By Andrea Gonzalez on September 10, 2015
Over the last few years, UBC has openly advanced flexible learning as pathway to improve the learning experience for the broader student community. Aligned with this vision, CTLT is bringing back the Teaching in a Blended Environment (T-BLE) course this September to help instructors create a more blended learning environment for their students.
The 6-week course, combining online and face-to-face sessions, generates the space for instructors to learn how to use flexible learning to enrich their courses and better engage their students. According to CTLT educational consultant and instructor Lucas Wright: “the faculty participating works as a cohort designing a blended module for their course. The format of T-BLE includes two face-to-face sessions, four-virtual sessions, and 6-weeks of online materials such as online discussions, online journaling participating and sharing with their peers.
As part of T-BLE, instructors will have the opportunity to transform a course module into a more hybrid format with feedback from colleagues and course facilitators from multiple disciplines. From learning how to use the discussion board in Connect to create an online community to producing video lectures, T-BLE will expose instructors to an innovative spectrum of emerging evidence-based and technology-enabled teaching methods, guaranteed to take their courses to new heights of learning.
“The technology that they use includes Connect, Collaborate, CLAS and the technology that they are using to create their module, including edX, WordPress, and even Moodle.” says Wright.
In addition to T-BLE, the Educational Technology Support office will be offering its monthly Orientation to Learning Technologies this coming September the 15th from 1:30 – 3:00pm and September the 16th from 9:30 – 11:00 am.
Led by the ETS office staff, the orientation ventures into the unfamiliar waters of Connect as well as other learning technologies such as UBC Blogs and Wikis, showcasing the shiny new tools available to instructors looking to jazz up their course. Join us this Tuesday September 15th from 1:30 – 3:00 pm and September 16th to learn about emerging blended teaching methods and take part in the hands-on activity following the orientation! You can register here.