Educational Innovation empowers faculty and staff to be the agents of change for the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

The inherent creativity of our world-class faculty and staff will be the spark for innovative approaches to curriculum and research, and set the university on the path to greater self-sufficiency. This coordinated effort will create a sustained campus environment that maintains and enhances student learning while improving our capacities and generating new resources.

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Innovation Mobile Learning Incubator

Impact Collaborating with campus departments, the Mobile Learning Incubator has produced mobile apps used by more than 300 UW students.
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Innovation The Garage Physics Lab

Impact The Garage Physics Lab has provided a home to physics undergraduate creative projects and motivated a private fund for undergraduate research. The Garage is home to an interdisciplinary project-learning course in sustainability offered jointly in 2013 by a collaboration of physics, education, and engineering.
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Innovation DARS-X: Online Curriculum Exception System

Impact Improved curriculum exception process leverages existing data to save staff time, improve student service, and create a data resource for curriculum assessment.
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Innovation Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies loans iPads to science teachers

Impact Engage middle and high school teachers and students in data acquisition and regional climate studies
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Innovation The Institute for Biology Education and Steenbock Library are partnering to create a biology community and learning center that will provide crucial support for bioscience students across campus.

Impact Bioscience students—especially first‐year, first‐generation, and underrepresented minority students—will have for the first time a recognizable “biology place” where they can find resources and programming to help them understand, find their place in, and take full advantage of the biological sciences community at UW–Madison.
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Innovation School of Business professor reenergizes classroom experience using technology and campus partnerships.

Impact Using new ways to deliver information outside of class changes the professor's role during class.
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Innovation College of Engineering develops a revenue-sharing model with cross-campus participation

Impact Engineering Professional Development will be offering a new online degree option targeted at mid-career engineers who want to continue their education while also continuing to practice.
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Innovation Computer-simulation for health profession students

Impact The virtual learning experience is more comprehensive, and evaluation is more uniform.
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Innovation DesignLab employs “smart media” in the classroom

Impact Smart media empowers instructors and students to think in new forms, work in new venues, and communicate with diverse audiences.
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Innovation WisCEL classes redefine the learning environment

Impact By promoting spontaneous peer collaboration in unique learning environments, students develop lifelong, independent learning skills.
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Innovation Comparative Literature and Folklore Program join forces

Impact Administratively, we will save the university money while also making better use of the energies and teamwork of faculty from two formerly distinct units.
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Innovation CALS international programs

Impact We are better equipping UW-Madison undergraduates in the sciences with the global competencies they will need to work and lead in an increasingly interdependent world.
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Innovation Flexible physics and Flash technology

Impact Students are better prepared for small laboratory experiences.
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Innovation New part-time master’s of social work

Impact Enrollment in the part-time master's program now exceeds 200 students, producing a new revenue stream to support many innovations for the School of Social Work.
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Innovation Curriculum redesign in Department of Psychology

Impact Improved educational experience for undergraduates; gives faculty more time to spend on research and grant-seeking activities; the department is better positioned to recruit and retain faculty
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Innovation School of Medicine and Public Health updates disciplines through consolidation of departments

Impact The newly defined disciplines are better aligned with peers and better able to compete for grants and faculty. Savings and improved services were realized in administrative areas.
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