U-CLaSS stands for Undergraduate Chat, Learn, and Share Space. The primary aim of U-CLaSS is for instructors and students to come together to talk about solutions and future action steps that can help to improve instructor-student relations at UW-Madison by creating a shared space for students and instructors to engage in pedagogical discussion about, and to facilitate undergraduate research in, teaching and learning.
U-CLaSS chats are designed to give students the opportunity to talk with instructors about common issues, challenges and possibilities in teaching and learning. Working with Chadbourne Residential College (CRC) and the Center for the First Year Experience, the Teaching Academy seeks to facilitate discussions surrounding how to encourage effective and meaningful instructor-student interaction in and beyond the classroom. Development of U-CLaSS is facilitated by CRC student peer mentors, with instructors playing a listening role. Students are encouraged to share their thoughts on what good student-instructor interaction looks like, what enables it, and what hurdles or barriers exist. Peer mentors are also invited to join PFoT to sit in and provide feedback from a student perspective, as well as serve as panel participants at Teaching Academy events and the LEaP programs.
Academy members central to U-CLaSS programming include: Jamie Henke, John Zumbrunnen, David Baum, Claire Berezowitz, Chrissy Widmayer, John Pfotenhauer, Casey Gallimore, Carolyn Liesen, and Naomi Salmon, Adrian Treves, and Morton Gernsbacher.
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September 2019: What best facilitates your learning in the classroom?
October 2018: Grading on a Curve
April 2018: Teamwork for Teaching: Are your TA and Prof playing for the same team?
March 2017: Beyond “Rate My Professor” Student Evaluation of Teaching.
December 2016: Conflict and Controversy in Classroom Conversations.
October 2016: Top Ten List of Mistakes Instructors Make on Exams.
September 2016: If you could tell your instructors anything, what would it be?
March 2016: From Office Hours to Student Hours
Check out a February 2016 review of the U-CLaSS program in The Daily Cardinal.