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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs

Overview of Spring 2020 Workshops (click to jump to section)

To get regular updates about workshops join the #ta-development-program channel in Nectir: ucsb.nectir.io 

 

The Pillars workshops will be offered once this quarter unless there is sufficient interest for a second offering. If you are unable to make the Pillars workshop you need please contact Laurel Shaddix at lshaddix@ucsb.edu.

 

Pillars of Teaching Assistantship Workshop Series

Pillar 1: Creating Supportive Learning Environments

Fostering Belonging and Community in the Classroom

Pillar 2: Engaging Students in their Learning

2A. Active Learning: What, why and how?

2B. Creating Engaging Lessons

Pillar 3: Assessing Student Learning

3A. Effective Questioning and Classroom Assessment Techniques

3B. Designing and Grading Assessments

Pillar 4: Professional Growth and Development

Improving Teaching through Feedback and Reflection

 Register for Pillars workshops here

 

Spring 2020 TA Workshops on Pedagogy

 

Specialty Workshops

 

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development 
Date: Weds, April 15th, 1-2pm
Zoom: https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/531629382
Register here.
 
Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement can be a challenge, and is required for most teaching positions. At the same time, examining and articulating your teaching philosophy can help you to become a more effective instructor. As a participant in this workshop, you will work through a series of exercises to help you reflect on your teaching, and by workshop end you will have a draft outline of your teaching philosophy statement. 
 

Preparing your CCUT Portfolio

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Date: April 29th, 3-4pm
Zoom: https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/531629382 
Register here
 
The session will provide tips on writing the CCUT teaching portfolio, including ways of presenting teaching materials, documenting student ratings, meeting the technology requirement, tone of the portfolio narration, and more. Participants need to have completed at least two of the CCUT requirements. Please note that if you are completing your doctorate degree in Spring Quarter, the final date that you may submit your CCUT portfolio is Friday, March 20th. 
 

Interpreting and Analyzing ESCI Scores

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Date: Fri, May 8th, 10-11am
Zoom: https://ucsb.zoom.us/j/531629382
Register here
 
In this workshop, you will learn how to interpret statistics from your ESCI (UCSB's student evaluations of teaching) reports, find trends in the data, and strategize about how to enhance your teaching based on students' feedback. We will also discuss approaches for summarizing your ESCI data for the academic job market.  
 
 

Pillars of Teaching Assistantship Workshop Series

 Register for Pillars workshops here. We will email any updates and will send the workshop Zoom link. 

The “Pillars of Teaching Assistantship” workshop series and certificate is designed to provide TAs with a comprehensive, research-based foundation for teaching in the role of TA. TAs will earn a Pillars certificate after completing all six workshops and their brief pre- and post- workshop activities.

 

For Spring quarter, we will offer each Pillars workshop once, with a second workshop offering if there is sufficient interest (email lshaddix@ucsb.edu to request a second offering). 

 

Pillar 1: Creating Supportive Learning Environments

Fostering Belonging and Community in the Classroom 

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Date: Fri, April 17th, 1-2pm
 
Come learn about the diversity of UCSB's undergraduate students and how to support them from a perspective of inclusivity.  In this workshop, you will explore communication and classroom strategies that promote community, and reflect on how your life experiences affect your interactions with undergraduates.

Pillar 2: Engaging Students in their Learning  

2A.  Active learning: What, why and how?

Facilitator: Brody Thompson, Instructional Development
Date: Mon, April 20th, 7-8pm

Students learn better when they are actively participating in the learning process rather than passively listening. In this workshop, you will differentiate between active learning and passive listening, identify elements that foster active learning, and apply a variety of instructional methods.   

2B.  Creating Engaging Lessons

Facilitator: Brody Thompson, Instructional Development
Date: Thurs, April 30th, 7-8pm
 
Creating lessons is essential, but how can we ensure those lessons are engaging for our students? In this workshop, you will use learning objective taxonomies and a lesson planning framework to design active, student-centered classes. 
 

Pillar 3: Assessing Student Learning

3A. Effective Questioning and Classroom Assessment Techniques

Facilitator: Anthony Clairmont, Instructional Development
Date: Thurs, April 16th, 2-3pm
 
Much of a TA’s role during section is to formulate generative questions, structure activities that check student understanding, and give effective feedback. In this workshop, you will explore several classroom-based assessment and questioning techniques that are based on the principles of giving effective feedback.
 

3B.  Designing and Grading Assessments

Facilitator: Anthony Clairmont, Instructional Development
Date: Thurs, April 23rd, 10-11am
 
TAs are responsible for creating, implementing, and evaluating assessments. But what makes a good assessment? How can we use assessment to support learning? And what are some reasonable ways to grade student work? In this workshop, you will use principles from evidence-centered design to make assessments more focused and impactful, and help you with practical grading strategies.
 

Pillar 4: TA Professional Growth and Development

Improving Teaching through Feedback and Reflection 

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development
Date: Weds, May 20th, 4-5pm
 
How well are your teaching strategies working?  How can you get useful, real-time feedback on your teaching? How will you respond when students have widely different perceptions of your teaching?  In this workshop, you will evaluate different ways of reflecting on your teaching that help you grow as a TA.
 
 

 Register for Pillars workshops here. We will email any updates and will send the workshop Zoom link. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
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lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
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mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
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Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
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Laurel Shaddixoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
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