Author: Dr. Heather A. Smith (Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology)
One of the best things about teaching at UNBC is that we are surrounded by staff, faculty and teaching assistants (both graduate and increasingly undergraduate students) dedicated to student success inside and outside the classroom. Together we work to ensure that we provide a student centered experience and together – we all learn. And we support each other – we are the UNBC teaching and learning community.
It is in this spirit of community that I welcome you to the 2014 edition (updated May 2015) of the UNBC Teaching Manual. The first version of this manual was created in 2004 by myself and Lynda Williams (now at Simon Fraser University). Since then, various versions have been overseen by William Owen, Lisa Dickson and Tracy Summerville. The contributors are faculty, staff and graduate students who have taken their time to share their expertise with all of us because, while there are many resources online to support all of our teaching practices, the UNBC Teaching Manual is specifically designed to speak to the needs of our community. As well, with gracious support from Dalhousie University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, who gave us permission to use any of their material with appropriate acknowledgements, past editions of the Teaching Manual have become a valuable resource for many UNBC instructors and graduate students.
The Teaching Manual is also a ‘living document’. The contents of this document, now housed on a blog, are subject to change. To that end, we invite you to provide any feedback you might have about the Manual. All comments, concern and suggestions for new content are invited.
I would also like to thank the amazing CTLT staff, faculty and student assistants who worked to create this edition of the Teaching Manual. In particular, I want to acknowledge the hard work (and good cheer) of the editors. This is a document would not have been possible without their efforts on behalf of the CTLT.
We all hope that you will find this Teaching Manual to be useful in your role as an instructor at UNBC. If you have any questions or comments about teaching and learning at UNBC, please feel free to contact me.