2021 Events

From May 17 to 23, celebrate teaching and learning at the 12th annual Celebrate Learning Week. This year’s showcase will feature a week of exciting events, including workshops, poster sessions, special guest speakers, and more. Stay tuned for more information!


Keynote Speaker: Cia Verschelden

Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

May 18, 2021 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

The cognitive resources for learning of many of our students have been and are being diminished by the negative effects of persistent economic insecurity and discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, we can implement strategies and interventions – in and outside the classroom – that show promise in helping students regain the cognitive resources to be successful in college.

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Schedule of events

Teaching and Learning Innovation Panel

May 17, 2021 | 10:00 – 11:00 am 

Join us for a lively 1-hour session where our moderators will engage with four faculty members who are leading Teaching Learning and Enhancement Fund (TLEF) and Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund (ALT-2040) projects at UBCV and UBCO. This panel session will be immediately followed by the 2021 TLEF and ALT-2040 Virtual Showcase.

Moderators:

  • Simon Bates, Vice Provost Teaching and Learning, UBCV
  • Heather Berringer, Chief Librarian and Associate Provost Learning Services, UBCO

Panelists will share insights they’ve gained through the development of their projects, as well as consider the impact of these programs to support innovation in their teaching practices, engagement with students, and their plans for the future. This session will be of interest to those who have already or are considering applying for TLEF or ALT-2040 projects funding.

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2021 TLEF and ALT-2040 Virtual Showcase

May 17, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

TLEF and ALT-2040 project teams will present posters about their projects at this virtual poster session. For faculty, staff and students interested in applying for TLEF or ALT- 2040 Fund grants, the event will provide helpful examples of the kinds of projects that these programs support. For those interested in innovative teaching and learning projects and practices, the event is a great way to learn about exciting projects across UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan.

The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF, established at UBC Vancouver in 1991) and Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund (ALT-2040, established as the ALT Fund in 2015 at UBC Okanagan) serve as innovation engines for improving the learning experience for UBC students and advancing innovative teaching practices at UBC and beyond. The TLEF and ALT-2040 Showcase will celebrate the creative work of project teams and showcase a diverse range of projects from both UBCV and UBCO.

For more information about the TLEF, visit our website: http://tlef.ubc.ca.  For more information about the ALT-2040 Fund, please visit http://alt-2040.ok.ubc.ca

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Learning with LinkedIn Learning

May 17-23, 2021 

Meet your learning goals by accessing LinkedIn Learning's flexible and diverse resources from anywhere and at any time! UBC staff and faculty have free and unlimited access to https://linkedinlearning.ubc.ca/, which offers thousands of video tutorials on business, creative, and technology skills.

With so many tutorials available, UBC Human Resources has spotlighted a few of the options available in the "Learning with Linkedin" https://linkedinlearning.ubc.ca/news/ to help get you started during Celebrate Learning Week.

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Podcasting and Pedagogy

May 17, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

This event explores podcasting as an emerging form of knowledge production and a pedagogical practice. Our panel of speakers includes an instructor, a student, and a librarian, who will speak to their own experiences of working with podcasts at UBC Okanagan. We will also provide an overview of the support and resources available to students and instructors who are interested in making their own podcasts.

Panelists:

  • Donna Langille, Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, UBCO
  • Karis Shearer, Associate Professor of English & Cultural Studies, Director AMP Lab, UBCO
  • Amy Thiessen, BA Hons English ‘20, B.Ed candidate ‘21

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Scientist Spotlight: See the Present to Shape the Future

May 17-21, 2021 | 11:00 - 11:30 am 

From an early age and through various media, students often arrive at UBC with a limited view of who a ‘scientist’ can be. STEM fields have long been dominated by scientists who are white and male. Yet, more and more women, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ scientists are graduating from universities and breaking ground in the real world. These professionals range in identity and academic journey, much like UBC students. This session will showcase a recent initiative, the Scientist Spotlight, undertaken by the teaching team behind ATSC 313: Renewable Energy Meteorology, a new course offered in the 2020W2 term. The goal of the initiative is to expose students to real-life Earth scientists working in today’s renewable energy sector. By seeing themselves represented, any STEM student might be inspired to claim their place in the ever-expanding science community.

Facilitator: Anthony Di Stefano, ATSC 313 Teaching Assistant and Content Creator

Panelists:

  • Daniel Gowryluk, ATSC 313 Content Creator
  • Rosie Howard, ATSC 313 Content Creator and Editor
  • Abhinab Kadel, ATSC 313 Instructor
  • Doug McCollor, ATSC 313 Lead Instructor
  • Bean Sherman, EOAS Science Education Specialist
  • Roland Stull, ATSC 313 Instructor
  • Rachel White, ATSC 313 Content Creator

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Online Course Design Showcase Series: Large Scale Online Interdisciplinary Workshop Design

May 17, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

In partnership with 15 health professional programs at the University of British Columbia, UBC Health (Office of the Vice-President, Health) delivers an integrated and coordinated approach to interprofessional education. The Integrated Curriculum supports the development of the competencies health students need for interprofessional collaborative practice and team-based care. Attend this showcase to hear about the experience of delivering this curriculum to students.

Facilitators:

  • Caroline Voisine, Curriculum Manager, UBC Health, Office of the Vice-President Health
  • John Cheng, Educational Consultant, Learning Design, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

The Integrated Curriculum consists of a series of large-scale interprofessional workshops and online modules where more than 2,000 health professional students from 15 health disciplines learn with, from, and about each other. The Integrated Curriculum is formally integrated into the training of health professionals at UBC.

