SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP
CITL offers 90-minute workshops for any instructional group on campus, such as faculty members at department meetings and graduate student instructor and teaching assistant groups. All CITL workshops are applicable to any discipline and draw from the teaching experience and expertise of the participants.
This workshop focuses on building learning environments that promote equitable access to the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in their classes, and that utilize the strengths students bring to the classroom. Leave with several concrete practices that are known, from recent higher education research, to promote inclusivity—ranging from techniques that can be implemented immediately to ideas for re-designing the curriculum at the assignment or course level.
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
An educational framework that takes a proactive approach to accessibility, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is rooted in a commitment to equitable learning for students with disabilities, and is known to enhance learning for all students. The workshop invites participants to explore the framework in relation to their design of course curricula, assignments, and syllabi, as well as to their delivery of accessible content.
SUPPORTING MULTILINGUAL AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Beginning from the foundational notion that every student will have a different relationship to the dominant classroom language and culture, this workshop invites instructor teams to consider how classroom communication, assignments, and methods of providing feedback on student work can be attentive to and inclusive of linguistic and cultural differences.
SUPPORTING STUDENTS FACING ACADEMIC AND PERSONAL CHALLENGES
This workshop provides resources for supporting students who may be facing a range of challenges—such as mental health concerns—that might inhibit their academic success, and initiates collective conversation about instructor teams as “first responders” and developing supportive teaching practices and course policies.
RUBRICS AND ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENT LEARNING
In this workshop, participants explore rubrics as tools for aligning expectations about students’ proficiencies, for inviting students to reflect on their learning and evaluate how they can improve, and for developing a shared classroom language about learning particular proficiencies and skills. Participants have the opportunity to workshop and develop rubrics related their own teaching contexts. Currently facilitated by faculty in the Writing Program.
Drawing from current research on academic integrity, including research conducted with UC Santa Cruz students, this workshop focuses on developing classroom cultures that value academic integrity. Workshop activities support instructors to develop effective approaches to addressing academic integrity with their students, and to craft or revise assignments that encourage academic integrity.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY FOR ENGINEERS
Drawing from current research in academic integrity in engineering fields, this workshop is designed with the particular teaching contexts of the Baskin School of Engineering in mind. Participants explore methods for promoting academic integrity, especially for program-based assignments, and tools for both detecting and addressing academic dishonesty effectively.
PROMOTING STUDENT ENGAGEMENT WITH AUDIENCE RESPONSE SYSTEMS
Audience response systems are known to improve learning and participation in courses, but there are some common pitfalls and best practices that can make or break their successful use in a course. This workshop covers evidence-based practices for integrating an audience response system (e.g. clickers) into your course. Participants discuss the technology, best practices for introducing these systems in your course, how to construct questions that will provide the best outcomes, how to minimize the associated work as the instructor, and effective practices for allocating points. Facilitated by Robin Dunkin, Assistant Teaching Professor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE TEACHING TEAMS
In larger courses that employ Teaching Assistants (TAs), developing a cohesive teaching team is critical to creating the conditions for equitable and meaningful student learning. In this workshop, faculty and graduate student TAs work together to reflect on and clarify the distinctive roles of instructors of record and TAs in a teaching team setting in their particular teaching contexts, and share strategies for effective communication across multiple members of an instructional team.
MENTORING GRADUATE STUDENTS
Drawing from evidence-based practices promoted by the National Research Mentoring Network and the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research, this workshop addresses the key mentorship capacities of effective communication, aligning expectations, developing a mentor philosophy, and addressing equity and inclusion. An instructional group can request a one-time 90-minute mentoring workshop or a series of three 90-minute workshops on core mentorship capacities.
PEER MENTORSHIP FOR GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING ASSISTANTS AND INSTRUCTORS
Graduate student peer mentors explore the common challenges and opportunities presented by their teaching contexts, and collectively workshop how to best support their peers to develop effective teaching practices for those contexts. This workshop is available both for participants in formal departmental mentorship programs and for informal peer-to-peer teaching networks.
DOCUMENTING TEACHING FOR THE ACADEMIC PERSONNEL REVIEW PROCESS
This workshop supports faculty to develop their evidence of excellence in teaching to provide a holistic and representative picture of themselves as educators, both for the personnel review process and for formative self-reflection. Acknowledging the research on limitations of Student Experience of Teaching (SET) data, the workshop provides guidance both for using SET data and for developing additional methods of documenting teaching.
DEVELOPING A TEACHING STATEMENT AND PORTFOLIO
Designed for graduate students and post-docs, this workshop offers tools for writing and revising a statement of teaching philosophy, a document that is useful not only for academic job materials and grant applications, but also for documenting and developing one’s teaching. If desired, the workshop can also include an introduction to developing a teaching portfolio.
To schedule a workshop, contact us. Please provide a list of possible dates, estimated number of participants, and the amount of available time.