Feature stories

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    Chinatown Seniors Bring UBC Language Course to Life

    When learning a language, textbooks can only take you so far. Fortunately when UBC Prof. Qian Wang was seeking innovative ways to help third-year language students improve their Mandarin speaking skills, she didn’t have to look too far.
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    Keeping Research Connected to Community

    Alina McKay is passionate about making sure that research taking place in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside can engage and empower community members.
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    Community Learning Puts Potential to Work

    When Anna Ward signed up for summer field school at the Learning Exchange she had no idea it would turn out to be a highlight of her time at UBC. “It was one of the best decisions I‘ve made here,” says the 22 year-old Sociology Honours student. Last summer, as a third-year student, Anna enrolled in the Urban Ethnographic Field School (formerly IVEFS) organized by the UBC departments of Anthropology and Sociology. In six-week field school placements, students learn from and contribute to a variety of community organizations.
  • Freedom to Learn

    Prof Finds Academic Conversations with DTES Residents Rewarding In early 2012, Rima Wilkes, an associate professor of Sociology, led a seminar series for community members at the Learning Exchange. The seminars took an alternative look at Canadian history and society, covering topics such as First Nations’ rights and the experience of the Chinese in Canada. […]
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    Zoning in to Learning

    If your heart is pumping like crazy and your brain is buzzing, you’re probably there. Outside your comfort zone. It’s a familiar feeling for Learning Exchange workshop participants where both patrons and students come together to discover something new. Human Diversity Fourth-year students Lena Yuen and Michelle Leong recently facilitated a workshop called “Deconstructing Cultural […]
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    UBC Learning Exchange: Connecting Students, Faculty & Community

    Working with the UBC Learning Exchange and community can be a new experience. For students, it can be challenging but is ultimately rewarding and fun. For faculty who may be contemplating building a community element into a particular course, the Learning Exchange offers an ideal place to get started.