Challenged by restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020/21 academic year, UBC Health partnered with UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology to adapt the program for online delivery. All modules were successfully delivered to students asynchronously or through facilitated Zoom sessions.

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Facilitating Sustainability in University Courses Through Online Serious Games

May 17, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm 

Games can be a powerful tool to help develop a deep understanding of serious and complex topics. Recent research has proven that online serious games can increase students’ engagement with university curricula and bring positive behavioral changes. Currently, universities the world over are trying to incorporate sustainability in student courses. This poster session will review recent development in serious games related to sustainability and how different universities can adopt these online tools to facilitate student learnings.

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Alternative and Authentic Assessments: An Exploration into Their Use in Online Learning

May 17, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

UBC has shaped and is continuing to shape the future of assessments and assignments through alternative and authentic formats. This Celebrate Learning Week session, offered by learning designers in the Educational Technology Support unit in the Faculty of Education, is an exploration of alternative and authentic assessments and their place in online learning. Expand opportunities for students to engage in their learning while also connecting with wider communities of practice. Come explore ways to apply varying forms of formative and summative assessment. Develop additional skills, fluencies and competencies that may move your assessment practices beyond traditional written assignments or presentations.

Panelists:

  • Meghan McMillen, Learning Designer, Educational Technology Support team, Education
  • Helen DeWaard, Learning Designer, Educational Technology Support team, Education
  • Simone Hausknecht, Learning Designer, Educational Technology Support team, Education

  • Meghan McMillen is a learning designer with Educational Technology Support team for the Faculty of Education as well as an educator in the K-12 system in BC. Meghan is a graduate of the MET program at UBC and has more than 15 years of teaching experience. She started working with the ETS department in May 2020 and helped to facilitate the movement of face-to-face classes into the online learning environment. Meghan loves to explore authentic and alternative assessments as a way for students to demonstrate their learning in non-traditional formats.
  • Helen DeWaard teaches online at the Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Orillia, and is a learning designer with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Education. She holds a Masters of Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia, a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto, OISE, and is a PhD candidate. Her passions include teaching and learning with technology, digital storytelling, critical digital literacy, mentoring, connecting to global contexts, and digital credentialing. She volunteers with Virtually Connecting and the ISTE Inclusive Learning network, and has participated in Mozilla Open Leaders project. Helen has served as an Open Education Fellow with eCampus Ontario and engages as a mentor through the UNESCO Open Education for a Better World project to support others in open teaching and learning. She has recently co-authored Intentionally Equitable Hospitality published in the eLearn Magazine and Cross Cultural Mentoring. She can be found at https://hjdewaard.ca/. Helen actively tweets about education related topics (@hj_dewaard) and blogs at Five Flames for Learning.
  • Simone Hausknecht is an educator, researcher, and learning designer. She has a MA and PhD in educational technology and learning design from Simon Fraser University with a focus on computer supported collaborative learning, digital storytelling, digital games, and intergenerational learning. She works with the Educational Technology Support team for the Faculty of Education at UBC where she enjoys collaborating with Faculty on the design and development of their online courses.

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Developing a Training Series for a Beginner Toolkit in Digital Scholarship

May 17, 2021 | 2:30 - 3:30 pm 

In 2020, the UBC Library Research Commons and UBC-O Library kicked off a collaboration on a series of workshops designed to provide introductory training for common tools used in Digital Scholarship (DS) in the Humanities. The series covered themes such as open pedagogy, community engagement, online publishing, accessibility, and technical upskilling. Our audience focus was on faculty and graduate students who either identified as beginners in digital scholarship or were interested in integrating common and easy to learn tools and, by extension, the philosophy of DS into their teaching and research practice. This session will go over our approach in developing, framing, and delivering this series virtually.

Presenters:

  • Donna Langille, Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, UBCO
  • Eka Grguric, Digital Scholarship Librarian, UBCV

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UBC Okanagan Teaching Awards Ceremony

May 17, 2021 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm 

The 2021 UBC Okanagan Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awards Ceremony will be held virtually during Celebrate Learning Week to recognize award winners in teaching excellence.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Ananya Mukherjee Reed
  • Dr. Brad Wutherick
  • Dr. Tanya Forneris
  • Provost Teaching Excellence and Innovation Awardees (2020 & 2021)
  • Killam Teaching Prize Awardees (2020 & 2021)
  • Excellence for Teaching Assistants and Tutors Awardees (2020 & 2021)

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ELNET’s 2nd Annual Marketplace: Love it or Lose it: Ideas to Keep in Your Teaching Practice and Ones to Let Go

May 17, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm 

This past year has launched UBC faculty into emergency remote instruction. This presented both challenges and opportunities to test technologies and approaches for online and interactive learning. All faculty members have tried many new methods to enhance teaching during the online academic year, and with this is mind, this Celebrate Learning Week event is a great opportunity to reflect on and share lessons learned.

Moderators:

  • Sally Willis-Stewart, Associate Professor of Teaching, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, UBCO
  • Silvia Bartolic, Associate Professor of Teaching, Sociology, UBCV

Organizers:

  • Nina Hewitt, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Geography, UBCV
  • Anita Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor of Teaching, English and Cultural Studies, UBCO

As part of the learning celebration, we have invited a number of instructors to share teaching practices that they “love” and will build on, and those they wish to reshape, or maybe even “lose.” While getting ideas from others, and reflecting on your own teaching practices, this session will prepare us to shape our future as we make plans to develop our teaching and educational leadership in light of our collective experiences.

