Submit your proposals for Teaching and Learning Symposium

January 17, 2011 is the deadline for proposals for the 2011 Teaching and Learning Symposium. This event provides an opportunity for all of us in the teaching & learning community to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, and discuss new learning & teaching practices and theories in a forum dedicated to enriching the UW-Madison learning experience. I invite you to submit a proposal and share this announcement with interested colleagues across campus. The symposium will be held May 25-26 in the Pyle Center.

Despite our best intentions to improve the work we do as educators, a number of challenges can stand in our way:  it can be difficult to identify promising practices from what might be fads, there isn’t enough time – or resources – to experiment with new methods, students can be resistant to approaches that break from traditional models of instruction, and it can be difficult to determine whether our teaching is having the impact we hope it does.  The Teaching and Learning Symposium will focus on sharing ideas, practices and initiatives that aim to transform students through their educational experiences, that acknowledge an increasingly connected and fiscally challenged world, and that recognize that good and bad information is at our students’ fingertips, often just a text message away.  Join UW colleagues in sharing how to make teaching go farther and create an impact on student learning that will last.

We seek proposals from faculty, staff, post-docs, graduate students, and students for engaging sessions that build on research and personal experience, help colleagues make improvements, highlight current and future campus and personal initiatives, and focus on ways we can put good ideas into action within and outside the classroom.

Proposed presentations should be in one of the following formats, to be held at the Pyle Center, on May 25th and 26th:

  • 30-60 minute sessions, including Pecha Kucha, or other practiced “power” sessions
  • 60-90 minute workshops (e.g., hands-on or experiential sessions)
  • 60-90 minute learning circles

Specifically, we are looking for proposals that address:

  • strategies that promote lasting learning
  • technology and how it affects the role of expertise
  • approaches to enhance learning through collaboration
  • movement toward emerging strategies and theories, such as crowd-sourcing, visual communication, and video-game technology
  • methods that incorporate learning outcomes for a global economy
  • methods to assess student learning, and examples of using assessment data to improve discerning good information
  • applying recommendations from learning sciences into course design
  • the role and limitations of online learning communities
  • strategies to align our classes with the essential learning outcomes and high impact practices

To submit a proposal go to the Teaching and Learning Symposium website and click on the link to the proposal form. More information is available at this website as well. For additional information, contact Mo Noonan Bischof, 265-4413 or

Aaron Brower, Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning