CEILS Summer Scientific Teaching Institute:

Foundations of Equitable Course Design & Inclusive Teaching

Offered on Zoom, July 7th – 14th, 2021

Applications are now open. Space is limited; apply today!

This information is also in .pdf format.

Learning Outcomes 
  • Apply the “Backward Design” framework and principles to create a course with clear learning goals, aligned assessments, and engaging activities.
  • Explore equitable assessment strategies that foster deeper learning for students in order to develop an assessment plan for your course.
  • Experience active learning techniques and create a sample lesson plan for one or more of your course activities.
  • Utilize strategies to make your course syllabus more inclusive and welcoming to your students.
  • Create a plan that will allow you to capture helpful and supportive feedback on your course from students and/or peers as you teach.

Description: The CEILS Scientific Teaching* Institute is designed to introduce you to evidence-based strategies for teaching and course design. The experience is facilitated and you will receive feedback on daily assignments, culminating at the end of the week with a syllabus draft, assessment plan, sample lesson plan, and embedded feedback strategy. Tips, strategies, and resources for equity, accessibility, and remote/online design will be integrated into the workshops and course site resources.

*See video below to learn more about Scientific Teaching.

Who should participate? Any instructor in the Life & Physical Sciences is welcome to participate. This will be particularly helpful for instructors who are new to UCLA, teaching a new course or revising an existing course, and those who have not participated in many CEILS events and are interested in learning about best practices and applying this information to your teaching. Teams of co-instructors teaching the same course or courses in a series are encouraged to attend together and can work together with the same facilitator.

Format: The institute will take place online over the course of one week. Each day there will be a 2 -hour workshop on Zoom from 10am -12 noon and a small group session from 2-3pm. This will be paired with asynchronous work time in the afternoon with assignments for you to complete. Resources will be available on the course site to support you in completing the assignments, and facilitators will be available to meet with you on Zoom throughout the week as needed. Daily assignments are due by 4pm so that your facilitator can review and give you feedback by the next workshop session. See the detailed schedule on the next page for more information.

Schedule for the Week of July 714, 2021.

Note that independent work on the weekend is optional depending on your goals and availability. This time may be spent continuing to refine assignments or develop lesson plans for additional weeks if desired, but there is no expectation of work over this weekend.

Scientific Teaching Institute Schedule

This video What is Scientific Teaching provides an overview of the framework that we will utilize during our week-long institute.