Week of September 20 2021

Teaching & Learning News

Week of September 20th

Workshops & Events

TLS Weekly Drop-in Session

Time: Friday 13:00 – 14:00

Open discussion. To join the meeting: click here.

GIS and Remote Sensing Canvas Course

A new open Canvas course, created by Dr. Nicholas Coops and Haitao Li, has a series of videos and modules for users of GIS and Remote Sensing. This course includes four modules: Theory, Tools, Data, and Application. Each module contains multiple videos, dedicated to particular topics such as: loading shapefiles, map projections, and adding plug-ins into QGIS. Alongside the videos are text introductions, links for data, and further reading. These videos are short and simple, and are designed to cover simple technical details that may be used in existing courses.

Skylight Online Teaching Series

In their Online Teaching Series, Skylight will showcase the work of colleagues and guest speakers in the Faculty of Science.
Furthermore, Skylight’s new Inclusive Teaching in the Sciences page provides information about support for faculty, funding opportunities, and curated resources for the STEM context. For resources to include in your syllabi, you may wish to review Creating inclusive syllabi in STEM on the resources page.

Faculty Tip-Sheets & Surveys

Canvas Calendar Appointments and New Zoom Features Tip-Sheets

Please see the updated Canvas Calendar Appointments tip-sheet for information on how to set appointments within Canvas.
Additionally, a new tip-sheet has been published on the new Focus Mode feature released in the most recent Zoom update.

Live Streaming Tip-Sheets

The TLS Team has completed tip-sheets for using the AV systems in FSC 1001/1003/1005/1221 and other general classrooms, in the Forest Sciences Centre and CAWP.

Technical Updates

AV System Requests for FSC 1001/1003/1005/1221

A reminder that to make use of the AV systems in FSC 1001, 1003, 1005 and 1221, requests must be submitted to UBC AV. Please make sure to submit a request as early as possible (2 business days ahead) here.

Student Difficulties in Accessing UG Labs

If any new or first year students are having difficulty accessing the UG labs, please follow these steps.

Equipment Available in UBC Learning Spaces

When planning a course, review what is available on Find A Space | Learning Spaces to ensure that the room will be properly equipped for your needs. For extra equipment requests that are not part of the room, please contact av.helpdesk@ubc.ca to see if they can help. For urgent issues in the FSC and CAWP buildings, such as the projector not starting up, please contact Derek (derek.dong@ubc.ca) in Computing Labs.

Faculty Guidelines

Updated Guidance Re: Teaching and Mentoring and COVID-19 Cases/Exposures

Two recent documents from the Provost’s Office have been posted on the PFFAC Canvas home page. The document Guidance for Start of Term… contains advice around various issues surrounding the start of
your classes, primarily compiled from discussions held by Associate
Deans’ (Academic/Students) from various Faculties. The second document  Management of COVID-19 Cases … contains guidance on what to do if you, or one or more of the students in your class, becomes infected. Please refer to this document if you need to address a COVID situation. In particular, you will note the requirement to immediately report any COVID-related cases directly to your Head/Director. 
AV Support in FSC

If you require AV support in the FSC classrooms, please contact
Michelle Zeng, Senior Manager, Education Strategies, Forestry Teaching
and Learning Support at: FSC 2609A, 604-822-5432, forestry.tls@ubc.ca or michelle.zeng@ubc.ca.

Requests for Lab Sections on Canvas

If there are lab sections that you would like to add to a Canvas course site, as well as assign specific learning activities or assignments to specific lab sections, please contact Michelle Zeng at michelle.zeng@ubc.ca.

Additional Links

Have news to share or questions to ask?

Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca