Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning Turns 30

September 10, 2021
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For 30 years, the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning has been the hub for faculty development at the University of Wyoming. In 1991, UW established the Center for Teaching Excellence as the university’s first teaching center. In 2001, the center was renamed the John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning to honor his contribution to top-quality teaching as the highest of callings. Ellbogen was one of UW’s most generous and devoted patrons. In carrying out this commitment, the ECTL supports instructors at all levels and from all disciplines in their efforts to further develop as teachers and to advance student learning through best practices in pedagogy. Instructors who participate in its programming value the interdisciplinary connections made with colleagues across the university and the resulting exchange of ideas to further student engagement and learning.

To celebrate its anniversary, ECTL held multiple book group discussions on the book Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin Gannon. Gannon will serve as the keynote speaker at a celebration symposium Sept. 20-21. The symposium will also recognize UW faculty working in the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as instructors who have completed their certification in teaching and learning and/or their certification in diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information, visit uwyo.edu/ctl

Highlights from 2020-21   

  • 2,775+ individual or group consultations

  • 261 enrollments since 2017 in ECTL’s certification and badge program, including 72 in the diversity, equity and inclusion certification

  • 21 research project instructors on the scholarship of teaching and learning

  • 466 instructors participated in 17 courses (Special note: 413 instructors across 81 departments participated in the ECTL Digital Teaching & Learning Course created in response to COVID-19 to prepare instructors for teaching in an online environment. Those 413 instructors taught 391 courses that were specifically redesigned as a result of the ECTL course to 16,632 students during the 2020-21 academic year.)

  • 234 instructors* participated in 24 learning communities

  • 1,054 instructors* participated in 83 workshops

  • Knowledge base web resources: Best practices in pedagogy links (67) Teaching tools and technology videos (53)


*Total numbers; not individuals. Some instructors participate in multiple programs and request numerous services.



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