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Let your spring semester blossom!

Spring 2023 teaching and learning resources

Resources and events from CTLM

Strengthen Your Syllabus: Evidence-Based Approaches

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.

Teaching at UW: The Public History Project in the Classroom and Beyond

On Feb. 15, hear from the project team behind this groundbreaking exhibit and instructors across campus about how it is informing teaching and learning. You’ll come away with resources and strategies for including the project in your own course.

Information, events and support from campus teaching and learning partners


Icon of a human brainArtificial Intelligence/Chat GPT

Using Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom – A guide from the L&S Instructional Design Collaborative

A Campus Conversation on Chat GPT in Teaching and Learning – A Teaching Academy event open to all. Feb. 24 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Pre-registration encouraged.


An icon with a group of people atop half of a globeCommunity Engagement

Wisconsin Idea Conference – Happening March 27 at Union South, this conference strives to reinvigorate our collective understanding of and relationship to the Wisconsin Idea through the lens of community-university engagement. It’s organized by the Morgridge Center for Public Service. By bringing together community-engaged scholars, staff, and students from across campus, while also incorporating community voice, we can strengthen relationships, develop our understanding of our state and local community, and elevate the quality of community engagement at UW–Madison. Registration will open later in January.

Morgridge Fellows – This program, from the Morgridge Center for Public Service, works to further institutionalize and support 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. This professional development learning community meets twice per month during the academic year, comes with a small stipend, and is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open in April.


Icon of a rectangular conversation bubble with three horizontal lines representing speechExpansion of NameCoach

NameCoach, which allows people to record the proper pronunciation of their name, has been available for over a year via an integration within Canvas. Thanks to a new expansion, NameCoach is now also available outside of Canvas with single sign on, using UW-Madison NetID. This allows people to use NameCoach to create a Namebadge, which is a name recording that can be published in online profiles or in an email signature. For more information about NameCoach and to access the standalone version, please visit the Namecoach IT service page. Learn@UW-Madison manages the NameCoach service with the DoIT Help Desk providing technical support.


Icon of a ladder topped by a cluster of 3 starsGrad students & Post-docs

Support your development as an effective, inclusive teacher and research mentor. Opportunities within the Delta Program, designed for graduate students and post-docs, help you build your skills and CV as an evidence-based educator in the classroom, research space, and beyond. Spring courses are now open for registration, and various events and workshops are offered all semester.


Icon of a microphone stand with sound waves radiating outward.Inclusive Teaching Podcast

The L&S Instructional Design Collaborative is excited to share the first episode of the L&S Exchange podcast, featuring L&S Dean Eric Wilcots. He helps establish a grounding for the topic for this podcast season: Inclusive teaching. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show notes page has supplemental resources and conversation starters to discuss informally, with your teaching team, or in departmental meetings.


Icon of a book with a bookmarkInstructional Materials and Student Research

Need help with your instructional materials or supporting your students’ research? The Libraries are prepared to support instructors with robust modes of instruction throughout the academic year, while also providing exceptional research guidance to students.


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Learning Analytics

Join the Learning Analytics Community of Practice. Held on the second Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m., the LA CoP is designed to connect colleagues across campus in sharing interests and experience with learning analytics – generating actionable data that can improve teaching and learning. Whether you are just starting to explore learning analytics or have practical experience, all are welcome to participate. Share what you’ve learned and learn from your peers. These informal sessions provide an opportunity for instructors, instructional staff, students, administrators, and others to discuss strategies using learning analytics in teaching practices, share current projects, and focus on various questions and topics. 

Spring semester sessions include: 

February 10:  Data Empowered Educational Practices (DEEP) Overview recording | slides

March 10:  What do biases have to do with learning analytics?  recording | slides

April 14, noon to 1 p.m.:  Student perspectives/capstone projects from Educational Psychology master’s program students

May 12, noon to 1 p.m.:  Open discussion and sharing from recent conferences – recaps, LA themes and highlights

Meetings are held in the UW-Madison Learning Analytics Team, in the LA Community of Practice channel. For more information, please join the UW-Madison Learning Analytics team or email and request to be added to the group.


Icon of a microscopeMentoring in STEM

Cultivate an Effective and Culturally Responsive Mentoring Practice – Effective mentoring skills can make the difference between a mutually beneficial, productive mentoring relationship and one that is draining for the mentor and discouraging for the mentee. This WISCIENCE workshop for UW–Madison STEM faculty and staff will help you explore mentoring strategies, develop and/or enhance a mentor-mentee agreement, connect with colleagues to share mentoring experiences and challenges, and reflect on your mentoring philosophy. Offered in 4 sessions this spring – total training time 8 hours.