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The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

The mission of the ECTL is to promote, support and evaluate the active pursuit of teaching and learning excellence for UW's teaching community through a broad range of research-based programs, services and resources. We support instructors on- and off-campus by
  • Highlighting "best-practice" pedagogies
  • Encouraging innovative and transformative teaching
  • Supporting the development of sustained reflective practice
  • Fostering university-wide dialogue and collaboration among colleagues

In service of our mission, we create a broad array of programs that include workshops and seminars for new and experienced faculty and graduate students, learning communities, book discussions, and grant-supported projects. We consult with individuals and provide classroom evaluations. Our website provides a vast collection of Teaching Tips and Resources. We welcome suggestions for programs and are pleased to collaborate with university departments and to support teaching and learning events. 

All of our services and programs are free to the university’s instructional community, both in and outside of Laramie, including faculty, lecturers, graduate teaching assistants, post-doctoral fellows, and anyone else involved in teaching at the university.

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Workshops and Seminars

Instructional Design

We merge instructional design, technology, and best-practice pedagogies to help faculty create learning environments where students and instructors can thrive and succeed. In addition to several year-round faculty development series, we offer bi-weekly Faculty TOUCH/Open lab hours, media production services and assistance, and instructional design consultations.

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New Faculty Programs

Through a generous donation from the Ellbogen Foundation, we provide tote bags to brand new faculty that include two books on teaching and offer new faculty tours of the ECTL office during the beginning of the semester. Throughout each semester we offer a new instructor's workshop series that can be of value to any instructors and graduate teaching assistants. Additionally, we coordinate a new-faculty peer-mentoring program.

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Graduate TA Programs

We co-sponsor with Academic Affairs, the annual orientation on teaching and learning for all new graduate assistants. Throughout each semester we offer a new instructors (which include graduate TAs) workshop series that covers a variety of topics on teaching and learning. Each spring, we offer a 3 credit S/U course (GRAD 5910) on teaching methodologies and applications.

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Special Events & Programs

We supplement our core programming with faculty development opportunities that broaden our reach. Sessions include book discussions, special teaching and learning seminars, and presentations that feature the work we are doing with our faculty learning communities. We also have the capability to bring some of our programs and services to academic units' locations.

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Services and Programs

Consulting and Classroom Observations

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Individual and small-group teaching consultations are designed to meet the specific needs of instructors on topics or concerns related to their teaching. Popular consultation services include the following: lesson planning/curriculum development, classroom/peer observation, mid-semester student feedback, small-group instructional diagnosis, student course evaluation analysis, and videotape analysis.

Faculty/GA Learning Communities

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Faculty learning communities (FLCs) are a way for small groups of instructors, from across disciplines, to build relationships and learn about various topics on teaching and learning. These groups meet consistently throughout a semester or year. Some FLCs are first come first served, while others are through application only. Past topics include a GTA book club, collaborative communication, service learning, and work/life balance.

John P. Ellbogen Faculty Summer Institute

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The John P. Ellbogen Faculty Summer institute provides faculty and instructors with a summer stipend and focused time to participate in workshops or projects run through the ECTL that will result in course/curriculum re-design, refinement or improvements in delivery. Recent Summer Institutes have focused on active and engaged learning, designing your first-year seminar, and blended learning. The Summer Institute workshops typically last approximately 4 days.

Other Faculty Development Resources

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Click below for information about the following faculty development resources and opportunities: Resources for off-campus faculty, USP Workshops, The Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP), Assessment of Student Learning, and WyoCourses resources.

Additional Resources

The Writing Center

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ECTL Teaching & Learning Lending Library

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Digital Resources and Tips for Teaching

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Funding Opportunities for Teaching

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Contact Us

Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

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

Laramie, WY 82071

(307) 766-4847

ellbogenctl@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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