Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning


Events Archive

2019-20 | 2018-19 | 2017-18 | 2016-17


Hands on Technology Day
AUG 22, 2019 | HoT Day afforded our campus the opportunity to host "The Basic Set-up track" for those who have been putting Canvas on the back-burner and now need to move it to the front. These sessions will be in GAC lab A and will begin on the hour starting at 10am and ending at 2pm with a break for lunch. "The Advanced Help track" was for those who have been working on their courses but have lingering issues to work through, gradebook setup, complicated quiz questions, group-based assignments, etc. These sessions will also begin on the hour, starting at 10am and ending at 2pm with a break for lunch. The advanced track will be in IS 1004.

Fall Showcase
SEPT 30, 2019 | The Showcase is an event dedicated to spotlighting scholarly teaching and institutional development projects that recognizes, supports, and inspires professional growth for the UW-Green Bay campuses. We seek to bring together instructors, staff, and students from across our four campuses to showcase exemplary educational research, scholarship on teaching and learning, and assessment practices. This event is an opportunity both to recognize that work, but also share the ideas that emerge from SoTL projects and assessment practices that strengthen the vision, mission, and goals of our campus community. Last year’s participants shared work that originated from Teaching Enhancement Grants, Teaching and Learning Communities, UWGB and UW System Teaching Scholars, and their own research efforts.  

Resources from 2019
Tough Talks
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
SEPT 23 & 26, 2019 | Cathy O’Neil writes about “the age of the algorithm,” where the decisions that affect our lives like where we go to school, whether we can get a job or a loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are made by machines, not human beings. As higher education embraces big data, we wish to bring folks together to consider the promise, problems, and lasting consequences of decisions based on algorithms and analytics. Join us for this fascinating discussion with Gaurav Bansal, Professor of Business and Director of the Data Science Master's program.

Adjunct Underclass: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Faculty, Their Students, and Their Mission​
NOV 13, 2019 | In this book, Herb Childress discusses causes and consequences of the “adjunctification” of higher education. Inside Higher-Ed magazine dubbed this “necessary read” for those who wish to understand the costs—“human or otherwise”—of higher education’s “gig economy.” Join us for a discussion lead by Tara DaPra in English and English Composition, and Jennie Young, Director of English Composition. ​
Instructional Development Institute
JAN 23, 2020 | At this IDI, we explored Cia Verschelden’s metaphor of Bandwidth Recovery. We kicked off the Institute with our keynote: Dr. Cyndi Kernahan, Professor of Psychology, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning, and Administrative Fellow in the University of Wisconsin-River Falls’ Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Inclusion. Dr. Kernahan led us through “Helping our students think better and succeed more: Small tweaks and wise interventions.” 
Session information

Workshops & Series
OpenStax Workshop
October 15, 2019 | In this workshop, the CATL team will work through bringing an Open Educational Resource (OER) into a sample Canvas course. We’ll be using OpenStax resources, which include free, peer-reviewed textbooks, sample assignments and assessments, and module resources. Instructors are encouraged to work along in their own sample courses, or just come and see what it’s all about. A list of currently available courses is available at
Workshop Handout
The Grade Escape
DEC 17 & 18, 2019 | Is there a stack of essays or a pile of bluebooks in your future? Don’t slog through it alone! Come on down to IS 1004 and join your colleagues for some conviviality, collegiality, and gallows humor as we share in the common experience of end-of-semester grading.CATL will provide a space where instructors can come and work on their grading together. There will also be some light refreshments, a game corner for “brain breaks,” and pop-ins by CATL staff on the hour to answer Canvas gradebook questions. We hope to see you there!​


