Instructional Development at UCSB presents: TALES

“You never know what a person’s story is until they tell you.” – TALES participant, Dr. Jim Donelan (Writing Program)

TALES, the Teaching and Learning Excellence Series, consists of live events featuring UCSB’s award winning instructors and podcasts that provide glimpses into the richness of education at UCSB. TALES Live! events feature highly interactive presentations by exemplary faculty instructors. TALES Podcasts are a series of short interviews with faculty, teaching assistants and students highlighting real stories of teaching and learning at UCSB.


Enda Duffy LiveLive TALES events are hosted several times per year to highlight compelling stories of creativity, inspiration and engagement in UCSB teaching. Live events feature faculty members that have been nominated by their peers and department leaders as excellent models of pedagogical practice in undergraduate education. The event is an interactive presentation with the audience and includes personal, vibrant and thought-provoking accounts of instructional experiences that have a profound impact on both students and teachers.

Register for the Live TALES events on May 16 and May 22!

TALES Podcasts

For our inaugural podcast series we interviewed a dozen UCSB students and some of UCSB’s recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and the Excellence in Teaching Award. We asked the interviewees questions about what it’s like to teach and learn at UCSB, and then combined their responses to share real stories and individual perspectives about the richness of education on our campus.

Each podcast focuses on a different topic, sometimes providing a glimpse into campus personalities, and other times exploring the environment and meanings of education at UCSB.

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TALES is sponsored by Instructional Development at UCSB.