Professional Development Opportunities

Aside from the programs and services offered by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, there are also opportunities available at UBC, externally and online.


UBC offers and hosts a diverse range of professional development opportunities that help support teaching and learning in higher education. From conferences to workshops to certificates, there will be something of interest to you.

The Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) is a five-year, $12M project at The University of British Columbia aimed at dramatically improving undergraduate science education.

The CWSEI helps departments take a four-step, scientific approach to teaching:

  • Establish what students should learn
  • Scientifically measure what students are actually learning
  • Adapt instructional methods and curriculum and incorporate effective use of technology and pedagogical research to achieve desired learning outcomes
  • Disseminate and adopt what works

GSSB offers knowledge-exchange sessions and skill-development workshops to help build global and intercultural competencies required for the cultivation of global citizenship. As a UBC pilot program, it has a growing roster of student speakers who are eager to share their international experience with audiences from the UBC and the Greater Vancouver community.

To help ensure a welcoming and inclusive environment at UBC, the Equity Office offers standard and tailored workshops to students, staff and faculty on issues of discrimination, harassment, inclusivity, anti-racism, diversity, and anti-homophobia. Sessions are facilitated by experienced equity advisors and incorporate group exercises, case studies and discussion.

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Do you want to learn how to author a webpage in Dreamweaver, create web animations in Flash, or edit your photos with Photoshop? Have you ever wished you could find e-journals more quickly or get better results when you search the web? These are just a few of the topics covered at weekly free workshops offered by the Faculty of Arts’ ISIT & UBC Library. Workshops are open to all UBC staff, faculty, & students.

The MOST Program consists of workshops designed to assist in developing knowledge and skills in relation to the individual, their role, their relationships with others, technology and their awareness of the organizational culture within which they function. Workshops are open to both UBC faculty and staff and non-UBC individuals.

This part-time professional development program offered by the Centre for Intercultural Studies is for individuals who want to work and communicate more effectively with people of other cultures. Each course consists of a two-day workshop followed by a four-week online seminar.

This program offered by the Centre for Intercultural Studies helps international graduate students to develop skills to communicate effectively with students and professors, gain an understanding of the Canadian teaching and learning culture, and learn presentation and teaching skills.

The Learning Commons is a “portal like” site for peer-based, student academic support. The weblog design and other features allow for multiple authors (including faculty) to contribute and share content through the Learning Commons via RSS feeds. We have incorporated some of the commonly used learning technologies to support online tutorials and screencasts on specific learning resources (like mind mapping or data visualization).

Learn how you can use the Learning Commons with your students. Visit us at or contact or

Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC is a contributing framework towards the realization of the University’s values. It sets out strategies and corresponding initiatives to consider how we may improve our daily work practices in order to create an outstanding work environment for staff and faculty members at UBC.

The Club is an informal get-together of UBC Post Docs and Research Associates to discuss and explore all aspects of life as a Post Doc and RA in general and at UBC in particular.

A science student development group promoting leadership, academic, and science-related events around UBC. The SCI Team is a peer program that organizes workshops and other events where students can help one another learn.

The UBC English Language Institute offers a comprehensive teacher development program designed for in-service teachers. The main focus is on practical English language teaching skills with current trends and methods. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their teaching practice during the 27-week program.

UBC Mix is a new initiative on campus to help partner instructors, students and courses together to create an interdisciplinary atmosphere for better learning and understanding. UBC Mix has the resources to help you achieve your interdisciplinary mix project, including: an online community portal, consultation, introductions and matchmaking, networking events, scholarly and practical resources, suggested mix formats, examples of previous mixes, support for logistics, planning, and publicity, and up to $500.


The Diploma program is offered on-site in major centres and stresses practical, hands-on skills development for adult educators, trainers, HRD consultants, and others who work in related capacities. Modules are also held in Vancouver.

The Provincial Instructor Diploma Program provides new instructors with the competencies needed to design, manage and evaluate the instruction of adults in post-secondary education, business, industry and non-traditional adult learning environments.

The School of Instructor Education offers several different opportunities for instructor training. These workshops and courses are offered year round to individuals seeking professional development activities and certification. Some courses are available online.

The Centre’s mission is to support the sustainable development of communities through research, education (credit and non-credit), and community mobilization; it provides research, training and advisory services throughout BC and Canada as well as internationally.


Offered by the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, University of Saskatchewan

Offered by the University of Victoria

Offered by Simon Fraser University

Offered by Capilano University

Offered by Capilano University

Offered by Vancouver Community College, School of Instructor Education