RTL aims to provide the campus community with events that bring together faculty, researchers, graduate student instructors, and service providers to inspire and support experimentation, connect people, and share ideas. 

RTL workshops span six unique categories, each designed to provide you with essential teaching tools and best practices to excel in your teaching efforts. Here are the workshop categories you can look forward to:

Teaching Essentials

 Teaching Essentials

A step-by-step exploration of essential basic technology tools and effective teaching principles.

Classroom Technology

 Classroom Technology

A deep dive into the world of classroom technology, where you'll get practical guidance for using the technology available in Berkeley classrooms.

Inclusive Teaching

 Inclusive Teaching

A guide to designing inclusive learning experiences that cater to the diverse needs of all students, fostering an equitable classroom environment.

Teaching Effectiveness

 Teaching Effectiveness

An exploration of diverse strategies and tools that amplify student engagement, promote active learning, and drive improved learning outcomes.

Tech-Engage Toolbox

 Tech-Engage Toolbox

Uncovering the power of interactive tools such as Poll Everywhere and Ed Discussion, designed to increase student engagement in the classroom.

Faculty Coffee Chat

 Faculty Coffee Chat

Engaging workshops where faculty peers share experiences, insights, and best practices, fostering a vibrant community of shared knowledge. 
Interested in leading a Faculty Coffee Chat? Submit your proposal through our form!

March Events

Equitable grading 2Perspectives on Equitable Grading | March 5 | Part of Series: Faculty Coffee Chat

Join this faculty chat to discuss equitable grading practices, share experiences, and find new strategies with peers. Gain insights on making small changes to improve equity in learning outcomes. Light snacks will be served!

Data StackTeaching with Advanced Tools in Data Courses - Datasets, APIs, Auto Graders, and Gradescope | March 6 | Part of Series: Teaching Effectiveness

Berkeley Data Stack offers open-source tools for advancing data science education and research campus-wide. Join this workshop to learn about enhancing learning with computational notebooks, using DataHub for interactive classroom computing, and applying auto-graders for assignment evaluation and scoring in Gradescope.

ALCSpace Matters! Maximizing Active Learning Classrooms for Student Collaboration and Engagement| March 12 | Part of Series: Teaching Effectiveness

Berkeley’s Active Learning classrooms (ALC) are teaching and learning spaces that allow you to customize the physical learning environment to meet your pedagogical needs. They are designed to encourage and foster the use of active learning strategies - except, they don’t come with a manual about how to make that happen! Join this workshop to learn how to get the most out of your classes in ALCs!

History of gradesThe History and Future of Grades  | March 13 | Special Event: Teaching & Learning Journal Club

Join us for an informal journal club to learn more about the history of the traditional grading system and review a synthesis of the literature on how grades have been shown to affect student learning. Lunch will be served! 

gradingPutting Equitable Grading into Practice | March 20 | Part of Series: Inclusive Teaching

Join this hands-on clinic to collaboratively refine challenging assignments with a focus on equitable grading. Benefit from CTL consultants and peer insights to enhance your teaching approach and leave with actionable strategies for fair assessment. Light breakfast will be served!

April Events

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Active Learning in Large Classes: What’s possible?  | April 2| Part of Series: Teaching Effectiveness

Do you teach in a large classroom and wonder how to incorporate active learning effectively? This workshop explores how to engage students in large classrooms with active learning strategies, despite common skepticism. We'll cover practical methods for integrating active learning and techniques to convince students of its value, enhancing their educational journey right from the start.

Attendance trackingEasy Attendance Tracking with iClicker & PollEverywhere| April 4| Part of Series: Tech-Engage Toolbox

Join this workshop to learn how to make taking attendance easy with iClicker and PollEverywhere. We'll explore how to use these tools to automatically track who's showing up and also sync everything with bCourses gradebook! 

DTADistinguished Teaching Award Ceremony and Reception| April 23 | Pauley Ballroom

The Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) recognizes individual faculty for sustained excellence in teaching. Beyond an individual exemplary class, such sustained excellence in teaching incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires colleagues, and makes students aware of significant relationships between the academy and the world at large. Recipients will be announced in late March and will be honored at this public ceremony.

May Events

T&L conference Teaching and Learning Conference | May 3 | International House 

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) warmly invites the instructional community to the 2nd Annual Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday, May 3, 2024 at the International House. This event aims to foster a community of colleagues engaged in effective teaching and learning on our campus and present model cases of educators experimenting with a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies in UC Berkeley classrooms.

Other Campus Events of Interest

Teaching Towards Discovery Symposium: Student as Creator| February 23  

This half-day symposium will draw together faculty, students, and staff who are working on creative and high impact learning experiences (i.e. Discovery), both inside and outside the classroom. Utilizing the theme of Student as Creator, the day will begin with a student panel, followed by a panel of different case study projects, and conclude with a facilitated discussion with breakout groups. 

Event is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning and the Berkeley Discovery Initiative

Open to all UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students. Free, breakfast and lunch included. RSVP via this Google form to secure your spot.

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LLM Working Group

Large Language Model (LLM) Working Group | Feb 26

The LLM Working Group invites you to join a 4-part series on Large Language Models (LLMs) and Generative AI in academia, starting with "Generative AI and the Digital Humanities" on Feb 26. Dive into discussions on the impact of LLMs in DH research, creative production, and the critical issues of ownership and originality. Mark your calendars for the next 3 events in this series, "Teaching with LLMs" on Monday, March 18 from 1:00pm-2:30pm, "Researching LLMs" on Monday, April 22 from 1:00pm-2:30pm, and "Researching with LLMs" on Monday, May 13 from 1:00pm-2:30pm. 

Open to all experience levels, these sessions are interactive and designed to foster collaborative exploration. 

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Language and AI: Generating Interdisciplinary Connections & Possibilities | February 28

In this half-day conference, researchers, instructors, and practitioners from the UC Berkeley community gather together to showcase the work being done in machine learning and language/culture study and to explore questions of language, language use, and technology from three perspectives: research, industry, theory.

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