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Workshops and Courses for Educators

Designed as a flexible learning space, the teaching lab allows us to introduce and model various teaching methods and allows educators to experiment with new instructional tools and approaches that engage and support learners. Teaching for Social Justice is at the heart of workshops and courses.

Workshops and courses are open to UC San Diego faculty and graduate student instructors, except where noted in the descriptions. This academic year, we are delighted to offer workshops with an emphasis on GenAI, mainly ChatGPT, and antiracist pedagogy, as well as our general workshops such as holistic evaluation of teaching and course design series.

Visit the events calendar. Join our newsletter by adding your email to this form.  Please email questions to Engaged Teaching Hub at engagedteaching@ucsd.edu  

Note: Until further notice, workshops and courses are offered remotely.

Fall 2023 GenAI Teaching Workshops

Introduction to Teaching with GenAI Workshops

The Teaching and Learning Commons and Academic Integrity Office come together again to provide support to instructors who are curious about the intersection and the impact of GenAI with education, specifically with teaching. ChatGPT has reinforced what has always been important when it comes to good teaching: an intentionally well-designed course begins with reflective teaching practice. The following are four individually curated workshops on learning outcomes, assessments, and active learning. With academic integrity and writing assessments at the center of ChatGPT, we will focus on addressing course policies and writing assessments.

Strategies for Facilitating a Conversation on ChatGPT as Course Policy

Date: Friday, September 29

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

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Whether you’re allowing or not allowing your students to use GenAI tools (like ChatGPT) in your course, they will want to know why or why not. It’s a good idea to include a written policy for your course and to be prepared to facilitate a conversation about the policy with your students. In this workshop, instructors will work on developing/refining their GenAI course policies and we will discuss strategies for talking with students about them. We will also touch on how instructors can follow-up when it appears a student violates the policy. 

ChatGPT: A Tool to Enhance 21st Century Skills

Date: Wednesday, November 1

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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The learning outcomes of your course communicate knowledge, skills, and abilities your students should acquire by the end of the course. With ChatGPT, instructors are encouraged to review their learning outcomes for these reasons, as well as those based on the trajectory of the discipline. In other words, instructors must prepare students for how their field of expertise will develop in the future. In this workshop, we will use ChatGPT as a tool for students to practice learning outcomes specific to the course.

Upgrade Your Assessments for Learning

Date: Tuesday, November 7

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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An assessment is an activity that gauges the progress of a student’s learning of a concept. An assessment supports or is connected to the learning outcomes of the course. So, can ChatGPT be used as an activity to assess a student’s learning? The answer is, yes. In this workshop, we will provide examples of how to use ChatGPT as a tool to enhance assessment relevant to real-world issues that students will find useful.

Upgrade Your Writing Assessments for Learning

Date: Thursday, November 9

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Writing assignments provide educators with a useful tool for measuring student learning: they can reveal the degree to which students are retaining course knowledge and meeting course learning outcomes. In this workshop, faculty will reflect on the “why” that drives their course, create assessment strategies attuned to their “why,” and adapt such strategies to better address the advent of GenAI in higher education. Faculty will leave this workshop with a better sense of alignment between their course outcomes and writing assignment strategies that promote student learning and GenAI literacy skills.

Activate Active Learning With GenAI

Date: Tuesday, November 21

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Active learning is demonstrated through activities that keep students actively engaged by interacting with you, your course content, and with each other. Active learning activities can be used to move students from passive to active engagement in the classroom, to check for prior knowledge, to build connections, and to establish relevance, to name a few examples. With ChatGPT, you can, for example, engage students to compare two written papers on a concept, one produced by ChatGPT and one produced by a student. In this workshop, we’ll explore other ways ChatGPT, and other GenAI tools, can activate learning in the classroom.

Fall 2023 Antiracist Pedagogy Teaching Workshops

Introduction to Antiracist Teaching Workshops

This series of anti-racist pedagogy workshops is aligned with the Adams and Love (2009) framework for teaching for social justice. The teaching for social justice framework's four key components serve as a foundational guide for the development and content of the following workshops. By exploring our unique social identities, our beliefs about student learning, our pedagogical choices, and educational content and context, the workshops will provide educators with actionable insights and skills for fostering a more equitable and socially just educational environment.

