Skylight - the Science Centre for Learning and Teaching - was established in 2001 in response to growing concerns in the Faculty of Science about learning and teaching. Skylight's continuing focus is on creating an environment that supports reflective science teaching and learning practices. Developing the environment for this reflective practice means:
Skylight's terms of reference
- Research: Skylight works with the UBC Science community and other units to contribute to the body of theoretical and practical knowledge about learning and teaching science.
- Teaching and Learning: Skylight supports the learning and teaching initiatives of Science faculty, students and staff.
- Community: Skylight facilitates the growth of a science learning and teaching community and works with the community to form appropriate responses to teaching and learning issues.
- Resource Broker: Skylight acts as a resource or community broker by facilitating interaction amongst different departments and units to ensure the exchange of ideas and knowledge.
- Resource Facility: Skylight provides a resource area where teaching and learning materials are assessed and catalogued for use by faculty, staff and students.
- Teaching and Learning Tools: Skylight provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to test, learn and utilize various teaching and learning tools individually of through group presentations.
- University Community: Skylight facilitates the development of teaching and learning relationships with other interested UBC parties to participate in the university wide teaching and learning community.
- External Community: Skylight works to develop relationships with other learning institutions to foster collaborative research, exchange information and resources on teaching and learning, particularly in science related areas.