About the Course

Thank you for your interest in University Studies 390X! This pedagogy course meets for three hours once a week during Fall and Winter quarters. It is S/U graded and may be taken for 2-4 units with no difference in workload.

The goal of this Developing Teaching Excellence course is for participants to expand their expertise in teaching in higher education. A major component is building an interdisciplinary community in a respectful, collaborative, and challenging environment. By completing this course, participants will earn the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Associate level certificate and the Certificate in Course Design. Participants will also create a syllabus, complete a Diversity Statement, and contribute to the field by contributing a blog post to The FLIP'D Blog. Graduate students will be eligible to apply for the Pedagogical Fellows Program. In addition, all participants will be making progress towards earning the Certificate in Teaching Excellence (CTE).

In this course, participants reflect on readings, including how to implement practices into their own teaching. Participants are expected to come to class with an open mind and be prepared to discuss with their peers. In addition, participants are required to have their teaching observed once and to observe a peer teaching once. To earn the CTE, participants need to be observed three times and observe others three times. Note: these additional observations do not need to be completed in the same quarter as 390X.

Interested graduate students may enroll online through WebReg, and post-docs and faculty should e-mail Matthew Mahavongtrakul at mmahavon@uci.edu for auditing information.

Course Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discover, analyze, and discuss fundamental pedagogical research.
  • Identify, evaluate, and develop effective teaching practices.
  • Practice peer review of teaching with effective strategies for giving and receiving feedback.
  • Participate in a learning community with fellow students and the DTEI.

Main Topics

  • Icebreakers and Introduction to Pedagogical Research
  • Neurobiology and Learning and Memory and Student Learning Outcomes
  • Lesson planning, Active Learning, and Instructional Technology
  • Inclusive Teaching and Universal Design for Learning
  • Collaborative Learning and Group Work
  • Assessment and Course Design
  • Discipline-Specific Pedagogical Topics
  • Introduction to CIRTL (Teaching as Research)

Emphasis on Information Literacy

At the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI), we strive to keep up-to-date on research and best practices in pedagogy. To that end, our new blog project allows participants in 390X the opportunity to synthesize research and experience into informational articles. Below are some of the latest articles we have published. For a full list, click here!


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Post-390X Opportunities

Following 390X completion, graduate students will be eligible to apply for the Pedagogical Fellows Program. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will be eligible to apply for the Pedagogical Liaisons Program, and will be eligible to enroll in University Studies 395 (Teaching as Research).


If you have any questions after reading this page in its entirety, please contact Ashley Hooper at amhooper@uci.edu regarding 390X or the Pedagogical Liaisons Program, Dr. Danny Mann at dmann@uci.edu for the Pedagogical Fellows Program and for University Studies 395.