Creating connections at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) Conference in June

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A quick look at the upcoming Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference, scheduled for June in Vancouver, B.C. Hosted by Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, the 35th annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference in Vancouver is bringing together over 500 participants in June, providing educators throughout the province and across the country the… Read more »


Peer Feedback on Writing: How Much is Enough?

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How well does student writing improve through giving (and getting) peer feedback? Is the learning maintained in future writing? Dr. Christina Hendricks, PhD, Sr. Instructor of Philosophy and ArtsONE at UBC, is a proponent of Open Education and an educator with an enquiring mind. While teaching the writing-intensive ArtsONE program to first year students she became curious about the value of their peer feedback process…. Read more »


Jon Festinger: 5 lessons learned from using UBC’s open publishing platforms

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John Fetzinger

Jon Festinger is a Vancouver, British Columbia based lawyer whose passion for teaching and law grew from his experiences as a lawyer and executive across the spectrum of media, communications, sports and entertainment. Jon is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005 and a co-author of the 2nd Edition that was published in 2012. He is also an… Read more »


5 Questions with Novak Rogic on the impact of open publishing platforms and flexible learning

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Novak Rogic is the Web Strategy Manager at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). He is responsible for university’s open publishing platforms. He is interested in supporting students move from being passive learners to active producers through sustainable technological platforms and flexible educational frameworks. 1. Can you give us a snapshot of the Centre? The Centre focuses on integration… Read more »


Spotlight on UBC Open: Three things you need to know about right now

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Each day last week, as part of Open Education Week 2014 we featured some of our best open textbooks (those with ratings of 80% and higher based on peer reviews) currently available to instructors and students on our BCcampus OpenEd site. Today, we’re turning our attention to the University of British Columbia’s open learning programs. UBC’s open learning is based on the belief that knowledge… Read more »


UBC’s Grüter-Andrew seeks a better email service for higher education

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UBC aerial view

Chief Information Officers like University of British Columbia’s Oliver Grüter-Andrew are working together to find an efficient email service that allows B.C.’s higher education system focus on their core mandate: delivering quality education. Higher ed CIOs have for decades faced the problem of email systems that take up increasing amounts of resources for little educational return. UBC is very much like other institutions; only a… Read more »


UBC creates local open online course (LOOC) on digital literacy

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Dr. David Vogt

The University of British Columbia is creating a LOOC to help its community members increase and promote their digital literacy skills. Dr. David Vogt Built on the same principles of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a LOOC is for a local audience. In this case, it’s for anyone with a UBC login ID. Why digital literacy matters to UBC “If UBC’s courses are its… Read more »


SOILx adds “virtual” layers to our understanding of soil

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Maja Krzic

When soil scientists at UBC, TRU, UNBC, U Saskatchewan and U of T-Mississauga wanted to engage a broader audience in contributing to and expanding knowledge about soil, they combined open source and mobile technologies, collaboration, and augmented reality to create SOILx. Dr. Maja Krzic SOILx – which stands for Searchable, Open, Innovative, Location-based, is an innovative project that provides rich, geo-located information about different soil… Read more »


Online Graduate Program Forges Face-to Face Global Connections

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For most students, university is about more than academics. It’s also about gaining a broader perspective of the world and building lifelong relationships along the way. However, many people don’t think about online and distance education in the same fashion as the in-person interactions that accompany classroom lectures. Paul Stacey begs to differ. The former BCcampus director – now with non-profit organization Creative Commons –… Read more »


Recent “clicker” trends boost student engagement and learning at UBC

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Peek inside an empty lecture theatre at UBC, and you’ll likely find a traditional-looking room large enough to hold several hundred students, with seating that slopes down to a central lecture platform backed by a slide projection screen. Peek inside again while Professor Roland Stull is teaching one of his popular Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science classes, and the notion of “traditional” is quickly dispelled…. Read more »