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2014 Teaching and Learning Luncheon: Communication Skills and Diversity at Beedie

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On Friday, November 7, the Teaching and Learning Group presents the first in a series of events that will aid our discussion of issues surrounding communication skills and diversity at Beedie. This event will encourage participation and focus on three WTFs: 

1. Why the Frustration? 

You will gain insight into challenges students/instructors might face in diverse environments such as Beedie. This portion of the program is facilitated by our own Mila Lazarova, with Brent Lyons (Beedie) and Ena Lee (Education) assisting.

2. What are the Facts? 

You will be shown the facts/figures surrounding the changes we have experienced as a faculty and what are the experiences in other business schools.  We will also share results from recent surveys of students, alumni, employees, instructors and staff at Beedie related to communication.

3. What’s the Future? 

You will listen to Peter Tingling and Shafik Bhalloo debate the topic, “Be it resolved that Beedie is an English Language School and should maintain its standard.” By the way, the debaters flipped a coin to decide which side of the debate they would argue. Ena Lee will also debrief the debate. In addition, you will also discover things that will help you make a difference.

Celebrate Teaching and Learning Week August 25 to 29

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Light bulb and rocksAn initiative of five BC institutions, Teaching and Learning Week is all about discovering, discussing, pursuing, celebrating, and valuing excellence in teaching and learning. From showcasing innovative approaches and methods to focusing on the finer points of traditional pedagogical tools. The week will feature a variety of interactive events designed to expose participants to a range of learning opportunities and strategies for enhancing the teaching and learning experience of students.

Check out what UBC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers University, Vancouver Island University, University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University are up to with this initiative.

Adam Mills wins 2014 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award

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ajmweb2“It’s very humbling,” said Adam Mills, one of the two 2014 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award recipients. Mills is in good company with the list of previous winners, and is so thrilled to be joining them. “Am I even allowed to be on here with these people?” he laughed.

Mills is currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate, and he has been teaching marketing and strategy courses in the Beedie School of Business since 2011. Mills also has experience teaching at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, the University of Northern British Columbia, and Oklahoma State University. (more…)

June Francis wins 2014 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“I’m feeling excited of course,” said June Francis, one of the two 2014 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award recipients. “I know that Beedie has a lot of strong teachers so it is an honour,” she said. “If the award means I’ve had a positive and enduring impact then I’m grateful for the award.”

Francis was hired as an Assistant Professor in 1989 and has been an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Beedie School of Business since 2001. While her teaching style challenges students to leave their comfort zone, Francis gains their trust and respect along the way. She was a nominee of this award in 2012 and has always been a teacher who is dedicated to having a lasting impact. (more…)

Congratulations to the Beedie Teaching Honour Roll recipients!

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Honor-rollThe Teaching Effectiveness Committee for the Beedie School of Business offers their sincere congratulations to the 2013/2014 
members of the Beedie School of Business’ Teaching Honour Roll. These are instructors who have evaluations in the top 10% of the Faculty. At Beedie, teaching matters, and we set the bar high. Those at the top of the list are truly outstanding.  (more…)

Improving University Teaching conference to be held July 23-25 at UBC

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light spiralThe connected classroom is the theme of this year’s conference. The university classroom sometimes appears to be a private space, insulating teachers and students from the pressures and distractions of the “real world.” Such a remove may encourage learners to take chances and explore new ideas, but can also leave students ignorant of standards and expectations that exist in the world beyond the ivory tower. Too great an isolation may be detrimental to good learning. Click here to visit their website and learn more.

35th Annual Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference to be hosted by SFU and UBC

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SFU and UBC have teamed up for the 2015 STLHE conference. Check out this video to learn more.

Introverts and the conference circuit (University Affairs)

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Many professors are introverts, but teaching conferences don’t seem to recognize that fact.

“interactivity – between individual learners, teachers and students, and academic colleagues – is typically reflected in the structure of the conferences themselves. In my experience, most of them aggressively encourage, if not require, audience participation in every session.” Click here to read more of Adam Chapnick’s article.

Video: How to support learning in a diverse classroom (University Affairs)

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crayonsKarima Ramji (International coordinator, University of Victoria Co-op and Career Services) and Norah McRae (Executive Director, UVic Co-op and Career Services) give tips on how to prepare the classroom for students from different cultures. Click here to watch the video. 

Teaching with Technology Workshops in Surrey

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welcome to the futureIf you are a faculty member, instructor or TA at the Surrey campus, the Teaching with Technology series is for you. The series offers a variety of events designed to enhance your expertise and comfort level around technology. The formats are varied and set up to encourage interaction—you’ll have a chance to meet your teaching colleagues and members of the Teaching and Learning Centre and Surrey’s IT Services team in an informal environment.

Click here for registration and more information.