CTLT Institute

The CTLT Institute is hosted three times a year by UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).  The Spring, Summer & Winter Institutes feature interactive workshops where participants have an opportunity to network, gain practical ideas and share best practices with their fellow colleagues and members of the UBC Community.  Both Institutes are open to UBC faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students and are traditionally held in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC). For more information on the CTLT Institute please click here.

TA’ing a Community Engaged Learning Course: Exploring the Roles, Tension Points and Opportunities for Professional Development


Event Date & Time

  • January 15, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

In this session we will introduce community engaged learning (CEL) as a growing teaching strategy here at UBC.  We discuss what community engaged learning is, its principles, and the role of TAs in relation to instructor(s), student(s) and community partners/stakeholders.  We will explore the complexities, richness and challenges of these roles, and through discussion, activities (more…)

Improving your Time Management (in TAing)


Event Date & Time

  • January 15, 2019
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

Do you have trouble balancing your graduate studies and TA responsibilities? Do you stay up all night marking or preparing for class? Are you a procrastinator? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then this workshop is for you. Please come to this workshop prepared to be open and honest with (more…)

Canvas as an Experiential Learning Space


Event Date & Time

  • January 15, 2019
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Description

Canvas is a learning management system that offers a variety of tools to support student learning in different disciplines. Did you know that you could make your students create videos and share them with the rest of the class on Canvas? In this session, we will discuss the different tools and how you can use (more…)

Leading Discussions


Event Date & Time

  • January 16, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

Discussions are a valuable tool to engage students with the course material. However, facilitating a discussion can sometimes seem like a daunting task. What if the students are unwilling to participate? What if the discussion veers off-topic? What can we do to help the students walk away with a deep understanding of the subject? In (more…)

Learning Analytics


Event Date & Time

  • January 16, 2019
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

VENUE – TO BE CONFIRMED Learning Analytics is an emerging tool for understanding how students are engaging with and learning from course materials. This information can be used to improve instructional design and student outcomes. This workshop will also explore new analytics tools and research and engage participants in a discussion about what features and (more…)

Self-Advocacy, and Negotiation Strategies for TAs


Event Date & Time

  • January 17, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

Advocating for yourself and others as a Teaching Assistant (TA) can be uncomfortable. There are power dynamics between you, your department, your students and your instructors that can sometimes be hard to navigate. Our aim for this session is to help TAs learn effective self-advocacy strategies that will support their overall wellbeing. We will do (more…)

Faculty-TA Relationship


Event Date & Time

  • January 17, 2019
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

Often as TA’s we focus on creating positive relationships with our students, but may forget about creating strong connections to the faculty members running the course.  In this session we will be discussing strategies to set expectations regarding TAing and address any problems that may arise throughout the term with faculty members. Furthermore we will (more…)

Designing High-Impact Learning Experiences


Event Date & Time

  • January 17, 2019
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Description

The experiential learning cycle (Kolb 1984) describes the process through which we learn from our experiences. In our roles as TAs and graduate instructors, an understanding of this process can help us to design and teach using high-impact strategies that promote deep learning in our students. In this session, we will explore how the learning (more…)

How Your TAship Can Help Your Career


Event Date & Time

  • January 18, 2019
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

Gaining experience as a TA has clear benefits if you plan to continue in a teaching-related role, but the skills you gain can help in other career paths too.  This interactive session will help participants reflect on and articulate the skills gained from being a teaching assistant. We will develop strategies for describing your teaching (more…)

Presentation and Guest Lecturing Skills


Event Date & Time

  • January 18, 2019
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Description

Your supervisor is out of town and has asked you to guest lecture for them next term. Oh no! The TA institute is here to help. In this workshop we will cover the planning and delivery of presentations, including presentation planning basics, how to effectively use powerpoint presentations and other technologies, and overcoming personal challenges (more…)