The Center for the Advancement of Teaching hosts a wide range of workshops and other events independently and together with our campus partners.
Many of our workshops are offered regularly. Visit our events page for upcoming offerings. In addition to the workshops listed below–which are open to instructors of all ranks–the CAT TA Training Program also offers a robust slate of live workshops designed specifically for graduate student instructors. More information about our TA workshops can be found here.
Beneath the information about our recurring workshops, you will find an index of recordings and resources associated with one-time panel discussions and annual events such as the Teaching Symposium and Fall Teaching Forum.
Creating Community Remotely
Through hands-on activities and small group discussion, this workshop helps attendees uncover best practices for creating community remotely. Learn more about available tools, investigate a variety of strategies, and think through how you might implement strategies in your classroom and life. This workshop is facilitated by CAT’s TA Training Program and CEILS/CIRTL. View the workshop recording and resources here.
Effective Instructor-TA Communication: Working Together as a Remote Teaching Team
CAT and CEILS have collaborated to create a workshop for faculty and TAs centered around what TAs wish faculty knew about their experience teaching during 2020. The session centers around questions of disruptions and difficulties that TAs are experiencing, how faculty and TAs can best communicate with each other, how to manage work expectations in this time of disruption, and how to function as a team in order to meet students’ needs. View the workshop recording and resources here.
Fostering Student Engagement Remotely
This hands-on workshop explores strategies for using technology to foster active learning and student engagement in remote courses. Participants learn how to maximize the use of Zoom breakout rooms and gain practical experience with online polling and a variety of digital collaboration tools. Attendees leave the workshop having identified concrete action steps for transitioning activities and assignments they typically use face-to-face for remote environments. The focus of this workshop is engagement during synchronous Zoom class meetings. View the workshop recording and resources here.
Foundations for Equitable & Inclusive Teaching
Examining one’s own social identity development lays groundwork for authentically preparing to teach equitably and inclusively. Through guided self-reflection and group activities, this workshop explores how our identities impact our roles as educators and examines ways that social identity threat and other forms of bias negatively impact students. This workshop focuses on creating space for critical reflection and developing and practicing proactive strategies for equitable, inclusive teaching. View workshop resources here.
Getting Mid-Quarter Feedback on your Teaching
Mid-quarter feedback is a quick way for instructors to gain important insights into how students are feeling about their progress and to learn what is and isn’t working in a class so that you can make adjustments. In this one-hour workshop, participants learn why you should ask your students for mid-quarter feedback, review some best practices for collecting information, and discuss what to do with feedback once you get it. Participants leave the workshop with a toolkit for implementing mid-quarter feedback, including some templates for CCLE and Google Forms. This workshop is facilitated by CAT’s TA Training Program and CEILS/CIRTL. View the workshop recording and resources here.
Interrupting Bias in Classroom Conversations
This workshop explores how various forms of bias impact class dynamics and discussions, and helps instructors develop knowledge and skills for interrupting bias and managing hot moments in the classroom. Participants practice recognizing intent versus impact, as well as a variety of concrete tools for troubleshooting friction in the classroom–and walk away with a deeper understanding of how bias affects students and instructors. NOTE: We strongly recommend attending CAT’s Foundations for Equitable & Inclusive Teaching before participating in this workshop. Instructors who are new to anti-bias work may also find it helpful to explore UCLA BruinX’s Implicit Bias website and Harvard University’s free Project Implicit – Social Attitudes portal prior to attending this session. View workshop resources here.
Interrupting Bias in Course Design
This workshop explores how various forms of bias impact course design, and helps instructors develop skills to interrupt bias when articulating learning objectives, selecting and delivering course content, planning and implementing in-class activities, and designing assessments. Participants practice applying principles of equity-minded course design to sample course materials and case studies, and leave the workshop with resources to support revising their own courses in ways that center equity. NOTE: We strongly recommend attending CAT’s Foundations for Equitable & Inclusive Teaching workshop before participating in this workshop. View workshop resources here.
Supporting Remote Writing & Research Instruction with WI+RE Tutorials
In this hands-on workshop, CAT staff and members of the UCLA Library’s Writing Instruction & Research Education team (WI+RE) introduce participants to digital strategies for supporting remote research and writing instruction. After reflecting on common and hidden challenges that student researchers and writers face, participants learn how to use WI+RE tutorials to help students brainstorm and narrow paper topics, identify and cite sources, and craft compelling arguments. To make the most of this hands-on session, we encourage participants to explore the Tutorials page of the WI+RE website in advance to learn more about how WI+RE helps demystify the research and writing process for students. View the workshop recording and resources here.
