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Remembering the human in the loop

Celebrate Learning Week 2024

May 6 – 10, 2024

Generative AI is changing the way we think about education–it brings exciting possibilities, and poses new challenges. But as we turn our attention to technology, remembering the people at the heart of our mission becomes increasingly vital. At the 2024 Celebrate Learning Week, we will explore how to retain our focus on the human aspects of education, while absorbing and exploring this new technological landscape.

From May 6 to May 10 2024, the Provosts and Vice-President Academic from UBCO and UBCV will collaboratively present this cross-campus week-long initiative showcasing teaching and learning at UBC through open lectures, poster sessions, panel discussions, workshops and more. UBC faculty, staff and students as well as community members are encouraged to participate in Celebrate Learning Week by attending and/or coordinating events. Learn more about CLW.

Event replays

May 6

UBCV Keynote: Dr. Bryan Dewsbury | For What World Do We Prepare? Education Beyond Content

In this session, we will discuss ways in which classrooms can be reimagined as places where some of these habits can be made explicit. We will consider how leaning into our nature better positions us to adapt, to change, and to collectively take on the vexing problems that still plague society.

Moderator: Dr. Elisa Baniassad, CTLT Acting Director and Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science.

May 7

Student Panel – Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going: Navigating the Integration of Generative AI at UBC

Join us in this student panel to learn how UBC students are navigating this growing field of GenAI that is significantly impacting education. In this session, students from different disciplines will share how they are using GenAI in their learning and reflect on key considerations associated with its use.

Panel Moderator: Judy Chan, Educational Consultant, CTLT


  • Jaclyn Fong, Grad student, Masters of Library Science, Digital Tattoo student coordinator
  • Kevin Wang, Grad student, B.A. in Computer Science
  • Mohammed AJ, Electrical engineering, APSC, 3rd year
  • William Kang, BSc, Comp. Science and Math
  • Tien Nguyen, undergrad student, Statistics, Faculty of Science, Cloud Innovation Centre
  • Harshinee Sriram, Grad student (4th year PhD), Computer Science, Faculty of Science

2024 TLEF and ALT-2040 Online Showcase

The TLEF and ALT-2040 Virtual Showcase will celebrate the innovative work of TLEF and ALT-2040 project teams and showcase a diverse range of projects from both the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. During this 2-hour Virtual Showcase, TLEF and ALT-2040 project teams will present posters relating to their projects.

Hosted by:

  • Michelle Lamberson, Director, Flexible Learning Special Projects, UBCO
  • Jeff Miller, CTLT Senior Associate Director, Projects and Faculty Partnerships/ TLEF, UBCV
May 8

Faculty Panel – Where We Have Been and Where We Are Going: Navigating the Integration of Generative AI at UBC

This panel aims to foster a rich discussion on how Generative AI is reshaping the educational landscape, from enhancing pedagogical practices to reimagining assessments and preparing students for a future where AI is an integral part of professional life. Join us for a thought-provoking session that delves into the complexities, potential, and future directions of teaching with Generative AI.


  • Joseph Topornycky, Manager, Graduate  Student  Programs | The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UBCV


  • Andrew Owen, Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Political Science | Faculty of Arts, UBCV
  • Qingshi Tu, Assistant Professor, Industrial Ecology/Sustainability Engineering, Department of Wood Science | Faculty of Forestry, UBCV
  • Brianne Orr-Álvarez, Associate Professor of Teaching | Associate Head of Spanish Studies | Language Program Director of Spanish (Acting), UBCV
  • Kari Grain, Adult Learning and Global Change, Program Coordinator/Lecturer | Faculty of Education, UBCV
  • Vikas Menghwani, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science | Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, UBCO
  • Jane Jun, Southern Medical Program Librarian;| Health & Exercise Sciences | Nursing, UBCO
May 9

Tech Panel – Empowering Education: Unveiling the Potential of Generative AI in the Classroom

Join us for an exploration into the integration of Generative AI within our teaching practices. This panel brings together educators, technology experts, and early adopters in the field to share their direct experiences with employing GenAI in learning environments. They will discuss both the hurdles and victories they’ve encountered, providing their viewpoints of what it means to integrate this technology into teaching.


  • Dr. Elisa Baniassad, Associate Professor of Teaching, UBC Computer Science; Acting Academic Director, CTLT
  • Dr. Ramon Lawrence, Professor Computer Science, UBC O, Director, CTL
  • Dr. Joss Ives, Associate Professor of Teaching, UBC Physics and Astronomy
  • Dr. Firas Moosvi, Lecturer, UBC Computer Science
  • Jon Festinger K.C., Associate Professor of Teaching, Peter A. Allard School of Law


  • Rich Tape, CTLT Programmer Analyst II, UBCV

Leading Through Change – UBC Leaders Talk Incorporating GenAI And Preparing For The New Reality

Join us as UBC leaders in teaching and learning, technology, and academic integrity, look back at how they navigated the sudden shift in how we work, learn, and teach, and discuss what is next to come.


  • Dr. Christina Hendricks, Professor of Teaching Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Teaching and Learning pro tem, UBCV
  • Dr. Ainsley Rouse, Associate Director, Academic Integrity Hub, Office of the Vice-President, Academic, UBCV
  • Heather Berringer, Associate Provost, Academic Operations and Services, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, UBCO
  • Dr. Elisa Baniassad, CTLT Acting Director and Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science, UBCV
  • Jennifer Burns, Associate Vice President Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, UBCV


  • Dr. Ramon Lawrence, CTL Academic Director, UBCO

We acknowledge that Celebrate Learning Week is being hosted on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Syilx Okanagan Nation and the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People. The organizing committee would like to express its gratitude to those communities for all of their contributions to the teaching and learning community at UBC. We encourage everyone to learn more about the relationships between UBC and the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) People + the Syilx Okanagan Nation.