching effectively online. You will also develop an understanding of effective approaches to enhance your teaching presence and to support active learning in an online environment.
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A Fireside Chat: Teaching Large Classes Sustainably Online

Monday, Dec. 14 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

Would you like to hear some in-the-trenches experience from colleagues who taught classes online in the last few months? We are inviting a few of them to share with us their candid experiences, and to offer tips and strategies that you can apply immediately in your online teaching.
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CTLT Winter Institute Drop-in

Monday, Dec. 14 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom

Do you have a burning question about course design? Do you want to rehearse a lesson or activity online? Would you like some practical advice about online teaching, assessment or motivating and engaging students in your courses? Sign up for Online Winter Drop-ins all through the month of December at the CTLT.
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ePoster Session: Showcase your SoTL Work

Monday, Dec. 14 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Featuring Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Activities (SoTL) across UBC, this session will provide an opportunity to learn about SoTL projects. For those considering embarking in researching their teaching practice, this session will be an opportunity to engage with an online community of colleagues at different stages of their SoTL project experience.
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CTLT Winter Institute Drop-in

Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

Do you have a burning question about course design? Do you want to rehearse a lesson or activity online? Would you like some practical advice about online teaching, assessment or motivating and engaging students in your courses? Sign up for Online Winter Drop-ins all through the month of December at the CTLT.
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Virtual Classroom Wellbeing: What Can I Do?

Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

“I care about my students’ wellbeing but I don’t have time! How do I fit that into my course too? I don’t know what I could do?” Maybe these are some of the thoughts going through your mind as you prepare for teaching winter courses online. We know that student wellbeing is suffering even more since virtual learning dominates and, as faculty, we have experienced “fuller plates” with the increased demands of navigating online teaching. We are keen to share with you our TEACHERS Project to guide you in adopting simple practices for online teaching to address student wellbeing. If we all do a little bit, collectively, we can have a huge impact on the health, resiliency and academic success of our students.
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Exploring Zoom

Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 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.
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A Fireside Chat: Keeping Ourselves Well While Teaching and Learning Online

Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom

Would you like to hear some in-the-trenches experience from colleagues who taught classes online in the last few months? We are inviting a few of them to share with us their candid experiences, and to offer tips and strategies that you can apply immediately in your online teaching.
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Faculty Wellbeing: Towards Building a Healthier Community

Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Zoom

Student wellbeing is critical to their academic success in universities. At the same time, faculty wellbeing is important in supporting the wellbeing of their students. Through a panel discussion, break-out room brainstorming activities, and reflections on wellbeing, participants will gain a better understanding of strategies for faculty wellbeing, develop a personal wellness plan, and be informed of resources that support faculty members.
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CTLT Winter Institute Drop-in

Wednesday, Dec. 16 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

Do you have a burning question about course design? Do you want to rehearse a lesson or activity online? Would you like some practical advice about online teaching, assessment or motivating and engaging students in your courses? Sign up for Online Winter Drop-ins all through the month of December at the CTLT.
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Supporting Students in Distress: The Green Folder

Wednesday, Dec. 16 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

This session is for faculty, staff and TAs who encounter students in distress. Attendees will learn how to make correct referrals and manage different levels of concern.
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Fireside Chat: Teaching with TAs in an Online Environment

Wednesday, Dec. 16 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom

Would you like to hear some in-the-trenches experience from colleagues who taught classes online in the last few months? We are inviting a few of them to share with us their candid experiences, and to offer tips and strategies that you can apply immediately in your online teaching.
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Challenges and Benefits of Multi-Campus Learning

Thursday, Dec. 17 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Zoom

The benefits of synchronous, multi-campus learning are becoming more apparent as technologies develop and teaching efficiencies are being sought. Synchronous multi-campus instruction typically involves a single instructor teaching in-classroom at one location, with remote cohorts attending with the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT). This model has the benefit of bringing together experts from one campus with students from one or more other campuses. Although not a new premise, many attempting to transition from a single classroom to a multi-campus synchronous environment struggle to maintain teaching presence, equity, and fairness at all locations. It has been demonstrated that students on both campuses can receive a higher quality of learning through greater instructional opportunities and lab exposure if executed properly. This workshop will inform attendees of common issues and opportunities when implementing this model. Suggested pedagogical approaches will be presented as they relate to the COI framework.
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CTLT Winter Institute Drop-in

Thursday, Dec. 17 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Zoom

Do you have a burning question about course design? Do you want to rehearse a lesson or activity online? Would you like some practical advice about online teaching, assessment or motivating and engaging students in your courses? Sign up for Online Winter Drop-ins all through the month of December at the CTLT.
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Fireside Chat: Online Learning from a Student Perspective

Thursday, Dec. 17 | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom

Would you like to hear what it’s been like for students learning online in the last few months? We are inviting a few of them to share with us their candid experiences, to offer their input on what they are doing to stay healthy, and to share aspects of their experience of learning online were the most challenging and surprising for them.
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