LFS TA Community of Practice Virtual Meeting, October 1, 2020


Dear LFS TAs,

We hope you are keeping well and safe and enjoying the fall semester.

Having a space to share insights or troubleshoot issues is an important part of your professional development. Our Community of Practice space is a monthly, informal virtual get-together for all TAs  primarily to learn from each other.

The purpose of the upcoming COP next week Thursday is to share and hear experiences (new and returning TAs) of online teaching assistance in the new normal. This information is critical as it provides evidence to inform and guide programming and training based on your needs.

Below are the meeting details;

WHEN: October 1, 2020

TIME: 10-11PM

WHERE: Virtual, a link will be sent out to the responders in due time.

If you interested in being part of this discussion, RSVP at the link below


Looking forward to hearing from you at the Community of Practice Virtual Meeting.

Lennie and Tebby
LFS TA Training Program Coordinators


COVID-19 and Africa Webinar Series, hosted by UBC


Posted for your information by request of Tebby Leepile, LFS TA Co-ordinator.
Contact  www.linaubc.ca/covid19economies,  as noted in the poster below, for details or to register. 


Dear LINA Community,

Liu Institute Network for Africa (LINA) at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), UBC, will be hosting another webinar exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on socioeconomic development across Africa and the measures necessary for the post-pandemic recovery. The webinar will take place next week Wednesday, September 30, from 9am–10:30am Pacific Time (Vancouver). Please find the poster attached. Registration is free.


Dr. David Luke, Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Ms. Amanda Dakouré, Senior Legal Counsel, African Development Bank

Prof. Damilola Olawuyi, Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Nigeria, Associate Professor, HBKU College of Law, Qatar, and Vice Chair, International Law Association

Ms. Caroline Wanjiku Saroni, Chairperson, Advocates Complaints Commission – Office of the Attorney General; Representative of the Attorney General of Kenya on the National Multi-Agency Command Center – COVID 19, Government of Kenya

 Moderator: Dr. Sara Ghebremusse, Assistant Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law, UBC

Opening remarks: Professor Santa Ono, UBC’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor.

To learn more and register, please go to the website of LINA or SPPGA. You can direct questions to Temi Onifade at temitope@onifade.org or info@linaubc.ca.

Thank you.
Temi Onifade
LINA Co-Chair and Vanier Scholar, UBC
For LINA Steering Committee

LINA Steering Committee: Eseohe Ojo, Joseph Ogbede, Love-Ese Chile, Kimani wa Karangu, Sylvanna Baugh, Tebogo Leepile, Temitope Onifade, Temitayo Olarewaju

Leading Online Discussions (for LFS TAs)


Thu, Sep 17 | 10 – 11:30 AM

This online workshop is designed to help TAs enhance their teaching skills in learner-centered environments and succeed in leading online discussions. Come prepared to engage in active learning and to participate in a role play activity.

Facilitators: Drs. Judy Chan and Cyprien Lomas

Registration link: http://bit.ly/LFSdiscuss


Information forwarded to the TA Portal by: Lennie Cheung, LFS TA Coordinator

UBC TA Institute: Sept 10-16, 2020


From: Ghuman, Sukhi
Sent: August 27, 2020 10:04 AM
Subject: UBC TA Institute: Sept 10-16, 2020

Hi there,

I hope you’re doing well. …

The CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute is five days of free professional development workshops for UBC graduate students and undergraduate TAs. The TA Institute from September 10 – 16, 2020, includes a collection of workshops designed to support TAs as their roles change with the move to online courses this fall. Sessions include; leading synchronous and asynchronous discussions online, TA’ing large classes, exploring Zoom, supporting student well-being and managing technical difficulties. View the full schedule of events and learn more at https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/ta-institute/september-2020-ta-institute/. Recordings and resources from past online sessions can be found here.  …



Sukhi Ghuman  (She, Her, Hers)

Manager, Marketing and Events

Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

214 – 1961 East Mall | Vancouver BC | V6R 1Z1 Canada

Phone 604 827 4816 | Cell 604 315 2599

sukhi.ghuman@ubc.ca | @UBC_CTLT

http://www.ctlt.ubc.ca | http://events.ctlt.ubc.ca

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UBC Student Services resources and tools


UBC’s Student Communications Services has updated their online resources to help students who may be travelling to Canada during COVID, and who want to find information more easily.

Students.ubc.ca updates

Travelling to Canada Guide: https://students.ubc.ca/new-to-ubc/travelling-to-canada
We created this step-by-step guide in coordination with International Student Advising for international students who want to travel to Canada during COVID-19.

International Student Guide: students.ubc.ca/international
We updated the International Student Guide to make it easier for students to find critical and timely support, immigration information, resources, and steps they need to take before they start their studies.

UBC Student Services: students.ubc.ca/about
This refreshed page provides students a scannable list, with brief descriptions, of student services units on the Vancouver campus, categorized to match student mental models. This is linked from “Contact Us” in the footer on all students.ubc.capages.

