The UCLA Fall Teaching Forum: Leaning into Remote Teaching

Sponsored by CEILS, CAT, EPIC

September 14th – October 2nd

Please join the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), the Center for Education, Innovation, and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS), and the Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms program (EPIC) for a campus-wide forum focused on supporting all instructors and faculty with teaching remotely in the fall.

Stretching over three weeks from September 14 to October 2, the 2020 Fall Teaching Forum: Leaning Into Remote Teaching reimagines several events held annually each fall–including CAT’s New Faculty Teaching Engagement event, CEILS’s Annual Faculty Workshop, and EPIC’s Ready, Set, Teach event. This new joint effort aims to showcase success stories and lessons learned from spring quarter, and to provide an opportunity for instructors to collaborate within and across disciplines as we all prepare for the fall term.

The Fall Teaching Forum will launch on Monday September 14th with a session titled “Setting the Stage for Remote Learning” featuring live remarks from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily Carter and messages from campus leadership. Attendees can then choose from a variety of workshops over the three weeks on topics such as fostering student engagement remotely, becoming an anti-racist educator, creative approaches to remote assessment, and more. Special sessions will be available to welcome and support newly hired instructors of all ranks. All sessions will be held remotely over Zoom.

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CEILS Workshop Details: Week 1

Monday, September 14th

Forum Kick-Off, Monday, 10 – 11:30 am

Setting the stage for remote learning, introduced by EVC/P Carter

Join CAT, CEILS, and EPIC for a session showcasing success stories and lessons learned from Spring 2020, featuring introductory remarks from EVC/P Emily Carter and campus leadership. Connect with faculty across the disciplines while gaining practical experience with strategies you can use to help build community remotely in your classes this fall.

Moderators: CAT/CEILS/EPIC

Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator Part I, Monday, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The premise for this workshop is to first examine one’s own racial identity development as a way to authentically prepare for teaching equitably and inclusively.

Session I: Exploring privilege and anti-racism. 

In this first session, we will self-reflect and discuss the concepts of privilege and explore the definitions of racism and anti-racism. Our discussion will be centered around two articles:  White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh and 6 ways to be antiracist, because being ‘not racist’ isn’t enough, a summary of the defining book, How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. While we will focus our conversation on white privilege in the context of anti-black racism in Academia, there are many types of privileges to consider and we will provide examples, if you do not identify as white. We recommend reading these articles before the session.

Tuesday, September 15th

Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator Part II, Tuesday, September 15th 12:30 – 2:30 pm

The premise for this workshop is to first examine one’s own racial identity development as a way to authentically prepare for teaching equitably and inclusively.

Session II: Teaching Equitably and Inclusively 

(attendance at Session I is a pre-requisite)

During this second session, we discuss the barriers to student learning, including implicit bias and social identity threat. We will differentiate between intent vs. impact and practice inclusive teaching and anti-racist pedagogy. In this session, we build on knowledge from the first session and introduce additional strategies for reaching and teaching all students.

Wednesday, September 16th

Syllabus Design: Wednesday, September 16th, 10:00 am – 12:00pm

Using an equitable approach to teaching benefits all students. In this series, you will work with colleagues, guided by CEILS experts, to discuss and redesign your syllabus, assessments, and approaches for effective student engagement. The focus will be on fostering an inclusive and equitable remote learning experience to mitigate the likely worsening equity gaps in higher education. The principles we are using are applicable to when we go back to in-person teaching, so the time you spend on these best practices will not be wasted!

In this workshop, you will use structured syllabus review tools to help you assess and adjust your syllabus to be more inclusive and equitable. Don’t forget to have your syllabus ready to work on!

Concerned About Cheating? Join a Discussion: Wednesday, September 16th, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

This informal discussion will provide a space to consider different points of view on how to address academic dishonesty. Open to all disciplines.

Thursday, September 17th

Equity-Minded Assessment: Thursday, September 17th, 10:00 am – 12:00pm

Using an equitable approach to teaching benefits all students. The focus will be on fostering an inclusive and equitable remote learning experience to mitigate the likely worsening equity gaps in higher education. The principles we are using are applicable to when we go back to in-person teaching, so the time you spend on these best practices will not be wasted!

Join us to learn about an array of assessment options, hear about what’s worked well for colleagues, and get time to adapt and troubleshoot your own assessment plans.

Engaging Students Remotely and Equitably Part I: Thursday, September 17th, 1:00 am – 2:00pm

Using an equitable approach to teaching benefits all students. The focus will be on fostering an inclusive and equitable remote learning experience to mitigate the likely worsening equity gaps in higher education. The principles we are using are applicable to when we go back to in-person teaching, so the time you spend on these best practices will not be wasted!

Active learning and student engagement may look different online, but the remote teaching environment makes these techniques even more critical to having an equitable course. Learn about how faculty engage students online and determine which approaches are most appropriate in your course.

CEILS Workshop Details: Week 2

Monday, September 21st

Effective Faculty-TA Teams: Monday, September 21st, 1:00 am – 2:30 pm

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) and the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) have collaborated to create a workshop for faculty and TAs centered around what TAs wish faculty knew about their experience teaching during this extraordinary time. The session will be centered around questions of disruptions and difficulties that TAs are experiencing, how faculty and TAs can best communicate with each other, how to manage work expectations in this time of disruption, and how to function as a team in order to meet students’ needs.

Tuesday, September 22nd

Creating Community Remotely: Tuesday, September 22nd, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This collaborative workshop created by both the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) TA Training Program and CEILS will showcase and discuss some ways that you can try and build community in your class. Through hands-on activities and small group discussion, uncover best practices for creating community remotely. Learn more about available tools, investigate a variety of strategies, and think through how you might implement strategies in your classroom and life.

Engaging Students Remotely and Equitably Part II: Tuesday, September 22nd, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Using an equitable approach to teaching benefits all students. The focus will be on fostering an inclusive and equitable remote learning experience to mitigate the likely worsening equity gaps in higher education. The principles we are using are applicable to when we go back to in-person teaching, so the time you spend on these best practices will not be wasted!

This session will continue our discussion from Part I to include a deeper investigation of the specific tools and strategies to incorporate effective and inclusive group work remotely. Learn about how faculty engage students in group work and collaborative learning online and determine which approaches are most appropriate in your course. Part I is a pre-requisite for this workshop.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Introduction to Gradescope: Wednesday, September 23rd, 3:00 – 4:00 pm

CEILS will guide you through an introduction to Gradescope, a tool used to help grade efficiently and equitably online. Learn more about how you can use Gradescope in your future classes! More information will be available soon.

Thursday, September 24th

Creating Community Remotely: Thursday, September 24th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This collaborative workshop created by both the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) TA Training Program and CEILS will showcase and discuss some ways that you can try and build community in your class. Through hands-on activities and small group discussion, uncover best practices for creating community remotely. Learn more about available tools, investigate a variety of strategies, and think through how you might implement strategies in your classroom and life.

Friday, September 25th

Effective Faculty-TA Teams: Friday, September 25th, 1:00 am – 2:30 pm

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) and the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) have collaborated to create a workshop for faculty and TAs centered around what TAs wish faculty knew about their experience teaching during this extraordinary time. The session will be centered around questions of disruptions and difficulties that TAs are experiencing, how faculty and TAs can best communicate with each other, how to manage work expectations in this time of disruption, and how to function as a team in order to meet students’ needs.