While the weather outside did not feel like Spring, the recent Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) Council meeting focused on exciting Spring programming that is available to faculty across the UW System. I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a little background on OPID, as well as share with you some of the programs OPID offers that, perhaps, you might this year (or in the near future) like to get involved in.
OPID, as a UW System office, serves as a national model for faculty development and student learning initiatives. The OPID Council consists of an academic (that’s currently Regan Gurung – he has another year left in his four-year term) and an administrative member (that’s me, and this is just my first year on the Council) from each of the UW System institutions. Our job is to serve as campus resource liaisons on matters pertaining to faculty development and student learning. We promote OPID initiatives and programs to colleagues here at UWGB, coordinate campus participation in OPID events, and provide OPID with information about what is happening at UWGB in terms of faculty development activities.
As examples of these types of initiatives, this past Fall OPID provided “UW System Online Instructor Training” for a few faculty at each UW System institution. The goal of this program is to support effective teaching and successful student learning online. UWGB was fortunate enough to have three faculty attend this online course and receive a stipend as they learned how to be more effective in creating an interactive learning environment for online learning. In addition, OPID has provided a stipend this semester for faculty who are interested in learning more about Lesson Study, a teaching improvement activity in which instructors jointly development, teaching, observe, analyze and revise lessons for their courses. There is an excellent overview of Lesson Study from folks at UW-La Crosse here: http://www.uwlax.edu/sotl/lsp/
In the coming months OPID is preparing for their 2014 Spring Conference with the theme “Mindful Teaching: Inquiry, Connection, Sustainability, and Creativity” which will be held April 17-18, 2014 at Heidel House in Green Lake, WI. Please see the website for the conference for more information: http://www.uwsa.edu/opid/ and be sure to let CATL know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending as there are funding options if you would like to attend!
We are also preparing for Faculty College, an annual event held in Richland Center at the end of May. At this three-day event, faculty attend intensive, interdisciplinary seminars on topics related to teaching and learning. The experience of the College enhances collegial interchange on teaching, contributing to a system-wide network of faculty committed to educational excellence. More on the upcoming Faculty College here: http://www.uwsa.edu/opid/conf/fc_upcoming.htm where you’ll see our own Regan Gurung, David Voelker, and Alison Gates are on the agenda to present workshops!
In all, there are a lot of wonderful teaching and learning events going on across the UW System. I hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn a bit more about them and get involved in these professional development offerings as your schedule allows! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about OPID or any of the programming they offer!
Director of CATL