Week of March 29, 2023

Teaching & Learning News

Week of March 29, 2023

Central Announcements

Canvas Submit Assignment on Behalf of Student

Canvas enabled a new feature: Submit Assignment on Behalf of Student. Instructors can now submit a file upload assignment on behalf of a student in the Gradebook. This feature allows instructors to support students who need extra assistance submitting, ran into technical issues, or have missed the deadline. For more information, please see Canvas’ latest release notes here.

Program for Open Scholarship and Education

The Program for Open Scholarship and Education (POSE) is an online 3-month flexible and blended program that will help you develop foundational knowledge of Open Scholarship, Open Education, and Open Research. This program will explore how open copyright licenses, collaborative practices, and networked technologies have the potential to lower barriers to knowledge by making the processes and products of scholarship more distributed, transparent, and accessible.

POSE is intended for faculty, staff, postdocs, and students with an interest in open research, open access, open data, and open education. The program is open and free for UBC and non-UBC faculty, staff, and students at the post-secondary level. Key dates are as follows:

Kick-Off Session: May 4, 11am – Register here.
Wrap-up Session: July 31, 11am – Register here.
More information can be found here.


UBC Kaltura Video Migration

To improve the sustainability of the Kaltura platform, UBC is moving Kaltura videos hosted at UBC into the
Kaltura cloud. The migration will begin on April 1, 2023, and finish by Monday, May 1, 2023.

What should users do?
Before April 1, 2023:
Finalize any edits to the videos as needed.

April 1 – 30, 2023:
If you use Kaltura Quiz and Analytics, download the data to keep them.

Editing existing videos during the migration phrase is not recommended. If you have an urgent need to update or edit your videos, please refer to this website for details.

On & After May 1, 2023:
For Kaltura videos in Canvas courses, there is nothing you need to do.

For Kaltura videos shared outside of Canvas (e.g., videos displayed on a website), you will need to manually update the video links or embed code. See this
website for details.

The old links to Kaltura videos hosted at UBC will continue to work until at least October 1, 2023, so you do not need to make all of the updates right away. You will have a minimum of 5 months to complete the manual updates for videos shared outside of Canvas.

See this page for more information. If you have concerns, feel free to contact

Faculty Updates & Reminders

Use of Humor in Pre-recorded Lectures

Dr. Andrés Varhola was recently featured in a podcast from Field, Lab, Earth in the US to discuss the use of humor in the classroom. Feel free to check out the episode here.
Additionally, he recently published a paper on this topic in Natural Sciences Education. Read the paper here.


Forestry UG Labs

To request new software for teaching in Forestry UG Labs, please fill out the form
here. Then email the completed form to forestry.ithelp@ubc.ca.

To see the list of software available in Forestry, click here.

The updated all-in-one IT One Pager can be found here.

To request remote UG lab access, please email forestry.ithelp@ubc.ca and copy

For general IT needs, please contact


Workshops & Events

(Recording) Forestry Teaching & Learning Seminar

On March 21, Dr. Brooks discussed some of the pedagogical benefits of creating and using graphic syllabi, showed examples she has designed for her own courses, and explained how to use do-it-yourself graphic design websites to create syllabi that engage students. View the recording

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.

Creating Accessible Open Educational Resources: Tables, Figures and Interactive Content

Time: April 6 (12:00 – 1:00 pm)

This workshop will focus on complex content formats and explore how to make sure all learners can engage with the data they need in tables, charts, and infographics. It will also explore accessibility when creating video- and audio-based open resources; working with LaTeX, H5P, and other third-party tools. Register here.

Additional Links

Have news to share or questions to ask?

Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca