Center for Teaching and Learning

All UW educators

wphotoThe Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to supporting the UW teaching community. Our programs and services are grounded in research, draw on established pedagogical approaches, promote innovation, and are deeply collaborative in nature.

CTL programs and services for instructors

“In Practice” workshop series

CTL and UW-IT Learning Technologies’ “In Practice” workshop series focuses on putting technology in practice in effective and pedagogically sound ways.  Participants will hear ideas, methods, and examples from CTL consultants, UW-IT instructional technologists, and guest faculty speakers.

“In Practice” Workshops

Learning Communities

Learning Communities bring together educators from different disciplines to discuss, reflect, and collaborate on a teaching and learning topic of mutual interest.  Together participants pursue shared instructional objectives, model peer learning practices, and promote lifelong learning in an atmosphere of mutual support and discovery.

Learning Communities

Teaching & Learning Symposium

The Center for Teaching and Learning hosts the annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium to provide a forum where all who share an interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can learn of their colleagues’ work and engage in discussion.  The event includes a keynote talk and two poster sessions.


Teaching & Learning Workshops

CTL offers workshops, seminars, and conversations for instructors on a variety of teaching and learning topics.  They are designed to meet the needs of both seasoned professionals and newcomers.  Each session offers the opportunity to discuss shared experiences and knowledge with colleagues.  Visit our calendar of events page for information on upcoming workshops.


Theater for Change

Theater for Change UW (TfC UW) uses Theater of the Oppressed and other participatory theater approaches to:

  • Promote the co-creation of inclusive teaching and learning environments.
  • Generate and rehearse a variety of responses to challenging situations related to inequity, institutional climate, and interpersonal miscommunication.
  • Advance dialogue among faculty, students, staff educators, and administrators about issues of power, privilege, and oppression that affect us all.
  • Promote performance pedagogies (i.e., active learning and multi-modal pedagogical approaches) in educational settings.

Theater for Change

Consultations for instructors

CTL staff consult with faculty members, staff educators, graduate student instructors, as well as graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants on questions about teaching and learning.  CTL is here to consult with you one-on-one. We can help you at each step of the way: designing class materials, developing classroom strategies, and assessment for your teaching.


Consultations for departments and programs

CTL consults with UW departments, schools, colleges, and programs on questions related to teaching and learning that go beyond the boundaries of individual courses. CTL staff meet with chairs, directors, groups of faculty, and curriculum committees to provide expertise and assistance. As with all CTL services, the consultations are discipline-specific and evidence-based.

Services for Departments/Programs

UW resources

Policies and professionalism

What would you do?  These pages offer resources for dealing with situations that may arise in your classroom, online or in your interactions with students and faculty.  Although these pages were designed for teaching assistants (TAs) the information may also be useful for instructors.
Policies & Professionalism

Teaching with technology

Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives. However, it can be challenging to select the “best” tech tools while not losing sight of your goals for student learning.
Teaching with Technology

Inclusive teaching at the UW

At the University of Washington inclusive teaching refers to pedagogical practices that support meaningful and accessible learning for students of all races, ethnicities, genders, socio-economic classes, sexualities, disability/ability statuses, religions, nationalities, ages, and military statuses.
learn more about INCLUSIVE TEACHING

Teaching in the current political climate

Resources, events and discussions.
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Responding to disruptions and incivility in the classroom

UW instructors recommend best practices and strategies for preventing and responding to disruptive behavior in the classroom.
Responding to disruptions

Discussing racial violence in the U.S.

A curated list of readings, including articles for learning about and discussing current racial violence in university classrooms in meaningful ways.
Discussing racial violence in the U.S.

Additional campus resources

Links to teaching and learning resources across campus.