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Teaching Matters Workshops - Improving Teaching by Assessing Learning

October 19, 2017 - 4:00pm


Teaching Matters: Improving Teaching By Assessing Learning

Description: In this four-hour practicum we start by exploring the term “learning outcomes”, and going over the basics of backwards design; the topics addressed at this workshop can serve as the foundation for lesson and curriculum planning. We then move on to the basics of rubric design. After a short lunch break, we will continue with a workshop that will cover some of the most common, and not-so-common, ways of assessing an instructor’s teaching - very important when putting together a teaching portfolio. Here, we will also cover how to interpret UCM’s end-of-semester (student) evaluations. We will finish with a workshop dedicated to composing a teaching statement - one of the most important components of a teaching portfolio, and one which is almost always required as part of a complete academic job application.

You may attend one or more workshops. An attendee that has participated in all four workshops within the same semester will receive a certificate.

Times, Dates, and Locations:

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 in COB2-290 (Facutly/PostDocs)
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in COB2-290 (Graduate Students/TAs)

  • 9:00 am - 9:50 am -- (Backward) Lesson and Curriculum Design
  • 10:00 am - 10:50 am -- Designing Rubrics
  • 11:30 am - 12:20 pm -- Instructional Assessment and Student Evaluations
  • 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm -- How to Write a Teaching Statement

Note: audience cross-over for this practicum is permitted, i.e., faculty and graduate students/TAs may attend either date/workshop(s) listed. Faculty track will be presented by CETL staff members. Graduate Student/TA track is often presented by CETL instructional interns.

Food and drinks will be provided. We regret that at this time we cannot accommodate special diets.

Registration: Limited seating. Register here.

For additional information or questions, please visit our website, or email Anali Makoui (



University of California, Merced

Contact Information

Anali Makoui
Associate Director
(209) 228-2310