Articles by: lozaki

How UCI’s Teaching Experiment Academy is Transforming STEM Education

While the concept of “grades” was introduced during the Industrial Revolution, the way we think about grades and grading have changed very little since then. Most notably, grades continue to have the unfortunate effect of training student attention to the grades themselves rather than on the act of learning. As one student said, “Grades don’t measure understanding. They measure compliance.” With grades and their meaning entrenched in the academic psyche […]

Read More

Practical Advice, Personal Connections: Learn More About the DTEI’s Director’s Blog

In October 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, Andrea Aebersold found herself looking for a more meaningful way to connect with her colleagues. As the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s (DTEI) Director of Faculty Development, she wanted a way to offer much-needed support to UCI faculty as they adapted to the new remote teaching and learning environment. While she and the rest of the DTEI team were doing […]

Read More

How UCI’s Digital Learning Institute Supported Instructors and Students as they Pivoted to Remote Learning

When UCI shut down a few days before the finals in Winter 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19, faculty had only days to transition final exams to an online format and a week during spring break to prepare for remote teaching. Many of them, like History professor Sarah Farmer, did not have prior training in online learning. “It was extremely stressful since I had no experience teaching with Canvas, […]

Read More

New Classroom Enhancement Projects Support Pedagogical Innovation

While instruction for the 2020-21 academic year was remote, the campus hasn’t been sitting idle. In fact, with students and faculty out of classrooms, groups like the Classroom Enhancement Advisory Committee have been hard at work on a series of projects to optimize UCI classrooms for active and engaged learning. According to Mathew Williams, Principal Analyst for Learning Environments at the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI), the focus of […]

Read More

Transitioning Back to Campus: How DTEI Grad Fellows Are Facilitating the Shift to Post-Pandemic Instruction

At the University of California, Irvine (UCI), departments across campus are unified by their goal of empowering students to succeed here at UCI and beyond. Programs like the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation’s (DTEI) Graduate Fellows Program represent the commitment to supporting the success of graduate students who want to pursue a career in education. Led by Daniel Mann, Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Instructional Development at the DTEI, […]

Read More

New Faculty Teaching Academy Offers Teaching Support for Incoming UCI Faculty

As a new professor, joining the ranks of an institution as large and well-known as the University of California, Irvine (UCI) can be a challenge. Even for faculty who have extensive teaching experience, a refresh on the latest tips and tricks for instruction can be most welcome. This is why the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) offers a summer program to assist incoming faculty as they adapt to UCI’s instructional […]

Read More

Research, Innovation, and Pedagogical Excellence: Exploring the Future of Higher Education

When the Anteater Learning Pavillion (ALP) opened its doors in fall of 2018, it marked the start of an educational revolution at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). As the first facility in California designed with active learning principles in mind, the ALP comprises 55,000 square feet of learning space optimized for meaningful student engagement and productive collaboration. It is home to two active learning lecture halls, ten active learning […]

Read More

Michael Dennin Named 2020 Innovator of the Year!

Congratulations to UC Irvine’s Michael Dennin for being named one of the 2020 Innovators of the Year  (IOTY) by the Orange County Business Journal (OCBJ)! This year marks Michael’s fourth nomination and first win at the awards.  In response to the OCBJ’s announcement of the award recipients on September 24, Michael expressed his deep appreciation and gratitude.  I’d like to thank the Orange County Business Journal for this award! I’m […]

Read More

Vice Provost Michael Dennin Nominated for 2020 Innovator of the Year Awards!

Congratulations to Michael Dennin for being nominated for the sixth annual Innovator of the Year Awards! Hosted by the Orange County Business Journal, this awards program recognizes five innovators who are effecting real change in the Orange County community. This year marks Michael’s fourth nomination for this honor.  As Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, […]

Read More

OVPTL Congratulates Dynamic Womxn of UCI Awardee Andrea Aebersold

On June 9th, the Womxn’s Hub at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) named the winners of their seventh annual Dynamic Womxn of UCI Awards. The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (OVPTL) is proud to announce that two of its valued team members, Andrea Aebersold and Megan Linos, were among this year’s award winners. Speaking on why he personally nominated Andrea for this year’s award, Vice […]

Read More