The Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL) fosters instructional innovation, active learning, and high-quality teaching and learning opportunities by providing instructional resources, technology and support in multi-use student-centered learning environments on the UW-Madison campus.

What’s New

Welcome to our new website!

We have launched our new website. Thank you for your patience during this transition. Any feedback you have to offer is appreciated.

(Posted Sept 1, 2015)

Fall Semester

Fall Semester starts Wed, Sept 2. You can view the Course Schedule for courses held in WisCEL.

(Posted Sept 1, 2015)

Educational Innovation

The vision of Educational Innovation (EI) is to lead the university in providing an innovative, accessible and inclusive learning environment that fosters highly engaged learners capable of addressing the challenges of the modern world.

Visit the new Educational Innovation website.

(Posted Sept 1, 2015)

Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning

The Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) works in collaboration with deans and other academic leaders across campus to provide leadership, coordination and administrative support for the teaching and learning mission of UW-Madison. The VPTL leads campus-wide activity in assessment, advising and academic enrichment including the Wisconsin Experience. In addition, the VPTL supports accreditation, faculty and staff teaching development and academic achievement for diverse groups of learners.

Visit the new Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning website.

(Posted Sept 1, 2015)


WisCEL partners with College Library and Wendt Commons. Visit the new University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries website.

(Posted Sept 1, 2015)


Articles of Interest

University learning: Improve undergraduate science education (July 15, 2015)

It is time to use evidence-based teaching practices at all levels by providing incentives and effective evaluations, urge Stephen E. Bradforth, Emily R. Miller and colleagues.

Bradforth, Stephen E., et al. “University learning: Improve undergraduate science education” Nature 523 (2015): 282-284.

(Posted Sept 1, 2015)

Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students (September 2, 2014)

This article is related to the benefits of active learning on closing the achievement gap.

Pérez Peña, Richard. “Active Role in Class Helps Black and First-Generation College Students, Study Says” New York Times (2014).

(Posted Sept 1, 2015)


Around Campus

University Lecture by Diane Ebert-May: STEM Curriculum Reform and Assessment of Student Learning (Oct. 30)

Diane Ebert-May
Michigan State University, Department of Plant Biology

Diane Ebert-May provides international and national leadership for professional development in teaching, assessment and improvement of science curricula. In her talk, she will discuss transformation of STEM courses that are designed to use scientific practices for learning core ideas and building connections across curricula. She will describe frameworks and approaches for assessment and reform, and will share student learning data to inspire questions among participants.

When: Friday, October 30 3:30-4:30 pm
Where: 132 Noland Hall
Event Flyer

(Posted Sept 18, 2015)

COMETS Active Learning Teaching Labs (Multiple Dates)

Sponsored by DoIT Academic Technology and the UW Teaching Academy, the Active Teaching Lab provides a safe space and refreshments for structured explorations of the cool teaching tools and techniques that your peers are using to engage students and teach more effectively.

To learn a thing, one must live it. In order to pivot student experiences toward active learning, we must 1) have conversations about the “active teaching” already happening, 2) hear real stories from our peers about how they are engaging students, and 3) have our own experiences of active learning.

This Fall, the Active Teaching Lab is expanding to offer more awesomeness to you with twice-a-week sessions! Bring your laptop!

RSVP for this Friday’s Active Teaching Lab, check out next five Active Teaching Labs, and sign up for future notifications.

(Posted Sept 18, 2015)

Educational Innovation (EI) Brown Bag Series (Multiple Dates)
The EI Brown Bag Series offers faculty and staff the opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of educational innovations occurring across campus. They invite you to join them over the course of the year for one or more of the following events. They also welcome topic and speaker suggestions for future events, so please send your ideas via their contact form.

For more information about the EI Brown Bag Series (including dates, topics, and registration), please visit their website.

(Posted Sept 18, 2015)

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