CTLT Winter Institute showcases community-based course series

By Wendy Chan posted on December 2nd, 2015

Registration is now open for the CTLT Winter Institute, held from December 7-16. Among the events will be Tipping Points: Integrating Community-Identified Issues with Student Learning using Flexible Approaches. This workshop will highlight the Land, Food and Community (LFC) series, an initiative from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems that connects students to the community. The series, which began in 2000, incorporates community-based experiential learning with flexible learning strategies. Through enrolling in a core series of courses between first and fourth year, LFS students have the opportunity to learn through hands-on approaches.

In the LFC series, students apply theoretical concepts to real-world, community-identified issues. Students from all degree specializations within the faculty work in interdisciplinary groups with community partners to collaboratively address complex food system challenges. A panel of community partners, students, TAs and instructors will reflect on the benefits and challenges of being involved in the LFC series. Learn how the faculty has integrated flexible approaches to support student learning in a community setting. This event is part of a series called Teaching Innovation in Practice (TIP): Tipping Points.

Some of the other events that will be held during the Winter Institute include:

December 7: Open for Learning: Exploring the Possibilities for your Classroom

In this hands-on exploration of open practices in teaching and learning, participants will learn about how to find, curate, and use open education resources.

December 9: Taking Classroom Climate Online

 A faculty roundtable will discuss how to address issues of identity in online and blended learning environments, considerations of place and location when using digital technologies, and articulating cyberspace in the context of Indigenous studies.

December 11, 14, 16: Course Design Intensive (CDI)

This 3-day workshop will give participants the opportunity to design or re-design a course they are (or will be) teaching.

All events are open to UBC faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students.