Grad

Workshops

To obtain the PFF certificate, you must earn five PFF-approved workshop credits. PFF-approved workshops are offered by the Graduate School, the Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning (AFTL), the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L), the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE), and other UC groups. This page and the Blackboard organization show which workshops qualify for credit for the present term. The workshops chosen by the PFF program typically focus on pedagogy.

We have new workshop credit reporting procedures: we will no longer track workshop attendance through registration confirmation emails. From now on, students will download attendance transcripts from all programs they attend that have registration through Faculty Development Onestop and email them to the program coordinator (these transcripts are available for download at the Faculty Development Onestop site). For all programs that do not have a Faculty Development Onestop registration (the AFTL Showcase, for instance), students will receive credit by attending the program and then submitting a brief summary of the material to the PFF program coordinator.

Workshops, Fall 2018

Get Up And Go! Preparing For Your Teaching Assistantship At UC

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
From 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location Langsam Library Digital Commons (4th floor of Langsam Library in the back)
2 credits

So you’ve been given your Teaching Assistantship and maybe a syllabus for the course or an email from the faculty member teaching the course. Now what?! Up your teaching game and get off to a good start. Join the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement (GATE) for a half-day workshop that will provide you with tips and tricks that can be easily implemented from the first day of class onward. This workshop is designed to help graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) enhance the learning environment for their students, develop classroom management strategies, and consider what it means to be a TA outside of the classroom.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Construct a plan to prepare for being a Teaching Assistant, (2) Identify and use inclusive teaching strategies, active learning strategies, and classroom management techniques, (3) Discuss a Teaching Assistant's role outside the classroom, and (4)  Develop strategies to achieve a work-life balance while being a Teaching Assistant.

Get Students To Focus On Learning Instead Of Grades: Metacognition Is The Key!

This workshops is offered twice:

Thursday, September 06, 2018
From 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Medical Sciences Building, Room 5051
1 credit

Thursday, September 06, 2018
From 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Langsam Library Digital Commons (Back of 4th Floor)
1 credit

21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning.

Not Enough Time? Tips for a Productive Semester - CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Series

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Langsam Library, Room 571
1 credit

The CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series allows new faculty to come together, share experiences, and make connections with colleagues across campus. During each lunch we will discuss a particular issue relevant to new faculty in regard to teaching and learning. This is a great chance to share classroom strategies, learn from others, and troubleshoot teaching challenges in a supportive atmosphere.                               

Conversations will be led by Dan Waddell, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Share personal and professional time management challenges in an informal setting
  • Gather time management strategies from colleagues
  • Articulate an initial plan for increasing personal and professional time management

Getting the Most out of Educational Technology - CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Series

Thursday, October 9th, 2018

From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Langsam Library, Room 571
1 credit

The CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series allows new faculty to come together, share experiences, and make connections with colleagues across campus. During each lunch we will discuss a particular issue relevant to new faculty in regard to teaching and learning. This is a great chance to share classroom strategies, learn from others, and troubleshoot teaching challenges in a supportive atmosphere.                               

Conversations will be led by Dan Waddell, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Share personal and professional classroom experiences using technology in the classroom
  • Gather tips and strategies for incorporating technology into teaching from colleagues 
  • Articulate an initial plan for using technology in the classroom to effectively teach students

GATE Brown Bag Lunch: Best Practices for Grading as a Teaching Assistant 

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

From 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Medical Science Building (MSB) 7151
1 credit

Do you struggle with fairness in grading or grading with multiple TAs? Have you ever created a grading rubric? Do you struggle with how to give students helpful feedback or communicate with the professor? Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation about best practices in grading for Teaching Assistants. We will share our experiences in grading and providing feedback to students and help each other develop strategies to make grading more consistent and transparent. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Share teaching experiences in an informal setting 
  • Gather teaching strategies from colleagues 
  • Expand their teaching and learning network

GATE Brown Bag Lunch: Being a Teaching Assistant in a Challenging Classroom 

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Langsam Library, Room 571

1 credit

Have you ever taught students that you found difficult to support? Have you had to navigate conflicting opinions in the classroom? Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation about being a Teaching Assistant in a challenging classroom. We will share experiences and help each other develop strategies to support students and create a positive learning environment. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Share teaching experiences in an informal setting 
  • Gather teaching strategies from colleagues 
  • Expand their teaching and learning network

Engaging Students - CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Series

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Langsam Library, Room 571

1 credit

The CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series allows new faculty to come together, share experiences, and make connections with colleagues across campus. During each lunch we will discuss a particular issue relevant to new faculty in regard to teaching and learning. This is a great chance to share classroom strategies, learn from others, and troubleshoot teaching challenges in a supportive atmosphere. 

Conversations will be led by Dan Waddell, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry.  

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Share professional classroom experiences engaging students
  • Gather tips and strategies from colleagues to increase student engagement 
  • Articulate an initial plan for increasing student engagement within their teaching style

End of Term: Grades, Reflections, and Celebrations - CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Series

Friday, December 14th, 2018

From 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Langsam Library, Room 571

1 credit

The CET&L New Faculty Brown Bag Lunch Series allows new faculty to come together, share experiences, and make connections with colleagues across campus. During each lunch we will discuss a particular issue relevant to new faculty in regard to teaching and learning. This is a great chance to share classroom strategies, learn from others, and troubleshoot teaching challenges in a supportive atmosphere. 

Conversations will be led by Dan Waddell, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry.  

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Share professional and personal classroom experiences in general and in grading
  • Gather tips and strategies from colleagues in general and in regard to grading
  • Articulate an initial plan for your next class