Summer 2014 Offerings

This summer, the Delta Program will offer the following courses and seminars:

Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom
Research Mentor Training Seminar
Research and Evaluation in Science Outreach and Informal Science Education
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Courses

Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom

COURSE FULL. To be placed on the waitlist, register here:

Instructor: Nick Balster

Session: August 4 August 27
Days and times
: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00-11:30 a.m
: 1510 Microbial Sciences Bldg.

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

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.

Research Mentor Training Seminar (graduate student and postdoc sections)


Instructors: Various

Session: May 19– August 8

Days and times: Weekly, 1 hour meetings to be determined based on participants’ availability. Multiple sections will be offered.

Location: 445 Henry Mall, Room 117

Credit information: 1 unit (BIO 660, Chem 901, or CBE 562). Counts toward the Learning Community requirement for the Delta Certificate.

We will be offering multiple sections of Research Mentor Training this summer. This 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. This seminar is especially impactful for those mentors working with undergraduate researchers over the summer. For more information about the Research Mentor Training Seminar please contact Christine Pfund at

Research and Evaluation in Science Outreach and Informal Science Education


Instructor: Noah Weeth Feinstein

Session: June 16 July 11
Days and times
: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-6:00 pm (plus two Saturday field experiences).

Location: Teacher Education Building, Room 215

Credit information: 3 units (Curriculum & Instruction 975)

This course offers a skills-focused (but theoretically grounded) introduction to studying and evaluating science outreach projects. By focusing on concrete examples from UW-Madison’s vibrant outreach community (and the city of Madison’s informal science education institutions), students will learn to (1) distinguish between research and evaluation, as well as the different types of evaluation and the purposes they serve; (2) understand the social context of science outreach and address equity/diversity/access concerns in research and evaluation; (3) develop and apply research and evaluation tools that match a project’s goals and stage of development. Readings will be drawn from the scholarly literature on informal science education and public engagement with science, as well as practitioner journals and relevant government reports. As their final project, students will work in teams to develop conceptually solid and pragmatic evaluation plans for real outreach projects (either projects they are involved with themselves or projects that volunteer to act as course examples). Firmly rooted in education scholarship, this course will complement existing offerings in Curriculum & Instruction as well as the CIRTL and Delta programs that serve science and engineering graduate students across campus. 

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, April 14th.

Planning Your Career: Developing Your Academic E-Portfolio

Duration of course: May 29, 2014 – July 31, 2014

Days and times: Thursdays 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Basics of Online Learning and Teaching

Asynchronous meeting times: Six weeks, from June 9th through July 19th. One unit of material is covered each week for 6 weeks. July 20th through August 3rd is independent project work time.

Synchronous meeting times: Thursday, June 5th 10-11:30am, and 2-4 sessions between August 4-15 (based on participant Doodle poll)

Effective Peer Instruction with Clickers

Duration of course: July 2, 2014 - July 30, 2014

Asynchronous work before each session, taking 1-2 hours for each session. Synchronous sessions in Blackboard Collaborate meeting times: Wednesdays, 1-2:30 pm

Syllabus Construction

Duration of course: One 90-minute synchronous seminar

Date ant time: Friday, August 1 10:00 am