MERIT Hires Instructional Designer

January 9, 2017
Please join MERIT in welcoming our newest staff member, Maria Widmer!  Maria joins MERIT’s Instructional Support team of Jim Jonas, Angie Schiappacasse, and Catherine Stephens as an Instructional Designer.  Maria's focus will be working with faculty in the development of online courses. Maria comes to MERIT from Penn State University where she recently designed and taught a high-enrollment online course. “I am driven by a mission to make technology-mediated higher education an engaging, accessible, and effective force for transformational learning.” Maria shared recently. Ms. Widmer holds a Masters of Education degree in Learning, Design, and Technology; an Educational Technology Integration certificate;  e-Learning Design certificate; and Undergraduate Degree in French, all from Penn State University. MERIT would like to thank the hiring committee: Jim Jonas (MERIT, chair), Margene Anderson (DoIT AT), Felipe Gacharná (MERIT), Andrea Mason (Kinesiology), and Angie Schiappacasse (MERIT) for all of their time and thoughtful review.  We are excited to have Maria join our team!

MERIT Library Winter Break Hours

December 7, 2016
  MERIT Library's winter hours are as follows: December 24-January 8 MERIT Library is Closed January 9-13 Monday - Friday, Noon-5:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Closed January 16 Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day All other MERIT services are available Monday - Friday, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through the winter break.

Requests for Spring Semester Reserves due by January 3rd

December 5, 2016
SoE Faculty, TAs, and Instructional Staff: Please note that reserves requests for the Spring Semester are due at MERIT Library by January 3, 2017 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 photocopy/scan 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 like items ...

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 ...

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:

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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