Teaching + Learning at the College Level

(previously titled the College Classroom)


Teaching + Learning at the College Level (previously titled the College Classroom) is a non-credit workshop series 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. The program (80 minutes per week) is offered in the Fall and Winter Quarters.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants 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 their 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 their 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 their job application as being well-prepared to be a successful educator

Please note Teaching + Learning at the College Level is not an official UC San Diego course so there are no credits for successfully completing, 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 Teaching + Learning at the College Level, you will receive a certificate of completion acknowledging you have reached the level of CIRTL Associate.


How to Apply

Please complete and submit an application here by 11:59 PM on March 25, 2017. Because of the high level of interest, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who wants to enroll; we will select approximately 25 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 Teaching + Learning at the College Level in the future.
  • People who applied previously but were not admitted, or were admitted but had to decline, will get special consideration. 
  • Because this workshop series 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 Teaching + Learning Commons, 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 Center for Engaged Teaching about other possible forums to develop their interests.

Space is reserved for the following participants who submit an application form before the March 18 deadline: