Workshops - Faculty

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The Center for Educational Effectiveness offers workshops designed to support faculty who want to advance, enhance, or fine-tune their teaching. Each experiential workshop offers practical, evidence-based teaching methods that you can apply in your classes right away. Below is an overview of our spring 2018 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. Please find a full listing of all the workshops offered during the spring 2018 quarter.

Faculty who would like to lead a workshop and share their innovations in teaching can contact with the subject “Innovations in Teaching” and we’ll follow up with you. This is a great way to showcase your teaching strategies and get direct feedback from peers and members of the UC Davis Teaching Community.

Integrating Exploratory Writing to Deepen Disciplinary Understanding

Friday, April 13, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Patricia Turner, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness
A light lunch will be provided

Integrating low-stakes writing assignments into courses can help students both increase understanding of disciplinary content and engage in critical thinking around key concepts in our fields. This workshop presents a variety of effective writing activities that enhance student learning without significantly increasing instructor workload. Participants will have the opportunity to construct writing prompts that they can use in their own classrooms to engage students in deeper, more complex thinking around course content.

Promoting Writing in High-Enrollment STEM Classes

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Mona Monfared, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
A light lunch will be provided

Writing assignments are a fantastic way to help students build their capacity as communicators, and to directly assess their learning. In this interactive session, Mona Monfared (Molecular and Cellular Biology) will share her approach to developing writing assignments in a high-enrollment STEM course. She will also share results from her efforts to assess student learning through writing activities.

Managing Group Discussions on Controversial Topics

Friday, May 11, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Mark Verbitsky, Ph.D., Political Science
A light lunch will be provided

Facilitating, and managing, group discussions on controversial topics requires instructors to thoughtfully balance engagement and civility, especially in light of recent political and social events. This interactive workshop features Mark Verbitsky and the strategies he employs to foster student learning through lively discussion on controversial topics. He will share his lessons learned including ways to promote inclusivity and how to handle “hot” moments in a discussion.

Using Information Literacy to Leverage Student Learning and Instructor’s Cultural Competence

Friday, May 25, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitators: Cecilia Gomez, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness & Melinda Livas, MS, MLIS, MA, Library Research Services
A light lunch will be provided

This interactive workshop will present techniques for teaching information literacy to diverse learners, including students who are culturally and linguistically diverse. Join us to explore how you can implement information literacy instruction effectively, while supporting student engagement and student learning.

Promoting Wellbeing in the Classroom and Beyond

Friday, June 1, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Monica Christina Esqueda, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness
A light lunch will be provided

Wellbeing and higher education are connected, and those connections matter. They matter for the individual lives of students, for those who teach, for the institution, and for whether the unique and full promise of higher education can be realized. Participants will explore multiple dimensions of wellbeing within a higher education context as part of this interactive workshop. Strategies for promoting psychological wellbeing will also be discussed.