The event will begin with an introduction from the ELNET team, followed by short 3-5 min. presentations from contributors of their “love it lose it” practice. Continuing with a “marketplace” approach, participants will then be able to “shop around” for fresh teaching ideas with further discussion amongst presenters in either a round table or a break out room format. The discussion will allow participants to specifically apply the ideas to their teaching scenarios.

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Keynote - Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

May 18, 2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 

The cognitive resources for learning of many of our students have been and are being diminished by the negative effects of persistent economic insecurity and discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Recognizing that these students are no different than their peers in terms of cognitive capacity, we can implement strategies and interventions – in and outside the classroom – that show promise in helping students regain the cognitive resources to be successful in college.

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CAPCON: Making Knowledge and Building Community with an Undergraduate Conference

May 18, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am 

At the end of each academic year, the Coordinated Arts Program (CAP) hosts its annual academic student conference (CAPCON). The conference is a chance to celebrate the work of our students through panel presentations and multi-media showcases. The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of this conference highlights the strength of CAP and its talented students. This year we delivered CAPCON online, and it was our biggest conference yet, attended by peers, faculty, friends, family, and colleagues across the university.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Moberley Luger, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Chair, Coordinated Arts Program
  • Dr. Anne Stewart, Lecturer, Coordinated Arts Program
  • Jennifer Suratos, Administrator, First Year & Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Students who presented at CAPCON 2021

Our panel will discuss the aims and rewards of hosting a student conference, how we plan our conference, and how we adjusted for online delivery. We will focus on how we support and encourage student presenters and volunteers participating in their first conference experience. We frame the event as an introduction to scholarly practices of research-sharing and community development. Rather than a high-pressure rite of passage or rote exercise, we have found that the conference experience can “embolden” students, as organizers of a national undergraduate literature conference assert, to move through their degrees as “intellectual risk-takers” that are part of a vibrant academic tradition (Hersh et al.). We’ll hear from past students about their experience of CAPCON, and how the conference allows us to connect with students, faculty, and colleagues from the Faculty of Arts, and beyond.

This panel is designed for units who also host student conferences and wish to discuss methods and practices—as well as units who are considering hosting their own student conferences, but don’t know where to start. We’ll also discuss how the impact of CAPCON is felt among current students, alumni of our program, and support staff such as Advisors and Administrators.

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Differences that Matter: Conflict Engagement Foundations

May 18, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation is not possible without challenging the status quo, so the road ahead is paved with conflict. Conflict can be very uncomfortable, so many people chose to walk away. For some conflicts, this is the most appropriate option, but avoidance shouldn't be the default option for all conflicts. Conflict has the potential for deep learning, building understanding, and surfacing wisdom and insight that would otherwise be missed. This session will offer the opportunity to unpack UBC’s Conflict Engagement Initiative by exploring ways to frame conflict, gaining insights into our experiences of resistance, and identifying some options for engaging in conflict.

Speakers:

  • Ashley Moore, Conflict Engagement Specialist, Equity & Inclusion Office
  • Roquela Fernandez, Program Manager, Conflict Theatre @ UBC

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Faculty Workshop - Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

May 18, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm 

During this session, educators will explore several interventions designed to help students recover bandwidth, beginning with a strengths perspective about what knowledge, skills, and abilities they bring to the table – “funds of knowledge.” The interventions include values affirmation, connecting the known to the unknown, growth mindset, check-ins, and high-hope syllabi.

Facilitators: 

  • Cia Verschelden, Special Projects Advisor, Integration of Academic and Student Affairs, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Jackie Stewart, Deputy Academic Director, CTLT and Senior Instructor, Chemistry, UBCV

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Celebrate Student Research: Games in Asia

May 18, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm 

During Celebrate Learning Week and honouring Asian Heritage Month, the Asian Library is pleased to present emerging new researchers from UBC's Asian Studies, History, and Art History, Visual Art & Theory departments. This year's theme is games, and the presenters will be discussing a wide range of topics from traditional games to the sociocultural impact of digital gaming. This workshop will be moderated by Dr. Christina Laffin of the Asian Studies Department. This event is free and open to the public.

Panelists:

  • Bianca Chui, incoming M.A., Asian Studies, UBCV
  • Romi Kim, B.F.A, Visual Arts and Gender Studies, UVIV and M.F.A. candidate, UBCV
  • Tianyu Li, B.A., History, UBCV

  • Bianca Chui is an incoming MA student in the Department of Asian Studies in UBC. She recently completed her honours thesis on the intersection between print culture and food culture by examining sugoroku (a type of Japanese board game) in Edo Japan. As the event coordinator at the Centre for Japanese Research (CJR), she organized over a dozen events of different nature in the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Romi Kim (he/she/they) is a second generation Korean, currently on unceded Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish first nations. They received their B.F.A in Visual Arts and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria and are currently an MFA candidate at UBC. Kim's practice explores intergenerational effects of colonialism, gender, and storytelling methods through affect and emotion. Currently they are researching the traditional Korean game Hwat'u (introduced to Korea by Japan), Hanja (Sino Korean derived from Chinese), and the myth of Paridegi (the first Shaman in Korea). Installation, video, performance, bookmaking and drag are some of the mediums they work within.
  • Tianyu Li received his B.A. in History with a Minor in Philosophy from UBC. He is currently pursing a M.A. in Asian Studies at UBC, supervised by Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh and Dr. Renren Yang. His research focuses on transnational culture and media studies, it pays attention to the question of (post)human self-identity and desire in Chinese video games in relation to Japanese manga and anime. Tianyu also has interests in the representation of evolutionary thinking in video games.

