Summer 2016 Offerings

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

» Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom course
» Research Mentor Training Seminar learning community
» Teaching-as-Research Local Learning Community for CIRTL Video-Based Course
» Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Courses

  Certificate/Internship Pre-Requisites
learning community requirement Fulfills the learning community requirement
course requirement Counts as a full course
counts as half a course Counts as half of a course

Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom course

Section 1

Instructor: Nick Balster

Session: July 28 August 19
Days and times: Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: 357 Soils Building (the first week of classes will meet in 270 Soils Science)

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

This section is full. To be added to the waitlist visit:


Section 2

Instructor: Dante Fratta

Session: May 23 July 6
Days and times: Mondays, Wednesdays 8:30-10:30am and Fridays 1:30-3:30 pm
Location: M,W: 1156 Mechanical Engineering; F: 1164 Mechanical Engineering

Credit information: 2 credits (EPD 654)

This section is full. To be placed on the waitlist visit:


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 learning community

The summer sections are closed. If you are interested in a future offering of Research Mentor Training please complete the following survey:


We will be offering multiple sections of Research Mentor Training this summer. All sections can be taken for 1 credit through BIO 660 and count toward the Learning Community requirement for the Delta Certificate.


Section 1: May 24-June 21 (5 weeks)

Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00 am

Union South

Facilitator(s): Cheri Barta and Courtney Venker


Section 2 (closed): May 26-July 28 (10 weeks)

Thursdays, 9:00-10:00 am

Engineering Hall

Facilitator(s): Andrew Greenberg and Ryan Clark


Section 3 (closed): May 24-July 26 (10 weeks)

Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 am

Engineering Centers Building

Facilitator(s): Alissa Ewer and Ana Porras


Section 4 (cancelled): May 25-July 27 (10 weeks)
This section has been cancelled

Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm

Union South

Facilitator(s): Alissa Ewer and Jessica Maher


Section 5 (cancelled): May 25-July 27 (10 weeks)
This section has been cancelled

Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 am


Facilitator(s): Amber Smith and Jessica Maher


Section 6 (closed): May 25-June 22 (5 weeks)

Wednesdays, 9:00-11:00 am

Location TBD

Facilitator(s): Cheri Barta and Ryan Pakula


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

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. For more information and to register click on the title of the courses below.

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching


Advancing Learning through Evidence-Based STEM Teaching

Teaching-as-Research Local Learning Community for CIRTL Video-Based Course

Instructor: Devin Wixon

Session: June 2 - July 21

Days and times: 1:00-2:00 pm

Duration: 8 weeks; 1 hr/week course meeting at UW + out-of-class viewing of brief CIRTL course videos

Location: Delta Suite- Room 302, 445 Henry Mall

Credit information: This course does not offer UW credit. It does count as 1/2 a Delta course toward a future Delta certificate.

Registration closed.


Teaching-as-Research Local Learning Community + CIRTL MOOC video-based course

This course introduces "teaching as research": the systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers. Participants will learn about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them, and they will learn how design a project plan to collect, analyze, and act upon their own evidence of student learning. The course is a local learning community paired with a massive-open-online-course (MOOC) consisting of a series of brief videos in weekly modules. The MOOC is produced by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 21 research universities collaborating for future faculty professional development in teaching. The eight-week course will be highly interactive, with many opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.

Course FAQ are here:


Prerequisite: A Delta course in teaching and learning, or complete all the video-based content for the introductory CIRTL MOOC course, An Introduction to Evidence-Based STEM Teaching.