Teaching Effectively in Canvas Upcoming Workshops

May 8, 2017
For instructors and teaching assistants working in Canvas, Teaching Effectively in Canvas is a new program designed to help make high-quality teaching easier for instructors. The Faculty Engagement team at DoIT Academic Technology developed the program to include four in-person workshops, with multiple sessions of each workshop offered between May 15, 2017 and June 2, 2017. Each of the two-hour workshops focuses on a different aspect of teaching and learning as well as the Canvas tools that align with them. Activities designed to guide instructors through the creation of necessary elements are also included. People are encouraged to attend a session for each of the four workshops to get the most comprehensive learning experience. Each session takes place in room 2425 of Sterling Hall. To register, find session dates listed under Upcoming Events. Workshop descriptions and available sessions include: Course Design in Canvas: The workshop focuses on communicating learning objectives, while providing opportunities for students to connect prior experiences and personal learning preferences with course content, in Canvas — in a way that fits your teaching style. Monday, May 15, 1:00-3:00pm Tuesday, ...

Summer Reserves Due at MERIT Library by June 5

May 5, 2017
Please note that reserves requests for the Summer Semester are due at MERIT Library by June 5, 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”, which can be found within the MyUW portal.  “Library course pages” are intended to be collaborative between faculty and library staff, and serve as a web vehicle to post EReserves 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 that are currently on reserves (from spring) kept on reserves for the summer semester, please let Donna Meicher know ...

MERIT Library User Survey

May 1, 2017
This Spring, MERIT Library is seeking user feedback through an online survey in order to continue improving services and spaces.  Please note: The survey is specifically about MERIT Library, rather than about MERIT as a whole.   All are welcome to provide input through the survey online here, or in-person at the library. Thank you!  

MERIT Bids Farewell to Catherine Stephens

MERIT bids farewell to Catherine Stephens, our Senior Education Technology Consultant. Catherine started at the Center for Instructional Materials & Computing (CIMC) in January of 2002 with a Masters Degree in Education with an Instructional Technology emphasis, Teaching Certificate, and a BA in English from UW-Madison.  She has assisted faculty and staff with selecting, adopting, and learning how to use web tools for teaching.  She provided instructional design and has fostered bridge building between School of Education (SoE) faculty and staff, campus partners, and MERIT services. Catherine’s last day at MERIT is June 15, 2017. Catherine’s accomplishments include co-designing and facilitating Integrating Digital Media into Research and Teaching with Prof Kurt Squire, design and leadership for the “Teaching for Tomorrow” workshops series for SoE graduate students, supporting the administration of the  RITI grants, and coordinating and leading the development of “Individual Technology Plans” for faculty across the SoE.  Catherine’s work extends across UW-Madison; she has participated with and supported UW-Madison Community of Practice groups,  served on the SoE Equity and Diversity Committee, and served as past chair of ComETS.  Earlier in ...

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: www.teachonline.wisc.edu. 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 https://canvasinfo.wisc.edu/.  For ...


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