February 23, 2012
“In order to test the effectiveness of lecture classes, researchers analyzed two introductory physics courses at Canada’s University of British Columbia last year, according to Voices of America. Each of these theater-style classes enrolled over 250 degree seekers….
“After analyzing both classes for one week, students from the two groups were asked to take a test on what they learned. Students who did not receive lectures scored twice as high as those who did, while further research showed that degree seekers were more engaged in what they were learning if they were not lectured.”
The Canadian Press / The Vancouver Sun
August 28, 2012
“At the University of British Columbia, Dave Lampron, the director of MedIT, said the facility’s medical school has moved toward putting more interactive web lessons into their curriculum.
“Currently, the school uses a computer game program with virtual patients to teach students how to perform a diagnosis. Using a series of videos, photos, testimonials and texts, students have to diagnose the patient and decide what kind of care to provide.”
September 19, 2012
“Coursera, backed by venture capital, offers a platform for universities to deliver courses on the internet, currently without any charge to the student.”
“Among the universities being announced on Wednesday as additional partners of Coursera are Brown, Florida and Vanderbilt in the US, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, University of British Columbia in Canada and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.”
April 11, 2012
“First-year students entering the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus this fall can expect a more personal touch, thanks to changes the university is making to its enrolment procedures. The enrolment changes are among several UBC is implementing in admissions and student-support services for undergraduates.”
“All new undergraduate students at UBC Vancouver will be assigned to an enrolment services professional, or ESP, who can answer questions and help students resolve problems involving financial planning, eligibility for bursaries and scholarships, emergency funding, registration and a host of other services.”
November 1, 2012
“It’s 11:30 a.m. and this is how the morning has gone for the 71 students in Science One at the University of British Columbia — one of the rare small-class programs that brings big universities down to a more human scale.
“Amir Ashtari, 17, prefers the small class size to the usual first-year prospect of packed lecture halls. ‘Here you are amongst a group of friends who are respectful to you and also who are smart,’ he said…. Hanne Collins, 18, said she likes the accessibility of instructors, and that they know her name.”
The Globe and Mail
November 14, 2012
“The annual, rigorous competition to secure one of the 288 spots available for prospective physicians at the University of B.C.’s School of Medicine could fray the nerves of the coolest of customers. But Peter Eppinga could not have been more relaxed.”
“The medical school hopeful from Haida Gwaii received a green light from the special admissions committee, and last May, he was among a dozen natives – the most ever in a single year – to graduate from UBC’s remarkably successful program to increase the province’s supply of aboriginal physicians. The program is on target to meet its original goal – graduating a total of 50 doctors by 2020 – six years early.”