As a faculty member at UW-Madison, you are part of a community dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. We aim to join our students in a journey of personal and intellectual growth, guided by the four pillars of the Wisconsin Experience: empathy & humility, relentless curiosity, intellectual confidence, and purposeful action. Many colleagues around campus, in the Collaborative for Advancing Learning & Teaching and in other units around campus, stand ready to help you during these unprecedented and challenging times and beyond.
In our Tuesday morning session, we’ll hear briefly from Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning John Zumbrunnen. Then we’ll spend time answering your questions about teaching and learning at UW-Madison. To get ready, you can review this brief overview of campus partners & resources or the accordion panels below and submit questions in advance via this Google doc.
We look forward to meeting you and hope that this will be the first of many conversations and collaborations with you!
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DELTA Program: Integrating Research, Teaching & Learning
The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning provides professional development in teaching, mentoring, outreach, and advising, with the goal of preparing UW-Madison graduate students and postdocs to become faculty who are both excellent researchers and excellent teachers. Participants of the program are committed to advancing effective and inclusive teaching practices for diverse student audiences. Delta engages faculty as partners in this learning community — including supporting innovation in their classrooms through the Delta Internship program — as well as facilitating faculty development as research mentors. UW-Madison and the Delta Program are also members of the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 37 research universities committed to this mission.
DesignLab helps instructors incorporate media assignments in courses. We work with instructors to develop assignments that target outcomes in digital literacies and integrative learning. We also connect instructors with our campus partners to help students with software training and equipment checkout. You don’t have to be a tech whiz to design and implement successful and effective digital assignments! We’re here to help develop and deliver instructional services that meet your course needs. See the variety of Sample Assignments that we have helped implement in courses.
Beyond the instructional services, DesignLab also is a free service for students, faculty, and staff to get personalized design feedback and recommendations on digital projects. We offer one-on-one or small group appointments to provide help on projects such as research posters, presentations, videos, infographics, data visualizations, podcasts, and more. Make an Appointment to get help on your projects here.
DoIT Academic Technology
DoIT Academic Technology is widely known for managing and supporting Learn@UW, the suite of learning technologies that facilitates teaching and learning. Whether you are engaging in in-person or remote instruction, we have many additional services tailored to help you strategize, design, develop and integrate technologies to improve learning outcomes. We can consult and work with you to develop online and blended courses, develop or adapt tools when no current ones fit the needs, and teach students software skills so they can excel in your courses. We collaborate with professionals across campus to assist you with your educational technology needs.
Please visit this guide for instructors to learn more.
Excel: Extending Teaching Professional Development to the Classroom
Excel: Extending Teaching Professional Development to the Classroom is a course design initiative that helps faculty and instructors apply evidence-based and learner-centered teaching practices to face-to-face and blended courses. The initiative supports the development of deep learning and inclusive classroom environments by providing individualized support, financial resources, instructional resources, and evidence-based approaches to course design and implementation.
Instructors engaged in Excel have previously participated in in-depth and comprehensive teaching professional development through the university (e.g. Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence, Blend@UW, TeachOnline@UW). The initiative primarily engages medium-sized undergraduate courses.
Goals for Excel Courses
- Courses will be well-aligned – assessments and learning activities will align with strong course learning outcomes.
- Students will have ample opportunities to engage in deep learning in an inclusive classroom environment.
- Instructors will use data on student achievement of course learning outcomes during the iterative course design process.
Inclusive Teaching at UW-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison strives to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. The Collaborative for Advancing Learning & Teaching offers a variety of Inclusive Teaching programming, including workshops and short courses, for faculty and instructional academic staff to help them build the skills they need to teach more inclusively and equitably in person and online. Participants will: (a) increase their awareness of systemic inequities and how they impact student learning; (b) reflect on self and student identity and the impact identity has on the learning environment; (c) learn about and engage inclusive teaching practices, including practicing how to interrupt bias and microaggressions; and (d) explore ways to be an advocate and agent for institutional change.
Programming is also available for graduate students and post docs through the Delta Program. Workshops can be arranged through schools, colleges and departments.
To ensure a “Smart Restart” amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the university is developing and implementing a comprehensive plan for resuming campus activities in fall 2020, including instruction. Resources to support faculty, instructors and teaching assistants can be found at Instructional Continuity. These include the university’s recommended course syllabus template which outlines new expectations for students and guidance for instructors, health and safety guidelines, and course design and delivery recommendations for in-person and remote instruction for the Fall 2020 instruction. Additionally, information about a number of workshops and forums as well as self-guided materials is provided.
Madison Teaching & Learning Excellence (MTLE)
Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) is a two-semester program in teaching for assistant professors. This cross-disciplinary faculty learning community offers personalized support from teaching and learning experts. The program aims to improve student learning at UW-Madison by supporting early-career faculty to become fast, effective, efficient and satisfied starters in teaching. Each cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows engages in a curriculum designed to help them infuse evidence-based practices into their courses to enhance student learning, quickly connect with the many specialized programs across campus focused on teaching excellence and build a network of peers. Through this program, Fellows report greater satisfaction and impact with their teaching and improvements in students’ learning. In addition, Fellows indicate their involvement in MTLE results in an efficiency that affords them more time for research, outreach and service.
