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Documenting Teaching for the Academic Personnel Process—COVID Edition

Workshop description: This workshop supports faculty to develop their evidence of excellence in teaching to provide a holistic and representative picture of themselves as educators, both for the personnel review process and for formative self-reflection. Acknowledging the research on limitations of Student Experience of Teaching (SET) data, the workshop provides guidance both for using SET data and for developing additional methods of documenting teaching.

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Peer Review of Teaching

with Jody Greene, Associate Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning

Monday, May 3 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm

This presentation covers strategies for effective peer review and peer support of teaching development. We regularly engage in peer review of teaching through the academic personnel process, yet we have very little support for or collective conversation about how to review our colleagues with consistency and equity, using practices based in research on effective teaching. When done well, peer review allows us not only to “evaluate” each other’s teaching fairly but also to make peer review useful for developing our collective and individual teaching skills. The workshop is based on resources, protocols, and reviewer templates created with AAC&U funding at other R1 institutions and covers topics ranging from how to effectively review teaching materials such as syllabi and assessments to best practices for classroom “visits” (in person or remotely).

Faculty of Color Redefining University Leadership

a talk by Rebecca Covarrubias, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Katherine Quinteros, Psychology Graduate Student

Friday, May 5 at Noon - 1:30 pm

In this talk, we explore how faculty of color (FOC) experience university leadership and how they define leadership. Guided by critical race perspectives in higher education (Patton, 2016), the research team analyzed semi-structured interviews with 16 FOC. FOC noted leadership structures that prioritize Whiteness, value productivity, and utilize authoritarian approaches. FOC promoted leadership practices that prioritize equity, value grassroots efforts, and utilize collaborative approaches. We will discuss implications for re-defining leadership in the academy in ways that reflect the strengths and support the retention of FOC.

Gender, Caregiving, and COVID in Academic Life: A Review of Current Research

A talk by UCSC Anthropology Professor Megan Moodie

Since spring 2020, research on the gendered impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic has shown that caregivers, mothers in particular, have faced burdens at home and at work that are impossible to balance. Focusing on the emerging literature on caregivers, especially mothers, in academia, this talk will provide a review of salient research from a variety of fields, including STEM, humanities, and social sciences as well as examine some of the measures that have been proposed–most of which have not been implemented–to lessen the immense pressures on working caregivers in the era of Covid-19.

  • Friday, May 21, 2021, Noon - 1:30 PM • Via Zoom • Register Here

Friday Equity Discussions

Learn strategies, successes, and challenges from your peers in an informal discussion group held 11am to noon. Upcoming discussion topics: anti-racist pedagogy (April 16); supporting first-gen students (May 7); equity-minded assessment (May 21).

Click here to learn more and add the event to your calendar!

GradeScope for Remote Assessment

Gradescope webinar for UC Santa Cruz (new!)
Learn how other UC Santa Cruz instructors use Gradescope. We will offer guidance on how to deliver assessments remotely and outline various options to meet your immediate needs. Click here to register.

  • Thursday, April 22, 11:30am – 12:30pm PT

  • Thursday, June 3, 3pm – 4pm PT

Weekly workshops offered by GradeScope, Thursdays at 9am PST REGISTER HERE

Learn more about Gradescope and how it can be beneficial for your class, even during remote instruction. These workshops are offered by Gradescope, every Thursday at 9:00am.

Facilitating Timely Classroom Conversations about Race and Racism

  • THERE ARE NO UPCOMING SESSIONS AT THIS TIME. Additional sessions can be scheduled for any discipline. Please contact us.

In collaboration with the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, CITL has developed a new workshop for faculty and graduate student educators:

No matter what our course content is, we know that issues of race and racism are endemic to teaching and learning. Facilitating discussions that address race and racism can feel challenging or uncomfortable for many instructors, especially when those conversations are unexpected or unexpectedly charged. This interactive workshop will identify key communicative strategies that can assist with facilitating these important conversations and will provide an opportunity for skill-building practice. We’ll work from classroom scenarios that participants provide in advance in order to authentically address the complex, dynamic interactions of your teaching and learning environments.

Workshop facilitated by: Dr. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz, Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief Diversity Officer with the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Dr. Kendra Dority, Associate Director for Graduate Programs, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning.

UCSC Keep teaching Guides

Resources created by the team at Keep Teaching for UCSC instructors teaching remotely. Click the resource preview or title to view the full PDF.

Preview of first page of PDF document summarizing best practices for equity in remote instruction

1-page document summarizing recommendations from current peer-reviewed literature on best practices for fostering equity during emergency remote instruction.

Preview of first page of Zoom camera use guide for instructors PDF document

2-page document with information on why students might leave their cameras off in Zoom class meetings and recommendations that address instructors' desires for camera use.

Preview of first page of nonverbal engagement in Zoom PDF document

1-page document highlighting technical features in Zoom that facilitate student engagement & access during synchronous Zoom classes.

Google document that provides a detailed guide to Canvas' "visual language" of icons used throughout the site. An understanding of Canvas icons allows for faster and easier navigation of your Canvas courses.

Google document that provides an overview of what Discord is, how it can be both helpful and problematic as a community-building tool, and recommendations for addressing students' use of Discord.

Google document that offers a comprehensive description of how to use Zoom in your teaching. This guide is continually being updated to reflect the latest product changes and new features.

This is a sampling of the most popular Keep Teaching guides. More guides are available throughout the Keep Teaching website.

Self-paced canvas courses

These self-paced courses are asynchronous Canvas courses you can complete on your own time. Both were developed by the teams at Online Education and the Center for Innovations in Teaching & Learning.

Integrated Course Design for Remote Instruction - ACCESS HERE

Online Education and the Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning have developed a course on designing and developing courses for remote and online instruction. The course blends pedagogical practices with practical tutorials for designing digital assignments and assessments, creating lecture videos, working more effectively in Canvas, and incorporating other instructional tools. Every element of the course is designed with the purpose of better enabling you to make the transition to remote or online instruction.

The course is in Canvas and can be taken independently and at your own pace. If you have any questions about the content, or would like to consult with an instructional designer, reach out to us via our Slack workspace or email online@ucsc.edu.

Let's Get This Canvas Started! - ACCESS HERE

New to working in Canvas, or just need a place to practice some basic skills? Online Education now offers a self-paced, asynchronous, Canvas Basics course called Let's Get This Canvas Started. You can use Let's Get This Canvas Started as reference guide or take it as a course, completing the homework assignments at the end of each Module. A Canvas expert will give you feedback on your submissions.

individual help is available!


The Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) is available by appointment to answer your pedagogical questions. Email citl@ucsc.edu to schedule an appointment.

If you’d like someone to check your course in Canvas to make sure that everything is working correctly, request a course readiness check with an email to online@ucsc.edu.

Daily Office Hours

If you have any questions relating to remote or online instruction, come to daily office hours! Office Hours are provided by FITC and Online Education and happen every day from 2pm – 3pm. Click here to drop in here for open virtual office hours. If prompted, the passcode is 'help'.

By joining you’re getting access to a space that is dedicated to addressing questions about teaching remotely and online.

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