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CTLT Newsletter, Dialogues: Volume 4, Issue 6, December 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

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CTLT news


UBC narrows down list of vendors for new learning technology ecosystem



In Summer 2016, UBC launched a project to help shape the university’s next generation learning technology ecosystem (LTE). More recently, the University released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the core functionality needed in the LTE. Two vendors were selected to participate in Stage 2 of the evaluation process, Instructure for Canvas and Desire2Learn for Brightspace.
 
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UBC students save up to $1.4 million with open textbooks

According to a report released by CTLT, more than 8,000 students are using open or free textbooks in the 2016 academic year, representing a savings of $843,000 to $1,400,000. The Math department represents the largest example of adoption, with instructors in 16 math courses having adopted open or free textbooks.

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UBC professors discuss importance of territory acknowledgements



Territory acknowledgements, commonly given before events held on UBC’s Point Grey Campus, recognize that the university sits on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. As part of the Classroom Climate series, UBC professors discussed the meaning and importance of territory and land acknowledgements, their broader cultural meaning, and how to meaningfully incorporate them into the classroom.

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Featured events


CTLT Winter Institute


The CTLT Winter Institute is a time for colleagues to come together during the mid-academic year and review innovative teaching practices. It is an opportunity to network with colleagues, review the practical application of techniques, and discuss practices that are successful in varying environments. Here are some sessions that might be of interest to you:

How Teaching Practices Influence Student Mental Health and Wellbeing
December 8, 2016 | 9:30 am–11:30 am
Learn how instructional practices can have a positive impact on the student learning experience. Participants will leave with instructional tools that will not only promote, but also inspire curriculum that incorporates student wellbeing in the classroom. More info


First Year Experience Forum
December 8, 2016 | 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
Faculty members who teach first year students in any discipline are invited to come together and make connections with other instructors and staff who support the first year experience through the University’s orientation and transition programs. More info

Open Practices: Wikipedia-Based Assignment in Your Classroom
December 8, 2016 | 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
This hands-on workshop will look at how Wikipedia is being used in UBC classrooms and explore authentic learning that changes the role of the student from a consumer to a producer of knowledge. More info

Student Peer Feedback: Why and How?
December 12, 2016 | 10:00 am–11:30 am
Learn more about student peer feedback practices and explore the potential for using peer feedback in your own course. More info
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