Call for Proposals

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) invites UWM faculty, academic staff, and graduate teaching assistants to submit proposals for the 6th Annual UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium to be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

In line with UWM’s strategy for keeping faculty, staff, and students healthy and safe, 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.

Proposal Details

Please submit a proposal to present or discuss any topic related to teaching and student learning in any teaching mode (face-to-face, online, blended/hybrid, synchronous, and flipped). Proposals that address teaching and learning beyond the course level are also welcome, and those that address the symposium theme—Adapt • Persist • Connect—will be given special consideration.

Virtual Sessions

All sessions will be offered through the campus-supported synchronous meeting tool Collaborate Ultra. CETL will provide technical support to presenters using Collaborate Ultra, including training and practice sessions and a tip sheet for facilitating within a synchronous virtual environment. Presenters do NOT need to have any prior experience using Collaborate Ultra to participate.

Session Types

Proposals should identify one of the following two formats:

Interactive Presentation

Interactive presentations are 45-minute sessions in which presenters share pedagogical strategies, course designs, technology tools, curricular innovations, or department/institutional initiatives that support or advance teaching and student learning. Presenters may engage attendees in the Collaborate Ultra virtual session through the use of chat, audio, polls, and/or breakout rooms.


Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are 45-minute conversations designed to foster connections around a common theme or topic related to teaching and learning. Facilitators do not deliver a formal presentation but instead lead a discussion about their proposed theme or topic to encourage the exchange of ideas, challenges, and resources among participants with the potential for future follow-up contact. Facilitators should plan to engage attendees in the Collaborate Ultra virtual session through the use of chat, audio, polls, and/or breakout rooms.


Proposals will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the topic
  • Potential interest to the campus community
  • Proposed engagement strategies
  • Quality of the proposal (clarity, organization, submission timeliness)

Submit a Proposal

Please fill out the form below to submit a proposal for the 2021 Teaching and Learning Symposium. The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 13, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their proposal’s status by November 20. A sample symposium proposal is available to use as a guide.