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Resources for Students for 2021-22 School Year

  Our DTEI Graduate Fellows have created a resources page to help undergraduate students navigate the upcoming academic year. Topics include COVID-related resources, mental health resources, and campus information to assist in students’ return to campus. This page was created by Ian Baran, Morgan Coburn, Helen Meskhidze, and Anat Schwartz. The Resources for Students for AY 2021-2022 page is available here.  For more information about the Graduate Fellows program, please […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lessons Learned During the Pandemic Response of Spring 2020

We interviewed colleagues at a range of institutional types–doctoral institutions, small private schools, and community colleges–and we surveyed over 140 CTLs to discern what worked well, what barriers they faced, what lessons they learned, and what advice they would offer for Fall 2020. From these findings, we offer recommendations that can impact students, faculty, CTLs, and campus leaders as we all work to prepare for the upcoming academic year. So […]

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