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We are experiencing a life-changing pandemic, while increasingly recognizing the gross injustices and expressions of frustration, rage and indignation at the dehumanization of black lives in our country and here, in our own communities. During this unprecedented and stressful time, we urge you to embrace an attitude of empathy, understanding, and flexibility with your students, your TAs, colleagues and administration as we work together to best support our community in adjusting our mode of instruction. As educators, our main concern is for the health and well-being of our students, and for our colleagues and instructors who are also managing their own feelings.
This next quarter, we are once again faced with the situation of supporting students in achieving their academic goals, while doing so amidst events that further expose the inequities in our society and in our classrooms. We know there is not a “one size fits all” response at this moment. However, we did learn some valuable lessons from our response to COVID and, before that, our response to the divisive election in 2016. Please be equitable with your grading practices and consider what alternatives you might provide, flexible in your scheduling of assignments and live zoom sessions, and invest extra time communicating with your students as you prepare your course and being teaching.
We will continue to host online events, curate relevant resources, and disseminate important announcements. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can support your teaching during this time.
This section has been added to our teaching guides to provide strategies and best practices specific to remote teaching during COVID-19. The Teaching Guides Part I, II, and III following this section provide guidance on teaching and course design, often applicable to both in-person and online teaching.
Interested in attending an online workshop?
- View upcoming CEILS events and curated STEM events on our Calendar of Events.
- View upcoming campus-wide events on remote teaching on the UCLA Administration website.
With an overarching framework includes the core principles of reflection, flexibility, communication, and community building, this document provides step-by-step guidance on how to prepare to teach in a remote format. Includes how to best communicate with your students prior to and during the course.
Are you overwhelmed and unsure about where to start on your course adaptation? Do you feel short on time? Check out this summary guide to help you quickly navigate the abundance of resources for shifting to online teaching, organized by the amount of planning time you have available.
Review best practices and recommendations for assessment during remote instruction.
The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) has developed a wonderful website highlighting resources and strategies for effective remote team teaching with your TAs including resources from a recent workshop on this topic co-facilitated by CAT’s Assistant Director and TA Training Program Coordinator, Michelle Gaston, and CEILS Assistant Director, Katie Dixie.
UCLA IT Services site is the up-to-date resource for getting started with Zoom. Support includes assistance for setting up and practicing Zoom and help you navigate and troubleshoot technical problems. There are also resources for anyone in need of technology. For more technical resources compiled by CEILS, click here.
The Online Teaching and Learning Center at UCLA created a brand-new asynchronous self-paced course full of great advice and tutorials on how to adapt your class to the remote environment. Whether your class needs a small touch-up or you are looking to create a brand-new, fully remote course, there are a multitude of tips and resources that can help!
View past webinars on topics including engaging students with Zoom, designing assessments, creating interactive videos with captions, utilizing Gradescope, and general course planning for remote teaching.
We highly recommend this website as a resource for concrete tips and strategies for enhancing your course design and delivery online. Developed by the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE).
A member of the CEILS team would be happy to meet for individual and group consultations.
The following guides offer a deeper dive into the evidence-based best practices for course design and teaching with CEILS developed and curated resources. We will continue to update each guide over time, so please contact us at email@example.com with feedback or resources to share with our community of instructors.
Part I: Designing Your Course
What will students know or be able to do by taking your course?
How might you use a design framework to align your goals, assessments, and activities in ways that optimize student learning?
How is your course structured to support learning? How are you communicating your teaching objectives to students?
How will you assess student learning throughout the quarter (“formative assessment”) and at the end (“summative assessment”)?
Part II: In the Classroom
How might you use active learning and other evidenced-based approaches to enhance participation and engagement in your class?
How will you effectively support learning for ALL students?
How will you support collaborative learning in your classroom?
How can you leverage polling tools to enhance student participation and feedback, especially in large classes?
Part III: Evaluating and Reflecting on Teaching
How can you assess the impact of your course? Includes a mid-quarter evaluation tool you can easily copy from CCLE.
How can colleagues and departments help improve teaching?
What tools can you use to self-assess your own teaching?
Given the many concerns with focusing only on student evaluations of teaching, what are other ways that you and your institution can assess teaching effectiveness and student learning?
Additional Resources for Faculty
Additional information about CEILS services and programs available throughout the year include individual consultations, summer institutes and programs.
“Bringing Theory to Practice” (BTtoP) workshops are short (1-2 hours) targeted trainings and workshops offered throughout the year.
Campus resources and services to include in your syllabus or post on your course website.
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