Priority Scheduling for Certified Instructors

The ALP lecture halls and classrooms have been added to a pilot program that began in 2017 to provide certified instructors with priority scheduling in active learning classrooms during the first phase of room assignments. Currently, faculty can become certified in one of two ways:

Active Learning Institute
For instructors who have moderate to no experience with implementing active learning strategies, we recommend attending the Active Learning Institute facilitated by the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI). Although not strictly for faculty teaching in the ALP, this is an opportunity for those who plan to do so to connect with colleagues and work with DTEI on incorporating more active learning strategies into their courses. The institute involves a total of eight biweekly meetings and culminates in a classroom observation by DTEI staff during a subsequent quarter. For more information, please visit the DTEI website.

DTEI Consultation and Class Observation
For instructors who regularly use active and collaborative learning strategies in their courses, a consultation and class observation with DTEI may be a more appropriate option. Instructors who select this option will be asked to meet with DTEI for an initial consultation, provide a lesson plan for the class session to be observed, and then complete the observation. The observation is guided by the same protocol used for the institute. For more information and to begin the process, please email DTEI@uci.edu.

Once a certification option is selected, DTEI staff will add the instructor’s name to the priority scheduling list. This list is regularly provided to the University Registrar staff, who use it to confirm priority access during the room assignment process. Please note, however, that other prioritization such as utilization and on-module times also apply. See the Classroom Scheduling Policy for more information.

As course scheduling typically begins 6 to 9 months prior to the start of the respective term, it is not expected that the certification process will be complete when room assignments are made. However, instructors wishing to pursue this option should be sure to indicate their certification preference before the Registrar begins the first round of room assignments. The Schedule of Classes Coordinators in each department can provide this date.