New Faculty & Instructor Orientation
  • Library Resources for Faculty Researchers on Sept. 13, 12-1pm in CL 304 The research and instruction librarians will host a workshop to introduce the various resources they have available to researchers at UW-Green Bay.
  • Small Teaching, Big Impact: Reading Club on Oct. 4, 12-1pm in CL 204 The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) will host a reading club for new instructors in 2019-2020. The club will read James Lang's Small Teaching over three meetings.
  • Building a Mentor Network on Oct. 18, 12-1pm in CL 204 CATL will bring you and your mentor together to design a mentor network that can help you achieve a variety of professional and personal goals.
  • How to Write a Professional Activities Report on Nov. 1, 12-1pm in CL 204 The Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff (SOFAS) and CATL will host a workshops to help make the review process for faculty & instructors transparent. We will also invite mentors to help with the process!
  • Navigating Performance Review on Nov. 8, 12-1pm in CL 204 The Secretary of the Faculty and Academic Staff (SOFAS) and CATL will host a workshops to help make the review process for faculty & instructors transparent. We will also invite mentors to help with the process!
  • Understanding and Supporting Our Students on Nov. 22, 12-1pm in CL 204 Vince Lowery, the Director of Student Success and Engagement, will run the first of two sessions designed to help familiarize you with UW-Green Bay's students and the resources we have to support their success.
  • Small Teaching, Big Impact: Reading Club on Dec. 6, 12-1pm in CL 204 The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) will host a reading club for new instructors in 2019-2020. The club will read James Lang's Small Teaching over three meetings. 


Hands on Technology Day

AUG 23, 2018 | There are two main tracks. The first: Canvas: Tales from the Trenches, offers the wisdom of your fellow instructors as they share insights regarding using Canvas, the digital learning environment which will succeed D2L over the coming 12 months. The second track is called “Cool New Tools” which will be as advertised.

Instructional Development Institute
CATL hosts a series of workshops exploring pedagogical issues, faculty development opportunities, specific challenges in instruction, high-impact practices, and more showcasing the thoughtful minds of our community at work as they grapple with the interesting problems percolating in higher education. The all-day institute is held, annualy, in January.
NASH HIPster Winter Camp
NASH HIPster Summer Camp
Instructor Appreciation Day


CATL offers timely workshops, helpful sessions, discussion groups, forums, seminars, lectures, and more for instructors at UWGB. Often, these events can stand alone, but those who attend multiple will soon see the growing culture of continuous improvement in teaching that CATL is working to cultivate.
  • ​"Tough Talks:" The Course Crunch - Scheduling for Student Success
  • What Makes an Educational Experience High Impact?
  • "Tough Talks:" Teaching to the Transition from High School to College
  • Course Resources Day
  • Distance Education Working Group - Inservice for CAHSS
  • "Tough Talks:" Student Evaluations of Teaching
  • Supporting Inclusive Group Dynamics: Beyond the Group Contract
  • Transparent Assignment Design Webinar

Reading Groups

First-year Instructor Reading Group: Small Teaching
Building a Mentor Network: Slow Professor 
HIPs @ 10 Reading Series
  • Intro to HIPs
  • Civic Engagement



Digital Scholarship Institute

MAY 14 & 15, 2018 with Miriam Posner and Amanda Visconti | Thanks to the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Cofrin Library, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, we’ll be hosted a Digital Scholarship Institute on May 14 & 15, 2018. We’ll be brought in Miriam Posner, Assistant Professor from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, and Amanda Visconti of The Scholars’ Lab at UVA Library, who are both experts in the field of Digital Humanities and Digital Pedagogy. At the Institute, Miriam and Amanda  co-lead sessions to help our campus move forward with existing digital scholarship projects, and to help us identify what our next steps might include. 

Educational Resources Symposium

On Friday, April 27 from 11am-12:30pm in 1965 room, Renee Ettinger (Assistant Director, Cofrin Library), Luke Konkol (Instructional Technologist, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning), and Mitchell Scott (Collection Management Librarian, Saint Norbert College) will facilitate a discussion of how campuses across the U.S. are working to provide affordable course materials to students whether through library resources or open educational resources. The panel will engage students, instructors, and staff in a discussion of the movement to lower the costs of materials. Topics include how to weigh cost over quality and how we may support the workload involved in adopting these materials, and more. 

