Planning Your Teaching-as-Research Project


Dates: Wednesdays, June 22 – July 27
1:00pm – 2:30pm (Central Time)
: Online; link will be sent to registrants
Registration opens: May 9, 2022
Satisfies prerequisite toward the Delta Certificate:  with certificate of completion


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Jumpstart your plans for a Teaching-as-Research (TAR) project in this 6-week flipped course designed to guide participants through developing a research question, identifying project methods and outcomes, and more. Each week, students will watch videos, read articles, and complete assignments on their own time; in weekly sessions, students will refine their work with peer review, work through sticking points with instructors, and build community to sustain their work. By the end of the course, students will present a TAR project plan and be well-positioned to implement their project in the coming academic year.

Throughout the course, students will be expected to meet occasionally with Devin Wixon (UW–Madison’s local TAR contact) to refine key components of your TAR project plan. At UW Madison, TAR projects are implemented through the Delta Internship program, which includes a required seminar that meets weekly as you finalize, implement, and/or analyze your TAR project. This course will offer you a great start on designing a TAR project, and you would join any subsequent intern cohort. It is highly recommended that you contact Devin Wixon (at before this course begins in order to learn more about the internship program and ensure that the work you do can become a successful Delta Internship project.

What is Teaching-as-Research (TAR)?

Teaching-as-Research (TAR) takes a deliberate and systematic approach towards investigating, reflecting on, and improving one’s own teaching. The TAR process follows an inquiry cycle that consists of the following stages: identifying of a challenge within the context of teaching and learning, delving into the relevant scientific literature, designing a project to elucidate why the challenge occurs or designing a teaching intervention to address the challenge, implementing the project, collecting data, analyzing the data, drawing conclusions, and reflecting on the experience. TAR is a proactive and dynamic approach towards improving your teaching and document your teaching effectiveness. A TAR experience will provide a substantial example of your reflective, professional practice applicable to a range of career outcomes. Learn more about TAR projects on our Internship Overview page.

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