University of Wisconsin-Madison, Educational Innovation Small Grants Program University of Wisconsin-Madison, EI Brown Bag Discussion Series University of Wisconsin-Madison REACH project UW-Madison's Wisconsin Open Education Community Fellowship (WOECF)



The mission of EI is to engage and inspire students through enriched learning. To fulfill this mission, we will:

  1. Provide pervasive active learning to improve the student experience
  2. Build innovative, professional-level degree programs and other lifelong learning opportunities
  3. Extend the university’s educational mission to Wisconsin and the world using new technology and partnerships.


The vision of EI is to lead the university in providing an innovative, accessible and inclusive learning environment that fosters highly engaged learners capable of addressing the challenges of the modern world.



Enable pervasive active learning to improve the student experience.

  • Intensify meaningful, active learning experiences for students in alignment with the strategic goals of schools and colleges. Develop the support structures to foster an environment of active learning.
  • Incorporate active learning and new technologies to improve capacity and quality in high-demand, high-enrollment courses.
  • Align EI-sponsored initiatives with UW-Madison’s goals for diversity and inclusion, to improve learning outcomes and academic achievement for all students.

Build innovative, professional Master’s-level degrees and other lifelong learning opportunities.

  • Expand the reach of UW-Madison professional, Master’s-level degrees, capstone certificate programs, and other credentials throughout the state, nation, and the world, in alignment with the strategic goals of schools and colleges and the market demand for such credentials.

Extend our educational mission to Wisconsin and the world using new technology and partnerships.

  • Expand offerings to Wisconsin residents, alumni, and the world through mutually-beneficial collaborations with public, nonprofit, and private sector partners and through innovative technologies and delivery formats.
  • Enhance global awareness through international partnerships and technology-enhanced approaches to teaching and learning.



The REACH project aims to transform large, introductory, lecture-based courses into sustainable, active learning environments that increase students’ engagement in their own learning.

The project will build on successful innovations across campus that strive to enhance the undergraduate experience through student-centered learning practices. REACH will not only reinforce the common goal among these efforts, but will extend their reach to encompass tens of thousands of first- and second-year students over ...

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UW-Madison & Unizin

In late September 2014, after a summer of exploring and openly discussing the prospect of joining Unizin with governance bodies and key stakeholders, UW-Madison officially joined Unizin, a consortium of major universities across the U.S. that are working to assemble a standards-based set of digital tools for teaching and learning.

With these ...

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UW-Madison Canvas Pilot

UW-Madison and a few UW-System schools will continue to pilot the Canvas learning management system (LMS) throughout the fall semester of 2015 and into the spring of 2016. Campus leadership decided to extend the pilot to further assess the needs of campus and to align the efforts with the Learning Environment Needs Assessment (LENA) led by UW-System. It is anticipated ...

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Committed to extending UW-Madison’s educational mission to Wisconsin and the world, and providing lifelong learning opportunities, EI helps sponsor the university’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) efforts. MOOCs are unique virtual teaching, learning and research experiences that are not for credit, aimed at unlimited participation and available at no cost to learners around the world.

In 2013–14, the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched four pilot MOOCs in partnership with the online ...

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EI Small Grant Program

The EI Small Grant Program supports faculty and instructional staff in their efforts to experiment with new technologies and new ways of learning. This year, the program will offer grants of up to $10,000 each and will focus on enhancing active learning strategies and developing Open Educational Resources (OERs). With the support of the International Division, we are also offering funding opportunities that aim to enhance global learning and students’ ...

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WSB Unveils State-of-the-Art Collaborative Learning Classroom

This fall, the Wisconsin School of Business unveiled something that will revolutionize the student experience — a new, two-in-one, state-of-the-art collaborative learning classroom (CLC) that is unlike any other learning space at the school. The classroom was designed to enable learning activities that promote student-centered, active and collaborative learning. Read More

2015-16 EI Brown Bag Series

The EI Brown Bag Series offers faculty and staff the opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of educational innovations occurring across campus. Please join us over the course of the year for one or more of the following events.

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EI Brown Bag Series – Teaching in Accelerated Formats

Noon-1pm, Union South
Have trouble teaching a 15-week course in eight, four or even three weeks over the summer or in a modular session? Wonder how to maintain high-quality instruction in a compressed format? Attend this session to identify how compressed teaching strategies differ from those used in a traditional length semester, explore best practices for teaching during Summer Term, and learn about innovative summer and compressed curricula.

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EI Brown Bag Series - Canvas Pilot: What We’re Learning

noon-1pm, Union South
Experienced faculty and instructional staff will share their active learning strategies, opportunities, challenges and successes with flipped, blended and online instructional approaches. During the interactive session, panelists will compare their experiences across course formats and answer questions from the audience. Learn more and register!

