Core Area – Transformative Learning

Work Study opens new doors for undergraduates

Work Study opens new doors for undergraduates

When she started her fourth year, Ava Bakala knew she wanted more experience — not only in her field of study, but with UBC Okanagan as a whole. Bakala searched for campus work opportunities on UBCO’s Student & Alumni Job Board, where she connected with the university’s Work Study program. “To date, I primarily studied […]

Co-creating a future beyond the classroom

Co-creating a future beyond the classroom

While wandering around a city, have you ever wondered how public benches are positioned perfectly to enjoy a majestic view, or who cleverly placed a picnic table within helpful reach of a power source? While much of urban planning can remain conceptual in the classroom, Dr. Su-Jan Yeo, Sessional Lecturer in the School of Community […]

Making the case for open-access law texts

Making the case for open-access law texts

In 2020, months into teaching tort law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, Assistant Professor Dr. Samuel Beswick was struck by inspiration. With new judgments being decided every day and freely accessible online, he wanted to break away from the commercially published casebook model and bring the law to his students in an […]

Learning a foreign language with a little help from the local community

Learning a foreign language with a little help from the local community

Learning a foreign language is a great way to discover a different way to think, view and describe the world around us. But what is the point of studying if you cannot verbally interact with native speakers to know about their ways of thinking and doing, apart from what they eat or what holidays they […]

A ‘quiet rumbling’ that led to a visible focus on student humanity

A ‘quiet rumbling’ that led to a visible focus on student humanity

The last couple of years have been challenging for many faculty and staff, not least Katie Lee Bunting, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, within UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. Having joined UBC in 2014, after working as an occupational therapist for many years, Lee Bunting now teaches in […]

Necessity is the mother of a delicious invention

Necessity is the mother of a delicious invention

Gerry Kasten and Joel Barohn love food. In fact, their background as commercial chefs, combined with their mutual appreciation for the culinary arts, is what brought them to UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems as co-educators in dietetics, cooking, and food theory. So, when the pandemic forced them out of the classroom and into […]

UBC enhances training for medical students in the Fraser Valley

UBC enhances training for medical students in the Fraser Valley

In September 2022, the UBC Faculty of Medicine introduced a new opportunity for medical students to further dedicate their learning and clinical training in the Fraser Valley. Known as the Fraser Medical Cohort (FMC) — which is part of the larger Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) that continues to train in the Fraser — students […]

Science at the crossroads of creativity and ethics

Science at the crossroads of creativity and ethics

A common image that crosses the mind while thinking about cell biology is simply watching and studying cells under a microscope. But Dr. Robin Young, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Biology of the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science at UBC Okanagan, has redefined this conventional perception of the discipline through a […]

Classmates turned co-founders reflect on impact of UGO Student Experience Grant

Classmates turned co-founders reflect on impact of UGO Student Experience Grant

Yogmaya Singh and Bhavika Mahtani are artists at heart. Singh is a music aficionado, and Mahtani has a history in professional dance with an affinity for contemporary dance. Throughout high school, both were told attending business school would mean leaving their interests and hobbies at the door. In 2017, when they enrolled at the UBC […]

Accounting. Marketing. Leadership. Lego?

Accounting. Marketing. Leadership. Lego?

Picture a typical MBA course, and you’re likely to envision students engrossed in classes on topics such as Organizational Behaviour, Economics, Management and Business Ethics. Enter Dr. Kari Marken’s Creativity course classroom, however, and you’d be in for a surprise. After all, playing with Lego bricks or drawing on papered walls aren’t exactly the activities […]