Getting Started on Campus
This section will provide you with essential information to navigate campus life. Discover campus facilities, services, and resources, including administrative offices and academic support systems. Engage with the campus community through networking opportunities, committees, and events.
New Senate Faculty: Provides information to support your transition and success, such as an onboarding checklist, housing, benefits, etc.
Supported Learning Tools: Provides information on Berkeley supported tools such asbCourses, Ed Discussion, Gradescope, etc.
Quick Support Options: Provides information onservices to support the needs of instructors and researchers, such as classroom technology support, bCourses support, Center for Teaching & Learning consultation, etc.
- Instructor Guide to Disabled Students' Program: Provides guidance on accommodating students with disabilities (recording lectures, extensions on assignments, etc.)
- Academic Senate: The Academic Senate oversees admissions and degrees, advises the Chancellor on budgets, supervises courses, and provides input on faculty matters.
- Research, Teaching, and Learning Fall 2023 Instructional Events: Series of instructional events thoughtfully designed to enhance your academic success.
Planning Your Class
This section will guide you through effective course design and proactive planning to cater to the needs of your students. Explore resources and strategies for creating a student-centered learning experience that anticipates and addresses their requirements.
- bCourses: bCourses is UC Berkeley’s local brand for the Canvas learning management system.
- Course Map: The Course Map is grounded in the "backward design" model. To that end, it provides a structure to plan each module around learning objectives and then determine which readings, lectures, materials, activities, assessments, and interactions should be included.
- Core Template: Using bCourses' built-in course construction and management tools, Core Template offers a consistent organization founded in best practices in online pedagogy.
- Import the Core Template
- Weekly Landing Pages: Weekly landing pages are an excellent way to keep your course organized so that students have easy access to relevant course content.
- Knowledge Checks and Formative Assessments: Utilize quizzes, discussions, assignments, and collaborations in the Core Template to assess student understanding.
- Faculty Checklist for Quality Digital Learning Development: Use the checklist to review your course and how its design and execution may impact the student learning experience.
- Course Design Guide
- Flipped Classroom Design Guide: "Flipping the classroom" involves students engaging with course content before class, through pre-recorded videos or digital materials, enabling more interactive in-class activities.
- Running Your Course: Includes strategies to create an engaging learning environment–such as active learning, gamification, group work, etc.–that caters to diverse student experiences, backgrounds, and expectations, ensuring everyone can succeed and learn effectively.
- Remote Instruction Guide: This guide helps optimize your bCourses site as a virtual classroom, create asynchronous content, encourage interaction, and adapt assessments for remote learning.
Writing Your Syllabus
This section will provide guidance on crafting a syllabus that aligns with your course design while offering essential policies and information to your students.
- Syllabus Design Guide: This guide will support you in gaining insight into the various elements and important inclusions found in a syllabus. You might also want to consider consulting these additional resources:
- Adding Your Syllabus to your bCourses Site: The Core Template allows you to incorporate your syllabus content onto the Syllabus page of your bCourses site.
Creating an Inclusive Class
This section will guide you through the inclusive teaching strategies, offering insights into inclusive teaching resources available on campus, and empowering you to create an inclusive classroom environment.
- Inclusive Teaching Guide
- Advancing Inclusion and Anti-Racism in the College Classroom
- Student Response Systems: Interactive tools that amplify engagement, promote inclusivity, and provide real-time feedback in your classroom.
- Active Learning: Strategies that empower diverse learners, creating an inclusive space where all students actively participate and thrive.
- Ally in bCourses : Ally is a set of tools within bCourses that helps make course content more accessible
- Check for Accessibility with the Ally Instructor Report: TheAlly tool identifies if images and files in your course site are formatted for accessibility.
- Digital Learning services Accessiblility Hub: Series of resources that will enable you to learn about and implement accessibility.