2016-17 EI Brown Bag Series

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. We also welcome topic and speaker suggestions for future events, so please send us your ideas via our contact form.

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Textbook Affordability

Tuesday, Jan. 24, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
Join us to learn about UW-Madison’s OER strategic framework and how campus has worked closely with Unizin to develop and host Pressbooks. Pressbooks is a WordPress-based authoring platform designed to help faculty and staff easily develop and publish openly licensed textbooks and other affordable educational materials.

Presenters will showcase exciting features of Pressbooks and a handful of openly licensed textbooks developed by campus members that are currently being used for instruction.


  • Kris Olds, Professor, Dept. of Geography, and EI Fellow
  • Steel Wagstaff, Instructional Technology Consultant, L&S Learning Support Services

View the presentation slides.

Reframing the Wisconsin Experience

Thursday, March 2, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
(*Rescheduled from fall semester.)
The Wisconsin Experience is the learning experience we aspire to provide to undergraduate students during their time at UW-Madison. It is a combination of academic and co-curricular experiences leveraged by our institutional values. As a campus, there is an expectation that we will provide the environment and the opportunities, and that students will do their part to seize them.

During the past academic year, hundreds of faculty, staff and students across campus provided input on how to reframe and more clearly define the Wisconsin Experience. We ultimately arrived at four core concepts, which each include a set of action-oriented expectations of students. Please join us for a discussion about these concepts, and identify how faculty and staff can help communicate these expectations through their courses and programs.


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

View the presentation slides.

Creating and Sustaining High-Demand 131 Programs

Friday, March 31, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
Learn how to identify, create and sustain successful, high-demand programs for new student audiences at UW-Madison. Growth of high-demand programs designed for non-traditional audiences allows you to:

  • diversify your department’s academic program portfolio
  • attract and serve new audiences of students
  • strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce in a knowledge economy
  • experiment with alternative teaching and learning approaches
  • diversify revenue streams in an era of diminished state support

The session will highlight critical issues, processes, policies, and available resources.


  • Katy Duren, Associate Dean, Division of Continuing Studies


FALL 2016
Implementing Blended and Online Learning

Tuesday, Sept. 13, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
Are you ready to implement blended or online learning in one or more of your courses? Perhaps you have already started and want to learn more from others’ experiences? Join our panelists for an interactive discussion about why they decided to transition to blended and/or online learning, how long it took them to implement the new methods and techniques, and what benefits and challenges they have experienced so far.


  • Morton Ann Gernsbacher, Professor, Dept. of Psychology, College of Letters & Science
  • Catalina Toma, Associate Professor, Dept. of Communication Arts, College of Letters & Science
  • Verda Blythe, Faculty Associate, School of Business


  • Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning


For more information about blended and online learning opportunities and resources at UW-Madison.

Adopting Canvas at UW-Madison

Tuesday, Dec. 6, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
Based on positive results from pilot studies and campus feedback, UW-Madison is transitioning to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) over the next two years. The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS on campus, and to discontinue campus support for D2L and Moodle by 2018.

Canvas is being used in over 660 credit-based courses this fall, with more set to transition this spring. Join members of the Canvas Transition Team to learn about next steps, available resources and how to transition or enhance your courses using Canvas.


  • Linda Jorn, Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies, and Director, DoIT Academic Technology (AT)
  • Brian McNurlen, Assistant Director, DoIT AT
  • Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and EI Co-lead