2015-16 EI Brown Bag Series

The EI Brown Bag Series offers faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about educational innovations, 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. We also welcome topic and speaker suggestions for future events, so please send us your ideas via our contact form.


Enhancing Your Blended Learning Toolkit

Wednesday, February 17, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
Are you thinking about delving into blended learning (or diving deeper), but not sure what methods to use? Join our panelists and other colleagues for an interactive discussion about blended learning and what approaches best promote active student engagement. Panelists will offer a brief introduction of blended learning tools and techniques, address lessons learned, and share best practices and resources.


  • Mark Fedenia, Associate Professor, Dept. of Finance, Investment & Banking, Wisconsin School of Business
  • Amy Gangl, Senior Lecturer, Dept. Political Science, College of Letters & Science
  • Lyn Van Swol, Professor, Dept. of Communication Arts, College of Letters & Science


  • Mo Bischof, Associate Vice Provost

Exploring the Wisconsin Experience

Thursday, March 3, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
The Wisconsin Experience – an experience that encompasses both academic and co-curricular student experiences – has been around for a number of years. The original articulation referred to that indescribable “something” that is unique to UW-Madison. Many on campus have taken it upon themselves to fill in “that something” in a local context and others are confused by what it all means. Join panelists and colleagues to further articulate “that something” in a broad cross-campus context, and help reframe and more clearly define the Wisconsin Experience.


  • Lori Berquam, Vice Provost for Student Life, and Dean of Students
  • Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and EI Co-lead


  • Jim Gray, Office of Quality Improvement

Canvas: The Instructional Experience

Tuesday, April 5, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
The Canvas learning management system (LMS) will be integrated with the student information system over the coming months. Starting this fall, many faculty and instructional staff will be moving their courses to Canvas. Join current and former Canvas pilot participants as they share their experiences using Canvas, highlighting useful features, lessons learned and best practices.


  • Judith Burstyn, Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, College of Letters & Science
  • Joe Salmons, Professor, Dept. of German, College of Letters & Science
  • Billy Kardasz, Academic Technology & Web, Wisconsin School of Business


  • Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and EI Co-lead

FALL 2015

Teaching Digital: Flipped, Blended & Online

Monday, September 28, noon-1:30pm, Red Gym
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.


  • Jamie Henke, Distinguished Faculty Associate, Division of Continuing Studies, School of Music
  • Gregory Moses, Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Engineering Physics, Dept. of Engineering Physics, College of Engineering
  • Earlise Ward, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
  • John Zumbrunnen, Professor, Dept. Political Science, College of Letters & Science


  • Karen Skibba, Division of Continuing Studies
  • Christine Lupton, DoIT Academic Technology

View bios and ask questions of the panel in advance.

Teaching in Accelerated Formats

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 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.

Presenter: Sarah Barber, Director, Summer Term
Download and view presentation slides.

Canvas Pilot: What We’re Learning

Monday, November 2, noon-1pm, Union South
UW-Madison is currently piloting the Canvas learning management system (LMS). Beginning in the spring of 2015 and continuing through the spring 2016 semester, the pilot aims to help the university make a more informed decision about future LMS options and the next generation digital learning environment. Please join us to learn more about the progress of the pilot and the information we have gathered thus far. More information about the pilot can also be found at: edinnovation.wisc.edu/uw-madison-canvas-pilot.


  • Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
  • Bruce Maas, Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
  • Linda Jorn, Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies, and Director, DoIT Academic Technology
  • Bethany Gordy, Academic Technology Project Manager