February 23, 2022
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The IS Team needs to hear from you!
Faculty Input on Shaping the Future of Teaching & Learning
New teaching opportunities and challenges have emerged during post-quarantine teaching with potentially far reaching implications. To guide the next decade of teaching and learning, we’d love to hear from you: what’s exciting, what’s concerning and what are your questions? Please complete this 5-10 min. survey. We’ll bring your insights and questions to the March 10 faculty roundtable (more info below).
Faculty Roundtable: Shaping the Future of Teaching & Learning @ UCSB
Thursday, March 10, 2022, 2-3pm on Zoom
What should teaching and learning look like at UCSB in the 2020s? This roundtable discussion will explore insights and challenges that have emerged from teaching during a global pandemic to consider how we can shape the teaching and learning landscape in the near future. Faculty are invited to participate alongside invited speakers from a range of departments at UCSB.
Useful Resources for Your Grading and Course Evaluations!
Gradescope Scanning: If you are giving paper-based exams (handwritten work or bubble-sheets), GradeScope can make grading faster and more reliable. You’ll need to cut the corners off of the exams and use a scanner to create a pdf file for upload to GradeScope. You can reserve a time to use Instructional Development’s high-speed scanners and industrial paper-cutter in Kerr Hall 1124 by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
ESCI (Evaluation System for Courses and Instructors) surveys open this Sunday, 2/27 at midnight and close on 3/11. Here are a few ideas and resources for boosting response rates and getting more useful feedback:
- Tell students why their feedback is important to you and what type of feedback is most helpful. You can choose a few of these slides to adapt on Improving Course Evaluation Feedback and/or show students this 1 min. video on Giving Useful Feedback.
- Check your class response rate at https://esci.id.ucsb.edu/
- Give students time during class to complete ESCIs at https://esci.id.ucsb.edu/
- If there are specific aspects of the course or your teaching that you want feedback about (e.g. new features of the course), consider asking students to comment specifically on those aspects.