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 winter 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 for the 2018 Winter Teaching Workshop Series. Please find a full listing of all the workshops offered during the winter 2018 quarter here.

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.

Fostering Student Motivation to Increase Engagement in Learning

Friday, January 26, 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

Research tells us that motivation plays a key role in the adoption of behaviors that lead to deep and sustained learning. What factors affect students' motivation? What can instructors do to increase student motivation in their classes? Using a scenario-based approach, participants will explore a variety of strategies designed to increase student motivation, leading to greater student engagement and better learning outcomes.

Developing Creative Group Projects in High-Enrollment Classes

Friday, February 9, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: David Kyle, Ph.D., Department of Sociology
A light lunch will be provided

Collaborative projects offer instructors ways to promote creativity and better understand if students are learning the content. David Kyle will share his approach to designing, managing (e.g., logistics students’ expectations), and evaluating collaborative group projects in a high-enrollment class. Dr. Kyle will share some examples of the final student projects during the session as well.

Writing and Analyzing Multiple Choice Questions

Friday, February 16, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Barbara Mills, M.A. Center for Educational Effectiveness
A light lunch will be provided

Multiple choice tests are an effective and practical assessment tool, but the effectiveness of the test depends on the strength of the questions. In this interactive workshop, we will share strategies for writing multiple choice questions. We will also examine test-question analyses. Participants should bring three multiple choice questions from their their classes, and/or discipline to workshop during the session.

Effectively Communicating with Teaching Assistants in High Enrollment Courses

Friday, February 23, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez, Ph.D., Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Kathleen Guerra, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
A light lunch will be provided

Working with teaching assistants is essential to effectively and efficiently teaching classes, especially those with high enrollments. Dr. Claudia Sanchez-Gutierrez and Kathleen Guerra (Ph. D. candidate) will share their approach to communicating expectations, roles, and responsibilities with numerous TAs in a high-enrollment class.

Directions, checklists, matrices, and half-naked rubrics!: Choosing and developing tools for effectively and efficiently assessing student learning

Friday, March 2, 2018 from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Kara Moloney, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness
A light lunch will be provided

Selecting the right tool for the task makes all the difference in the world. This interactive workshop will engage participants in an exploration of approaches to assessing student learning, with the goal of building capacity for choosing or adapting assessment instruments that clarify instructional expectations, increase efficiency, and promote student learning.