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About

Mission

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

Vision

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.

Goals

1

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
2

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)

Initiatives

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
  • Consistent, active and inclusive course structures and practices
  • Co-created learning objectives, curricula and assessments
  • ...
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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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Funding

EI Online Course Development Grants

New in 2017, the EI Online Course Initiative offers faculty and instructors the opportunity to apply for funding and support to develop online courses through an annual call for proposals during the fall semester. The Online Course Development Grants provide support for online course development for courses taught during any term (fall, spring or summer). Faculty and instructors will receive tools, training and resources, and be paired with an instructional ...

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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 typically awards grants of up to $10-15,000.

The next call for proposals will likely occur at the beginning of the fall 2018 semester. Please check back for updated information in early September. We appreciate your interest!

General Proposal Requirements

Previous proposal themes have included blended ...

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News

Another Successful Year for TeachOnline@UW

TeachOnline@UW just finished its fourth year of helping UW-Madison instructors design and teach fully online courses.

Since its inception, 135 faculty and instructors have completed TeachOnline@UW, which combines online courses with discussions about implementing research-based best practices for course design and teaching. The program has two courses that put instructors in the role of the online students they teach. The first focuses on planning and designing an ...

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TeachOnline@UW Learning Community Back Again - Apply Now

Supported by the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative, the TeachOnline@UW will be offered again this upcoming academic year, beginning fall 2018. TeachOnline@UW is a unique learning community that provides faculty and instructional staff with support to make significant progress designing or redesigning fully online courses.

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Governance

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…

UCAAA

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…

Partners

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!

Contacts

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, 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

 

Learn more at advanceyourcareer.wisc.edu.

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