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.   
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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 ...
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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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SoE Staff Support for Canvas

February 8, 2017
UW Madison’s adoption of Canvas, a new learning management system is well underway.  MERIT staff play an active role with guiding the process of migrating or support building your course in Canvas. During the transition period, MERIT staff continue to support Desire2Learn and Moodle.  For instructional design and in-depth help, contact Catherine Stephens or Jim Jonas. UW Madison Canvas help and support options include: Check the UW Madison Canvas home page for an overview of the migration process and links to help resources. Attend Canvas campus workshops taking place at the Active Learning Lab. Join the online Canvas Community to search and find help articles and stay in engaged with new updates to Canvas. UW Madison provides Canvas workshops and online Canvas training for instructors.  Explore the Canvas Instructor Guide and check new updates in the UW Canvas Knowledgebase Contact Canvas Support by phone: 1-866-334-5933. Contact the DoIT Help Desk. For more information or to request a MERIT consultation, please contact the MERIT Help Desk.  We look forward to working with you.
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Partners in Giving Incentive Winners Announced

January 30, 2017
The 2016 Partners in Giving campaign incentive award winners have been selected. Emails were sent to the winning individuals on Monday, January 30th. Thank you to all who participated in this year's event. The School had an increase in participation numbers over 2015, in part due to the generous matching challenge by an anonymous donor. Congratulations to all the winners! 2 women's hockey tickets - Marissa Greuel, EOP 2 men's hockey tickets - Donna Meicher, MERIT 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Merri Lindgren, CCBC 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Christopher Wodicka, WCER 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Tom Tegart, C&I 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - K.T. Horning, CCBC 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Rebecca Holmes, WCER 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Beth Graue, C&I 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Stephanie Budge, CP 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Megan Schliesman, CCBC 2 tickets to a performance of "The Underpants" - Rena Kronblum, Dance 2 tickets to a performance of "The ...
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MERIT Hires Instructional Designer

January 9, 2017
Please join MERIT in welcoming our newest staff member, Maria Widmer!  Maria joins MERIT’s Instructional Support team of Jim Jonas, Angie Schiappacasse, and Catherine Stephens as an Instructional Designer.  Maria's focus will be working with faculty in the development of online courses. Maria comes to MERIT from Penn State University where she recently designed and taught a high-enrollment online course. “I am driven by a mission to make technology-mediated higher education an engaging, accessible, and effective force for transformational learning.” Maria shared recently. Ms. Widmer holds a Masters of Education degree in Learning, Design, and Technology; an Educational Technology Integration certificate;  e-Learning Design certificate; and Undergraduate Degree in French, all from Penn State University. MERIT would like to thank the hiring committee: Jim Jonas (MERIT, chair), Margene Anderson (DoIT AT), Felipe Gacharná (MERIT), Andrea Mason (Kinesiology), and Angie Schiappacasse (MERIT) for all of their time and thoughtful review.  We are excited to have Maria join our team!
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