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Cassidy, Alice; Fu, Guopeng; Valley, Will; Lomas, Cyprien; Jovel, Eduardo; Riseman, Andrew – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2016
Flexible Learning (FL) is a pedagogical approach allowing for flexibility of time, place, and audience, including but not solely focused on the use of technologies. We describe Flexible Learning as a pedagogical approach in four courses framed by three key themes: 1) objectives and aspects of course design, 2) evaluation and assessment, and 3)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Learning Strategies, Teaching Methods
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Golparian, Shaya; Chan, Judy; Cassidy, Alice – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2015
In this paper, we share examples of best peer review of teaching practices, drawing on our involvement in the design and implementation of the Peer Review of Teaching program at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. We review the history of the Peer Review of Teaching Initiative at the University of British Columbia and explain key…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Best Practices, Educational Practices, Instruction
Fox, Joanne; Birol, Gülnur; Han, Andrea; Cassidy, Alice; Nakonechny, Joanne; Berger, Jim; Peacock, Simon; Samuels, Lacey – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2014
The First Year Seminar in Science (SCIE113) was developed during 2009/2010 academic year through an exemplary collaboration between faculty, administrators and educational support staff in the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC). SCIE113 reflects the vision and values of the Faculty of Science and UBC by offering an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Education, First Year Seminars, Educational Experience
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Cassidy, Alice; Fox, Joanne – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2013
A group facilitation technique called World Café usually involves dividing a large number of people into smaller groups at tables, exploring a variety of topics around a key focus, and collecting ideas from the discussions to debrief later as a large group. We used a modified version of World Café during the new Cracker Barrel session format at…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Group Discussion, Conferences (Gatherings), Teaching Methods
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Cassidy, Alice; Lee, Jack – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2011
This paper describes an introductory workshop, Preparing to be a Peer Reviewer, presented at the University of British Columbia (UBC) to give hands-on practice to faculty members and others in order to provide formative peer review upon request. This workshop, which was designed at the request of a faculty member, is complemented by an Advanced…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Evaluation, Workshops, Teacher Evaluation
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Cassidy, Alice – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2010
How do you know what students in your course "took away" with them? Why not ask? Through a learning portfolio assignment, I invited students to show: how they met the course objectives; connections they made to other courses as well as aspects of their lives; and their views and perspectives about the course material and processes. They…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Portfolio Assessment, Course Objectives, Student Attitudes
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Cassidy, Alice – Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 2009
"Hop on the bus, Gus. Make a new plan, Stan." What are some techniques to hook or "lure" learners and to keep them motivated? Knowing the diversity of students, their interests, backgrounds, and preferred learning styles, no single technique will be successful all of the time. This paper describes a large number of ways…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Motivation, Motivation Techniques, Scholarship