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Current and past news items for the Teaching + Learning Commons.


UC San Diego Names Inaugural Changemaker Faculty Fellows
October 31, 2019

Eight UC San Diego faculty members have been named inaugural 2019-2020 Changemaker Faculty Fellows, a program created in partnership between the Teaching + Learning Commons and the Center for Student Involvement, with the support of the Changemaker Steering Committee. This yearlong faculty development program provides an opportunity for selected faculty members to integrate community engaged service-learning (CESL) into their teaching, research and public service, while being recognized as campus leaders in CESL pedagogy.


Dr. Iris Ruiz: Decolonizing Pedagogical Praxis within Composition and Literacy Studies
October 28, 2019

Thurgood Marshall College and the Teaching + Learning Commons have the honor to present a talk with alumni and visiting scholar Dr. Iris D. Ruiz. Please join us for what will be an intriguing and invigorating discussion on Monday, October 28th from 9:00am - 10:30am. 


UC San Diego's EdTech Showcase Slated for Sept. 20, 2019
August 25, 2019
Attend UC San Diego's 2019 EdTech Showcase on September 20, from 9 am - 3 pm. The event is organized by ETS and the Teaching + Learning Commons. You must use the password 2019 to RSVP.

New Platforms for UC San Diego Online Courses and Programs
August 19, 2019
UC San Diego recently launched its own branded instance of Open edX, titled LearnX, tailored for the learning needs of our community, to offer fully online courses to non-matriculated students world-wide. Concurrently, our campus is undergoing a full transition to Canvas, a learning management system that will replace TritonEd by the end of Spring quarter 2020. 


UC San Diego Offers Admission to More Diverse California Residents
July 22, 2019
When the new class of students arrive on campus this fall, they will find a robust network of student-centered, high-impact resources designed for academic, personal and professional success. These range from the Student Success Coaching Program, to the Colleges’ First-Year Experience courses, to numerous campus community centers. Spaces for academic support and tutoring include the Teaching + Learning Commons and the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS).  


California Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching Hosted by the Teaching + Learning Commons
June 17, 2019
The Teaching + Learning Commons and the Division of Biological Sciences are hosting the Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching at UC San Diego from June 17-21, 2019. Led by UCSD assistant teaching professors Lisa McDonnell and Stanley Lo, the Institute pulls together university and community college STEM educators to introduce them to the principles and practices in evidence-based teaching.


UC San Diego  Accepting Applications for 2019-2020 Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program
May 3, 2019
The Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program is a year-long faculty development program that provides an opportunity for selected faculty members to integrate community-engaged service-learning (CESL) into their teaching, research, and public service while becoming recognized campus leaders in CESL pedagogy and community engagement. The inaugural Changemaker Faculty Fellows will be selected for the 2019-2020 class in a competitive review process and will be awarded a $10,000 faculty development award. More information about Changemaker Faculty Fellow available here.


UC San Diego Updates edX Platform to Improve Online Learning Experience
March 26, 2019
 UC San Diego’s Teaching + Learning Commons, which manages the university’s Digital Learning Hub, will use the Open edX Caliper Feed with the goal of revolutionizing its online learning experience and ensuring student success.


UC San Diego Kicks Off the New Year with Changemaker Week
January 20-26, 2019
The New Year is a time of fresh starts and positive change. At UC San Diego, students, faculty and staff are celebrating this time with Changemaker Week from Jan. 20–26. The weeklong series of events will feature an array of free activities focused on making positive change, from the exploration of change-making research and a discussion about women disrupting for good, to an alumni film screening and the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Parade.


Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program Earns International Certification
January 7, 2019
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) program at the University of California San Diego has just become one of a handful of programs in the country accredited by the International Center of Supplemental Instruction. The certification standards ensure initial training, performance, and ongoing professional development meet international standards for excellence. It is the gold standard for SI programs at the international level.


SAPD Fall Proposal Development Workshops
November 7, 2018
In preparation for the next Strategic Academic Program Development (SAPD) Request for Proposals (RFP) coming up in January 2019, the SAPD Support Team led by Director Williams Ettouati, has planned a series of informational workshops to assist faculty and academic units with proposal development. Each workshop will focus on either a specific type of SAPD program or on the SAPD financial model.


