CTLT Newsletter, Dialogues: Volume 4, Issue 2
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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

3. In other news

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

CTLT news

Open Dialogues: How to engage the general public

Associate Professor Maja Krzic, shares how open education can help prove the relevance of soil science to the general public. “Somehow soil [science] is not on the radar of the general public in urban centres and that needs to change,” said Krzic who has practiced open education for over 13 years.

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TLEF projects innovate to enrich learning

The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) was created to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements. Sixteen large projects and 45 small projects were recently funded for the 2016-17 year.

CTLT talked to PI's of three different TLEF funded proposals about how the idea for their projects emerged, the ways in which their project will enrich student learning and their overall goals.

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What will education look like in 2050?

We at CTLT have been wondering about the future of higher education. So we decided to go around campus and ask faculty, students and staff one not-so-simple question: "What will education will look like in 2050?" Click to watch the video.

Interested in contributing to this conversation? Join us for a panel discussion on the future of higher education on May 5, 2016.

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Application for SoTL Seed Fund is now open

The SoTL Seed program provides graduate research assistants, collegial collaborations, and complementary funding for SoTL projects. Every year six to eight SoTL projects are selected. These projects incorporate research on teaching and learning in higher education with a potential for significant contributions to the UBC community and beyond.

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Featured events

Celebrate Learning Week

Celebrate Learning Week is a week-long initiative celebrating teaching and learning opportunities at UBC. Events range from open lectures, information sessions, student advising activities, poster sessions, workshops and more.
CTLT is hosting a number of events including the CTLT Spring Institute, UBC 2050: The Future of Higher Education panel discussion, and a keynote featuring Annie Murphy Paul, who refutes the idea that intelligence is determined by genetic inheritance or an individual’s upbringing.

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2016 TLEF Showcase

Each year, a portion of UBC-V student tuition is set aside to form the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF). A variety of successful applicants will present posters detailing how their TLEF projects are impacting the student experience across campus. For anyone thinking of applying to the TLEF, this event will provide helpful insight into the types of initiatives the TLEF supports across both large and small TLEF projects.

Date: Thursday, May 5, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: ESB

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In other news: Active learning

Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering and mathematics

In this metaanalysis, the authors reviewed 225 studies comparing lecture and active learning as instructional practices. The article points to an overall failure rate of 34 percent for students in lecture based courses, compared to 22 percent for students in courses employing active learning practices. The authors conclude that, while active learning appears to have the greatest effect in small classes (<50), the practice appears to be more effective than lectures across all class sizes.

Freeman, S., Eddya, S., McDonough, M., Smithb,  M., Okoroafora, N., Jordta, H., and Wenderotha M.P. (2014).  Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics. PNAS, 111(23), 8415. doi:10.1073/pnas.1319030111

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New challenges to active learning initiatives

Case Western Reserve University developed an active learning initiative in 2013 and is now reviewing feedback and findings from the program. Twelve faculty members participated in a year-long Active Learning Fellowship through the program to design or redesign a class, with the goal of increasing student engagement and success.

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Beyond active learning: Transformation of the learning space

Mark Valenti, president and CEO of The Sextant Group, discusses how learning spaces are evolving, as the “ecosystem of education” changes, including changing student demographics, technology advances, economic pressures on higher education, and increasing demands from employers.

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