Teaching Enhancement Grant Proposals (Due Monday, Nov. 15, 2021)

The Instructional Development Council (IDC) is accepting applications for Teaching Enhancement Grants (TEG), through support from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. The Teaching Enhancement Grant program is designed to support professional development activities that will enhance a faculty member’s teaching skills or result in the development of innovative teaching strategies.

All full-time faculty, lecturers and teaching academic staff whose primary responsibility is teaching for the current academic year are strongly encouraged to apply! Click the button below for full details.

TEG applications are due Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

Application Info

Call for Applications: 2022-23 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program (Due Friday, Nov. 12, 2021)

The UWGB Provost Office and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, on behalf of the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development, invite faculty and instructional academic staff to apply for the 2022-23 cohort of the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars (WTFS) Program.

This program is designed to provide time (one year) to systematically reflect with peers in a supportive and open-minded community and, ultimately, to move from “scholarly teaching” to the “scholarship of teaching.” Administered by the UW System’s Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) and directed by UW faculty, the WTFS Program is grounded in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Read more about the WTFS Program on the OPID site.

Download the Full Program Description & Call for Applications

Interested applicants should submit items 1-5 below as separate attachments to one email message. That email should be sent to CATL (CATL@uwgb.edu) with the subject line “WTFS Application” by Nov. 12. The reference letter can be submitted directly to the CATL email by your Department Chair or Dean, but it is also due by Nov. 12. The full list of required materials is below:

  1. Application checklist;
  2. A letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the WTFS Program (two-page maximum);
  3. A teaching & learning philosophy as it intersects with equity, diversity, and inclusion (three-page maximum);
  4. An abbreviated curriculum vitae (two-page maximum);
  5. This budget sheet completed and signed by you (selected applicants will have their budget signed and approved by the Provost);
  6. A reference letter from your Department Chair or Dean (can be directly emailed to CATL@uwgb.edu).

As always, let us know if you have any questions via email: CATL@uwgb.edu.

2022 Virtual Instructional Development Institute: Opening Up Higher Education

Much of the rhetoric around higher education during COVID has been around closing down activities and opportunities, yet, for many instructors, the experience has been one of opening up their classes to new ways of teaching, new populations of students, and new expectations from administration. This year the Instructional Development Institute seeks to highlight the ways instructors have opened up their classes – and higher education by extension – in new ways. What new assignments have you developed, what new strategies have you used, what new course materials have you adopted, and what policies have you enacted to open your classrooms in new and innovative ways? Interested presenters could also consider how the “Open” theme relates to the use of Open Education Resources (OER), more open or inclusive classroom environments, streaming classes across locations, and our new identity as an open or “access” institution. 

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and the Instructional Development Council at UW-Green Bay invite applications for our Virtual Instructional Development Institute on Jan. 11 & 12, 2022. We’ve decided to hold the Institute a full week earlier than normal because over the past few years we have heard that it would be helpful to have time to implement strategies and methods learned at the Institute. We also hope to hold Post-Institute Workshops to provide time and space for instructors to do that work. 

There are multiple ways to participate. From roundtable discussions to virtual posters, we wish to showcase the thoughtful minds of our teaching and learning partners and highlight the ways these past semesters have opened up learning spaces. Please consider applying for the session format below that best suits you. Click to expand the descriptions of session formats below. Email CATL@uwgb.edu if you have any questions about session formats. 


How to Apply 

First, decide in which format you/you and your collaborators would prefer to share your projects or presentations.  Next, click on the link for the Qualtrics survey below. You will be asked to provide your name(s), a description of your project, and your preferred format. 

Synchronous Options ⌚

Focused conversations with participants around a specific pedagogical question, challenge, technique, or tool. You may apply individually or as a group.
A short, live presentation of research, scholarship, or other pedagogical strategy participants might wish to share with teaching and learning colleagues.
Decompression sessions led by volunteers (e.g. leading a mindfulness break, a pet slideshow, an online Zumba class, playing a game, going on an Instagram walk and post to a hashtag, and more!)

