Tag Archives: UBC

Goodbye Vancouver, Hello New York 147

I’ve been in Vancouver for just over 5 years now. I came to this city and to the University of British Columbia as a result of the promise of beautiful surroundings and an interdisciplinary learning environment. On both counts, this city and UBC have more than exceeded my expectations. The formal instruction that I received […]

Guest post: We help you learn better 0

I wrote earlier about how one of my projects for the summer is to improve the UBC Learning Commons website. Sam Wempe, one of the brilliant students on my team wrote a post about what we are trying to achieve, where we have come and what we still have left to do. Below is the […]

Helping students learn how to learn 0

I am currently working for UBC Student Development / UBC Library as the Student Development Coordinator for the Chapman Learning Commons. My role includes managing the space, the students who work in the space and the learning services that are run out of the space. What makes this position fascinating for me is the problem […]

School is just a game… let’s make it a better game. 12

The idea here is that games and school have more in common than does school and life. So perhaps, instead of finding ways of engaging students by turning to real life, we should be turning to game design. How is school like a game? Both School and Video games are highly repetitive environments where you […]

Blackboard (and other closed LMS systems) make university a rip-off 351

Here is an anecdote (it happened to me today) outlining just one of the many things that is wrong with closed class websites and LMS in general: I am currently working at a software company as an intern, writing a program. Now of course, as anybody who has taken Software Engineering knows (don’t worry readers […]

Personal Learning Environments 9

At CELC 2009 I was part of a panel of students that tried to answer the question: Personal Learning Environments. What do students think? The other students on the panel were Angeli and Zack. Cindy Underhill was the mastermind that brought us all together and did a superb job of directing things. So what did […]

What education will look like in 10 years 8

“What education will look like in 10 years” is the title of the talk that I gave at the UBC Terry Talks conference a few months ago. Terry Talks is a conference modeled after the famous TED talks and it was a raging success. In my talk I touched on the different ways in which […]

Top learning tip… make friends! 0

I really think that  having friends in your class is one of my best indicators of success. Last term I had some classes where I had friends, I had classes where for many reasons I was unable to get to know anyone and then I had classes where I found friends around halfway through the […]

UBC WordPress development out in the open 3

photo credit: bionicteaching At OLT we have decided to make our steps to develop the WordPress Multi-user platform into a university content publishing platform more prominent, so as to encourage sharing and collaboration. Before this we were all writing about our development on different blogs dispursed around the internet, but now we will all be […]

My learning tools for 2008/2009 8

So I’ve now had a week of classes. It feels great to be learning again after 8 months of solid work. Since I last wrote a similar post to this I have a gained a much better perspective on all the tools out there and know what works for me and what doesn’t. So, here […]