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ECTL logo John Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning{"A?":"B","a":5,"d":"B","h":"","c":"DAEQULeNxBw","i":"pf_rlF8j_yErgrf08SDdWQ","b":1608060729103,"A":[{"A?":"K","A":127.67825004420297,"B":707.3328081641109,"D":506.20824385414943,"C":384.31954495339926,Hello and welcome to the ECTL. If you are looking for ideas and assistance in improving student learning through best practices in teaching, you've come to the right place. Our instructional designers have years of experience in teaching a variety of disciplines, using a variety of modalities, and are experts in pedagogy. Whether you are looking for general information or feedback on teaching, would like to engage in a certification in teaching and learning or are interested in one of our specific initiatives in digital teaching and learning, critical and creative thinking, communication across the curriculum or assessment of student learning- our friendly staff are here to point you in the                  Janel Seeley- Director

Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

Director's Note

"Hello and welcome to the ECTL. You have arrived at a great place for ideas and assistance in improving student learning through best practices in teaching! Our instructional designers have years of experience in teaching a variety of disciplines, using a variety of modalities, and are experts in pedagogy. Whether you are looking for tips or feedback on teaching, are interested in being part of a community of learners or want to check out one of our specific programs in digital teaching and learning, critical and creative thinking, collaborative communication or assessment of student learning- our friendly staff are here to point you in the right direction.”

--Janel Seeley

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News, Features, and Updates


GRAD 5910: Teaching Methodologies & Applications

Course in College Teaching

This three-credit S/U course is offered in the spring semester for graduate students who want to broaden their skills and knowledge in the area of teaching in higher education.  Dr. Janel Seeley will provide opportunities to develop skills and knowledge needed 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 Class Schedule under "Other Programs" GRAD-Graduate School. The Spring 2023 course offered in-person on Tuesdays from 4:10-7:00 pm. For more information, please contact Janel Seeley at


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Services, Support, and Resources

The ECTL offers various options for instructors to work one-on-one with an Instructional Designer. If the assistance you need is not addressed below,  please email or call us at (307) 766-4847.

Faculty Learning Studio

We offer drop-in support hours every week to consult about a wide range of curriculum and pedagogy questions, explore more advanced uses of WyoCourses, or get a refresher about the basic WyoCourses tools. Drop-in support is open to all UW instructors and no appointment is necessary.

Mondays and Thursdays 2:00-4:00p

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Hosted in the ECTL Zoom Room

Consulting And Class Observations

Want to revise an assignment, adjust a syllabus, or review a set of course evaluations? Interested in feedback from an independent classroom observation? We provide a variety of consultations to help you revise a course with the goal of improving student learning.  All consultations are confidential unless otherwise arranged.

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To request a consultation, please fill out our Consultation Request Form.

Rapid Course Design (WyoCourses) Workshop

This workshop focuses on the MOST ESSENTIAL tools to get your WyoCourses class websites up and running as quickly as possible! This session will give you hands-on assistance setting up the basic functionality for your course.

Monday, December 12 | 9:30a-11:30a

Thursday, January 19th | 10:00a-12:00p

Tuesday, January 31st | 1:00p-3:00p

Register here!

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Teaching and Learning Academies

These day-long events will feature UW educators and ECTL educational developers sharing teaching strategies that have an impact on student learning.

Thursday, September 15:  Registration is now closed

Friday, October 21: Registration is now closed

More information on our Spring Academies soon!

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John P Ellbogen Summer Institute

The Summer Institute is founded on the model of the Great Teachers Movement, which is based on the philosophy that well-facilitated shoptalk is one of the highest forms of professional development. No individual "expert" can match the collective knowledge, experience, wisdom, creativity, and genius of any group of teachers actively involved in their profession. The participants are the "experts" at the retreat.

The John P. Ellbogen Summer Institute is funded by an endowment from the Ellbogen Foundation and the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning.

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Let's take some time to talk about assessment! Join the Assessment Faculty Learning Community for engaging conversations and to think with your peers about assessment for student learning at UW. 

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Applications are closed for this semester.

Collaborative Communication

In our hectic schedules, we often do not take the time to slow down to reflect on and think together about our work. The ECTL has been hosting an informal collaborative communication (CC) group for the past four years that does just that.

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We are no longer accepting registrations.

New Faculty

Meet other new faculty from a variety of disciplines, discuss best practices in teaching and learning, share resources and attend social events. Past participants have found these learning communities valuable for improving their teaching practices as well as creating community with others.

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We are no longer accepting registrations.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

GTAs are experts in their field of study but may need support honing their understanding of teaching and learning. In this learning community we will introduce recent research articles regarding Graduate Teaching Assistants to gain further insight into this role.

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Applications are closed for this semester.