Student support and resources: students.ubc.ca/support
We expanded and updated this page, which introduces students to supports, tips, and resources based on general topics (ie: Money, Health, Career, etc.) rather than organizational structure. This linked from the yellow “Support” button on the top navigation menu on all students.ubc.ca pages.

Teaching Assistant Workshops on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


Delivered by UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office, the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) in TAing workshops support new and returning teaching assistants in incorporating equity, diversity, and inclusion into their work.

If you are an incoming teaching assistant, sign-up now and learn how to create more inclusive and thriving classroom environments. Sessions start September 10 and cover three specific areas that intentional EDI efforts can enhance: a) students’ sense of belonging; b) their engagement with content and assessment; and c) the skills needed to work across difference.

Check here for information:  UBC’s Equity & Inclusion Office – Teaching Assistant Workshops


Virtual Orientation for LFS Teaching Assistants


The annual Orientation for LFS Teaching Assistants will be held virtually on Friday, August 28th from 10 AM to 12 PM. This session is a wonderful opportunity for new TAs to meet key personnel in our faculty and each other. Topics to be covered include TA roles and responsibilities, confidentiality and best practices, online teaching tools used at UBC, the Learning Centre resources, and the CUPE 2278 collective agreement.

Instructors who will be supervising first-time TAs in 2020-21 may want to encourage these students to attend the event.

Meeting access and additional event information will be sent after registration at: http://bit.ly/LFSTA2020

TAship Opportunities: FNH 415 001 Winter Term 1 – Business Concepts in Food, Nutrition and Health





Hello Graduate and Undergraduate students,

I am hiring a GAA/UAA for a 20-hour project starting mid-August and running until about mid-September (4-5 hours a week).

It is for FNH 415 001 Winter Term 1 (Business Concepts in Food, Nutrition & Health)

I need someone who can help with:

1. Designing PowerPoint slides (content provided by instructor)
2. Cutting pre-recorded lectures into shorter elements / editing via Camtasia
3. Setup and testing of various features of Collaborate Ultra
4. Setting up quizzes and assessments in Canvas.
  • If interested, please contact me directly at:  jessica.oman@sauder.ubc.ca 
Dr. Jessica Oman
LFS Adjunct Professor

CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute – July 20 – 24, 2020


CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute

The CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute is a week long event of free professional development workshops open to UBC graduate students and undergraduate TAs.

The TA Institute runs from , and includes a collection of workshops designed to support TAs as their roles change with the move to online courses. Sessions include supporting inclusive online classrooms, TA’ing large online classes, preparing for technical difficulties, time management, and leading both asynchronous and synchronous discussion groups.

View the full schedule of events and learn more at https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/ta-institute/july-2020-ta-institute/.

TAship Opportunities: APBI 361 Winter Term 2 – Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability


TAs needed to TA for APBI 361 001 Courses in Winter Term 2 –2020.
Email Dr. DeLisa Lewis at delisa.lewis@ubc.ca  by Friday, July 10th, 2020.

APBI 361 001 Course Description

A detailed exploration of biophysical, economic, and social ecosystem sustainability indicators for primary production subsystems.


Experience with participation in Web-based learning environment (such as Connect Learning Management System ) is an asset but not essential. Experience correcting/editing/grading/marking/assessing the work of others at an undergraduate level is essential. For undergraduate applicants, successful completion of this APBI 361001course is desirable. Experience in research or critical assessment of scientific research is an asset, but not essential. Experience that shows a desire to facilitate learning is an asset. Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills; good organizational skills; Must have consistent and reliable access to personal computer with internet; ability to correct English and references usage (grammar, spelling, paragraph structure, APA format) when marking written assignments.

Work Performed:

Marking online discussions and other written assignments in an accurate and timely manner. Communicate regularly and briefly with course instructor with questions of marking approach and assignment expectations.

  • Attend and play an active role in each class as described below.
  • Assist faculty instructors with several aspects of the course including:  tracking homework and in-class participation on a spreadsheet, preparing some class materials, facilitating classroom activities and meeting with students during office hours.
  • Assist students in their online Calibrated Peer Review work and other flexible learning that replaces face-to-face class time once every two weeks.
  • Though instructors will mark major writing assignments, TAs give students feedback on homework assignments and some in-class written reflections and assist instructors for a second look at selected writing assignments.
  • Lead some portions of classes, and on occasion teach a class, using lesson plans and other guides and materials.
  • Track and respond to queries by students via Connect and email, with input by instructor and course coordinator as needed
  • Assist in adjudicating and marking the final exam (following detailed instructions and an answer key.)
  • Attend and take part in a 1.5-hour instructional support meeting once every two weeks at times and dates mutually agreed upon.
  • Conduct special projects during term and after classes are over, such as creating new course materials, updating Connect and other projects mutually agreed upon.
  • Perform other duties as required


 See current pay scales in UBC HR website. Search for “UBC HR TA Salary Scales”.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  We encourage all qualified applicants to apply.


Email Dr. DeLisa Lewis at delisa.lewis@ubc.ca  by Friday, July 10th, 2020.