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.

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][/embed]

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 ...

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 ...

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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