Assignment Design

Teaching and Research Resource Fair (2nd annual AIS-palooza)

April 12, 2018, 11:00am
SAVE THE DATE! Join us for our second annual AIS-palooza. Connect with service providers and academic support units from across campus to learn about resources that are available to faculty, researchers, and graduate students. Schedule a consultation to improve your teaching, learn about exciting new tools to engage students and speed grading, secure your research data, find out about funding opportunities and more.

Media-Rich Content: Towards a Purposeful Pedagogy

March 12, 2018, 4:00pm
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Why do we use or create media-rich content in our classes? What are the pros and cons for student learning? How do we obtain or publish these materials ethically, legally, and in ways that protect our students? In this dialogue, we'll explore sources available to Berkeley instructors and talk about privacy, fair use, and issues of access. Come join in the discussion and help us build a resource list that can be shared widely with other faculty.

Designing Social Impact Data Science Discovery Projects

March 21, 2018, 12:00pm
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Data Science Discovery Projects help train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data-related projects with social impact. During Fall 2017, four American Cultures instructors incorporated Data Science Discovery Projects into their courses. Come learn about their experience and how you can include these types of projects in your course.

Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

April 11, 2018, 12:15pm
Learning can and should happen 24/7, and research shows that when it is connected to people’s lives, it’s more beneficial, more robust, and ”stickier.” So, how do we draw on environments outside the classroom walls and leverage them in service of our educational aims? How can this help us engage with our broader communities, transcend traditional academic boundaries, and foster deep learning? Join your Berkeley colleagues for an open, informal discussion.

Algorithmic Bias in Search and Research

April 18, 2018, 4:00pm
Algorithms shape our everyday access to information, defining what we can and can not find online. Safiya Umoja Noble's (USC) forthcoming book Algorithms of Oppression explores the algorithms that form the backbone for services like Google and Facebook, and the ways in which these algorithms reinforce racist views and encode gender discrimination. As commercial platforms increasingly control how scholars, as well as the general public, access information, it's critical for our students to consider the ways in which these tools are anything but neutral.

Improving Students' Learning by Having Them Teach

February 8, 2018, 2:00pm
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Faculty often tell us, “I didn’t really learn it until I taught it.” In this session, we will talk about positioning students as instructors within the context of an existing course—placing them in charge of their own and others’ learning. We’ll explore the impetus for changing the dynamic, discuss challenges and opportunities, and surface models that can adopted or adapted for your own course. Please join your Berkeley colleagues for this open and informal discussion.

Digital Reading and Writing

February 1, 2018, 4:00pm
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As screen reading becomes more commonplace, how does it affect student learning? As instructors, what cautions or strategies should we be aware of, if any, and what research and resources exist to help us prepare students? What does reading and writing mean in a digital age?

Designing Successful Team Projects—Why, How, and For Whom

November 6, 2017, 12:00pm
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What are the key ingredients for a successful, long-term group assignment? What does it take to pull this off in a classroom or research setting? How might teaming look different across different disciplines, and what is to be gained from taking a team-based approach to learning? Join a distinguished panel of Berkeley faculty from Integrative Biology, Geography, and the Haas School of Business as they share their experiences and insights, talk about nuts and bolts (project management, team composition, grading and assessment), and expound on the benefits of teaming for student learning.

Teaming with Diversity Workshop with Sara Beckman

January 11, 2018, 9:30am
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A half-day workshop for instructors on how to design and facilitate effective teams, drawing upon each member's unique strengths. Participants will be introduced to the training tools and resources that Beckman uses to coach faculty as well as industry executives, and have an opportunity to work on their own projects.

Designing Equitable Classrooms: A Conversation with Angy Stacy and Team

February 15, 2018, 11:45am
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Angy Stacy (Associate Vice Provost for the Faculty and Professor of Chemistry) and her teaching team for Chem 1A will talk about how they have successfully redesigned their general chemistry course to be inclusive, expansive, and responsive to students' needs—leading not only to greater academic success but higher levels of engagement and identification with scientific practice.