Designing Classrooms that Promote Learner’s Awareness

Event Date & Time

  • May 2, 2017
    12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

Promoting student’s own awareness when learning cultivates mastery of the course. However, how can we achieve this goal? One way to resolve this objective is to have learners feel like they are part of the learning community in the classroom. As instructors, we can design lessons to promote our learner’s ability to reflect and monitor their own learning. When learners begin to deliberate about the process of “how they learn”, they begin to reflect about their role as a student in the classroom and in the discipline. Join us in this interactive workshop, to collaboratively explore these questions and develop strategies to design lessons that guide students through the learning process in the classroom.


This workshop is for participants with working knowledge of basic lesson components (learning objective, motivation, active learning, assessment) as acquired through an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) or other professional development workshops. We strongly recommend refreshing your understanding of these components as we will be building on these components in this workshop. This event is part of the Grad Mini Conference. See below for a full outline of events.


By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Design a lesson that is well-aligned to course objectives while providing learners space to monitor and reflect on their thinking and learning
  2. Appreciate the impact of well-designed lessons to support learning in the classroom and discipline

Facilitated by: Mabel Ho, Arnab Ray & Jens Vent Schmidt

Grad Mini Conference Schedule

Day 1: 9:15-4:45

9:15-9:45 OPENING: Dr. Joseph Topornycky, Manager of Graduate Student Programs, CTLT, UBC
9:45-10:45 60 min Participatory session: Breaking the Ice: Exploring Icebreakers and their value
(Arnab Ray & Katharina Rothe)
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 60 min Participatory session: The Fundamentals of Developing Effective Learning Outcomes
(Gurprit Randhawa)
12:00-12:45 Lunch Break
12:45–2:30 Icebreaker/ energizer (Jens Vent-Schmidt)
90 min participatory session: Designing Classrooms that Promote Learner’s Awareness
(Mabel Ho, Arnab Ray & Jens Vent-Schmidt)
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 60 min participatory session: Guidelines for Developing an Impressive Teaching Dossier/Portfolio
(Gurprit Randhawa)
3:45-4:00 Break Poster session:

  1. Connecting the Dots: A Practical Approach to Transforming Lesson Design (Mabel Ho & Jens Vent-Schmidt)
  2. Sociology TA Training (Silvia Bartolic)
  3. BioTAP: Biology Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program – Building a teaching community (Kathy Nomme)
  4. TA Professional Development in UBC Physics and Astronomy (Deborah Good, Jeff Bale & Dominik Neuenfeld)




Round tables:

  1. Fostering community of practice to support undergraduate learning (Stephanie Cheung, Laura Super, Analise Hofmann & Lachlan Caunt)
  2. How important is historical context within introductory classes? (Analise Hofmann, Laura Super & Stephanie Cheung)
  3. Facilitating content connections to undergraduate students’ daily lives (Laura Super, Stephanie Cheung, Sina Fazelpour & Amir Maleki)
  4. Understanding Learners & Learning (Shawn Hetherington)
  5. How should learners be changed by my discipline? (Joseph Topornycky)
(Break and Rotate)

Day 2:

9:30-11:15 Icebreaker/ energizer (Mabel Ho)
90 min participatory session: Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Universal Design for Learners
(Deborah Chen & Mabel Ho)
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 60 min participatory sessions: Integrating Reflection into your Teaching Practice
(Jason McAlister)
12:30-1:15 Lunch break
1:15-1:45 30 min Presentation: Students as Public Scholars In Training
(Madeleine Ransom)
1:45-4:00 Panel:
Dr Glenn Deer, English Department, UBC
Dr Silvia Bartolic, Sociology Department, UBC
E. Jean Buckler,PhD Candidate, School of Kinesiology, UBC
Christine Sumner, PhD Candidate, Animal Welfare, UBC
4:00-4:30 CLOSING


Venue Website:

1961 East Mall V6T 1Z1, Vancouver


formerly Lillooet Room.