This week: Instructional Development workshops on active learning and inclusion

by Vash Doshi, Graduate Career Peer
Monday, December 09, 2019 10:30 AM



Instructional Development will be hosting four workshops this week, starting ​today, focused on promoting active learning and engagement in your Winter ​Quarter courses.

All faculty, instructors, and TAs are welcome to participate!

Please click here to register

1) OPEN HOUSE FOR THE NEW ACTIVE LEARNING CLASSROOM IN ELLISON 2617
Monday, Dec. 9, 1:30-3pm in Ellison 2617

Come see the newest active learning classroom on campus and talk to a few of the faculty who taught in it this past quarter! The classroom accommodates 90 students arranged in 10 group workspaces that have a computer, monitor, and whiteboard to better enable collaborative learning. Try out the technology, sit in the new chairs, talk about pedagogical strategies that work well in this setting, and tell us what you’d like to see in future classroom renovations - or get a sneak peek at plans for UCSB’s new active learning classroom building. 
 
2) ACTIVE LEARNING TO CREATE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOMS
Monday, Dec. 9, 3-4pm in Ellison 2617

Research has shown that active learning promotes student engagement and enhances learning, but how can we use it to also create inclusive classrooms for our diverse student population? In this hands-on session, you will experience active learning approaches that can help your students develop a sense of belonging, learn more effectively, and help you adapt your favorite techniques for your courses.
 
3) INCREASE STUDENT ENGAGEMENT BY BUILDING A CLASS COMMUNITY WITH NECTIR
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 3-4pm in Ellison 2617
 
Join us while we discuss UCSB’s new class community tool, Nectir. Created by UCSB graduates, Nectir is a tool that integrates directly with your Gauchospace site to give you, your TAs, and your students a space to communicate. Students learn best when they are engaged with the material, and Nectir helps do just that with tools like live polls and instant messaging. You’ll have fewer emails to answer, and your students will feel more connected to the content and each other.

Taught by the founders themselves, this workshop will show you how over 40 classes and groups on campus have used Nectir to take their courses to the next level. Learn more at www.nectir.io.

4) I>CLICKERS: GETTING STARTED WITH UCSB’S STUDENT RESPONSE SYSTEM
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2-3:30pm in Kerr 2110
 
Participants in this workshop will explore ways that i>clickers can be used to engage students during lectures and to foster critical thinking. You will also learn the "nuts and bolts" of how to use i>clicker in the classroom and its flexible grading options. Please note that if you are simply looking for a way to take attendance, the GauchoSpace Attendance tool is free to students; Collaborate, located in Kerr 1110, can assist you with setting it up.