Waitlist Registration is now OPEN for October 21, 27, 28 2018 Grad ISW

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Subject: Waitlist Registration is now OPEN for October 21, 27, 28 2018 Grad ISW

 

Waitlist registration is now open for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) October 21, 27, 28 2018.  The ISW is a 3-day intensive workshop that develops participant’s teaching skills and confidence.  It is appropriate for first time teachers or those with years of experience.  Join the thousands of students who have taken this workshop. The ISW is an internationally recognized program and students receive transcript notation for their participation. In addition, graduate students in STEM departments are eligible to become CIRTL associates upon completion of the workshop.

IMPORTANT: The workshop runs from 8:15am-5:00pm. Please note you must attend all three days for the complete duration of the workshop, i.e. the entire 24-hour workshop.

This workshop is always in high demand. To register for the October 21, 27, 28 2018 ISW please go to the following link and sign-up:

https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/graduate-instructional-skills-workshop-october-21-27-28-2018/

Waitlist registration will close on Friday Sept 21 at 4:30pmBy clicking this link, you can register for the waitlist, however this does not register you for the workshop. If you are accepted into the workshop, you will be contacted directly by our office after registration closes.

Elisa Herman
Events Assistant
Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
214-1961 East Mall  | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z1 Canada
Phone 604 827 4871
elisa.herman@ubc.ca | @UBC_CTLT

http://www.ctlt.ubc.ca

 

Reminder: Problem-based Learning (PBL) Workshop for TAs in LFS

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Reminder:

Problem-based Learning (PBL) Workshop for TAs in LFS

Friday, September 7, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, FNH Room 300

A few spots are still available; see below to register. If you have already registered, but are no longer available to participate, please also let us know.

Problem based learning (PBL) is a technique that prompts groups of students to carefully analyse a problem to determine what they need to start solving the problem. It requires a different skillset from ‘normal’ TAing.

Come join us for a morning to find out what PBL is, what makes it unique, and how you can succeed in serving as a TA in a PBL course.

While the workshop is designed to support TAs in PBL, all TAs are welcome to participate to enhance your teaching skill in learner-centered environment.

Registration is required. Please let us know your name, TA experience, and your goals for this workshop by completing this registration form.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6yDXXkxOTQ1zm8R

Should you have any question about this workshop, please contact Judy Chan, Judy.Chan@ubc.ca

or Cyprien Lomas, Cyprien.Lomas@ubc.ca.

Important Memo from the TA Union

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Greetings from the TA Union office!

I am writing to let you know about three items for the start of the year:

1.     Orientation Meetings for new TAs and Markers:

We are hosting two orientations for new Teaching Assistants and Markers from all departments. Since we will not have contact information for our new members until October, would you please advertise these meetings to your TAs and Markers? Here are the details:

Wednesday, September 5, 12:15, in the GSS Loft

Thursday, September 13, 5:00, in the GSS Loft

One of the key sources of information at our orientation meetings is our Quick Guide to the Collective Agreement, which is on our web site: Quick Guide to the Collective Agreement

 2.     Allocation of Hours Form

According to Article 12.02 of our Collective Agreement with UBC, an Allocation of Hours Form must be filled out for every TA and Marker. This form (or an equivalent one of your own design) can be used for this purpose. If this link does not work for you, please email me and I will resend it as an attachment.

3.     Dues Deduction Forms

Just a friendly reminder that our office no longer needs to receive the signed dues deduction forms that newly hired TAs fill out. These forms can be kept on file in your department.

Wishing you a great Labour Day weekend and a smooth start to the fall term,

Bridget Donald

Administrative Coordinator

Term 1 LFS TA Training Orientation

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LFS TA Handbook – 201819

Dear Term 1 LFS TA’s!

Mark your calendars as the LFS TA Training Orientation is fast approaching!  If you will be 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: Wednesday, September 5th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in AGORA basement – MacMillan Building.

***Beverages and lunch will be provided***  

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 TAand what you can expect

Please register before September 5th by filling out this Google Form.

Bring your laptops or tablets with a copy of the TA Orientation Handbook (attached). In an effort 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.

Best regards,

Colin Dring  & Jun Obayashi

Teaching Assistant Training Coordinators | Land and Food Systems

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

 

 

Problem-based Learning (PBL) Workshop for Teaching Assistants in LFS

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Problem-based Learning (PBL) Workshop for TAs in LFS

Problem based learning (PBL) is a technique that prompts groups of students to carefully analyse a problem to determine what they need to start solving the problem. It requires a different skillset from ‘normal’ TAing.

Come join us for a morning to find out what PBL is, what makes it unique, and how you can succeed in serving as a TA in a PBL course.