Visiting Faculty Program: Summer 2019 Applications
November 7, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the Department of Energy (DOE) mission areas. As part of the program, selected faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applications for Summer 2019 term are due January 10, 2019.


A Scholarship to Help You Change the World
November 7, 2018
Global TIES, UC San Diego’s award-winning humanitarian engineering, social innovation, and sustainable development program is hosting an information session on Nov. 7, 2018, to learn about the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship, which awards $7000 in scholarship AND up to $8000 in project support to sophomore and junior changemakers.


Encouragement to Seek Support for Research Experiences for Undergraduates Research
November 5, 2018
UC San Diego encourages investigators to submit proposals and requests for supplementary funding to support engagement of undergraduate students in research.


Commons' Director Invited to be NCLCA Mentor
October 17, 2018
Susan Rinaldi, Director of the Academic Achievement Hub in the Teaching + Learning Commons, has been invited to be a mentor for national learning center professionals at the annual National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) Institute in July 2019. 


Call for Social Good Research Submissions for Ashoka Conference in San Diego
October 15, 2018
The University of California, San Diego welcomes paper, panel, and poster submissions for a one-day symposium on Feb. 20, 2019, focused on disciplinary and interdisciplinary research related to creating sustained social good. Submissions are welcome from all fields, including but not limited to social sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, public policy, education, arts and humanities, business, and medicine and health sciences. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Submission deadline Nov. 15, 2018.


UC San Diego receives Lumina Grant for a Comprehensive Learner Record
August 2018

The Teaching + Learning Commons partnered with the Registrar's Office to apply for a Lumina grant through AACRO to create a Comprehensive Learner Record. Representatives from the Commons and the Registrar's Office will collaborate with universities across the nation on best practices and share lessons learned during semi-annual conference retreats while the records are being developed.


Teaching + Learning Commons Reorganization
April 2018
To fulfill its mission, the Teaching + Learning Commons is adjusting its organizational base exclusively to one of “hubs,” whose leaders and staff will routinely work together. There will be four hubs – the Academic Achievement Hub and the Writing Hub, already in place, and the newly created Engaged Teaching Hub and Digital Learning Hub.


Coursera Offers Free Certificate Courses for Faculty, Staff and Students
May 24, 2018
Online courses have since evolved at UC San Diego, with Karen Flammer now director of Digital Learning, an initiative under the Teaching + Learning Commons.


Improving How Instructors Teach and Students Learn
October 20, 2016
It’s year two, and not only does the Teaching + Learning Commons have a full suite of programs and services in place to support UC San Diego undergraduates, graduate students and instructors—it also has a new home in Geisel Library.


UC San Diego Goes Beyond the Classroom to Create Futures for its Students
January 7, 2016
UC San Diego enables students to move from their dream college into dream careers through transformative resources that range from excellent career centers to undergraduate research programs, as well as civic engagement opportunities and a strong alumni network.


Students Teach Students Under Pilot Program to Improve Student Success Rates
November 12, 2015
This isn’t a UC San Diego classroom or even a traditional tutoring session; it is a Supplemental Instruction pilot program where students teach students, launched this fall under the Teaching + Learning Commons.


Gabriele Wienhausen Appointed Inaugural Faculty Director of the Teaching & Learning Commons
April 2, 2015
UC San Diego’s Gabriele Wienhausen has always enjoyed the challenge of a start-up. Since becoming a faculty member in 1987, she has provided leadership and innovation for a variety of new programs and initiatives, including serving as founding provost of Sixth College. Now, Wienhausen has accepted her latest entrepreneurial appointment: inaugural faculty director responsible for the launch of UC San Diego’s Teaching + Learning Commons. 


UC San Diego Accepts the Education Initiative Proposal to Establish a Teaching + Learning Commons
September 2014

The Education Initiative was formally launched in fall 2012 as a complement to UC San Diego’s research initiatives to explore and leverage current best global thinking about educational strategies, and was incorporated into UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan. The proposal to establish the a Teaching + Learning Commons was the result of discussion and planning, by more than 400 faculty and educators, for a cultural transformation on campus.