Updated On June 6, 2018 - 4:42pm

OID and Engineering Collaboratively Develop Pedagogy Workshop Series for Faculty

OID has been making concerted efforts to engage more proactively with faculty in order to improve teaching at UCLA. One of these efforts was a collaboration with Engineering to develop and run a pedagogy workshop series. During Fall quarter, Kumiko Haas and Michelle Gaston worked with engineering faculty to develop each session. The collaboration with OID provided a foundation in evidence-based pedagogy to support the discipline-specific expertise and experience of engineering faculty.

The result was a ten-week pedagogy workshop series held in Winter, 2018, entitled “Faculty Teaching Faculty about Teaching,” or FT^2. Each workshop listed below was led by one or more engineering faculty members, with OID’s Kumiko Haas, Michelle Gaston, Michelle Lew, and Deborah Kearney also contributing to the presentations.

January 8, 2018

Scott Brandenberg, Kumiko Haas

Diversity, equity and inclusion
How instructors can improve outcomes for engineering students with diverse backgrounds while helping all students be prepared to succeed in a diverse workplace.

January 16, 2018

Jake Schmidt, Michelle Gaston

Backwards course design
Establishing learning objectives and using them as a foundation for assessments, lectures, course activities, and assignments.

January 22, 2018Hal Monbouquette

Test design
Designing tests that cover a range of performance levels.

January 29, 2018Adrienne Lavine

Assessment and inclusive grading practices 
Criterion-based grading vs. grading on a strict curve, variations. Research showing how grading practices affect student performance.

February 5, 2018Laurent Pilon

Assessing prerequisite preparation
Identifying what students need to know to succeed in your class. Assessing preparations early to inform both you and the students of preparation gaps. Providing resources to mitigate preparation gaps.

February 12, 2018

Veronica Santos, Rob Candler

Active learning techniques 
Active learning techniques including think-pair-share and polling tools such as clickers and the UCLA online polling tool. Research and evidence about how active learning can affect student outcomes.

February 20, 2018Amit Sahai

Socratic method
An approach to student centered learning using a directed question lecture style of guiding student learning.

February 26, 2018

Rob Shaefer, Bill Kaiser, Don Browne

Managing active learning through group work and project teams  
How to form teams. How to grade team-based projects to encourage collaboration while not rewarding lack of participation. Clear rubrics that still allow creativity. Separately, a discussion about student motivation.

March 5, 2018

Jenn-Ming Yang, Michelle Lew, Deborah Kearney

Technology resources for enhanced education  
Avoiding technology for its own sake. Finding technology that supports and enhances your teaching style and learning objectives. Building awareness of the technology resources available at UCLA.

March 13, 2018

Carey Nachenberg, Sasha Sherstov, Bruce Dunn

The art of great teaching/lecturing
Overcoming the hurdles of a lecture environment to truly engage students. Examples of tools and tricks that you can use. Selecting the tools that align with your teaching style.

The 25 engineering faculty participants reported knowledge gains in every topic, as shown below. The effort was very much appreciated by the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the series will be offered again next Fall.

Chart of Reported Knowledge Gains for Engineering FT^2 Topics