2017-18 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.

– SPRING 2017 –

Creating and Sustaining High-Demand, Revenue-Generating (131) Programs

Tuesday, February 6, 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


Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Personalization

Thursday, March 8, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
What does learning science research tell us about personalized learning? How can emerging learning technology (e.g., learning analytics) enhance instruction and help students manage their own learning? This session will highlight current findings from two UW-Madison projects – one doing research on the regional and national movement toward personalized learning, the other focused on learning analytics – and the intersection of the two areas. Attendees will learn and engage in discussion about the opportunities of personalized learning and how the campus is exploring new, digital tools to support personalization through learning analytics.


  • Julie Kallio, Project Director for the Personalization in Practice research group, Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER)
  • Kim Arnold, Senior Evaluation Consultant, DoIT Academic Technology

View the presentation slides.


Diverse Perspectives on Creating a Dynamic Summer Online Experience

Thursday, Oct. 26, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
Learn about creating a thriving summer online course or program through three unique perspectives. Hear from an academic dean about establishing online course development as a school/college priority; a faculty member about their experiences with teaching and facilitating online; and an instructional designer on innovative design and emerging technologies to increase online engagement. The Summer Term Director, Soma Chakrabarti, will kick off the session with an overview of the growth of online summer enrollments and the importance of designing quality summer online courses to enhance the student experience, increase access and improve time-to-degree.


  • Soma Chakrabarti, Summer Term Director

View the presentation slides.

Engage eText Pilot Aims to Reduce Textbook Costs for Students

Tuesday, Nov. 28, noon-1:15pm, Union South (TITU)
eTexts and other digital course materials are becoming more and more available to students at a fraction of the cost of printed materials. In partnership with Associated Students of Madison, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Registrar and DoIT AT, the EI Initiative will lead an eText pilot starting in spring 2018. The pilot will utilize the Unizin Engage platform via an integration with Canvas, and aims to reduce the weight of textbook costs on students and to explore the potential for broader implementation of eTexts at UW-Madison. Event attendees will learn about the benefits of eTexts and the Engage platform, as well as further details about the pilot.


  • Scott Owczarek, Office of the Registrar
  • Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and EI Co-lead
  • Nicole Olthafer, Project Manager, DoIT AT