3 Minutes, 3 Slides + Roundtable Discussion

Date & Time

Tuesday May 3rd, 1:30-3:30pm


UBC Point Grey – Irving Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room (301)


Come to this lively gathering with faculty members from UBC and beyond, who will share their teaching practices in a roundtable format. The session with begin with a brief introduction of all topics. Participants will then be able to dive deeper with individual faculty in two rounds of discussion.

Some of the available topics include, see detail description below:

  1. “Creating Comics and “Selfie-Sketches” to Deepen Student Reflections, Increase Engagement and Have More Fun!” with Jessica Motherwell, Sessional Instructor, Law Enforcement Studies, Justice Institute of British Columbia.
  2. “Bandana Science: Experiential Learning through Peer to Peer Teaching in Pharmaceutical Sciences” with Arnab Ray, Graduate Student, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dr Tara Klassen, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dr Alex Smith, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  3. “Directed Creativity for Undergraduate Research” with David Anderson, Faculty, Michael Smith Labs, Jeneva Anderson, Professor, Oregon State University and Karen Guilleman, Professor, Oregon State University.

If you have an idea to share, bring one along! Please kindly let judy.chan@ubc.ca know in advance

Detail description of each proposed discussion:

Creating Comics and “Selfie-Sketches” to Deepen Student Reflections, Increase Engagement and Have More Fun!

As a diversity and social justice instructor, I frequently ask students to write journal entries to reflect on difficult concepts in my course material. When I started noticing how popular comics and “selfies”were becoming, however, I asked myself, how can I introduce comics and “selfie-sketches” into students’ reflective process? I could not have guessed how simple, fun and academically successful this innovation would be.

Perhaps the most spectacular results with these visual self-reflection tools was when I asked students to read pages from the Truth and Reconciliation 2015 (a report on Aboriginal history in Canada) and create “graphic novel” pages depicting the events they read about. Most of the students’ reflections showed they experienced a deeper understanding of Aboriginal history than with previous read-and-write reflections.

The introduction of comics as a reflective tool has proven to be a revolution in my course. I invite you to try the comic-creating techniques and experience the difference a comic makes to students’ personal connections with the course material.

Bandana Science: Experiential Learning through Peer to Peer Teaching in Pharmaceutical Sciences

Participants will be introduced to a pilot program using current Bsc, Bsc Pharm, Pharm D and graduate students. Current upper Bsc Pharm learn the basic wet laboratory science from graduate students. These upper Bsc Pharm student volunteers also referred to as Bandana Scientists can then prepare to act as student demonstrators and peer teachers to first year Entry-to-PharmD students for integrated activities currently for topics in pathophysiology and oral rehydration therapies but potentially for more range of topics in the future. This allows students to gain valuable experience in basic laboratory science and in classroom through peer to peer to teaching paradigm.

Directed Creativity for Undergraduate Research

Our discussion will focus on how we can develop a structured environment that fosters original research for PBL in an undergraduate course, with a particular focus on the biological sciences. I would briefly go over my experience developing such a course at the University of Oregon on the use of computational tools in microbiology for third-year undergraduates. We will then discuss and explore ways in which we can create these types of learning/research environments for undergraduates, what the common obstacles are, and how we can overcome them in ways specific to different disciplines.

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