There is not one, but two workshop series available this quarter for graduate students and postdocs who would like to improve their teaching skills. The first I mention is a 6 workshop series focused around building academic communities. If you attend 4 out of 6 of these workshops this quarter you can get a certificate of completion that will look very nice on your CV. :) However, you may take any number of the six workshops, so read the descriptions and see if any look interesting to you! An in depth description of each workshop in the series follows below...
Developing Course Objectives
Wednesday, April 28, 3-5 pm
What do you want students to learn in a course? How do you choose what teaching methods are most appropriate to employ? By what standards do you assess student knowledge at the end of a course? Are your students always aware from the start of a course what your expectations are? This workshop, the first in the Beyond the Basics series, emphasizes the importance of developing course objectives for effective teaching and assessment of student learning as well as how to frame clear and concise course objectives for student comprehension.
Wednesday, May 5, 3-5 pm
Are you a graduate student teaching a class this summer or in the fall? Do you need to develop a syllabus for a proposal for a class that you would like to teach or as part of your job application? If yes, then come to this workshop,the 2nd in the Beyond the Basics series, to learn strategies for developing an efficient syllabus and using your syllabus as a teaching tool. Workshop #5 in the Beyond the Basics series will be a hands-on peer review session where you and your graduate student colleagues will have an opportunity to bring a working copy of a syllabus and receive as well as give feedback to strengthen your syllabus.
The First and Last Day of Class
Wednesday, May 12, 3-5 pm
What will you do on your first and last days of class? The first day of a course is important for setting up classroom expectations and atmosphere, outlining course objectives, developing rapport with and among students, and introducing the course. Yet, instructors often overlook this day as significant for setting up how the rest of a course will develop. The last day of a course is important for assessing student learning; yet, by the end of a course, instructors are often too tired to plan this day meaningfully. This workshop will offer concrete strategies and simple activities that teachers can employ on both the first and last days of class to advance student learning.
Hands-On Practice with Interactive Teaching Techniques
Wednesday, May 19, 3-5 pm
What are the most effective teaching methods that enhance student learning? What teaching methods do you want learn about and employ in your classroom? Lecture is the dominant teaching method employed at most universities, and especially at research institutes such as UC Davis. However, lecture is not necessarily how most students learn well. Most students, particularly women and other minorities, learn best through a combination of interactive teaching methods. Come to this workshop and learn how to effectively employ interactive teaching methods in your classroom. This workshop will also include an opportunity for hands on practice with at least one teaching method.
Syllabus Peer Review
Wednesday, May 26, 3-5 pm
25 Wellman Hall
Are you a graduate student teaching a class this summer or in the fall? Do you need to develop a syllabus for a proposal for a class that you would like to teach or as part of your job application? Do you already have a syllabus that you would like to revise to develop as an effective teaching tool? If yes, bring a working copy of a syllabus to this workshop. Expect to work with your graduate student and postdoc peers to receive and give feedback to strengthen your syllabus.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about "Beyond the Basics."