Graphic: The Joys of Teaching & Learning /refresh/


March 2020 was a turning point, necessitating remote teaching, learning, and living for most of us. It was a challenging time especially for faculty and instructors who had never taught online before. Summer was a time of reflection and continual learning: teaching effectively online with the assistance and guidance of Centers for Teaching and Learning. Fall semester was a continuation of mostly online and hybrid teaching and learning in a time of escalated crises. As Gloria Ladson-Billings said at the Wisconsin Leadership Summit in October, we are in a moment of four pandemics – Covid-19, the economic collapse, climate catastrophe, and racism. Collectively these intersecting pandemics have exposed pre-existing disparities – based on race, ethnicity, social class, gender, sexuality, and geography – that necessitate intersecting pedagogies.

We invite you to participate in The Joys of Teaching & Learning /refresh/: OPID Spring Conference Online for UW Educators on three consecutive Fridays in April. We invite proposals in the following two tracks:

  • Innovative Pedagogies
    How did teaching and learning during a time of multiple crises necessitate innovative pedagogies? What new and creative anti-racist and inclusive approaches did you adopt during the multiple pandemics? How did you assess student learning outcomes? What new questions regarding teaching and learning emerged?
  • Digital Pedagogies
    How did digital technologies enable and/or challenge you to teach in ways different, innovative, and effective from pre-Covid environments? How do digital technologies help us to expand our pedagogies to promote student learning more effectively and equitably in virtual and in-person courses? How do digital technologies enable students to share their knowledge innovatively and authentically?


presenters will receive response letters the week of March 15.

Proposals are anonymously reviewed by faculty and instructors in OPID’s Advisory Council.

Possible areas to address:
  • Active learning
  • Anti-racist activism and resistance
  • Equity and access to technology
  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning
  • Relationship-building
  • Grading and alternative assessments
  • High-impact practices
  • Mental health and wellness for students and instructors
  • Compassion, kindness, empathy
  • Online STEM labs
  • Social media platforms
  • Digital apps
  • Faculty and instructor development

Registration is Closed

Open to all Wisconsin educators at no cost.

If you need assistance please contact Wisconsin Union Conference Services

Presentation Formats:
  • Pre-recorded and live sessions are welcome. All live sessions will be recorded for archival viewing. We welcome multi-speaker presentations and panels, up to 3 speakers.
  • All sessions will be abbreviated for online platforms (10-30 minute sessions).
  • Multi-media and performative presentations are welcome.
  • Inclusion of student voices is encouraged.


Fay Akindes, Director, Systemwide Professional & Instructional Development, or 608-263-2684.