CETL staff provide a number of services for faculty, instructors, and departments at UWM.

Individual Consultations

We will meet with UWM faculty and instructors  upon request for a private consultation about teaching and/or individual course design. All meetings and materials are confidential, formative, and developmental, not part of university faculty review processes. In an individual consultation, CETL staff members offer collegial support informed by research on learning and teaching. We will not tell you how to teach, but we will ask questions and explore possibilities so that you can meet your own teaching and learning goals.

Consultations typically focus on areas such as:

  • assessing and enhancing a current course
  • creating a new course or revising an existing course, assignment, or syllabus
  • understanding and measuring what students are learning • exploring new pedagogical techniques or different approaches to class or course design
  • interpreting comments and numerical results from Student Evaluation of Teaching forms.

Canvas, Desire2Learn, and Learning Technologies: In addition, CETL provides a wide range of support for UWM faculty and instructors who use Canvas or Desire2Learn (D2L), the campus-wide course management systems, and supported learning technologies.  CETL offers training workshops for gaining an introductory knowledge of Canvas and supported technologies and maintains extensive web-based resources that provides self-guided help.

Departmental Consultations

Did you know that one of the indicators for successful change and improvement is creating a community of support for change? CETL is particularly pleased when invited into a department, meeting, School, or College to help a cohort achieve its goals. Oftentimes, change is more sustainable when colleagues share and support one another and identify common needs among their students and within their programs. In addition, CETL staff are often invited to facilitate or present at UWM department, School, and College meetings, retreats, or kick-offs.

The workshops listed below (and topics by request) are relevant for all modes of teaching and learning, including face-to-face, blended, and online and can be adapted to meet your needs.

Course Design (F2F, Blended, Online)

  • Canvas Workshops (Stephanie Guedet, Ed Price, Amy Mangrich, Lane Sunwall, Sarah MacDonald)
  • Writing Course Learning Outcomes (Connie Schroeder)
  • Ten Essentials for Large Classes (Connie Schroeder)
  • Strategies for Teaching with Canvas (Lane Sunwall)
  • Blended Learning and Course Design (Stephanie Guedet, Ed Price, Amy Mangrich, Lane Sunwall, Sarah MacDonald)

 Assignment Design

  • Aligning Assignments with Course (or Program) Level Outcomes (Connie Schroeder)
  • Assignment Design (Connie Schroeder)
  • Scaffolding Large Assignments and Projects (Connie Schroeder)
  • Webquests as a Teaching Tool (Lane Sunwall)

Assessment and Evaluation

  • Creating and Embedding Low Stakes Assessments (Connie Schroeder)
  • Pre-Assessment Strategies (Connie Schroeder)
  • Designing Successful Rubrics (Connie Schroeder)
  • Grading Schemes for Engagement, Preparation, and Attendance (Connie Schroeder)

Engagement and Active Learning

  • Active Learning (Connie Schroeder)
  • Modified Lectures (Connie Schroeder)
  • Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle: Engaging Lesson Plan Design (Connie Schroeder)
  • Successful Learning in Small Groups (Connie Schroeder)
  • Overview of UWM Active Learning Classrooms, Research Findings, and Benefits (Connie Schroeder)
  • First Day Strategies (Connie Schroeder)

 Learning Environment and Student Success

  • Creating Community in F2F or Online (Stephanie Guedet, Ed Price, Amy Mangrich, Lane Sunwall, Sarah MacDonald)
  • First Day Strategies (Connie Schroeder)
  • Engaging Conflict Constructively in the Classroom (Sarah MacDonald)
  • An Inclusive Classroom (Sarah MacDonald)
  • Strategies to Convey Caring and Belief in Student Success (Connie Schroeder)
  • Teaching for Inclusion and Equity (Sarah MacDonald)

Curricular and Organizational Development and Change

  • Faculty Change Agents (Connie Schroeder)
  • Curriculum Mapping (Connie Schroeder)
  • Program Outcome Writing, Alignment (Connie Schroeder)
  • Program Assessment (Connie Schroeder)

Please contact CETL at 414 229-4319 or a CETL staff member directly in order to request your consultation.