Week of September 21, 2022

Teaching & Learning News

Week of September 21, 2022

Teaching Support

Classroom Live Streaming and Recording

This fall, there could be a variety of COVID-related emergency requests as our instructors, TAs, and students may be ill. If you need flexible options in terms of hybrid
and/or online teaching
, please contact forestry.tls@ubc.ca for discussion, demo, and support.

To schedule the classroom live streaming and recording, please submit your request at least 2 business days before your class to Central AV via this link. For more information, please check out this website. You can follow the steps in this tip-sheet to fill out the reservation

Canvas Video Uploads Reminder

If you are planning to upload videos to Canvas, please do it via Kaltura and embed them into Canvas pages as needed. The file system in each Canvas course only has 4.2 GB of storage, while Kaltura has unlimited space. This will prevent your Canvas course from running out of storage space. Please check out pages 7-16 in this
for using Kaltura on Canvas. 

Funding and Workshops

Call for Proposals for 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. Small TLEF Innovation projects can request up to $50,000 over the life of the project, and can run from 1 to 3 years. The deadline for proposals is 3 pm on Thursday, November 17, 2022. More information can be found here. The workshop of preparing for TLEF applications is here.

TLS Drop-in Sessions
The Teaching and Learning Support Team organizes weekly drop-in sessions to answer teaching-related questions (e.g.,
Canvas, in-class live streaming and recording, etc.). Both instructors and TAs are welcome to join.

Time: Fridays 13:00-14:00
Join the 
Zoom meeting 

Canvas Workshop: Assignments, Quizzes, and SpeedGrader
The TLS team will be hosting a Canvas workshop on assignments, quizzes, and SpeedGrader on October 7 (Friday, 1-2 pm) during the weekly drop-in session. Instructors and TAs who are not familiar with Canvas grading are welcome to join.

UG Labs and Software

IT Support

For general IT needs, please contact forestry.ithelp@ubc.caTo request
remote UG lab access, please email forestry.ithelp@ubc.ca and cc forestry.tls@ubc.ca.

Adobe Use in UG Labs
For Photoshop and Illustrator access in the UG labs, as well as Course Based Masters’ laptops, please refer to the 
attached PDF for instructions on gaining access.

ArcGIS Pro 3.0 Now Available
ArcGIS Pro 3.0 is now available. Users should plan for their labs to all upgrade at the same time. If teaching with ArcGIS Pro, do not upgrade, stay with ArcGIS Pro 2.9
until summer 2023.

ArcGIS 3.0 saved projects and project templates cannot be opened in 2.x. It only works if using ArcGIS 3.0 to save the projects as the 2.9 version, and ArcGIS 3.0 created project packages can be opened as a project in 2.x. When asking for ArcGIS Pro 3.0, please consider how you share your files before proceeding ahead with the upgrade. Email forestry.ithelp@ubc.ca for
installation help with ArcGIS pro 3.0.


Open Educational Resources

Online Textbook on Scholarly Writing

Lindsay Cuff, Assistant Professor of Teaching, created an open online textbook
on scholarly writing in Forestry and Land and Food Systems
with the help of an Open Educational Resources Implementation Grant from UBC CTLT.

If you have writing in your courses,
Lindsay suggests that you can check
out this textbook and it might be useful for your students.


Additional Links

Have news to share or questions to ask?

Contact us at forestry.tls@ubc.ca