Asynchronous Options 📅

This is a virtual conference paper or presentation. These sessions consist of recorded presentations (up to 20 minutes long) with an online discussion board for Q & A or as PlayPosit video. On-demand sessions will open at the beginning of the conference and run until the end of the conference.

This is a virtual poster session. Presenters will submit a six-minute screencast detailing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project which CATL will put into a VoiceThread so that presenters and participants can discuss asynchronously over the two days of the conference.

This resource is one that will be hosted on CATL’s blog in which presenters might create a teaching and learning resource to be posted after the Institute. Some ideas might include writing a reflection on a teaching practice or method, creating a multimedia post that highlights the ways in which they opened up their classes, projects, assignments, etc., or something else entirely!

Sample topics might include but are not limited to: 

  • Engagement techniques 
  • Community-building 
  • Belongingness 
  • Asset-focused pedagogy 
  • Discussion-based courses 
  • Equity-minded curricular design 
  • Collaborative assignment or project design 
  • Inclusive or culturally responsive pedagogies 
  • Equity in HIPs engagement
  • Anti-racist or social justice pedagogies
  • Mentoring and mentorship
  • Open education resources
  • Critically reflexive practice and professional growth

Submit your application by Dec. 3, 2021!

Click here to submit

Call for CATL Facilitators (Due Aug. 17, 2021)

CATL is searching for three CATL Facilitators to facilitate programming on the Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan campuses in 2021–22. CATL Facilitators work closely with other members of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning to ensure that all faculty & instructional staff have access to CATL programming regardless of their location. Depending on the event or programming, the facilitator’s tasks may range from organizing a meeting space and setting up a video conference connection to facilitating a discussion of key questions or issues that we wish to engage in collectively across our four-campus institution.

If you are a member of any of these campuses and are interested in applying, please complete the brief application form linked below by Tuesday, Aug. 17. We hope to have consultants in place by the beginning of the contract period (Aug. 23, 2021).

Apply Here

Call for Participants: Liquid Syllabus Pilot

Looking to spice up your syllabus for Fall 2021? Consider going digital with a liquid syllabus! CATL is looking for instructors to pilot our liquid syllabus Canvas template. A liquid syllabus is a media-rich, web-friendly syllabus written in welcoming, student-centered language. Our template takes these elements into consideration and packages them conveniently in Canvas’s built-in Syllabus page. If you are interested in trying out our template and providing us with feedback, please register below.

Register Here

FAQ

Does the liquid syllabus template meet the University’s requirements for a syllabus?

Yes, the template meets all the requirements on the University’s syllabus checklist.

If I sign up for the pilot, do I have to use the template for my fall courses?

While we encourage you to try using the template for a course this fall, you are also welcome to use it for a course in a future semester or just experiment with it in a sandbox course.

How do I get access to the template?

When you register, we will ask you to provide a link to the instructional course or sandbox course you’d like the template added to. A CATL member will import the template into the Syllabus page of your Canvas course and then email you to notify you when it’s ready to use.

Can I change, add, or delete parts of the template?

Certainly! In fact, we highly encourage you to make the template your own. Our language is there as an example, but it will mean more to your students if your messages are customized. After making changes, we encourage you to check your template against the University’s syllabus guidelines to ensure that your final product still meets all standards.

I need a PDF or print version of my syllabus—what should I do?

We will include instructions on how to save your syllabus as a PDF when you register, but the short version is that in your browser you can right-click on the body of your Syllabus page, select “Print”, and then change the printer destination to “Save As PDF”.

How can I learn more about liquid syllabi or this template?

Our blog post on liquid syllabi is a great introduction to the concept if you want to learn more before you sign up. We also have a session recording where we go through our liquid syllabus template and explain each section in detail. As always, feel free to email us at catl@uwgb.edu if you have more questions.