Category: Teaching Skills

Three simple activities for class

Active learning can be simply described as determining what skills you want your students to improve, and then making time during class to help them practice that skill effectively. Some instructors fill all of class time with working problem sets, practicing vocal exercises, or writing case studies. Other instructors pause lecture for ten minutes to[…]

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Maximize the first day of class

Classes at UCI have become larger, and teaching tools have become more complex. It can be easy to be concerned about the many administrative details your students need to understand in order to do well in your class. But the first day of class only comes once, and this is the moment when students are very[…]

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Create an effective syllabus

A syllabus can be more than just a list of lecture topics and assignment due dates. Done thoughtfully, it explains the student learning outcomes for the course, demonstrates your enthusiasm for teaching, and expresses your confidence in students. According to Slattery (2005), a syllabus is considered to be high quality if it contains several sections in addition to course[…]

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Welcome new faculty!

July 1 marks the first day for many new faculty at UCI. We would like to take a moment to welcome you to the campus, and share some of the resources that we offer. New Faculty Teaching Academy All faculty new to teaching at UCI are invited to participate in the New Faculty Teaching Academy[…]

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Improving peer evaluation of writing

Teaching students to evaluate their course assignments has several benefits… at least theoretically. Students spend time focusing on the rubric and goals of the assignment, and learn how to provide useful feedback to a “coworker,” a skill likely to be valuable in their future career. Analyzing a work in your discipline requires critical thinking and higher-level[…]

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