Week of October 11, 2023

Teaching & Learning News

Week of October 11, 2023

Faculty Reminders

Mid-term Check-in Survey

A check-in survey for the students has been created by the Forestry Teaching & Learning Support Team. To use the survey, instructors can post this link to their Canvas courses. The deadline to answer the survey is Sunday Oct 22.

The results for your particular course will be emailed to you during the week of Oct 30.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

If you have concerns about plagiarism or academic integrity with a specific student,Associate Dean, Students, is your first point of contact. Additionally, UBC Academic Integrity provides non-punitive ways to turn an incident into more of a teachable moment.

Academic Concession

A reminder to note the importance of being flexible with our students when they face hardships and illness. See this file for guidelines and more information, particularly with regard to supporting singular (one incident) vs. more recurring medical issues.

Teaching Support and Canvas Resources

For questions about Canvas, educational technologies, and exam support, feel free to contact the Forestry Teaching & Learning Support Team via forestry.tls@ubc.ca

In addition, we organized the Canvas & EdTech Resources Site (view here) to compile key resources for setting up Canvas courses for instructors, teaching assistants, and staff in Forestry.

Workshops & Events

Forestry Teaching Innovation Fund Brainstorming Session

Time: Oct 11 (today, 12 – 1 pm) | Online
In this workshop, you will learn more about the Forestry Teaching Innovation Fund, and explore the use cases of innovative tools to encourage adaptive learning, critical thinking, and maintaining academic integrity.
Register here.

Natural Sciences Education Webinar: Humor in Online Learning

Time: Oct 12 (10 – 11 am) | Online
Dr. Andrés Varhola, Assistant Professor of Teaching, from UBC Forestry will present his article on the success of adding laugh tracks to prerecorded videos in forestry undergraduate courses. Everyone is welcome to attend. Register here.

UBC Academic Integrity Week

Time: Oct 16 – 20
Feel free to join a range of events (e.g., BC Academic Integrity Day, Academic Integrity Hub Open House, etc.) aimed at sparking conversation and raising awareness of the importance of academic integrity. View the events here.

Forestry TA Mentoring & Teaching and Learning Sessions

Time: Fridays (11 am – 12 pm) | Online
We host weekly drop-in sessions to answer TA- and teaching-related questions. Join the Zoom meeting here.

Open House for Faculty

Time: Oct 19 (1 – 3 pm) | In person
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability is hosting the Annual Open House for Faculty. Register here.

Central Reminders

UBC Zoom & Teams Video Retention Policy

Effective on Oct 31, 2023, UBC will automatically remove video recordings from Zoom and Microsoft Teams one year after each video is recorded. This new video retention policy will affect all faculty, staff, and student employees who use UBC accounts to record with these tools. Detailed instructions can be found at Zoom and Microsoft Teams video retention policy.

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.

Make-up Monday

The Vancouver Senate has approved a schedule alteration for Thursday, Oct 12, 2023, designating it as a “Make-up Monday” in response to a calendar imbalance that disproportionately affected Monday classes due to statutory holidays (full details here on pages 29-31). Regularly scheduled classes for Thursday, Oct 12, are canceled and replaced by those usually held on Mondays (view UBC announcement here).

Key actions for instructors:
If your course is scheduled on a Monday or a Thursday, please let your students know about this schedule change.

Please avoid scheduling midterm examinations or other assessments on Make-up Monday, Oct 12.

If you have questions about the logistics of Make-up Monday, contact Scheduling Services at

Teaching Funding Opportunities

Forestry Teaching Innovation Fund

The Forestry Teaching Innovation Fund (FTIF) aims to support innovative teaching practices, experimentation with pedagogical approaches, and applications of emerging learning technologies to improve accessibility and inclusion while maintaining academic integrity in the Faculty of Forestry. Please submit the application form to Michelle Zeng, Senior Manager, Education Strategies (michelle.zeng@ubc.ca) by Oct 27, 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.

UBC Open Educational Resource Grants

UBC Vancouver faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for
Open Educational Resource Grants
to support credit courses. The deadline is
3 pm on Jan 18, 2024.
Feel free to register for information sessions here or visit this website.

UBC Sustainability Education Grants

Applications will open in early Spring 2024 for interdisciplinary teams of faculty members looking to design new or enhance existing courses. For more information, visit the website or attend the CIRS Open House for Faculty on Oct 19, 2023.

Additional Links

Have news to share or questions to ask?

Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca