Workshops - Faculty

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The Center for Educational Effectiveness has a number of workshop series to support faculty who want to advance, enhance, or fine-tune their teaching. Each experiential workshop series offers practical, evidence-based methods of classroom and laboratory education that you can apply in your classes right away. We have three different series to select from: Innovations in Teaching, Active Learning Elements, and Foundations in Teaching. Below is an overview of our Fall 2017 offerings. Faculty are welcome to attend any number of these stand-alone workshops.Those who attend five or more of the sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Participation for the 2017 Fall Teaching Workshop Series.

If you would like to share your Innovations in Teaching, please contact cee@ucdavis.edu with the subject “Innovations in Teaching” and we’ll follow up with you. This a great way to showcase your teaching strategies and get direct feedback from peers and members of the UC Davis Teaching Community.

Managing Microaggressions and Promoting Community in the Classroom

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Cecilia Gomez, Ph.D., Center for Education Effectiveness
A light lunch will be provided

Microaggressions can occur at any time. Managing microaggressions is an important part of creating community and establishing a civil climate in the classroom. In this interactive session, participants will learn about strategies they can use to mitigate microaggressions and promote academic and respectful discourse.

Teaching first-generation students

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Monica Torreiro-Casal, Ph.D., Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies
A light lunch will be provided

First-generation college students present unique strengths and challenges, as they are the first ones in their families to attend college. In this interactive workshop, we will discuss teaching strategies to effectively work with these students, including the importance of mentorship, cultural awareness, and one-on-one interactions, as well as how instructors can promote students’ adjustment to college and academic success in a variety of class settings.

Scaffolding Instruction to Enhance Student Learning

Friday, November 3, 2017 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Patricia Turner, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness
A light lunch will be provided

Students learn better when they can connect what they are learning with what they already know. This interactive session presents a generative framework for designing effective instruction that scaffolds students’ understanding of complex concepts while promoting active learning in the classroom.

Activities to Promote Student Learning

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Kem Saichaie, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness
A light lunch will be provided

Creating learning opportunities takes intentional design and thought. During this interactive workshop, participants will engage in developing activities that emphasize critical thinking, collaboration, and allow students apply what they are learning in the course. Participants should come prepared build a new assignment or fine-tune an existing activity.

Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned

Friday, November 17, 2017 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Luca Comai, Ph.D., Department of Plant Biology
A light lunch will be provided

The flipped model of instruction has many advantages for students and faculty, such as more time to focus on problem-solving during class. The model also requires thoughtful approach to course design. Luca Comai will share his approach and outcome to flipping the classroom for a large, STEM course.

A Matrix Approach to Course Planning

Friday, December 1, 2017 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Kara Moloney, Ph.D., Academic Assessment Lead
A light lunch will be provided

Equitable and optimal conditions for learning depend on close (and intentional) alignment among educational goals, course (program) objectives, learning outcomes, instructional strategies, and assessment. This hands-on workshop will facilitate exploration of existing (or desired) alignment among participants' course materials with the goal of building individual capacity to intentionally align course outcomes, assignments, and assessment tools to promote student learning.