Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring Workshop Series for Improving Teaching!


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...

Visit http://trc.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=2124 for more information about 'Collaborative Connections' and to register your interest.


The second series is intended to support graduate students and postdocs seeking the development necessary to teach their own courses and to make the transition from TA to professor with full teaching responsibilities. Graduate students and postdocs completing all five workshops will receive a certificate of completion. See below for full description.


Please go to http://trc.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=2207 for more information and to register your interest for 'Beyond the Basics.'



Full description of both workshop series:



Collaborative Connections: Develop a Community of Learners in Your Classroom and Beyond

Improve your enjoyment of and effectiveness in teaching! UC Davis graduate students and postdocs are invited to join us for an engaging and informative workshop series on creating community in your classroom and beyond. Participants attending 4 or more workshops will earn a certificate of completion.

Visit http://trc.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=2124 for more information about 'CollaborativeConnections' and to register your interest.

Workshop location: Earth and Planetary Sciences Building (EPS), map here:
http://www.cevs.ucdavis.edu/map/map_detail.cfm?centerTile=10_9

Active Inclusivity: Benefit from Diversity in the Classroom
Workshop #1
EPS Building, Room 1309
Monday, April 19, 2010
3 – 5 pm
Many of the techniques used in university classrooms were developed during a time when campuses were composed almost entirely of the same type of student. Today classrooms are much more diverse. Do you want to see how you can use the diversity that exists in your classroom to the mutual benefit of you and your students? The goal of this workshop is to construct a framework for understanding in what ways we are all different, how this difference affects us and our relationships, and how we can benefit from this difference. Participants will leave this workshop more aware of what being inclusive means, and how to frame their contribution to diversity.

Developing Your Teaching Persona
Workshop #2
EPS Building, Room 1309
Monday, April 26, 2010
3 – 5 pm
Have you ever wondered how much and what aspects of your personality you should show to your students? Bringing your identity into the classroom has the potential to transform your students’ learning and their relationship to course material, as well as to improve your evaluations. In this workshop expect to develop clearly articulated student learning goals, and then based on these goals determine your role in the classroom.

Building Community in the Classroom
Workshop #3
EPS Building, Room 1309
Monday, May 3, 2010
3 – 5 pm
Are you interested in establishing a fun and dynamic community in your classroom? Developing a sense of community with your students can contribute to a positive learning environment and improve the effectiveness of your teaching. In this workshop we will establish a foundation for building your classroom community. Participants will develop strategies for managing your classroom environment, setting the desired classroom tone, and encouraging student participation both in and out of the classroom.

Advancing Community in the Classroom
Workshop #4
EPS Building, Room 1317
Thursday, May 13, 2010
3 – 5 pm
Undergraduate students are used to an educational system where they are handed information that they need to regurgitate back to the instructor. Would you like to break this cycle and have your students take more of an active responsibility for learning? This challenge can be met by fostering community in the classroom in a way that empowers students to see themselves as active participants in their learning process. In this workshop, participants will learn how to increase collaboration between students and how to break down the hierarchy in the classroom, thus encouraging students to take more ownership of their education.

Setting Sail on the Mentorship
Workshop #5
EPS Building, Room 1309
Monday, May 17, 2010
3 – 5 pm
Are you interested in developing one-to-one learning relationships with your students? Do you want to develop your skills as a future faculty mentor? Join us for a discussion about the qualities that make for a successful mentor-mentee relationship. In this workshop you will develop your mentoring philosophy and explore the various resources available for emerging academic leaders.

Feel Good Beyond the Classroom!
Workshop #6
EPS Building, Room 1317
Thursday, May 27, 2010
3 – 5 pm
Do you occasionally feel stifled by academia? Are you interested in working with the community beyond the classroom? Participate in the final workshop of the Collaborative Connections series to redefine what we think of as the classroom. Explore how academics can go beyond the classroom and nurture their enthusiasm for their discipline and teaching.

Sponsored by the TA Consultants (tac@ucdavis.edu <mailto:tac@ucdavis.edu> ) and the Teaching Resources Center.





Beyond the Basics: Course Design, Syllabus Creation, and Advanced Teaching at the College Level
This workshop series is intended to support graduate students and postdocs seeking the development necessary to teach their own courses and to make the transition from TA to professor with full teaching responsibilities. Thus, thefive workshops in the series emphasize the creation of an effective syllabus as well as other important aspects of course design. Graduate students and postdocs completing all five workshops in the series will receive a certificate of completion.

Please go to http://trc.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=2207 for more information and to register your interest.


Developing Course Objectives
Workshop #1
Wednesday, April 28, 3-5 pm
Location TBA

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.

Syllabus Strategies
Workshop #2
Wednesday, May 5, 3-5 pm
Location TBA

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
Workshop #3
Wednesday, May 12, 3-5 pm
Location TBA

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
Workshop #4
Wednesday, May 19, 3-5 pm
Location TBA

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
Workshop #5
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 sbalacha@ucdavis.edu for more information about "Beyond the Basics."

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