New Faculty Guide

Welcome to our guide for new faculty! This resource is packed with essential information and practical tips to support you during your first semester of teaching. From creating a welcoming classroom culture to engaging students and providing support, this guide has you covered. 

Please note that while this guide covers a wide range of topics, it's not an exhaustive list. Consider it a starting point to equip you with the tools you need to excel in your teaching practice!

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 ToolsProvides 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 SenateThe Academic Senate oversees admissions and degrees, advises the Chancellor on budgets, supervises courses, and provides input on faculty matters.
  • Research, Teaching, and Learning Spring 2024 Instructional Events: Series of instructional events thoughtfully designed to enhance your academic success.

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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.

  • Course MapThe 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 TemplateUsing bCourses' built-in course construction and management tools, Core Template offers a consistent organization founded in best practices in online pedagogy.
  • 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.

Teaching Guides

Designing Your Course

How can you plan what students will be doing without first knowing what you want them to learn? By focusing course planning around clear learning objectives, instructors can have a better sense of how students should demonstrate their learning, and then consider what day-to-day experiences may best support students’ learning.

Running Your Course

Active Learning ClassroomsStudents will come to your class with a variety of experiences, backgrounds, and expectations that will impact how they approach learning. As the instructor, you can create an environment where all students are engaged and able to learn by intentionally designing your course and employing teaching strategies that account for these differences and meet students where they are when they arrive in the classroom.

Assessing Learning

Alternatives Grading FrameworksHow do you know when students experience a barrier to learning? How do you assess the strengths and weaknesses in your teaching practice? What evidence informs potential changes to your course or teaching practice the next time you teach? Explore strategies for reflecting on your teaching practice and collecting evidence of student learning and learning experiences.

Advancing Equity and Inclusion

Inclusive teaching encompasses teaching strategies and approaches that take into account and welcome the wide range of identities, experiences, needs, and backgrounds that students bring to the class by creating a learning environment where all students can thrive. This can include course design and teaching strategies that you regularly incorporate into your class and a mindset you adopt to be responsive to fluctuating student needs and cultural moments.