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2023 - 2024 Offerings

Spring 2024

Panel: Beating Burnout: Strategies to Survive (and Thrive) in Grad School

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, June 6th, from 1:00-2:30pm on Zoom

Facilitators: Katelyn Kelly (katelymk@uci.edu), DTEI Educational Development Scholar; and Talin Abadian (tabadian@uci.edu), DTEI Educational Development Scholar

Research shows that graduate students experience more stress than both undergraduate students and the general population, and that this has only been exacerbated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic (Andrade et al., 2023). So, how do we mitigate this all-too-familiar academic burnout?

In this interactive panel, wellness experts and graduate students across different points in their careers will share strategies for how to prevent, recognize, and address burnout so that we may successfully navigate research, teaching, and life “outside”. We invite you to submit questions through the registration form below for our panel to consider ahead of time. There will also be time dedicated to Q&A.

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Does it Have to Be this Way?: Breaking the Academic Grind mentality

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, May 30th, from 1:00-2:00pm on Zoom

Facilitator: Katelyn Kelly (katelymk@uci.edu), DTEI Educational Development Schola

While students and instructors alike are encouraged to maintain a healthy work-life balance and are inundated with resources to do so, the academic “grind” culture can make this feel impossible. How do we as overburdened instructors lessen the burden on our students? In this workshop, we will explore concrete strategies – both in and beyond the classroom – to disrupt this culture and prioritize both learning and wellbeing.

We invite you to bring any specific questions or challenges you may have around student engagement and grind culture for us to address together.

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This workshop partially meets the requirements for the “Inclusive Teaching” and “Course/Lesson Design” modules for the Certificate in Teaching Excellence.


DTEI Faculty Showcase: Innovative GenAI in Teaching

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, May 23rd, from 2:00-4:00pm in AIRB 1030

Featured Panelists: Jonathan Alexander (English and Informatics), Mohammad Moshirpour (Informatics), Bradley Queen (English), Ian Straughn (Anthropology), Bill Tomlinson (Informatics and Education), and Thomas Yeh (Computer Science)

This panel will showcase of award-winning faculty who pursued projects incorporating generative AI into teaching this academic year. Attendees will learn about these innovative projects and lessons learned from an interdisciplinary panel of faculty with opportunities for questions and discussion. This will be moderated by Vice Provost Michael Dennin and DTEI Executive Director Danny Mann. Light refreshments will be served.


Interactive Innovations Unleashed: Making Learning Fun with Digital Adventures

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, May 16th, from 2:00-3:00pm online

Facilitators: Fanny Tsai, DTEI Instructional Designer, and Stephanie AU, Assistant Clinical Nursing Professor

Join us to step into an interactive workshop where you’ll unlock the secrets to student engagement through a virtual escape room experience. This session is designed to equip you with the tools to create immersive and interactive learning environments whether you are in-person or online teaching. By its end, you’ll have a toolkit for infusing energy and excitement into both online and hybrid courses. With Dr. Stephanie Au as our guest speaker, you’ll gain insights into innovative engagement strategies that spark student participation and make every class an adventure.


Shake-up your Syllabus!: Alternative Formats for Syllabus Design

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, May 16th, from 1:00-2:00pm in AIRB 1030

Facilitator: Talin Abadian (tabadian@uci.edu), DTEI Educational Development Scholar

Do you find yourself frustrated as to why students don’t read your syllabus? Instead of as a contract, what if we see the syllabus as an interactive platform and a dynamic tool for instructors and students to exchange ideas? This workshop explores different, innovative ways to design syllabi which prioritize student engagement and participation, such as the Liquid Syllabus, the FAQ Syllabus, and the Interactive Syllabus. We will learn about new and innovative syllabi that inspire curiosity, build student buy-in, promote dialogue, and ultimately enhance the learning experience for all involved, regardless of discipline.

(You do not have to have an existing syllabus to benefit from this workshop, though we invite you to bring one if you do.)

