Learn and Engage

Teaching is a complex, rewarding and dynamic craft.

CTLM believes that we all have the ability to excel in our craft of teaching – especially with a little guidance and practice. Our programs can help you learn and apply new evidence-based techniques, tackle challenges, and connect with peers in a supportive environment.

New this spring: Coffee & Copilot

Copilot is the Microsoft generative artificial intelligence tool that is now available to UW–Madison faculty and staff and will be accessible to students at no added cost later this spring. Join us for a series of informal monthly drop-ins to talk about using AI in teaching.

Customized learning

Contact us to request a workshop, department meeting discussion, or other form of engagement for your unit at no cost. Topics include:

  • Inclusive teaching strategies
  • Inclusive group work strategies
  • Facilitating conversations on sensitive topics
  • Teaching with generative artificial intelligence

Success Story

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.”

A group of Mechanical Engineering faculty talk to one another while seated at a circular table.

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

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Check out these additional campus resources

Self-directed

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. 

Campus-wide

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!

Learn@UW

DoIT Academic Technology oversees the Learn@UW suite of supported learning technologies, including Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace, HelioCampus AC, 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.

Teaching Academy

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. 

WISCIENCE

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.

School/College-specific

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.

L&S Guides

Connect evidence-based practices to the College of Letters & Science teaching and learning ecosystem using these guides from the L&S Instructional Design Collaborative.