Online Task Force Report:
In October 2009, Chancellor Debbie Ford and Interim Associate Provost Dennis Rome requested that James Robinson (Director, Teaching & Learning Center) and Megan Mullen (Associate Professor and Chair, Communication Department) co-propose and subsequently co-chair a task force on online teaching and learning, charged with making practical recommendations to implement, in as expedited a fashion as possible, an online course program suitable to the institutional needs and resources of UW-Parkside.
View Online Teaching and Learning Task Force Report
University of Wisconsin System:
UW-System's Office of Professional Instructional Development (OPID) is the key supporter for the "professional needs of faculty and academic staff with programming on topics such as student learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, career stages, and faculty roles and rewards". The links below offer more information about the scholarship of teaching and learning and other related topics within the following categories:
On this page most hyperlinks are provided as part of the heading and then again at the end of the entry. The latter hyperlink is to provide the reader with the structure of the actual web address so one can view its source information.
Teaching and Learning Resources:
UW System's Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Leadership Site:
The UW System Leadership Site will help you increase your knowledge regarding the practice of scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning. Information found there represents all UW campuses and includes supplement campus SoTL work, support intercampus collaboration in SoTL work, and actively work to develop a core of faculty from across the system who are experts in classroom inquiry practices and principles.
Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP)
The LEAP campaign is organized around a robust set of "Essential Learning Outcomes" (pdf) -- all of which are best developed by a contemporary liberal education. Described in College Learning for the New Global Century (pdf), these essential learning outcomes and a set of "Principles of Excellence" (pdf) provide a new framework to guide students' cumulative progress through college.
The UW System Institute on Race and Ethnicity (IRE)
The IRE serves as a UW System-wide catalyst for scholarly research and curricular innovation in racial and ethnic studies. Our primary purpose is to support faculty, staff, and students through a variety of grant programs , conferences and events , publications , and other related scholarly activities designed to enhance inquiry into the phenomena of race and ethnicity. Be sure to visit their Syllabi Bank to see what your colleagues in all disciplines are doing across the state.
UWS Women & Science Program:
This site is devoted to promoting excellence and diversity in STEM education
" We envision a future in which education in the STEM disciplines is accessible and attractive to diverse students resulting in STEM fields enriched by diverse practitioners. The mission of the Women & Science Program is to attract and retain more women and minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by promoting systematic changes in the ways that science and science education are regarded and carried out within the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin community and beyond."
Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities:
As a national dissemination program, SENCER works to encourage and support faculty development though a coordinated set of activities and programs, including the SENCER Summer Institutes. Throughout the year, numerous national, regional, and local symposia and outreach activities sponsored or co-sponsored by SENCER offer opportunities for SENCER alumni to report on what has been learned and to invite participation by faculty who are newly attracted to the SENCER approach.
The Carnegie Foundation:
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center with a primary mission "to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher and the cause of higher education."
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Western Carolina University:
SoTL at Western calls for a university-wide commitment and collaboration among faculty, administration, staff and students in initiating and igniting systematic reflection, research and conversation about teaching and learning that is made public, ending the tendency towards privatization in teaching, and establishing the scholarship of teaching & learning as legitimate research that is as institutionally valued as traditional disciplinary scholarship.
This site provides a page with a long listing of hyperlinks under the general categories of: Communication Scholars, Online Communication Journals, Publisher Information, Scholarship of Discovery, Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Search Engines.
Association of American Colleges and Universities:
Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is one of the leading advocates in the United States for building and sustaining strong undergraduate programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). PKAL focuses on building learning environments that attract and sustain undergraduate students to the study of STEM fields and motivate them to consider careers in related fields. PKAL works to equip teams of faculty and administrators for leadership in reform at the local level, so that students and science are better served, as well as to encourage broad understanding of how strong undergraduate STEM programs serve the national interest. PKAL programs and publications spotlight successful efforts on campuses across the country in addressing three current challenges facing higher education leaders, recognizing that these challenges are also opportunities.
UW-Parkside Disability Services
This is a link to the Faculty and Staff page. It informs us that "Approximately 10 percent of the student population enrolled in post-secondary education has some kind of disability". Be sure to look at the bulleted list, Things to Consider, as it has a wealth of information succinctly stated.
Teaching & Learning Excellence@UW-Madison
"TLE@UW-Madison is an all-campus virtual center aimed at helping you enrich your courses and your teaching by providing a crossroads among the many campus and college organizations and services available at UW â€“Madison."
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST):
With Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a blueprint, CAST researches and develops ways to support all learners according to their individual strengths and needs. On this site, you'll learn how CAST's R&D, which draws on the latest brain research and multimedia technology, translates into more effective professional development, policy and practice, products, and publications.
The Center for Instructional and Professional Development fosters a culture of professional development among faculty, staff, and graduate students at UWM wherein excellence in teaching and attention to student learning are pursued. CIPD fulfills this mission through the Center's events, resources, and services.
Teaching Forum: A Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching
This free publication is provided through UW-System hosted on the UW- Oshkosh web server. The following is an excerpt of Lisa Kornetsky's comments:
"On behalf of the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID), welcome to the new issue of Teaching Forum. This publication is one of the ways that we are working to disseminate the important work being done by scholars across the UW System, as well as those from outside, to investigate student learning. Here in Wisconsin, with venues like Teaching Forum, our Leadership Site for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning http://www4.uwm.edu/cipd/sotl/ , the Lesson Study Project http://www.uwlax.edu/sotl/lsp , and our Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars programs, we are taking a leadership role in advancing the practice of teaching and our understanding of student learning through the scholarship of teaching and learning."
Have you worked on a SoTL project?
National Teaching and Learning Forum
"The National Teaching and Learning Forum began publication in the fall of 1991 as a joint venture with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education. ERIC/HE already published a series of short books reviewing research literature on various higher education topics, and it embraced the idea of The National Teaching and Learning Forum warmly as an extension of its mission." Currently the license fee for this newsletter is provided through OPID and is distributed through the T&LC. For a hard copy visit the Center or for a pdf copy of current or past publications please contact Jim Robinson or Beth Gronholm. .
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
A new and rising international academic journal is now freely available to college and university faculty. It emphasizes a research-led, evidence-based approach to teaching and student learning. IJ-SoTL publishes articles from any discipline and format (classroom/blended/online) and is international in its Review Board, readership, and contributors.
Project Kaleidoscope Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts, 2004- present
PKAL's Online Publication
"A central activity of PKAL's Leadership Initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, is the publication of PKAL Volume IV . This is a varied collection of national, topical and disciplinary reports, personal and institutional stories, theoretical essays and practical check-lists designed to inform the work of those with leadership responsibility for building robust 21st century STEM learning environments for American undergraduates."
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction:
Information relating to K-12 education.