Week of January 5, 2022

Teaching & Learning News

Week of January 5, 2022

Faculty Updates

Senior Management Appointments
Thank you to Dr. Peter Marshall for his services as the Associate Dean, Academic in the past year!

New appointments are as follows:
Associate Dean, Academic – Dr. Sarah Gergel: focuses on strategic teaching issues ranging from policies surrounding curricula as well as teaching technologies and learning spaces; EDI and Indigenous initiatives; teaching evaluations, innovation, and faculty teaching awards; policies surrounding academic integrity.

Associate Dean, Students – Dr. Scott Hinch: the main point of contact for student advising and student concerns ranging from progression through their degree (admissions, orientation, graduation), student awards, wellness, as well as academic and non-academic misconduct

Director, Curriculum – Dr. Patrick Culbert: Curriculum changes, program mapping, improvements, and degree rationalization   


Events & Workshops

Online Teaching: Advice and Expert Panel Discussion
Time: January 5, 13:00 – 14:00
To join the Zoom meeting: click here

  • Faculty guidance and GAA support: Dr. Sarah Gergel
  • Faculty and UBC’s existing resources: Michelle Zeng
  • Best online teaching advice (guest speakers): Dr. Neil Leverage and Dr. Andrés Varhola

To ensure a smooth transition to online teaching – especially for those who have not yet taught online – Sarah Gergel, Associate Dean, Academic, and the Teaching and Learning Support Team (led by Michelle Zeng) will hold several informal drop-in sessions in January 2022. 

This session will familiarize you with (or remind you about) the very extensive Faculty resources available for online teaching (from Planning for Fall Adhoc Committee, PFFAC), hear the “Greatest Hits” of online teaching from some of our own extraordinary instructors, and then open it for sharing questions, concerns, and experiences.

Online Teaching Resources

UBC Zoom Account
Instructors and TAs are not automatically granted UBC Zoom accounts. Please email the UBC IT Audio/Visual Helpdesk (av.helpdesk@ubc.ca) with your UBC email and the faculty/school/department. Upon approval, UBC IT will send you an email to activate the new UBC Zoom account.

If you are using Zoom for your Canvas courses, please ensure the default email address in Canvas matches your UBC Zoom account. Here is the link for instructions on how to update your default email in Canvas.

Online Teaching Tip-Sheets
The guidelines of online teaching and other faculty resources can be found here.

The tip-sheets for Canvas can be found here (e.g. Canvas templatesoffice hoursassignment groups, etc.). The TLS team can help with the export/import of the Canvas template and content. 

The tip-sheets for Zoom can be found here (e.g. disclaimer and consentbreakout roomsfocus mode, etc.).

For consultations with the TLS team, please get in touch with michelle.zeng@ubc.ca.

Online Course Examples
The Faculty of Forestry has many online course examples (100-level to 500-level). Click here.



Central Updates

Temporary Online Instruction
The Keep Learning website has guiding principles and assistance in planning for online instruction updated to reflect the experiences and learning from the past two years. It also contains relevant online learning advice which may be helpful for some students.

CTLT Online Teaching Program
The CTLT online teaching program, which ran in the 2020-2021 academic year, has online 
modulesresources, and workshops.

Copyright Guidelines
For a refresher on copyright considerations for teaching in an online environment, please click hereConsent forms for sharing course recordings outside of the course where students’ personal information is involved. Please click here. Further guidelines set by UBC can be accessed here.

Additional Links

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