While the workshop is designed to support TAs in PBL, all TAs are welcome to participate to enhance your teaching skill in learner-centered environment.

The workshop will be on Friday, September 7, from 9:30 am to 12:20 pm, in FNH Room 300. Registration is required. Please let us know your name, TA experience, and your goals for this workshop by completing this registration form.

https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6yDXXkxOTQ1zm8R

Should

you have any question about this workshop, please contact LFS Education Consultant, Judy Chan, at

Judy.Chan@ubc.ca

Call for Applications for Teaching Assistant

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Call for Applications for Teaching Assistant

Course No.:  FRST 110 – Term 1 Instructor:  Fernanda Tomaselli
Course Name:  Land One: First year Integrative Seminar Total No. Required:   1 GTA
Required Qualifications:

·         A degree in forestry, land and food systems, conservation, resource management or a related field with an emphasis on/or interest in social dimensions

·         General understanding of forestry, food and sustainability issues in different geographic contexts

·         Good writing and editing skills

·         Good inter-personal skills

·         Experience with marking and providing feedback  is an asset

Description of General Nature of Duties:

·         Marking of essay assignments throughout the term

·         Coordinating student blog and other feedback via Canvas

·         Grading short quizzes

·         Coordinating and participating in two field trips

·         Assist in other general duties

Hours Allotted:   6 hours/week for 16 weeks

If interested in applying email the instructor: fernanda.tomaselli@ubc.ca

Call for TA applicants for LFS 450 001

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Call for TA applicants for LFS 450 001 (term 2)

Problem-based analysis of complex case studies aimed at increasing the sustainability of the UBC Vancouver campus food system. The main activities are integrated into the ongoing UBC Food System Project. Cases are specifically designed to require development of integrated disciplinary and interdisciplinary analysis.

Instructor is looking for someone with previous TA experience, solid writing and communications skills, and high degree of comfort-ability supporting and assessing interdisciplinary projects.

WORK PERFORMED

As a TA:

  • Attend all classes and assist with class and group facilitation
  • Participate in teaching team meetings and meetings with instructor
  • Read all Required Reading Materials in preparation for class discussions
  • Consult with students as needed to support individual and group assignments and learning needs (including meetings, email communication and responding to Canvas discussions)
  • Mark assignments:  Practitioner Literature Review (30-40), UBC Food System Project Proposal and Final Report (5-8) and Interim and Final presentations (5-8)
  • Review various  individual assignments for participation marks
  • Prepare and tabulate individual and group participation marks
  • Take attendance
  • Prepare and tabulate individual and group participation marks
  • Enter marks in Canvas
  • Other duties as required

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

Education: Graduate degree in an area related to Agriculture, Food Science, or Sustainability.

Experience: Experience in local food system analysis, critical thought, argumentation, and essay construction.

Skills: Good organizational skills and ability to correct / edit English essays for usage (i.e., grammar, spelling), structure, logic, and argument construction.

How to apply:

If you are interested in this position, please log onto TA portal and submit an application. If you have already submitted a TA application, please add this course to your list. https://ubclfs-gradapp.landfood.ubc.ca/

TA Wellness Study – UBC – Request for Focus Group Participation

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Dear Teaching Assistants,

My name is Nicole Malette, and I am a Research Assistant for The University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. You are being asked to take part in a study about TA Wellness because you are or have been a Teaching Assistant (TA) for UBC. We want to survey TAs to learn more about the types of support they are receiving pertaining to their wellness, and the TA experiences they find most stressful. If you would like to participate in a focus group with other UBC TAs (1.5 hours maximum), please indicate your availability in the following link or by contacting Nicole Malette (n.malette@alumni.ubc.ca).

Thank you!

Sign up for Focus Groups here: https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9BIroLXmtN4tEj3

For more information you can contact: TA Wellness Project Research Team

Dr. Christina Hendricks (Principal Investigator)
Academic Director, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia
Christina.hendricks@ubc.ca

Dr. Shaya Golparian (Co-Investigator)
Educational Developer, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
The University of British Columbia
Shaya.golparian@ubc.ca

Nicole Malette (Co-Investigator)
Research Assistant, Department of Sociology
The University of British Columbia
n.malette@alumni.ubc.ca

Acting Manager, Graduate Programs

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68% of the 2018 Winter Session TA assignments have been finalized!!  Instructors have until July 13 to select their TA’s.  The last of the offers should be going out by the end of July.

I will be away until Fall.  In my place, Dan Naidu will be working on TA appointments.  He can be reached at lfs.ta@ubc.ca

Have a GREAT summer!

Shelley