January 2024 Newsletter

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Welcome to our January newsletter! Hello 2024! As you come out of hibernation and begin the new semester, we hope you find time to read and enjoy this month’s newsletter, which includes updates and multiple ways of staying connected with the Teaching Academy.

This month,  excitement is building for the Teaching Academy’s Winter Retreat on AI: Teaching and Tools! More than twenty speakers will take the stage on Feb 2 for a carousel of anecdotes and experiences about how this evolving technology and tools that integrate it are enhancing – and challenging – our work as educators. See below for registration. Looking further ahead? Sign up now for the Center for Teaching, Learning and Mentoring’s spring Course Design Institute. Or reflect on how to improve your teaching and course design in your own time with the Course Success Self-Review. And…support the training of new instructors by inviting observers to your class from the fabulous Delta Program!Questions or comments about the newsletter?

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell and Sarah Pultorak, Editorseditor-uwta-newsletter@g-groups.wisc.edu 


Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

  • Teaching Academy 2024 Winter Retreat | Generative-AI: Teaching & Tools. Fri Feb 2, 9–1130am, DeLuca Forum, WID and on Zoom. Doors open at 8:30am for light breakfast, Zoom opens at 845am. | REGISTER. We want to hear from you! Come share how you, your colleagues, or your students are using AI-tools. Talk about how you and your students have been trying out AI. Share an anecdote, story or experience. You can have up to 5 minutes of stage-time at the event (in person or on Zoom), or you can record a short video. | SIGN UP TO SHARE. This will be a hybrid event featuring an in-person and online experience with plenty of opportunity for collegial discussion. Questions about the Retreat? Want to help plan? Contact Angela Kita & Dan Pell retreats-uwta@g-groups.wisc.edu
  • Teaching and Learning Meetups. Open to all! First and Third Thursdays, 4-6pm at the Memorial Union in the Rathskeller. We’ll grab a table or two for informal conversations. Look for the “T&L Meetup” table tents. Come connect with other educators who are passionate about teaching and learning. Bring a question or comment you’d like to talk about, or just jump into conversation at hand. Food, coffee, and other beverages nearby. Join us! Questions about the T&L Meetups? Contact John Martin johnmartin@wisc.edu

Member FYI | News, Events, Training, and Learning Opportunities

Delta Program | Seeking Observation Opportunities for Grads & Post Docs.

This spring the Delta Program is offering a course entitled “Actively Learning About Active Learning” to help graduate students develop a better understanding of the uses and benefits of active learning in the college classroom. This course is being taught by Teaching Academy Fellows Jamie Henke and Jeff Henriques. In addition to helping students develop their own learning activities, students are asked to observe different instances of active learning as these strategies are currently implemented across the UW-Madison campus. To support the course, the Delta Program is looking for instructors to open up their classes and allow students to observe as they facilitate active learning.

Questions about the Delta Program? Contact Jess Maher jessica.maher@wisc.edu 

Have something to share? Academy members work in diverse roles and learning environments across our university. If you have news, events, training, or opportunities you would like to share with the Academy, contact Dan Pell & Sarah Pultorak  editor-uwta-newsletter@g-groups.wisc.edu Messages received by the second Monday of the month may be included in that month’s newsletter.


CTLM Updates | Engage with the Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring

Course Design Institute, May 13-15 at the Pyle Center

Organized by the Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring (CTLM) with campus partners, this 3-day immersive experience will guide you through the course design process with an emphasis on active learning and equitable, inclusive teaching. It is open to both individual instructors and instructional teams. Applications due Feb 29, 2024 | LEARN MORE & APPLY

Looking to reflect on your teaching? Want self-guided resources?

  • Course Success Self-Review: In under an hour, this anonymous tool will help you identify ways to strengthen the design and delivery of your course and provide targeted feedback and resources. | LEARN MORE
  • Instructional Resources KnowledgeBase: Find resources that provide a quick introduction and concrete solutions to teaching challenges.

If you’re not sure which of the above opportunities is right for you or you’re looking for a different kind of engagement or instructional support, please contact CTLM with your request – we look forward to working with you! To learn more about these programs or to register, visit the CTLM’s Professional Development Opportunities


Feedback on Teaching | Want to be observed in your teaching?

