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CCUT portfolios for Fall graduates are due September 18. Submit a draft CCUT portfolio to Mindy Colin for feedback by Sept 5.

Subscribe to *TALES* the Teaching and Learning Excellence Series Podcasts at TALES.id.ucsb.edu.

*TAs: Register for SPRING Quarter's TA Development Workshops.

*Collaborate now offers Online Training for GauchoSpace! For individual training with a GauchoSpace expert, drop in to the Faculty Resource Center at 1110 Kerr Hall M-F 10am-4pm.

EVENTS Spring 2017

TALES - Teaching and Learning Excellence Series

TALES is a series of live events and podcasts with stories about teaching and learning that inspire, motivate and ignite the imagination of both instructors and students. 

The Importance of Ignorance in Teaching for Learning

Jason Duque, Ph.D. (Education)
May 16, 2017
4-5pm, Girvetz 1004

The richest kind of learning comes from discovering things for ourselves, gaining ownership over our learning through wrestling first-hand with a field’s ideas and inquiries. If it’s so good, why is teaching for that kind of learning so hard? Through metaphor and story, this talk will describe this kind of learning as well as the source of our difficulties in achieving it. We will take aim at our own expertise, the very source of our professional and pedagogical status, and the curriculum and culture that celebrate it. A few disruptive practices will be starting points for fruitful discussion with the audience. (Registration opening soon!)

Analysis and Empathy: Helping Students Gain More Fully Rounded Understandings of Controversial Issues

Salim Yaqub, Ph.D. (History) 
May 22, 2017
3-4pm, HSSB 6020 - McCune Conference Room

How can we help students both feel from the inside and see from the outside? How can we empower them grasp, at one and the same time, not just the breadth of complex social and political issues but also the subjective experiences of individuals caught up in those issues? This talk uses a simulated class exercise on the Vietnam War--involving analysis, dramatization, empathetic reconstruction, and debate--to discuss and model strategies for encouraging students to think in such differing registers.

REEF (iClicker mobile) Polling Demonstration (and Lunch!)

Facilitators: UCSB's (iClicker) Representative Kristin Strong
Wednesday, May 24, 12-1pm
Kerr Hall 1204, Studio B (Video Services entrance is in the breezeway)

RSVP: Kristin.strong@macmillan.com

Are you curious how your students can use their own device (ie: phone, tablet, laptop) in your class for polling?  REEF Polling the only truly Hybrid engagement solution. With REEF, students may use their devices instead of a physical clicker. Giving instructors the ability to offer more choices to students, they can have a mix of personal devices and physical clickers in their classroom. This interactive demonstration will show the features, functionality, and pedagogical practices of i>clicker and REEF Polling. BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to this demonstration if you’d like to join in the fun!*

  • See first hand how physical remotes and personal devices work together

  • Check out the intuitive interface
  • Learn the Roadmap for Mobile Polling


Spring Faculty Workshop: Teaching in the Present

Facilitators: Ailish Riggs Darmody and Celia Alario
Tuesday, May 2, 12-1:30pm
Engineering Science Building 1001

Many of us, as experts in our field, feel fully confident about the content of our courses but feel ill prepared to “command a room” and engage our students from the podium. This workshop will address the physical and personal roadblocks that prevent us from effectively communicating our curriculum, providing practical tools to foster stage presence and create more energized and engaged presentation skills.

Refreshments will be provided. Register to attend here

Ailish Riggs Dermody is a lecturer in the UCSB Department of Theater and Dance where she teaches Voice, Speech, and Dialects. As an actor Ailish has worked in film and television and performed in regional theatres across the country. In her work as a Speech and Dialect Specialist, she has worked with actors, business professionals, and community leaders to foster stage presence and clear, effective, and engaged communication.

Celia Alario is a lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program and at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB, where she teaches Environmental Communications and Grassroots Organizing courses.  In addition, she regularly coaches social justice, environmental and climate justice change agents and organizations in public speaking and media relations skills.  

Note: Materials and links for all our Brown Bags can be found in Instructional Development's Changing Instruction, Changing Times site in GauchoSpace.

1. Navigate to http://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/
2. Enter your UCSB NetID and password (same as used for e-grades).
3. If you are not already enrolled in the course, go to the Courses link and click on Project Sites.
4. Type in the search box: Changing Instruction for Changing Times.
5. Click the course title and then click Join this course site.
6. Scroll down to My Courses click on the "course" entitled the site Instructional Development: Changing Instruction for Changing Times.


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George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
Aisha Wedlaw ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
Sarah Koepkeoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
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