Your department will help you with:
- All hiring paperwork
- Getting your UCSB email address and NetID so you have access to all of the systems and technology, like Canvas.
- Ordering any required textbooks for your course. Consider putting several copies in the UCSB Library course reserves for students’ to check out. Familiarize yourself with library resources for instructors.
- A computer lab reservation for class or sections, when needed.
- Other materials and supplies (like whiteboard markers).
- Support for photocopying (e.g. of handouts, exams) - ask how far in advance you should make requests.
Discuss with your department whether your course has TA support and what the department’s practice is for matching graduate students to particular courses. Also familiarize yourself with the TA’s rights and responsibilities.
Find out which classroom(s) you are teaching in (from your department or from the UCSB Schedule of classes). Look at where it is and what kind of resources and technologies are in that room using either:
- The Instructional Development Classroom Services website (for most classes). These classrooms require a lectern key, login, and password to operate the projector and podium. You must come to Classroom Services in 1160 Kerr Hall (open M-F 8am to noon) to get set up.
- The Collaborate Classrooms and labs website has information about using their classroom technology.
- Note: If your classroom is not listed on either of these websites, you are likely teaching in a departmentally-controlled classroom and will need to contact your department’s business officer/administrative assistant.
Go to your classroom before the quarter starts to test out the technology and get a feel for the layout of the desks, whiteboard, markers, lighting, etc.
- If the classroom has a whiteboard, be sure to bring your own markers (check with your department). If the classroom has a chalkboard, chalk will be provided.
- Review “Key Information for General Assignment Classrooms” to find out what adapters or keys you might need.
If you have questions or need hands-on training, contact Instructional Development at email@example.com to make an appointment.
If questions arise while you are teaching, call Instructional Development’s helpline (posted via a QR code and telephone number on the lectern).