Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence

What is Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence ? 

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence is an MIU initiative to improve undergraduate education by providing programming for faculty professional development in teaching. We aim to support and promote early-career faculty as fast, efficient starters.

As a grassroots program, Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence is a collaborative of teaching and learning organizations at UW-Madison, led by The UW Teaching Academy. MTLE connects faculty to a teaching community and provides guidance, consulting, and mentoring to  early-career faculty participants, the "MTLE Faculty Fellows." Each cohort of faculty will work together with campus leaders in a learning series that includes both large group standardized curriculum on pedagogy; lesson design and assessment; individualized, custom consultations; and mentored teaching during the academic year.  

The goals of this program are to:

  • establish a teaching and learning community and mentoring network for early-career faculty
  • improve understanding and implementation of learner-centered course design, assessment, and instructional methods    
  • foster increased and sustained use of high-impact educational practices among faculty and, thereby, improve educational experiences among students
  • improve satisfaction and success for faculty as they develop community and integrate their roles among teaching, research, and mentoring 

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Meet the Betas: MTLE Faculty Fellows

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On January 13, 2014, Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) graduated its second cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows. Known as the "beta" cohort, these nine early-career faculty at the University of Wisconsin participated in this new program aimed at improving undergraduate education at UW-Madison by supporting early-career faculty to integrate educational innovations into their courses efficiently and effectively.

Watch this short film to get to know the beta cohort and hear the changes they're making in their undergraduate classrooms!

Meet the Betas: UW-Madison MTLE Faculty Fellows

MTLE models a learner-centered approach in its curriculum, using essential learning outcomes and high-impact practices as frameworks to provide intentional, enriched, and integrative learning experiences for undergraduates. MTLE is funded by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU).

Upon completion of MTLE programming, faculty will learn approaches that are:

  • Learner-centered: that promote student learning, engagement, and critical thinking
  • Evidence-based: that consider how seminal and emerging theories apply
  • Reflective: that make meaning of possibilities as we learn and innovate
  • Innovative: that put theory into practice in new and creative ways
  • Grounded in communities of pracice: that embrace corss-disciplinary views and synergy

Faculty Institute on Teaching, Day 1 (Monday, January 13, 2014)

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Faculty Institute on Teaching, Day 2 (Wednesday, January 15, 2014)

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MTLE Faculty Institute on Teaching, January 13 + 15, 2014

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We are excited to announce the next MTLE Faculty Institute on Teaching will be held January 13 and 15, 2014!

DAY 1 - Monday, January 13, 2014

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall
Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

*All MTLE Faculty Fellows should plan to attend.

DAY 2 - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL), 3255 College Library, 600 N. Park Street

*MTLE Delta Cohort Faculty Fellows only.

A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event. If you have questions, please contact us at info@mtle.wisc.edu.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013: Small Group Instructional Diagnosis

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The "Higher Ed Forum on Teaching and Learning" (HEF) is a monthly gathering of academic staff, faculty, and campus administrators willing to share their knowledge and explore collaborative solutions to issues around teaching and learning.

Topic: Small Group Instructional Diagnosis
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Place: Van Hise, room 1820 (1220 Linden Drive) 

Have you ever wondered how to gather consensus feedback from groups efficiently and effectively (in less than 15 minutes!)? Or how to incorporate feedback in a meaningful way? It turns out your UW-Madison colleagues have adapted such a method from this common practice of higher education teaching and learning centers. This month, Lillian Tong of the Institute for Biology Education will lead the HEF with a workshop on Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID), with some hands-on time to engage the material and consider how to use it in other teaching professional development situations.

Please RSVP by Friday, November 15th: http://go.wisc.edu/ky9bxg. Why, you may ask? Because we have coffee and bagels!

If you are interested in joining the HEF listserv: join-mtle-forum@lists.wisc.edu 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sarah Miller (MTLE)
Theresa Pesavento (L&S Learning Support Services)
Emily Utzerath (MTLE) 

Call for Applications: 2014 MTLE Faculty Fellowship (due Nov 1, 2013)

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Application materials are due NOVEMBER 1, 2013 to Sarah Miller, Associate Director, at info@mtle.wisc.edu

We invite early-career faculty to apply for the 2014 MTLE Faculty Fellowship.

Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) is a one-year professional development program designed to support early-career faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning. MTLE Faculty Fellows will capitalize on teaching responsibilities in real time and build connections to the robust teaching and learning community at UW-Madison. Our goal is to support fast, efficient starters in the tenure process. Fellows will gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers and learn how to use high-impact teaching practices that focus on student learning.

Eligible applicants will: 

  1. Be a relatively new tenure-track faculty member at UW-Madison. Preference will be given to applicants in their first through third years.
  2. Teach at least one undergraduate course at UW-Madison in spring 2014.
  3. Commit to the full year of MTLE programming, including:
    • Faculty Institute on Teaching I (1.5-day pre-semester intensive training, January 2014)
    • Weekly Meetings (60-90 minutes, spring 2014)
    • Faculty Institute on Teaching II (1-day pre-semester intensive training, August 2014)
    • Weekly Meetings (60-90 minutes, fall 2014)
    • Faculty Institute on Teaching III (1-day intensive training, January 2015)

START DATE: Week of January 13, 2014 (1.5-day Faculty Institute on Teaching, dates TBD)

Download the applicaton materials below. Application materials are due NOVEMBER 1, 2013.

Questions? Contact Sarah Miller, Associate Director, at info@mtle.wisc.edu

 

 

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Meet the Inaugural Cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows

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On August 20, 2013, Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) graduated its first cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows. Known as the "alpha" cohort, these ten early-career faculty at the University of Wisconsin participated in the inaugural effort of this new program aimed at improving undergraduate education at UW-Madison by supporting early-career faculty to integrate educational innovations into their courses efficiently and effectively.

Watch this short film to get to know the alpha cohort and hear what they took away from the experience!

Meet the Alphas

MTLE models a learner-centered approach in its curriculum, using essential learning outcomes and high-impact practices as frameworks to provide intentional, enriched, and integrative learning experiences for undergraduates. MTLE is funded by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU).

Upon completion of MTLE programming, faculty will learn approaches that are:

  • Learner-centered: that promote student learning, engagement, and critical thinking
  • Evidence-based: that consider how seminal and emerging theories apply
  • Reflective: that make meaning of possibilities as we learn and innovate
  • Innovative: that put theory into practice in new and creative ways
  • Grounded in communities of practice: that embrace cross-disciplinary views and synergy

MTLE Faculty Institute on Teaching, August 20-21, 2013

We are excited to announce the next MTLE Faculty Institute on Teaching will be held August 20-21, 2013!

DAY 1 - Tuesday, August 20, 2013

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall
Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

*All MTLE Faculty Fellows should plan to attend.

DAY 2 - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL), 3255 College Library, 600 N. Park Street

*MTLE Gamma Cohort Faculty Fellows only.

A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event. If you have questions, please contact us at info@mtle.wisc.edu.

EXTENDED! Call for Applications: 2013/14 MTLE Faculty Fellows

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Application materials are due by JULY 15, 2013 to Sarah Miller, Associate Director, at info@mtle.wisc.edu

We invite early-career faculty to apply for the 2013/14 cohort of Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Faculty Fellows.

This one-year program is designed to support early-career faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and to build connections to the robust teaching and learning community at UW-Madison. MTLE Faculty Fellows will capitalize on teaching responsibilities in real time. Our goal is to support fast, efficient starters in the tenure process at UW-Madison, who gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers and who use high-impact teaching practices that focus on student learning.

Eligible applicants will:

  1. Be a relatively new tenure-track faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Preference will be given to applicants in their first through third years.
  2. Teach at least one undergraduate course at UW-Madison in fall 2013.
  3. Commit to the full year of programming, including three iterative teaching institutes (1 to 1.5 days each) between semesters and weekly meetings during the semesters (60 to 90 minutes).

The first event, the Faculty Institute on Teaching, will be held August 20-21, 2013.

For more about Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence contact Sarah Miller at 608-265-5643.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION BELOW!

 

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Thursday, May 16, 2013: Levels of Faculty Engagement in Teaching and Learning Activities

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The monthly Higher Education Forum on Teaching and Learning met again last week!

We had a very successful gathering discussing levels of faculty engagement in teaching and learning activities across campus. 

