2022 Winter Institute

The 2022 CTLT Winter Institute will take place in multi-access and online contexts from December 12-15. The CTLT Winter Institute will provide a time for colleagues to come together during the mid-academic year to reflect on the impact of their teaching practices on student learning and experiences. The theme of this year’s Winter Institute is Sustainable, Inclusive and Thriving Communities.

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

Please see below for a detailed schedule and to register for sessions. Session materials and relevant resources will be curated on the UBC Wiki to support your ongoing learning.

Schedule of Events (PDF)

Panel Session: Educative Approaches to Academic Integrity

December 12, 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Zoom

Academic integrity is a cross-cutting concept in higher education. It affects students’ experience and learning and educators’ course and assessment design decisions. There have been many recent developments around academic integrity at UBC, including updates to the academic misconduct regulation to introduce a diversionary process and integrity plans, a new academic integrity website, and the creation of an Academic Integrity Hub in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic. At the heart of these initiatives, UBC’s aim is to support and promote an educative approach to academic integrity and academic misconduct. As a starting point, this panel will take the idea that everyone has a role to play in academic integrity. It will consider the multifaceted nature of faculty roles and responsibilities, from teaching academic integrity to supporting student wellbeing to responding to misconduct. It will touch on a wide range of topics including course design and inclusive teaching, student wellbeing, responding to misconduct and student experiences. It will also consider how academic integrity can intersect with UBC’s strategic commitments.


  • Ainsley Rouse, Senior Manager academic Integrity, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic
  • Shirley Nakata, Ombudsperson for Students
  • Stefania Burke, Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Arts
  • James Charbonneau, Associate Dean Students, Faculty of Science
  • Laurie McNeill, Professor of Teaching, Department of English Language and Literatures

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In-Person UBC Studios Open House

December 12, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | In-person (University Services Building, UBC Studios- Main Studio – Room 0110)

Learn what UBC Studios is all about at our in-person Open House! Our team will introduce our professional services including video, animation, graphic design and 3D scanning, as well as our easy to use Do-It-Yourself support services, including workshops, DIY video and audio studios, and the Lightboard studio.


  • Michael Sider, producer, UBC Studios

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Panel Session: Health, Equity and Climate Change in the Classroom

December 12, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Zoom

UBC defines “sustainability” as simultaneous improvements in human and environmental wellbeing.

In this panel session, we will hear from faculty members from various disciplines who are currently working on curriculum projects that explore the intersection of climate change, sustainability and healthy communities. The discussion will focus on their experience developing and implementing curriculum that combines themes of wellbeing and equity with the health and resilience of the natural ecosystems that sustain human life.


  • Dr. Veena Sriram, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Faculty of Arts
  • Dr. Peter Berman, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr. Adrian Yee, MD, Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Curriculum Director, Year 3 and 4, MDUP, Centre for Health Education Scholarship, Faculty of Medicine
  • Raluca Radu, MSN, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Nursing
  • Oliver Lane, Manager of Teaching and Learning at the UBC Sustainability Hub

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Early Alert Orientation: Supporting Students

December 13, 2022 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Zoom

This presentation is for faculty, staff and teaching assistants (TAs). Early Alert (EA) 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 with UBC students with the support they need, when they need it. Join this session to learn how to access and use the EA system to support students.


  • Brian Barth, Manager Student Support Services, VP Students Office

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Student Experience of Instruction: How to Interpret the Stats in Instructor Reports

December 13, 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Zoom

Student Experience of Instruction (SEI) quantitative data consists of responses on a Likert-type scale (most commonly a 5- or 7-point scale). For many years, the mean (average) and standard deviation were used to summarize and present quantitative data in instructor reports. However, more recently, UBC began using different metrics to report student experience of instruction survey results. The reported metrics include: the interpolated median, percent favorable and measure of dispersion suitable for ordinal data.