There have been many innovations in education. We have moved from classrooms to Zoom and back again. We have learned to teach  effectively in synchronous and asynchronous, online environments. We have explored and implemented active, team-based, collaborative, project-based, problem-based pedagogy in our classrooms, increasing students’ engagement and learning. We have learned how games and game theory can be used to increase student engagement in class materials. In short, we have transformed education in many ways. How else might we inspire ourselves and our students? What else might we explore? 

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Assessment Activities

Current assessment activities include information on a range of projects and activities recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements, or respond to accountability interests.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2021). NILOA Current Assessment Activities

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Digital Teaching and Learning Self-Paced Course

Digital teaching and learning encompasses instructional practices that effectively use technology to strengthen teaching and learning experiences through best practices in pedagogy and andragogy. Digital teaching and learning can incorporate many different techniques, tools, digital content and resources, and applications to support and empower teachers and students, in all educational environments including online, hybrid, and face-to-face. Digital teaching and learning increases equity and access to educational opportunities as well as providing instructors with the knowledge and tools to teach inclusively. 

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Magna 20-Minute Mentor

The ECTL subscribes to the Magna Publications weekly 20-Minute Monday Morning Mentor series. These video-based programs are designed to answer a specific question related to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute presentations designed to fit busy schedules.

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Scholarship of Teaching & Learning

SoTL (The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) is defined at UW as "Systematic inquiry into student learning by integrating the experience of teaching and prior scholarship on teaching and learning and making the findings appropriately public. Thus, building a SoTL community which leads to the assessment and enhancement of student learning."  

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New Faculty Programs

Every year we offer and promote educational development opportunism for new instructors in part funded by an endowment by th eJohn P. Ellbogen Foundation.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Programs

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. 

Every year we offer and promote educational development opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants which are funded through an endowment from the John P. Ellbogen Foundation. 

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Welcome to the ECTL Knowledge Base

We have worked hard to develop a limited, curated list of links and resources within this Knowledge Base. You can also find links to other resources in other sections of our ECTL website--so if you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please reach out to us for help:

  1. Best Practices in Pedagogy. This set of pages provides a wealth of resources, designed around five major components that all instructors should be thinking about when they design and deliver courses. Especially for newer teachers, this part of the Knowledge Base should offer both a birds-eye view as well as selected resources for more targeted support.
  1. Emergency Course Design. This small set of resources emerged in response to the rapid shift to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide practical information to help teachers move courses into online teaching environments.
  2. Key Teaching Tools. The ECTL supports several key applications for student learning, including WyoCourses, Zoom, VidGrid, and Honorlock. This section of the Knowledge Base provides home-grown resources as well as links to support materials from each company’s website.


Lending Library

The ECTL library provides access to a range of resources about teaching and learning. Our books cover a wide variety of subjects and themes and include many of the most well-liked and well-respected books about teaching and learning. All books are available for checkout and can be shipped to off-campus faculty at their location.

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Breakout EDU: Active Learning Tool

Breakout EDU is an active learning tool purchased by the ECTL that is available to UW instructors.

Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform that brings collaboration to both remote and in-person learning. Breakout EDU games consist of a combination of physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a set amount of time. Players of all ages are challenged to open the locked Breakout EDU box using critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

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GTA Handbook

To facilitate your growth as an effective instructor for UW's students, we provide this Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook as an introduction to your training in pedagogy.  We also provide our students a range of learning opportunities and environments.  Learning takes place in traditional classrooms, studios, and laboratories, and also n the field and in the community.  UW's most effective teachers are constantly learning by testing new strategies and approaches to covey topics to facilitate higher levels of understanding within their students.  Because students learn most effectively when they are actively engaged, university educators learn to employ a range of strategies to facilitate student learning.  In this handbook, you will find a number of these strategies and approaches.  Some will work for you, some will not fit  your particular uses.  Pick and choose wisely, for that is the role of the effective instructional graduate assistant.

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Lightboard Studio

Looking to innovate your online teaching delivery style? If the answer is yes, the ECTL Lightboard Studio may be for you! With CARES funding, the Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning (ECTL) has acquired a new teaching tool that lets you create innovative, fun and engaging videos. It can be used for lecture as well as supplemental videos.

“Lightboard is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light. It’s for recording video lecture topics. You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you.” – Professor Michael Peshkin, Northwestern University, Lightboard inventor

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Teaching Tips

To facilitate the growth of effective instructors, we have gathered and developed the following strategies and approaches that recognize the responsibility instructors have to provide students a range of learning opportunities and environments. We have also included information about important legal and ethical responsibilities that instructors need to be aware of, career development materials, and other helpful information. 

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The ECTL Newsletter

The ECTL Newsletter provides information about what's happening at the ECTL this current month. Hear from our faculty and staff about what we do at the ECTL!

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