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Teaching & Learning Complex

Welcome to the Teaching and Learning Complex!

This page features information about the Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC), The Teaching and Learning Complex Series, TLC Tech, and the resources specific to the TLC and active learning.

About the Teaching and Learning Complex

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The TLC has approximately 2000 seats and is a general assignment classroom building with design, environmental, and technological features that support instructors in the implementation of active learning strategies that promote high levels of student engagement and interactivity. There are 20 rooms with flexible seating, natural lighting, and enhanced connectivity. More about the TLC can be found here: https://dcm.ucdavis.edu/projects/teaching-learning-complex. View the TLC's room configurations here

The Registrar designated several general assignment classrooms as "interactive" on the Davis campus, including two new classrooms in Walker Hall (Rooms 1320 and 1330). Authentication may be required to access the general assignment classroom list.

Teaching and Learning Complex Series

The Center for Educational Effectiveness is excited to announce the 5-part Teaching and Learning Complex (TLC) Series. The TLC Series is designed to support instructors who are, will be, or would like to be teaching with active learning strategies in the new building that features flexible classrooms. 

The TLC Series is designed to support instructors who are or will be teaching in the newly-constructed Teaching and Learning Complex, which features flexible classrooms designed and equipped to enhance instructors’ ability to facilitate active learning and maximize student engagement. The five-workshop series discusses interactive teaching strategies, learning technologies, techniques for managing groups, and team-based and collaborative assessments. In addition, CEE will share several evidence-based, equity-focused, and practical resources, strategies, and tools instructors can immediately apply when teaching in the TLC classroom (as well as other flexible learning spaces on campus).

Faculty from the Winter 2022 pilot series cohort found the series to be valuable. Here are a few excerpts from their evaluation of the series: 

  • “Collaborating with other instructors and sharing/exchanging ideas. It was incredibly inspiring.” 
  • “Getting to interact in the space like a student and see how activities could be used.”
  • “Practical strategies for engaging students in the active learning classroom.”
  • What are the components of the TLC Series?
  • Participate in all five workshops. Participants are encouraged to seek a Mid-Quarter Inquiry (MQI) survey. MQI feedback will help inform plans to teach in the rooms or inform future teaching plans for those already teaching in the building.
  • Who can enroll in the TLC Series and how do I apply?
  • The Spring application window is closed. Information about Summer TLC Workshop Series is coming soon! 

    Participation in the TLC Series is open to UC Davis faculty, graduate student instructors and TAs. Faculty will receive priority if space becomes limited.
  • What topics will be covered?
  • Workshop Topics
    Introduction to the Teaching and Learning Complex
    Leveraging Educational Technologies in Flexible Teaching Spaces
    Facilitating Student Interaction in the Active Learning Classroom
    Managing Student Groups in the Active Learning Classroom
    Assessing Student Learning in the Active Learning Classroom
  • What are the topic descriptions?
  • Spring Schedule (to comply with campus guidelines on in-person events, we revised the dates lightly; see below)

    Introduction to the Teaching and Learning Complex

    Tuesday, April 19th @ 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM | Wednesday, April 20 @ 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    This session is designed to orient instructors to the TLC, its features, and opportunities to engage students through active learning in the building’s flexible spaces. We will discuss an array of common challenges and introduce strategies to address them.

    Leveraging Educational Technologies in Flexible Teaching Spaces
    Tuesday, April 26th @ 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM | Wednesday, April 27 @ 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    Join ATS instructional designers for a rapid primer on the technologies available in the TLC’s flexible classrooms to facilitate active, engaging learning activities. We will share recommended practices, demo different tools, and answer your questions about making the most of UC Davis’ newest teaching spaces.

    Facilitating Student Interaction in the Active Learning Classroom
    Tuesday, May 3 @ 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM | Wednesday, May 4 @ 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    In this session, participants will explore ways to leverage the TLC’s unique design features to maximize active learning and increase student engagement.  We will discuss the role of interaction in active learning, examine frameworks for structuring collaborative activity in the active learning classroom, and experience activities that both promote equitable learning and foster student engagement.

    [New Winter Dates] Managing Student Groups in the Active Learning Classroom
    Tuesday, May 10 @ 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM | Wednesday, May 11 @ 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    In this session, participants will consider how group work can support their course learning objectives and explore strategies for facilitating group activities in ways that are equitable and productive. We will discuss strategies for assigning groups, fostering collaboration, and monitoring group dynamics.

    Assessing Student Learning in the Active Learning Classroom
    Tuesday, May 24 @ 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM | Wednesday, May 25 @ 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    In this session, participants will explore ways to effectively assess student learning in the TLC’s learning spaces. We will examine a variety of collaborative and equitable assessments that can support collaborative learning, as well as examples of formative and summative assessments that work well in active learning classrooms.

  • What is a Mid-Quarter Inquiry (MQI) survey?
  • Mid-Quarter Inquiries (MQIs) provide instructors with formative feedback that they can use to modify a course they are currently teaching before the end of the term. MQIs are available to full- and part-time faculty. More information about MQIs can be found here: https://cee.ucdavis.edu/learning-and-teaching-consultations 
  • When will sessions be held?
  • All sessions will be held in-person in TLC Teaching and Learning Lab (Room 1211)

    • The Spring Quarter Tuesday Series will be held from 12:10 - 1:00 on 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/24.
    • The Spring Quarter Wednesday Series will be held from 3:10-4:00 on the following dates: 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/25.

  • How many seats are available in the Series?

  • Each series will have up to 20 seats per quarter.

  • Who can I contact with questions?

  • TLC Series Coordinator: Dr. Patricia Turner (pturner@ucdavis.edu), CEE Education Specialist

Teaching Squared on Active Learning 

Teaching² is a Faculty Reading Circle to promote conversations on campus about teaching. This spring, Teaching² will focus discussions on the pedagogy of active learning classrooms as we read and discuss A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research and Practice by Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, D. Christopher Brooks, Kem Saichaie, and Christina I. Petersen. Details about Teaching² meetings: https://cee.ucdavis.edu/Tsquared

TLC and Active Learning

The resources below were developed for teaching with active learning strategies in flexible learning spaces, like the TLC and Walker Hall.