University of Wisconsin–Madison

LEaP: Developing Core Teaching

LEaP stands for Learning Environment and Pedagogics. This program focuses on observing and evaluating the core teaching pedagogy of faculty on the UW-Campus. I-LEaP strives to help faculty explore the art and science of teaching across all disciplines.

The LEaP Institute
The purpose of the curriculum is to foster educational excellence at UW-Madison by empowering educators with fundamental knowledge, practices, habits, learning community, and philosophies that are hallmarks of learner-centered instruction. Educational excellence is defined by active and inclusive courses where students are learning the skills, knowledge, and habits of a literate and conscientious citizenry.

After completing the curriculum participants will…

  1. Feel more confident in the classroom
  2. Have concrete tools to create a successful classroom experience
  3. Be able to avoid common time-sinks and pitfalls
  4. Be grounded in evidenced-based instruction practices
  5. Have a community of peers for ongoing support

Topics covered include:

  • Designing for Learning
  • Active Learning
  • Planning the First Day
  • Syllabus Design
  • Art of Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Assignment Design
  • Teaching with Technology

If you are interested in participating in an I-LEaP institute, please contact Jamie Henke at for more information or follow this link.