Facilitation in the Classroom Workshop – Nov 20

Dear LFS TAs,

Facilitation skills are critical not only for your role as a teaching assistant now, but also for your future leader, manager, or academic instructor. We are offering an exciting Facilitation in the Classroom Workshop which will be facilitated by CTLT instructors.

Here are the details of the workshop:

Facilitation in the Classroom Workshop 

During this highly interactive workshop, you will:

1) Define the role of a facilitator
2) Identify effective facilitation techniques and processes
3) Identify strategies to provide useful and effective feedback

When?   Monday, November 20th, 2017  |12:00PM – 2:00PM
Where?  Room FNH 300

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

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/Zs46PimRCOmo2i1Y2

See you!
Fernanda and Colin

Final Exam invigilators needed – December 6

Two invigilators are required for the FNH 350 001 final exam on Wednesday, December 6 for 2.5 hours, 3:30PM to 6:00PM.

These invigilator positions will be paid at the appropriate TA rate depending on the student’s classification.  Please do not apply for these positions if the additional hours will put you over the 192 hours/term maximum.

If you are interested, please contact the course instructor directly elham.movassagh@ubc.ca

Thank you!

Marking & Assessment Workshop – Oct 30

Dear LFS TA’s

As term 1 starts to wrap up, are you feeling overwhelmed by the idea of marking  assay, midterm, and term papers?

Our upcoming marking and assessment workshop can help! In this interactive 2.5 hour session, facilitated by one of the members of the Centre of Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) team, you will develop your own strategies to:

  • give concise andprecise feedback
  • mark fairly andconsistently

Workshop Details:
Monday October 30
3:00 – 5:30 PM
FNH 300

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

Please register at: https://goo.gl/forms/VVN5fTwq9ANptHmg2

See you,
Fernanda and Colin

Technology seminar workshop – Sept 21

Dear LFS TAs,

If you are new to Connect or Canvas, or find yourself spending a lot of time figuring out how to do things like access assignments and rubrics, upload grades, or submit feedback, we want to help! Next week we are offering a free technology workshop to answer all of your questions and help you work more efficiently. This workshop will be facilitated by Duncan McHugh from the LFS Learning Centre.

When? Thursday September 21, 2017 (between 14.00-17.00)
Where? Room FNH 300

Refreshments will be provided!

Please register at the following link:

See you on Thursday!

Fernanda and Colin

LFS TA Training Orientation

Dear Term 1 LFS TA’s!

Mark your calendars- the LFS TA Training Orientation is fast approaching!  If you will be TA’ing in LFS in any capacity in the 2017/2018 academic year.

Date: Thursday September 7th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Agora (MacMillan basement).

At the orientation, you will become familiar with:

  • Key resources to help you build your teaching skills
  • People and policies relevant to your role as a TA
  • The expectations of you as a TA and what you can expect

Please register before August 31 at https://goo.gl/forms/w0O5DFVBhRO6vnJn2

(New link for sign up!)

***We will provide a light breakfast, coffee, and lunch!***  

Fernanda Mujica and Colin Dring
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems

ta.training@ubc.ca | https://blogs.ubc.ca/lfsta/

TA Positions Available

If you are interested in the following Term 1 TA position, please contact the instructor directly.  The find out when this course is scheduled, please refer to the course calendar listing here: 

FNH 300 001 – 2017 Winter Session, Term 1 (144 available TA support hours)


Answer student questions related to completion of 5 problem-set assignments per student
Mark problem sets and provide feedback to students
Assist with marking of midterm and final exam (calculation-based questions)
Perform other related duties as required (eg. assignment & marking key updates, assist with evaluation of oral student group presentations)

Education and Knowledge Requirements: Undergraduate degree in food science and thorough understanding of undergraduate-level food process science, particularly with respect to mass and energy balances and thermal food processing techniques and calculations. Senior undergraduate students who have completed FHN 300 with excellent marks may also be considered when graduate students are not available.

Skills: TA’s are expected to have a proficiency in Math. Ability to correspond effectively with the Instructor and to ask questions when uncertain about marking responsibilities. Ability to maintain accuracy and attention to detail. Computer experience required (Excel preferred). Ability to correspond with students regarding questions during exams and office hours.

John Frostad

CTLT Workshops for TAs

CTLT is providing a wide-array of free workshops and events for UBC Teaching Assistants in the upcoming months. Here is a list of upcoming workshops and events that may be of interest to your TAs.

Workshop Facilitation Workshop (for TA Coordinators & Senior TAs)

August 21, 2017
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22
This Facilitation Basics workshop is meant for TA Training Coordinators or senior TAs who will be delivering facilitated sessions focused on teaching enhancement for TAs. We will focus on developing key skills for designing and facilitating workshops. More info

TA-Instructor Working Relationship (for TAs)

August 31, 2017
10:00 am–12:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Chilcotin Room (256)
In this session, we will explore the various needs and expectations that structure the TA-Instructor relationship with the aim of helping you build a harmonious and rewarding professional relationship with the instructors you work with. More info

Mentoring (for Senior TAs)

September 19, 2017
9:00 am–3:30 pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Seminar Room 2.22
This workshop is mean for TAs who will be serving, formally or informally as mentors in their department. We will focus on developing specific mentoring skills following an interactive and peer-based model which will give mentors the opportunity to learn about and practice these skills. More info

Introduction to Canvas Basics (for TAs)

August 29, 2017 | Register
1:00 pm – 3:00pm

September 7, 2017 | Register
10:00am – 12:00pm

September 12, 2017 | Register
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

September 20, 2017 | Register
10:00am – 12:00 pm

All sessions will be held in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

This introductory session will explore general navigation of the Canvas interface, notifications and communications, discussion boards, using the SpeedGrader, uploading and editing course content, and assignments.