The timeline, Time and Place at UBC: Our Histories and Relations, aims:

  1. to develop awareness among us all – Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples alike – of the history of this place at UBC; and
  2. to offer a historical lens through which we reflect on our relations at UBC by allowing us to embed ourselves in the multiple historical layers of this place.

This user guide was created to offer educators (e.g., teachers in different disciplines, workshop facilitators) a starting point to thinking about how to design, facilitate, and support a learning process using the timeline as a teaching and learning resource.

Establishing subjective value on a learning goal is essential to motivate learners (Ambrose, Bridges, DiPietro, Lovett, & Norman, 2010). This guide therefore adopts a learner-centred teaching approach (Blumberg, 2009) in order to allow various learners (e.g., learners with a various sense of belonging to Canada, learners in different academic disciplines) to make their personal and/or disciplinary connections with histories of their local context. This user guide aims to help you as educators make learners see themselves and the subject matter in the context of local and historical specificity. Instead of seeing history as the distant past or discussing time, place, and social position as abstract concepts, the guide suggests ways to engage learners in deep and critical reflection of their identities and lived experiences and to make them see themselves as “active participants” in the history.