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2017 Faculty Workshop on Best Practices in Teaching

September 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

by Friday, September 8, 2017


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This workshop will address select topics in science and math education appropriate for instructors who either are relatively new to college teaching or who have instructional responsibilities in the large enrollment gateway courses for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors.  All ladder and non-ladder faculty hired by departments and interdisciplinary programs for the Life and Physical Sciences are invited to participate in this workshop.  The format and emphasis of this day-long event has been modified from previous years, so even if you have participated in this workshop before, you might consider attending again this year and learning something new!


Topics for morning sessions will include the pedagogical elements of effective course design as well as student-centered teaching strategies that incorporate active learning and create inclusive and equitable classroom environments. Many of the instructional techniques will focus on facilitating peer learning and other collaborative activities designed to support student success in large enrollment classes. Concurrent sessions in the afternoon will provide opportunities for workshop participates to engage in discussions with campus experts about specific pedagogies, instructional modalities (hybrid/online), assessment approaches, and other resources supporting undergraduate instruction.


This hands-on workshop will be led by seasoned educators in Life and Physical Sciences, CEILS staff and Instructional Consultants. By the end of the workshop, participants will have observed and collected a portfolio of instructional materials and approaches that can be adapted to their own courses. Participants will leave with knowledge about implicit bias, stereotype threat, and the merits of inclusive teaching as a way to address these attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that unfortunately exacerbate the achievement gap among students who make up our diverse yet highly capable student body. Participants also should leave prepared to implement student-centered instructional practices as a means to promote the academic success and persistence of all students.


There is no charge to register and attend this workshop.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  We hope you will be able to join us for part, if not all, of the day!


Please email questions to CEILS Director Erin Sanders (erins@ceils.ucla.edu) or CEILS Senior Associate Director Shanna Shaked (shaked@physics.ucla.edu).

Event co-sponsored by Victoria Sork, Dean of Life Sciences, and Miguel García-Garibay, Dean of Physical Sciences.

Please note, those who attend this workshop should record their participation in their dossier, as it is considered an activity that helps promote equal opportunity and diversity in education. Such efforts, on behalf of all faculty, are now a recognized component of the promotion and tenure process at UCLA (see APM 210-1, page 4).


September 20
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hershey Hall 158