Workshops - Graduate Students

2017 Fall Graduate Student Workshops

The Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) offer certificate-bearing workshop series in the Fall, Winter, and Summer sessions. In addition, the TACs offer stand-alone workshops in the Spring and at the TA Orientation in September. Workshop topics include teaching with technology, student-centered learning, promoting inclusive learning environments, and many more.

The effective facilitation of classroom and lab sessions can have immense effects on undergraduates’ learning, retention and performance. This experiential workshop series offers practical, evidence-based methods of classroom and laboratory education that you can apply in your classes right away. Participants will leave with the building blocks to design a course, tools to effectively engage any group of students, and increased confidence and enthusiasm for their role in the classroom. The series is designed for those who are just starting out and for those looking to reinvigorate your teaching. The workshops can be attended as stand-alone or as a series. Those who attend five out of the six workshops will earn a certificate of participation.

The Goal is the Guide: Effective Lesson Planning

A lesson plan can be a ‘road map’ to successful student learning. But knowing where to start depends on knowing where you want your students to end up! In this workshop participants will learn how to formulate realistic and practical learning outcomes for their students, and then plan lessons accordingly. This allows you to focus your efforts as an instructor, and increases the chances that your students will learn what you want them to.

Date/Time/Location:
Tuesday, October 17th from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Beyond Grades: Assessment and Feedback for Student Learning

Have you ever wondered if your students were really ‘getting it,’ or been shocked with low exam grades when you thought all was well? This workshop offers practical techniques to assess your students’ learning, throughout each class and quarter. Research shows that low-stakes ‘formative assessments’ like online quizzes, reflective activities and the use of ‘clickers’ enhance students’ performance on final exams and papers, so this workshop will equip you with the tools to effectively gauge your students’ learning, and provide effective feedback on assignments.

Date/Time/Location:
Tuesday, October 31st from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Keep Them Engaged! Active Learning for Student Success

Keeping students engaged has massive benefits. Research has shown that ‘active learning’ increases students’ learning, retention, and performance, and is particularly beneficial for students from underrepresented groups. This interactive workshop focuses on active learning strategies, and participants will practice designing activities they can implement in their classrooms right away. Build your repertoire of teaching skills, and take the guesswork out of getting your students involved in their own learning.

Date/Time/Location:
Tuesday, November 14th from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Diversity and Access in Education

UC Davis’ increasingly diverse student population has accordingly diverse needs; it also offers terrific potential for rich learning experiences. Diverse groups have more robust problem solving capabilities, and classrooms that foster success broadly and inclusively will ultimately improve learning for all students, and benefit the instructor as well. This workshop allows grad student instructors to reflect on how a person’s circumstances, background and opportunities can influence their experience in a university setting, and to learn practical strategies to create a classroom that’s more inclusive and therefore more effective.

Date/Time/Location:
Tuesday, November 21st from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Goggles, Check! Effective Lab Teaching and Learning

Labs and studio sessions can offer irreplaceable opportunities for hands-on, ‘minds-on’ learning. Experiential learning integrates theory and practice, and allows students to participate in building new knowledge and solving problems. Research has shown lab experiences can better invest students in their own learning, and result in deeper understanding. This workshop will focus on how to effectively prepare for and run labs, and equips participants with strategies to make the course material ‘come alive’ for students.

Date/Time/Location:
Tuesday, November 28th from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

Building Supportive Learning Environments for Critical Conversations

Difficult conversations can yield the best teaching moments. Students (and instructors) are often compelled by charged, controversial or contentious issues, and addressing these issues creates valuable opportunities to practice complex critical thinking and communication skills. But these outcomes depend on instructors having the skills to create supportive environments where students feel safe taking risks and thinking in new ways. This workshop focuses on the skills to create such environments, as well as to facilitate any discussion in a way that encourages students’ thoughtful engagement, critical thinking and effective communication.

Date/Time/Location:
Tuesday, December 5th from 10:00 - 12:00pm
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room