Teaching and Learning Initiatives and Events

In partnership with leaders and units across campus, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning supports several initiatives and annual events that aim to enrich the student learning experience, improve the campus climate and celebrate the accomplishments of our campus community.

Campus Initiatives

Educational Innovation (EI)

Supported by the chancellor and the provost, the EI Initiative aims to engage and inspire students through enriched learning. The initiative strives to fulfill this mission providing pervasive active learning to improve the student experience; building innovative, professional-level degree programs and other lifelong learning opportunities; and extending the university’s educational mission to Wisconsin and the world using new technology and partnerships.

Canvas LMS Implementation at UW-Madison

In February, provost Mangelsdorf and campus leadership endorsed plans to integrate the Canvas learning management system (LMS) with the UW-Madison's student information system. The intention is for the university to move to one, campus-wide LMS in the next two years. Project leadership will continue to collaborate with faculty, staff and student governance groups to advance the implementation efforts, which are co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and the Vice Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

Go Big Read

Go Big Read is UW-Madison's common-reading program, which aims to engage students, faculty, staff and the community in vibrant, academically driven discussions that explore important issues from a range of perspectives.

Annual Events

Teaching and Learning Symposium

Held each spring, this annual event brings together hundreds of faculty, staff and students from across campus to share, celebrate and discuss cutting-edge research and best-practices in teaching and learning that are dedicated to enriching the student learning experience.

Ideas to Excellence

Ideas to Excellence, held for a month each spring, showcases the academic and creative work of our undergraduate students. Some of the celebration's annual events include the Undergraduate Symposium and the Annual Posters in the Rotunda.

Diversity Forum

Each year, the campus Diversity Forum provides faculty, staff and students with an engaging day of speakers, presentations and roundtables that explore campus diversity efforts.


The annual UW-Madison Showcase provides the campus community with the opportunity to share and learn best practices in a variety of academic and administrative areas including work processes, learning environments and the campus climate.