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

  1. Enable personalized learning experiences, at scale, using technology
  2. Expand access for both traditional and new student audiences


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 personalized learning experiences, at scale, using technology.

  • Facilitate growth of learner-centered environments and active learning experiences across campus
  • Identify and utilize course-level learning data and analytics to support instructors and students

Expand access for both traditional and new student audiences.

  • Develop pathways to expand enrollments through Summer Term, and other course and program offerings
  • Expand technology implementations to realize opportunities and new distance learning experiences
  • Explore new, accessible ways to deliver content (e.g., open education resources that reduce costs for students, e-texts and other media)


Engage eText Pilot

eTexts and other digital course materials are becoming more and more available to students for a fraction of the cost of printed materials.

The UW-Madison Engage eText Pilot began in spring 2018 and is part of the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative. It is led, in partnership, by the Associated Students of Madison (ASM), the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Registrar and DoIT Academic Technology (AT). The ...

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Student Digital Ecosystem

UW-Madison is building a next-generation student digital ecosystem to better support faculty, staff and students. The ecosystem will connect university-wide systems including student information, learning management and curriculum management systems, as well as digital assessment tools. The connection of systems will allow for interoperability and flexibility, improve information accessibility and consistency, and empower faculty, staff and students with new tools and capabilities to achieve success. As shown in the figure ...

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Online Learning

Enhancing and scaling online learning is a significant focus for campus and the EI Initiative, particularly as both strive to advance personalized learning strategies using technology and to expand access to both residential (“traditional”) and new student audiences.

In partnership with schools, colleges and other campus units, EI aims to help enhance and scale high-quality online learning experiences across campus.

Goals for Online Education
  • Advance excellence in teaching and ...
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REACH - Redesigning for Active Learning in High-Enrollment Courses

Primary Objectives

The REACH team partners with faculty and instructors to:

  • Transform high-enrollment, lecture-based courses into more active and inclusive learning environments that can be sustained by academic departments
  • Inspire greater student responsibility for learning by increasing student inquiry and engagement with the subject matter
  • Improve student learning
Early Indications of Impact

In fall 2018, 6,600+ students are participating in REACH courses. The courses feature:

  • Consistent, ...
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Excel - Extending Teaching Professional Development to the Classroom

Excel is a new initiative designed to help faculty and instructors implement evidence-based and learner-centered teaching practices in medium-sized courses. The initiative is intended for faculty and instructors who have engaged in substantial teaching professional development at UW-Madison.

  • Design new or redesign existing courses to infuse learner-centered and evidence-based teaching practices
  • Increase student engagement in the learning process
  • Enhance student learning experiences

The Excel initiative accomplishes these ...

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Blended Learning

The EI Initiative strives to support the growing number of blended learning efforts occurring across campus. In particular, the EI Initiative partners with DoIT Academic Technology to offer Blend@UW and the Blended Learning Fellowship.

Blended learning can come in many shapes and forms, and can assume a number of different meanings to different people. Faculty and instructors in the Blended Learning ...

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

UW‐Madison has identified the adoption and production of Open Educational Resources (OER) as a priority within the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative, and in connection with the university’s Unizin efforts. The advantages of increased use of OER for instruction include enhanced attainment of learning outcomes, greater flexibility and more diverse pathways for students when accessing learning materials, greater flexibility for instructors to customize instructional materials, and lower course material costs ...

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Online Course Development Grants

Formalized in 2017, the campus Online Learning Initiative offers faculty and instructors the opportunity to apply for Online Course Development Grants to support the development of online courses taught in any term (fall, spring or summer). An annual call for proposals is announced each fall.

Award amounts are determined by the scope of the proposed work during the full-proposal stage and finalized in the MOU process. (Grants typically do ...

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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. The program primarily provides support for credit-based, undergraduate courses and programs; however, proposals for graduate courses or programs are also considered. The program is highly competitive, and typically awards grants of up to $15,000.

2018-19 Themes and Criteria

Proposals should address at least one of the following ...

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2018-19 EI Brown Bag Series

Back again this year, the EI Brown Bag Series offers faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about educational innovations in teaching and learning, build connections with colleagues, and share best practices and campus resources. Please join us over the course of the year for one or more of the following events.

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Communication Arts Course Redesigned as Part of REACH

Communication Arts 260: “Communication and Human Behavior” is one of 13 courses currently participating in the REACH (Redesigning for Active Learning in High-Enrollment Courses) Initiative, which aims to improve student learning by increasing students’ engagement in large introductory courses.

As part of the redesign process, Professor Sara McKinnon and the REACH project team worked to replace one in-person class day per week with interactive online lessons in Canvas; add ...

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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.

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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


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, online learning, advising, academic planning, accreditation. Learn more.

EI Senior Fellows:

Ivy Corfis,

Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Areas of focus: REACH Co-lead

John Zumbrunnen,

Chair and Professor, Department of Political Science

Areas of Focus: Online learning

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


Find more information about DoIT AT.

Sarah Miller,

Service Leader for Faculty Engagement, DoIT Academic Technology

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

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: Program and project development and management, communication planning and implementation, website management, brown bag and special 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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