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Advisors Workshop - Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

May 19, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am 

Advisors are critical in creating environments both in-person and remotely, where students can recover the bandwidth they need to engage in their ongoing learning and development. In this workshop, we will talk about the things that are robbing students of bandwidth, think about the extent to which our spaces are “identity-safe” for all of our students, discuss the importance of check-ins, and think about how to leverage students’ “funds of knowledge” (the knowledge, skills, and abilities they bring to the table). How do you help yourself and each other maintain your own bandwidth while helping students regain theirs?

Facilitator: Cia Verschelden, Special Projects Advisor, Integration of Academic and Student Affairs, Association of American Colleges and Universities

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Confident Public Speaking and Communication: A Tactical Approach

May 19, 2021 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 

This will be an interactive session where participants will be presenting in small groups and in front of the larger group. Participants will be expected to communicate through chat, video, and audio. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create impactful opening and closing statements
  • Transition between topics and ideas smoothly
  • Effectively summarize key points to maximize retention and understanding
  • Apply strategies to make slide visuals more impactful
  • Use strategies to communicate complex information simply
  • Apply virtual communication best practices

  • Ivan Wanis Ruiz is a communications expert and a guest instructor at several top universities across Canada from, UBC in the west to UofT and Bishops in the east. Ivan also works with several Fortune 500 companies across North America in industries ranging from Financial Services to Oil and Gas to Industrial Design.When he is not teaching how to speak, he is doing it as the official spokesperson for both the PanAm Games in 2015 and The Invictus Games 2017. He is also regularly hosting and emcee'ing large events across Canada to audience from 3 to 30000. He is a top rated instructor on Coursera and Udemy virtual training platforms with over 150,000 students worldwide. When he's not speaking or teaching you can find him on the dance floor as a professional salsa dancer and instructor.

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3D Virtual Objects in the Classroom

May 19, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Virtual resources like 3D objects have enormous value to post-secondary education, even after we return to our classrooms in the coming year. We'll discuss some of the additional values that our collaborators in the 3D learning TLEF have shared with us, and some of the things we have learned along the way. At this session, we will also cover the basics of how to create and deploy 3D virtual objects and provide some tips and tricks for optimal use, aimed at the novice user.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Hu, Project Coordinator, 3D Learning Specialist
  • Suzie Lavallee, Project Initiator, 3D Enthusiast

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Copyright and Licensing for Open Educational Resources

May 19, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Does your project include work created by others? Do you have questions about Creative Commons licenses and how to incorporate licensed works into your project? This session will introduce you to copyright basics for your OER project and take you through licensing considerations to insure that your work is reusable by others. Importantly it will also provide you with a simple workflow to help you identify and respect Creative Commons licensed works.

This session will cover:

  • Copyright basics including how copyright is assigned to a work
  • Rationale behind and purpose of open licenses
  • Identifying the 6 Creative Commons licenses and know how to assign them to OER
  • Applying Creative Commons licenses and ensure compatibility among the CC licensed works

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Success Stories: Remote Learning During the Pandemic

May 19, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am 

In this session, 3 UBC faculty from different departments will be sharing their approach and lessons learned during a year where pedagogy in higher education has shifted and transformed.

Panelists:

  • Patrick Pennefather, Theatre and Film
  • Matthew Yedlin, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Jon Festinger, Allard School of Law

  • Dr. Patrick Pennefather, a faculty from the UBC department of theatre and film will present on the importance of interactive activities and individual attention during synchronous and asynchronous interactions.
    • Patrick is passionate about bridging disciplines of practice and thrives in collaborative projects. He is a designer of interactive experiences working as a sound designer, designer of learning and producer of scalable virtual and augmented reality prototypes. Teaching sound design and collaboration at UBC Theatre and Film, he draws from his work as an award-winning sound designer and composer for live and virtual spaces having worked on over 250 productions in Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He is co-appointed with the Master of Digital Media Program where, for the past ten years, he has developed a successful improvisation course for digital media collaborators as well as mentoring teams co-constructing scalable digital prototypes with over 50 companies and organizations (Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Blackbird, Finger Foods, Kabam and more).
  • Dr. Matthew Yedlin from electrical and computer engineering, gives the following description for his presentation: The founding of the University of Bologna in 1088 provides us the model for pedagogy in the time of a pandemic. The establishment of a Community of Learning is central to the creation of a remote learning model. In this session I will present the creation of this Learning Community in a remote learning environment, tailored to ELEC 311, “Electromagnetic Fields and Waves”. Concluding remarks will include the application of lessons learned in the remote environment and their future broad impact in the university context.
    • Dr. Yedlin is a computer engineer with a particular interest in communication and energy systems, where he brings his research interests into the classroom. He has been recognized as a highly innovative and effective teacher. He’s at the forefront of new teaching methods such as the flipped classroom and approaches where students teaches each other instead of simply listening to a lecture, solving problems in groups and interacting with the instructor as active participants in their own learning. Dr. Yedlin’s classroom is a place where the pace and depth of the material is determined in collaboration with the students, where there is a palpable level of excitement and the atmosphere feels electric. Dr. Yedlin has put enormous efforts in adopting the latest teaching pedagogy for engineers, and the impact of his teachings will be felt for many years to come.
  • Dr. Jon Festinger who teaches at the Allard School of Law will share the shifts that he's experienced and the tweaks and changes to how he approached teaching during a time where interactions were all digital and virtual.
    • Mr. Festinger is a Vancouver based counsel and educator. As an Adjunct Professor, he has taught a wide variety of law courses relating to intellectual property, media & communications, and business over more than 25 years at the law school at UBC. He is a Professor of Professional Practice at Simon Fraser University, a faculty member of the Centre for Digital Media, and Honorary Industry Professor in the Centre for Commercial Studies, Queen Mary University of London School of Law.

