The College Classroom – Winter 2016

We’re now accepting applications for the Winter 2016 session of The College Classroom. You can find information about the course and how to apply on our new Teaching + Learning Commons website.


The College Classroom – Fall 2015

The College Classroom
Fall 2015

We are now accepting applications for the
Fall 2015 session of The College Classroom.
Application deadline: Monday, September 7 at 11:59 pm.

This series of weekly seminars throughout the quarter is aimed at graduate students and postdocs who already have experience as teaching assistants and are interested in making the leap from grading, running discussion sessions, or leading labs to being the instructor-of-record at UC San Diego and beyond.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • talk about and reference modern theories of teaching and learning including
    • how people learn
    • fixed vs. growth mindsets
    • what it means (and takes) to be an expert
    • formative and summative assessment
    • backward design
    • teaching to a diverse student body
    • scholarly, evidence-based teaching
  • prepare a lesson plan for a class in your field following principles of backward design (learning outcomes, assessment, instructional strategies), and receive feedback on it
  • write clear, assessable learning outcomes and classify them according to Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • create formative and summative assessments
  • be prepared to implement active, student-centered, technology-enhanced instructional strategies like peer instruction with clickers
  • implement techniques and practices to create a learning community amongst your students
  • use online tools like Google docs, Google spreadsheets, and a WordPress blog
  • start drafting a Teaching Statement for use in a job application (optional)
  • stand out on your job application as being well-prepared to be a successful educator

Please note The College Classroom is not an official UCSD course so there are no credits for successfully completing the course, nor will it appear on your transcript. The learning outcomes and curriculum are based on those developed by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network, a NSF-funded network of 23 institutions across the US, including UC San Diego, with a mission to “enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners as part of successful and varied professional careers.” Upon completing The College Classroom, you will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging you have reached the level of CIRTL Associate.

2016 Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars: Completing The College Classroom is a requirement for Ph.D. students wishing to teach a Summer Session course through the Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars (SGTS) program. We recommend potential SGTSs take The College Classroom in the Fall quarter. Nominations for the SGTS program are typically due in mid-November and it is far better to say, “Yes, I’m taking The College Classroom this quarter” than “If I’m accepted into the SGTS program, I promise to take The College Classroom in the Wi16.”

Course details for Fall 2015 quarter:

Peter Newbury (Associate Director, Center for Engaged Teaching) with participants from various Departments and Schools.

We meet for 80 minutes once per week for 10 weeks, starting in Week 1 of the Fa15 Quarter. Each week, the same session of the course will be offered 3 times:

  • Tuesdays, 11:00am – 12:20pm
  • Tuesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 3:20pm
  • Thursdays, 12:30 – 1:50pm

Participants in the course only need to attend one session. Applicants selected for the course will have a chance to pick time(s) that fit their schedules.

Center Hall, Room 316
(adjacent to the Center for Engaged Teaching)

How to Apply:
Because of the high level of interest in this course, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to take it right now. Please submit an application by following the link below, and we will select approximately 75 participants. These are our selection criteria:

  • Applicants with less time remaining at UCSD are given priority over those with more time remaining and more opportunity to take the course the future.
  • People who applied for the class before but were not admitted, or were admitted but had to decline, will get special consideration. We don’t want to make any assumptions about who is still interested and/or available so if you applied in the past, please submit this application again.
  • Because this course is about preparing to be an instructor, as opposed to being a successful teaching assistant, applicants with some TA/IA experience are given priority over those with little or no TA/IA experience.
  • In the interest of diversity and the communities served by the Center for Engaged Teaching, we strive to admit a balance between graduate students and postdocs (including project scientists), and between Departments, Faculties and Schools.
  • Applicants with significant teaching experience (especially as instructor of record) are given lower priority as we seek to support a group without substantial teaching experience. We encourage people in this more-experienced group to contact the CTD about other possible forums to develop their interests.
  • Spaces are reserved potential 2016 Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars.
  • Spaces are reserved for participants in particular programs like the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry GAANN Fellows

We will be offering the course again in the Winter 2016 quarter. We will begin accepting applications for that class in November, 2015.

To apply, please complete
this application form.

CIRTL Summer 2015 Course Opportunities

The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Network works to improve the learning of STEM subjects for university students by developing teaching practices for diverse student audiences.

The expanding CIRTL Network is giving you the opportunity to participate in four different online courses to start or supplement your experience as an effective and successful instructor. These courses will cover an array of topics such as, teaching methods, course curriculum development, and running your own online course, as well as allowing you to interact with CIRTL Network students and instructors across various institutions.

Summer 2015 Courses include:

For full course descriptions, instructors, and meeting dates, follow the links in the course title.

Register for individual courses opens Monday April 20, 2015.

Priority registration given to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in a STEM or SBE (Social, Behavioral, Economic) field and from a CIRTL Network institution (A list of CIRTL Network institutions can be found at the here.) 

How to Participate

CIRTL courses occur entirely online with instructors and other participants from across the CIRTL Network. The format of the courses vary but typically you meet online once per week using the webinar/meeting tool, Blackboard Collaborate, from the comfort of your office, home, or favorite coffee shop. (If you have not used Blackboard Collaborate before, you can participate in one of the orientation sessions offered by the CIRTL project coordinators before the course begins.) Between the online meetings, you might read a paper, write on the course’s discussion forum, practice a skill or technique you learned about, or complete other tasks. Note: The CTD will not be hosting these courses as they are 100% online.

Register at: courses