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Teaching at UCLA: A Symposium to Showcase Innovation & Inspire Excellence

March 6, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

UCLA’s Office of Instructional Development (OID) and Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) are collaborating to host an all-day, campus-wide teaching symposium on March 6, 2019 at the UCLA Faculty Center. Our goal is for this event to highlight and celebrate the breadth of teaching innovations across our campus. We hope to illuminate how, while there are disciplinary differences in learning outcomes and teaching practices, there is much we can share and learn from each other.

The symposium will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Andrea Greenhoot, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and Gautt Teaching Scholar at the University of Kansas. It will also include lightning talks by UCLA faculty, all of whom have actively engaged in innovative instruction, as well as 45-minute, hands-on workshops led by UCLA educational leaders. Another not-to-be-missed element is a panel of students discussing teaching practices that best enable them to learn.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 22 to join us for this important showcase, conversation, and exchange of ideas!

Symposium Information


8:30 AM Check-in & Light Breakfast
8:45 AM Welcome & Program Overview
9:00 AM Lightning Talks on Teaching Innovation (Part I)
10:30 AM Workshops on Teaching
12:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Keynote: How Redefining Teaching Can Supercharge Learning
Andrea Follmer Greenhoot, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and Gautt Teaching Scholar, University of Kansas
2:30 PM Coffee & Snack Break
2:45 PM Student Panel
3:30 PM Lightning Talks on Teaching Innovation (Part II)
5:00 PM Closing Remarks & Adjourn

detailed event schedule is available for your reference.


How Redefining Teaching Can Supercharge Learning

Andrea Follmer Greenhoot, University of Kansas

The ecosystem of American higher education is changing rapidly. Diversification of the college-going population, digital technology, and insights from learning sciences have made effective teaching practice feel like a moving target. How can faculty adapt their teaching to the challenges and opportunities that come with this new reality? In this talk, I will present a powerful yet simple approach that involves redefining what we mean by teaching. I will share examples from faculty colleagues who have used this approach to create high impact learning experiences that develop students’ intellectual, affective and reflective capacities and prepare them for an uncertain future. Discussion will explore how faculty can innovate their courses to both enhance their students’ learning and enrich their experiences as teachers.

Speaker Biography:

Andrea Follmer Greenhoot is Professor of Psychology, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Gautt Teaching Scholar at the University of Kansas. Her research in psychology is on cognitive development and memory. In the Center for Teaching Excellence, she explores the applications of cognitive and developmental science to teaching and learning in higher education. Supported by grants from the Spencer, Teagle, and National Science Foundations, much of her work has examined course and curriculum design strategies to help large numbers of diversely-prepared students achieve a high level of success in learning in a research university context. She led the development, evaluation, and scaling-up of KU’s first year seminar program, and has led or co-led multi-institutional projects on transforming entry-level STEM courses, innovating Humanities teaching, and new methods for evaluating teaching. Prof. Greenhoot is also Associate Director of the Bay View Alliance (BVA), a consortium of research universities collaboratively exploring strategies to foster improved undergraduate education.

Speakers and Panelists

Lightning Talks on Teaching Innovation

  • Anurima Banerji, World Arts & Cultures/Dance
  • Rachelle Crosbie, Integrative Biology & Physiology
  • Joseph DiStefano III, Computer Science & Medicine
  • Nina Eidsheim and Mark Kligman, Musicology
  • David Goldstein, Linguistics
  • Muriel McClendon, History
  • Ian McLean and Josh Samani, Physics & Astronomy
  • Jordan Moberg Parker, Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
  • Miriam Posner, Information Studies
  • Tara Prescott, Writing Programs
  • Roshini Ramachandran, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Jacob Schmidt, Bioengineering
  • Carla Suhr, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Glory Tobiason, Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing

Student Panel

  • Sydney Austin, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Dominic Diaz, Mathematics and Physics
  • Max Dunsker, Economics
  • Chinyere Nwonye, Neuroscience
  • Kaitlyn Peterson, Communication Studies
  • Colin Wolters, English

Workshops on Teaching

Using Educational Technology for Engagement and Participation in Large Lecture Courses
Ava Arndt, UCLA Online Teaching and Learning Initiative

From Writing-to-Learn to Writing-to-Communicate: Assigning Writing in the Disciplines
Leigh Harris, Writing II Program

Approaches to Community-Engaged Teaching
Beth Goodhue, Center for Community Learning

Connecting Curricular and Co-Curricular Programs to Enhance Student Success
Megan McEvoy, Institute for Society & Genetics
Gina Poe, Integrative Biology & Physiology
Erin Sanders O’Leary, Life Sciences

Cool Tricks and Tips That You Can Do in CCLE Moodle Today
Deborah Kearney, Office of Instructional Development
Caroline Kong, Social Sciences Computing
Amber Stokes, Office of Instructional Development

Digital Textbooks from Kudu.com: Free and Low-Cost Tools for Active Learning
Warren Essey, Kudu Founder
Alex Kusenko, Physics & Astronomy
*Note: it is recommended that you bring a laptop or smart device for the hands-on portion of this workshop.

Materials and Recordings


Student Panel



March 6, 2019
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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March 6, 2019
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UCLA Faculty Center