kele directs the development of comprehensive plans for professional development, resource development and community engagement of faculty and graduate students involved in teaching face-to-face, blended and distance courses, in support of the university’s strategic teaching and learning goals. She negotiates partnerships with faculties and, in collaboration with localized teaching and learning units, develops and implements professional development programs (e.g., one-to-one faculty assistance and workshops on teaching skills development, assessment and evaluation of student learning, effective teaching and learning strategies, etc.) in order to foster teaching and learning excellence within Academic Units and across the University. Her role has University-wide scope, supporting the efforts of faculty, students, and staff who engage in CTLT’s programs and services to advance their learning and teaching goals.
Team (listed alphabetically)
Judy Chan, PhD
Judy develops programs for faculty members, post doc fellows, and staff to support their teaching and learning needs. She has special interests in Using Problems and Cases in the Classroom, Teaching and Learning for the Heart and Mind, Qualitative Research, and more! She coordinates Faculty Instructional Skills Workshops and the CTLT Institute. Judy calls herself a milk protein chemist and explores various food science topics with her students in FNH 200.
Will is engaged with projects that are leveraging emerging technologies, approaches, and pedagogies to support flexible and open learning. With a background in library science, Will is interested in understanding and supporting the removal of barriers that limit access to education, information, and knowledge.
Shaya Golparian, PhD
Shaya develops and coordinates the TA Development Program at CTLT. This includes consulting with departments to plan, design, deliver and evaluate department-specific TA teaching skills development. Shaya designs and facilitates capacity-building workshops for department TA training programs, and coordinates the TA training community of Practice. She is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer, and she is involved in the design and delivery of various teaching and learning professional development initiatives, programs and workshops at CTLT. Shaya has a PhD in Curriculum and Pedagogy from UBC.
Isabeau Iqbal, PhD
At CTLT, Isabeau is involved with various formative peer review of teaching initiatives, consults with instructors on teaching and learning matters, and facilitates processes and workshops designed to improve teaching and student learning in higher education. In addition, Isabeau conducts Small Group Instructional Feedback and works with instructors who are developing their teaching portfolios. Isabeau holds a PhD in Education from UBC.
Rie is a Visual Art graduate interested in web technology and user-centric design. Rie provides implementation support to users of UBC’s learning technology ecosystem, including learning management system (LMS/Connect) and open learning technologies (specifically UBC Wiki and WordPress). The focus of this work will be both to support new users/projects/implementations using this framework and existing users involved with the Digital Tattoo, Learning Commons and other large scale resource development projects using UBC’s open publishing framework. Rie likes playing video games, drawing random cartoons, and writing reviews on Yelp.
Amy is the Strategist, Indigenous Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at the University of British Columbia on the traditional and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. She works with staff, faculty groups, training programs for teaching assistants, new faculty, and administrators, to support the development of a higher standard of professionalism in conducting discussions of Indigenous and other contentious social issues in curricular settings. Amy is a co-developer and researcher for the educational resource What I Learned in Class Today: Aboriginal Issues in the Classroom and manages the development of Indigenous Foundations. Work on these projects, as well as her own experience as an Indigenous student at UBC, clearly identify the complexities and challenges of classroom conversations involving contentious cross-cultural discussions, and in specific discourse around Indigenous curriculum.
Emily consults, supports and trains faculty groups and staff with the integration of learning technologies, such as Blackboard Connect, WordPress, UBC Wiki, iPeer, Camtasia, and much more, into their face-to-face and online teaching and learning environments. Emily is presently involved in a number of UBC initiatives such as lynda.com and the Learning Technology Hub. She has worked with learning technologies for over 11 years and previously worked as a Software Trainer in the private sector.
Joseph Topornycky, PhD
Joseph designs and develops CTLT’s overall programming and support for Graduate Students and Teaching Assistants at CTLT. Joseph works with his team to ensure that graduate student support is informed by current research on how people learn and well grounded teaching and learning theory in accord with the university’s strategic goals. He is also the lead developer and facilitator for the certificate in pedagogy for graduate students. He is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer. Joseph has a PhD in Philosophy from UBC.
Hanae Tsukada, PhD
Hanae develops resources and programs to create respectful and productive classroom environments, particularly in teaching and discussing Indigenous topics and other socially and politically sensitive issues. In collaboration with UBC community members, she has developed an online teaching and learning resource called Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations to foster awareness of historical layers of the time and place that we share at UBC on Musqueam territory today. She has a PhD in Educational Studies from UBC. Her doctoral research critically examined the intersection of the internationalization of universities and international students’ experiences in Japan.
Serbulent heads the Graduate Student Facilitator Team at CTLT and coordinates the Graduate ISW programs. This includes coordinating the schedule, planning the logistics, delivery and facilitation of the Grad ISWs, as well as being the point person for CTLT’s graduate student facilitator team, providing support and mentoring to facilitators and acting as a primary liaison between the team and other CTLT employees.
Magda works as a facilitator for the Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning at CTLT. She is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer, and facilitates Graduate ISWs and department-specific TA training sessions at UBC as part of her work on the Graduate Student Facilitator Team. Magda is working toward her PhD in Law at the Allard School of Law at UBC, with a research focus on clinical legal education.
Lucas supports faculty and staff in integrating technology in their teaching and learning practice. He is an adult learning instructor with more than 15 years of experience teaching adults online, face-to-face and in blended contexts. He has a keen interest in blended learning, open education and the role of learning portfolios in teaching and learning. Lucas supports professional development programs at CTLT including the Instructional Skills workshop, Teaching in A Blended Learning Environment, the Learning Technology Hub and the edX Studio sessions.
Erin coordinates the Course Design Intensive (CDI), and collaborates on coordinating CTLT’s Summer, Winter, and Spring Institutes. She designs and facilitates teaching and learning professional development workshops such as the Faculty and Grad Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and the CDI, as well as co-planning special events in teaching in learning, such as the Celebrate Learning Week. Erin’s research includes the model minority and visible settlerism within Korean Canadian communities.