Weekly Drop-in Sessions

The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), Faculty Support Units (FSUs), and UBC Studios staff will provide feedback and proposal development support for applicants wishing to submit TLEF proposals. Support will be provided on topics such as pedagogy, assessment, media, technology integration, interaction, project scope, and budget development. Please ensure that you consult with Central- and Faculty-based support units if you are intending to request their support in the development of your project.

Between September and November, CTLT will host weekly drop-in sessions for TLEF applicants who are developing Large and Small TLEF project proposals.

Registration: Information on the orientation and drop-in sessions is posted to the CTLT Events site:

Professional Development Support

Throughout the summer and fall, CTLT will also host a variety of professional development and support opportunities for faculty to explore ways of bringing innovation into their teaching practice and to prepare potential TLEF applicants for upcoming proposal development. Faculty are encouraged to look to both CTLT and their local FSUs for a variety of opportunities for support in developing their proposals over the coming months.

If there is a specific area that you are interested in receiving support on and you do not see it in the list of opportunities below, please contact kele fleming, Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Professional Development, CTLT.

Topics include:

  • Innovation with respect to teaching practice.
  • Hands-on opportunities to experiment with techniques to increase student engagement in classroom-based and online activities.
  • Evidence-based practices that foster skills and higher order learning in the classroom.
  • Exposure to learning technologies that enrich the quality of learning materials, enable opportunities for student interactions, and increase the frequency and impact of assessment both in-class and online.
  • Project planning and budget development for TLEF projects.

DIY Media Community & Resources

DIY Media Guides and UBC Media Makers offer resources, examples, and process guides to help you get your DIY project off the ground.

Our Planning Guide may be a good first step to get you thinking about your project.

Workshops are offered throughout the year and are open to faculty and student project teams involved in DIY digital media production.

Studio Sessions/Support: UBC Studios offers the use of the Lightboard and one button studio for recording video. Expert staff are available to help.

Note that if you are planning a DIY Media project and you’ll be needing help, consult early with your faculty support unit!

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Just-in-time Resources is an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training in a variety of areas including software skills development, learning technology tools, and professional business practices. Many other universities, such as Harvard and MIT, provide resources to their faculty and staff. UBC has provided access to UBC admin support staff since April 2013, and a university-wide pilot has been underway since November 1st, 2013.
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Learning Technology Hub (LT Hub)

The LT Hub is a central resource where faculty and staff can drop in to explore the learning technology tools available to them at UBC—for use in traditional classrooms, blended courses, and fully online learning.
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Teaching in a Blended Learning Environment (T-BLE)

T-BLE is a short, immersive blended course aimed at instructors who are already teaching in the classroom and are considering moving to a blended environment. The course runs for six weeks and is delivered in a blended format – a combination of online and face-to-face sessions.

What’s in it for me?

  • An orientation to flexible learning and its potential impact on your practice.
  • An opportunity to redesign a module from a current course for a blended learning environment with support and input from your colleagues and course facilitators.
  • A chance to collaborate with and learn from others in different disciplines.
  • An opportunity to gain an authentic experience with the blended learning environment.

Time commitment

  • A 30-hour total commitment over a 6-week period.
  • Included in the 30 hours is your attendance at two 3-hour face-to-face sessions (one kick-off session and a wrap-up session).
  • Total online course time is 23 hours.

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Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW)

CTLT offers a 3-day Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) throughout the year to faculty and graduate students. The ISW is designed to enhance the teaching effectiveness of both new and experienced educators. ISWs offered at CTLT are also supported by the use of a participatory website to introduce elements of blended learning and enhance the overall experience. In a supportive atmosphere, you will have a chance to try new teaching approaches and to sharpen existing skills. During the workshop, you will design and conduct three ‘mini-lessons’ and receive verbal, written and video feedback from your peers. In addition, you will reflect on your own teaching practices. The success of this program relies on the active participation and collaboration of all participants who, as a team, work together to support each other in enhancing their teaching effectiveness. A certificate of completion will be awarded to each participant.

Who should attend:

  • You teach a credit course.
  • You want to develop your online or blended instructional skills.
  • You coordinate programs for students enrolled in credit courses.
  • You lead or design teaching and learning events not mentioned above that are for, or otherwise support, students enrolled in credit courses.

Faculty ISW

CTLT offers a number of Faculty ISW programs throughout the year.
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Graduate Student ISW

ISWs offered for Graduate Students at UBC are in high demand and wait lists for each workshop are typically 80-100+. Wait list registration opens for each session approximately 4-6 weeks before the session date.
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Classroom Climate Series

The Classroom Climate Series is a year-long program where faculty, teaching assistants, researchers, graduate students, and staff from all over the University have the opportunity to challenge their own assumptions about what they have learned about Aboriginal people, become more critically aware of their teaching and research practices, and learn more about how they engage with topics that challenge their own social location within the institution. The breadth of participants’ experiences, locations, and roles within the University create a unique environment for the exchange of interdisciplinary approaches to teaching, and an opportunity to engage with and share experiences from a diverse range of perspectives.

This strategically-designed series creates a unique learning experience for participants by combining a series of mini-class lectures, interactive group activities, and one-on-one discussions with a strong focus on activities and discussions designed to evoke critical thinking and self-awareness. As a result, participants gain skills to create a more clearly developed and informed approach to understanding and teaching about Aboriginal and other socially contentious issues in a curricular setting.

To learn more about the series offerings from this year and to keep up to date with new offerings please contact: to be added to the email list.
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Course Design Intensive (CDI)

The CDI is a 3-day workshop, held twice per year, in which participants work individually and collaboratively to design or re-design a course they are (or will be) teaching. Throughout the workshop, participants will acquire a broadened understanding of course design concepts, and will gain skills and tools they can apply to their own course. The focus of the workshop is on having participants work with the major concepts and questions that need to be considered as they design a course. Ultimately, the goal of the CDI is to support instructors as they work to enhance their students’ learning.
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CTLT Institute

The CTLT Institute is hosted three times each year by UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). The Spring, Summer, and, 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.
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