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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs

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

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Specialty Workshops


Leading Asynchronous Online Discussions

Designer: Anita Stahl (Feminist Studies)
This workshop is fully asynchronous and can be done anytime. It takes you through tools and techniques for asynchronous discussion sections. The focus is on creating a social learning community for students. No registration required; completion tracked through activities. Follow this link to join the Preparing to Teaching Online GS site, where the workshop is hosted: https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/courses/mod/hvp/view.php?id=4746180

Crafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development 

Thurs, Oct 15, 3-4pm, 2020

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

Thurs, Oct 22, 2-3pm, 2020

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. 

Remote TAing Happy Hours: Successes and Challenges

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development

Mon, Oct 19, 4-5pm, 2020
Fri, Nov 6, 3-4pm, 2020

Remote TAing can be hard and rewarding at the same time - and we want to hear all about it! In these sessions you will hear from experienced TAs, talk with online teaching experts, resolve your challenges, and make new friends!   

Interpreting and Analyzing ESCI Scores

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2-3pm, 2020

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 

We will email you with confirmation and the Zoom workshop 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.

Pillar 1: Creating Supportive Learning Environments

Fostering Belonging and Community in the Classroom 

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Friday, Oct 9, 10-11am, 2020
Monday, Nov 9, 4-5pm, 2020
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: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Friday, Oct 16, 10-11am, 2020
Tuesday, Nov 17, 3-4pm, 2020

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: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development
Wednesday, Oct 21, 3-4pm, 2020
Thursday, Nov 19, 10-11am, 2020
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: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 12-1pm

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: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

Monday, Nov. 16, 4-5pm

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

Tues, Nov. 24, 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.

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