Fall 2017 Offerings

The Delta Program and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network are pleased to offer the following courses and programs for the upcoming fall semester. Please note that the registration process for CIRTL and Delta courses are different. All courses are designed to introduce participants to the foundations of teaching and learning. Different courses approach teaching from distinct angles such as teaching with technology and teaching in an internationally diverse classroom but can be taken in any order. For more information and to register for a course, click on the course title below.

List of Online CIRTL Courses

CIRTL courses are generally offered online through Blackboard Collaborate. Registration for CIRTL courses opens next Monday, August 28. MOOC registration will open by the end of the month. For more information and to register click on the title of the course below. You will be prompted to sign in to the CIRTL Network Commons (CNC) or create an account, which you can then use to participate in online courses and workshops. Questions about registration? Contactregistration@cirtl.net.


» Teaching-as-Research course requirement

» Teaching with Technology course requirement

» Creating Assessments for the STEM Classroom course requirement

» The College Classroom: Teaching Inclusively course requirement

» Diversity in the College Classroom course requirement

» Gender Bias Intervention in STEM for Women and Men course requirement

» MOOC: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching course requirement


learning community requirement Fulfills the certificate learning community requirement
course requirement A full course, fulfills the internship prerequisite
counts as half a course Half a course. Two half courses are equivalent to a full course

What courses do I need to be prepared to join an internship or certificate cohort?
Internship prerequisite = course requirement
Certificate prerequisites = 2 x course requirement + internship completed + learning community requirement (Please note that these requirements can be fulfilled with alternative approaches; see http://delta.wisc.edu/Certificate/certificate_overview.html)

Improv to Improve Science Communication and Teaching counts as half a course

Instructors: Anne Lynn Gillian-Daniel

Days and times: Wednesdays 2:00-4:00 pm

Location: 2305 Engineering Hall

Credit Information: 1 credit (EPD 690)

This course is full. To be placed on the waitlist visit: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8uPvWniLENzLgN


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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Teaching in Science and Engineering: The College Classroom course requirement

Instructor: Rosemary Russ
Days and times: Mondays, 1:303:30 pm
Location: 229 Teacher Education

Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 654)

Course full. To be added to the waitlist visit: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8uPvWniLENzLgN


In this course, you will gain knowledge on 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.

Effective Teaching in an Internationally Diverse Classroom course requirement

Instructor: Michel Wattiaux

Days and times: Fridays, 10 am –12 pm

Location: 1163 Mechanical Engineering

Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 690 or Dairy Sci 875)

Register online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8uPvWniLENzLgN


Do you wish to become an effective math, engineering, or science instructor, with a deep understanding of how to use international diversity as an asset rather than a liability in your classroom? If so, this course is for you, whether you are a US-born or international graduate student or post-doc. In this course, you will learn the core skills of effective and savvy teachers who can use global perspectives, varied modes of instruction, and differences in students' expectations as tools to increase the learning of every student in their classes.

In essence, this course focuses on the challenges posed by teaching an increasingly diverse student population. Although the course places an emphasis on international instructors and international students, it is not as much about studying cultural, racial and social views as it is to learn how to take advantage of the unique perspectives of each student in our classes to engage them fully in the course content. By the end of the semester, participants who have fully engaged in the activities of this course will have gained knowledge, understanding and hands-on practical skills in creating college courses designed as effective learning environments for their students. This is a discussion-based course modeled after what is now known as "flipped-classroom" and "blended learning."

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Internship Seminar

Instructor: Devin Wixon

Days and times: Fridays 1:00-2:30 pm

Location: 445 Henry Mall, Room 117 (WISCIENCE conference room)

Credit Information: 1 credit (ELPA 502)

Register online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8uPvWniLENzLgN


Enrollment is limited to those who have taken a prior Delta course or approved alternative and have attended the pre-internship workshop II or an approved alternative.
The Delta Internship Program offers graduate students and post-docs 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 in which they are implementing their internship project, where they share feedback and learn teaching-as-research skills. Visit the Delta Internship Program website for more information.

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Research Mentor Training Seminar learning community requirement

Section 1

Instructor: Andrew Greenberg

Days and times: Thursdays, 9:55–10:45 am

Location: 2341 Engineering Hall

Credit Information: 1 credit (CBE 562). Counts toward the Learning Community requirement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

Register online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3y2EXaGV5l4h8Hz


Section 2

Instructor: Amber Smith

Days and times: Tuesdays, 12:00–1:00 pm

Location: 445 Henry Mall, Room 117

Credit Information: 1 credit (INTEGSCI 660). Counts toward the Learning Community requir ement for the Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning.

Section full. To be added to the waitlist visit: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3y2EXaGV5l4h8Hz


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 amber.smith@wisc.edu.

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Effective Teaching with Technology course requirement

Instructors: John Martin

Days and times: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 pm

Location: TBD

Credit Information: 1 credit (EPD 690)

Register online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8uPvWniLENzLgN


Effective Teaching with Technology will help you develop new approaches to the effective use of instructional technology in your teaching practice. You will learn how technological choices can affect the learning of today's diverse student populations. In addition to several mini projects, you will complete a Teaching-as-Research project to study how technology can affect student learning in your discipline. This course is designed for graduate students and postdocs who desire to explore the potential of new instructional tools and methods to improve their teaching practice. The goals of the class are to: 1) provide foundational knowledge for choosing appropriate technological tools for specific learning situations, 2) provide active learning experiences through class sessions and independent projects in the effective use of learning technologies including interactive web applications, multimedia enhanced lectures, social media and course management tools, and 3) promote the importance and scholarship of the evaluation of instructional technology efficacy.

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Communicating Science with Everyone course requirement

Instructor: Trina McMahon

Days and times: Wednesdays 4:00-5:30 pm

Location: TBD

Credit Information: 2 credits (EPD 690)

Course full. To be added to the waitlist visit: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8uPvWniLENzLgN


Supporting the development of a scientifically literate public has never been more important. Scientists have a responsibility to talk with a broad range of people about the science that they do and its value for society. These people include the stranger on the airplane, a political representative and K-12 students at outreach events in between. While the content may be the same, the approach and messaging will be very different. In this course you will learn about communicating with different audiences by first considering who your audience is and what message is appropriate given that. Through conversations with guest speakers and active practice you will explore different techniques for speaking with diverse audiences. And as a result of taking this course you will develop your skills for moving fluently between different audiences as you communicate about science.

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Service with Youth in STEM course requirement

Instructor: Anna Courtier

Days and times: Wednesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm

Location: 1116 Biochemistry

Credit Information: 2 credits (INTEGSCI 375)

Register online: https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e8uPvWniLENzLgN


UW–Madison undergraduate and graduate students in the sciences have interest, enthusiasm and expertise in many diverse areas of science, from biology to engineering. Many of them have a sincere interest in sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with younger students but do not have the tools to do so. Though they have adequate scientific background, they need to learn about the learning process, the needs and learning styles of children, techniques for engaging young people in the process of science, means of evaluating informal learning experiences, and techniques for reflecting on their own learning from community service experiences. This course provides them content information, hands-on experiences, and opportunities for dialogue and reflective practices directly connected to their experience in leading science. Students may lead an After School Science Club or collaborate with an elementary teacher in a classroom. The course is part of the Adult Role Models in Science (ARMS) program, a partnership program with the goal of enhancing science education in elementary and middle schools. This course is offered through WISCIENCE. The course requires a one-year commitment to the community partner and is a 2 semester sequence. All placements are located within the Madison community. For more information see: http://biology.wisc.edu/EngageChildren.htm

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