Positionality and Pedagogy: "How These Shape the Way I Teach"

Date: Wednesday, October 4

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This workshop is designed to deepen educators’ critical understanding of how our identities and positionalities impact the classroom in which we teach. Through discussions and activities, participants will explore how knowing themselves influences pedagogical choices, fosters student belonging, and enhances student-teacher relationships.

Grading for Equity: Antiracist Assessment Strategies

Date: Wednesday, November 15

Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m.

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In this workshop, participants will evaluate their current grading practices to imagine equitable, anti-racist grading plans. The workshop will explore discipline-specific anti-racist assessment practices and consider alternative assessments that center students' identities, experiences, and goals.

Fall 2023 General Teaching Workshops

Holistic Evaluation of Teaching: Developing a Teaching Portfolio

Date: Thursday, November 30

Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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In alignment with the campus’ move to a more holistic evaluation of the teaching process, we invite you to join this workshop to learn more about documenting teaching effectiveness through a teaching portfolio. Teaching portfolios provide faculty with the opportunity to paint a holistic picture of their teaching philosophy and practices, as well as their growth and development around teaching. In this session, we will share information about the holistic evaluation of teaching recommendations, including guidelines for the teaching portfolio and tips for writing an effective teaching statement. This workshop is interactive and includes time for attendees to begin planning elements of their portfolio and drafting a teaching statement.

Strategies for Leading Effective Instructional Team

Date: Thursday, December 7

Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

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Instructional assistants (IAs), including TAs, instructional apprentices, tutors, and readers, play a critical teaching role in a course. In this session, we will focus on strategies for creating collaborative and equitable instructional assistant-faculty teams. We will discuss tools for setting expectations and boundaries, gauging workload, managing communication and grading, and ideas for staying in touch as the course progresses. Additionally, we will provide an overview of the Teaching and Learning Commons’ services and supports instructional assistants (IAs) helpful to your IA team.

Summer 2023 Faculty Teaching Workshops

*All workshops will be offered virtually via Zoom

Documenting Teaching Effectiveness

Date: Thursday, July 20 

Time: 10:30 am - 12 pm

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In alignment with the campus’ move to a more holistic evaluation of the teaching process, we invite you to join this workshop to learn more about documenting teaching effectiveness through a teaching portfolio. Teaching portfolios provide faculty with the opportunity to paint a holistic picture of their teaching philosophy and practices, as well as their growth and development around teaching. In this session, we will share information about the holistic evaluation of teaching recommendations, including guidelines for the teaching portfolio and tips for writing an effective teaching statement. This workshop is interactive and includes time for attendees to begin planning elements of their portfolio and drafting a teaching statement.

Teaching Chats Series

Date: Tuesdays, 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Time: 1 - 2 pm

Teaching and Learning Commons and Academic Integrity are coming together to offer a learning community of faculty and educators to talk about the intersection of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI), for example ChatGPT, and education. We are offering a range of topics, from which faculty can attend all or some, to participate in active conversations with fellow colleagues. The goal of Teaching Chats is to create a space for faculty and educators to talk about GenAI and to reflect and explore how it influences teaching and learning in the classroom.

August 1 | To use or not to use GenAI in the Classroom: Opportunities, limitations, and reservations
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Without getting into the how to’s, what are you excited about? What opportunities do you foresee using technology as a tool for teaching and learning? How can GenAI enhance teaching? What is your apprehension for using GenAI tools? What support are you looking for in communicating your decision to students while still maintaining a learning community in the classroom? In this learning session, we will share our excitement and reservations for using GenAI tools in the classroom, as well as its limitations. 

August 8 | Clarifying course objectives and value (academic integrity) 
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Faculty are encouraged to clarify the value of a course. What are ethical implications for using GenAI in your course? In this learning session, we will explore how you can clarify the value of your class and ignite students’ intrinsic motivations to attend and meet the learning objectives of the class with integrity.

August 15 | Promoting writing assignments as meaningful to the student’s voice 
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ChatGPT and other tools (e.g., Bing, Bard in Google Docs) can generate a paper once it’s prompted. But what does this mean for our students’ writing and critical thinking skills? In this learning community, faculty will consider how the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, reflecting) can promote critical thinking even in the age of GenAI. We will discuss strategies for scaffolding writing assignments and related activities to enhance the learning process – either by crafting prompts that make it difficult for students to use GenAI tools or by incorporating GenAI tools into your writing assignments.

