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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

Jason White - Green Design

April 10, 2019
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jason White

When Dr. Jason White, Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Chemical Engineering, wanted to enhance student learning in his course, “Process Economics and Green Design,” (ECH 158A), he turned to the Center for Educational

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.

Who’s 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

Claudia Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Spanish & Portuguese

September 01, 2018
To free up classroom time for dialog, Sánchez-Gutiérrez created videos to teach vocabulary and grammar for home study. The videos use vividly designed scenarios and puppets to create engaging dialogs for travelers, such as “In the Taxi” and “At the Market.”

Janine Wilson, Economics

September 01, 2018
Wilson’s course is an upper-division elective in the economics major, which means large classes with students at a variety of preparation levels. The hybrid format lets students watch the lectures as many times as necessary. Videos incorporate the Learning Glass, a tool that allows her to illustrate her points on a board while facing the class -- improving the delivery mode of the traditional whiteboard/blackboard while preserving the lecture for future viewing.