Professional Development Opportunities

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring (CLTM) offers a range of professional development programs, from the basics of teaching at UW-Madison to deep-focus explorations of important topics like assessment, academic integrity, accessibility and inclusive practices.

To help fit your schedule, the center offers in-person, hybrid and fully online programs that vary in length, from an hour or two to a few weeks or two semesters.

The following opportunities are open to all instructors. See additional CTLM and partner programs.

You can also visit our Fall 2021 Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase to find documents that provide a quick introduction and concrete solutions for dealing with specific challenges related to fall instruction.

Fall Course Preparation Sessions

Fall Course Preparation Sessions offer instructors the opportunity to meet individually with CTLM staff members on a range of topics, from teaching approaches and course materials, to communication, assessment, course syllabi and technology.

Sessions will be available weekly from Aug. 31 – Sept. 30 during the following times via Zoom: Tuesdays, 9-11am | Wednesdays, 2-4pm |  Thursdays, 1-3pm.

Before joining a session, choose 1-3 topics that you’d like to cover from the list below.

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Suggested Topics for Discussion

Identify 1-3 topics from the list below that you would like to cover with CTLM staff in your Fall Course Preparation Session.

Teaching Approaches

  • You provide students with a conceptual framework for the course (topics covered, supported course outcomes, and activities).
  • You provide students time to reflect on content before moving to a new topic.
  • You have a variety of ways for students to ask questions and get clarification on concepts.
  • You have planned opportunities for students to engage with one another.

Course Materials

  • Learning materials are provided in multiple formats (print and digital).
  • You know how to upload and organize materials in your Canvas course.
  • PowerPoint slides limit the amount of text presented on the slide.
  • Font size is large enough to read, is sans-serif, and colors provide adequate contrast.
  • Slides use diagrams, tables and graphics to represent content when appropriate.
  • Video content is uploaded and captioned in Kaltura MediaSpace.


  • You can set up Canvas Announcements.
  • You can set Up Google Class Group list for student email.
  • You can download your class roster and/or your class photo roster. 
  • You can talk with students about the campus masking policy.
  • You can share your preferred communication method with students.
  • You can share your plans for in-person or online office hours with students.

Feedback and Assessment

  • Students are aware of how learning will be assessed.
  • You will provide student feedback on their performance (both formative and summative).
  • You have identified activities that help you to intervene in students’ learning challenges.
  • You can use Canvas SpeedGrader to provide quick feedback to students on assignments.
  • You have added your rubrics for assignments in the Canvas Rubrics tool.

Technology Support

  • You have reviewed the list of supported technologies.
  • Students know where to get technical support for course-related technologies.
  • If tools are unsupported, students know where to get help with technical problems.

Course Syllabus

  • You have the required elements in your course syllabus.
  • You have made your course syllabus available to students.


  • Canvas course is published.
  • Canvas module content is published.
  • Unused Canvas tools are removed from course navigation.
  • You have defined your grading scheme in Canvas.

Upcoming Sessions

Tue 21

Fall Course Preparation Session

September 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wed 22

Fall Course Preparation Session

September 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thu 23

Fall Course Preparation Session

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tue 28

Fall Course Preparation Session

September 28 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Course Success Series

During these interactive workshops, expert consultants will introduce best practices, and help instructors make meaningful applications to their course design, learning environments and teaching. Instructors will leave each session with practical takeaways and some preliminary strategies. Instructors are welcome to attend one or multiple sessions.

Not sure which workshop to attend? Complete the Course Success Self-Review to identify course design or delivery strategies you would like to strengthen or review specific topics on the Course Success Website.

Upcoming Workshops

Wed 29

Teaching & Learning Forums

Teaching and Learning Forums are participant-driven conversations that increase effective, efficient and equitable teaching and learning. Forums address themes and practices from Learning Science research, and carefully explore, connect and contextualize them within instructors’ experiences. The goal of the forums is to evolve practices and examples that build community and improve learning for educators and students. 

Forums will be held every Wednesday, from 1-2pm. Registration not required.

Upcoming Forums

Wed 29

Teaching & Learning Forum: Align your course

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


This long-standing, comprehensive, instructor learning community is intended for instructors who are designing (or re-designing) and teaching fully online, for-credit courses. Participants experience what it is like to be an “online student,” while exploring and applying research-based online course design and teaching practices. The program offers two free online courses and webinars: “Plan & Design” and “Facilitation & Management.” You can take one or both courses, in any order, depending on your needs. After completing each course, you will receive a digital badge and recognition letter to your dean and department chair or supervisor.

Course Dates

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Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE)

For early career faculty only

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) is 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.

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