Today’s LFS TAs Community of Practice – Early Alert lunch and learn is CANCELLED

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Dear LFS TAs, 
 
Unfortunately, due to some scheduling conflicts with our Early Alert facilitator, today’s 12:30 – 1:30 LFS TAs Community of practice – Early Alert lunch and learn is CANCELLED. 
 
Hopefully, we will be able to schedule the event sometime soon. We will keep you posted. 

Apologies for any inconvenience,
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

February 22nd: LFS TA Award information and Q&A coming soon!

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Hi LFS TAs, 

 
We hope all is well. This is a friendly reminder that the February 22nd TA award Q&A event is a couple of days away. 
 
Event: LFS TA Award information and Q&A.
Speaker: Shelley Small
Date: Friday February 22nd.
Time:12:30- 1:30
Location MCML 170A
 
Looking forward to seeing some of you there. Please feel free to email me with any questions about the event. 
Kind regards, 
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

2019 Summer Session TA Application

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The Faculty of Land and Food Systems will be offering a limited number of part-time TA positions during 2019 Summer Session (approximately 15-20).  The application is now open.  Deadline to submit an application is 4:00 pm, Friday, March 8, 2019.  Please – Do not submit an application after the deadline unless you are advised to do so by an instructor or administrator.

Mark your calendars – upcoming opportunities offered this term.

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Hi LFS Teaching Assistant,

We hope you are doing great and that the term is going well. As part of the faculty’s on-going support for your development, mark your calendars for the upcoming opportunities offered this term.

1) Marking and Assessment Workshops

Are you preparing for midterms, assignments or end of term exams? We wanted to provide a couple of Marking and Assessment Workshops to help support you in providing consistent, fair, and constructive feedback to your learners. These two sessions, one in February, one in March, will provide participants with: i) strategies to ensure that marking is consistent, ii) ways of maximizing reliability between TAs, and iii) practice providing constructive and positive feedback to learners. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The first Marking and Assessment workshop will be held February 15th from 4-5pm in MCML 170A. Ensure a spot by registering via this link here.

The second Marking and Assessment workshop will be held March 22nd, from 4-5pm FNH 300.  Ensure a spot by registering via this link here.

2) Community of Practice

Having a space to share insights or troubleshoot issues is an important part of your professional development. Our Community of Practice space is an informal get together of TAs once month over lunch. We’ve proposed the following topics for the remainder of the term, but are always open to other suggestions for discussion or people who you want to hear from!

  • Feb 22nd (1230-130pm) in MCML 170A – Proposed Topic – TA Award (Shelley Small)
  • March 13th (1230-130pm) in FNH 220 – Proposed Topic – Early Alert (TBD)
  • April 10th (1230-130pm) in FNH 220 – Proposed Topic – Wrapping up your TAship (Jun/Colin)

3) Instructional Skills Workshop – VIP Access

We still have four (4) LFS TA priority (No waitlist) spots left for Instructional Skills Workshop. ISWs offered for Graduate Students at UBC are in high demand and waitlists for each workshop are typically 80–100+. Please consult this link for upcoming dates that would work for your particular schedules. Email us to reserve you spot.

Colin and Jun

Faculty of Land and Food Systems | Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm
The University of British Columbia | Unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Territory

Farm Street Address 3461 Ross Drive
Mailing Address 2357 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4

Phone 778 859 1148

colind@mail.ubc.ca@UBCFarm
http://ubcfarm.ubc.ca

Friendly reminder — TA Orientation day and registration deadline.

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Dear LFS TAs
 
This is a friendly reminder that our TA orientation day is fast approaching. Please make sure to register so we can place an accurate catering order. 
 
Please register before January 15th by filling out this Google Form.
Mark your calendars as the LFS TA Training Orientation for new and returning TAs is fast approaching!  
If you are TA’ing in LFS in any capacity in the 2018/2019 academic year, this training will provide all the information, connections, and expectations for you to succeed in your role.  
Date: Thursday, January 17th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in AGORA basement – MacMillan Building. 
***Beverages and lunch will be provided – Please indicate dietary restrictions when you register***  
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
Bring your laptops or tablets with a copy of the TA Orientation Handbook (attached). 
To conserve paper, we will not be printing handbooks this year. 
You can also find the handbook online at the LFS TA Blog Portal.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with either Colin or Jun. 
 
Kind regards, 
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
&
Colin Dring  (colind@mail.ubc.ca
 
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

LFS TA Training Orientation for new and returning TAs

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Dear Term 2 LFS TA‘s!
Mark your calendars as the LFS TA Training Orientation for new and returning TAs is fast approaching!  
If you are TA’ing in LFS in any capacity in the 2018/2019 academic year, this training will provide all the information,
connections, and expectations for you to succeed in your role.  
Date: Thursday, January 17th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in AGORA basement – MacMillan Building. 
***Beverages and lunch will be provided – Please indicate dietary restrictions when you register***  
Please register before January 15th by filling out this Google Form.
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
Bring your laptops or tablets with a copy of the TA Orientation Handbook (attached). 
To conserve paper, we will not be printing handbooks this year. 
You can also find the handbook online at the LFS TA Blog Portal.
If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with either Colin or Jun. 
 
