Showcase of Teaching Innovation and Reinvention (STIR)

We don't get to see each other in the classroom, but that's where some of our greatest intellectual energy comes to life. 

The Showcase of Teaching Innovation and Reinvention (STIR), aims to highlight work that has accomplished a variety of goals in improving pedagogy. Popular topics presented in the past revolved around student engagement strategies, large enrollment courses, and classroom and curriculum assessment. The event also facilitates further networking with colleagues, and more broadly disseminates the outcomes of individual faculty efforts.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Academic Innovation Studio(AIS), the event will be held on Thursday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the AIS (Dwinelle 117, Level D).

Program Schedule

9:00 a.m. Coffee

9:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Jenn Stringer, Deputy CIO and Chief Academic Technology Officer
  • Terry Johnson, Faculty Advisor for the Center for the Teaching and Learning

9:45 a.m. Lightning Talks Group 1

Moderator: Terry Johnson

  • Collaborating with Gen Z: A Model for Co-Creation in the Classroom
    Carmen Acevedo Butcher (College Writing)
    Research shows that Gen Z (students who are just now entering college) prefer experimental learning, co-creation, having more agency, and a "de-centered" classroom environment. How do we evolve our teaching to meet their needs and expectations? Carmen will share her experience working collaboratively with students in College Writing R1A.
  • How Do Health and Wellness Affect Student Learning?
    Audrey Haynes (Integrative Biology)
    Drawing upon student survey data from a Bio 1B class, Audrey will discuss how different factors (instructional, individual, economic) correlated with academic success and what this means for us as instructors.
  • Choreography as an Embodied Tool for Writing and Revision
    Sima Belmar (Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies)
    Learn about a method that helps students practice iterating and revising their work, and find out about resources for developing choreographic tools for interdisciplinary use.
  • Love Your Introvert! Enhancing Campus Courses with Online Discussions
    Maureen Lahiff and Julie Moss (Public Health)
    Online discussions are a great way (especially in large courses) to facilitate student-to-student interaction and low-stress Q&A exchanges with instructors. In this talk, Julie and Maureen will showcase their use of Piazza in a biostatistics class and talk about features that support learning and engagement.

10:30 a.m. Lightning Talks Group 2

Moderator: Terry Johnson

  • Helping Students Take Charge of Their Own Learning
    Paul Li (Cognitive Science)
    Giving students opportunities to reflect on how they like to learn not only helps them discover their own style and preferences, it helps motivate them to take ownership of their own learning. Paul will share strategies and activities he uses in his teaching that can be adapted to other contexts.
  • An Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching Critical Thinking Skills
    Vesna Rodic (French)
    How can we use inquiry-based and experiential learning methods to help students analyze primary sources, build their research skills, and make personal connections to course materials? Drawing upon a case study using film in the context of environmental sustainability, Vesna will share relevant examples and strategies for in-class activities and out-of-class research and creative projects.
  • Using Oxford-Style Debates to Teach Research Skills, Encourage Teamwork, and Practice Public Speaking
    Crystal Chang Cohen (Global Studies)
    How can the format of Oxford-style debates support learning and engagement in the classroom? Crystal will share her experience and go over assessments related to these debates, including individual research briefs, team debate performance, and a debate debrief.
  • Teaching Effective Study Techniques
    Robin Ball (Molecular and Cell Biology)
    Even at a top-tier institution like Berkeley, students don't always know the most effective ways to learn. Robin will describe how she draws upon cognitive psychology research to teach her students better study techniques and how they respond.

11:15 a.m. 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient panel

Moderator: Glynda Hull, Chair of the Academic Senate's Committee on Teaching

  • Robert Littlejohn, Physics
  • Steven Raphael, Public Policy
  • Andrea Roth, Law
  • Ethan Shagan, History

12:15 p.m. Lunch served

12:30 p.m. Keynote Panel: Critique as a Way of Learning

Moderator: Hertha Sweet Wong, Associate Dean, Arts & Humanities

  • Allan DeSouza, Art Practice
  • Kathleen Donegan, English
  • Grace O'Connell, Mechanical Engineering

Be sure to stay for our first-ever Festival of Teaching Failure immediately following this event!


After STIR, stay for the inauguaral Festival of Teaching Failure