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.

Even in the Sciences? Bringing an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Lens to Multiple Learning Environments as a UBC Teaching Assistant


Event Date & Time

  • January 13, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

Questions of equity, diversity and inclusion often come up in the work of Teaching Assistants regardless of discipline, but there are few opportunities to discuss these questions in depth with instructors and other TAs. This session focuses on the opportunities that all TAs (yes, even in the Sciences!) have to help create a more inclusive (more…)

Power, Consent, and Safety: Preventing and Responding to Sexualized Violence


Event Date & Time

  • January 13, 2020
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Description

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month at UBC! Presented by UBC’S Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO), this workshop will provide information about UBC’s systems for preventing and responding to sexualized violence, explore risk factors and vulnerabilities experienced by TAs, and provide training on responding to disclosures and navigating power dynamics to reduce risk. (more…)

Leading Discussions With Students… When Should I? How Should I?


Event Date & Time

  • January 13, 2020
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Description

As TAs, we want to contribute to, and enhance, active and engaged learning for students. One of the strategies we might consider is the use of discussions in the classroom. However, sometimes introducing and leading discussions in the classroom can be daunting and fraught with uncertainty. Other times, we may question the value of discussions (more…)

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


Event Date & Time

  • January 14, 2020
    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…)

Designing High-Impact Learning Experiences


Event Date & Time

  • January 14, 2020
    12:30 pm - 2:30 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…)

Student Engagement in Large Classrooms


Event Date & Time

  • January 14, 2020
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Description

This session examines the difference between lecturing and actively engaging students in a large classroom setting. We will discuss the challenges of teaching large classrooms and explore a variety of techniques to engage with students.  Learning Outcomes By the end of this session, you will be able to: Identify opportunities for active learning in a (more…)

Supporting Student Awareness of Learning: Using Metacognition as a Tool in Teaching


Event Date & Time

  • January 15, 2020
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Event Description

Are your students constantly asking you why they got this mark? In this session we will help you create tools to allow students to become aware of their own progress in learning through metacognition.  Together we will explore underlying theory and teaching techniques that can help you guide your students on deeper reflection of their (more…)

Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Event Date & Time

  • January 15, 2020
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Event Description

Have you ever left a classroom wondering if the new teaching approach you tried worked? How you could  your students overcome a typical challenge to learning? Wondered how students approach certain problems? In this session, we will explore the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, also known as Teaching as Research and how it can help (more…)

Creating Spaces of Belonging in Academia


Event Date & Time

  • January 15, 2020
    2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Event Description

Do you belong here? We all need to find a sense of belonging in our places of learning and teaching. For people with disabilities, this can be particularly challenging in environments that are inaccessible and unwelcoming. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to learn about how a sense of belonging develops in higher (more…)

Supporting Community Engaged Learning Course Assessment


Event Date & Time

  • January 16, 2020
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Description

In this workshop, we will show TAs how to support evaluation work in a Community Engaged Learning course. We will walk them through a set of guidelines to conceptualize, implement and evaluate students’ community engaged learning (CEL) in courses. With the use of different interactive activities, we will help TAs to get a better understanding (more…)