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Fully-online coffee course launched in winter quarter 2019

October 09, 2019

From its roots in Africa to its position as the world’s favorite drink, the story of coffee is rich in history and mythology; it is also a great lesson in biology and ecology, of global climate change, politics, organic and sustainable agriculture, development, trade, and societal impacts. 

Project-Based Learning in the Social Sciences: Reflecting on Problems, Promise, and Pedagogical Content Knowledge - August 2019

August 01, 2019

By: Joe Anistranski, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Human Ecology 

In my first two quarters teaching at UC Davis I was assigned four separate courses, including our three-course lifespan development series (HDE 100A, HDE 100B, HDE100C, HDE 141). These courses served more than 800 students, total. As daunting as that task was, designing and implementing these courses provided a prime opportunity to implement and test evidence-based classroom practices.

Building Faculty Communities of Practice Online

July 09, 2019
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jennifer Choi and Dr. Miriam Martin Faculty Development 2.0: Building Communities of Practice Online

Faculty members, Jennifer Choi, Biomedical Engineering, and Miriam Martin, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, have partnered with the Center for Educational Effectiveness to facilitate a hybrid learning community for UC Davis and community college faculty. Choi and Martin serve as facilitators

Whose Authority? On Creative Assignments and Transformative Education - July 2019

June 25, 2019

By: Julie Sze, Professor of American Studies

My goal, if not always the actual practice, is to inculcate a culture and vocabulary of liberatory and transformative education.  

When I think about the transformative experiences I had as an undergraduate at a UC 25+ years ago, I remember amazing professors in huge lecture classes. I remember connecting with Teaching Assistants on a personal level. And I remember the creative assignments that taught me how to think and write differently. 

Implicit Bias Series

May 29, 2019

The Implicit Bias Series resource is composed of three parts: PART 1 describes what implicit bias is and why it matters; PART 2 offers suggestions for creating awareness and reducing bias; and PART 3 provides strategies for countering and preventing bias in the classroom.

Reflection & Metacognition Series

May 16, 2019

The Reflection & Metacognition Series resource is composed of three parts: PART 1 focuses on general strategies for reflecting on your teaching practice; PART 2 offers strategies for integrating student reflection before, during, and after instruction; and