Faculty Tell All: Remote Teaching Spotlight

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. In addition to monthly highlights, CEILS will also feature tips from UCLA faculty.

This Month’s Video 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. 

Here are the resources Dr. Casey discusses in the video:

  • Ideas for Communicating on Zoom: This PDF was shared with Dr. Casey’s students in order to provide them with a variety of ways to use Zoom and other computer programs to communicate with each other and complete group projects.
  • Tips for Maximizing Team Roles: One way Dr. Casey found success in remote teaching is through assigned teams. In these teams, all students are given the opportunity to rotate between team roles, which are described in the PDF.
  • Exploring Electron Domains: This is an example worksheet that showcases how each team works together, as well as how all teams are able to interact in the larger classroom.

Past Video Spotlights

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. 

Here are the resources Dr. Casey discusses in the video:

  • Ideas for Communicating on Zoom: This PDF was shared with Dr. Casey’s students in order to provide them with a variety of ways to use Zoom and other computer programs to communicate with each other and complete group projects.
  • Tips for Maximizing Team Roles: One way Dr. Casey found success in remote teaching is through assigned teams. In these teams, all students are given the opportunity to rotate between team roles, which are described in the PDF.
  • Exploring Electron Domains: This is an example worksheet that showcases how each team works together, as well as how all teams are able to interact in the larger classroom.

Quick Tips from UCLA Faculty

In addition to our monthly video series, we also feature faculty achievements in blog posts and other resources.