Formats of Service

Information Workshops

Our Information Workshops guide student facilitators in discovering the steps to create a Student-Facilitated Course, more commonly known as DeCal! By attending an Information Workshop, you will be able to strategize for the next steps of your DeCal proposal process and connect with fellow student facilitators! 

Please note that attending an Information Workshop does not fulfill the Academic Senate mandated pedagogical training for first-time facilitators. For training offerings, please see our list of Training Workshops.

"Getting Started: The A to Z of Proposing a DeCal"

Develop your course vision in community with other student facilitators and learn the important deadlines, policies, and requirements of creating a DeCal!

Spring 2023

Please register for a workshop via this Google Form. 

Monday, January 30, 2023 II 2 - 3 PM II Via Zoom

New workshop dates will be added on a monthly basis during the last week of each month.

Questions? Contact slc-ucftr@berkeley.edu.

Training Workshops

Our Training Workshops equip student facilitators with the theoretical and practical foundation to improve their craft of peer facilitation. At a Training Workshop, you will be able to explore the pedagogy behind effective, student-centered facilitation and syllabus-creation. Not only that, you will be able to complete mandatory pedagogical training required by the Academic Senate if you are a first-time facilitator or further hone your facilitation skills if you are a veteran student facilitator!

Attend any one of our training workshops before the Course Proposal Form (CPF) deadline to complete the mandatory training requirement for first-time facilitators. The CPF deadline for Fall 2023 DeCals will be mid-July 2023. 

"Three Pillars of a Student-Centered Syllabus"

Discover three key characteristics of an impactful and effective student-centered syllabusand the resources to help you embody these qualities in your own course "blueprint"! Facilitators at any stage of the syllabus-crafting process are welcome.

Note: In preparation for this training, please arrive having completed the following by 9 AM of the day of your training: Mano Singham's "Death to the Syllabus!"; Jill Lane's "The Two-Purpose Syllabus: A Blueprint for Faculty and Students"; and the Three Pillars Reflection Activity that accompanies these brief articles. Failure to complete and submit this reflection activity by the stated deadline means you will not be able to participate in training.

Spring 2023

Please register for a workshop via this Google Form. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 II 2 - 3:30 PM II In-Person at the César E. Chávez Student Center

Friday, February 24, 2023 II 11 - 12:30PM II Via Zoom

New workshop dates will be added on a monthly basis during the last week of each month.

Questions? Contact slc-ucftr@berkeley.edu.

"Facilitation Habits That Enhance Student Learning"

Examine six common teaching behaviors that hinder student learning and explore facilitation habits that you can utilize to optimize student learning in your DeCal classroom!  

Note: In preparation for this training, please arrive having completed the following by 9 AM of the day of your training: Sondra Napell's brief article "Teaching Tips: Six Common Non-Facilitating Teaching Behaviors," and its accompanying Facilitation Habits Reflection Activity on your own. Failure to complete and submit this reflection activity by the stated deadline means you will not be able to participate in training. 

Spring 2023 Workshops

Please register for a workshop via this Google Form. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 II 3 - 4 PM II In-Person at the César E. Chávez Student Center

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 II 10 - 11 AM II Via Zoom

New workshop dates will be added on a monthly basis during the last week of each month.

Questions? Contact slc-ucftr@berkeley.edu.

Consultations

For Student Facilitators

The UCFTR team offers 30-minute, 1:1 consultation appointments for students who are interested in creating or are currently facilitating a DeCal. During a consultation appointment, you will be able to request guidance on the DeCal proposal process, seek feedback on your syllabi and other proposal materials, and discuss strategies for effective DeCal facilitation. 

Consultations do not fulfill the pedagogical training requirement. For training offerings, please see our Training Workshops section.

Schedule a consultation appointment by emailing slc-ucftr@berkeley.edu with your availability. 

For Faculty & Staff

Staff and faculty are invited to contact the UCFTR program at slc-ucftr@berkeley.edu about any questions or concerns they may have about the DeCal proposal process or about supporting student facilitators in their department. 

Classroom Observations

Classroom observations are available to student facilitators seeking support or feedback on their DeCal course facilitation! To learn more about this service or set up a classroom observation, please contact slc-ucftr@berkeley.edu.