Introducing “Faculty Tell All: Remote Teaching Spotlight”

Announcing the new CEILS Remote Teaching Spotlight Series. Each month CEILS will feature remote teaching highlights from UCLA STEM instructors who faced and overcame some of the most difficult challenges of teaching in an online environment.

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July Spotlight: Dr. Jenny Casey

Dr. Jennifer Casey, winner of UCLA’s 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award, just received the 2020 Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching for her Spring 2020 enhanced general chemistry pilot course (Chem14AE). In this 7-minute video, she describes her approach to a remote version of Chem14AE, how she fostered group work and built engaging and effective community through remote teaching. She talks about the challenges she encountered along with great tips for overcoming these obstacles. This pilot course is supported by a UC Provost Grant, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and CEILS.

Watch the interview with Dr. Casey here. 

Featured Resources

During these unprecedented and stressful times, we urge you to embrace an attitude of empathy, understanding, and flexibility with your students, your TAs, and UCLA staff and administration as we work together to best support our community in the context of both recent and ongoing protests against racism and police brutality as well as adjustments to remote teaching during a pandemic. Please be equitable with your grading practices and consider what alternatives you might provide, flexible in your scheduling of assignments and live zoom sessions, and invest extra time communicating with your students. The following featured resources provide strategies and guidance on these topics.

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Programs and Initiatives

CIRTL

cirtl2-logoThe Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is an NSF Center for Learning and Teaching  which uses graduate education as the leverage point to develop a national STEM faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of successful professional careers. [MORE]

Summer Institute

summer-institute-logoThe Summer Institute (SI) is part of a national effort to improve college STEM education and to enhance the academic success of all students by helping current and future faculty develop and adopt inclusive and effective teaching practices. Due to COVID-10 disruptions, the 2020 SI is being postponed either until sometime this academic year or next summer. The national Summer Institutes organization will offer an online SI. Please keep an eye out for additional information announced in the CEILS newsletter. [MORE]

UPLIFT

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The UPLIFT Program at UCLA supports postdoctoral scholars in the biological sciences who have a demonstrated interest in teaching, research, and supporting diversity in the STEM fields. The call for applications for the fall 2020 UPLIFT cohort is now closed. Information about applying to the program next year will be posted on the website. [MORE]

Learning Assistants Program

The Learning Assistants (LA) program at UCLA is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary instructional strategy that benefits science majors and faculty teaching large introductory science and math courses. [MORE]

Faculty Learning Program

The goal of the Faculty Learning Program (FLP) is to improve STEM undergraduate teaching and learning by gathering STEM faculty from regional 2- and 4-year institutions in a collaborative, mostly synchronous online environment to learn together and improve the each other’s instructional practice, as well as build relationships and understanding of one another’s teaching and learning contexts. [MORE]

Education Development Academy

The Educational Development Academy is a train-the-trainer workshop for Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) designed to prepare them to train graduate student Teaching Assistants (TAs) in their home departments to better integrate student-centered and inclusive pedagogy into their courses. [MORE]