Spring 2017 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 14, 2016 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
» College Classroom: How to Teach Inclusively for Educating a Diverse Nation
» Internship Seminar
» Inclusive Teaching for TAs
» Improv to Improve Science Communication and Teaching
» Research Mentor Training (graduate students and postdocs)
» Expeditions in Learning: Exploring How Students Learn with Writing Across the Curriculum
|Fulfills the learning community requirement|
|Counts as a full course|
|Counts as half of a course|
Instructor: Mitchell Nathan
Days and times: Wednesdays, 2:25-5:25 pm
Location: 301 Educational Sciences Bldg.
Credit information: 2 units (EPD 654 or ED PSYCH 711)
Instructors: Nick Balster and Craig Johnston
Days and times: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30-3:00 pm
Location: 357 Soils Bldg.
Credit information: 2 units (EPD 654 or Soil Sci 875)
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.
Instructors: Don Gillian-Daniel
Co-instructors: Fred Boehm, Ana Dyreson, Rick Nordheim, Sara Paris, Edmond Ramly, Katherine Robiadek, Janaina Saad
Days and times: Fridays, 9:00-11:00 am
Location: 1143 Mechanical Engineering
Credit information: 2 units (EPD 690)
Have you ever wondered how students’ diverse backgrounds shape their classroom learning? As a student, have you ever felt like your professors didn’t understand or recognize your background or experiences? As an instructor, how can you show that you care, and contribute to the success of an increasingly diverse student body (e.g., race, gender, socio-economic status, career stage, age, etc.)? Join us in this new Delta course as we address these questions and others, and build your skills to promote the academic success of all students in your current and future classrooms. Through readings, discussions, practice activities, and field trips, we will reflect on and develop practical strategies to address critical issues of diversity that impact college students and their educational success.
Instructors: Devin Wixon
Days and times: Mondays, 12:00-1:30 pm
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.
Instructors: Don Gillian-Daniel, Jessica Maher, Chris Trimby, Kimberly Dill-McFarland and Robin Greenler
Days and times: Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 am (January 17- March 7)
Location: 1213 Engineering Hall
Credit information: 1 unit ( EPD 690)
The University of Wisconsin-Madison, like many other colleges and universities strives to be a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. Yet disparities exist, and our work as educators is far from complete. This short course is designed to lead Teaching Assistants (TAs) and other interested graduate students and post-docs through a series of workshop-style class sessions where they will: (a) become more aware of systemic inequities and discuss how they effect student learning, (b) reflect on identity and how it impacts the learning environment, (c) learn about and engage in inclusive teaching practices; and (d) explore leadership principles and discuss how to be an advocate and agent for change in their classroom, department, and institution. During the second half of this short course participants will collaboratively co-develop brown bag sessions/workshops about inclusive teaching to engage a broader audience on campus.
Instructor: Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel
Days and times: Wednesdays, 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: 2255 Engineering Hall
Credit information: 1 unit (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: Amber Smith and Jessica Maher
Days and times: Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: 445 Henry Mall, Room 117 (WISCIENCE Conference Room)
Credit information: 1 unit (Bio 660). Counts toward the learning community requirement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Instructors: Andrew Greenberg
Days and times: Mondays, 1:20-2:10 pm
Location: 3032 Engineering Hall
Credit information: 1 unit (CBE 562). 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.
Instructor: Kathleen Daly
Days and times: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm
Location: 6162 Helen C. White Bldg.
Credit information: Counts toward the learning community requirement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.
Instruction begins January 25th.
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.