Instructional Development Institute

JAN 18, 2018 coincides with UW-Green Bay’s “Becoming a Student-Ready University” initiative, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Business and Finance. The morning will kick-off with a special keynote by Dr. Christine Harrington, who will speak to our entire campus community about how small actions can have a big impact on student achievement. She will ask us to consider how student experiences in and out of the classroom make a huge difference in terms of persistence and goal completion, and she will follow-up by encouraging us to discuss the small actions that staff, faculty, and administrators can take to help students meet with success. Schedule Of Sessions

Becoming a Student-Ready University

AUG 23, 2017  | The national conversation asking "Are students college-ready?" concentrates on numerous factors that are beyond higher education's control. "Becoming a Student-Ready University" flips the college readiness conversation to provide a new perspective on creating institutional value and facilitating student success. Instead of focusing on student preparedness for college (or lack thereof), Dr. McNair asks the more pragmatic question of what are colleges and universities doing to prepare for the students who are entering their institutions? Following Convocation on August 23rd, Dr. Tia Brown McNair asked all of us to consider this question as we engaged with the specific challenges we face as an institution. | Learn more:

Hands-on-Technology Day

AUG 30, 2017 | The Center organized a day dedicated to teaching with tools and technology Sessions included things like “Course Building in the Learning Management System (e.g. D2L),” “Gamification,” as well as the pedagogy and practice-sharing sessions from the faculty and staff members who attended the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria, British Columbia. | Learn more:


Feedback Workshop

April 6, 2018 12-1 PM with Vince Lowery | How may we provide meaning ful, timely feedback to students in our largest courses? Come join our peers as we discuss strategies for providing informative feedback frequently and quickly while balancing a busy workload.

The Emotional Labor of Teaching
FEB 23, 2018, from 12-1:30 PM with Lindsay Bernhagen, Director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (UWSP) | Dr. Bernhagen will facilitate a discussion of the emotional labor required of instrucors and how we may recognize and support this work on our campus.

Learning Assessments in Large Lecture Classes
FEB. 16, 2018 from 1-2PM with Carly Kibbe and Katia Levintova | Struggling to engage stduestn in learning in your large lecture courses? Come listen to two of your peers discuss their strategies, and design ones of your own!

Using Multiple-Choice Assessments Well

JAN 29, 2018, 2:00-3:00 PM (IS 1034) | with Sawa Senzaki (HUD) & Kevin Kain (HUS) |  Explore how to maximize multiple-choice assessments as tools for learning! Workshop includes time to work in groups on your class. If you have any questions email CATL@UWGB.EDU. 

Collaborative Technology for Teaching "Grab-Bag"

OCT 26, 2017, 8:15-9:15AM | Explore various group collaboration tools in this hands-on session. Select a tool of choice and begin exploring it’s efficacy for your classes and personal style. Traditional e-learning collaboration tools and atypical applications are included in the grab-bag.

Leading a Travel Course

OCT 26, 2017, 9-11AM | MAC 201  Join the Office of International Education (OIE) for a presentation and discussion on how to lead a travel course (faculty-led course) at UW-Green Bay!  We will go over the basics of planning a travel course and show what resources the OIE can offer you to help plan and implement your program.  Advice from previous program leaders and examples of course syllabi and itineraries will also be provided.  We hope you can join us! Email: LUNDJ@UWGB.EDU for more information

Racial Battle Fatigue: Shift Your Campus to Better Support Students, Faculty & Staff of Color (Webinar)

OCT 17, 2017, 2-3:30PM (RH-220) | Join colleagues from across the campus in viewing this webinar and being part of a discussion. Webinar description: Racial Battle Fatigue is a real problem for not only students at predominately white institutions, but for faculty and staff of color, as well. Watch the webinar presented by experts Dr. Kathy Obear and Dr. Tanya Williams to learn about this topic and how to help shift the culture on campus to better support racially marginalized groups and challenge racism on campus. Faculty & staff are encouraged to attend. No RSVP required. Just mark your calendar! Sponsored by the College of Health, Education & Social Welfare. If questions, contact Anna at

Teaching Religious Controversy

OCT 6, 2017, 11:00AM-12:30PM, MAC 206 | Brad Gregory, Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at Notre Dame, will facilitate a seminar for instructors and staff on teaching religion in controversial times. The seminar will meet in MAC 206 from 11am-12:30pm.  For more information or to pre-register, contact Professor Emily Ransom at This opportunity is sponsored in part by UW-Green Bay’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Development Council.