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Beaty@Home: Researchers Revealed

May 19, 2021 | 1:00 - 1:45 pm 

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum inspires an understanding of biodiversity, its origins, and importance to humans through collections-based research, education, exhibitions, and community engagement. As Vancouver’s natural history museum, we work to promote a greater sense of collective responsibility for the biodiversity of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

Presenters:

  • Nicole Balsdon, Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Amy Liu, M.Sc. Student in Zoology

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Graduate Students and TAs Workshop - Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and other “Differentisms”

May 19, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

In this session for graduate students and teaching assistants we will learn about several interventions designed to help students recover bandwidth, beginning with a strengths perspective about what skills and abilities they bring to the table – “funds of knowledge.” The interventions include values affirmation, connecting the known to the unknown, growth mindset, check-ins, and high-hope syllabi. How do you help yourself and each other maintain your own bandwidth while helping students regain theirs?

Facilitator: Cia Verschelden, Special Projects Advisor, Integration of Academic and Student Affairs, Association of American Colleges and Universities

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Celebrating Student Directed Learning: Unpacking the Student Directed Seminar Experience

May 19, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Join us for panel discussion highlighting some of the dynamic learning opportunities created by students and their learning design mentors from CTLC & CSI&C. This panel will discuss some of the training student coordinators, some of the challenges and joys student coordinators experienced and will provide participants an opportunity to explore how student directed seminars create a valuable launching pad for expanded student learning.

Panelists:

  • TBD

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Creating Educational Media During a Pandemic: Professional & Do-It-Yourself Solutions

May 19, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Covid 19 has heavily changed and impacted the way users create, interact and learn through digital media. With the rise of remote learning, educational media has become a necessity for instructors and faculty all around the world, with many focusing to find the best practices, tools and methods that they can utilize to deliver their content effectively to students.

Presenters:

  • Michael Sider, Producer, UBC Studios
  • Andrew Wang, Media Specialist, UBC Studios
  • Michal Suchanek, Technical Specialist, UBC Studios

In our session today, we will be looking into the ways that UBC Studios in collaboration with multiple departments and faculties across campus promoted the use of media during the pandemic. Specifically we will delve and introduce a range of professional services as well as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) options that were introduced. These DIY options include a range of DIY Studios on campus, a tabletop lightboard, as well as general best practice guides that were created.

We hope that after the session, you as the user will have a grasp of what services and options are available to you as UBC faculty and staff, and how the right use of digital media can positively impact student learning.

  • Michael Sider is a producer at UBC Studios, working in collaboration with faculty to produce educational media. During his time at UBC Studios he has overseen hundreds of educational projects using video, animation, 360-degree video, 3D models, virtual tours, professional actors, student actors, faculty actors, bees, bear skulls, and recently, a lot of zoom footage. Michael brings a balance of creativity, technical knowledge, and pragmatic perspective to supporting learning at UBC.
  • Andrew Wang is a media specialist at UBC Studios that has a focus on operations, infrastructure and developing new technologies. He supports faculty through digital media support, video editing, and also has a passion in exploring new innovations and tech that has the potential to improve the learning experience for students.
  • Michal Suchanek is a technical specialist affiliated with UBC Studios, and has a passion for designing and constructing new technologies both software and hardware to further and revolutionize the ways students learn and approach learning.

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A Canvas-Integrated Team Formation and Analytics Tool

May 19, 2021 | 2:00 - 2:50 pm 

Do you need to strategically form teams and monitor their performance in your classes? Dr. Bowen Hui and Jeff Bulmer have built a Canvas-integrated web application that can help you. Their app allows the professor to configure how they want the teams to be built, create custom surveys for students to fill out their background and team preferences, form teams randomly or strategically based on preferences or project needs, complete peer evaluations of other team members, and monitor team performance over time.

Presenters: 

  • Dr. Bowen Hui, Associate Professor of Teaching and Associate Head, Undergraduate
  • Jeff Bulmer, Graduate student

This is an interactive demo to showcase the Canvas-integrated team formation and analytics app. In this demo, they will describe several scenarios of how teams may be used in classes (e.g., teams built based on project needs, professor and student preferences, or student peer evaluation feedback). They will walk the audience through the steps needed to build teams in the team formation app and demonstrate how team analytics can be used to visualize team performance.

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Strategies for Bringing New Dimensions to Intercultural Learning into the Classroom and Beyond

May 19, 2021 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm 

This panel presentation will engage with the Celebrate Learning Week themes of student experiences and diversity and inclusion. The session will involve a panel of instructors from a diverse range of disciplines sharing about how they have promoted intercultural learning in their classrooms.

Moderator:

  • Brianne Orr-Álvarez, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Director, FHIS Learning Centre, and Language Program Director: Spanish, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

Panelists:

  • Strang Burton, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Language Diversity, Linguistic Pedagogy
  • Luisa Canuto, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Language Program Director: Italian, French, Hispanic and Italian Studies
  • Misuzu Kazama, Lecturer, Japanese Language, Asian Studies

Participants in this session can look forward to learning more about a number of pedagogical approaches to enabling more meaningful intercultural learning in the classroom. Among the topics that will be discussed are Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects that involve exchanges among students across partner universities to promote students’ critical reflectivity, cognitive dissonance and their general intercultural skills. Through these activities, which range from a self-identity exercise meant to challenge their frames of cultural reference, and working in groups from partner universities, to collaboratively producing a visual representation of another culture, culminating in the creation of a group video to present their COIL project. These projects helped students to achieve the goals of developing knowledge, understanding and appreciation for a different culture and for different points of view by collaborating on a common theme project; developing the skills of openness, self-awareness and curiosity by completing targeted Intercultural Competence activities and reflecting upon them, and; developing cross-disciplinary skills of collaboration, teamwork, problem solving and communication to promote ongoing and future cultural and linguistic exchanges.

