Week of March 27, 2024

Teaching & Learning News

Week of March 27, 2024

Central Updates

UBC Zoom Video Retention Policy

On March 31, Zoom recordings that are a year or more old will automatically be moved to the Zoom trash. 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.

UBC Sustainability Education Fellows Program

UBC Vancouver faculty members who are leading the design of new sustainability courses and programs are invited to apply to this program. The associated funding looks to advance and diversify sustainability and wellbeing education opportunities for students across campus in all disciplines. The deadline to apply is May 13.
Learn more here.

Turnitin Plagiarism Framework Integration

Starting April 16, Turnitin’s Plagiarism Framework will be enabled within Canvas. This integration easily enables instructors to use Turnitin within Canvas assignments, while generating plagiarism reports directly in SpeedGrader. Learn more here.
For further help using this integration in your classes, please contact forestry.tls@ubc.ca.

Faculty Reminders

Forestry First Aid Course

The Malcolm Knapp Research Forest organizes several forestry related first aid courses. The next first aid course will happen from April 30 to May 2.

The course is for UBC faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students, intended for those who live or work in a non-urban or remote workplace or community, or who are outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Learn more here.

Seatr | Exam Seating System Pilot

Having challenges in managing seating for in-person exams? Seatr, a UBC exam seating system, can be a potential solution.
-It randomly assigns seats to students when they enter the exam room (see the picture below).
-It automatically tracks attendance.
-It helps verify the student info during the exam.

If you are interested in piloting the system, please contact forestry.tls@ubc.ca at your earliest convenience before the next exam or quiz, and we will set it up for you.

Teaching Funding Opportunities

Student as Partners Fund

The Student as Partners (SaP) Fund supports UBC Vancouver undergraduate students in collaboration with faculty to redesign UBC Vancouver undergraduate courses. Visit SaP’s website for more details. All applications should be submitted to SaP’s application portal by April 2, at 3:00 PM.

Open Education Resources (OER) Rapid Innovation Grants

UBC Vancouver faculty, students, and staff are eligible to apply for funding for diverse activities and events that seek to engage the UBC community in supporting and sustaining the adoption and creation of OER. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the allotted funds are exhausted. Feel free to visit the website or apply here.

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Dissemination Fund

Full-time faculty can apply for this award, which supports the publication of research on teaching and learning in higher education with direct implications for UBC. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. More information can be found here.

Workshops & Events

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.

CTLT: Gen AI and Open Educational Resources in Teaching and Learning

Time: April 4 (12 – 1:30 pm) | Online
Explore the challenges, contradictions, and opportunities at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Open Educational Resources. Dive into practical exercises, including the co-creation of a textbook chapter. Register here.

CTLT: Celebrate Learning Week 2024

May 6 – 10 | Online & In-person
This cross-campus initiative showcases teaching and learning at UBC through open lectures, poster sessions, panel discussions, workshops and more. If you have an event or resource related to Generative AI you would like to coordinate or share, submit a proposal by March 28.

Additional Links

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Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca