Meditation and Mindfulness DeCal
Among the many opportunities to learn about topics related to Psychology we invite you to to explore DeCals that can help you discover new interests and passions. Take a DeCal and learn in a different setting than traditional classes while also connecting with others in our community and network. If you feel motivated, you can even develop and/or teach your own DeCal. Read more about that in the second section below.
Take a DeCal
DeCal courses are offered in Fall and Spring of each academic year. Most, though not all, courses are listed in the official DeCal website (https://decal.berkeley.edu/), and you can filter by the semester, what day of the week you prefer, the time of the class, and how recent the class has been posted. When taking a DeCal, have the following in mind:
- Most Fall classes are updated in mid-August; most Spring classes are updated in mid-January.
- To enroll in a DeCal, be sure to check the information for the class! Each one has a different process; some of them may give you the access code to enroll, others may have specific applications to enroll in the course.
- Student facilitators are the go-to person if you have any questions about the class. If you cannot find the email of the facilitator on the course listing page, contact the DeCal team through the Google Form on their ‘FAQ’ page.
- DeCals are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only, but they are real classes and will contribute to your minimum units required for graduation.
- DeCals have limited seating, so make sure to check early in the semester for the classes you are interested in.
Contact your major advisor if you have any questions regarding your schedule, major requirements, unit limits, or prerequisites for your major.
Teach a DeCal
Teaching a DeCal is a great opportunity to connect with others that may share similar interests and to immerse yourself in a specific topic as a teacher and not just a researcher.
Sanjeev - Charisma DeCal
Why Teach a DeCal?
Teaching a DeCal course offers students the opportunity to teach a topic in which they have training and about which they feel passionate. Students may propose a course, and if the proposal is approved, they will facilitate and run a semester-long class. What better way to culminate your time at Cal than by developing your very own course?
When is the deadline?
All new DeCal classes must have a lead facilitator meet with the DeCal major advisor prior to submitting the packet. Please schedule a meeting with Christine, the DeCal major advisor, by Tuesday, April 5th. After the proposal review meeting, all required paperwork must be submitted by Tuesday, April 19th. Packets may be submitted by email at email@example.com.
The deadline for completed Fall 2022 Psychology DeCal course proposal packets to be turned in to the Student Services Office - either in person at Berkeley Way West or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org - is Tuesday, April 19th.
** Late submissions will not be considered. **
Training Requirement - All first-time student-facilitators, even for continuing DeCals, must undergo training prior to submitting the DeCal proposal packet. The Student Learning Center’s Undergraduate Course Facilitator Training and Resources unit (UCFTR) offers a number of Facilitation & Collaborative Learning Strategies Workshops each semester to support students. For more information please refer to: https://slc.berkeley.edu/programs/undergraduate-course-facilitator-training-and-resources-ucftr/formats-service#training-workshops
What should be included in the proposal packet?
1. Course Proposal Form, signed by your faculty sponsor. Please download the current version of the form here: https://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/cpf_packet_2018.pdf Be aware that previous versions of this form will NOT be accepted.
2. Fully developed syllabus. A sample of what to include in your syllabus is available on the teaching.berkeley.edu website here: http://teaching.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/syllabus_components.pdf
3. Responses to the first four questions listed on the Course Proposal Form. If responses can be found in the syllabus, you should clearly indicate in which section of the syllabus the answer can be found. If responses are not incorporated into the syllabus, they must be typed on a separate sheet of paper.
4. Unit Value Worksheet. This form can be downloaded from the Academic Senate website here: http://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/unitvalueworksheet_2017.pdf
5. Faculty Sponsor Letter of Support. Please review the requirements for this letter on the Academic Senate website here: http://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/faculty_sponsor_letter.2017.pdf Proposals that do not include this letter will be automatically rejected.
6. Psychology DeCal Schedule Request Form. This form has been updated! Please read the form carefully, even if you are a seasoned DeCal facilitator. You can access the form online here.
7. BRS DeCal Facilitator Form. This form must be completed by all DeCal facilitators. You can download a pdf version of this form here. Any student who will be officially serving as a facilitator for your DeCal must complete this form.
How do I obtain Department Chair's approval, and when?
You are only responsible for obtaining the faculty sponsor signature. Once the Student Services Office reviews proposal packets for completeness, we will submit all proposals to the Department Chair for review. Please do not submit directly to the Department Chair.
How can I be sure that my class is in compliance with Academic Senate guidelines?
The department will forward all DeCal proposals to the Academic Senate on facilitators' behalf. If there are any issues with your course, you will work with the Psychology advisor to clear up any issues with your course.
How can I be sure the room I am assigned is set-up with a projector or other technology or space needs?
When you fill out your Psychology DeCal Schedule Request Form you can make these requests. Please note that we do not have control over room scheduling and must work with the central campus scheduling team. This means we cannot accommodate every preference. In general, the larger the classroom requested, the less flexible the space and options are. For example, if you request movable seats, you will be limited to the size of the room available.
How can I publish my DeCal course?
Once your course has been approved and cleared through the review process, the Psychology advisor will send you a copy of your approved course proposal form. To publish your course on the DeCal website, please submit the approved proposal form to the Program for Democratic Education at Cal located in Eshleman Hall, Compound 312C, Station 17.
How do I handle DeCal course enrollment and roster?
Course facilitators are responsible for ensuring accurate enrollment in consultation with the Department Scheduling Coordinator. Rosters may be obtained from the faculty sponsor. We are no longer able to facilitate enrollment past the add/drop deadlines, so be sure to handle enrollment changes early in the term.
Can I receive units for facilitating a DeCal course?
Yes. If you would like to receive Psych 197 units for facilitating a DeCal course, please submit a Psych 197 Application. This form must be received a minimum of two days before the add/drop deadline in order to allow our office time for processing.
Facilitators can enroll in 197 units up to the unit value of the DeCal course they facilitate.
You may not receive Psych 199 units for facilitating a DeCal course. Psych 199 Applications submitted for this purpose will be denied.
How can I set up a bCourses course site?
Once you are listed as the instructor for the course in CalCentral, you will then have access to set up a bCourse. Alternately, your faculty sponsor, will be able to set up the bCourses site and delegate access to you.
Where can I get more information?
Lastly, a friendly word of reminder...
As a facilitator of a DeCal course, you will assume a lot of responsibilities resembling those of an instructor in order to create a positive experience for all participants. We strongly encourage you to review this webpage and links provided above, to maintain close contact with your faculty sponsor to ensure clear communication, and to seek help as needed. Happy DeCal facilitating!