Enhanced Learning

Our Learning Enhancement area provides an essential learning framework to enhance the educational experiences and success of our students. Our faculty members have expertise in diverse areas of psychology and teach courses in diverse sub-disciplines of the field. Our approach to teaching is scholarly, grounded in current research and theory in psychology and education.


Outside the classroom, faculty in the Learning Enhancement (LE) area strive to enrich the undergraduate learning experience through a variety of initiatives.

Arts Tri-Mentoring in Psychology

  • Psychology has been hosting its own, specialized version of the Arts Tri-Mentoring program.
  • The aim is to facilitate connections between current students and alumni in order to help students practice developing professional relationships, while exploring potential career options. The skills gained in this relationship can help people transition to the working world after graduation.
  • The Psychology Student Leader Team, aided by Arts and advised by the LE area faculty, really shape this program. Some years these students also conduct some program evaluation research.
  • Contact Sunaina Assanand for more information (assanand[at]psych.ubc.ca)

Grad Student Mentorship Group

  • Members of the mentorship group are graduate students who have made a commitment to mentoring the growth and development of their undergraduate research assistants, directed studies students, and honours students.
  • They meet monthly to share and learn from their challenges and successes as mentors, to discuss literature on mentorship, and to develop a mentorship philosophy.

Teaching Smackdown Brownbag Series

  • This series of talks and workshops aims to provide a regular forum for members of the UBC Psychology teaching community (faculty, sessional instructors, graduate students, and support staff).
  • Guest speakers from across campus and within the department have started conversations about i>clickers, plagiarism and turnitin, Connect, helping our students learn study strategies, what we can learn about learning from cognitive psychology, etc.

Teaching Assistant Training and Development

  • Each fall all TAs new to our department join us for a full day of preparation for the TA role.
  • Using an active approach, we explore topics such as grading and evaluation, making the most of office hours, dealing with critical incidents, managing relationships with students and instructors, department and university policies.
  • Follow-up sessions in late September (Technology Day), January, and April, focus on technology in the TA role, active rather than reactive TAing, and exploring future opportunities in teaching, respectively.
  • Funding is gleaned annually from a competitive grant by the Office of the Provost
  • Contact Catherine for more information (cdrawn[at]psych.ubc.ca)

Teaching Fellow Development

  • Teaching Fellows meet monthly to discuss strategies and ideas in a supportive environment. Monthly themes for discussion include:┬áprofessional development, grading and evaluation, lesson planning, portfolios, course design, class management, technology, celebration.
  • Over the year develop a teaching or professional portfolio to suit your needs. Give and receive feedback on format, style, content. Develop a teaching philosophy.
  • Funding is gleaned annually from a competitive grant by the Office of the Provost
  • Contact Catherine for more information (cdrawn[at]psych.ubc.ca)