Fall Semester Library Reserves due by August 14th

July 27, 2015
SoE Faculty, TAs, and Instructional Staff: Please note that reserves requests for the Fall Semester are due at MERIT Library by August 14th, 2015 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 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 ...
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MERIT Support for Teaching and Learning

July 28, 2015
MERIT is gearing up for a new academic year, and ready and poised to support teaching and learning in the School of Education. MERIT provides a range of services from instructional design and education technology consulting, library services and collection development, equipment for check out, teaching labs, course related instruction, drop in workshops, library reserves, graphic design, media and classroom support, Knowledge Base, Help Desk and IT support. 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 the range of 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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Moodle Support at UW Madison

As part of the Learn@UW suite of tools, UW Madison provides two Learning Managements Systems - Desire2Learn, and Moodle. Moodle is not new in the School of Education and been a platform of choice for outreach and non-credit offerings. Moodle is a common LMS found in area school districts and provides flexible design options for schools and instructors.  Tools that are unique to Moodle include a Wiki space for class use, extended tools for student collaboration, and special plug in tools developed here at UW Madison. Faculty may choose to create Moodle sites for timetable use or contact Chris Dowling for help with creating course sites.  Catherine Stephens at MERIT provides instructional design support, and can assist faculty and staff with learning to use specific Moodle tools.  UW Madison also provides campus level Moodle support drawing on a campus community of instructional technologists in a variety of schools and colleges, and support is offered by the DoIT help desk.   

We encourage you to visit the Moodle knowledge base to learn more about the new Moodle features offered this fall.
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Jacobsohn stepping down as School of Education’s CIO

July 12, 2015
Daniel Jacobsohn, who has served as chief information officer of UW-Madison’s School of Education since August 2010, is leaving his post Aug. 14 to pursue other professional opportunities, including the formation of a new business. “The School of Education has been fortunate to have Dan Jacobsohn as our first CIO,” says School of Education Dean Julie Underwood. “He has helped us integrate our information and improved our use of technology.  We are sorry to see him leaving the School, but wish him the best in his new adventure.” In addition to his role as CIO, Jacobsohn also serves as director of MERIT within the School of Education. Starting in mid-August, Anna Lewis and Brenda Spychalla will serve as interim co-directors of MERIT and will act as co-CIO for the School. Lewis is MERIT’s assistant director of library services, while Spychalla is assistant director of IT services. The School of Education will start a national search for a new CIO in the coming months, after Diana Hess takes over for Julie Underwood as the School’s next dean on Aug. 1. Jacobsohn is opening a business in Madison that sells new ...
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Finding Past News Posts from MERIT

MERIT has a new look!  We realize that we have a great deal of important information on our previous news blog.  We plan to add most previous posts to our archive on the new website, until that project is complete, we will have the archived news available for your review.  You can find the old archive at meritnews.education.wisc.edu. Our most current news will be posted on the new MERIT website.  As always, we welcome your feedback!
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WCER-ADS Drop-In Training

July 10, 2015
Tuesdays all Summer 2:00-3:00pm. MERIT Library room 348 Do you have a Mac and need help setting up Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection? Do you need help connecting to a VPN? Any other questions? Come to a drop-in training to get the answers you need!
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