Connect Student Orientation Course
If you have a course in Connect, you will be automatically enrolled in the Student Orientation course. This orientation course will help you gain the skills necessary to learn well in this environment. The course will introduce you to the essential tools necessary to access course materials, communicate with classmates and your instructor, submit homework, take tests, and check your grades. Take some time in the beginning of term to familiarize yourself with Connect or revisit it every now and then when you need help.
Orientation to Learning Online
Many students are tech-savvy online communicators, but are they prepared for the learning environments we expect them to participate in? For the curious, the timid or the high-achiever who wants to get the most out of the online learning experience, the Orientation to Learning Online (OLO) can be a valuable resource! Our Creative Commons license and content sharing strategies allow a great deal of flexibility to modifying this resource to meet your specific needs.
- Click here to self-enrol in the Orientation to Learning Online. Type Orientation to Learning Online - May 2010 in the search box.
Orientation to Teaching Online
A collection of people have contributed to the development (an ongoing improvement) of some resources for those new to teaching online. All of these resources can be used as is, are in development and would benefit by your contributions and your feedback (see the survey link on each module). We hope you will find these valuable as a place to start.
- Introduction to Online Teaching
- Creating the Online Learning Environment
- Developing Social Space
- Supporting Critical Thinking Online
- Teaching Challenges Online
- Developing Cohesion Between Goals and Assessment
The Orientation to Teaching Online (OTO) WebCT Vista site is a self-paced online tutorial aimed at assisting faculty in their online teaching environment. The site is comprised of 4 modules, each focusing on various aspects of building and teaching an online course. Each module also has practice activities associated with it, as well as weblinks to helpful online resources. The aim of these activities is to assist faculty in identifying what they already know and what they need more practice with, which in turn reduces their anxiety about creating, building and teaching in the online environment.
- Click here to self-enrol in the Orientation to Teaching Online. Type Orientation to Teaching Online in the search box.
UBC Learning Commons (formerly LEAP)
UBC's Learning Commons is a “portal like” site for peer-based, student academic support. The new design is a work in progress and features student toolkits and multiple ways for students to connect with peers and share ideas through both comments and social media. Visit us at http://learningcommons.ubc.ca
Today’s students are enthusiastic consumers and creators of digital information, and the Internet infuses almost every aspect of their lives. Just like a tattoo, a student’s online reputation is highly visible and hard to remove. The Digital Tattoo project is a unique initiative which aims to educate and empower students about taking control of their digital identities. The interactive online tutorial allows students to move through topics of interest at their own pace. The project also provides workshops and presentations for faculty and staff to provide in-person sessions about the topic. Check out our slideshows or contact us for more information:
Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
UBC’s Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning provides infrastructural support and vision for research and reflection on our practice as educators. The Institute has two principal functions: it supports vital research into effective teaching and learning strategies and practices in higher education, and it shares the findings of this research in ways that improve practice at UBC and beyond. The Institute promotes research on teaching practice and is closely related to CTLT, which promotes the enhancement of teaching practice.
- For more information, please visit: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/about-isotl/
UBC Okanagan Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL)
UBC Okanagan’s Centre for Teaching and Learning promotes and supports excellence in teaching and learning. The Centre provides campus-wide support for all models of teaching and learning, including online learning. UBC Okanagan faculty are provided with a variety of academic growth opportunities including peer mentoring programs, seminar series, training workshops, learning technology support and resources on teaching practices. In addition, the Centre provides graduate students and teaching assistants with professional development opportunities.
- For more information, please visit: http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl
Academic Continuity Toolkit (ACT)
ACT provides UBC instructors with a very brief introduction to various tools and techniques that can be used to extend the classroom in face-to-face education and synchronous/asynchronous distance education. The toolkit will provide you with detailed information including:
- How to get started
- Where to learn more
- How to get help
- What you need to know about a selection of UBC supported tools
This toolkit contains a series of recommendations to help instructors prepare for a possible disruption to campus operations (for example, a pandemic or extended severe weather). UBC supports a number of learning technology tools to that can help make this process simple and straightforward.
- For more information, please visit: http://act.elearning.ubc.ca/
Arts ISIT Learning Tools
Arts ISIT strives to create new and improved technology-based learning opportunities for students and educators alike, by experimenting with new media and creating innovative online-based applications to facilitate teaching and learning. They have developed tools to support students in language pronunciation when studying foreign languages or an interactive video and transcript viewer in the preservation of oral narratives. You are invited to explore these exciting new learning tools, and make free use of the learning objects they generate for educational or research purposes.
- For more information, please visit: http://learningtools.arts.ubc.ca