May 20 Teaching and Learning Symposium focuses on student learning, new ideas

UW faculty and staff dedicate the entire year to teaching eager students, but on May 20-22, they will gather to teach other teachers.

The 11th annual Teaching and Learning Symposium, located primarily at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., invites faculty, staff and students to a series of sessions and workshops to share experiences and interests in practices, pedagogy and themes of interest to the UW-Madison community of educators.Symposium planners anticipate more than 350 participants, with presenters and panelists ranging from undergraduates to graduate teaching assistants to faculty and staff.

This year, the theme is “From Teaching to Learning,” which encourages educators to look more deeply into what’s going on in the classroom on the other side of the podium.

“The idea of that is to help the campus move from focusing on teaching performance as the goal to the question of what students are actually learning in our classrooms, labs and other educational experiences we provide to them,” says Aaron Brower, vice provost for teaching and learning.