MERIT Support for Teaching and Learning

August 21, 2016
MERIT provides a searchable service catalog that captures a range of services to support teaching and learning across the School of Education.  Services include instructional design and education technology consulting, Help Desk, IT and library services, collection development, equipment for check out, teaching lab spaces, course related instruction, drop in workshops, library reserves, graphic design, media and classroom support, and the SoE Knowledge Base. We recognize the broad and diverse needs across the SoE and work closely with faculty and staff to meet those needs.   We help identify key partners in the SoE, such as Education, Outreach and Partnerships, WCER, and other campus groups - including DoIT Academic Technology and the Division for Continuing Studies. Please contact Catherine Stephens to learn more about MERIT services and tools available for teaching and learning.  Catherine can help identify tools that best match course goals and objectives, provide help as you adopt and learn new tools, and help you connect with other MERIT, SoE, and campus partners. We look forward to working with you.
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Requests for Fall Semester Reserves due by August 17th

August 1, 2016
SoE Faculty, TAs, and Instructional Staff: Please note that reserves requests for the Fall Semester are due at MERIT Library by August 17th, 2016 in order to be available at the start of the semester. EReserves appear online as part of a web resource called "Library Course Pages".  Within the MyUW portal, students will find EReserves, along with library resources posted by library instruction staff.  "Library course pages" are intended to be collaborative between faculty and library staff, and serve as a web vehicle to post both EReserves and library instruction resources online. Contact Jim Jonas with questions about posting library instruction resources for students. Keep the following in mind when submitting Reserves requests: -- Provide complete citations for items being placed on electronic reserves.  We need the author & title of the book/journal, copyright date and copyright holder.  For books, you can simply scan or photocopy the title page and (usually) the back of the title page, which gives the copyright information.  If you need assistance in identifying the citation for these materials, please ask MERIT Library reference staff for assistance. -- If you would ...
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Library Closed Aug 12-19

July 19, 2016
Please pardon our dust as MERIT Library has a little work done!  We are very excited to share that MERIT Library will be getting new carpeting, and the circulation desk that has been in place since the dawn of time will be replaced as well!  To complete the project, Room 350 and 350a will undergo a minor abatement project prior to the carpet change. The Library will be open during the majority of the construction, but will be closed August 12-19. All other areas of MERIT will be open. See the digital signage in Teacher Education, Education, and Lathrop for construction updates!
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SoE Graduate Staff Welcome and Orientation Program – August 26, 2016

July 18, 2016
The School of Education Dean's Office, in cooperation with the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention and MERIT is pleased to announce the annual SoE Graduate Staff Orientation and Welcome. Date:   August 26, 2016 Time:   11 am - 5:30 pm Location:  Room 159, Education Building on Bascom Hall Registration (link)   Early registration for the event is highly encouraged Program Schedule (link) Sessions are designed to help SoE graduate assistants with the following: Learn and discuss strategies to become a more effective graduate staff member Learn about resources available to graduate staff Meet other graduate staff, and SoE faculty and staff Earn 4 hours of the required 8 hours of TA training Sessions include discussion focused on multiculturalism and diversity across the SoE, classroom climate, and build community among graduate staff Sessions are designed to complement departmental training programs. As you may know, new teaching assistants are encouraged to complete 8 hours of training. For students attending the entire program, the Orientation counts as 4 hours of the required 8 hours of teaching assistant training.
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New Titles on Teaching in the MERIT Professional Collection

July 12, 2016
Flipped Learning for Social Studies Instruction, by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. First edition. International Society for Technology in Education, 2015 Series: Flipped learning series Subjects: Social sciences -- Study and teaching Video in education Student-centered learning Professional H 62 .B474 2015 Also -- Flipped Learning for Math Instruction, by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams. Professional QA 135.6 .B47 2015 Flipped Learning for English Instruction, by Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, with April Gudenrath. Professional  LB 1576 .B477 2015 Pedagogy for Restoration: Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation Through Education, by David Krzesni. Peter Lang, 2015 Series:  Counterpoints: studies in the postmodern theory of education, v. 503 Subjects: Environmental education -- Social aspects Environmental degradation -- Study and teaching Social justice -- Study and teaching Professional  GE 70 .K79 2015 A Richer, Brighter Vision for American High Schools, by Nel Noddings. Cambridge University Press, 2015 Subjects: Education, Secondary -- Aims and objectives -- United States High schools -- Curricula -- United States Educational change -- United States ( . . . and others) Professional  LB 1607.5 .N64 2015 Transformative Teaching: Changing Today's Classrooms Culturally, Academically, & Emotionally, by Kathleen Kryza, MaryAnn Brittingham, and Alicia Duncan. Solution Tree Press, 2016 Subjects: Transformative learning Effective teaching Professional  LC 1100 .K78 2016 Growing Critically Conscious Teachers: A Social Justice Curriculum ...
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Help and Resources for Migrating to Canvas

July 8, 2016
Summer 2016, MERIT staff are working closely with UW Madison campus partners to prepare for the adoption of Unizen along with Canvas, a new learning management system. Both Moodle and Desire2Learn remain on campus up until Summer 2018 to allow for a gradual approach to migrating course sites. See the UW Madison Canvas information page for up to date information, a migration timeline, Canvas workshops and help resources. Advantage to Canvas include: A clean, intuitive interface Integrated peer review functionality SpeedGrader (instructors can view, annotate, comment on, and grade submissions without downloading and re-uploading files) Course website design flexibility Easily create and update online content Intuitive assignment and grading options Group collaboration workspace Easy to integrate external learning applications Integrated Media Recorder (to easily include audio or video comments to personal messages, assignments, course discussions, and even graded work) Online rubric functionality to aid in learning assessment Ability to map student participation to learning outcomes Simpler to use on portable devices (smartphones, tablets) In-person demonstrations and training sessions offered Fall 2016: Hands-on Canvas demonstrations and training sessions are now available on campus.  Please ...
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