Here is a sampling of the topics covered during the forum:

What types of activities are attractive to faculty and for what purposes? What are the outcomes and indicators that someone has participated in an entry-level event (e.g. workshop) vs. a more intensive experience (e.g. institute, retreat, long-term program)? How might these activities be recognized as "prerequisites" or rewarded? We've been considering in our program (MTLE) what happens after the year the faculty fellows spend with us. Are they now better poised to participate in your initiative? Or would that be a redundant experience? Which opportunities are good ways to step into the teaching and learning community, and which others are more advanced?

Our next forum is scheduled for mid-June (date TBD). We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:

Sarah Miller, MTLE, smiller8@wisc.edu 
Theresa Pesavento, L&S Learning Support Services, pesavento@wisc.edu
Emily Utzerath, MTLE, ekutzerath@wisc.edu 

 

 

 

Thursday, April 11, 2013: Engaging early-career faculty in teaching and learning at UW-Madison

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The monthly Higher Education Forum on Teaching and Learning meets this week!

Date:  Thursday, April 11, 2013
Time:  9-10:30 am
Place: 1305 Linden Drive, Middleton Building, Room 302 

In addition to intensive pressures for research excellence and service, many junior faculty at UW-Madison are also assigned heavy teaching loads. Yet preparation for their teaching responsibilities varies: Some have extensive teaching experience and professional development; others have little or none. In this month's forum, we'll explore questions related to engaging early-career faculty in teaching and learning, such as:

  • What factors motivate junior faculty to participate in opportunities geared toward teaching excellence?  
  • What are some of the risks and benefits in participating before tenure? When is it better to wait until after tenure has been awarded?
  • What engages early-career faculty in teaching excellence? What sustains their involvement?
  • What does the tenure process entail?
  • From our own experiences and the literature: What's been tried? What's been successful? What hasn't worked?

We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Sarah Miller, MTLE, smiller8@wisc.edu
Theresa Pesavento, L&S Learning Support Services, pesavento@wisc.edu
Emily Utzerath, MTLE, ekutzerath@wisc.edu 

Call for applications: 2013/14 MTLE Faculty Fellows

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Application materials are due by JUNE 1, 2013 to Sarah Miller, Associate Director, at info@mtle.wisc.edu

We invite early-career faculty to apply for the 2013/14 cohort of Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Faculty Fellows. This one-year program is designed to support early-career faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and to build connections to the robust teaching and learning community at UW-Madison. MTLE Faculty Fellows will capitalize on teaching responsibilities in real time. Our goal is to support fast, efficient starters in the tenure process at UW-Madison, who gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers and who use high-impact teaching practices that focus on student learning.

Eligible applicants will:

  1. Be a relatively new tenure-track faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is at least two years away from being reviewed for tenure.
  2. Teach at least one undergraduate course at UW-Madison in fall 2013.
  3. Commit to the full year of programming, including three iterative teaching institutes (1 to 1.5 days each) between semesters and weekly meetings during the semesters (60 to 90 minutes).

The first event, the Faculty Institute on Teaching, will be held August 20-21, 2013.

For more about Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence contact Sarah Miller at 608-265-5643.

DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION BELOW!

 

 

 

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Thursday, March 14, 2013: Big Questions around MOOCs at UW and in Higher Ed

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We are delighted to announce the launch of the new informal Higher Ed Forum on Teaching and Learning. Join us for the first discussion!

Topic:  Big Questions around MOOCs at UW and in Higher Ed
Guest Discussants:  Kris Olds (Chair, Department of Geography) and Linda Jorn (Director, DoIT Academic Technology)
Date:  Thursday, March 14th
Time:  12-1:30 pm
Place:  Room 302 Middleton Building, 1305 Linden Drive

This is the first topical version of the forum, after a successful kick-off series on February 22 and 25. We're hoping these conversations will be 90 minutes of collective wisdom and sharing of questions, ideas, and resources.

Here are a few resources to get things started:

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!

Sarah Miller, MTLE, smiller8@wisc.edu
Theresa Pesavento, L&S Learning Support Services, pesavento@wisc.edu
Emily Utzerath, MTLE, ekutzerath@wisc.edu

Congratulations to the following early-career UW faculty!

