Workshops and Professional Development


Upcoming Offerings

Tuesday, 2/20/24


2:00PM - 3:00PM PT

Wednesday, 2/21/24


3:00PM - 4:00PM PT

AIRB 3010


Coffee Meets Teaching

Faculty Commons

The Coffee Meets Teaching community provides a relaxing space for faculty to meet and engage in casual conversations about teaching over a coffee break. It is a faculty speed-dating like event to encourage teaching related conversions.  Please join us  if you could take a coffee break away from teaching  and engage in casual conversation with other faculty about teaching. The DTEI will sponsor a $10 Starbucks gift card to each participant to encourage more peer dialogues after the initial meet-up.

RSVP by creating a teaching profile to help us pair you with other faculty members who share similar interests and experience.

Megan Linos

Jennifer Wong-Ma

Wednesday, 2/21/24


2:00PM - 3:00PM PT

Online (Zoom)

Graduate Students and Faculty (staff and others welcome)

DTEI Graduate Scholars Pre-Application Workshop

Facilitators: Danny Mann (, Executive Director of DTEI, Alex Bower (, Educational Development Specialist for Graduate Students & Postdocs, Xinyu (Cindy) Li (, DTEI Educational Development Scholar


The DTEI Graduate Scholars Program facilitates summer-long collaborations between Grad Scholars and faculty mentors to enhance the equity, accessibility, and inclusivity of future courses while further developing graduate student skills and knowledge. The themes for this summer are (1) alternative assessment strategies (including considerations for genAI), (2) leveraging the instructional team for effective pedagogy (i.e. instructor, TAs, readers, LAs), and (3) enhancing pedagogical wellness. DTEI will prioritize support for projects that involve transitioning GE and/or large-enrollment lower-division major requirements into a hybrid format. DTEI Graduate Scholars will receive a $5,000 award, and both graduate students and faculty will earn a Partnership in Inclusive Design Certificate.

In this workshop, graduate students and faculty are invited to prepare for a successful application by exploring details about the Program, engaging with this year’s themes, and posing questions.

Zoom link

Daniel Mann

Alex Bower

Xinyu (Cindy) Li

Thursday, 2/22/24


3:00PM - 4:30PM PT

AIRB 1030

Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff

More Than Just “Group Work”: How to Foster Collaborative Learning in the Classroom

Facilitator: Xinyu (Cindy) Li (, DTEI Educational Development Scholar


Group work – a group of students working or students working together? Transitioning from how we normally think about ‘group work’ into a focus on collaborative learning allows us to better engage students in deeper learning and developing soft skills: all which could benefit them in college and their careers beyond. 

In this workshop, we will discuss effective ways to create, facilitate, and assess collaborative learning in our own classrooms, including:

– Framing group work vs collaborative learning and encouraging student buy-in

– Considerations and techniques for creating meaningful groups

– How to assess collaborative learning outcomes

CTE Categories: Collaborative learning, Inclusive practices, Active learning

Xinyu (Cindy) Li

Wednesday, 2/28/24


11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

Online (Zoom)

Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff

How to Engage Everyone… in Every Classroom!

Facilitator: Mary Isaac (, DTEI Educational Development Scholar


It is notoriously difficult to get students to participate in lectures and discussion sections. We know that active learning leads to the most optimal student learning outcomes, and yet implementing these strategies is difficult, and we’re not always given direction on how to do so. This online workshop offers you various evidence-based tools to help engage all your students, in any class setting. You will learn about a range of simple to complex participation activities and be able to decide which strategies work best for your course. This workshop will pull from different instructors’ experiences across disciplines and include a collaborative discussion that addresses participants’ specific needs. Please fill out the Google Form to RSVP and to share any particular questions or challenges regarding student participation that you want to discuss at the workshop. 

Zoom link (Passcode will be sent after RSVP)

This workshop partially meets the requirements for the “Assessment” and “Inclusive Teaching” modules for the Certificate in Teaching Excellence. 

