Past Sessions

Arts ISIT New Faculty Meet and Greet – September 1, 2022


This 60-minute session will help prepare new Arts faculty with the resources and knowledge needed to deliver their courses effectively. Come meet us in-person at BUCH B125 or on Zoom to learn more about the many learning tools available to choose from for use in your courses, options for booking equipment to facilitate course delivery or assessment, or about the multiple avenues of support offered at Arts ISIT that are available to you as a faculty member.

Getting Started with Jupyter for Teaching and Learning – August 24, 2022


Jupyter is a system of open-source tools designed to support interactive, reproducible, and engaging data analysis. Based on the literate computing paradigm, it combines code, narrative, visualization, and output into a single document.  Particularly oriented towards web-based tools, it offers many advantages for teaching and learning – at both an introductory and advanced level.

In this 90 minute online faculty led workshop, participants will be introduced to Jupyter, and learn some of the skills, tools, and best practices for including it in your teaching practice. We will also discuss some of the benefits and challenges it can create, and how to get the best experience from this tool. We will also get some hands-on experience, and identify resources for further learning.

No coding experience is necessary!

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe how Jupyter operates, and the different tools and uses available
  • Understand the different options for using Jupyter, both at UBC and in general
  • Select tools that best facilitate your classroom needs and teaching experiences
  • Create a simple Jupyter Notebook including both code and writing
  • Save, export, and share Jupyter Notebooks with others
  • Use Jupyter in conjunction with tools such as Canvas or a website

Guest Speaker

Jonathan Graves

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Majors Program Advisor
Vancouver School of Economics

Add a Third Dimension to Your Classroom with Virtual Objects – November 25, 2021


3D virtual objects offer new possibilities to reimagine and enhance student learning by providing students with opportunities to explore and investigate objects on their own time, have simulated access to rare objects and increase spatial understanding.

In this session, Suzie Lavallee, Professor of Teaching in the Faculty of Forestry and experts from UBC Studios, will share:

  • how to enhance your teaching through ready-made 3D virtual objects
  • how to incorporate multimedia in Canvas or your classroom
  • information about the process for creating 3D virtual resources and the resources and people who can help, if you are having trouble finding something that fits your teaching purpose.

Join this session to learn more about how 3D virtual objects can engage your students and guide them to deeper understanding of course materials.

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Guest Speaker

Suzie Lavallee

Professor of Teaching
Academic Director, Vantage College
Faculty of Forestry

“A Teaching Manifesto on the Assembly”: Co-Facilitating Collaborative, Participatory Learning in SPAN 280: Revolution! – October 7, 2021


In this 60 minute interactive webinar, Dr. Brianne Orr-Álvarez (FHIS) will share the pedagogic approaches she uses in her SPAN 280 – Revolution! literature course, which draws students from diverse UBC Arts disciplines. In SPAN 280, Dr. Orr-Álvarez empowers students to build shared knowledge and community through weekly student-led discussions called “The Assembly.” The Assembly is part of a carefully-integrated sequence of teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks designed to value students’ voices, prior knowledge, and personal inquiries/curiosities as they explore the history of revolutionary movements in Latin America through the lens of the literary and historical texts produced as part of these movements. Dr. Orr-Álvarez will share key instructional patterns that make “The Assembly” a powerful and effective learning experience for students, will discuss the challenges of taking the Assembly online using Microsoft OneDrive during the COVID-19 pandemic, and offer suggestions for co-facilitating learning through discussion and collaboration with students.


Guest Speaker

Brianne Orr-Álvarez

Assistant Professor of Teaching
Director, FHIS Learning Centre
Department of French, Hispanic, and Italian Studies