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

Upcoming Workshop and ISW spots for LFS TAs

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Hi Teaching Assistants!

Hope the term is going well and that you are all doing well. Just wanted to let you all know that we have an upcoming workshop for LFS Teaching Assistants.

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Workshop: Strategies for Emotional & Social Learning

Workshop description: In this session, participants will develop and identify emotional and cognitive skills needed for engaging in emotionally charged situations with students. We will explore a number of key strategies to build confidence and self-esteem in students when offering them feedback.

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Instructional Skills Workshop – Preferential Access for LFS Teaching Assistants

As you may know, all graduate students at UBC can attend the very popular Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT).  Usually the workshop has a very long waitlist and is difficult to get into. LFS has secured spots for teaching assistants (each valued at $200) which allows you to bypass the waitlist. We have nine spots remaining.

If you are interested in taking this workshop, please email us at colind@mail.ubc.ca with the following information:

  1. Your name, graduate degree program and courses you are currently or intend to TA/teach.
  2. A brief description of how the ISW contributes to your teaching development (150 words).
  3. Your top three choices for the following dates:

January 19, 20, 26, 2019

January 27, February 2, 3, 2019

February 4, 6, 7, 2019

February 9, 16, 17, 2019

March 2, 9, 10, 2019

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As always, do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

Colin & 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

Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop WAITLIST REGISTRATION is now OPEN for November 3, 4, 10 2018

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Graduate Instructional Skills Workshop

Waitlist registration is now open for the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) November 3, 4, 10 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 November 3, 4, 10 2018 ISW please go to the following link and sign-up:

https://events.ctlt.ubc.ca/events/graduate-instructional-skills-workshop-november-3-4-10-2018/

Waitlist registration will close on Friday October 5 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

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