Call for proposals: 2008 Teaching and Learning Symposium

This year marks the 10th anniversary of two campus-wide opportunities that celebrate the work and commitment of our faculty, staff and students: the Teaching and Learning Symposium scheduled for May 21-23, 2008 and the Undergraduate Symposium which will be held on April 16, 2008. Below is the Call for Proposals for the Teaching and Learning Symposium. Information and application materials for the Undergraduate Symposium will be sent in December, 2007.

Shaping our Future: Teaching and Learning at UW Madison
May 21-23 2008, UW-Madison, Pyle Center
(Deadline: January 18, 2008)

The annual Teaching & Learning Symposium brings together all of us—faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students—who teach and support learning in order to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, discuss new teaching pedagogy, and explore themes of mutual interest. The Symposium is a free campus event that improves teaching and learning at UW-Madison.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Teaching & Learning Symposium, and this year’s theme celebrates that milestone: “Shaping our Future: Teaching and Learning at UW-Madison.” We will explore both what is enduring about teaching and learning at UW-Madison, and what has dramatically changed. Issues to be discussed are the lasting values that frame our teaching, changes in what represents pedagogical innovation (and what the future might bring), revolutionary technological changes, and dramatic ways in which our students have changed, and learn.

We seek proposals for sessions that engage participants, build on research, highlight current and future campus initiatives, and focus on ways we can offer students an enriched learning experience. This is an opportunity to share teaching and learning models in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts for undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovations in teaching and learning: What we’ve learned about learning, about learners, and how to improve teaching for learning
  • Teaching yesterday, today, and tomorrow: Changes in teaching practice and looking towards the future
  • Enhancing teaching and learning through technology
  • Engaging our “wired” students and helping them develop the skills, knowledge and experiences needed to be engaged, global citizens for the 21st Century
  • Improving classroom climate and engaging diverse learners
  • Enhancing and evaluating essential learning outcomes
  • Building and sustaining communities to improve learning

We seek proposals for two different types of presentations:

  • 60-minute conference sessions (to be held at the Pyle Center, May 21 and the morning of May 22)
  • Post-conference workshops (hosted at a location other than the conference site the afternoon of May 22 and May 23)

To submit a proposal go to and complete the proposal form for either a conference session or post-conference workshops. More information and last year’s program are available as well. For additional information, contact Mo Noonan Bischof, 262-5246 or