Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning

CATL

Events & Programs

CATL offers a wide variety of professional development programming for educators at UW-Green Bay. Click on the title of any item in the categorized feeds below to read more. Some events fit in multiple categories and may show up under more than one heading, but the information is the same. Full details of CATL events and programs can be found on The Cowbell—CATL's blog. Information on CATL's digital badging pilot associated with their programming can be found on this page.

If you have questions regarding any of these opportunities, would like to talk through what might be right for you, or have an idea for future programming, please don't hesitate to reach out to the CATL team at CATL@uwgb.edu.

Presentations & Workshops

CATL hosts presentations and workshops centered around timely issues and the needs of instructors at UWGB, as well as larger issues related higher education and teaching in general. These sessions range in length and scope and may be led by CATL facilitators, one of your colleagues, or even a guest speaker.

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Courses & Certificates

CATL periodically offers courses for instructors that may be self-paced, synchronous, or somewhere in between. All service and overload payments are subject to limits and require approval by the instrutor's unit chair as outlined on pages 12-13 in the Compensation and Pay Plan Policy

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Campus Conversations

These informal discussions are designed to engage the campus community in focused discussions about issues important to teaching and learning, higher education, social justice, and more.

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New Faculty & Instructors (NFI)

As a part of instructor onboarding, new instructors are invited to participate in programming that is particularly relevant to early-career educators. We hope to encourage a culture of lifelong learning among instructors, as well as foster community among early-career and experienced teachers alike. Not sure where to start? Drop us a line!

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Communities of Practice

In a "CoP," participants work collaboratively to increase their understanding of a pedagogical concept or issue through regular meetings held throughout the year. A CoP provides a safe space to explore topics, find moral support, exchange ideas and information, and share and implement instructional techniques. Participants explore topics in greater depth than typical workshops, and receive support and input from the community. Communities form many bridges linking participants to deep learning, early-career members to experienced members, isolated teachers to new colleagues, departments to departments, and faculty to students and staff. If you are interested in how to set up a CoP, you may wish to consult this guide created by our System friends at UW-Madison. Interested in working with CATL on a CoP? Let us know!

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Technology Trainings

Whether it be Canvas or any of the related tools that make up UW-Green Bay's digital learning environment, CATL is here to support the effective use of technology in instruction! We offer consultations, workshops, and presentations, and more on teaching technologies. Have a need for a training, such as a departmental sparkshop? Let us know! As always, one-on-one consultations are also available.

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Reading Groups

Centered around a book or series of relevant articles, these discussion-based reading groups allow instructors to engage in a concept or issue relevant to their instruction. Reading groups may be led by CATL facilitators or one of your colleagues. Interested in hosting a reading group through CATL? Reach out to us by email.

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Instructional Development Institute

The Instructional Development Institute is held at UW-Green Bay each January hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Development Council. This conference features a series of workshops and presentations exploring teaching & learning practices, pedagogical issues, specific challenges in instruction, high-impact practices, and more.

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Sparkshops

 

To reach faculty who can't engage in as much professional development around teaching as they'd like, CATL offers “sparkshops:" 15-minute, active-learning based workshops that can be facilitated in a department meeting. Each sparkshop asks faculty members to look at data supporting the use of a certain evidence-based instructional practice (EBIP), has them try out the teaching practice, and then allows them to discuss with disciplinary colleagues how they might integrate that approach into their courses. Request a sparkshop, please just email CATL@uwgb.edu and we'll schedule a session.

Fun & Games

A little levity is on the menu. This category of CATL-hosted events includes Instructor Appreciation Day, game nights, social gatherings, and other less formalized get-togethers with an eye towards bandwidth recovery.