Collaborative Assignments Workshop

OCT 13, 2017, 8:15-9:15AM | At this meeting, we’ll workshop collaborative assignments—or ideas for an assignment—with our peers.  Whether you have an assignment that spans a single session, or an entire semester, we'll have discussion and examples that speak to best-practices for student collaboration.

Gamify Your Course

APR 25, 2017 | While "Gamify" has become a buzzword, the practice itself may still be useful. When we begin to consider what a course is, we come to realize that the accumulation of "points" is, on some level, already a game. Join us while we explore the existing game-like nature of 'a course' and the many ways in which the principles of game design can work in education. Guests will work to begin developing a mini-game for (or out of) an existing or planned course. We'll conclude the workshop with a CATL Game Night! Email for more information. | Learn more:

Helping Students Be Digital Learners

MAR 10, 2017 | Our traditional students are supposed to be “digital natives.” Yet, very often this familiarity with technology is geared toward consuming digital content rather than engaging course material to learn. As a result, instructors face the challenge of teaching students “traditional” skills - such as note-taking - in a digital medium that instructors may be unsure of and students have not used for the purposes of learning. This workshop will focus on helping instructors find ways to assist students in using technology to develop skills important for learning. | Learn more:

Reading Groups

Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
FEB 2, 2018 from 10-11 & FEB 13, 2018 from 2-3|
Join facilitators from CHESW as we discuss this award-winning book about race and racial identity. Beveryl Daniel Tatum, a renowed authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. 

Bandwidth Recovery by Cia Verschelden
FEB 26, 2018 from 10-11:30 AM & MAR 26, 2018 from 10-11:30 AM with David Voelker and Kate Burns | The cognitive resources for learning of many of our students have been diministhed by the negative effects of economic insecurity, discrimination and hostility against non-majority groups based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and other aspects of difference. Join us for a discussion of this issue and a set of strategies and interventions that support the rebuilding of the available cognitive resources our students need to succeed in college.

Enhancing Campus Capacity for Leadership by Adrianna J. Kezar and Jaime Lester
MAR 8, 2018, from 9-10:30 AM, with Alison Staudinger and Bekky Vrabel | How do. we give voice ot grassroots leaders who wish to take action to suppor the student experience? Come strategize with your peers as we consider key tactics and actions that promote grassroots change in higher education.

Paying the Price by Sara Goldrick-Rab
APR 25, 2018, from 11 AM -12:30 PM with Jon Shelton and Denise Bartell | Students increasingly struggle to cobble together the financial aid and support required to graduate from college. Join us for a frank discussion of this growing crisis, and the possible solutions offered in Goldrick-Rab's award winning book.



Instructional Development Institute

On JAN 19, 2017 the Instructional Development Institute focused on a range of issues in higher ed. The institute was made up of four sessions, each of which allowed guests to pick from three workshops. See the schedule here for more detailed session information. Contact CATL to follow-up or learn more about any of the topics covered.


Reading Groups

“Gamification” generally refers to the translation of game elements, mechanics, and dynamics for use in other areas—and often with the end goal of increasing engagement. When used in education, gamification takes on a unique form and raises an additional set of questions, which we will explore through these readings and lively discussion. This discussion's follow-up workshop invites instructors to create a game, develop a badge, or re-consider how they might make their entire course more game-like. We'll consider: To what degree is a course already a game and in what ways might a “gamified” course increase student engagement? How might a "game," simulation, or making your coruse a game affect cognitive load? What is the (potential) distinction between extrinsic and intrinsic game content? In what ways might gamification (either explicit or implied) alienate certain students? And more. Reading group led by Luke Konkol. Apr. 11, 2017. 3:30PM. UU103.

Readings 1 & 2: A very short overview of “Gamification” and some of the thinking surrounding it. Reading 3: A simplified yet thought-provoking how-to for designing your own “educational game.” Reading 4: A case study in which an American Politics professor modifies the game Battleship to illustrate course content. Feel free to skim!

Digital Natives?
This first series of readings asks instructors to consider how we move beyond seeing digital devices as distractions, and to question whether or not students who are supposedly “digital natives” know how to engage their devices to enhance learning. This informal discussion will be followed by a workshop designed to help instructors find ways to assist students in using technology to develop skills important for learning in mid-March. Reading group led by Todd Dresser and Caroline Boswell. Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 at 3:30pm