New, Longer Hours for MERIT Help Desk

February 1, 2016
MERIT has extended the weekday hours for the Help Desk.  The Spring semester hours are as follows: Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m-9:00 p.m Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday Contact the Help Desk
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MERIT Welcomes New Video Producer

Please join MERIT in welcoming our newest staff member, Eric Rajala (pronounced Rye-Ul-La), Video Producer. Since 2012, Eric was a sports anchor and reporter for WISC, Channel 3. Before coming to Madison, he was a sports anchor and reporter for WSAW in Wausau, WI.  Eric received his BA from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. Eric will use his passion for telling stories along with his videography and writing skills to develop visual media that will aid in telling the School's stories. Contact Eric to share your story!
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Staying Current with Learn@UW Tools

January 28, 2016
UW Madison's Learn@UW suite of tools continues to expand and evolve in response to feedback from faculty and staff at UW Madison. Spring semester, new tools offered include: TopHat has arrived on the scene to provide a web based student response system.   As of January 2016, UW Madison instructors can use TopHat at no charge. To learn more about this interactive assessment tool, contact Jenny McBurney at MERIT, or visit the help tutorials posted online. Kaltura Media Space provides a repository for video used for instructional use.   Kaltura now includes “CaptureSpace Lite” that allows webcam recording from the desktop. To learn more about Kaltura and CaptureSpace Live, visit the web site and view the tutorials posted online.  Contact Jim Jonas with questions about copyright and fair use; Catherine Stephens lends help with integrating Kaltura links into D2L or Moodle. MERIT staff continue to partner with DoIT academic technology and provide instructional design and guidance to faculty and staff in the use of web based tools for teaching and learning.  Contact Catherine Stephens, MERIT’s Education Technology Consultant to learn more or to schedule time for ...
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Replicable Instructional Technology Infusion Grants, Round Two

January 12, 2016
With support from the School of Education's Dean's office, we are pleased to announce (3) projects have been approved to receive RITI grant funds.  Approved projects for RITI round two include: Creating Online Course for Cultural Responsiveness Education and Training Technology - Peer Mentorship Approach Opening the World of Contemporary Art through Hybrid Classes Additional details about projects can be found on the RITI grant website.  MERIT looks forward to providing support as these exciting projects unfold over Spring semester. Congrats to Art, Counseling Psych, and Curriculum and Instruction.  Special thanks to all who applied for funding, the SoE Dean's office, and the RITI Grant Review Team.  For additional information, please contact Catherine Stephens.
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MERIT Staff to Move January 5

December 21, 2015
The School of Education is relocating MERIT’s Education Building offices to the Teacher Education Building and the Career Center to the Education Building in an effort to better serve our students and departments. The MERIT move will happen on January 5, 2016. In a memo circulated to chairs and directors in late September, Dean Diana Hess stated “These relocations are opportunities for both units to develop new collaborative relationships and centralize the services they provide across the School.” Dean Hess further wrote: MERIT’s support of the School of Education’s information and technology environment will be aided by: -Providing a one-stop experience for students, staff, and faculty who rely on MERIT services -Creating a more cohesive environment for MERIT staff, providing better adjacencies, and more opportunities for informal communication and colleague coverage on service delivery -Improving the School’s public information environment for faculty, staff, students, alumni, PK12 teachers, and the general public MERIT appreciates the cooperation of our patrons and clients as we’ve prepared for the move. Email and telephone numbers will remain the same. Beginning January 5, you will be able to find MERIT staff in the following Teacher ...
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Spring Semester Library Reserve Requests due by January 4th

December 12, 2015
SoE Faculty, TAs, and Instructional Staff: Please note that reserves requests for the Spring Semester are due at MERIT Library by January 4th, 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 adding library instruction resources for students. COURSE-RELATED CUSTOM INSTRUCTION SESSIONS focused on technology skills, technology integration, and information literacy are also available from MERIT Library.  Please see our Course Related Instruction webpage for more information. 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 photocopy the title page and (usually) the back of the title page, which ...
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