Mary Isaac

Every Wednesday, 1/31/24 to 2/28/24


11:00AM - 12:30PM PT

AIRB 3010

Faculty, Staff, Grad Students, Postdocs

Course Design Essentials Program

Program Team: Matthew Mahavongtrakul, Program Director of Educational Development; Jennifer Foung, Instructional Designer; Alex Bower, Educational Development Specialist for Graduate Students & Postdocs


The Course Design Essentials (CDE) Program is a series of five sessions that support graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty in designing courses using evidence-based practices. In this certificate program, participants will practice backward, integrated course design by establishing goals for student learning and aligning assignments and assessments with these goals. All faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and staff are welcome.

Registration for this program is closed.

Matthew Mahavongtrakul

Jennifer Foung

Alex Bower

Every Wednesday, 1/22/24 to 3/1/24


1:00PM - 3:00PM PT

AIRB 3010


Inclusive Teaching Institute

Moderators: Megan Linos, Director of Digital and Online Teaching, DTEI; David Trend, Professor, Claire Trevor School of the Arts; Meredith Ehrenberg, Information Architect, ODIT; Theresa Duong, Pedagogical Wellness Specialist, DTEI


The Inclusive Teaching Institute (ITI) is a faculty-led professional development program designed to support faculty in cultivating a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEI-A) culture in the classroom that supports the needs of all students, regardless of their backgrounds. It is designed in a flipped format, including pre-assigned readings, self-paced Canvas content, and weekly peer discussion sessions. A group of faculty peer coaches will facilitate the discussion and provide individual consultation to guide the ITI participants in reframing their curriculum and teaching strategies. All UCI faculty and grad students are welcome to participate.

Topics Include: DEI Practices in the Classroom, Transparency & Inclusion in Course Design, Accesible Teaching, & Pedagogical Wellness

Registration for this program is closed. 

Megan Linos

David Trend

Meredith Ehrenberg

Theresa Duong

Wednesday, 3/13/24


2:00PM - 3:30PM PT

AIRB 1030

Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff

Panel: Supporting Neurodiversity: Perspectives from Students and Faculty

More details coming soon.

2023 - 2024 Offerings

Winter 2024

Embracing AI: Using Generative AI to Facilitate Dynamic and Interactive Learning

Date, Time, and Location: Friday, January 26th from 2-3:30pm in 4201 Natural Sciences II

Facilitators: Matthew Mahavongtrakul, Program Director of Educational Development

In this session, we will explore how two faculty use generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) to facilitate dynamic, interactive, and personal learning activities to stimulate critical thinking and teach skills that would be helpful for successfully reading journal articles. You can submit questions on this registration form for the faculty to consider ahead of time. There will also be time dedicated to Q&A.

Panelists: Adrienne Williams, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Teaching, Developmental and Cell Biology; and Amal Alachkar, Ph.D., Professor of Teaching, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

This workshop partially meets the requirements for the “Collaborative Learning”, “Instructional Technology”, and “Course Design” modules for the Certificate in Teaching Excellence.

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Fall 2023

Fearless Generative AI: How to Use GenAI in Our Teaching

Date, Time, and Location: Wednesday, November 29th, 2023, 2:00pm to 3:30pm PT in AIRB 1030

Facilitators: Xinyu Cindy Li ( and McKenna Middleton (, DTEI Educational Development Scholars

Uncertain about what generative AI means for higher education? Join us for an interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring UCI faculty and graduate students who have tackled this question in their own classrooms.

In this workshop, you will learn how fellow UCI instructors have incorporated generative AI into their teaching practices in concrete, practical ways. You will have an opportunity to submit questions for the panelists about the relationship between generative AI and teaching. Finally, you will reflect on ways you could utilize generative AI in your courses.

This workshop partially meets the requirements for the “Collaborative Learning”, “Instructional Technology”, and “Course Design” modules for the Certificate in Teaching Excellence.

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Poll Everywhere Unleashed: Igniting Classroom Engagement

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, November 16, 2023, 2:00PM to 3:00PM PT, Online

Presenters: Bo Choi, Instructional Designer, DTEI, David Copp, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Join us for a faculty presentation showcasing effective methods of student engagement through the utilization of digital learning tools. In this workshop, Professor David Copp, Assistant Professor of Teaching in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), will take you on a journey beyond the conventional use of Poll Everywhere as a simple student response tool in the classroom. Professor Copp will discuss the broader applications of Poll Everywhere and its impact on student learning, as well as share valuable lessons learned. We invite you to participate in this workshop and delve deeper into the possibilities of Poll Everywhere with Professor Copp!

