CTLT Graduate Students in Teaching Mini Conference

Grad Student Mini Conference
May 2–3, 2017
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Are you a graduate student looking for professional development opportunities? Join us for a two-day mini conference that will include workshops, panel discussions, poster presentations and more. Participants can also register for individual sessions. Light refreshments will be provided. More info

Breaking the Ice: Exploring Icebreakers and their Value

May 2, 2017
9:45 am–10:45 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Learn about the utility of icebreakers and the value they bring to the classroom. More info

The Fundamentals of Developing Effective Learning Outcomes

May 2, 2017
11:00 am–12:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Explore learning outcomes and participate in interactive exercises to develop learning outcomes. More info

Designing Classrooms that Promote Learner’s Awareness

May 2, 2017
12:45 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Explore and develop strategies to design lessons that guide students through the learning process in the classroom. More info

Guidelines for Developing an Impressive Teaching Dossier/Portfolio

May 2, 2017
2:45 pm–3:45 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Teaching dossiers/portfolios illustrate teaching experience and strengths. By the end of this session, you will create your own teaching dossier/portfolio draft. More info

Grad Student Round Table Sessions

May 2, 2017
4:00 pm–4:45 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Through a series of round table discussions, explore topics such as fostering communities of practice and understanding learners and learning. More info

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Universal Design for Learners

May 3, 2017
9:30 am–11:15 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Learn about Universal Design for Learners and reflect on the process of how we can create and sustain inclusivity in the classroom and leverage diversity to enhance student learning. More info

Integrating Reflection into Your Teaching Practice

May 3, 2017
11:30 am–12:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Investigate reflection through multiple lenses, and explore ways you can adaptively integrate reflection to innovate your teaching practice. More info

Students as Public Scholars In Training

May 3, 2017
1:15 pm–1:45 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

Learn about an open project where students brought philosophical ideas to the broader public through podcasts, short stories, video, songs, blog posts, and more. More info

Graduate Student in Teaching Panel

May 3, 2017
1:45 pm–4:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301

A panel, including Dr Glenn Deer, Dr Silvia Bartolic, E. Jean Buckler, and Christine Sumner, will discuss graduate students in teaching. More info

OTHER UPCOMING SESSIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Instructional Skills Workshops
June 3, 4, 10 (Registration now open)
June 11, 17, 18 (Registration opens April 24)
June 18, 20, 22 (Registration opens May 1)

The Grad ISW caters to individuals new at teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills. More info

Certificate Program in Advanced Teaching and Learning
September 2017–September 2018
Apply by May 31, 2017

The year-long program supports the development of graduate students’ expertise in teaching and learning. It serves both graduate students seeking excellence in teaching and learning in their future roles as faculty, as well as those who will apply the skills outside of traditional faculty roles. More info

If you have any questions, please contact ctlt.events@ubc.ca

LFS TA Training Program Upcoming Workshop

The LFS TA Training Program is pleased to offer, for the first time, a workshop on resume/CV development, designed specifically for teaching assistants. In this 2 hour session, you will work on developing a stand-out resume/CV that will clearly demonstrate how your work experience, studies, and extra-curricular activities match job requirements in competitive fields. This workshop will be facilitated by Kimberley Rawes, Career Educator from the Centre for Student Involvement & Careers.

Workshop details:
Wednesday, April 5
10-12pm
MCML 194

Please bring your current resume (there are only a limited number of work stations available, so if possible bring your laptop or a hard copy).

There are limited spots available, so please sign up at the following link by Friday, March 31 at midnight: https://goo.gl/forms/Nsdf2tRxXnPgKqov2

See you there!
Carrie and Fernanda

Marking and Assessment Workshop – March 17

Dear LFS TAs,
If you haven’t signed up yet, we still have a few open spots in Friday’s marking and assessment workshop, scheduled just in time to help prepare you for your end-of-term exam and assignment marking duties.  In this interactive 2 hour session, you will develop strategies to:

  • save time by grading efficiently
  • give useful feedback
  • mark fairly and consistently

Workshop Details:
Friday March 17
1-3 pm
MCML 139

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. Everyone who attends will be entered in the draw for one of two $25 UBC food services gift cards, to take place in April.

Please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/N8tWhazPdEdN6YLJ2

See you Friday,
Carrie & Fernanda

2017 Summer Session TA Application is now closed

The online application for 2017 Summer Session TA Applications is closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application!