Morgridge Center for Public Service
The Morgridge Center for Public Service is dedicated to the Wisconsin Idea’s notion that the education, research and expertise of the university should benefit communities beyond the campus borders – not only sharing our expertise with communities, but doing so in ways that honor the community’s own unique knowledge, and build equitable relationships to share decision-making about issues that are timely and urgent for our communities.
We believe faculty and staff play a crucial role by forming authentic, mutually beneficial academic partnerships, and UW-Madison faculty, staff and students have much to gain and learn from those partnerships. We know from experience that doing this takes time and effort that pays off in proven student learning outcomes, class evaluations, and authentic data for research and publication as well as feeding the soul. The Morgridge Center has numerous programs and services to support your participation in the important and meaningful work of community-engaged scholarship: defined as teaching, research, and scholarly activities that are performed in equitable, mutually beneficial collaboration with communities and community members to fulfill campus and community objectives.
Teach a community-based learning course and integrate engagement into your curriculum. CBL course approval gives you access to our CBL interns, our Transportation Options, and our consultation services.
Or engage in community-based research. We can consult with you on finding community partners, funding avenues and broader impacts.
The Morgridge Fellows faculty development learning community — designed to further support community-engaged scholarship at UW by strengthening instructor practice, knowledge base, and partnership-building expertise — launched in 2018 and welcomes a third cohort in September. Please watch for a call to apply in late fall.
A Teaching Award for Excellence in Community-Based Learning was established in 2018.
All four Divisional Committees recently updated tenure guidelines to recognize Scholarly Activity that Enhances the Wisconsin Idea.
UW-Madison’s campus wide Civic Action Plan includes a new push to help instructors prepare students for working in communities. Our “Community Engagement Preparation” resources, including custom workshops as well as online modules, develop intellectual and cultural humility needed to sustain equitable partnerships.
During the current challenging times of this pandemic, Stanford’s “Pathways” model on our COVID-19 Resource page is one way to think about expanding on the typical volunteer-type model, and other resources will help with finding virtual engagement opportunities. This fall there are also many activities for students to get involved in voter engagement.
The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Teaching Academy is to promote, recognize and support excellence in teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students across campus and beyond. We offer development opportunities including fall and winter retreats, LEaP programs, and Members Only roundtables. We support Active Teaching Labs and collaborate with the Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership and undergraduate programs across through a program called U-Class. Working with the UW-Madison Collaborative for Advancing Teaching and Learning, we are developing an online Feedback on Teaching (FoT) program to share formative feedback between a peer observer and peer instructor in all types of learning environments, including online courses. We encourage you to become an affiliate and look forward to you becoming a Fellow or Future Faculty Partner as you continue to develop your teaching skills.
UW-Madison Libraries and Go Big Read
UW-Madison Libraries have an incredible wealth of resources, services, spaces, and extensive staff expertise – all for you! UW-Madison Libraries together make up Wisconsin’s world class public research university library system. We offer convenient access to print materials, e-books, databases, electronic journals, and article/book delivery from libraries around the world. Our librarian experts can help you with all aspects of your research lifecycle and can support your teaching with information literacy instruction or curricular content needs.
The Libraries staff hold a depth of expertise via subject specialists who are available for personalized attention and are familiar with your discipline. For more immediate assistance, our staff are ready to respond to your reference questions virtually or in-person. Please visit this quick overview to learn about all the ways the libraries can help you with your research, teaching, and personal pursuits.
Go Big Read is the Chancellor’s popular UW-Madison common reading program. The program engages members of the campus community and beyond in a shared, academically focused reading experience. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate by reading the book and taking part in classroom discussions and campus events. The 2020-2021 book is Parkland by Dave Cullen. Visit the program website for more information on obtaining copies of the book, resources, etc. The program is project managed by the UW-Madison Libraries.
WISCIENCE the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement, collaborates across and beyond campus to empower educators, advance science education and outreach, and broaden engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for all. WISCIENCE promotes cross-college collaboration among university educators around issues in science education, offers a Teaching Fellows and Service Fellows training program for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and provides and coordinates mentor/mentee training for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. WISCIENCE initiates and supports outreach efforts to improve K–12 science education, prepare future science undergraduates, and encourage general public engagement with the natural sciences.
Writing Across the Curriculum
The Writing Across the Curriculum program is eager to help you think about creative and effective ways to incorporate writing and speaking assignments into your courses at all levels and in all disciplines. The hundreds of pages of materials on this site offer a good place to start. If you teach at UW-Madison, we would be happy to consult with you about ways to customize these materials and the pedagogical strategies they suggest.
Writing Center staff help undergraduate and graduate writers at any stage of the writing process—from choosing a topic to drafting and revising—for any writing project. We talk with students about writing goals, review writing, and have a conversation about what next steps writers might take. UW-Madison has one of the most comprehensive writing centers in the country, providing instruction to some 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year.
Additional resources for Faculty, Staff & Teaching Assistants:
- Helping Your Students to Use the Writing Center Effectively
- Highlights of What We Do
- Teaching Resources
- Writing Center Outreach
- Writing Fellows Spring 2021 Request Form (Fellows are currently working online but will be able to hold conferences in person whenever we return to fully in-person instruction)