The Virtual Teaching Commons is a resource for faculty and academic staff to:
- share innovative teaching strategies,
- explore current trends in teaching and learning pedagogy and technology,
- build collaboration networks with fellow teaching staff,
- investigate practices which foster active learning and student engagement,
- discover professional development opportunities.
A Brief History
The Virtual Teaching Commons was conceived amidst the campus-wide dialogues, which occurred during UW-Milwaukee’s Digital Future Planning for 2025 Initiative. The Digital Future Teaching and Learning Working Group recommended the creation of a virtual teacher center, an online learning environment that would showcase and support pedagogical success at UWM.
The Virtual Teaching Commons was made possible with:
- Startup funding provided though an “Envisioning UWM’s Digital Future Grant.”
- Instructor stipend (for the creation of strategy example) through a UW-System Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) Teaching and Learning Grant — Promoting Pedagogical Innovation through the Sharing of Online and Blended Teaching Resources.
- Web platform development assistance from UW-System Administration Digital Communications Web Team.
Future development of the Virtual Teaching Commons will expand on the already rich authoring platform and mobile-ready design to include:
- Additional strategy examples to create a culture of teaching innovation
- Asynchronous discussion platform to build a stronger teaching community
- Feedback mechanisms to involve more instructors and develop more materials
- Optional navigation to browse and find topics by categories and tags
- Broad reaching event and deadline calendars to access to available resources
- In-depth teaching guides and resources for self-paced learning and professional development
Special thanks to:
- UW-Milwaukee’s Provost Office
- UW-System Administration Digital Communications Web Team
- UW-System Office of Professional and Instructional Development
- Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Staff:
- David Delgado
- Nicole Weber
- Dylan Barth
- Amy Mangrich