Here is the expected timeline:

  • Instructors select TA’s:  Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 31
  • TA offers / appointment processing:  Monday, March 6 to Friday, April 14
  • TA’s granted Connect and FSC access:  Monday, April 17 to early May

Please note:  You will only be contact if you have been selected as a TA.

LFS TA Training in collaboration with CTLT is offering a workshop on


Facilitation in the Classroom

During this highly interactive workshop, you will:

1) Define the role of a facilitator
2) Identify effective facilitation techniques and processes
3) Participate in hands-on exercises

Join us for this event!

When: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 |12:00PM-2:00PM
Where: FNH 220

***Snacks and refreshments will be provided***

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/hsR2kdhMNotXeCGW2

2017 Summer Session TA Positions

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems has a limited number of TA positions for 2017 Summer Session. If you are interested in TA’ing, please complete an online application.

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The application will be open on Thursday, February 16, 2017 and will close on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Please note:

You must be registered in 2017 Summer Session in order to be hired as a TA.

If you are offered a position, you are expected to be available throughout the term of your contract.  If you have plans to be away at any point during your appointment, please discuss this with the instructor prior to accepting the TA position.

Call for Nominations – LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

In 2014, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems created the LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in order to be able to annually recognize the valuable role that teaching assistants play.  This is a biennial award offered in alternate years of the UBC Killam GTA Awards.  The winner will be presented with an award in the amount of $1,000 and a certificate.

The deadline to submit an electronic application package to Melanie Train is Friday, March 3, 2017.  Applicants must have been appointed as an LFS TA during 2016 Summer Session, 2016 Winter Session – Term 1, or 2016 Winter Session – Term 2.

Please refer to the LFS Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 2016-17 V2 for additional information and details.

Sessions for UBC Graduate Students and TAs

TA Institute

The TA Institute is open to any graduate student who is interested in teaching or TAing. The Institute includes sessions on teaching and learning theory, scholarship, classroom strategies, campus climate, and lesson design.

Design Thinking in Teaching
January 10, 2017
9:30 am–11:30 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

How do you design a successful lesson? This workshop will discuss common challenges in lesson planning and develop a toolkit of best practices and strategies. More info

Grad Student Mental Health
January 10, 2017
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a TA and feel like students can see right through you? In this workshop, we will address raising self-awareness on “impostor syndrome” and identify strategies for self-care and navigating teaching and life as a grad student. More info

Developing a SoTL Project
January 10, 2017
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This workshop will help you design a research project to evaluate the quality of teaching and learning in your course. Learn the fundamentals of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and create a blueprint for your very first SoTL project. More info

Metacognition, Lifelong Learning, and Disciplinary Practice
January 11, 2017
9:30 am–11:30 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

How can you help students become lifelong learners? This session will examine the idea of metacognition as a distinct and valuable practice in teaching and learning. More info

Transliteracies
January 11, 2017
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This workshop explores how TAs can develop safer, more trans-inclusive pedagogical practices in their various role(s) in the classroom and on campus. More info

Giving Guest Lectures and Presentations
January 11, 2017
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Learn more about guest lectures and presentations, and design a toolkit to prepare for successful lectures or presentations. More info

Experiential Learning: Concept and its Application in Lesson Planning
January 12, 2017
9:30 am–11:30 am
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Explore the experiential learning cycle, its value in teaching contexts, and ways to integrate the model into your lesson planning and teaching.More info

Incorporating Results from SoTL
January 12, 2017
12:30 pm–2:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

This professional development workshop is open to grad students interested in learning more about Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. More info

Unsettling Group Guidelines
January 12, 2017
3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22

Classroom guidelines are often used by educators with the intent to establish a “safe” learning environment. But others have argued that classroom guidelines sometimes fail to recognize and respond to issues of power and social position. More info

Instructional Skills Workshops
February 18, 19, 25 (Registration opens January 9)
March 11, 12, 18 (Registration opens January 16)

The Grad ISW caters to individuals new at teaching as well as those who wish to refresh and enhance their skills. More info

Kind regards,
Mischa

Mischa Makortoff
Senior Events Program Assistant
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214 – 1961 East Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 822 0064
mischa.makortoff@ubc.ca | @UBC_CTLT
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