Leading a Classroom for Diverse Learners: A Starter’s Guide

Date, Time, and Location: Monday, November 13th, 2023, 3:00pm to 4:00pm PT in AIRB 1030

Facilitator: Xinyu Cindy Li (, DTEI Educational Development Scholar

Diversity in classrooms benefits students by offering different perspectives and opportunities to learn from one another, but creating and presenting lessons which accommodate all of our diverse learners is not always easy. So, where can we start?

In this workshop, we will consider effective practices for leading your own diverse classroom communities, with particular focus on the areas of inclusive teaching techniques, presentation skills, discussion facilitation, and active learning activities. We will also reflect upon the three principles of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discuss how they may be incorporated to further increase inclusivity in our classrooms.

This workshop partially meets the requirements for the “Active Learning” and “Inclusive Teaching” modules for the Certificate in Teaching Excellence.

Learning Technology Roundtable Discussion

Date, Time, and Location: Monday, November 13th, 2023, 1:00PM to 3:00PM PT, Online
Presenters: Megan Linos, Director of Digital and Online Teaching (DOT)

Join the faculty roundtable discussion, where you will learn new teaching ideas, ask questions, and exchange teaching experiences with other faculty about implementing learning technologies for teaching. A UCI faculty will partner with a DTEI instructional designer to facilitate the discussion and showcase possible ways to use it to creatively enhance the student learning experience.

  • The Group discussion/annotation Tools: Ed Discussion and Perusall
  • The Grading and Assessments Tools: Gradescope and Turnitin
  • The Student Engagement Tools: Poll Everywhere and Google Education Apps

Empowering Engagement: Leveraging Scaffolding, Collaboration, Gamification, and Pedagogical Teaching Tools

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, November 2nd, 2023, 2:00PM to 3:00PM PT, Online

Join us for an engaging workshop on ‘Empowering Engagement.’ Discover how emotions, technology, and creative teaching strategies boost student motivation and participation. Experience interactive teaching tools like Kahoot! in action. Enhance your teaching skills and energize your classroom. Unlock the potential of innovative teaching methods.

Presenters: Fanny Tsai, Instructional Designer, DTEI, Stephanie Au, Director for IPEP & Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, Ian Straughn, Associate Professor of Teaching, Department of Anthropology

Making Assessments Less Overwhelming and More Inclusive

Date, Time, and Location: Wednesday, November 1st, 2023, 2:00PM to 3:00PM PT in AIRB 1030

Facilitator: McKenna Middleton (, DTEI Educational Development Scholar

Quizzes, exams, papers and assessments are an opportunity for students to show instructors what they understand about the course. However, students and instructors alike may find themselves overwhelmed with the prospect of assessments.

In this workshop, you will identify inclusive, effective assessment techniques that can set students up for success. You will discuss the implementation of low-stakes formative assessments in your courses. You will consider evidence-based pedagogical strategies for efficient grading that incorporate effective feedback, rubrics, and metacognitive reflections.


This workshop partially meets the requirements for the “Assessment” and “Inclusive Teaching” modules for the Certificate in Teaching Excellence.

Gradescope Bubble Sheets As a Scantron Alternative

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, October 26th, 2023, 2:00PM to 3:00PM PT

Presenters: Jennifer Foung, Instructional Designer, DTEI, Brian Sato, Associate Dean, DTEI

Gradescope Bubble Sheets is a powerful tool designed to streamline the way you handle and grade multiple-choice, hand-written assessments. In this workshop, we will walk you through step-by-step how to deliver bubble sheet assessments, set up an answer key and push grades back into Canvas. Gradescope Bubble Sheets will be able to help you reduce grading time, access valuable data about student understanding, and allow you to fully control the grading and feedback process. Register for this workshop to learn how to get started with Gradescope Bubble Sheets today!

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Keeping the Pedagogical Design in Mind When Creating a Canvas Course Space

Date, Time, and Location: Monday, October 23rd, 2023, 1:00PM to 3:00PM PT

Presenters: Megan Linos, Director of Digital and Online Teaching (DOT)

In this workshop, we will review key design elements, showcase a DTEI Canvas course sample, and share the use of various course design tools and templates to start designing a Canvas course. Participants will exchange experiences and begin creating a real course on Canvas from scratch.

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