Part 10: Fall 2019 Labs

205 Wisconsin Experience — Activities & Assignments – 11.13.2019

On November 13, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed the Wisconsin Experience, its tenets, and how to design courses and programs to best integrate its principles: Empathy & Humility, Relentless Curiosity, Intellectual Confidence, and Purposeful Action.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Experience, click here.


  • Reward students for moving outside their comfort/knowledge zone in low-stakes activities both in-class and out. 
  • Prompt students to find context for the what, why, and so what of learning through self-generated utility value statements. 
  • Encourage students to design public-facing content through blogs and videos. 
  • Explore non-traditional classroom environments through service learning projects. 

For more information and resources, view the session’s activity sheet here.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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