Spring 2014 Offerings

The Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning is pleased to offer the following courses and programs for the upcoming spring semester. Most are offered on campus and some can be taken for course credit. Registration will open on November 11, 2013. Once registration opens we will update the registration links for each course. Space is limited and registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.

The College Classroom: Teaching in Science and Engineering
Diversity in the College Classroom: Bridging the Achievement Gap
Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment: Bridging the Achievement Gap (faculty section)
Effective Teaching with Technology
Informal Science Education for Scientists: A Practicum
Instructional Materials Development: Integrating Statistics into STEM Courses
Internship Seminar
Research Mentor Training Seminar NEW Section!
Expeditions in Learning: Blended Learning NEW!
Expeditions in Learning: Exploring How Students Learn with Writing Accross the Curriculum

The College Classroom: Teaching in Science and Engineering

COURSE FULL
Waitlist Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructors:  Nick Balster (Soil Science) and Christen Smith (Chemistry, Madison College)
Date & Time: Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m.
Location: Materials Science and Engineering Building, Room 275
In this course, you will gain knowledge of the basics of learning theory and effective teaching methods so you can operate at the forefront of ideas in college education. You will explore your teaching philosophy and how it will impact your future classes, design a course curriculum, engage in micro-teaching, and learn how to monitor and investigate the effectiveness of a learning environment. This course is full but if you would like to be added to the waitlist please use the registration link above.
Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 654 or Soil Sci 875)

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Diversity in the College Classroom: Bridging the Achievement Gap

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructor: Don Gillian-Daniel (Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning)

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm

Location: Union South (TITU)

Delta's Bridging the Achievement/Equity Gap project takes an action-oriented research approach to addressing the University of Wisconsin's achievement gap that separates underrepresented minority students from their peers, particularly in courses that serve as gateways to various majors. The project asks how faculty, staff, graduate students, and other institutional actors can more equitably serve underrepresented minority students and create inclusive classroom environments. This special section of the Delta Program’s Diversity in the College Classroom course is the first step to participating in the Bridging the Achievement Gap project. In class, graduate students and postdocs learn about and discuss topics related to diversity and the achievement gap. Later in the semester, they work with faculty and staff participating in the Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment course to develop action plans to narrow the academic achievement gap in their respective courses. Students are encouraged to then complete the second step of the project in the fall semester, as students enroll in the Delta Internship Program and work with instructors to implement and evaluate their action plans. Students complete two requirements toward the Delta Certificate in Research, Teaching, and Learning during their participation year.

Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 690)

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Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment: Bridging the Achievement Gap (faculty section)

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructors: Chris Carlson-Dakes (Engineering)

Time: Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm; starts the second week of the semester

Location: Union South (TITU)

This course is intended for faculty and academic staff with direct student contact (ideally in a classroom situation). In this special section of Delta’s Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment (CCLE) program, faculty members will come together to raise their awareness of core achievement gap issues and move toward appropriate evidence-based action in their classrooms. Opportunities will be presented to work with graduate students who are also engaged with the university’s achievement gap project by partnering to design, develop, conduct, and evaluate Teaching-As-Research projects. This experience will introduce or build on existing curricular reform.

Credit Information: n/a

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Effective Teaching with Technology

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructors: Jake Blanchard (Engineering Physics) and Les Howles (Academic Technology Solutions)

Time: Fridays, 8-10a.m.

Location: WisCEL Wendt Commons

Effective Teaching with Technology will help you develop new approaches to the effective use of instructional technology in your teaching practice. You will learn how technological choices can affect the learning of today's diverse student populations. In addition to several mini projects, you will complete a Teaching-as-Research project to study how technology can affect student learning in your discipline. This course is designed for graduate students and postdocs who desire to explore the potential of new instructional tools and methods to improve their teaching practice. The goals of the class are to: 1) provide foundational knowledge for choosing appropriate technological tools for specific learning situations, 2) provide active learning experiences through class sessions and independent projects in the effective use of learning technologies including interactive web applications, multimedia enhanced lectures, social media and course management tools, and 3) promote the importance and scholarship of the evaluation of instructional technology efficacy.

Credit Information: 2 Credits (EPD 690)

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Informal Science Education for Scientists: A Practicum

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructors: Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel (UW-MRSEC Education Group) and Amy Schiebel (Office of Science Outreach, Edgewood College)

Time: Thursdays, 9-11a.m.

Location: Engineering Hall, Rm 2540

Make no mistake about it—one of the most important skills you need to develop during your graduate school career is the ability to communicate your work to a wide array of audiences. That facility enables you to speak effectively about your research with your peers and then walk into an undergraduate classroom to tell a group of 19-year-old students about the same exciting stuff. In this course, you will become familiar with the concepts and processes important to communicate science successfully to a variety of audiences who might have scant knowledge of science, may not be interested in science, or may be diverse in backgrounds and interests. You will learn: 1) the importance of understanding your audience, 2) how to become a better explainer, 3) the design, production, and evaluation of an informal education product, and 4) the breadth of informal science venues and modalities available to the general public.

Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 690)

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Instructional Materials Development: Integrating Statistics into STEM Courses

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructor: Rick Nordheim (Statistics) and Michelle Harris (Biocore)

Time: Mondays, 1.–2:30 p.m.

Location: Medical Sciences Center, Room 1210

Students in biology, chemistry, engineering and other STEM courses often require an understanding of and ability to apply statistics to achieve core course learning goals. Participants in this project-based Delta course will work together in teams to design materials and strategies for existing courses (one per team) such that student learning of a statistical concept(s) is improved. Teams will include a faculty or staff member, a STEM graduate student and/or postdoc and a Statistics graduate student.
Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 690 or Stat 692)

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Internship Seminar

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructors: Laura Slane (Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning)

Time: Tuesdays, 9-10:30a.m.

Location: Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 2065

Counts toward the Delta Internship requirement.

The Delta Internship Program gives graduate students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to develop teaching and learning skills in real-world situations. Each semester, the Delta Program supports a new cohort of interns who partner with faculty and staff to improve teaching and learning environments through innovative Teaching-As-Research projects. Interns enroll in this seminar during the semester in which they are implementing their internship project, and use the time to present their projects to their peers who provide constructive feedback in real-time. Enrollment is limited to only those students who have applied for and been admitted into the internship program. Visit the Delta Internship Program website for more information.
Credit Information: 1 credit (ELPA 502)

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Research Mentor Training Seminar (NEW Section!)

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1IhNZLsrtpoAAzr

Choose one of the following sections:

Section 1 (1 Credit, CBE 562): Tuesdays, 12-12:50p.m., Engineering Hall, Rm 2341

Instructors: Andrew Greenberg (Chemical and Biological Engineering). This section is full.

Section 2 (1 Credit, Chem 901): Thursdays, 10-11am, Union South (first class will meet February 6th). This section is full.

Instructors: Cheri Barta (Chemistry) and Ryan Pakula (Chemistry).

 

Counts toward the Learning Community requirement for the Delta Certificate Program.

This Delta Program seminar is designed to help graduate students and postdocs become effective research mentors. Seminar discussions focus on different mentoring styles and strategies for developing confidence, independence, creativity, and communication skills in your current and future mentees. The mentor training seminar consists of weekly one-hour sessions in which participants address issues in mentoring through facilitated discussions based on collaboration and collective problem solving. Participants will read articles and case studies, write biographies of their mentees, compare their goals with those of their mentees, explore time-management strategies, and write mentoring philosophies. This is a terrific opportunity for new mentors to get off on the right foot, and for experienced mentors to share their wisdom.Visit the Delta Program's Research Mentor Training webpage for additional information.

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Expeditions In Learning: Blended Learning (NEW!)

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructors: Gregory Moses (Engineering Physics) and Deborah Rook (Geoscience)

Time: Every other Friday, 9-10:30 am (starting January 31)

Location: Engineering Research Building, Room 106

Counts toward the Learning Community requirement for the Delta Certificate Program.

This Expeditions in Learning seminar follows an experiential learning model. It will provide participants with an opportunity to explore blended learning on the UW-Madison campus in a variety of different contexts. For example, expeditions might include visits to the Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL) and local Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) learning community events. The program is designed to take advantage of campus learning opportunities that are new or unique to many, and allow students to explore campus, observe/experience blended learning in diverse settings, and engage teaching and learning ideas in a new way. Five expeditions (or mini-field trips) take place throughout the semester supplemented by small-group discussions. The discussions are intended to connect your expeditions around blended learning to your teaching, to learn from others about their diverse experiences, and to broaden the group's understanding around teaching and learning more broadly. The overarching emphasis of the course is on improved student learning outcomes.
Credit Information: n/a

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Expeditions in Learning: Exploring How Students Learn with Writing Across the Curriculum

Registration: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqs0dl59TEMosdf

Instructors: Elisabeth Miller (English)

Time: Mondays 1:30-3:00 (starting January 27)

Location: The Writing Center, Helen C. White 6172

Counts toward the Learning Community requirement for the Delta Certificate Program.

Research has shown that, when students do more writing in a course, they actually learn course content more effectively. At UW–Madison, many faculty and instructors across the disciplines have taken up this approach by making writing central to their courses. This seminar allows participants to consider the opportunities and challenges of this Writing Across the Curriculum pedagogy. Through expeditions (or mini-field trips), as well as readings and discussions, participants will deepen their theoretical and practical foundations for helping students learn with writing in a range of disciplines. Examples of potential expeditions include writing workshops in biology, a Writing Center tutorial with a student writer, videotapes of student-instructor conferences about writing in progress in sociology, a discussion with faculty about using feedback-manager software in large lecture classes, or analysis of feedback on student writing in psychology. Readings for the seminar will focus on how writing is linked to critical thinking and how writing assignments can help students learn subject matter and teach them discipline-specific ways of writing. Seminar discussions and activities will connect expeditions and readings to teaching practices, so you can learn from others about their diverse experiences and increase your knowledge of using writing to promote student learning in your discipline.
Credit Information: n/a

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