Panelists will also be sharing about the technologies that they have used to facilitate this intercultural learning virtually. Some of the UBC supported technologies that will be discussed include: how Canvas tools were leveraged in new ways, connected students with partners in other universities through Canvas Catalogue, and annotation-based discussion and group work using the Collaborative Learning Annotation System (CLAS).

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Student and Faculty Perspectives on Learning and Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 20, 2021 | 9:30 - 11:00 am 

In this session, student and faculty panelists will share their experiences of learning and teaching over the past year. What worked? What didn’t? By inviting students and faculty to the same panel session, we hope to encourage empathy and collaboration. Now more than ever, we need to work together to create more equitable and compelling learning opportunities at UBC.

Moderator: Tanya Forneris, Interim Academic Lead, UBCO CTL

Panelists:

  • Dr. Qian Wang, Associate Professor of Teaching, Asian Studies
  • Dr. Jonathan Graves, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Vancouver School of Economics
  • Dr. Tamara Freeman, Associate Professor of Teaching, Chemistry

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Shaping Our Future: A Fireside Chat

May 20, 2021 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

You are invited to join an informal dialogue with the Associate Provosts of Teaching and Learning from both campuses. They will share reflections on lessons learned from the rapid shift to remote instruction. We will discuss using what we have learned to provide a more equitable and effective learning experience for students and to support faculty members’ innovations.

Facilitator: Tanya Forneris, Interim Academic Lead, UBCO CTL

Panelists:

  • Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, UBCV
  • Brad Wuetherick, Associate Provost, Academic Programs, Teaching and Learning, UBCO

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Toward the Future of Academic Integrity at UBC

May 20, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 pm 

This live panel discussion will offer an opportunity to learn about effective Academic Integrity (AI) education practices from UBC Vancouver and Okanagan faculty members providing leadership in this area; the program will conclude by encouraging participants to ask questions and provide feedback regarding their needs for AI education support.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Simon Bates, Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, Interim Executive Director of Extended Learning and tenured Professor of Teaching, Physics and Astronomy, UBCV
  • Dr. Moberley Lugerm, Assistant Professor of Teaching, English Language and Literatures and Chair, Coordinated Arts Program, UBCV
  • Dr. Laurie McNeill, Professor of Teaching, English Language and Literatures, Acting Director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, and Director of Arts’ First-Year & Interdisciplinary Programs, UBCV
  • Dr. Laura Patterson, Associate Professor of Teaching specializing in Technical and Professional Communication at the School of Engineering, UBCO

As institutions of higher education prepare to increase in person instruction, mixed with online and hybrid, the panelists will share their thoughts about how instructors can be intentional about designing and implementing Academic Integrity education in their courses.

  • The panelists have been asked to speak to the following questions:
    What are the most effective practices for creating a culture of integrity while teaching in person and online?
  • In particular, what actions or activities may promote “Bandwidth Recovery” – as the Celebrate Learning Week keynote calls it – for a diverse student body whose cognitive resources might be depleted due to the pandemic and other factors, such as racism

During the session, participants will be invited to ask questions and share ideas that can help UBC build on existing AI materials at both the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.

  • Dr. Simon Bates is the Associate Provost, Teaching and Learning, Interim Executive Director of Extended Learning and a tenured Professor of Teaching in the UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy. As Interim Executive Director and a member of the ExL Management Team, he provides leadership and oversees strategy for ExL. As Associate Provost, he leads teaching and learning initiatives across UBC, working closely with the University’s Executive, deans and service unit leaders. He’s a passionate champion of evidence-based teaching practices, and for using technology to enhance learning in the classroom. He teaches introductory physics at UBC, and has won teaching awards from UBC and the University of Edinburgh, where he established a Physics Education Research group.
  • Dr. Moberley Luger is Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of English Language and Literatures and Chair of the Coordinated Arts Program. Her educational leadership projects are currently focused on pedagogies of poetry and oral communication. This summer she is building a TLEF-funded resource to enhance how we teach and learn speaking skills. Her work also focusses on the first-year transition and she is co-author of the Academic Essentials online bridging course “Reading and Writing at University.”
  • Dr. Laurie McNeill is Professor of Teaching in the Department of English Language and Literatures, Acting Director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media, and Director of Arts’ First-Year & Interdisciplinary Programs. Dr. McNeill’s research, publications, and teaching focus on two main fields: auto/biography studies, with particular interest in testimony, digital platforms, and archival life narratives, and academic integrity studies. Building on her TLEF project, “Our Cheating Hearts?” she examines ways faculty and institutions can help students understand how to do their work with integrity and why that matters.
  • Dr. Laura Patterson is an Associate Professor of Teaching specializing in Technical and Professional Communication at the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. She has taught technical communication to engineering students since 2002, and has been in her current position since 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. She is currently the Lead of the Provost’s Academic Integrity Working Group and the Chair of the School of Engineering’s Ethics and Academic Integrity Committee since she initiated it in 2017. She has worked with UBC’s Community Service Learning program since 2010 to provide a service-learning experience to engineering students in her sections of the first-year engineering communication course, and service learning, empathy, and public engagement is the focus of her pedagogical research. In addition, she served on the Okanagan Senate’s committee on Appeals of Academic Standing and Discipline for six years, three of which she was the Chair.

