Week of January 31, 2024

Teaching & Learning News

Week of January 31, 2024

Faculty Reminders

Forestry Field Equipment Procedure

Submit all equipment requests to: field.equip@ubc.ca. The teaching equipment requests should be made by faculty members only. TAs can be delegated to pick up and return the equipment if specifically mentioned and named in the request email. Trimble lab equipment requests should be made by faculty and research staff only.

Please provide at least 1-week notice (2 weeks for major requests), and promptly return all gear as scheduled, without any delay or reminder. Make sure to avoid extended bookings; share equipment with fellow instructors. UBC card is required for equipment sign-out.

Exam Formats & Planning

Instructors are encouraged to consider proactive rather than reactive/punitive ways to prevent and discourage inappropriate use of online web resources or AI in the classrooms. There are different exam formats (in-person paper, in-person computer, online Canvas, etc.) that instructors can consider. Please refer to the following tip-sheets:
Navigating the Choice: Online or In-Person Assessments.
UBC Exam Policies, Procedures, and Reminders.
Technical Tips for Exam Logistics.

UBC Zoom & Teams Video Retention Policy

Starting in October 2023 and March 2024 respectively, UBC will begin removing video recordings from Microsoft Teams and Zoom automatically, one year after each video is recorded. Detailed information can be found here. More information about alternative storage, recovery of deleted recordings, previous lecture recordings, and frequently asked questions can be found in this document. For further questions, please contact forestry.tls@ubc.ca.

Workshops & Events

Forestry Teaching & Learning Seminar Series

Time: Feb 6 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) | Online & In-person
This TLSS seminar will spotlight the recently introduced UBC field school in South Africa, featuring insights from four students who participated in the inaugural cohort, sharing their perspectives on the month-long program. Register here.

Forestry TA Training (Recap)

On Jan 26, we hosted our TA training workshop, garnering the participation of 20 Forestry TAs. The main topics covered were: (1) Responsibilities & Expectations; (2) Building Inclusive Teaching Environments; (3) Handling Conflicts, Difficult Situations, & Student Crisis; (5) Canvas, EdTech, & Resources; (6) Privacy & Information Security. We will continue to host Friday Zoom sessions organized to support TAs. See below.

Forestry TA Mentoring & Teaching and Learning Drop-in Sessions

Time: Fridays (12 – 1 pm) | Online
We host weekly drop-in session to answer teaching and TA-related questions. Instructors and TAs are welcome to join the Zoom meeting.

EDI In Writing & Journalism Speaker Series

Time: Feb 1 (12:30 – 2 pm) | Online Gathering Medicine: A Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh Perspective on Researching and Writing on the Role of Culturally Important Plants and Places in Indigenous Resurgence, Health, and Wellness.

During this talk, Indigenous Ethnobotanist Leigh Joseph will explore her research and writing practices that examine the ways that culturally important plants help support culturally grounded wellness practices and also the wider cultural and political Indigenous resurgence taking place. Click here to register.

UG Labs & Software

Forestry Trimble Technology Lab Resource Guide

This guide offers resources to support the delivery of forestry courses with practical applications. It includes a range of software tools for 3D modelling and geospatial data processing, and hardware solutions like GNSS positioning devices.

To subscribe to the software, please email forestry.licensing@ubc.ca. To access the hardware, please reach out to ht.li@ubc.ca. For teaching support, contact forestry.tls@ubc.ca.

Available Software in Forestry

See the latest IT One Pager for a current listing for IT and related contact info. The updated Forestry Software List summarizes common software, excluding what is currently installed in the UG labs and CBM laptops. For questions and general IT needs, please contact forestry.ithelp@ubc.ca.


Jordan L. Burke Memorial Award Prizes:

*Only Forestry students are eligible for this Award.

First Prize | $4,200 (and forwarded as the UBC Forestry Killam Award designate) Second Prize | $2,700

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Award Prize:

Killam Award Certificate | $1,000

Consolidated Deadline:

Friday, March 1, 2024 (11:59 PM).

Full information about the eligibility and nomination procedures can be found here.

Submit nominations here.

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

Additional Links

Have news to share or questions to ask?

Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca