Workshop-Personal Privacy (Part II): Protecting your Privacy

April 28, 2016
Friday, 4/28 12-1pm 348 Teacher Education Building In Part II of our Privacy Series, we will discuss tools and strategies for protecting your privacy as well as the effort required to employ them. You will learn to shield your text messages, email, and web browsing from prying eyes. It is recommended that you attend Part I: Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age, prior to this workshop. Instructor: Jim Jonas
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Stephens Named 2016 Teaching Academy Fellow

Congratulations to Catherine Stephens, MERIT’s Senior Education Technology Consultant as she joins the UW-Madison Teaching Academy as a Fellow this Spring. The UW–Madison Teaching Academy is composed of faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students who have been recognized by their peers for sustained, demonstrated teaching excellence. The Academy works to promote, recognize, and support teaching and learning excellence in the UW–Madison community. Fellows have a minimum of three years of experience as an educator at UW-Madison and have been formally recognized by their peers as having: demonstrated teaching excellence; demonstrated substantial service or leadership in education at UW-Madison; and expressed a willingness to be active participants in Teaching Academy events and governance. Catherine Stephens is described as an innovator, a true “ideas person” who brings common sense teaching practice, and uncommon enthusiasm for new ideas in teaching and learning. She offers instructional design consulting, pedagogical support, and professional development programs to SoE faculty and staff.  In her work, she guides and facilitates the process of selecting and adopting new tools for teaching and learning. Catherine shares her expertise through MERIT's instructional services and provides co-teaching opportunities ...
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Peschek Awarded 2016 Dick & Julie Daly Award

Josh Peschek was awarded the 2016 Dick & Julie Daly Award for Student Service in the School of Education in a School-wide ceremony last week. The award is funded by MERIT's former director, Jo Ann Carr For over four years, Josh Peschek has been making a profound difference at MERIT and in the School of Education. In his formal role, Josh is the lead supervisor at our circulation desk. Josh hires, trains, schedules, and supports all of the circulation supervisors and student staff. He also serves as the front-line for the advanced thorny and tricky questions that both users and staff members have. In his informal role, Josh’s impact is felt far outside of the circulation desk. Josh has been nominated and awarded more WOW! (What Outstanding Work) Awards by his peers, than any other MERIT staff member in history. For his newest WOW! award, Sabrina Messer noted, “Recently, with no advanced prep or warning, Josh led a lengthy discussion and demo of our circulation gear to librarians and tech support staff from College and Steenbock libraries." Circulation supervisor, Kayleigh Norgord says that “she feels ...
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Spychalla takes on leadership role with EDUCAUSE’s Women in IT Constituent Group

UW-Madison’s Brenda Spychalla is assuming a co-leadership role with EDUCAUSE’s Women in IT Constituent Group. Spychalla is the Co-CIO for the School of Education and Co-Director for Media, Education Resources & Information Technology (MERIT) in the School of Education, where she leads a diverse set of Library, Media and IT professionals on strategic planning and service delivery for the School of Education community and beyond (read more).
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Workshop: Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age Part I

April 14, 2016
Friday, April 15th 12:00-1:00 pm 348 Teacher Education Building From advertisers and merchants to identity thieves and the NSA – everyone is watching you. In this workshop we will discuss digital surveillance and ways to protect your privacy and leverage your personal information. We will also cover social media, the benefits of openness, and when it’s a good idea to share your personal information.  This workshop is free! Instructor: Jim Jonas And coming soon: Personal Privacy Part II! Friday, April 29th 12:00-1:00 pm 348 Teacher Education Building In Part II of our Privacy Series, we will discuss tools and strategies for protecting your privacy as well as the effort required to employ them. You will learn to shield your text messages, email, and web browsing from prying eyes. It is recommended that you attend Part I: Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age, prior to this workshop. This workshop is free! Instructor: Jim Jonas
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RITI Grant Inspires Faculty Collaboration and Partnership

April 11, 2016
SoE faculty and staff gathered at the Art Department, Art Lofts on April 6th to share updates and highlight faculty collaborations out of the SoE RITI grant program. The group highlighted progress with innovation across SoE disciplines supported by RITI funds, as well as new SoE collaborations that have emerged. Looking ahead, MERIT welcomes your input about future MERIT sponsored SoE innovation grants. Updates included progress with modular course design coming out of both Counseling Psych and Rehab Psych Special Education. Lynet Uttal and Alberta Gloria (Counseling Psych) described how they are moving from a Blended Learning course to an all online course by developing modules using UW Madison’s Case Scenario Critical Reader tool combined with the MOODLE platform. The work draws from topical content designed to support Cultural Responsiveness Education and Training. Brian Phillips and Tim Tansy (Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education ) shared updates about modular design and curriculum development to bring a Substance Abuse Instructional Toolkit to RPSE course work, and shared positive student reactions to TopHat’s student response system provided RPSE 660 students this Spring. Felice Amato (Art) shared an overview of ...
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