2018 Workshops


Teaching Portfolios

Faculty are welcome to bring their questions and their experiences as they put together their teaching portfolio. We will explore best practices using the UBC format for Teaching Portfolios.

Information Session 1 – Thursday, April 19th 9:30 – 10:30 am, SCI 331 (Register)

Information Session 2 – Friday, April 20th  10:30-11:30 am, SCI 331 (Register)


What if we were to talk about it? Engaging in controversial topics in the classroom?

Against a background of societal divisions and growing tensions, the classroom can become a site for expressions of deep differences. As instructors we may witness an emotional flaring up of conflict among the students in the classroom, or we may face serious challenges to our own ideas, subject matter or ways of teaching. Often we experience these as comments that come from the left field: the racialized students who criticize the euro-centrism of our course readings, the religions students who object to conversations they see as contradicting their beliefs, the climate change deniers and those who wonder out loud whether colonialism might have been well-intentioned. There are many reasons – ethical and pragmatic – why as instructors we may decide not to engage these conversations within our classrooms every time they arise. “We don’t talk about that here,” we may find ourselves saying. But there may be others times when it is appropriate to “talk about it”, and the main limiting factor is our skill and capacity for facilitation or containing such conversations. This experiential workshop introduces participants to a tool for engaging controversial topics, should they choose to do so. Presentation will be followed by a conversation about if, how and when we might use such a tool.

Facilitator:

Dr. Aftab Erfan joined the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office in March 2017 in the newly created position of Director, Dialogue & Conflict Engagement. Within this role, Aftab builds the social and institutional infrastructure to enable members of the UBC community(s) to work with their conflicts as they naturally and inevitably emerge. Previously, she spent four years working as an international consultant, professional facilitator and conflict practitioner, holding space for contentious conversations on four continents within the public, private, academic and non-profit sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences (and a minor in Fine Arts) from UBC, a Masters in Urban Planning from McGill University, and a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from UBC, where she has also taught graduate level courses since 2009. Her award-winning dissertation reflected on three years of action research in a small First Nation community on Vancouver Island.

May 4, 2019 – 9:30 – 12:00 pm, SCI 331 (Register)


Course (Re)Design Seminar

Course (Re)Design 3 Day Seminar – May 8, 9, 10 2018

Faculty are invited to participate in the course (re)design process to refresh a course they currently teach or create a new course with the design process that we will facilitate/provide. Click here for registration information.


Canvas Workshops

Summer Sessions

The transition from Connect to Canvas will be completed by August 31st.  Have you switched to Canvas yet? Are you still curious about the various functions within Canvas? The Centre for Teaching and learning will be hosting Canvas based workshops during the summer starting on July 9th. These workshops are designed to help you explore the most important features and tools found in Canvas, so that you can easily create, move or re-create your courses. Check out the CTL Canvas website for a complete listing of these workshops covering various topics ranging from “Getting Started on Canvas” to using “Canvas Integrated Multimedia Platforms.”

Getting Started with Canvas

This workshop will introduce you to Canvas’ main navigational features and internal tools so you can create, move, and re-create your courses in Canvas.  This workshop is designed for those transitioning to Canvas for the first time, or those who want to brush up on Canvas basics. It’s very important that you register for this workshop and confirm by email to harsha.bhamra@ubc.ca whether you already have a Canvas course to work on, or would prefer to use a practice course.

Monday, July 9 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Thursday, July 12 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Tuesday, July 17 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Monday, August 13 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Thursday, August 16 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Tuesday, August 21 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Monday, August 27 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Wednesday, August 29 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm, SCI 126 (Register)

Creating and Adding Content in Canvas

This is an intermediate workshop for Canvas users.  The prerequisite for this workshop is “Getting Started with Canvas“.  This workshop will focus on how to create and add content in Canvas.  We will explore how to manage files, create and edit pages, setup course modules, link to files, and more.  It’s very important that you register for this workshop and confirm by email to harsha.bhamra@ubc.ca whether you already have a Canvas course to work on, or would prefer to use a practice course.

Tuesday, July 10 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Tuesday, August 14 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)

Communications in Canvas

Wednesday, July 11 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Wednesday, August 15 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)

Groups and People in Canvas

This is an intermediate workshop for Canvas users.  The prerequisite for this workshop is “Getting Started with Canvas“.  This workshop will introduce you to the People and Groups tool in Canvas. You will see where your enrolled students are listed as well as how to create, manage and use groups for assignments and other activities. To prepare for this workshop think how you might use group activities in your course. It’s very important that you register for this workshop and confirm by email to harsha.bhamra@ubc.ca whether you already have a Canvas course to work on, or would prefer to use a practice course.

Thursday, July 12 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm, SCI 126 (Register)
Thursday, July 12 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm, SCI 126 (Register)

Quizzes in Canvas

This is an intermediate workshop for Canvas users.  The prerequisite for this workshop is “Getting Started with Canvas“.  This workshop will introduce you to the quizzes tool in Canvas.   We will explore different types of quizzes Canvas offers, how to setup and edit quizzes, and more.  It’s very important that you register for this workshop and confirm by email to harsha.bhamra@ubc.ca whether you already have a Canvas course to work on, or would prefer to use a practice course.

Wednesday, July 18 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Wednesday, August 22 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)

Assignments, Gradebook and Speed Grader in Canvas

This is an intermediate workshop for Canvas users.  The prerequisite for this workshop is “Getting Started with Canvas“.  This workshop will focus on how to use the following tools:  Assignment, Gradebook, and Speed Grader.  We will explore how to setup assignments, use the Gradebook and Speed Grader to mark assignments, and more.  It’s very important that you register for this workshop and confirm by email to harsha.bhamra@ubc.ca whether you already have a Canvas course to work on, or would prefer to use a practice course.

Monday, July 16 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Monday, August 20 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)

Migrating Your Connect Content to Canvas

This is an intermediate workshop for Canvas users.  The prerequisite for this workshop is “Getting Started with Canvas“.  This workshop will focus on the steps to migrate your content to Canvas. You will see how Canvas organizes content differently than in Connect, and how to export from Connect and import into Canvas. By applying that information to your course, you will be able to pick the best strategy for getting your course set up in Canvas. To prepare for this workshop review your Connect course for content you want to keep or leave behind. It’s very important that you register for this workshop and confirm by email to harsha.bhamra@ubc.ca whether you already have a Canvas course to work on, or would prefer to use a practice course.

Monday, July 16 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm, SCI 126 (Register)
Thursday, August 20 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm, SCI 126 (Register)

Multimedia in Canvas

This is an intermediate workshop for Canvas users.  The prerequisite for this workshop is “Getting Started with Canvas“.  This workshop will introduce you to the audio and video tools in Canvas. Wherever you or your students can edit text in Canvas, you see several media buttons for recording, uploading and embedding media. You will learn how to add Youtube videos and Kaltura videos, and how you and your students can use My Media and Media Gallery. To prepare for this workshop, review the audio and video needs for your course that you would like to use or have your students share.  It’s very important that you register for this workshop and confirm by email to harsha.bhamra@ubc.ca whether you already have a Canvas course to work on, or would prefer to use a practice course.

Thursday, July 19 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)
Thursday, August 23 – 10:00 – 11:30 am, SCI 126 (Register)