University of Wisconsin–Madison

February 2021 Newsletter

Teaching Academy: Promoting, Recognizing and Supporting Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2021!  Though the weather outside is frightful, 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 monthLearn about the Course Success Self-Review, a unique new tool for instructors and those who support instruction. Look ahead to this year’s Teaching & Learning Symposium series, with three events during the spring semester. Missed the Winter Retreat? Catch up by watching video!

Questions or comments about the newsletter? Contact Dan Pell, Editor

Trouble viewing this email? Open in Google Docs: Teaching Academy February Newsletter

Upcoming Events | What’s happening in the Academy?

Teaching & Learning Symposium Series

The symposium will be a series of presentations and discussions throughout the spring semester instead of the traditional one day event. All events are on Thursdays, 11:30 – 1:30.  View the full program and schedule


The Delta Program provides professional development in teaching, mentoring and outreach. Please share our upcoming Spring 2021 course opportunities with postdocs and graduate students who are eager to add evidence-based teaching strategies to their instructor toolkits. All courses will be held remotely.

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Active Teaching Labs are participant-driven explorations on a different theme each week with an Activity Sheet of resources to meet a variety of your needs. Lab Chats are personalized deeper dives into the week’s themes that aim to contextualize Lab themes to particular teaching environments — also great for folx who can’t attend Wednesday Labs!

Schedule: Held virtually in Microsoft Teams on Wednesdays (Labs) and Thursdays (Chats) from 1-2pm during the semester. 

  • Feb 17/18 Improve assessments — 10 ways: Improve assessments to let students better express what they know (and are still easy to grade). RegisterJoin Feb 17 LabJoin Feb 18 Chat.
  • Feb 24/25 Get student feedback — 10 ways: Instead of guessing or trying to interpret assessments, hear directly from students what’s working and what’s not. (Bonus: it increases their learning too!) RegisterJoin Feb 24 LabJoin Feb 25 Lab Chat.
  • Mar 3/4 International and non-traditional students — 10 ways to support: How can your course activities be better designed for returning students, or ESL speakers eight time zones away? RegisterJoin Mar 3 LabJoin Mar 4 Lab Chat.

Share events, workshops, news, or other notices for Teaching Academy members at 

Member Contribution | Introducing the Course Success Self-Review          

The Course Success Self-Review (CSSR) is a unique, new tool for campus. The CSSR is an anonymous and quick survey to help instructors strengthen the design and delivery of remote and hybrid courses, leading to better learning and student satisfaction. The Self-Review identifies six success factors with supporting recommendations.  Take the Self-Review (30-60 minutes) to be directed to relevant and actionable resources on the supporting website. After completing the self-review, you can browse all the resources on the Course Success website 

The CSSR was developed in late-2020 by Academy Fellows Karen Skibba (DCS, LDDI) and Dan Pell (DoIT AT), with contributions and support from a broad team of teaching & learning superstars from multiple units on campus.

The CSSR is continuously evolving.  Comments, questions, and suggestions from members of the Academy are warmly and enthusiastically welcomed!  

Email: & 

Winter Retreat 2021 Recap | Supporting Student Mental Health 

The Teaching Academy 2021 Winter Retreat was held on Friday, February 5.

The retreat included a panel of expert practitioners (Sarah Nolan, Director of Mental Health Services at UHS, Val Donovan, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Specialist at UHS, Claire Barrett, Healthy Academics Specialist at UHS, and Wren Singer, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Undergraduate Advising and Career Services).  Undergraduate students recorded short videos to share their own experiences of what supported them during this past year of remote instruction.   Additional responses to questions addressed to the panel will be shared in the March newsletter.

View the recorded event (1h23m), read the participant guide, and watch student videos (11m).  

We value your feedback!  Please take a few minutes to complete the post-event surveyYour answers will help us plan future events.

Thank you to our volunteers and planning committee!

Angela Kita Claire BarrettDan Pell (Chair)  John Martin John Parrish Louis Loeffler Mick MiyamotoMaria Widmer Morton Ann GernsbacherNaomi Salmon Patrick Hills-MeyerSarah HagedonSarah KorpiStephanie CampbellTim Dalby

If you are interested in helping to plan or facilitate future Teaching Academy Retreats contact Dan Pell (Planning Committee Chair):

FYI | Task force on Post-Professional Programming 

The UW Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (UW CIPE) is developing a task force to plan and deliver a program on interprofessional practice and education (IPE) professional development during the early summer.

