The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) supports faculty in their goal of delivering the best possible learning experience for students, and developing themselves as teachers. Areas in which support is provided include e-learning issues, course developments for web delivery and technical mentoring, workshops and conferences, advocacy for the importance of teaching in the life of a university, and career mentoring for faculty as teachers.
The CTLT is staffed by Dr. Heather Smith, Acting Director, CTLT, Grant Potter, e-Learning Coordinator, student assistants, and faculty volunteers.
- Annual Teaching Workshop (Two day teaching conference held in August or September)
- Instructional Skills Workshop (Fall and/or Spring)
- Annual Teaching Assistant Workshops (offered early each term, in collaboration with SLIs)
- CTLT Seminars for Teaching Lecture Series (offered throughout the academic year)
- Annual session regarding organization of tenure and promotion binders (offered late summer).
- Full distance web courses (developed in collaboration with Regional Operations)
- Special projects for mixed mode web shells (developed in collaboration with individual faculty and/or programs)
- UNBC Instructor’s Manual
- UNBC e-Learning Handbook
- Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology website
Annual Workshop on Teaching
This two day conference is held each year at the start of the Fall term. The conference offers a number of workshops on a variety of teaching and learning related topics. The 2009 event included workshops on inclusive education and disability services at the post-secondary level, diversity in team-based assignments, and the use of clicker technology, video conference technology and blogs. The 2009 Teaching and Learning Conference was our most successful event to date, with over 100 participants attending from a variety of institutions.
Instructional Skills Workshop
The Instructional Skills Workshop provides a flexible experiential learning model where UNBC staff and faculty can learn and practice instructional tools that support the university’s focus on professional development related to a learner-centered environment, innovative pedagogical approaches, and student outcomes. The Instructional Skills Workshop also teaches skills in effectively receiving and giving feedback, which works to build a stronger community. The workshop is held over a 3 day period in the fall and/or spring.
Annual Teaching Assistant Workshops
These annual workshops are designed to meet the specific needs of new and returning teaching assistants. The workshop’s objectives are: to provide an opportunity for teaching assistants and lab assistants to meet each other and share their experiences; to identify their own key concerns in terms of the classroom experience; and to discuss potential difficult situations and how they might be best addressed.
Chair's Professional Learning Series
Offered throughout the year, this series is a set of resources for Chairs and/or faculty members who are being mentored to become a Chair.
View the Chairs Professional Resource Guide.
CTLT Seminars for Teaching Series
Offered throughout the year, this series provides an opportunity for UNBC faculty to share their teaching experiences and expertise. The first lecture of the 2007 Seminar Series is “You know, teaching is not all about wood!” by 2007 UNBC Teaching Excellence Award winner Dr. Ian D. Hartley. The November session in the Series is “Effective Writing Assignments for All Class Sizes” with Dr. William J. Owen
Contact Grant Potter for suggestions or assistance with instructional challenges, technical mentoring or special projects involving educational technologies.
Faculty Peer Support
Members of the CTLT and several members of the Committee for Teaching and Learning are trained instructional facilitators and have the ability to offer individualized support to instructors at all levels of experience. This peer support is design to enhance and support teaching at UNBC. Contact Heather Smith for more information.
CTLT Lunch and Learn Series
This biweekly series is geared to faculty and staff looking for help and support with educational technologies (e.g. Blackboard, Blogging, Wikis, Elluminate, etc)
Robert W. Tait
Annual Lecture on Implementing Teaching Excellence at UNBC
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology is proud to host the Robert W. Tait Annual Lecture on Implementing Teaching Excellence at UNBC.
As Dean of Graduate Studies at UNBC between 2002-2007, Dr. Robert Tait played a pivotal role in enhancing the profile of teaching and learning at UNBC. His leadership has been central to the expansion of teaching and learning activities at UNBC. Moreover, Robert Tait had a vision for teaching excellence that was beyond UNBC and was a mentor to many junior faculty who have since gone on to win UNBC and 3M teaching awards. The terms of reference for the lecture reflect the work of Robert Tait. They reflect a holistic understanding of teaching and learning, and about action, not just reflection.
2012 Award recipient - Dr. Dana Wessell Lightfoot, Assistant Professor in History. View Dr. Lightfoot's presentation.
2011 Award recipient - Dr. Tracy Summerville, Associate Professor in Political Science. View Dr. Summerville's presentation.
2010 Award recipient - Dr. Patrick Maher, Assistant Professor in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. View Dr. Maher's Presentation
2009 Award recipient - Dr. Heather Smith, Associate Professor in International Studies and a recipient of a 3M Teaching Fellowship. View Dr. Smith's Presentation
The Passport Program provides the passport owner with a way to document and record their participation in professional development activities offered through the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT). These activities include the annual Workshop on Teaching, the Teaching Assistant Workshops, lectures in the Seminar Series, and other events facilitated by the CTLT.
One-on-One Teaching Assistant Support
Provides one-on-one support for new teaching assistants. This informal peer mentoring program provides those new to teaching an opportunity to receive valuable guidance, advice and support from a more experienced teaching assistant.