Teaching is a complex, rewarding and dynamic craft.
Professional development can help you learn and apply new evidence-based techniques, tackle challenges, and connect with peers in a supportive environment. CTLM’s campus engagement team offers regular programming throughout the year. We can also customize a program to meet the needs of your academic department or other unit.
Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE)
A two-semester program in teaching that helps early-career faculty succeed with personalized support from a cross-disciplinary community of peers and teaching and learning experts.
Fostering shared learning for a growing department
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is welcoming a number of new faculty and saw an opportunity to engage in shared learning related to equity, diversity and inclusion. Prof. Dave Rothamer, who chairs the department’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, worked with CTLM in collaboration with the Center for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness to plan a workshop on inclusive teaching at a department retreat.
“Doing the training as a department ensures that all faculty have experience in the same area and share a common language for future discussions,” Rothamer says. “It also served as a community-building exercise, particularly when done as part of an all-day retreat.”
Facilitators Julie Hunt Johnson and Lisa Jong worked with faculty to explore a framework for teaching inclusively, including understanding social identities, using active learning methods and adopting an access mindset to course content and assessments.
Feedback from participants “far exceeded expectations,” Rothamer says. Even faculty who recently had participated in similar training reported gaining additional insights and ideas.
The workshop prepared the department to begin taking additional steps to build inclusive teaching practices, including planning regular check-ins during faculty meetings and exploring opportunities via active learning classrooms and tools such as Top Hat.
A faculty-wide event like this “signals that the department values DEI efforts and that these efforts are the responsibility of everyone,” Rothamer says.
Interested in customized learning for your department or unit? Contact us
Check out these additional campus resources
Course Success Self-Review
Get specific, actionable, confidential feedback and recommendations in less than an hour. Improve student learning by enhancing your course design and delivery.
Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase
Searchable by topic and keyword, this site offers techniques, sample activities, and other resources instructors can use.
Strengthen Your Syllabus
A syllabus serves many purposes – crafting one that is thorough yet readable is a challenge. As you create or revise your syllabus, check out these suggestions and examples.
Syllabus Tool and Template
Helps you easily create and use course syllabi.
The Delta Program
Build your skills and CV as an effective and inclusive teacher and research mentor with offerings designed for graduate students and post-docs. Join semester-long courses (such as Teaching in the College Classroom) or a variety of brief workshops.
The Discussion Project
A free series, The Discussion Project supports UW–Madison instructors and leaders in designing and implementing discussion for groups of 40 or fewer. New courses are now enrolling for August 2023. The course consists of three consecutive days of training with a total of 1.5 hours of outside preparatory work. Course 1 runs August 14-16 and course 2 runs August 21-23. Register now!
DoIT Academic Technology oversees the Learn@UW suite of supported learning technologies, including Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace, AEFIS, Top Hat and more.
McBurney Disability Resource Center
Offers online and in-person training about the history, resources, policies and procedures associated with providing access and accommodations to individuals with disabilities at UW–Madison.
Morgridge Center for Public Service
Supports faculty, staff, and students looking to connect their research and teaching with mutually beneficial community engagement initiatives. Their offerings include individual consultations, workshops, grants for community-based learning and research, and the Morgridge Fellows learning community, a yearlong professional development opportunity.
Educators who care about good teaching. The Teaching Academy offers opportunities for instructors to connect with each other – from drop-in Meet Ups to Fall and Winter Retreats. Most events are open to all.
Offers programs, courses and resources for instructors and mentors at all levels to promote equitable and inclusive teaching and mentoring in STEM. Collaborates with departments on initiatives related to enhancing student success and engagement in STEM.
Writing Across the Curriculum
Helps instructors find creative and effective ways to incorporate writing and speaking assignments into courses at all levels and in all disciplines.
Collaborative for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness (CEETE)
Partners with faculty, instructional staff, administration, and other areas on campus to support and continuously improve teaching, learning, and the student experience in the College of Engineering.
Connect evidence-based practices to the College of Letters & Science teaching and learning ecosystem using these guides from the L&S Instructional Design Collaborative.