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A Partially Asynchronous Approach to Support Personalized Learning for a Diverse Student Population

May 20, 2021 | 2:00 - 2:50 pm 

In the Computer Science program at UBCO, the HCI course, COSC 341, is a core requirement for all majors while at the same time attracting students from outside the program with little to no programming experience. Since they only offer one undergraduate HCI course, COSC 341 is often cross-listed as a graduate-level course. Overall, this course must accommodate the wide range of students' skills and interests. To overcome these challenges, Dr. Bowen Hui designed an asynchronous approach to delivering this course which supports personalized learning.

Presenter: Dr. Bowen Hui, Associate Professor of Teaching and Associate Head, Undergraduate

Human-computer interaction (HCI) plays an important role in computer science careers as well as the design of technological advances in our society. Despite this, the HCI education community has long reported that students enrolled in an undergraduate HCI course typically have negative preconceptions that the difficulty level is not challenging, the grading is too subjective, and the content is not relevant to their degree.

Currently, COSC 341 consists of a series of mandatory modules and a menu of optional modules. Each module has a pre-test, reading material, post-test, tutorial activity, and main activity. Students were responsible for completing the reading asynchronously and class time was used to support students with tutorial and main activities in a flipped learning format. Timelines to complete course work supports flexible learning (e.g., some students completed half of the course by week 3).

During the session, Dr. Bowen Hui will demonstrate how this course was delivered on Canvas. In particular, Dr. Bowen Hui will show how pre-tests were used to help students identify what they need to learn in the module and the interactivity of the reading material available in each module.

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Fossa Finder: Using Emerging Media in the Classroom

May 20, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm 

Fossa Finder Project Lead Julia Chu and EML Lead Software Developer Dante Cerron join Fossa Finder Primary Investigator Dr. Pawel Kindler to discuss bringing applications working with models in a virtual reality environment to the classroom.

Presenters:

  • Dante Cerron, Lead Software Developer, UBC EML
  • Julia Chu, Project Team Lead, UBC EML

Dissections have been among the best tools in anatomy education. However, they are expensive and have limited use when trying to reach deep, small, detailed structures. One such area is the Pterygopalatine Fossa, an important super-junction of nerves and blood vessels in the skull. Where dissections fail, the burden is placed upon students to visualize these dynamic, three-dimensional objects from static, two-dimensional photos. As such, there is a clear need for advancements in this field of education.

The Fossa Finder project has undergone multiple iterations as we figured out what works and what does not for an 3D educational application about the Pterygopalatine fossa. We started with a control scheme that allowed the user to freely manipulate a 3D model of the space, but found that the freedom easily confused the user, resulting in a sub-optimal viewing experience. We found that a “guided tour” approach to movement in the space allowed for more stable viewing, even in a virtual reality environment, and allowed for more precise labeling of the fossa’s features. In light of the pandemic, we have produced a series of 360 videos that capture this application’s environment. Most recently, we have been working to bring the application to the classroom by improving the viewing experience in diverse modalities and providing an instruction set for faculty members to be able to set it up from home.

  • Dante Cerron is a Software Developer at UBC's Emerging Media Lab. His work revolves around the projects at EML and the technologies they apply. Term by term, he assembles student teams to tackle solutions to problems brought to him by UBC faculty interested in experimenting with adding new technologies to their curriculum. In his free time, he likes to find innovative visualizations by his favorite Unity and Blender content creators. Dante aims to make the tools for 3D development accessible to everyone.
  • Julia Chu is a Work Learn student UBC's Emerging Media Lab. She has worked on a variety of 3D educational projects such as the Language Chatsim project and Fossa Finder, the project for which Guided Tour Manager was created. She has a background in Computer Science and Mathematics, and can be found learning about how models in mathematics relate to our reality in her free time. Julia aims to apply her technical skills to creations that help her fellow humans.

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Overcoming Online Challenges in Hosting Events and Planning Projects

May 20, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:30 pm 

The sudden transition to online teaching, learning, and collaboration during the pandemic has left many of us facing challenges in handling logistics and interacting with multiple platforms while building research communities. Speaking from their experiences as undergraduate and graduate students working on public humanities initiatives, Bianca Chui and Miaoling Xue will present some tools and approaches based on organizing online events and producing a video-based educational project. Following the presentations, Christina Laffin will facilitate a discussion. Please join us and bring your questions!

Facilitator: Christina Laffin

Panelists:

  • Bianca Chui, B.A., History and incoming M.A., Asian Studies
  • Miaoling Xue, current Ph.D. student, Asian Studies

  • Bianca Chui is a fourth-year Honours student in the Department of History and an incoming MA student in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC. As the event coordinator at the Centre for Japanese Research (CJR), she organized over a dozen events of different nature in the 2020-21 academic year.
  • Miaoling Xue is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Asian Studies at UBC. She is the manager for the “Exploring Premodern Japan” educational video project.

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Pedagogical and Professional Reasons to Adopt Open Educational Resources (OER)

May 21, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:00 am 

Join us for this 60-minute session on the value that’s possible in the world of Open Educational Resources and the work being done to support OER at UBC. We’ll learn about the pedagogical benefits (from higher rates of student retention & completion to improved academic outcomes) and the professional appeal (including tenure & promotion and networking). Members from the UBCO Open Education Working Group will be present to partake in a collaborative Q&A session at the end. You can expect to walk away feeling excited and encouraged to dip your toes into the world of Open!