The Teaching Academy’s Feedback on Teaching (FoT) program offers a formative review of your instructional approaches from an invited observer, followed by a peer-to-peer conversation on how to improve student learning. | LEARN MORE

Want to observe?  The Teaching Academy’s Feedback on Teaching (FoT) program is looking for academy members to serve as peer observers. | REGISTER AS A PEER OBSERVER. Please contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu if you are interested in volunteering. 


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Learning Community Update | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

Share your experience! Do you have ideas for continuing education? Would you be interested in presenting your work to other clinical teachers? The UW Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (UW ICEP) is looking for faculty who are interested in developing new continuing education programs.

New Course: Education Essentials is a collection of modules aimed at developing key skills for all interprofessional health science teachers, in various teaching settings.  How modules are utilized is flexible–one or more modules to all of them–to meet the various needs of our teachers based on their activities, schedules, and priorities. Registration is free and modules can be completed at your own pace.| LEARN MORE & REGISTER


Questions? Topics you would like to see? Announcements for the next issue?  Contact Sara Scott (sfscott@wisc.edu)


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Get involved! | Ways to contribute to the Academy’s ongoing activities

  • Leadership Opportunity | Executive Committee Seeks Members. The Executive Committee of the Teaching Academy is looking for Future Faculty Partner (FFP) members and Faculty members.  ExComm membership is evenly divided between Faculty, Future Faculty Partners and Academic Staff. Executive Committee members do not need to be long-term members of the Academy before joining the ExComm. The ExComm meets monthly. FFPs: take advantage of this opportunity to engage in leadership, networking, and collaboration with other active members of the Academy! Contact Ailea Merriam-Pigg (FFP Co-Chair) merriampigg@wisc.edu and John Martin (Academic Staff Co-Chair) john.martin@wisc.edu for more information.
  • Join us! Honor a colleague! | The Academy is seeking nominations. Now is the perfect time to honor a colleague or nominate yourself. Our mission is to promote, recognize and support excellence in teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students across campus and beyond. The Teaching Academy welcomes nominees who work in traditional classrooms, clinical practice, field instruction, or instructional support with learners at any level. There are three types of membership: Future Faculty Partner (FFP), Fellow, and Affiliate. Learn how to become a Member.
  • Are you an FFP who has moved on to another position in the University?  Contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu to change status from FFP to Fellow.


  • Affiliate/Clinical AffiliateTeaching experiential courses, from clinic to fieldwork? Become involved in growing the clinical affiliate or affiliate program. Contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu
  • Analytics CommitteeHelp ensure that we are capturing the right information to determine who the Academy’s programs are reaching, whether participants find them valuable, and most importantly, what was learned through participation. Contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu 
  • Fall Retrea​t | Winter RetreatJoin the committee to plan, organize & facilitate campus-wide teaching development events. Contact retreats-uwta@g-groups.wisc.edu 
  • Feedback on Teaching (FoT) CommitteeFoT offers an opportunity to participate in scaling up and implementing a new peer observation program across campus. Contact teachingacademy@provost.wisc.edu 
  • Member+ EventsWe are seeking Fellows who are interested in organizing one-per-semester roundtable discussions among members on issues surrounding teaching & learning. Contact claire.barrett@wisc.edu 
  • NewsletterJoin the planning committee, contribute to the forum, act as guest editor for the Academy newsletter. Contact editor-uwta-newsletter@g-groups.wisc.edu
  • Membership CommitteeWe are seeking Fellows (Faculty & Academic Staff) and FFPs to help review nominations.  Honor great campus educators & promote excellence by helping to review nominations to the Teaching Academy. Contact johnmartin@wisc.edu
  • U-ClassExplore teaching and learning from the student perspective by attending our U-CLaSS sessions. Contact jamie.henke@wisc.edu 
  • Teaching Academy Facebook Group: Are you on Facebook? So is the Teaching Academy! Join other Higher Ed teaching and learning enthusiasts for thought-provoking questions, shared resources, and asynchronous community connections. Contact johnmartin@wisc.edu