contributed by Farhima Akter
Dr. Kem Saichaie, Associate Director of UCD's Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) spoke to the group about UCD's vision in regards to teaching practices and objectives.
His interests include assessment, active learning pedagogy, and educational technology. Specifically, his active research agenda focuses on organizational identity, academic marketing, and the impact of technology and spaces on learning. He completed his doctoral work in Educational Policy & Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa.
Dr. Saichaie shared how the CEE supports student learning and instructional success through the development of both teaching assistants and faculty members. UCD has placed a strong emphasis on developing world-class education for its students by enhancing teaching standards, creating innovative curricular structures, and rewarding excellence in teaching and educational leadership.
Faculty development may occur though individual coaching or consultation or within the context of Learning Communities – spaces for collaboration on:
- curricular objectives
- active learning pedagogy
- problem-based or team-based learning strategies
- formative & summative assessments
Whether through workshops, courses, consultations, or communities, CEE engages stakeholders in pursuit of effective instructional delivery and positive learning outcomes. Visit the website here: http://cee.ucdavis.edu/index.html
Graduate students were encouraged to seek out analogous support and resources at whatever institution their “next steps” may take them. Both research and teaching serve as integral parts of the missions of most institutions of higher education.