Facilitator: Kristen Morgan, Open Education Assistant, UBCO Library

Panelists:

  • Donna Langille, Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian, UBCO
  • Erin Fields, Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian, UBCV

  • Kristen Morgan is the Open Education Assistant at the UBC Okanagan Library. She is passionate about the intersection of policy and advocacy, especially as they relate to sustainable long-term institutional changes. Kristen is a member of the Open Education Working Group, where she targets wicked problems with innovative, data-driven solutions. You can find Kristen on Twitter @KrisTheMorg.
  • Donna Langille is the Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian at the UBC Okanagan campus. She is also the subject liaison librarian for the digital humanities, media studies, film, and theatre. In addition to supporting instructors working with open educational resources, Donna also manages the OER Grant pilot program and Co-Chairs the Open Education Working Group. She is currently one of the SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellows.
  • Erin Fields is the Open Education and Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of British Columbia Library. Erin is was the 2019-2020 Visiting Program Officer for Open Education for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL/ABRC). She is the recipient of a 2018 Award for Excellence in Open Education and an Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellowship with BCcampus. Erin also received recognition as a 2019 UBC Open Education Resource Champion from the UBC Alma Mater Society, the VP Academic and Provost, and UBC Library. Erin supports a number of courses engaging in open educational resource development and open pedagogy, including course assignments contributing to Wikipedia, developing social justice zines, reviewing case studies, and publishing open-access texts found in the Open UBC Text Catalogue

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Difficult Conversations: A Missed Opportunity

May 21, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:20 am 

It’s hard to see others -- let alone have a conversation! – when stumbling in the opposing trenches of some difficult conversations. But could engaging in conflict be something besides a battle to be won (or lost): An opportunity for learning and insight? A step towards a culture of meaningful inclusion? A driver of innovation? A transformative force?

Speakers:

  • Tom Scholte, Professor, Theatre and Film and Faculty Lead of Conflict Theatre @ UBC
  • Roquela Fernandez, Program Manager of Conflict Theatre @ UBC

Conflict Theatre @ UBC uses the situation and tools of the theatre to explore and constructively engage in conflict. Through arts-based, experiential education developed from the work of Augusto Boal and tailored to the Higher Education context, we offer a new way to look at old patterns, and raise awareness of systemic structures and the role they play in conflict.

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Pandemic Teaching Tactics for Post-Pandemic Chemistry Learning

May 21, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:20 am 

We have all learned a lot about how to deliver a large chemistry class or a chemistry lab online, but we hope that we'll never have to do it again. This experience has forced us to do things we maybe should have been doing a long time ago (digital assessment submission! video pre-labs! online discussion boards!), and has left us with new perspectives about what’s truly valuable in a face-to-face teaching space. What can we learn from this year to shape our students' future learning experience?

Panelists:

  • Jaclyn Stewart, Associate Professor of Teaching, Chemistry, UBCV
  • Tamara Freeman, Associate Professor of Teaching, Chemistry, UBCO
  • W. Stephen McNeil, Associate Professor, Chemistry, UBCO

Grab a mug of coffee and join your colleagues in the chemical sciences on both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses to discuss what lessons we have learned this past year, and what we will take forward for our future chemistry teaching. We invite all attendees to share (in perhaps 2-3 min) something from their online teaching experience that they will keep doing in the future, so that we can collectively steal the best ideas from our colleagues.

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UBC’s Curriculum Mapping and Syllabus Generator Website

May 21, 2021 | 10:00 - 11:30 am 

This live demo will showcase a new UBC website built to support instructors to ideate, evaluate or create new/current courses from a constructive alignment perspective, as well as to generate a UBC syllabus using the Senate-required template.

Presenters:

  • Anita Chaudhuri, English and Cultural Studies
  • Bowen Hui, Computer Science
  • Janine Hirtz, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Laura Prada, Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic

The website leads the instructor through the three main components of their courses to identify the alignment among them:

  1. course learning outcomes,
  2. assessment methods, and,
  3. teaching and learning activities

At the end, the instructor may also map their course learning outcomes to a set of program learning outcomes, yielding a summary of all course components in a PDF format for further mapping, analysis, and planning (MAP). The user may also choose to create/produce their course syllabus using the website.

During this live demo, members of the website development team will share examples of ways in which this website can help instructors enhance their courses and programs from a pedagogical perspective. The website will continue to expand its features during the Summer and Fall 2021 so the audience is welcome to provide feedback and ideas.

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The Other Side of the Screen: Student Narratives of Learning During the Pandemic

May 21, 2021 | 12:00 - 12:30 pm 

We are a year into a dramatic and significant change to higher education delivery in response to the pandemic. In the Masters of Occupational Therapy program, graduate students have engaged in a hybrid of some in person lab-based learning and much online remote engagement. Student occupational therapists offer a valuable perspective that needs centring in the discourse around learning during the pandemic- both due to their lived experience and their wholistic occupational perspective that offers a nuanced, contextualized understanding of the impacts of hybrid learning. Hear from three MOT students as they reflect on the complexities of learning during COVID-19, sharing opportunities, stressors and key messages for moving forward.

Panelists:

  • Rachael Callaghan, Master of Occupational Therapy Student, UBCV
  • Adelena Leon, Master of Occupational Therapy Student, UBCV
  • Iris Xie, Master of Occupational Therapy Student, UBCV
  • Katie Lee Bunting, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UBCV

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