August 22 | Part 1. How to use GenAI to amplify your teaching 
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Education is evolving. Like the pandemic, GenAI presents an opportunity to rethink the way teaching is delivered and learning is acquired. You may be thinking about designing new assessments, rethinking rubrics, rethinking learning objectives, engaging students differently, or writing letters of recommendations. In this learning community, we will explore strategies using GenAI to amplify your teaching.

August 29 | Part 2. How to use GenAI to amplify your teaching
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In the previous learning community, we explored ways GenAI can amplify teaching. In this learning community, we invite faculty to share how they used or imagined using GenAI as a tool to deliver teaching.

Equity-Centered Course Design Series

Date: Monday, Augsut 28; Wednesday, August 30, and Friday, September 1

Time: 11 am - 1 pm

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Join us for a three-part Course Design series to design, redesign, or update an existing course. Beginning with the end in mind, we will integrate backward design as the framework to guide you through developing an equity-centered course with student-centered learning outcomes, aligned assessments, and active learning experiences. This series will encourage educators to reflect upon how equity can be embedded through their curriculum to create safe, generative learning environments for their students. Leveraging social justice education frameworks, the interactive workshops will include synchronous (via Zoom) sessions and asynchronous learning. This Course Design Series specifically centers on building equitable learning experiences and is appropriate for instructors designing in-person and hybrid courses. 

Currently, this is open to UC San Diego faculty across all disciplines and titles. Graduate Students teaching as course instructors for Winter 2023 are welcome to email engagedteaching@ucsd.edu to inquire about course design support.

Recorded Faculty Teaching Workshops

 

Assessment Grant Proposal Workshops

Offered: Spring 2023, April 13 and April 19 (Th and W)

RECORDING AVAILABLE HERE

Are you interested in applying for an Assessment for Advancing Equity Grant? Attend this workshop to learn more about the application process and benefits of participating in the grant program.  Sponsored by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Division of Undergraduate Education, this grant offers units the opportunity to focus on curricular assessment with the goal of closing equity and opportunity gaps. The interactive workshop will include a synchronous (via Zoom) session, a zoom recording will also be made available on the grants website after April 13th. This session will give participants insight to the application process, pre-packaged grant templates, and support you with developing your assessment ideas. 

This is open to UC San Diego faculty across all disciplines, and recommended for those whose portfolio includes curricular assessment.

 

Graduate Student Teaching Workshops

The Teaching + Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Hub offers a variety of teaching workshops to graduate students and postdocs who are interested in teaching and/or are currently teaching, from Instructional Assistants to Instructors of Record. These 60- to 90-minute workshops are designed to create community and opportunities for hands-on experience, and practical discussion of evidence-based teaching practices that support student learning.

Please see our flyer for more information. Email engagedteaching@ucsd.edu with questions.

Support for Graduate Student and Postdoc Instructors of Record

Learn about support available to graduate students and postdocs preparing to teach as course instructor at UC San Diego or beyond: https://tinyurl.com/course-instructor

Email engagedteaching@ucsd.edu with questions.

Introduction to College Teaching

Introduction to College Teaching is a free course that prepares graduate students who will teach or plan to teach. Graduate students develop expertise in evidence-based effective teaching practices and create a lesson plan for a future class session in their discipline of study. View the course syllabus.The course is offered every Fall, Winter, and Spring, with registration for the upcoming quarter opening 1-2 months prior. When open, the registration form is here.

For more information, email engagedteaching@ucsd.edu *Open to graduate students. Open to postdocs on a space-available basis.

Writing Your Teaching & Diversity Statements

Visit the Writing Hub for support on writing a teaching statement and diversity statement, and other writing support services

Center for Advancing Multidisciplinary Scholarship for Excellence in Education (CAMSEE)

CAMSEE supports educators in learning about tangible strategies to build inclusive classroom learning environments, sustainable practices to create welcoming educational communities, and learner-centered syllabi that address diverse needs of UC San Diego students. Together, they impact students’ learning experiences in our courses. Learn more about CAMSEE.

*Open to faculty and graduate students. Open to postdocs on a space-available basis.