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Summer 2013 Advanced Online Teaching Fellows

The Quality Matters Program is a national, faculty-driven, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. The QM rubric provides a set of standards for the design of online courses at the college level and looks for classes with quality objectives, materials and assessments that support and engage students with accessible technology.

Expanding the team of Quality Matters reviewers

Additionally, the campus has begun to expand our team of QM trained reviewers. These include three new Master Reviewers - Heather Pokorsky, Dan Schrickel, and Pat Theyerl - and two Peer Reviewers - Profs. Angela Bauer-Dantoin and Gaurav Bansal. Becoming a reviewer requires a solid understanding of online course design and 20-30 hours of training. For more information on the Online Teaching Fellows program, visit the CATL website at


Quality Matters applauds Dewhirst, Bansal, Ortiz

Three popular UWGB courses have been awarded “Quality Matters” certification for the high quality of their course design. They are:

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
Michelle McQuade Dewhirst
Popular Music Since 1955
Gaurav Bansal
Gaurav Bansal
Business Statistics
Cristina Ortiz
Cristina Ortiz
Perspectives on Values: The Contemporary World

Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Gaurav Bansal and Christina Ortiz were participants in the Advanced Online Teaching Fellows, a program offered to experienced online faculty seeking to elevate their online teaching and course design. Facilitated by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) the program will be offered again in Summer 2013 with the aim of gaining QM recognition for an additional ten online courses.

Bauer wins UW System Diversity Award

Professor Angela Bauer

Huge congratulations are in order for Human Biology Prof. Angela Bauer, who on January 7th was named a 2013 UW System Board of Regents Diversity Award winner in the Individual Category. Bauer, who serves as Special Assistant to the Provost, is being recognized for her commitment "to enhancing the educational experiences and outcomes for under-represented students of color at UW-Green Bay." In particular, Board of Regents President Brent Smith and Diversity Award Committee Chair John Drew lauded Bauer's work with the TOSS Program (Targeted Opportunities for Success in the Sciences), which has helped close the achievement gap in her Introduction to Human Biology course. Bauer will receive her award February 8th in Madison, and we'll have much more to come on her achievement. For now, you can read more about TOSS and Bauer's efforts in the UW-Green Bay News story from last academic year. Congratulations, Prof.Bauer!

German International Student Praises UW-Green Bay Teaching

Laura Salzmann, an International Student from Germany sent us these wonderful comments regarding the quality of teaching at UW-Green Bay

"I am an international student from Germany and I have spent the Fall 2012 Semester at UWGB. I want to be an English teacher and therefore I decided to study abroad and improve my language skills. I took two history classes, one literature class and a French class. I really enjoyed studying at UWGB. At my German university, we usually take all our exams at the end of the semester and we write our papers during the breaks. At UWGB I took several exams and wrote papers throughout the semester and so the workload was not too heavy in the end of the semester. I also liked that not just one exam or one paper decided about my final grade, but that it was made up of three or four tests, papers, in-class assignments etc. Moreover, I liked very much that the teachers tried to support and help us with our assignments. All in all, it was a great experience for me to spend this semester in Green Bay and I would have liked to stay longer."

Gregory S. Aldrete - 2012 Wisconsin Professor of the Year

Gregory S. Aldrete has been named the 2012 Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Aldrete, UW-Green Bay's Frankenthal Professor of History and Humanistic Studies, is known on campus as a professor with a passion for studying the past, and his ability to bring history to life in the classroom. Nationally, he is acclaimed as a writer, expert and multi-award winning educator. Read more about Professor Aldrete in the Inside article.

David Voelker - SoTL Award Winner

David Voelker (Humanistic Studies and History) was co-winner of the 2012 Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award

The honor was awarded for "The End of the History Survey Course: The Rise and Fall of the Coverage Model," Journal of American History 97 (4): 1050-1066, which he co-authored with Joel Sipress, Professor of History at UW Superior. The article was selected from a pool of over 100 nominations from various fields.

The article combines historical evidence and evidence from pedagogical research to argue that the "coverage model" usually used to teach history "survey" courses has been falling short of its goals for over a century. Voelker and Sipress call for a reconsideration of the coverage-based model and propose an argument-based alternative.

Voelker blogs about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at The Gray Box. and presented at the CATL sponsored Flipping the Classroom workshop in April 2012. Voelker is also Co-Director of the UW - Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program.

Visual Syllabi

Your syllabus is the most important document in your course. Is it still text-based? Have you updated its look lately?

Visual Syllabi are not only more aesthetic and allow your courses to be presented creatively, but can also be more engaging as UW - Green Bay Faculty have discovered.

Classroom Civility

Join Jennifer Heinert (English, UW Washington County), Marnie Dresser (English, UW Richland Center), Dylan Bennett (Political Science, UW Washington County), and Lisa Hager (English, UW Waukesha) in this workshop as they share practical and pedagogical information and activities on civility in higher education.