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The following early-career faculty have been named Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Faculty Fellows:

January 2013:  Kathleen Culver (School of Journalism and Mass Communication), Hannah Eldridge (German), Philip Hollander (Hebrew and Semitic Studies), Edward Hubbard (Educational Psychology), Jeremy Morris (Communication Arts), Grant Nelsestuen (Classics), Catalina Toma (Communication Arts), Christopher Wells (School of Journalism and Mass Communication), Bei Yang (East Asian Languages and Literatures)

August 2012:  Jeri Barak (Plant Pathology), Emily Callaci (History), Corbett Grainger (Agricultural & Applied Economics), Jennifer Higgins (Gender and Women’s Studies), Laurence Loewe (Medical Genetics), Viren Murthy (History), Jonathan Pauli (Forest and Wildlife Ecology), Aurelie Rakotondrafara (Plant Pathology), Stephen Young (International Studies), Benjamin Zuckerberg (Forest and Wildlife Ecology)

These Faculty Fellows competed with colleagues to participate in MTLE's yearlong program designed to improve undergraduate education by providing professional development in teaching and learning to early-career faculty. Over the course of a year, MTLE Faculty Fellows will participate in a series of workshops on high impact educational practices and weekly meetings focused on experimentation and innovation in the classroom. In addition to receiving support for their undergraduate classroom, MTLE Faculty Fellows will have the opportunity to build a unique interdisciplinary team of mentors and peers from the UW teaching and learning community. 

Call for applications: 2013 MTLE Faculty Fellows

Application materials will be due by 4:00 pm on NOVEMBER 1, 2012 to Sarah Miller at smiller8@wisc.edu

We invite early-career faculty to apply for the 2013 cohort of Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Faculty Fellows. This one-year program is designed to support early-career faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and to build connections to the robust teaching and learning community at UW-Madison. MTLE Faculty Fellows will capitalize on teaching responsibilities in real time. Our goal is to support fast, efficient starters in the tenure process at UW-Madison, who gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers and who use high-impact teaching practices that focus on student learning.

Download the application

START DATE: January 14-15, 2013

Eligible applicants will:

  1. Be a relatively new tenure-track faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who is at least two years away from being reviewed for tenure
  2. Teach at least one undergraduate course at UW-Madison in spring 2013
  3. Commit to the full year of programming, including three iterative teaching institutes (1 to 1.5 days each) between semesters and weekly meetings during the semesters (60 to 90 minutes)

The first event, the Faculty Institute on Teaching, will be held Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

For more about Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence, download our informational flier or contact Sarah Miller  at 608-890-4812.

Early-career faculty: Call for applications to be released Sept 15 for 2013 MTLE Faculty Fellows

Application materials will be due by 4:00 pm on NOVEMBER 1, 2012 to Sarah Miller at smiller8@wisc.edu

We invite early-career faculty to apply for the 2013 cohort of Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Faculty Fellows. This one-year program is designed to support early-career faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and to build connections to the robust teaching and learning community at UW-Madison. MTLE Faculty Fellows will capitalize on teaching responsibilities in real time. Our goal is to support fast, efficient starters in the tenure process at UW-Madison, who gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers and who use high-impact teaching practices that focus on student learning.

START DATE: January 14-15, 2013

Early-career faculty: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Application materials are due AUGUST 1, 2012 to Sarah Miller at smiller8@wisc.edu

Download the application

We are delighted to invite early-career faculty to apply for the inaugural cohort of the Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence Program! (informational flier) This exciting new program is designed to support early-career faculty in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and to build connections to the robust teaching and learning community at UW-Madison. Over the course of one year, the MTLE Faculty Fellows will capitalize on teaching responsibilities in real time. Our goal is to support fast, efficient starters in the tenure process at UW-Madison, who gather evidence about teaching success to use in their tenure dossiers and who use high-impact teaching practices that focus on student learning.

NOTE NEW START DATE: August 23, 2012

Participants must be available on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24.

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Sarah Miller- new Associate Director of MTLE!

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Sarah Miller photoWe are thrilled to announce that Sarah Miller has officially accepted her new position as the Associate Director of MTLE. We welcome Sarah knowing she will bring a wealth of creativity, experience, and community to the program. 

As a long time Badger, Sarah has been working in the area of future faculty and faculty professional development in teaching since 2003. She has worked as the Director of Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching, as a lead organizer and consultant for the National Academies Summer Institute, and has served as a leader in the Teaching Academy and in other capacities to promote excellence in teaching and learning at UW and beyond. Sarah officially joined the team on May 1, 2012. Please welcome Sarah as we work together to plan for our first cohort of MTLE faculty starting September 2012! 

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