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Graduate Student Programs and Resources

*Funded by the John P Ellbogen Foundation.

The ECTL recognizes that graduate students play an important part in the UW teaching and learning community. We encourage students to utilize our programs and resources to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities as instructors.

Teaching and Learning Seminar Series - Spring 2019*

All sessions are held in Coe Library 506 and a catered lunch is provided for sessions over the noon hour. Click here to register.

Date: Thursday, February 7 | 12:00-1:30 pm | Coe Library 506

Title: Active Learning Lightning Rounds

Presenters: Rick Fisher; Janel Seeley; Christine Boggs; Meg Van Baalen-Wood; Jeff Miller

Description: In this fast paced workshop you will get brief overviews of some quick and easy active learning techniques you can incorporate into a course or lesson.  Faculty and instructional designers will share these techniques each in a room full of tables. Participants will rotate tables every 15 minutes to get exposure to all the techniques.


Date: Thursday, March 7 | 12:00-1:30 pm | Coe Library 506

Title: Team Based Learning

Presenters: Samuel Shearer, ROTC; Rachel Watson, Microbiology and Chemistry; Lori Howe, Honors

Description: “Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an evidence based collaborative learning teaching strategy designed around units of instruction, known as “modules,” that are taught in a three-step cycle: preparation, in-class readiness assurance testing, and application-focused exercise.. “  (The Team Based Learning Collaborative) Three faculty who have had success using TBL in their classes will share successes, challenges and tips for incorporating this in to a lesson or entire course.


Date: Thursday, April 4 | 12:00-1:30 pm | Coe Library 506

Title: How Do You Know Students Are Really Learning?

Presenters: To Be Announced

Description: You are most likely familiar with conducting research in your discipline, but have you also considered research on your teaching? In this workshop you will hear about a variety projects that UW faculty are currently working on that inquire into their own teaching and learning. You will learn the key principals of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and be given insight into how you may inquire into your own teaching and learning.


Graduate Assistant Learning Community Book Club*

This community of graduate assistants will discuss chapters from Teaching Your First College Class: A Practical Guide for New Faculty and Graduate Student Instructors (Lieberg). Applicants selected for the book club will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Meeting times during the fall semester will be determined by the group.

Applications must be received by Thursday, January 31 and space is limited. To apply for the book club, go here

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Course in College Teaching (GRAD 5910)

This three-credit S/U course is offered in the spring semester and is for graduate students who want to broaden their skills and knowledge in the area of teaching in higher education. This course provides opportunities to develop skills and knowledge to design learning materials; create a rich, interactive, and effective classroom; effectively assess student learning; develop a  personal teaching philosophy; and reflect on teaching and learning experiences. The course is listed in the Registrar's Spring 2019 Class Schedule under "Other Programs" GRAD-Graduate School.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook

This handbook was developed to facilitate the growth of Graduate Assistants as effective instructors. The handbook contains fundamental teaching strategies and approaches to engage students, as well as important legal and ethical responsibilities that all instructors need to know about. To access the handbook, go here. This handbook is updated each academic year.

Graduate Student Network (GSN)

This Recognized Student Organization (RSO) is mainly focused on improving the professional and social aspects of being a graduate student. GSN activities include research-specific seminars and speakers, focus-group discussions, conference presentation feedback, and social hours. For more information, go to the Graduate Student Network at UW Facebook page.

Teaching Tips

A compilation of Teaching tips with 64 contributions from 47 institutions:

2018-2019 Teaching Issues Writing Consortium Teaching Tips

Additional Resources

The ECTL has a wealth of resources that promote “best-practice” pedagogies in support of the active pursuit of teaching and learning excellence. We encourage graduate assistants to browse our website for more information about the ECTL and the resources we make available to UW’s teaching community.


For additional information, please contact Janel Seeley at: or (307) 766-4814. 

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1000 E. University, Dept. 3334, Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4847


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