2022 Teaching and Learning Symposium (Virtual)

January 13, 2022

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium! The Teaching and Learning Symposium is a one-day event that will take place on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Once again, this year’s symposium will be held virtually. The virtual format will provide an opportunity for even more UWM instructors to participate and to connect with each other in new ways.

Please NOTE: All Symposium sessions were recorded. Those recordings are being edited and will become available on this site in the coming weeks, along with any session materials that presenters have uploaded.

Keynote Address

Dr. Michele DiPietro, “How Learning Works: Knowledge Organization, Student Development, and Course Climate”

We are very excited to have Dr. Michele DiPietro as our keynote speaker this year. The title of their talk is “How Learning Works: Knowledge Organization, Student Development, and Course Climate,” which will focus on Principles 2 and 6 from their well-known, co-authored book on teaching and learning, How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.

About Dr. DiPietro

Dr. Michele DiPietro is the Executive Director for Faculty Development, Recognition, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor in the School of Data Science and Analytics at Kennesaw State University. With their former Carnegie Mellon colleagues, Dr. DiPietro is a co-author of How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. The book was listed at #3 in a “Top 10 Books on Teaching” list on the Chronicle of Higher Education. Their scholarly interests include learning sciences, diversity and inclusion, the scholarship of teaching and learning, academic integrity, the Millennial generation, statistics education, the consultation process in faculty development, and teaching in times of tragedy. They have presented hundreds of workshops and keynotes at numerous colleges and conferences, in the US, including at institutions such as Yale, Colombia, University of Chicago, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as abroad, in nations such as Canada, Colombia, Germany, Israel, Italy, and Japan. Some of their scholarship has been translated into foreign languages (Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Arabic). They won the POD Innovation award for the online consultation tool “Solve a Teaching Problem.” Their innovative course “The statistics of sexual orientation” has been featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education and several other magazines. They served as Chair of the Georgia Consortium of Centers for Teaching and Learning, President of the POD Network in Higher Education, the premiere educational development association in North America, Board Member of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED), and Conference Chair of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dr. DiPietro is the 2015 recipient of the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD award, the highest honor bestowed in the field of educational development for professional achievement and legacy to the field.

Testimonials from 2021

Last year, the symposium offered 32 sessions with 72 presenters and had over 327 virtual attendees, consisting of instructional and non-instructional academic staff, faculty members, and graduate teaching assistants from a wide range of disciplines across campus. Here’s what a few attendees said about the symposium:

  • “I thought this was an awesome symposium! I loved the fact that it was virtual and you had multiple ways to interact with presenters and colleagues.”
  • “The keynote speaker was great! I loved hearing how successful her switches to a pedagogy of kindness have been, which reinforced and informed some changes I’ve been working on.”
  • “I enjoyed hearing the different perspectives of my colleagues and being exposed to new ideas and ways of approaching teaching.”
  • “All of the sessions that I attended were informative and prompted me to make some important changes to my syllabus for this semester.”
  • “Most of the presenters gave concrete examples of how to work their ideas into anyone’s teaching. I liked the new ideas, and I also appreciated the practicality of implementing them.”


Contact Connie Schroeder with any questions about the symposium.

The UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium is supported by a UWM Academic Staff Group Professional Development Award and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


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