Graduate Students in Teaching Conference – May 7 + 8, 2024

Event Date & Time

  • Day 1
    May 7, 2024
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Day 2
    May 8, 2024
    9:30 am - 2:20 pm

Event Description

Please click “Register Now” to register for this event. The conference will be held online via Zoom and the Zoom link(s) will be emailed 2-3 days prior to the event.

This Graduate Students in Teaching (GSiT) conference is a two day annual conference that typically takes place during the Celebrate Learning Week At the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC. This conference is an opportunity for graduate students to focus on the present and future role of graduate students in teaching: graduate students teaching now, as well as graduate students as future faculty.

Conference Fee:
Free for UBC Graduate Students: $0
Fee for non-UBC Graduate Students: $30

GSiT Program

View more information about the Conference and the full program with details of each session on the GSiT website.

Day 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

  1. 9:30 – 9:45 am PT


  2. 9:45 – 11:15 am PT

    90-minute participatory session

    Realignment: Bridging Learning and Assessment Through Effective Rubrics

    Facilitators: Kabir Bhalla, Graduate Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC-V

    Kelsey Wilson, Graduate Student, Department of English Language and Literatures, UBC-V

  3. 11:15 – 11:30 am PT


  4. 11:30 – 11:50 am PT

    20-minute SoTL/TAR presentations

    Trialing Different Peer Feedback Formats

    Presenter: Jessica Quinton, Grad Student, Faculty of Forestry, UBC-V

    The Acquisition of Third Person Singular Pronouns by Chinese EFL Students

    Presenters: Shenli Zhang, Grad Student, Education Department, University of Alberta

  5. 11:50 am – 11:55 pm PT


  6. 11:55 am – 12:15 pm PT

    20-minute SoTL/TAR presentations

    Why Do We Care: Identifying Personal Values as a Motivational Tool in Education

    Presenter: Ilke Geladi, Grad Student, Sessional Instructor, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC-V

    A Blended Learning Model for Biochemistry

    Presenter: Brenna Hay, PhD Candidate, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UBC

  7. 12:15 – 12:30 pm PT


  8. 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT

    60-minute participatory session

    Story-listening as a Way of Teaching and Researching

    Presenter: Rafael Pellizzer Soares, PhD Student, Secondary Education, University of Alberta

  9. 1:30 – 1:45 pm PT


  10. 1:45 – 2:05 pm PT

    20-minute Round Table Discussion

    Encouraging Intuitive Problem-Solving in Undergraduate Students

    Presenter: Mikaela Lewis, PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering department, University of Waterloo

  11. 2:05 – 2:20 pm PT


  12. 2:20- 3:20 pm PT

    60-minute participatory session

    Seeding Hope when Teaching About the Climate Crisis

    Presenters: Keisha Maloney, PhD Candidate, School of Community and Regional Planning, UBC-V

  13. 3:20 – 3:30 pm PT


Day 2: Wednesday, May 8, 2024

  1. 9:30 – 9:45 am PT


  2. 9:45 – 10:45 am PT

    60-minute participatory session

    Learning through Games: Reviving Students’ Passion for Education


    Aleesha Noreen, Ph.D. Student, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE UofT

    Sakina Rizvi, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill

  3. 10:45 – 11:00 am PT


  4. 11:00 – 11:20 am PT

    20-minute SoTL/TAR presentations

    Empowering Essay Writing and Enhancing Understanding of Research Articles

    Presenter: Busra Turgu, Graduate Student, Department of Molecular Oncology, UBC-V

    A Hybrid Active-Passive Learning Approach for Structural Engineering Courses

    Presenter: Amr Abdallah, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil Engineering, UBC-O

  5. 11:20 am – 11:25 pm PT


  6. 11:25 am – 1:45 pm PT

    20-minute SoTL/TAR presentations

    Building Expert-like Strategies for Critically Evaluating Primary Literature

    Presenter: Kabir Bhalla, Graduate Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC-V

    Supporting Expert-Like Thinking in First Year Inquiry Labs

    Presenter: Aaron Kraft, Grad Student, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UBC-V

  7. 11:45 am – 12:00 pm PT


  8. 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT

    60-minute participatory session

    Collaborative Learning in Large Classrooms

    Presenter: Meet Upadhyay, PhD student, Materials Engineering, UBC-V

  9. 1:00 – 1:15 pm PT


  10. 1:15 – 2:15 pm PT

    60-minute participatory session

    Choose Your Own Adventure: Learner-led Engagement and Expression


    Lucie Kotěšovská, PhD Candidate, English Department, UVIC

    Barbara Clerihue, PhD Candidate, Theatre Department, UVIC

  11. 2:15 – 2:20 pm PT