UW–Madison’s Puntambekar contributes to $100 million NSF-funded artificial intelligence initiative

September 21, 2020

UW–Madison’s Sadhana Puntambekar will collaborate with national researchers on establishing one of five artificial intelligence (AI) institutes and education hubs. A $100 million initiative of the National Science Foundation, the centers are the single most significant federal investment to date in exploring how AI can benefit the United States’ quality of life, economy, and international competitiveness.

Virtual reality offers new avenues for remote collaborative learning and teaching

September 9, 2020

Researchers and educators at UW–Madison and Southern Methodist University are collaborating on a new project that will utilize augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in an effort to help students improve their mathematical acumen through movement, spatial reasoning, and imaginative thinking. This work, backed by nearly $1.4 million in support over the next four years from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), is called “Exploring Collaborative Embodiment for Learning (EXCEL): Understanding Geometry Through Multiple Modalities.”

School of Education students are ready to take on the new semester

September 2, 2020

Masks. Hybrid learning. Physical distancing. Testing. The fall 2020 semester is kicking off — and at UW–Madison, it won’t be like any semester that’s come before. However, our School of Education students are just as bright, driven, and inspiring as always. Seventeen students shared their thoughts with us on majors, going to college amid COVID-19, what they are excited about this semester, and future plans.

School of Education welcomes 16 new faculty members for the 2020-21 academic year

August 25, 2020

The UW–Madison School of Education is welcoming 16 new faculty members to campus during the upcoming 2020-21 academic year, which is one of the largest cohorts to sign on with the School since its founding in 1930. "We’re excited to welcome another group of exceptional scholars who will be working in fields as varied as the arts, health and education. They will bring a diverse set of viewpoints and experiences to our School as we build upon our excellence,” says School of Education Dean Diana Hess.

UW–Madison School of Education unveils bold new program to invest in Wisconsin’s future teachers

August 18, 2020

The Teacher Pledge provides financial support — including up to in-state tuition, fees, and testing certification costs — for students enrolled in one of the School’s teacher education programs. In return, after graduating the students “pledge” to teach for three or four years at a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade school in Wisconsin. Students who go on to teach in a high-need district or in a high-need subject area will fulfill their obligation in three years, while all others will do so in four.

Can quantitative ethnography help tell the COVID-19 story?

July 21, 2020

The quest for answers to how COVID-19 is affecting different cultures is why the newly formed International Society for Quantitative Ethnography (QE) launched the "QE COVID Data Challenge,” a seven-day data sprint involving nearly 100 data and research experts collaborating remotely from 16 countries, including Denmark, Hungary, Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

UW–Madison announces Smart Restart plan to reopen in fall

June 17, 2020

The University of Wisconsin–Madison plans to begin fall classes as scheduled on Sept. 2 and offer in-person instruction in many courses until the Thanksgiving recess, the university announced on Wednesday, June 17. Additional information will be provided to the campus community as plans are finalized via the “Smart Restart” website: https://www.wisc.edu/smartrestart/