They are seeking TWO Fellows with interest and expertise in IPE to join the task force. This task force will be a short-term commitment and will include people across campus.

Teaching Academy Fellows who are interested in post-professional programming should connect with Dr. Hossein Khalili ( by March 5, 2021. 

FYI | TeachOnline@UW

TEACHINGONLINE@UW is a learning community to design and teach quality online courses. Consider joining a free faculty learning community to explore and implement research-based online course design and teaching best practices.

Learn more and register for spring and summer courses at

The Academy Forum  | Share ideas with other members

The Academy Forum is a space waiting for YOU to fill it! 

This is a place to share ideas and inspiration with Fellows, FFPs, Affiliates & partners across campus! Why not take 5 minutes to share a few thoughts right now? 

Contribute to the NEXT Academy Forum:

  • Student-to-Student and Student-to-Instructor interaction have emerged as significant concerns during remote instruction. What have you or your colleagues done to make either of these aspects of teaching more successful?
  • What’s baby, what’s bathwater?  Tell us about something you’ve started doing in remote instruction that you think you’d like to keep whenever the crisis has passed and we move into the new “normal”.
  • What is the most interesting virtual backdrop you have seen somebody use?

Submission Deadline: Please submit your answers by March 8, 2021

Responses included in the newsletter will typically be less than one paragraph, but in some cases we may include a longer response. Responses may be edited for brevity and to fit the format of the newsletter. 

Learning Community | Clinical Teachers’ Corner

Clinical Teacher Learning Community: Network, Explore, Build. "Furthering Clinical Education"

February Feature:  Growth & Development

Explore new development opportunities!

If you are interested in becoming a Fellow or Future Faculty Partner, click here to review requirements and learn how to get started.


Moving Education Online: 


CONGRATULATIONS to the 2020 Clinical Teacher Inductees, Affiliates & Clinical Affiliate Inductees and Clinical Teacher FFPs

Leonelo Bautista, Population Health
Saswati Bhattacharya, Hematology-Oncology
Shobhina Chheda, SMPH
Benjamin Schnapp, SMPH
Kathleen Walsh, SMPH 
Katherine Rotzenberg, Pharmacy
Colleen Cobey, Physical Therapy
Jeanne Duncan, Physical Therapy
Emily Binversie, Veterinary Medicine
Sherrelle Jackson, Nursing

Questions? Topics you would like to see? Announcements for the next issue? 

Email Sara Scott: ( )

Join us! Honor a colleague! | The Teaching Academy is seeking new applications and nominations

The Teaching Academy welcomes nominees who work in traditional classrooms, clinical practice, field instruction, or instructional support with learners at any level.  Our mission is to promote, recognize and support excellence in teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students across campus and beyond. 

There are three types of membership: Future Faculty Partner (FFP), Fellow, and Affiliate.  Read about how to Become a Member. Honor a colleague or nominate yourself!

Are you an FFP who has moved on to another position in the University?  Contact Sarah Hagedon to discuss changing your status from FFP to Fellow.

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

Active Teaching Labs  Improve campus teaching by helping to plan, organize, and facilitate instructor-to-instructor sharing of experiences using technology to teach better.
Newsletter & Academy Forum   Join the planning committee, contribute to the forum, act as guest editor for the Academy newsletter
Fall Retrea​t | Winter  Join the committee to plan, organize & facilitate campus-wide teaching development events 
U-Class  Explore teaching and learning from the student perspective by attending our U-CLaSS sessions
Analytics Committee  Help ensure that we are capturing the right information to determine who our programs are reaching, whether participants find them valuable and, most importantly, if there was something they learned through participation.
Affiliate/Clinical Affiliate  Teaching experiential courses, from clinic to fieldwork? Become involved in growing the clinical affiliate or affiliate program 
Nomination Committee  We 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.   
Executive Committee seeks FFP Members The Executive Committee spearheads all major Teaching Academy events and activities throughout the course of the year, providing invaluable insight and experience to the larger Teaching & Learning community. 
Feedback on Teaching (FOT) Committee This joint effort between the Teaching Academy and the Collaborative for Advancing Learning & Teaching offers an opportunity for a graduate student to participate in scaling up and implementing a new peer observation program across campus. Email for more information.
Members-Only Roundtables (MOR) We are seeking Teaching Academy Fellows who are interested in organizing roundtable discussions among Teaching Academy members on issues surrounding teaching & learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These discussions take place once per semester.