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Teaching Matters Workshops - Improving Teaching by Assessing Learning (Grad. Student Track | Four Workshops)

February 22, 2018 - 9:00am to 1:30pm


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 academic year will receive a certificate.

Times, Dates, and Locations:

Tuesday, Feb. 20th in COB2-290 (Facutly/PostDocs)
Thursday, Feb. 22nd 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.

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

Please register here.

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


University of California, Merced

5200 N. Lake Road
Classroom and Office Building 2 (COB2)
Room 290
Merced, CA 95343

Contact Information

Anali Makoui
Associate Director
Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning
(209) 228-2310