Week of April 26, 2023

Teaching & Learning News

Week of April 26, 2023

Final Grades Submission

A reminder for all instructors to submit final student grades to the Faculty Service Centre (FSC) after posting the grades on Canvas. Note that the last day of exams is April 28. All final grades must be submitted to FSC either:

(1) 7 business days following the examination date OR

(2) 5 days following examination dates written on the last 2 days of the examination period.

Please refer to the FSC User Guide
for information on uploading grades (p. 16-24) and other features of FSC.

Additionally, please refer to LT Hub’s
Uploading Canvas Grades to FSC Guide
for instructions on downloading the Canvas gradebook (.csv file), reformatting and then uploading it to FSC.

If you need exam support or have questions, feel free to contact forestry.tls@ubc.ca.

Central Announcements

Kaltura Video Migration is Underway

A friendly reminder that:
Before April 30, 2023:
Download Kaltura quiz, analytics, comments, and clip references data as these will not be migrated.
Avoid editing existing videos. If you have an urgent need to edit your videos, refer to
How will the migration impact me?

After May 1, 2023:
For Kaltura videos shared outside of Canvas (e.g., videos displayed on a website), you must manually update the video links or embed code. See
Impacts On & After May 1
for details.

Assessment Design in an Era of Generative AI

A new resource developed at UBC CTLT
provides considerations and suggestions for designing assessments in response to the growing prevalence of generative AI. The article has resources on privacy and ethical considerations, academic integrity, inclusive teaching dynamics, and designing assignments to mitigate or incorporate the use of AI writing tools.

UBC Sustainability Updates

Sustainability Education Grants

The Sustainability Hub’s application process for the Sustainability Education Grants is now open. The grant program provides up to $20,000 in funding, over two years, to Vancouver faculty members looking to advance and diversify sustainability education opportunities for students across campus in all disciplines. Funding supports curriculum development centred on transformative learning that incorporates experiential, applied and interdisciplinary sustainability education principles. Applications close on May 14.

Climate Teaching Connector

The Climate Teaching Connector
delivers opportunities for the integration of climate change and climate justice content in courses across UBC departments. Applications are open and the program is free.

SEEDS Sustainability Program

The SEEDS Sustainability Program
facilitates applied student research projects that not only advance UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing commitments but also provide enriching learning experiences for students. The program connects you and your students with policymakers and operational staff within the UBC community, providing opportunities to take on meaningful work that advances UBC’s sustainability and wellbeing policies, plans, and practices across a wide range of issues. Visit the website or reach out to learn more.

Workshops & Events

Forestry Teaching & Learning Drop-in Sessions

Time: Fridays (1:00 – 2:00 pm)

We host weekly drop-in session to answer teaching related questions. Instructors and TAs are welcome to join the Zoom meeting.

Celebrate Learning Week

Time: May 2 – May 9

UBC faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend events for
Celebrate Learning Week under the theme, the Power of Place in Teaching and Learning. Browse events here.

BC TEAL Conference

Time: May 4 – May 6

The 2023 BC TEAL (Teachers of English as an Additional Language) Conference,
hosted by UBC Forestry, features tailored sessions designed to empower instructors in enhancing the academic success of non-native English-speaking students. Sessions with Forestry speakers include:
Writing in Place with Lindsay Cuff

Decolonizing Grading Practices: A Pathway to Equitable Assessment with Neil Leveridge

Elevating science communication and making meaningful connections with communities with Danielle Ignace

The Importance of Inclusive Language Use in Schools with Steph Troughton

Forestry faculty can register here and choose Host – Forestry Faculty. Forestry students should register as Attendees and choose the Discounted tickets.

Additional Links

Have news to share or questions to ask?

Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca