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New Faculty Programs and Resources

* Funded by the John P Ellbogen Foundation.

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.

New Faculty Book Bags*

Each year, the ECTL provides new faculty with book bags at new faculty orientation containing books on teaching and learning as well as some items that promote the center. This year's books are: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Lang) and Assessing and Improving Your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning (Blumberg).
Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

Cognitive psychologists, neuroscientists, and biologists all have produced a revealing body of research over the past several decades on how human beings learn, but often translating these findings into the classroom is overwhelming for busy instructors. Small Teaching bridges the gap between research and practice by providing a fully developed strategy for making deliberate, structured, and incremental steps towards tuning into how your students are hardwired to learn.

Small Teaching: Everday Lessons from the Science of Learning
Assessing and Improving Your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning

This practical, evidence-based guide promotes excellence in teaching and improving student learning through self-reflection and self-assessment of one's teaching. Faculty developer Phyllis Blumberg starts by reviewing the current approaches to instructor evaluation and describes their inadequacies. She then presents a new model of assessing teaching that builds on a broader base of evidence and sources of support.

New Faculty Peer Mentoring Groups*

This faculty learning community will help you develop valuable relationships with your peers as you continue to support one another throughout the year. Groups of 4-6 will meet regularly with dates and times determined by the group. If you are interested, fill out a form at New Faculty Orientation or email Janel Seeley ( by Friday, August 31st with the names and email addresses of group members, including one lead contact. We can also assign you to a group.

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 all instructors to browse our website for more information about the ECTL and the resources we make available to UW’s teaching community.

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

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Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

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

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4847


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