  • Abdel Azim Zumrawi, Statistician, Planning and Institutional Research
  • Jovy Eramela, Support Analyst, PAIR
  • Tizitash Mohammed, Programmer Analyst, PAIR
  • Gavin Yap, Research analyst, PAIR

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Balancing Student Flexibility, Choice and Self-direction for the Whole Class as a Hybrid and Multi-access Learning Community

December 13, 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Multi-access (Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room 256)

This session will showcase the hybrid approach in the Masters of Health Administration program at the School of Population and Public Health and Computer Applications in Forestry, an undergraduate-level course in the Faculty of Forestry.

We plan to share practices we tried that worked or failed. We will also explore and discuss the feasibility of applying these practices in each of our unique classroom settings. Please come ready to learn from the practices of others in the community and to continue contributing to the developing knowledge base in this area.


  • Lucas Wright, The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Senior Educational Consultant
  • John Cheng, Educational Consultant: Learning Design, CTLT
  • Jocelyn Micallef, Manager, Educational Development, Office of Educational Technology and Learning Designs, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Nick Bansback, PhD., Director, Master of Health Administration Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health
  • Sherisse Sy, Special Projects Manager, School of Population and Public Health
  • Suborna Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Department of Forest Resources Management

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The Transformative Potential of Faculty-Student Collaboration: A Case Study From the Students as Partners (SaP) Program

December 13, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Zoom

In this workshop, a Students as Partners (SaP) team will present their work in collaboratively redesigning a 3rd year Arts course (MES 300). The team will subsequently lead an open discussion on how to co-create and administer a successful SaP course redesign project, focusing on the opportunities and challenges inherent to SaP projects, lessons learned, the ways in which SaP approaches can improve student engagement, and the potential of SaP work to transform academic work, life and relationships for faculty and students. Ultimately, the team will make a case for expanding opportunities for SaP work at UBC, especially as pertains to course creation and revision.


  • Pheroze Unwalla, Assisitant Professor of Teaching, Department of History
  • Yasmina Seifeddine
  • Sophie Roth
  • Magdalen Hamilton

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Data Visualization for Teaching and Learning Projects: Tips and Tricks

December 13, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Zoom

Dissemination is a critical part of teaching and learning projects. Choosing the best visualizations for sharing quantitative and qualitative findings is key to ensuring that your outcomes are understandable and accessible to your audience. However, designing effective figures that present your data in a clear and meaningful way can be challenging.

This session will provide examples of easy ways to improve visualizations of teaching and learning project outcomes, and discuss why some visualization types are more clear than others. We will also share guiding principles for creating your own visualizations. This session will not walk attendees through the creation of the visualizations.


  • Natasha Pertonji, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Facilitator
  • Trish Varao-Sousa, Evaluation and Research Consultant

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Preparing Students for Social Impact: Social Impact Lab Toolkit

December 14, 2022 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Online

Funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, The Centre for Community Engaged Learning developed and piloted resources to support educators seeking to integrate planning and action on social and environmental challenges into their courses. Specifically, the Centre developed the Social Impact Lab (SIL) Toolkit, a modular and adaptable online resource that connects educators with lessons to help students achieve systemic change in collaboration with community partners. The Centre also worked with four faculty members using a range of teaching modalities and across various disciplines (eg. education, environmental science, dentistry, graduate, undergraduate, online, in-person) to co-create the lesson plans and evaluate their efficacy.


  • Bruce Moghtader, Community Engaged Learning Officer, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
  • Susan Grossman, Director, Centre for Community Engaged Learning
  • Kinley Gillette, Educational Designer, Centre for Community Engaged Learning

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Enhancing Accessibility through Sustainable Affective Feedback

December 14, 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Online

As compared to the textual feedback alone, screencasting allows for more personalized and affective multi-modal feedback. In this time, when community budling seems more challenging than ever, screencasting allows students to hear their instructor’s support in offering constructive feedback in a way that builds rapport and confidence. To do this, a small learning curve and investment in learning how to screencast in a sustainable way is required.


