CTLT Newsletter, Dialogues: Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2016
Welcome to Dialogues, a bi-monthly e-newsletter featuring CTLT news, CTLT featured events, and curated content about teaching and learning.

In this issue:

1. CTLT news

2. Featured events

For information on upcoming CTLT events, sign up for the CTLT Events Newsletter.

CTLT news

Keynote addresses the science of how to get smarter

In the keynote for this year’s Celebrate Learning Week, Annie Murphy Paul explored the nature of intelligence. Paul refuted the idea that intelligence is determined by genetics or upbringing. Instead, she looked at the impact of the microenvironment—the context in which we use our minds at any given moment.

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Possible futures for UBC in 2050

In May, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) held a panel discussion on what education would look like in 2050, in celebration of one hundred years of teaching and learning at UBC. The event brought together faculty, students and staff to review the major changes that have occurred, discuss breakthroughs and innovations poised to have significant influences on the future, and chart the near-term future of teaching and learning at UBC.

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On the effects of Progress Testing

HsingChi von Bergmann, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, helped design a test that could map a student's progress throughout their degree. "The test is designed to map all the cognitive knowledge domain expected of a competent graduate, and is given to all students in the program, regardless of the year they’re currently in, to benchmark their progress," she explained.

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Featured events

Using in-class student behaviour data to inform predictive analytics

Tuesday, June 28
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Earth Sciences Building, Room 1012

The University of Michigan monitors student behaviour during class by using the Echo360 Active Learning Platform. During this event Perry Samson, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, will discuss how these data are mined to develop models for predicting student success based on their background and behaviours during class.

Register here

New faculty/staff university-wide welcome orientation

Wednesday, August 31
11:00am – 5:30pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, Jack Poole Hall

This event is designed to help new faculty and staff members to navigate effectively through UBC. The day’s events include an optional guided tour at the Museum of Anthropology, a traditional Musqueam welcome from Larry Grant, Musqueam Elder in Residence at the First Nations House of Learning, an open house showcasing available resources and services as well as presentations from colleagues.

New faculty register here
New staff register here

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