Assessing and Improving Your Teaching

First-time GSIs and seasoned veterans alike look for ways to further develop their teaching. Having someone observe your teaching and gathering student input using midterm evaluations are great ways to spot things you’re doing well and things to improve.

Academic Innovation Studio

GSIs are invited to check out the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS). Managed by Educational Technology Services, the facility offers workstations for screen capture, voice recording, and video editing among other things, as well as comfortable spaces for sharing and collaborating on projects. AIS also houses support for bCourses, and instructional equipment. Learn more about Continue Reading >>

Highlights from the Spring 2016 Teaching Conference

The Spring 2016 Teaching Conference provided an orientation for graduate students new to the GSI role. Discipline-Cluster (D-C) workshops led by experienced GSIs addressed pressing questions about getting started as a GSI. The afternoon featured a performance by Berkeley Interactive Theater, which led to a discussion of how GSIs in their role as teachers Continue Reading >>

Faculty Advice: Succeeding as a GSI

GSIs have a strategic part to play in promoting students’ learning, and the GSI role is an important professional opportunity for graduate students. In the talks linked here, faculty from several departments offer some pointers. Ani Adhikari (Statistics) Sylvia Bunge (Psychology) Raka Ray (Sociology; South and Southeast Asia Studies) Anant Sahai (EECS) See more faculty Continue Reading >>

Getting Students Involved

This is a good time to review ways you can encourage students to engage actively in their learning. The online Teaching Guide for GSIs offers excellent strategies to use in a variety of GSI-led settings. Active Learning Techniques Group Work Managing Lab Partners and Groups Encouraging Participation Asking Effective Questions Continue Reading >>

Teaching Effectiveness Award Highlights GSI Ingenuity

Congratulations to the fourteen outstanding GSIs receiving the 2015 Teaching Effectiveness Award (TEA). These GSIs devised excellent strategies to address teaching and learning difficulties that arose in their classes, and their award-winning teaching ideas are available for you to adapt for use in your teaching. Here is a small sampling Continue Reading >>

Teaching Support for Summer GSIs

The GSI Center offers the following assistance to GSIs teaching in the Summer Sessions: Consultations and Classroom Observations One-on-one consultations on syllabus and course design, teaching in a compressed time frame, preparing and presenting a lecture, activities to promote discussion, mid-course evaluations, and more. Classroom observations to receive feedback on your Continue Reading >>

Faculty Honored for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs

Many of Berkeley’s faculty members provide excellent mentorship to the GSIs who work in their classes. This year, four were selected to receive an award for their mentoring activities: Sabrina Agarwal, Anthropology David Henkin, History Martha Olney, Economics Anant Sahai, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Candidates for this award are Continue Reading >>