Creating Impactful Research & Writing Projects with Library Tools
During this panel discussion, instructors and librarians share insights about using the UCLA Library’s Writing Instruction & Research Education digital toolkit (WI+RE) to design effective projects for courses of all sizes, from large lectures to small seminars. Panelists discuss strategies for supporting students with varying skill levels, designing micro-lessons for lecture/section and homework, breaking down large assignments–and more! This workshop was held on February 16, 2023 and was co-sponsored by UCLA’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the UCLA Library. View workshop recordings and resources here.
Designing Effective Multimedia & Multimodal Assignments
During this panel discussion, faculty and graduate student instructors from a variety of disciplines share best practices for designing, scaffolding, and assessing multimedia assignments and multimodal composition projects. Following short lightning talks, participants dive more deeply into tips and tricks for engaging students through podcasting, video production, video games–and more! View the panel recording and resources here.
Incorporating Research & Project-Based Learning in Undergraduate Courses
During this panel discussion, faculty from humanities, social sciences, and psychology/psychiatry share their experiences integrating individual and team research projects into undergraduate courses. This discussion emphasizes strategies for engaging students in research and project-based learning in both remote and face-to-face learning environments. The workshop was held on February 8, 2021 and was co-sponsored by UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. View the panel recording and resources here.
Strategies for Large Remote Lecture Courses
This panel discussion, moderated by CAT, features faculty who taught large lecture courses remotely during Spring 2020. Learn about strategies for delivering and recording lectures, fostering student engagement, and assessing student learning in large courses–including very large classes of 300-400+ students. View the panel recording and resources here.
Teaching through Collaborative Research Projects
In this panel discussion, faculty from History, the Digital Humanities, and the Labor Center share their experiences with integrating collaborative research projects into their undergraduate courses, while highlighting the advantages and feasibility of student-driven, public-facing scholarship. These projects ask students to employ digital methods to visualize and disseminate data as a means for achieving their goals, from influencing public policy to fighting for social justice. Panelists also share how they scaffold and assess this type of work, as well as how they manage group dynamics. The panel was held on November 3, 2021 and was co-sponsored by UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. View the panel recording and resources here.
Teaching with Archives and Museums
This panel discussion features conversations between UCLA faculty and staff from the Hammer Museum and UCLA Library Special Collections who have collaborated to develop undergraduate courses. The discussion emphasizes strategies for facilitating course-based collaboration with archives and museums in both remote and face-to-face learning environments. The workshop was held on May 4, 2021 and was co-sponsored by UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Center for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. View the panel recording and resources here.
Campus-Wide Teaching Events
2021 New Faculty Teaching Engagement
The New Faculty Teaching Engagement (NFTE) program is an annual orientation that is focused on teaching. It welcomes all faculty and lecturers new to UCLA, whether they have teaching experience elsewhere, teaching experience as a graduate student only, or very limited teaching experience.
The goal of the program is to better prepare new faculty and lecturers to teach at UCLA. We also hope to provide an opportunity to connect with other faculty, to connect names and faces with resources on campus, and to communicate that teaching matters at UCLA. View session recordings and resources here.
2021 Teaching Symposium: Looking Forward with 2020 Vision
This year’s symposium focused on the theme “what we learned from remote teaching that we can apply to the future when we are back in person.” Sessions were hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) as well as our campus partners, the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS), Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC), and Online Teaching & Learning (OTL). View recordings and resources here.
2020 Fall Teaching Forum - Leaning Into Remote Teaching
This event–hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT), the Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS), and Excellence in Pedagogy and Innovative Classrooms (EPIC)–showcased lessons learned from spring quarter and provided an opportunity for instructors to collaborate within and across disciplines as we all prepare for the fall term. View session recordings and resources here.
2020 Teaching Symposium - Teaching at UCLA: Next Steps for Improved Remote Instruction
This event provided a forum for attendees to address challenges and share great ideas for teaching remotely. The 2020 symposium was a collaboration of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences, Online Teaching and Learning, and many individual contributors. View the event recordings here.
2019 Teaching Symposium - Teaching at UCLA: A Symposium to Showcase Innovation & Inspire Excellence
This event, co-hosted by CAT and CEILS, highlighted and celebrated the breadth of teaching innovations across our campus. The symposium featured 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 also included 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, and a panel of students discussing teaching practices that best enable them to learn. View the event recordings here.