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


STEM Equity Learning Community (SELC) Project: Towards Equitable Outcomes for Math Majors

Date, Time, and Location: Friday, May 10th, from 3:00-4:00pm in ISEB 1310

Facilitators: Adityakrishnan Radhakrishnan, SEISMIC Undergraduate Math Major, Alessandra Pantano, SEISMIC Math Faculty, Anna Ma, SEISMIC Math Faculty

The Introduction to Abstract Mathematics (Math 13) class is a cornerstone of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum and creates the foundation for most upper-division courses. In this talk, we discuss the question: Does Math 13 have equitable outcomes? To do so, we present the findings of our STEM Equity Learning Community (SELC) team, which are based on three data sources: Equity Reports from the SEISMIC Collaboration, midquarter evaluations, and interviews of current Math Majors who have taken Math 13. This talk aims to have a constructive discussion and call to action to continue studying, designing, and implementing interventions for more equitable outcomes for Math Majors.

This workshop partially meets the requirements for the “Inclusive Teaching” module for the Certificate in Teaching Excellence.


Panel: Embracing AI: Using Generative AI to Facilitate Learning

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, May 2nd, from 1-2:30pm in AIRB 1030

Facilitator: Alex Bower, Ph.D. (ahbower@uci.edu), Educational Development Specialist for Graduate Students and Postdocs

In this interactive session, we will explore how faculty use generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) to facilitate dynamic and personal learning in and beyond the classroom. We invite you to submit questions through the registration form below for our panel to consider ahead of time. There will also be time dedicated to Q&A.

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Winter 2024

Panel: Supporting Neurodiversity: Perspectives from Students and Faculty

Date, Time, and Location: Wednesdays, March 13th, from 2pm-3:30pm in AIRB 1030

Panelists: Adam Kasarda (DSC Director), Albert Siryaporn (Associate Professor), Ainsley May (Graduate Student), Alisson Rowland (Graduate Student), and Dani Galvan (Undergraduate Student)

Join us for a panel on Neurodiversity and Learning! Neurodiversity describes the notion that people interpret and interact with the world in diverse ways. The goal of this panel is twofold: first, to increase awareness about neurodiversity at UCI, and second, to support the academic success of neurodiverse students through improved pedagogical practices. Through the perspectives of undergraduate and graduate students, UCI faculty, and our Disabilities Services Center Director, participants should be able to gain a better sense of how to increase the inclusiveness of their course design to accommodate for a range of neurodiversity.


Inclusive Teaching Institute

Date, Time, and Location: Wednesdays, January 22nd to March 1st, from 1pm-3pm in AIRB 3010

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, Accessible Teaching, & Pedagogical Wellness


Course Design Essentials Program

Date, Time, and Location: Wednesdays, January 31st to February 28th, from 11am-12:30pm in AIRB 3010

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.


How to Engage Everyone… in Every Classroom!

Date, Time, and Location: Wednesday, February 28th from 11am-12pm online

Facilitators: Mary Isaac (msisaac@uci.edu), 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.

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


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

Date, Time, and Location: Thursday, March 22nd from 3-4:30pm in AIRB 1030

Facilitators: Xinyu (Cindy) Li (xinyul30@uci.edu), 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


DTEI Graduate Scholars Pre-Application Workshop

Date, Time, and Location: Wednesday, March 21st from 2-3pm online (Zoom)

Facilitators: Danny Mann (dmann@uci.edu), Executive Director of DTEI, Alex Bower (ahbower@uci.edu), Educational Development Specialist for Graduate Students & Postdocs, Xinyu (Cindy) Li (xinyul30@uci.edu), 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.

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Coffee Meets Teaching

Date, Time, and Location: Tuesday, March 20th from 2-3pm and Wednesday, March 21st from 3-4pm in AIRB 3010

Facilitators: Megan Linos and Jennifer Wong-Ma

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.


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 (xinyul30@uci.edu) and McKenna Middleton (mrmiddle@uci.edu), 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 (xinyul30@uci.edu), 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 (mrmiddle@uci.edu), 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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