UW-Madison assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, teaches a graduate-level, identity-and-learning class
Professor Dave Abbott, right, checks with students discussing questions and answers in small groups during an open test in an undergraduate zoology
UW-Madison graduate students Alexandra Linz and Carolyn Voter collect data and water samples from Lake Mendota near the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus
UW-Madison students present research projects to attendees at the Undergraduate Research Symposium

UW-Madison Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching

The UW-Madison Collaborative for Advancing Learning and Teaching (The Collaborative) promotes and supports excellence in teaching and learning by providing:

  • Professional development opportunities for future and current faculty, and staff
  • Research mentor training
  • Campus coordination of student advising
  • Program and course assessment
  • Technology and support in multi-use, student-centered learning environments
  • Innovative, sustainable, high-impact science programs for learners of all ages

Current Members

  • Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning

    The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning provides professional development opportunities to future faculty in the natural and social sciences, engineering and mathematics. The program offers credit-based courses, facilitated discussion groups, workshops, community events, a Teaching-as-Research internship experience, as well as a certificate. Participants of the program are committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse student audiences as part of their professional careers. UW-Madison and the Delta Program are members of the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a network of 25 research universities. Learn more.

  • Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE)

    Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) aims to improve undergraduate education at UW-Madison by supporting early-career faculty to become fast, effective, and efficient starters in teaching. Over the course of a year, each cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows engages in a modular curriculum designed to do the following: (a) quickly connect fellows with the many specialized programs across campus focused on teaching excellence, (b) effectively innovate in their classes with learner-centered practices proven to enhance learning, and (c) foster a cross-campus community of practice shown to live well beyond fellows’ time in MTLE. Through this program, MTLE Fellows report greater satisfaction and impact with their teaching, resulting in an efficiency that affords them more time for research, outreach, and service. Learn more.

  • Student Learning Assessment

    At UW-Madison, student learning assessment is coordinated through the Office of the Provost in partnership with deans, schools and colleges, departments, and co-curricular programs. The provost’s assessment team supports academic programs by providing resources, planning tools and consultative services for assessment-related activities. The Student Learning Assessment Plan provides an overarching framework for assessing learning at the course, program an institutional levels. Learn more.

  • Office of Undergraduate Advising

    The Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA) supports advisor training, communication, assessment and technology for the campus-wide advising community. Through these efforts, OUA cultivates an environment in which all advisors can best facilitate undergraduate education. Learn more

  • UW-Madison Teaching Academy

    The mission of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy is to promote, recognize and support excellence in teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students across campus and beyond. The academy is a shared-governance organization, led by over 380 members across the UW-Madison campus. Learn more.

  • Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL)

    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 at UW-Madison. WisCEL provides comprehensive learning opportunities that enable student engagement, academic mastery, performance skills and self-efficacy. These opportunities also support learning community and prepare students for life-long learning. WisCEL serves as a campus model for change by reinventing the use of campus infrastructure, reconsidering where teaching and learning occur, nurturing the innovation of new teaching models, improving instructor support, and contributing to successful student learning campus-wide. Learn more.

    To apply to teach in WisCEL, visit: apply.wiscel.wisc.edu.

  • Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE)

    In collaboration with UW-Madison schools and colleges, and national and global communities, the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE) develops innovative, sustainable, high-impact science programs that provide high-quality experiences for learners of all ages and backgrounds. WISCIENCE programs foster lifelong learning while addressing today’s challenges in science education and preparing the next generation of scientists. Learn more.


  • Enhance the Wisconsin Experience for students and improve student learning
  • Align and connect teaching and learning professional development activities to leverage effort and resources, and to maximize impact
  • Contribute to a systems approach to building excellence and innovation in teaching and learning
  • Provide expertise in teaching and learning, and facilitate the adoption of evidence-based best practices
  • Align activities with the strategic goals of the university