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Need replacement lecture ideas?

The recent natural disasters and road closures have made it difficult for faculty to lead in-class lectures.  If you or your students need an alternative way of attending class, consider utilizing GauchoCast and Zoom to put yourself and your lecture materials in front of your students.  We provide step-by-step instructions and videos for making the most of these innovative teaching technologies.  

How to get set up with your classroom technology

New instructor?  New classroom?  Stop by Media Equipment in Kerr 1160 to set up a login and password for general assignment classroom computers; check out a lectern key; and arrange for an Instructional Development staff member to do a "meet and greet" orientation to the equipment and lighting controls in the classroom(s) in which you will be teaching.  

Check out our Resource Library

We have a collection of over 400 books and guides on a variety of instructional topics.  Stop by Kerr Hall 1130 to browse our selection and check out items of interest! 

Subscribe to our video podcast series: TALES

GauchoSpace Training

Collaborate now offers Online Training for GauchoSpace! For individual training with a GauchoSpace expert, call 805-893-2208 or drop in to the Faculty Resource Center at 1110 Kerr Hall M-F 10am-4pm.

EVENTS Winter 2018

Pre-Winter Instructional Workshops
December, 2018

The workshops below are designed to assist instructors in preparing for the Winter quarter. Whether you will be teaching more students, different courses, or are just looking for new ideas, these sessions are for you! 

Please register at http://apps.id.ucsb.edu/registration/faculty-workshop-reg/


Faculty Experiences with i>clicker
Wed., Dec. 5th, 12:00-1:30pm
HSSB 6020 (McCune conference room)
*Lunch provided*

This session will feature three faculty members talking, candidly, about their experiences using the i>clicker student response system.  Drs. Kim Yasuda (Art), David Lea (Earth Science) and Harold Marcuse (History) will discuss why and how they use i>clickers, share related challenges and successes, and engage with the audience in Q&A.  Lunch will be provided; please bring your curiosity, skepticism and/or questions.


Designing Creative, Authentic Assignments
Mon., Dec. 10th, 9:30-10:30am
Library Training Room 1312

Are you tired of assigning a revamped version of the same old assignment?  Do you want to create assignments that students are excited to engage with, and which allow them to delve deeper into key course concepts?  This session is designed to unleash your creativity while designing assignments that promote authentic learning, for any course.

Upside down Lesson Planning

Mon. Dec. 10th, 11:30am-1:00pm
Library Training Room 1312 

In this workshop you will take a typical lecture or lesson plan and revamp it into something that connects your students to the content from the outset of the class session. We will cover how to break up the class session into engaging and interactive activities and how to gauge student learning while you teach! You are welcome to bring your lunch to this session; drinks will be provided.


Instructional Media Tools
Tues., Dec. 11th, 1:00-3:00pm
Kerr Hall, Studio A (with breakout sessions in Studio B)

Have you heard of GauchoCast, Zoom and/or the Learning Glass, but haven’t had a chance to get hands on experience with one or more of these technologies?  This session will provide you an opportunity to practice creating video podcasts (GauchoCast), hosting synchronous online webinars (Zoom) and/or creating video tutorials for written out work (Learning Glass) with the help of the Instructional Development team.

i>clickers: Getting started with UCSB’s student response system 
Wed., Dec. 12th, 10-11:30am
Kerr 2110

Participants in this workshop will explore ways that i>clickers can be used to engage students during lecture and to foster critical thinking.  You will also learn the "nuts and bolts" of how to use i>clicker in the classroom and its flexible grading options.

Tactical Flipping of your Course
Wed., Dec. 12th, 1:00-2:00pm
Arts 1332

“Flipping a course” is all the rage, with research suggesting that it boosts scores and decreases failure rates.  Still, instructors may find this approach daunting, as it often involves a significant time investment to create engaging in-class activities and to pre-record mini-lectures.  This workshop will take you through a strategic process to identify which parts of your course are best to “flip,” and different approaches to flipping that fit with your course, time-constraints and personality.



TA Development Program: Pedagogy Workshops

For UCSB Graduate Students interested in honing their teaching skills and attending to the nuances of TAing sections.  Includes tips and tricks for better instruction, discovering your teacher identity, CCUT preparation assistance, and workshops for international TAs.  RSVP here



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.




consultation contacts

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
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall


TBDoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915