Spring 2015 Offerings

Delta courses have been designed to provide you with a lens for exploring and developing evidence-based pedagogical skills. Aside from the Internship Seminar, Delta courses can be taken in any combination or sequence, as each offers a unique and valuable perspective on teaching and learning. The enrollment period will begin on November 10, 2014 and can be done online through the registration link under each course description. The Delta Program will offer the following courses and seminars this spring:

» Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom
» Internship Seminar
» Informal Science Education for Scientists: A Practicum
» Improv to Improve Teaching and Communication
» Expeditions in Learning: Exploring How Students Learn with Writing Across the Curriculum
» Research Mentor Training (graduate students and postdocs)
» Teaching Statistics in the Classroom
» Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Online Courses

Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom

Section 1

Instructor: Nick Balster

Days and times: Mondays and Fridays, 9:00-11:00 a.m (course will run from January 26thMarch 13th)
Location
: 2534 Engineering Hall

Credit information: 2 units (EPD 654 or Soil Sci 875)

This section is full. To be placed on the waitlist register here:https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MPFeHGWOGm5KNT

 

Section 2

Instructors: Dante Fratta and Jessica Maher

Days and times: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 p.m
Location
: 2121 Mechanical Engineering Building

Credit information: 2 units (EPD 654)

This section is full. To be placed on the waitlist register here: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MPFeHGWOGm5KNT

 

This course offers participants the opportunity to develop foundational knowledge of a wide range of pedagogical theories, ideas, and practices. The material in the course pulls from classical pedagogical literature as well as the latest science in cognitive research. An emphasis is placed on fostering a learner-centered classroom that highlights the interconnected cycle of teaching, learning, and assessment. Participants will engage in the course material using a Teaching-As-Research (TAR) approach and explore how excellence and diversity are intertwined. Together, we will create a learning community of reflective practitioners of teaching. More specifically, we will examine the literature in teaching and learning, produce learner-centered syllabi, and practice actual teaching in a supportive environment grounded in a TAR approach. After completing this course, participants will have tools to create an inclusive classroom environment that welcomes all learners and use a TAR approach in future classrooms of their own.

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Internship Seminar

Register online: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MPFeHGWOGm5KNT

Instructors: Don Gillian-Daniel

Days and times: Tuesdays, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Location: 445 Henry Mall, Room 117

Credit information: 1 unit (ELPA 502)

 

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 they are completing 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. The pre-internship workshops (held the previous semester) are an excellent way to begin planning your project; visit the Delta Internship Program website for more information.

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Informal Science Education for Scientists: A Practicum

Instructor: Sharon Dunwoody and Greta Petersen

Days and times: Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 p.m
Location
: L150 Education Building

Credit information: 1-3 units (EPD 690 or JOURN 880)

 

Make no mistake about it—one of the most important skills you need to develop during your career is the ability to communicate your work with a wide array of audiences. That facility enables you to speak effectively about your research with your scientific 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 with a variety of audiences who might have scant knowledge of science, may not be interested in science, and/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. 

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Improv to Improve Teaching and Communication

Course Full. To be placed on the waitlist register here: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MPFeHGWOGm5KNT

Instructor: Ben Taylor
Days and times
: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: 2540 Engineering Hall

Credit information: 2 units (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.

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

Register online: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MPFeHGWOGm5KNT

Instructor: Elisabeth Miller

Days and times: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m
Location
: 6172 Helen C. White Bldg.

Credit information: Counts toward the learning community requirement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

 

Research shows that when students write, they actually learn course content more effectively. But this only works when assignments are well-designed and engaging. Join the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program for this seminar to learn how to use writing to improve student learning—while maximizing your own time! Through course observations across campus, practical readings, and lively discussion, you’ll deepen your theoretical and practical foundation for helping students learn with writing in a range of disciplines. You’ll learn first-hand by observing 1) writing workshops in biology, sociology, and other disciplines that interest you; 2) Writing Center tutorials with student writers; 3) and video of student-instructor conferences about writing in progress across multiple disciplines. WAC program staff will share successful sample teaching materials to help you design more effective, innovative writing assignments; make the most of your time responding to and evaluating student writing; refine methods for conferencing with students on their papers and running peer reviews—and much more! Together, we’ll share diverse, interdisciplinary teaching experiences as we explore how to use writing to promote student learning.

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Research Mentor Training (graduate students and postdocs)

Course Full. To be placed on the waitlist register here:https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_erqo0nafeJ5823j

Instructor: Andrew Greenberg
Days and times
: Tuesdays, 1:20-2:10 pm

Location: 2108 Mechanical Engineering Building

Credit information: 1-3 units (CBE 562). Counts toward the learning community requirement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

 

This Delta Program seminar is designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral researchers become effective research mentors.  Seminar discussions focus on different mentoring styles and strategies for developing confidence, independence, creativity, and communication skills in your current or 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. You will read articles and case studies, write biographies of your mentees, compare your goals with those of your 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.

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Teaching Statistics in the Classroom

Register online: https://uwmadison.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MPFeHGWOGm5KNT

Instructor: Rick Nordheim

Days and times: Mondays, 2:30-4:00 p.m
Location
: 1210 Medical Sciences Center

Credit information: 1 unit (STAT 692)

 

The aim of this Stat 692 will be to discuss a number of the key issues involved in teaching. These include topics such as different learning styles, Bloom’s taxonomy, assessment (and others). As some examples, we will discuss ideas for active learning, how assessment tools can be used to enhance learning and guide instruction as well as for evaluation, and the role of learning objectives in course planning as an important addition to topic coverage. Although many of the ideas are general to teaching as a whole, we will provide some focus on issues unique to statistics. 

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Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Online Courses

CIRTL courses are offered through synchronous and asynchronous online sessions using Blackboard Collaborate. Some courses can be taken for credit. Click on the titles below for additional information about each course. Registration opens Monday, November 24th through the CIRTL website.

 

Basics of Online Learning and Teaching

January 28, 2015–April 22, 2015

Synchronous meeting times: Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30 am

 

The College Classroom

January 29, 2015–April 2, 2015

Synchronous meeting times: Thursdays, 12:00–1:30 pm


Effective Teaching with Technology

February 2, 2015–March 23, 2015

Synchronous meeting times: Mondays, 2:00–3:30 pm


Research Mentor Training

February 8, 2015–April 9, 2015

Synchronous meeting times: Thursdays, 1:00–2:00 pm

 

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning II

January 20, 2015–May 1, 2015

Synchronous meeting times: every other Monday, 2:10–3:00 pm

 

Online Homework: A Practical Guide (short course)

February 2, 2015–March 2, 2015

Synchronous meeting times: Mondays, 11:00 am–12:00 pm

 

CIRTL Reads Journal Club (short course)

February 11, 2015–April 8, 2015

Synchronous meeting times: second Wednesday of the month, 2:00–3:00 pm (October meeting shifted to 10/15, December meeting shifted to 12/3)

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