Building on the success and momentum of The First-Year Experience Science Symposium in 2016, we are pleased to invite you to attend UBC’s inaugural, campus-wide First-Year Educators’ Symposium.
The symposium will provide opportunities to network and share research and resources related to teaching, learning and community building with a focus on first-year students.
If you have any questions about the Symposium please email Event Chair, Karen Smith, Faculty of Science at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is supported by Student Development & Services, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).
Who: Faculty and staff who are interested in teaching and student engagement in relation to the first-year experience.
When: January 20, 2018
Where: Irving K Barber Learning Centre (map)
The planning committee is pleased to share that our morning plenary session will feature Todd Zakrajsek from the University of North Carolina. This dynamic session will be hosted by Karen Smith, Lecturer and BIOL 112 Lead & Coordinator in the UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology.
Off To a Good Start: Teaching for First-Year Student Learning
Many classroom environments are structured to replicate how a faculty member best learned when she or he was a student. It seems important that we consider individual students, and in particular, the wide variety of first-year student learners. In this session, we will first look at several teaching strategies and consider the extent to which each strategy engages different types of learners. We will then turn our attention to a few fundamental aspects of learning for all humans. Finally, we will pull it all together by considering which strategies work for which students under which circumstances. The overall goal will be to identify how best to create classrooms that help a wide variety of individuals to be academically successful.
Registration will be open until January 12, 2018.