University of British Columbia. Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

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University of British Columbia. Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

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The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) was formed in July 2010 out of the Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth and the Office of Learning Technology. The Department of University Extension first developed distance education at UBC in 1936, and in 1946 the first for-credit correspondence courses were taught. In 1970 the responsibility for distance education merged into the Centre for Continuing Education, which in 1973 created the Credit and Independent Study to run correspondence courses. In 1973 Credit and Independent Study became Guided Independent Study (GIS) and was responsible for correspondence courses, while the Office of Extra-Sessional Studies was responsible for off-campus courses. In 1986 GIS was renamed UBC Access. In 1993 UBC Access, the Office of Extra-Sessional Studies and the Centre for Continuing Education merged into Continuing Studies under the Associate Vice President's authority. In 1997 UBC Access was renamed Distance Education and Technology and in 2002 was separated from Continuing Studies to be independently run through the Vice President Academic. In 2005 Distance Education and Technology was merged into the Office of Learning Technology.
CTLT is a body under the Provost and Vice-President Academic authority. Their current mission is to "[advance] scholarly and innovative approaches to teaching, learning, curriculum and educational technology practices within and across UBC's diverse disciplinary and cultural contexts." CTLT provides four primary services. First, it facilitated distance and blended learning, including course development, planning and delivery, and instructional support. Second, it offers professional development for instructors and graduate students (teaching assistants) and instructors' support with course technology. Lastly, CTLT provides curriculum and course services, supporting the creation of new courses. CTLT also oversees the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISoTL), which runs programs and initiatives to further the teaching and learning scholarship at UBC.


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