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Undergraduate Course Facilitator Training & Resources (UCFTR) -- for DeCals and other student-initiated courses

What we do

Designing, proposing and facilitating a 98/198 (aka DeCal) course for your peers is exhilarating, intellectually and personally challenging, and vastly rewarding. The Undergraduate Course Facilitator Training & Resources (UCFTR) office provides support, guidance and training to all Cal undergraduates interested in or currently facilitating DeCals or other student-initiated courses. UCFTR services are predicated on our belief in the power of ideas, the unique value of each student's experience, and the potential for the classroom to be a site of engagement and innovation.

The UCFTR Director also serves as a campus liaison and informational resource to students, staff and faculty with questions regarding any aspect of student-initiated courses.

Formats of Service

Start-up Workshops

Wondering how to start a student-facilitated course of your own? Start-Up Workshops address the most important deadlines, requirements, and policies for undergraduates interested in starting a student-initiated 98/198 course.

How to Sign-Up:

Workshops are 90 minutes, and offered several times each semester. Attendance is limited and pre-registration is recommended.


Workshop dates:

**The following workshop dates are intended for students who are interested in facilitating a DeCal course but have not completed the required paperwork:

              September 21  1:00 – 2:30

              September 27  2:00 – 3:30

              October 3  11:00 – 12:30

              October 12  10:00 – 11:30

              October 18  2:00 – 3:30

              October 23  10:00 – 11:30

              November 3  1:00 – 2:30

              November  7  1:00 – 2:30

              November 13  9:00 – 10:30

              November 30    1:00 – 2:30

              December 5  1:00 – 2:30

              January 10   1:00 – 2:30

**The following workshop dates are designed for students who have completed their paperwork but still need training:

              October 11  1:00 – 2:30

              October 16  10:00 – 11:30

              October 25  3: 00 – 4:30

              November 2  11:00 – 12:30

              November 8  1:00 – 2:30

              November  7  1:00 – 2:30

              November 14 1:00 – 2:30

              December 1  9:30 – 11:00

              December 4  9:00 – 10:30

              December 14  10:00 – 11:30

              January 9  1:30 – 3:00

Individual or Group Appointments

Appointments available to undergraduates interested in or currently facilitating a student-initiated course.  For those exploring the possibility of starting a 98/198 course, individual or group appointments are recommended as follow-up after attending a Start-Up Workshop, or for those who cannot make a scheduled Start-Up Workshop. For current Facilitators, appointments are welcome at any time to discuss any topics related to your course.

How to Sign-Up

Contact Erin Bullerdieck at for information on how to sign up:

Craft of Facilitating (Education 197, Section 12)

Designed specifically to prepare and support undergraduates leading DeCals or similar peer-facilitated classes, The Craft of Facilitating provides undergraduates opportunities to explore and practice course design, lesson planning, and classroom facilitation. Participants develop their teaching philosophy and pedagogical style within a supportive community of fellow peer-educators. Students receive either 2 or 3 units (p/np), depending upon whether they are planning or concurrently facilitating a peer-facilitated (DeCal or similar) course.  This course is approved for the Undergraduate Minor in Education. 

This seminar has been cancelled for Fall 2017. Check back soon for updates regarding the Spring 2018 course.

Classroom Observations

Classroom observations are available to undergraduates seeking support or feedback with their facilitation techniques and a constructive perspective on classroom dynamics.

How to Sign-Up

To learn more about this service or setup a classroom observation, contact Erin Bullerdieck at

Campus Liaison Questions

Students, staff, and faculty are welcome to call or e-mail the UCFTR office with any questions or concerns.  Individual or group appointments are available in person as well as by phone or web-based platforms. 

Contact Erin Bullerdieck at