CEILS Scientific Teaching Institute: Foundations of Equitable Course Design & Inclusive Teaching

Description: The CEILS Scientific Teaching Institute is designed to introduce you to evidence-based strategies for inclusive teaching and course design. The experience is facilitated by CEILS staff and other UCLA faculty; and you will receive feedback on your 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.

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 anyone else 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 in person over the course of one week (excluding the weekend). Each day, there will be a 2-hour workshop from 10am -12 noon, followed by group work time in the afternoon for you to work on assignments (e.g. revising your syllabus or assessments). Resources will be available on the course site to support you in completing the assignments, and facilitators will be available to meet with you daily. 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.

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 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.

Top 5 Reasons to Apply

  1. See other people and have professional conversations about teaching IN PERSON! Are you way past the point of Zoom fatigued and ready to be social again? So are we! Come and be in community where you will get your fall course planned out and hopefully also have a bit of FUN!
  2. Be proactive and get your fall course preparation started in August, rather than procrastinating until the week before classes! Finalize your syllabus, assignments and activities with strong support and feedback from peers.
  3. Review some best practices for course design and teaching and learn some new ideas. Daily workshops provide an overview on some of the evidence-based teaching practices that you can incorporate into your course design.
  4. Consult and brainstorm with peers on how to improve your course. Don’t sit alone at your desk drafting your syllabus, come and be in community! We will have ample opportunities to give feedback and exchange ideas.
  5. Get a bit of practice being a “student” in BruinLearn. Our daily activities and resources will utilize BruinLearn, and our facilitators can help you get more comfortable with different tools and features you might want to incorporate into your own course site.

For a detailed schedule from 2022, please download and review our CEILS SI 2022 Info Sheet

Screenshot of the Summer Institute Schedule that is available in the downloadable PDF