Resources for Teaching Online

November 14, 2016
School of Education faculty and staff are encouraged to reach out to MERIT staff for help and assistance with teaching online. Support is available for the Learn@UW suite of tools  including Desire2Learn (D2L), Moodle, and Canvas. Please note by summer 2018, D2L and Moodle will no longer be supported at UW Madison. MERIT staff are ready to assist SoE faculty and staff with learning to use Canvas, and with migrating content. During Fall 2016, over 60 SoE course sites became active in Canvas. Teaching staff comments include: “I am excited about the transition to Canvas as I think it allows for more individual customization of information (besides being more of an attractive learning management system). For the most part, I played around by clicking away and trying to organize the site as I saw fit. I enjoyed that there were tutorials throughout, but the only thing I couldn't really figure out by just clicking away was how to customize the options on the left hand margin. For this, I simply watched a YouTube video!“ Jessie Nixon Graduate student Digital Media Studies C&I TA for Mary Louise ...
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New position opening for Instructional Designer

October 14, 2016
MERIT is excited to share a new position opening! We are hiring a new Instructional Designer to work with us full-time. The Instructional Designer will work as part of a team to produce and support online and blended instructional content to meet MERIT and School of Education learning objectives. This position will also assist in the assessment and adoption of educational technologies and the support and training of others in their use. In addition, the Instructional Designer will work to embody a strong, proactive user-centered service ethic. The minimum salary for this position is $50,000. For the full job description, application instructions, and more please visit: http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/493422/instructional-designer
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Workshops Offered at MERIT

October 10, 2016
MERIT provides drop-in workshops each fall and spring in the library.  This semester's workshops include: Oct. 12: Managing your Citations with Zotero Oct. 28: Designing and Printing Posters with PowerPoint Nov. 4: Managing your Citations with Zotero Nov. 10: Basics of Website Editing with WordPress Nov. 11: Personal Privacy (Part I): Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age Nov. 15: Designing and Printing Posters with PowerPoint Nov. 18: Personal Privacy (Part II): Protecting your Privacy For more information, visit the full Workshop Schedule.
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Harry Potter Trivia Event

September 20, 2016
SoE and SLIS students are invited to join us on Friday, September 30th from 5-7 pm for a special Harry Potter Trivia event hosted by the CCBC and MERIT. Watch for news posted here about event registration starting on September 23. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCQSaFO3N_o[/embed]
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Help and Resources for Migrating to Canvas

September 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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Come See What’s New!

September 6, 2016
Welcome back!  We've got a few new things for you to see and experience in MERIT Library! First, we are sporting brand-new carpeting!  You will see our gray and red herringbone flooring upon your first step into the library.  We've spiffed up some signage and the bulletin boards as well.  We hope you like it! Second, we have a new combined service desk.  In the space that used to have the old circulation desk, you will find a new desk with a new configuration that combines all your help needs.  The circulation staff remains, and is now joined by the library reference staff and the IT help desk staff. We hope this new arrangement will be easier for our patrons to navigate. Third, we have a new collaboration table that has a large flat-screen monitor.  The table is located on the South wall of the open library area. Fourth, we still have print services and our microwave/café area, they have just swapped locations!  Both are adjacent to the atrium.  The print station is on the North side with adjacency to the service desk.  The ...
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