CTLT Newsletter, Dialogues: Volume 4, Issue 5, September 2016
Welcome to Dialogues, a bi-monthly e-newsletter featuring CTLT news and CTLT featured events.

In this issue:

1. CTLT news

2. Featured events

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


CTLT news

Designing good learning environments

Instructors reflect on what it means to be an educator at UBC, and how they have been able to design good learning environments both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Classroom Climate: Territory acknowledgment

What goes into a territory/land acknowledgement and what are the things we can each think about to engage responsibly in this practice? UBC faculty members Drs. Lisa Nathan and Liisa Holsti reflect on introducing territory acknowledgements across their academic units; and Dr. Rima Wilkes discusses her research on territory acknowledgements across 98 Canadian universities.

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New faculty and staff welcomed to UBC

This year’s orientation welcomed more than ninety new faculty and staff members from a range of units, departments, and faculties. The event provided participants with an opportunity to learn about the history, governance, and administration of the University and learn about resources at UBC that support their career development.

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Learning Technology: Enhancing WordPress as a learning technology

Professor Christina Hendricks knew she could improve the critiquing process for students by moving the process online. But none of the existing learning technology tools met her requirements. With the help of CTLT developers she created Studiorum, a set of plugins for WordPress that enhances what instructors can do online.

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Featured events

Learning Technology Environment Renewal Project (LTE) Town Hall

Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Aquatic Ecosystems Research Lab (AERL) Room 120

Come and hear from Dr. Angela Redish, Provost and Vice President Academic (Vancouver) about how the LTE Renewal project supports UBC’s teaching and learning mission. This is also an opportunity to ask questions face-to-face and provide input about your requirements for the renewal of the core of the learning technology environment (currently Blackboard Learn, locally known as Connect) or tweet us your questions using the hashtag #UBCTownHall.

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Graduate student teaching drop in

October 2, 19 | November 9, 21 | December 7, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: IKBLC Room 2.16

Are you a graduate student or TA with questions about teaching? Would you like to discuss how to deal with challenges in lesson design, marking, or handling office hours? The CTLT Grad Team office hours are a drop in session for UBC graduate students or TAs where you can ask questions and get one-on-one support around issues in teaching and learning from our team of educational developers and facilitators.

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