EI Around Campus

If you aren't in Wisconsin to see the colors change, don't fear. Beginning Sept. 30 through Oct. 28, UW-Madison will launch its second-to-last Massive Open Online Course of the year, “Forests and Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar.” [...]
Tue, Sep 22, 2015
Source: EI Around Campus
Large introductory lecture-based courses are a staple at most universities. But many of those classes at UW-Madison will be transformed into much more student-centered experiences over the next few years, thanks to a new project called REACH. [...]
Tue, Aug 18, 2015
Source: EI Around Campus
The debate over energy consumption and its consequences is constantly evolving, whether the subject is fossil fuels or renewables. The Massive Open Online Course “Energy and the Earth” will give thousands of people an online forum in which to explore these topics. [...]
Tue, Jun 23, 2015
Source: EI Around Campus
This past year, more than 20 faculty and instructional staff received another chance at being a student — a role reversal that allowed each of them to explore the opportunities and challenges facing today's online learners and instructors. [...]
Thu, May 14, 2015
Source: EI Around Campus


Advisory Committee

The EI Advisory Committee supports the initiative in the following areas:

  • Policy – identifying, prioritizing and understanding policy issues needed to advance EI in alignment with the institution’s mission and values
  • Engagement – facilitating broad campus participation and involvement of faculty, staff and students
  • Direction and success – determining the strategic direction and progress of EI

View list of governance members…


The primary aim of the UCAAA is to support, enhance and coordinate academic and co-curricular programs and educational achievement across campus, with a focus on student learning, effective teaching and improving the educational experience of all students.  The committee also serves as an advisory council for EI.

View list of governance members…


The EI initiative continues to develop partnerships across campus in support of its core mission to inspire and engage students through enriched learning opportunities. Thanks to the innovative efforts of our talented faculty, staff and students, educational innovations continue to occur throughout our university every day. The following is an ever-evolving list of our partners. Please take a look and find out more!


EI Co-Leads:

Jeffrey Russell,

Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, & Dean, Division of Continuing Studies (DCS)

Areas of focus: Lifelong learning opportunities, post-baccalaureate degrees and certificates, Summer Term, academic calendar, MOOCs


Find more information about DCS.

Steven Cramer,

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning

Areas of focus: Academic affairs, teaching and learning programs, active learning initiatives, advising, academic planning, accreditation, REACH, Unizin, UW-Madison Canvas Pilot


Visit the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning’s website.

EI Senior Fellows:

Gregory Moses,

Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Engineering Physics

Areas of focus: REACH project Co-lead

Kris Olds,

Professor, Department of Geography

Areas of focus: Open educational resources, internationalization at home, MOOCs

Academic Planning & Institutional Research:

Jocelyn Milner,

Director, Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR)

Areas of focus: Course approvals; academic program planning, approval, and review; learning analytics, peer analysis, and decision-support; accreditation; accountability


Find more information about APIR.

Academic Technology:

Linda Jorn,

Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies, and Director of DoIT Academic Technology

Areas of focus: Technology-enhanced teaching and learning, learning technology infrastructure, REACH, Unizin, UW-Madison Canvas Pilot, MOOCs


Find more information about DoIT AT.

Sarah Miller,

Service Leader for Faculty Engagement, DoIT Academic Technology

Areas of focus: REACH project Co-lead, Blend@UW, Blended Learning Fellowship


Assessment, Evaluation & Curricular Redesign:

Mo Bischof,

Associate Vice Provost, Office of the Provost

Areas of focus: Student learning assessment, curricular development, faculty development, course evaluation, accreditation, EI communication strategy and planning


Visit the UW-Madison assessment website.

EI Communications:

Caitlin O'Brien,

Communication Coordinator, Office of the Provost

Areas of focus: EI communication strategy and planning, EI story development and writing, EI website management, EI Small Grants, EI funded projects and events coordination

Lika Balenovich,

Communication Coordinator, Office of the Provost and DCS

Areas of focus: EI communication strategy and planning, EI story development and writing, MOOCs, EI funded projects and events coordination

Post-Baccalaureate Degree & Certificate Programs:

Katy Duren,

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, DCS

Areas of focus: Post-baccalaureate degree and certificate programs, curricular development, academic planning and approval, program revenue


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Quality Improvement:

Maury Cotter,

Director, Office of Quality Improvement (OQI)

 Areas of focus: Goal development, strategy facilitation


Visit the OQI website.

Summer Term:

Sarah Barber,

Director, Summer Term, DCS

Areas of focus: Summer term, program revenue, academic program planning, academic calendar


Learn more about Summer Term.

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