Week of November 8, 2023


Teaching & Learning News

Week of November 8, 2023

Central Updates

UBC Zoom Video Availability Extension

A reminder that videos older than April 1, 2023 will be available within Zoom until
March 31, 2024.
This is in contrast to our update on October 6th, informing you that older videos would be available only until October 31st. You may continue to use Zoom video URLs for all Zoom videos up to March 31, 2024. After March 31, 2024, videos created before April 1, 2023 will no longer be available within Zoom, as per the one-year data retention policy.

Please download any videos for which you need stable URLs for future terms.
· How to Download Zoom Recordings
· How to Add Media in Canvas with Kaltura.

More information about (1) alternative video storage options, (2) recovery of deleted recordings, (3) using previous lecture recordings, and (4) frequently asked questions can be found in this document
For further questions, please contact

UBC Generative AI Website

UBC has launched a new generative AI website with guidance and resources for faculty and staff on the responsible use of emerging AI tools. For news, events, resources, and more, visit the website.

If instructors plan to use generative AI (e.g., ChatGPT) in teaching, please see these
guidelines from UBC Academic Integrity. Make sure to file a Privacy Impact Assessment before using generative AI in teaching, especially for assessments and grading. Contact forestry.tls@ubc.ca
for consultation and support.

Teaching Awards & Funding

OER Awards

Starting this year, UBC is launching a new
Open Educational Resources award
program, in alignment with one of the recommendations from the Student Affordability Task Force report
in March, 2022. Lead nominees must be faculty members with a current appointment, though folks in other roles can be part of a group award.

Please see the OER Award web page
for criteria and details. The deadline for nominations is Nov 30, 2023.

West Coast Teaching Excellence Awards

The West Coast Teaching Excellence Awards, are regional awards hosted by the
BC Teaching and Learning Council.
Nominees can either be individual faculty members or teaching teams, and the award focuses on excellent teaching at the undergraduate level. Please see the award web page for criteria and details.

Please see the West Coast Teaching Excellence Awards page for details about the internal selection process for UBC Vancouver nominees. The deadline for applications is Nov 30, 2023.

UBC Small TLEF Fund

Small Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) aims to support the experimentation of pedagogical approaches that will improve innovation in teaching and learning. Learn more about Small TLEF Innovation projects and how to apply by visiting the TLEF website.
The deadline is 3pm on Nov 16, 2023.

Faculty Resources

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 commonly used or requested software. This list does not represent what is currently installed in the UG labs nor CBM laptops.

For questions and general IT needs, please contact forestry.ithelp@ubc.ca.

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

Technology Borrowing from UBC Library

UBC Library offers students and faculty members options to borrow technology items, including laptops, chargers, headphones, microphones, and more.

Visit this page to explore your available options and access these resources.

Workshops & Events

Forestry TA Mentoring Sessions

Time: Fridays (11 am – 12 pm) | Online
New and returning TAs are welcome to join the weekly TA mentoring sessions via Zoom.

Forestry Teaching & Learning Drop-in Sessions

Time: Fridays (11 am – 12 pm) | Online
We host weekly drop-in session to answer teaching related questions. Instructors and TAs are welcome to join the Zoom meeting.

CTLT Workshop: Teaching and Learning with GenAI Symposium

Nov 14 & 15 | Multi-access & Online
In this two day symposium, you will hear from faculty, students, and staff at UBC about the significance of generative AI and how it is influencing teaching and learning.

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