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 Spring 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 Spring 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.

Integrating Exploratory Writing to Deepen Disciplinary Understanding

Friday, April 28th from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
A light lunch will be provided
Facilitator: Patricia Turner, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness

Integrating low-stakes writing assignments into courses can help students both increase understanding of disciplinary content and engage in critical thinking around key concepts. 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 they can use in their own classrooms to engage students in deeper, more complex thinking around course content.

~In response to campus demand, additional seats have been added to this workshop. Space is limited, register soon!~

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Transparency in Grading: Promote Clarity and Success with Rubrics

Friday, May 5th from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
A light lunch will be provided
Facilitator: Melissa Browne and Melinda Livas, University Libraries, and Kem Saichaie, PhD., Center of Educational Effectiveness

Rubrics promote a transparent means to streamline grading and measure student performance. This workshop will introduce you to best practices for developing rubrics, provide examples of rubrics from different disciplines, and offer practical insight for designing and implementing rubrics. The facilitators will also highlight recommended resources for using rubrics.

Active Learning in Mid-Sized Classes

Friday, May 12th from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
A light lunch will be provided
Facilitator: Stephen Wheeler, Ph.D., Department of Human Ecology

Teaching mid-sized courses (60-150) can be present unique challenges for faculty who want to integrate active learning. This interactive session, will feature an array of active learning strategies to promote active learning in mid-sized classes. These strategies include: integrating current events to engage students, using short video clips with small groups to prompt discussion, using role-play techniques for student groups and facilitating debates to enhance understanding of course content.

~Session is Full~

Universal Design for Learning: Reaching Learners with Diverse Needs by Creating Flexible Courses, Activities, and Assessments

Thursday, May 18th from 9:00-10:15am
Location provided upon registration
Facilitator: Cara Harwood Theisen, Center for Educational Effectiveness

This workshop will introduce instructors to strategies for creating courses, activities, and assessments that give all students an opportunity to learn, including students with disabilities and different learning needs. Instructors will learn the principles of Universal Design for Learning and get ideas for how to implement them in their teaching. Faculty and TAs are invited to attend. (This workshop is offered as part of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day program.)

Designing Transparent Assignments

Friday, May 19th from 12:15-1:30
Location provided upon registration
A light lunch will be provided
Facilitator: Patricia Turner, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness

Recent research has shown that the design of course assignments can have an impact on student learning. This workshop introduces the concept of transparency in assignment design, and presents a framework for assessing course assignments for transparency in four main areas. Participants are encouraged to bring an assignment to discuss with colleagues during this interactive, hands-on workshop.

~In response to campus demand, additional seats have been added to this workshop. Space is limited, register soon!~

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Getting Started with Teaching Online and Hybrid Courses

Friday, June 2nd from 12:15-1:30pm
Location provided upon registration
A light lunch will be provided
Facilitators: Cecilia Gomez, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness, Cara Harwood Theisen, Ph.D., Center for Educational Effectiveness

Online and hybrid approaches create new and innovative opportunities to engage students and explore content. This interactive workshop will introduce effective online and hybrid teaching to instructors who are interested in integrating technology into their course, and who may want to design an online or hybrid course in the future.

~Session is Full~