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Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Workshops are designed to share best practices in teaching pedagogy and strategies for implementation with faculty and instructors at UCLA. Many workshops are offered in advance of each quarter to help prepare for upcoming quarters. Additionally, departments can request workshop facilitation for these BTtoP workshops or other specialized topics at any time by contacting CEILS (media@ceils.ucla.edu) or Erin Sanders, CEILS Director (erins@ceils.ucla.edu).

View the calendar of upcoming BTtoP offerings along with other on-campus events here.

Increasing Student Engagement through Interactive Polling (iClickers)

Contacts:

  • Deb Pires, CEILS Instructional Consultant & Academic Administrator, Department of Life Sciences Core Education: debpires@ucla.edu
  • Shanna Shaked, Senior Associate Director of CEILS for Physical Sciences Initiatives
    Lecturer, Department of Physics & Astronomy: shaked@physics.ucla.edu
  • Jess Gregg, CEILS Assistant Director: jessgregg@ceils.ucla.edu

When is this workshop offered? We will offer this workshop prior to the start of classes each quarter. Individual and group consultation on implementing clickers is also available.

Who should attend this workshop? Faculty and instructors who are seeking ways to increase engagement in their classes. This tool is particularly helpful for larger class sizes.

Description of Workshop: iClicker is a polling software that uses remote devices to allow students to vote on multiple choice questions. This workshop introduces participants to the iClicker software and how to use it in combination with effective question design to add interactivity and increase student engagement in class.  Best practices for designing questions and implementing the peer instruction model of question and discussion will be presented. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of questions that they have asked (or would like to start asking) to the workshop.

Resources: Resources from this workshop are available on the CEILs website –> Resources –> Teaching Tools –> Active Learning –> Using iClickers for Peer Instruction.

Designing Your Course Syllabus

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When is this workshop offered? We will offer this workshop prior to the start of classes each quarter. Individual and group consultation on syllabus design is also available by request.

Who should attend this workshop? Faculty and instructors who are seeking feedback on their course syllabus, designing a new course syllabus, or who are looking for examples of best practices and inclusive language are encouraged to attend. 

Description of Workshop: This workshop will provide an overview of “backwards design” for planning your course, best practices for designing assessments and activities, and a variety of examples on inclusive language and model syllabi structures. 

Resources: We highly recommend the following resource as a starting point for developing your syllabus: Measuring the Promise: A Valid and Reliable Syllabus Rubric Guide to Assessing the Focus of Syllabi developed by Michael Palmer, Dorothe Bach, & Adriana Streifer at the University of Virginia, Teaching Resource Center.

Active Learning for Inclusive Classrooms

Contacts:

  • Shanna Shaked, Senior Associate Director of CEILS for Physical Sciences Initiatives
    Lecturer, Department of Physics & Astronomy: shaked@physics.ucla.edu

When is this workshop offered? Individual and group workshops and training on active learning is available upon request. 

Who should attend this workshop? Faculty, instructors, and Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) can benefit from this workshop.

Description of Workshop: This workshop provides an overview of current research and best practices on the implementation of active learning pedagogy in the classroom. Several examples and practice activities will help participants quickly identify techniques they can incorporate quickly and easily into their own courses for improved learning outcomes.

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Creating Equitable Classroom Environments

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When is this workshop offered? Individual and group workshops and training on creating equitable classroom environments is available upon request. 

Who should attend this workshop? Faculty, instructors, and Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) can benefit from this workshop.

Description of Workshop: This workshop provides an overview of research conducted at UCLA as well as national data on issues related to equity, retention, and persistence in STEM education. Participants will discuss the difference between equity and equality, and learn about how implicit bias and stereotype threat play a role in  inhibiting student success in the classroom. Best practices to create inclusive classrooms and increase equity across all students will also be discussed.

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10+ Strategies for Getting Feedback from Students

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When is this workshop offered? Individual and group consultation on this topic are available upon request.

Who should attend this workshop? Faculty and instructors who are seeking feedback on their teaching effectiveness and student experience are encouraged to attend.

Description of Workshop: This workshop provides examples of several different strategies that instructors can use to solicit informal as well as more formal feedback from students. Sample mid-quarter evaluation tools will be provided, as well as sample questions that can be used across a breadth of different activities along with tips and strategies for implementation and responding to feedback. 

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Flipping Your Class With Camtasia - A Tool for Interactive Screencasts

Contacts:

  • Gaston Pfluegl, CEILS Instructional Consultant & Academic Administrator, Department of Life Sciences Core Education: gaston@ucla.edu

When is this workshop offered? We will offer this workshop periodically throughout the year based on interest. Individual and group consultation on this topic and tool is also available.

Who should attend this workshop? Faculty, instructors, and postdoctoral scholars who are looking for ways to “flip” the classroom, maximize the effectiveness of the face-to-face class time, and explore best practices for creating course video are encouraged to attend. 

Description of Workshop: This workshop that will introduce you to Camtasia, a tool that can help you make a range of video presentations. From very simple screen recordings of your slides with narration to more interactive presentations with embedded questions, this software is a flexible tool that allows you make elegant presentations for student learning.

Resources: Download a free trial and view tutorials of Camtasia online. 

Training Workshop for Using the Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS)

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When is this workshop offered? We can offer this workshop to groups upon request.

Who should attend this workshop? Faculty and research staff involved in assessment that involves conducting classroom observations. Also available to undergraduate Super LAs and TACs.

Description of Workshop: Provides overview of COPUS (Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM) protocol, discussion of codes used to categorize classroom activities, practice using the protocol and interpreting COPUS data. Introduces participants to GORP tool for electronically capturing classroom observation data.

Resources:

  • The COPUS Protocol:
    Smith M, Jones F, Gilbert S, Wieman C. The Classroom Observation Protocol for Undergraduate STEM (COPUS): A New Instrument to Characterize University STEM Classroom Practices. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2013 Winter; 12(4): 618–627. doi:  10.1187/cbe.13-08-0154
  • A paper on the an application of the protocol used to characterize student vs teacher centered classrooms:
    Lund T, Pilarz M, Velasco J, Chakraverty D, Rosploch K, Undersander M, Stains, M. The Best of Both Worlds: Building on the COPUS and RTOP Observation Protocols to Easily and Reliably Measure Various Levels of Reformed Instructional Practice. CBE Life Sci Educ vol. 14 no. 2 ar18 doi: 10.1187/cbe.14-10-0168
  • Alternative to COPUS:
    Eddy SL, Converse M, Wenderoth MP. PORTAAL: A Classroom Observation Tool Assessing Evidence-Based Teaching Practices for Active Learning in Large Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Classes. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2015 Summer;14(2):14:ar23. doi: 10.1187/cbe.14-06-0095. .