Winter 2016 — UTeach ProgramDivision of Undergraduate EducationUC Irvine

UTeach Seminar (University Studies 197B)

UTeach: Theory and Practice

Course Reference

Instructors: David G. Kay, 5056 Donald Bren Hall (; Gail K. Hart, 229 Humanities Instructional Building (; Jacky Schlegel (

Quick links: Assignments Piazza Q&A Resources

Course goals and learning outcomes: This course is exclusively for participants in the 2015–16 UTeach program. [Applications for the 2016–17 program will be available in Spring 2016 at the UTeach Program site.] We will cover course organization, presentation techniques and skills, classroom management, motivating students, giving and receiving feedback, and other aspects of college teaching.

Meeting place and times: Class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:20 in Donald Bren Hall 1420 (but not both days every week).

Office hours: We're happy to hear from UTeachers any time. Drop by, send a message, arrange a specific time if you like. You can also get pretty rapid feedback from your colleagues and instructors by posting on

We will never intentionally ignore a message, so if you don't receive a response, write again; sometimes overactive spam filters snag a legitmate message.

We will also send course announcements by Email to the official course mailing list, so you should check your Email regularly. Note that this mailing list goes to the Email address that the registrar has for you (your UCInet ID). If you prefer to read your electronic mail on an account other than your UCInet account (which is a good idea, since if your UCInet account's mailbox fills up, you stop receiving mail), redirect your mail at .

Course structure: This course is graded P/NP. Passing requires professional performance in (a) attendance and participation [Most of your learning will come from class discussions, presentations, activities, and feedback. We expect you to attend and participate actively in every class meeting except for schedule conflicts we know about and real emergencies], (b) scheduled presentations [Deliver each of your three presentations—5-minute, 10-minute, and 30-minute—well prepared on the scheduled date], and (c) written materials [Submit your final syllabus and detailed course plan according to the course schedule. Both documents must address previous comments of reviewers and demonstrate your readiness to teach your course.].

Special needs: Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation due to a disability should contact the UCI Disability Services Center at (949) 824-7494 as soon as possible to explore the possible range of accommodations. We encourage all students having difficulty, whether or not due to a disability, to consult privately with the instructor at any time.

Approximate course schedule: Dates that are empty, we won't meet.

Week Date Topics
1. Tuesday
5 January
7 January
Introductions • Five-minute presentations
2. Tuesday
12 January
Five-minute presentations • Syllabi and workloads • Attendance policies
Sign up for your 10-minute presentations.
14 January
3. Tuesday
19 January
Learning styles • Active learning • Learning outcomes
21 January
4. Tuesday
26 January
28 January
Ten-minute presentations (#1–#4)
5. Tuesday
2 February
Ten-minute presentations (#5–#8)
Sign up for thirty-minute presentations.
4 February
Peer editing of syllabi • Promoting discussion
Bring two paper copies of your syllabus.
6. Tuesday
9 February
Classroom management • Classroom technologies • Other issues
11 February
Thirty-minute presentations (#1, #2)
Final revisions of syllabus and course plan due, Friday 5:00 on EEE dropbox.
7. Tuesday
16 February
Thirty-minute presentations (#3, #4)
18 February
8. Tuesday
23 February
Thirty-minute presentations (#5, #6)
25 February
Thirty-minute presentations (#7, #8)
9. Tuesday
1 March
Panel of Past UTeachers • Remaining issues
Syllabus and course plan with final comments addressed, due Friday 5:00 on EEE dropbox.
3 March
10. Tuesday
8 March
10 March
Wrap-up • Last-minute concerns
F. Thursday
17 March, 4-6
TBA (We won't have an exam, but we'll reserve this time in case we need it for extra presentations or something)