LFS TAs: Re-Orientation, LC Lunch & Learns, and new Course Design Hub on Canvas


Hello LFS TAs,

Now that we’ve all hopefully had a chance to settle into the new semester, we’d like to highlight a few exciting resources available to you. All are aimed to help support your roles as TAs.

LFS TA Re-Orientation for New TAs (Fri Feb 5, 11 AM – 12 PM PST via Zoom)
New and returning TAs are invited to attend this brief session for an introduction (or review) of relevant TA resources including the TA application system, your union collective agreement, and professional development opportunities, and to meet key LFS staff, CUPE 2278 union representatives, and fellow TAs.
Please register here: http://bit.ly/LFSTA_reorientation

Learning Centre Lunch & Learns (Fridays, 12-1 PM via Zoom)
Engage with topic experts, faculty members, and your peers at these weekly sessions and learn more about timely, teaching-related subjects. These sessions provide answers to a wide-array of questions including

  • Why can you make some movie scenes available on Canvas as course materials, but not a clip from a Netflix series (Jan 8)?
  • How can game design be leveraged for automated and individualized student learning paths on Canvas? (Dec 4)
  • What are some considerations for planning an immersive virtual field trip (Oct 16)?

For more information and to register, please visit: https://lc.landfood.ubc.ca/workshops/lunch-and-learn/

LFS Course Design Hub on Canvas
Created by the Learning Centre for the LFS teaching community, this Canvas course is a living space for sharing knowledge and content related to online teaching. Explore at your own pace the different guides and tools, and add your own resources.
To enroll, please visit: https://canvas.ubc.ca/enroll/XHJ36F
As this is an evolving resource, please let us know if you have any feedback on the existing page.

Until next time,
Your LFS TA Coordinators

Lennie Cheung   lennie.cheung@ubc.ca, and
Tebby Leepile     tebogo.leepile@ubc.ca

UBC TA Institute: Jan 11-15, 2021


CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute Communications Toolkit



The CTLT Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute is a week of free professional development workshops open to any graduate and undergraduate TA. From January 11-15, 2021, the TA Institute will include a collection of workshops designed to support TAs as their roles change with the move to online teaching and learning.

Sessions include, but aren’t limited to: Online Presentation and Lecturing Skills, Designing Impactful Activities for Online Learning, Time Management Skills for Graduate Students and TAs, and Holding Space for Anti-Racism and Solidarity in Teaching Practice.

This year, workshops are organized into 6 themes, and if attendees complete 4 workshops within a theme, and complete the related pre & post-session online modules, they will be eligible for a letter of completion that can be included in a Teaching Portfolio or CV.

View the full schedule of events and learn more at: https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/ta-institute/january-2021-ta-institute/


All UBC graduate and undergraduate TAs.



Twitter Messaging

  • Grad students and TAs @UBC! Are you interested in developing your online teaching and learning practices? Register for the @UBC_CTLT TA Institute from January 11-15 to help you prepare for your upcoming online courses!

Learn more and register: https://t.co/qkCtmscT8s?amp=1

Facebook Messaging

Graduate and undergraduate TAs! You are invited to the CTLT’s TA Institute!


From January 11-15, join us online for several free workshops that are designed to support, and help you navigate your role as a TA with the move to online courses.

Learn more and register: https://t.co/qkCtmscT8s?amp=1


We would appreciate your support in amplifying these messages:



CTLT Teaching Assistant Institute

The Teaching Assistant (TA) Institute offers free professional development for UBC graduate and undergraduate students. The five days of workshops are designed to support TAs as their roles change with the move to online classes. To register and learn more, visit https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/ta-institute/january-2021-ta-institute/



If you have any questions about this Communications Toolkit, please contact:

Sukhi Ghuman, Manager, Marketing & Events, CTLT


LFS Faculty & TA Remote Teaching Boot Camp (Jan 4-8)


Happy New Year LFS Teaching Assistants,

As we begin preparing for the academic term, we’d like to bring your attention to The Learning Centre’s Faculty & TA Remote Teaching Boot Camp happening this week. This event would be particularly useful forfirst time TAs or TAs new to remote teaching:
Faculty & TA Remote Teaching Boot Camp (Jan 4-8)
The Learning Centre is offering a wealth of resources, discussions, and opportunities to connect for all teaching staff including faculty and TAs. Sessions will be delivered in a Lunch & Learn style on topics including:
  • Mon, Jan 4( 12-1 PM): Home setup
  • Tue, Jan 5 (12-1 PM): Accessibility
  • Wed, Jan 6 (12-1 PM): Course organization
  • Thu, Jan 7 (12-1 PM): Course community
  • Fri, Jan 8 (12-1 PM): Remote tests
Each session is preceded by a morning social (10-11 AM). For more information and to register, please visit:
Additional resources pertaining to the LFS TA Training Program will be disseminated throughout this month.
Best wishes for your 2021 teaching assistantships from your TA Coordinators.

Lennie and Tebby
TA Training Program Coordinators

For more information email lennie.cheung@ubc.ca or tebogo.leepile@ubc.ca