SoE Faculty Participate in TeachOnline@UW

April 24, 2017
Faculty developing a new online course or making improvements to a current online course are invited to apply to the 2017-18 TeachOnline@UW  program. TeachOnline@UW is a faculty learning community that explores research-based best practices for designing and teaching online courses. Stipends are provided based on participation. During the 2016-17 academic year, nine faculty from across the UW-Madison School of Education participated in the program. Putting themselves in the shoes of online students, they learned strategies to plan, design, and facilitate their online courses. Faculty and staff contributions were recognized on Monday, April 24th with a culmination celebration. MERIT’s Instructional Designer Maria Widmer served as a facilitator for the group and is available to School of Education faculty for online course consultations. For more information about the program and to apply, visit: Applications are due by July 10, 2017. For questions about online course design and development, please contact Maria Widmer or Jim Jonas.

Plan for SoE Transition to Canvas LMS

April 10, 2017
MERIT staff are actively engaged with helping SoE faculty and staff migrate to Canvas, UW Madison's new learning management system. MERIT staff are available to answer questions about teaching with Canvas, and assist with migrating content from Desire2Learn and Moodle. Over Fall 2017, additional campus support from DoIT academic technology will be provided to the SoE.  At that time, remaining SoE course sites and content from the past academic year will migrate to Canvas, along with special course site requests.  Faculty and staff course leads will receive an email invite to open Canvas course site.  By Summer 2018, Desire2Learn and Moodle will no longer be available.  By that time, all SoE course sites will be running in Canvas. To learn more about Canvas, check out the recent “Canvas News Digest” published April 3, 2017.  Highlights include: Summer and fall 2017 courses available in Canvas Online and in-person training opportunities Canvas FastTrack Video Series TopHat coming to Canvas What faculty are saying about their transition Questions or issues?  Find Canvas resources Find additional information and a list of ongoing Canvas workshops posted at  For ...

Spring Workshops at MERIT

April 6, 2017
MERIT provides drop-in workshops in the library each semester. The workshops offered this spring include: April 7: Managing your Citations with Zotero April 13: Personal Privacy (Part I): Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age April 14: Designing and Printing Posters with PowerPoint April 26: Creating Closed Captions with April 27: Personal Privacy (Part II): Protecting your Privacy April 28: Managing your Citations with Zotero May 1: Basics of Website Editing with WordPress For more information, visit the full Workshop Schedule.

Learning Technology Virtual Conference

March 22, 2017
On Tuesday April 4 and Wednesday April 5, faculty and academic staff from across the University of Wisconsin System will share tips, tricks, and tales focused on technologies for teaching and learning as part of the annual LTDC Virtual Showcase. You can tune in to this free online conference to learn about hot topics in higher education, how-tos and resources, strategies for student engagement, and technologies for teaching and learning. This year’s lineup features sessions on inclusive online learning, Google tools for aspiring teachers, Twitter for teacher education, and more. Tuesday’s keynote by Thomas Tobin will highlight how to implement Universal Design for Learning principles in the design of online courses. DoIT Academic Technology Sr. Learning Consultant John Martin will lead Wednesday’s keynote in a provocative, interactive session titled “[de-]Humanizing Learning”. MERIT's Instructional Designer Maria Widmer supported John in developing this session. For program information on the conference and to register, visit the LTDC Virtual Showcase website.   Conference sessions will be archived for later viewing.   

Kaltura Interactive Video Quizzing

March 14, 2017
Want to make sure your students are actively engaged while watching course videos? Looking for a way to test understanding, reinforce key concepts, and improve retention of the ideas explored in your online lectures? Interactive Video Quizzing (IVQ), a feature of Kaltura Mediaspace, allows users to easily embed multiple choice questions into video recordings. In-video quizzes can support self-checks for understanding, link to the Canvas gradebook for formative assessments, and serve as a survey tool to poll viewers. Harvard University psychologists have found that interpolated quizzing during lecture videos boosts student learning, increases task-relevant behaviors like note taking, and reduces mind wandering (Schacter & Szpunar, 2015). School of Education faculty are using Kaltura IVQ in their courses, supported by MERIT instructional design partners. Professor of Educational Psychology, Dr. Haley Vlach uses Kaltura quizzing in her new online course to be offered in Summer 2017: Ed Psych 320 – Human Development in Infancy and Childhood. Dr. Vlach embeds questions throughout her videos, challenging students to synthesize information, recall what they have learned, and make inferences about what will happen next. For more information about learning technologies ...

Pressbooks, New Tool for Open Education Publishing

February 27, 2017
UW Madison has stepped up support for a campus tool to publish open education resources. Pressbooks is an open-source WordPress-based platform that lets users publish content to a variety of digital formats. Hosted by Unizin, Pressbooks provides a scalable solution to produce portable, reusable textbooks and educational content. The software may also be used to create lecture replacement modules for online or hybrid courses. Look for the ability to connect Pressbooks open education resources with Canvas course sites in Summer of 2017. Examples of Pressbooks at UW Madison can be viewed online.  The new publishing tool was featured at a recent Active Learning Lab. Additional resources shared at the lab include videos and a step-by-step activity sheet. School of Education faculty and staff are encouraged to join a Pressbooks user group to stay in touch with opportunities for hands-on training offered by campus partners. To learn more, see OER resources posted by EDUCAUSE.  For information about open education resources at UW Madison including Pressbooks, please contact Jim Jonas or Angela Schiappacasse at MERIT.


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