  • Neil Leveridge, Assistant Professor Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry
  • Amber Shaw, Lecturer, Vantage College

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Building Collaborative and Interactive Learning Experiences with the Tapestry Tool

December 14, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Online

This workshop introduces Tapestry Tool, a UBC-developed online learning tool that promotes interactivity in online learning environments. During this session, Steven Barnes and his colleagues will provide participants with a demonstration of the tool and showcase examples of how it is being used in classrooms.


  • Steven J. Barnes, Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Psychology and Director of Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience
  • Bita Jokar, Lead, User Experience Researcher
  • Aidin Niavarani, Lead Developer

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Who is the Teacher and Who is the Learner? A Teaching and Learning Tale from our Co-op Students

December 15, 2022 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Zoom

Since 2014, cohorts of undergraduate students have been hired through CTLT in collaboration with Instructional Support Units and co-op programs across campus. Armed with diverse academic expertise from visual arts to electrically engineering with vast extra-curricular experience, these undergraduates were hired by many of UBC Vancouver’s faculty-based teaching and learning centres. They then offered much needed one-on-one support when we needed help on Canvas, Kaltura, Zoom, website design, and many other technologies. More recently as of 2020, the LT Hub started hiring co-op students to work in the LT Hub centrally in addition to the students that the faculty teaching and learning centres continue to hire through CTLT. This collective group of co-op students are our Learning Technology Rovers!

Our Tech Rovers had gathered so much insights in their reverse roles: ‘teaching’ faculty members how to employ different technologies to support teaching and learning. They ‘taught’ a lot and learned even more. Most importantly, they have made an impact in the optimization of a sustainable learning environment at UBC.


  • Tim Kato, Acting Manager LT Hub Operations
  • Assem Zhaksybay, current LT Hub Learning Technology Rover
  • Ryan Liew, former Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Learning Technology Rover
  • Ayra Faiz, former LT Hub Academic Continuity Rover
  • Chaitali Soni, VFMP Administrative Assistant and former Faculty of Medicine Academic Continuity Rover

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Teaching Scholarly Communication Using Research Infographics

December 15, 2022 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Zoom

Join us for a lively, interactive session exploring the pedagogical uses of research infographics. Research infographics provide students with an opportunity to engage in knowledge translation and advances their understanding of scholarship as conversation in a practical manner with reciprocal benefit for students, researchers, and community members.

We will draw on examples from a multi-year collaboration between the Making Research Accessible in the Downtown Eastside initiative (MRAi) and instructors in UBC’s Coordinated Arts Program for first year undergraduates to illustrate how you can make use of a new Public Humanities Hub toolkit for creating impactful research visualizations.


  • Nick Ubels, Community Engagement Librarian, UBC Learning Exchange
  • Dr. Evan Mauro, Lecturer, UBC Coordinated Arts Program
  • Dr. Kirby Manià, Lecturer, UBC School of Journalism, Writing, and Media
  • Shannon Murray, Student Success Librarian, University Canada West
  • Heidi Rennert, Graduate Academic Assistant, Public Humanities Hub
  • Sydney Lines, Graduate Academic Assistant, Public Humanities Hub

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Learning is Welcome Here: Changing Conversations One Debrief at a Time

December 15, 2022 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Zoom

As academics, we are all too familiar with providing and receiving feedback. At the heart of this practice is the hope for growth and development. However, providing and receiving feedback may be challenging as we search for the ‘right’ way to get the dialogue going. In this presentation, you will gain insight into what we mean by the advocacy/inquiry method of debriefing. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore how this type of debriefing can inform their unique contexts, and practice how to (re)structure conversations into dialogues that facilitate (and encourage) reflection for growth and development.


  • Carla Ferreira, Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Applied Science, School of Nursing
  • Kymberley Bontinen, Lecturer, Simulation Program Coordinator, Department of Applied Science, School of Nursing

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