CTLT Newsletter, Dialogues: Volume 5, Issue 1, February 2017
Welcome to Dialogues, a bi-monthly e-newsletter featuring CTLT news, learning technology updates and CTLT featured events.

In this issue:

1. CTLT news

2. Learning technology updates

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


CTLT news

Program fosters grad students’ teaching expertise

The Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning is offered to graduate students interested in developing their expertise in teaching and learning. In December 2016, the first cohort of participants graduated from this year and half long program.

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Session addresses the intersection between campus and classroom climate at UBC

“We are differently situated in relation to this land. We didn't all come here the same. [Land acknowledgements] get us to think about our positionalities and the responsibilities that emerge out of this recognition [of where we come from and of our place on this land],” said instructor John Paul (JP) Catungal. Issues of responsibility and positionality were central topics of JP’s Classroom Climate Series workshop, held last year on November 3.

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Learning analytics hackathon attracts over 80 participants

In January 2017, the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Learning Analytics Visual Analytics group held Hackathon 2.0 at UBC. The two-day event brought together over 80 students, researchers, faculty and staff to explore educational data.

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CIRTL@UBC launches a new website

CIRTL@UBC has launched a new website for graduate students and post docs in STEM disciplines. The Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a network of research-intensive universities interested in improving STEM undergraduate teaching through graduate student and post doc training.

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Learning technology updates

Learning Technology Environment Renewal project

The Learning Technology Environment Renewal project is fully into the second phase of the selection process for replacing Connect, evaluating two candidate systems: Brightspace by D2L and Canvas by Instructure.

During this phase, we are running five pilot courses in each system and collecting feedback from faculty, students, and instructional support staff through focus groups and surveys. Feedback from the UBC community outside the pilots is also being collected. Faculty can attend guided exploratory sessions and/or request course shells for either system, where they can experiment and then fill out a survey sharing their experience. Students have been invited to participate in usability testing sessions with both systems. Instructional support staff will have opportunities to attend training camps and a hackathon, then fill out a survey sharing their experience.

During reading week, the vendors will visit both campuses. During the visit, each will give a three-hour presentation for any faculty, students, and instructional support staff who wish to attend. Each vendor will also hold an all-day drop-in session to take questions from the UBC community directly. Please visit the LT Hub website project pages for more information.

Sign up for the faculty exploratory sessions or vendor presentations here.
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