Fall 2016 Offerings
The Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning is pleased to offer the following courses and programs for the upcoming fall semester. Review all the courses below and sign up by clicking on the registration link next to each course description. Some courses can be taken for credit. Please keep in mind that space is limited and registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. We will regularly update this page with additional course information and registration links. All courses are designed to introduce participants to the foundations of teaching and learning. Different courses approach teaching from distinct angles such as teaching with technology and teaching in an internationally diverse classroom but can be taken in any order.
» Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom
» Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom (international focus)
» Internship Seminar
» Research Mentor Training Seminar
» Effective Teaching with Technology
» Improv to Improve Teaching and Communication
» Informal Science Education: Engage Children in Science
» Research Mentor Training Seminar for Faculty
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Instructor: Rosemary Russ
Days and times: Mondays, 1:30–3:30 pm
Location: 229 Teacher Education
Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 654)
In this course, you will gain knowledge on 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.
Instructor: Michel Wattiaux
Days and times: Fridays, 10 am –12 pm
Location: 235 Materials Science
Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 690 or Dairy Sci 875)
Do you wish to become an effective math, engineering, or science instructor, with a deep understanding of how to use international diversity as an asset rather than a liability in your classroom? If so, this course is for you, whether you are a US-born or international graduate student or post-doc. In this course, you will learn the core skills of effective and savvy teachers who can use global perspectives, varied modes of instruction, and differences in students' expectations as tools to increase the learning of every student in their classes.
In essence, this course focuses on the challenges posed by teaching an increasingly diverse student population. Although the course places an emphasis on international instructors and international students, it is not as much about studying cultural, racial and social views as it is to learn how to take advantage of the unique perspectives of each student in our classes to engage them fully in the course content. By the end of the semester, participants who have fully engaged in the activities of this course will have gained knowledge, understanding and hands-on practical skills in creating college courses designed as effective learning environments for their students. This is a discussion-based course modeled after what is now known as "flipped-classroom" and "blended learning."
Instructor: Devin Wixon
Days and times: Thursdays, 11:30 am–1:00 pm
Location: 445 Henry Mall, Room 110
Credit Information: 1 credit (ELPA 502)
Enrollment is limited to those who have taken a prior Delta course or approved alternative and have attended the pre-internship workshop II or an approved alternative.
The Delta Internship Program offers graduate students and post-docs 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, where they share feedback and learn teaching-as-research skills. Visit the Delta Internship Program website for more information.
Instructor: Andrew Greenberg
Days and times: Thursdays, 9:55–10:45 am
Location: 2355 Engineering Hall
Credit Information: 1 credit(CBE 562). Counts toward the Learning Community requirement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Instructors: Amber Smith and Jessica Maher
Days and times: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: 117 WISCIENCE (445 Henry Mall)
Credit information: 1 credit (BIO 660). Counts toward the learning community requirement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Offered in collaboration between WISCIENCE and Delta, the Research Mentor Training 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. For more information about the Research Mentor Training Seminar please contact Amber Smith at email@example.com.
Instructors: John Martin, Jake Blanchard
Days and times: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm
Location: 3444 Engineering Hall
Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 690)
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.
Instructors: Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel
Days and times: Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: 235 Materials Science
Credit Information: 1 credit (EPD 690)
Using the storytelling and character-development techniques of theatrical improvisation, participants will build confidence, teamwork, leadership, listening and decision-making skills through the performance of short games and scenes. Participants will be able to better think on their feet, manage a constructivist classroom, and communicate science more effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences. Each session will be comprehensive, diverse, and dynamic (in addition to being a lot of fun), and will build on the skills from the week before. Due to the sequential nature of the class and the necessity of building a supportive learning community, please defer taking the course if you know in advance that your schedule will require you to miss more than two classes.
Instructor: Dolly Ledin
Days and times: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
Location: Room 1116 Biochemistry
Credit Information: 2 credits (BIO 375)
UW–Madison undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences have interest, enthusiasm and expertise in many diverse areas of science, from biology to engineering. Many of them have a sincere interest in sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with younger students but do not have the tools to do so. Though they have adequate scientific background, they need to learn about the learning process, the needs and learning styles of children, techniques for engaging young people in the process of science, means of evaluating informal learning experiences, and techniques for reflecting on their own learning from community service experiences. This course provides them content information, hands-on experiences, and opportunities for dialogue and reflective practices directly connected to their experience in leading science. Students may lead an After School Science Club or collaborate with an elementary teacher in a classroom. The course is part of the Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program, a partnership program with the goal of enhancing science education in elementary and middle schools. This course is offered through WISCIENCE. The course requires a one-year commitment to the community partner and is a 2 semester sequence. All placements are located within the Madison community. For more information see: http://biology.wisc.edu/EngageChildren.htm
Facilitators: Trina McMahon (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Paul Wilson (Engineering Physics) and Brian Pfleger (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Days and times: Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 am
Register online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eYi3zpaGsIdacCh
The success of undergraduate and graduate research experiences depends largely on a positive relationship between the student and the research mentor. Therefore, it is vital that current and future faculty be effective mentors. This seminar is designed to help current faculty members become more effective research mentors. Seminar discussions focus on different mentoring styles and strategies for developing confidence, independence, creativity, and communication skills in your mentees. Rather than adding to the time you will spend mentoring, this seminar is designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your mentoring. The mentor training seminar consists of weekly one-hour sessions in which you will address issues in mentoring through facilitated discussions based on collaboration and collective problem solving. For more information please contact Trina McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org.