3. General Characteristics of the UCSB Classroom
In general, UCSB strives to create a learning environment of collaborative research-based experiences, interactive learning activities, and academic community building. Instructors try to make their courses relevant to their students’ interests and encourage students to approach learning as an exciting and rewarding challenge. The teacher-student relationships tend to be relatively informal, including in dress, posture, and speech. Instructors and TAs often see themselves as mentors and expect students to participate frequently in class by asking questions, discussing different opinions, and exploring new ideas.
UCSB classes are places where mutual respect is paramount and a hallmark of academic training. UCSB instructors follow American ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion by striving to make their classes welcoming and inclusive of all students regardless of differences in students’ backgrounds, status, demographics, commitments, and interests. We encourage international instructors and TAs to share their perspectives, culture, and experiences with their students and colleagues in ways that open intercultural dialogues, build community, and strengthen UCSB’s inclusive environment.