Kind regards, 
 
Colin Dring  (colind@mail.ubc.ca
Jun Obayashi (jun.obayashi@ubc.ca)
Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems 

TA POSITIONS AVAILABLE

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If you are interested in any of the following three Term 2 TA positions, please contact the instructor directly.  The find out when this course is scheduled, please refer to the course calendar listing here: 

 

LFS 250 002 – 2018 Winter Session, Term 2 (TBD available TA support hours)

Note: This is a two term course that runs from September to April. This position is for some or all of Term 2, to be determined (TBD).

WORK PERFORMED:

  • Required On-Campus Availability: Tuesdays 12:30-5 pm. 
  • Use detailed rubrics to mark individual and group assignments, including reflective journal entries and literature review papers for each of 30-35 students in break out rooms and 3 group assignments per group 
  • Attend all plenary lectures and field trips in order to facilitate further student discussions in breakout rooms
  • Advise student groups during group work on Dairy project and community-based experiential learning activities; this includes monitoring group discussions and maintaining communication to facilitate effective group work in breakout rooms and the community.
  • Prepare for grading assigned presentations; read papers on which students will be making oral presentations
  • Assist with the coordination of community-based experiential learning activities, including training sessions and equipment organization 
  • Grade oral presentations and prepare feedback for student groups
  • Attend weekly and end-of-term teaching team meetings
  • Facilitation of breakout/discussion groups

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

Education:  Preference will be given to students who have an undergraduate degree in Land and Food Systems or environmental sciences.

Experience:  Preference will be given to students who have the ability to correspond effectively with the Instructor, to ask questions when uncertain about their marking responsibilities, to reliably check their work for accuracy.

Skills: excellent interpersonal skills; good organizational skills; ability to set up and operate audio-visual teaching aids including LCD projector, laptop computer, and DVD player; ability to correct English usage (grammar, spelling, paragraph structure) when marking written assignments. Some experience with problem-based learning recommended.

Instructor: Dr. Will Valley
Email: will.valley@ubc.ca

 

LFS 340 001 – 2018 Winter Session, Term 2 (34 available TA support hours)

Work Performed:

  • Attend weekly lectures and participate in lecture discussions
  • Prepare and organize the classroom including displays, A/V equipment, photocopying, others duties as required
  • Using detailed marking guide, co-marking (with instructor) individual and group assignments
  • Entering grades assignments in spreadsheet and submitting grades to Connect
  • Support and facilitate in-class group discussion
  • Assisting instructor with guest lecturers and invited Aboriginal Elders
  • Some plant material collection for class demonstrations.
  • Support the management of course webpage (Word Press based)
  • Give feedback to students on group projects during office hours

Qualifications

  • Education: Preference will be given to students who have attained an undergraduate degree in Botany, First Nations Studies, Global Resource Systems or related disciplines.
  • Experience: Preference will be given to students who have the ability to communicate with the instructor, knowledgeable of traditional plant knowledge, previous exposure to Indigenous knowledge systems, prior work experience with Aboriginal people desirable.
  • Skills: ability to respond to student questions via web or in person.  Good interpersonal and organizational skills. Knowledge of Word Press, Excel, and Connect.  Effective marking skills and on-line grading tools. Responding to on-line student’s questions.

    Instructor: Dr. Eduardo Jovel
    Email: eduardo.jovel@ubc.ca

 

LFS 350 002 – 2018 Winter Session, Term 2 (120 available TA support hours)

WORK PERFORMED

The Teaching Assistant will be responsible assisting with the implementation and delivery of course instruction and activities in collaboration with the instructors:

  • Use detailed marking guide to mark two academic experiential reviews, one quiz, and a final assignment.
  • Facilitate homeroom instruction, including discussions in break out groups and other activities.
  • Advise students on their Community Experiential Learning Projects (CFSP: Community Food System Project); including proposal development, monitoring group progress and discussions on Connect.
  • Marking student presentations, and group oral presentations, and monitoring student’s participation.
  • Grade oral presentations and prepare feedback for student groups
  • Attend weekly teaching team meetings, completing required readings, attending plenary lectures
  • Completion of Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS) on-line tutorial.
  • Participation in a weekly preparatory meeting, one and half-hours.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

Education: Undergraduate degree in Land and Food Systems or environmental sciences, education, sociology, anthropology, preferred, buy not limited.  One senior level undergraduate student in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, who have completed LFS 350, may be considered for one of the TA’s positions.

Experience: Preference will be given to students able to work in interdisciplinary classrooms, experienced in facilitating teamwork, and community-based research; Self-motivated and ability to work well with minimal supervision; Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully with a wide range of groups and individuals, including community partners; Work with instructors to resolve challenges, comfortable asking questions about responsibilities, obligations, and issues arising with students

Skills: Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; excellent academic writing and presentation skills; experience operating audio-visual equipment including LCD projector, laptop computer, and DVD player, and others; ability to facilitate group discussions. Some experience with problem-based learning is desirable.

Instructor: Dr. Will Valley
Email: will.valley@ubc.ca