Chalkboard reading Learn @ Lunch with lunchbox


During Summer 2022, CAT’s Learn at Lunch program will meet on Thursdays from 12-1pm Pacific Time via Zoom. Join us for informal conversations supporting equitable and effective teaching. Weekly topics vary but include student engagement, teaching with technology, authentic assessment, and more.

We’re going to try something new and create micro tips for various pedagogy strategies and tools that we will be sharing on Substack and @uclateaching on Twitter each week! We also want to be intentional with space and time, we will continue to make our Learn at Lunches available for you to brainstorm and workshop various teaching strategies. Our schedule will change slightly, as we will be meeting twice a month on the first and third Thursdays starting Fall 2022. Future events will be posted on the CAT Events page.

All faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional support staff are welcome to attend! We encourage you to drop into this learning community at any time. CAT facilitators line up topics in advance (check our events page for details)–but our goal is for this program to be responsive to the needs of attendees and thus topics may change. We also dedicate time in each session to open discussion, so feel free to bring your most pressing questions, ideas and strategies to share, course materials to workshop with your fellow education leaders, and anything else you’d like to discuss.

Join us via Zoom

Access Session Materials (Google Drive)

Join our Learn @ Lunch Slack Channel

We have created a channel in UCLA’s Slack so we can extend our lunchtime conversations. You don’t need to create a new account in Slack, simply sign in with your UCLA logon to join our channel.

To get started:

  1. Open a web browser and go to
  2. Click “Sign in with your UCLA Logon ID
  3. Log in with your UCLA logon
  4. You will see 2 window panes, look for “Channels” in the left window pane
  5. Hover your mouse over “Channels” then click the + icon to Add channels
  6. Select “Browse channels
  7. Enter in the search box: #cat-learn-at-lunch
  8. Hit “Enter” on your keyboard
  9. Hover over the search result and click the green “Join” button
  10. You should now see the #cat-learn-at-lunch under “Channels” in the left window pane

UCLA IT Services has put together tutorials on how to use Slack, which you can find here: We recommend checking out the “UCLA’s Good Slacker Guide” to learn how to get the most use out of Slack:

Learn @ Lunch Community Agreements

All faculty, teaching assistants, and instructional support staff are welcome to attend our informal Learn @ Lunch conversations. To help ensure that our meetings offer a brave space for dialogue and collaboration, we ask participants to observe the following community agreements. To recommend additional community agreements for the group, email CAT Associate Director for Faculty Engagement Beth Goodhue.

General Agreements

  • Take space / make space — step up / step back
  • Listen to understand
  • Challenge ideas, not identities
  • Learn and use names and personal pronouns
  • When someone says something that offends someone else, we will care about both intent and impact — we will assume good intent (you made a mistake instead of intentionally harming) and each person must take responsibility for their negative impact (you hurt someone)

Zoom Etiquette

  • Please feel free to eat your lunch during these meetings!
  • Mute mic unless speaking
  • Video on if you’re willing–especially in small group discussions
  • In larger groups, raise your virtual hand to ask questions (click “Participants” and then raise hand)
  • Use the chat any time to ask questions or share resources

For more information about this program or to suggest topics for discussion please email us.