Past Sessions

Teaching Efficiently and Learning Effectively with Multimodal Resource Creation and Automated Individualized Activity and Assessment Delivery with Collaborative Learning Notes – December 17, 2019

Collaborative Learning Notes will lead the world of education into a future where learners will have full access to educational materials from all over the world, be able to collaborate with peers with similar interests and engage in inquiry driven project-based learning, and learn with customized resources that are all tailored to their exact needs. Educators will be able to keep track of all of their individual students automatically, leaving them more time to get to know about the students’ dreams and educational needs. The open access to resources and adaptive tools will also gives educators the ability to customize their classes to the needs and desires of their students on the fly allowing for an unprecedented level of freedom whether it is in-class, a blended classroom, or an online class environment.

Sessional Lecturer
UBC Extended Learning



Community of Practice: Teaching with Joy – September 18, 2019

As educators, we wish to enable our students’ learning at the highest level possible. However, that desire often meets significant barriers, some of the most common of which are learner cynicism, unmanageable workloads for instructors, instructor burnout, and administrative constraints. Most of us began our teaching careers in hope and idealism, which this Community of Practice wants to attempt to recover. Recent scholarship in pedagogical practices has attempted to address this process of reclaiming education – for both educators and learners – as a fulfilling, joyful practice. In this Community of Practice, we hope to find our own paths towards education as a place of wonder, not mere rote action and utility. Together, we can remind ourselves, and our students that curiosity and wonder, exploration and critical thinking, humility and openness, and not grade point averages, are the indicators and aims of successful learning. In our exploratory session, we will have a brief overview of recent scholarship on this pedagogical approach by Kieran Egan, Annabella I. Cant, Gillian Judson, Beth Hurst, Peter G. Filene, Laura Piersol and Timothy D. Walker, and work towards the long-term goal of creating communities of learning that will enrich both instructors and students.

Key Speaker

Sarika Bose
Sessional Lecturer
Department of English



Multidimensional Learning through Digital Platforms – September 12, 2018

What can open learning platforms do for your courses? How do these technologies fit with classroom learning environments?  

This workshop will tackle these questions with a panel of four instructors who have used open learning platforms to bring course material to life in new ways for their students. From digital mapping of stories, geo-mapping history and mapping timelines to blogging and content management systems, these instructors have created valuable opportunities for their students to interact multidimensionally with course materials. Participants in this workshop can look forward to learning about the innovative experiences open digital platforms make possible in Arts and Humanities courses.

  • “Imagining St Petersburg: Digital Mapping in the Literature Classroom”  

    In this presentation Dr. Katherine Bowers (CENES) will discuss the application of the digital mapping tool StoryMapJS in the literature classroom. StoryMapJS, produced by Knight Lab, was originally intended to aid journalists in mapping narrative, that is, to tell their stories spatially for more impact. Dr. Bowers will discuss her experience using the tool in the context of the literature classroom, the ups and downs of introducing her students to it and the benefits of imagining literary space in this way. She will also be sharing some of her students’ projects.


  • “Geo-mapping with a Historical Twist”

    Dr. Tristan Grunow (HIST) will be sharing his experience with the new mapping tool he worked with Arts ISIT to build. This geo-mapping application, delivered through UBC Blogs, allowed students to map images of the locations, people and buildings they researched in class. This gave students the opportunity to visualize spatial relationships which they could not have experienced otherwise, and allowed them to draw new historical conclusions.


  • “Representing Peace Negotiations through Interactive Timelines”

    Dr. Jen Peterson (POLI) will discuss her recent collaboration with Arts ISIT which led to the creation of a student-developed academic database. Contributions to the database were made as part of the final assignment for her International Conflict Management course. This assignment saw students completing interactive timelines and compiling comparative data on over a dozen formal peace negotiations, in a format that would be of use to other peace researchers. Dr. Peterson will reflect on the learning outcomes and benefits of the collaboration, barriers to be overcome before its next iteration, and thoughts on the transferability of the model to other courses and disciplines.


  • “The Past, Present and Future of WordPress Use”

    In a sea of social media and its currents of evanescent fashions, blogs have been solid rocky islands. From connections in Web 2.0, to futuristic dreams of a 5.0 symbiotic network, WordPress offers many ways of being and thinking online as intelligent citizens of the past, present, and future. In this workshop, Dr. Juliet O’Brien (FHIS), who works with French language and literature, Medieval Studies and course coordination, will share some of her early 2008 experiences using WordPress and UBC Blogs for research communities, information, courses, and student projects. She will also be looking at what we can do next with WordPress in Arts innovation.

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Key Speakers

Katherine Bowers
Assistant Professor
Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies


Tristan Grunow
Assistant Professor without Review
Department of History


Jenny Peterson
Department of Political Science and Vantage College


Juliet O’Brien
Department of French, Hispanic & Italian Studies


Exploring Digital Interactive Storytelling – September 13, 2018

Come get your hands dirty and try out emerging media for yourself!

This interactive lecture, led by Dr. Jenn Moss (CRWR) will explore the relationship of story to form in the context of digital interactive new media storytelling, from web-based interfaces to VR, AR, and beyond. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in activities that illuminate both the constraints and opportunities inherent in various emerging media. They can also look forward to learning how students in Dr. Moss’ creative writing classes used digital media tools in their storytelling projects. Dr. Moss will be sharing examples of student work and their experiences with using these experimental forms in the classroom.

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Key Speaker

Dr. Jennifer Moss
Adjunct Instructor – Department of Creative Writing
Consulting Faculty – Emerging Media Lab