UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Programs

The Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board helps organize, support, and encourage faculty development opportunities available to campus.


Wisconsin Teaching Fellows/Scholars (WTF/S)

The WTF&S program offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System and from various disciplines. Many participants have found that the experience reenergized their work and even transformed their approach to teaching and learning. Collaboration with colleagues from diverse perspectives lies at the heart of the program. In addition to discussing illuminating works selected from the pedagogical literature, Fellows and Scholars are guided through the process of completing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project with input from fellow participants and the program co-directors. OPID encourages applications from eligible faculty and staff that are open to new ideas and learning from others.
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Two faculty members will be selected from UWRF to complete a teaching and learning project during the 2014-2015 academic year.  Each participant will receive $4,000 in financial support from UWRF and a $500 supplies and expense grant from OPID.

More information about WTF/S Program


Excellence in Teaching and Learning Series (ETL)

The 2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Series program supports faculty members as they systematically inquirelearner_1 about their students' learning in one particular course.  The data collected will be used to inform existing teaching practices. 

Participants in the program must complete three critical parts of the project including:  completing activities online prior to group meetings, participating in group meetings with other program participants, and meeting individually with the program facilitator1 to discuss their project. 

A maximum of up to five faculty members will be selected to participate in the program.  Each participant will receive $1000 to support the scholarly work of applicants. The Excellence in Teaching and Learning Series is funded by the Faculty and Academic Staff Development Board (FASDB).

More information about the ETL program


Online Teaching Institute (OTI)

The Online Teaching Institute (OTI) is a semester long program that provides individual support to faculty members who are redesigning an existing course for online delivery.  Faculty members meet regularly with an instructional designer to collaborate on the design and development of their course.  In addition, OTI participants meet with other colleagues in a group setting to share their work and receive feedback.  Online activities are also planned to provide faculty members with the experience of participating in an online course. 
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Each participant will receive a payment of $1,000 per course credit at the time the course is delivered online for the first time.  

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Online Course Redesign (OCR)

The Online Course Redesign (OCR) provides funding and instructional support for faculty and instructional academic staff members interested in reconstructing a significant portion of a course currently offered online.   

Applicants should clearly identify a significant teaching or student learning challenge that currently exists in a course andworking_1 provide a detailed plan for redesigning the course to address the issue.   

Ten applications will be funded this fiscal year.  Participants will receive $750 per credit for the course being redesigned.   If required for the project, additional one-time funding (under $250) is available for equipment (microphone, digital camera, etc) or software (screen recording software, etc). 

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Faculty College 

The Faculty College program offers UW faculty and teaching academic staff a unique opportunity to collaborate with other exceptional teachers from across the UW System during a four-day faculty development experience focused on teaching and learning.    

Four faculty members will be selected from UWRF to participate in the four-day Faculty College experience, typically held at UW-Richland (Richland Center, WI) during the last week of May.  Preference will be given to faculty who have not participated in Faculty College within the previous five years.  A random process will then be used to identify participants. 

More information about the Faculty College