Week of January 18, 2023

Teaching & Learning News

Week of January 18, 2023

Winter Term 2 Reminders

Teaching Support

For questions about Canvas, learning tools, course development and redesign, and Audio-Visual system support in the Faculty of Forestry, feel free to contact

Turn off Classroom Projectors

Please remember to turn off the classroom projectors after use, and neatly coil the cabling out of harm’s way. Some projectors have been left running overnight which is damaging the lamps and filters.

Video Uploads on Canvas

If you need to upload videos to Canvas, please do it via Kaltura and embed them into Canvas pages as needed.

The file system in each Canvas course only has 4.2 GB of storage, while Kaltura has unlimited space. This will prevent your Canvas course from running out of storage space. Please check out pages 7-16 in this tip-sheet for using Kaltura on Canvas.

Faculty Updates

New Software Additions

Autodesk ReCap Pro and Autodesk Fusion 360 have been added to Forestry’s software list. View the full list of available software here.

AI Chatbots & Teaching

Recently, AI chatbots, such as ChatGPT, have led to questions about education that we are all working towards answering. The Teaching & Learning Support Team has been working on a report about ChatGPT, and we hope to share some synthesis and reflections soon.

Below are two articles discussing the use of AI Chatbots in teaching.

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

Don’t Ban ChatGPT in Schools. Teach With It.

UBC Library subscriptions to the New York Times can be found here. The two articles above can be accessed by searching for the article title in Nexis Uni or Factiva.


Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award in Forestry & Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
The Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award in Forestry competition runs parallel to the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award.

Only 1 TA nomination submission is required to be considered for both competitions. The top-ranked candidate will be considered the first-place winner of the Jordan Burke Award*, and will be forwarded as our nominee to the Office of the Provost for the Killam GTA Award.

*Only Forestry students are eligible for the Jordan Burke Award

Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award Prizes:

First Prize | $5,000 (and forwarded as the UBC Forestry Killam Award designate)
Second Prize | $2,500

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award Prize:

Killam Award Certificate | $1,000

Consolidated Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2023 (11:59 PM).

More information about the eligibility and nomination procedures can be found

Submit nominations

forestry.grad-awards@ubc.ca if you have any questions.

Workshops & Events

Minecraft Forestry: Engaging Students with Video Game Pedagogy (Recording)

On Jan 17, Dr. Paul Pickell discussed some of the benefits of teaching with video games, introduced the Gamification of Forestry project, and shared some recent examples of teaching with Minetest, a Free and Open Source Software clone of the popular Minecraft voxel-based sandbox video game. View the recording here.

Forestry Teaching & Learning Drop-in Sessions

Time: Fridays (1:00 – 2:00 pm)

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

Inclusive Teaching: What is it and Why Does it Matter

Time: Jan 24, 2023 (1:00 – 2:30 pm)This session is for anyone who teaches at UBC who is looking for an introduction to
inclusive teaching practices. Register here.

Language Use in Assessments: Making Multiple Choice Questions More Intelligible

Time: Feb 7, 2023 (12:30 – 2:00 pm) Students who use English as an Additional Language can have difficulty comprehending the complex academic language used in multiple-choice questions. This session goes over assessments to better support equity in student learning.
Register here.

Additional Links

Have news to share or questions to ask?

Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca