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.
One of the things people discover when they come to the UBC Learning Exchange is that learning can happen in unexpected ways, and can lead to unexpected results. This was true for members of a small group involved with a Learning Exchange program called Snap Happy.
“Volunteering is a two-way street. When you help other people, you enrich your own life ... you learn from those you teach,” says Ron Sander. Sander is a recently trained facilitator who’s helping absolute beginners learn how to use computers as part of the UBC Leaning Exchange’s Contributing Through Computers program. The program is based in the Downtown Eastside - a place the UBC Learning Exchange is proud to have called home since 1999, offering programs and tools to neighbourhood residents from its location at 612 Main Street.