Please join us for the next Openness Meetup


According to the recent Education Innovation Small Grant announcement, UW-Madison has started crafting a strategy to support the development and use of high-quality Open Education Resources.

Let’s talk about our experiences with developing and using OERs and how we might support campus efforts. If you have a particular tool, experience, or effort you’d like to share or question you’d like to raise, please reply to this email so we can be sure to incorporate it into the meetup.

Join our community on Thursday, October 15 from noon-1:30 pm to share information, interests, and energy around “openness” and the academy.  We meet every third Thursday at 12:30 in the Wisconsin Idea Room room 159 Education Building for community building and information sharing.

As the community develops, we can add some topics or structure to our meetups, but for this month, we’d like to focus on getting to know a bit about each other and the activities we’re involved with. If there’s value in developing a shared space online or an email list to collect or share information between meetups we might organize that this month too.

Anyone with any interest in how or why we might collect, share, and access information in ways that make it easier for more people to use that information in more ways. No need for specialized knowledge or experience.

We hope to see you there.  Feel free to bring your lunch. We’ll provide some treats!

Carrie Nelson, Instructional Content Librarian, General Library System
Jim Jonas, Information and Instructional Services Librarian, MERIT Library
Brianna Marshall, Digital Curation Coordinator, General Library System & Chair, Research Data Services

Ed Tech and Tea Time

Have questions about educational technology? Wondering how to incorporate tech skills into the classroom? Or do you just need a cup of tea? Come to the MERIT Atrium for an informal discussion and skill-share over cups of hot beverages!

Mondays, starting September 28th
Noon-1:30 in the MERIT Atrium (3rd floor of TEB)

MERIT Joins Campus Laptop Check-out Program

Dual-boot (functions as a PC or Mac), Mac Laptops will be available for check out from the MERIT Help Desk, located in MERIT Library, beginning Monday, August  4th, 2015.  MERIT joins 18 other locations on campus where UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff can check out laptops. As part of this campus-wide laptop check-out program, those seeking a dual-boot, Mac laptop will  find locations, availability, and policies online.  There is no fee for check-out, and individuals may check laptops out for three days, up to 20 times per semester. Two forms of ID are required.

Now Hiring – Video Producer/Visual Designer

MERIT is hiring a full-time Video Producer/Visual Designer.  For the full position vacancy listing, and directions for how to submit your resume, please see PVL# 84179.

This position Video Producer / Visual Designer is a part of MERIT (Media, Education Resources, and Information Technology), a vibrant service unit with a collaborative team of technologists, librarians, and media professionals that steward the School of Education’s Information Environment. Through on-going leadership in the adoption of emerging technologies, MERIT empowers members of the School of Education community and its partners to achieve excellence.

Clark Thompson Retires

Clark Thompson, Video Producer at Media, Education Resources and Information Technology (MERIT), retired in July after a distinguished 30-year professional career with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working the entire time in the School of Education.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Clark Thompson earned a BA in Communication Arts in 1982 from UW-Madison. After graduating, he took time off and traveled extensively, including two months in Europe during the summer of 1983.  That fall, Clark returned to UW-Madison and enrolled in an advanced photography course in the Art Department as a special student.  Clark was hired by the School of Education as a student worker in October, 1983.  He worked doing video production and duplication at the then-named Instructional Media Development Center (IMDC).  Finding a new passion for educational video work, Clark enrolled in the Educational Communications and Technology master’s program in Curriculum & Instruction.  Clark excelled as a student worker, and after a stint as an LTE, he was offered a full-time academic staff position which began on July 1, 1985.  This first position was overseeing the duplication and distribution functions of the IMDC.  But Clark’s passion and expertise was video production and so he was promoted to full-time video producer in 1987.  All the while Clark continued his graduate studies, earning his MS degree in the spring of 1988.

This was an immensely productive time for Clark and the IMDC in general.  Scores of programs were created for clients across the School of Education, the campus, the state and beyond.  These included numerous video courses, including Teachers Tackle Thinking, Educating Able Learners, Caring for Infants and Toddlers, The Village of Kindness, Clinics on Cassette, and Food Science.  Educational videos ranging from how to read to your kids, to mental health screening, to bovine necropsy.   Many of these productions were 10-12 part series, between 30 minutes and one hour in length, aired at various PBS stations across the country, and some are still being used in classrooms today. During this same time, video became a popular artistic medium, and Clark was very involved with helping students in the Dance Program and the Art Department create innovative videos.  He collaborated extensively with faculty, including Professor Laurie Beth Clark helping her create numerous video elements of her work and documenting installations.

In 1995, Clark was promoted to Manager of Video Production (Administrative Program Manger II) supervising three full-time academic staff and 8-10 students, managing income and expenditures and future developments in educational video.  In addition to the leadership and administrative duties of the new position, Clark continued his work in the design and development of educational and general purpose videos for the School of Education and other clients.  Clark is extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of talented and creative individuals.  He trained and mentored countless student assistants, many of whom went on to prominent careers in the film industry, including positions at Pixar, Industrial Light and Magic and the Daily Show.

In 2008, the IMDC merged with the CIMC and the SoE IT office to Media, Education Resources and Information Technology (MERIT).  The field of video production has also changed a great deal over the last 30 years.  First, with the adoption of digital media editing, followed by digital cameras and most recently HD technology.  Clark has led MERIT through the changing technology landscape with thoughtful planning and timely purchases to avoid obsolete technology, while keeping image quality his highest priority.

More recently, Clark helped the School of Ed launch its YouTube channel and worked with the External Relations Office to create “SoE TV,” an interview show hosted by Associate Dean, Dawn Crim.   He produced numerous promotional videos, including videos for Rehabilitation Psychology, Elementary Education, Athletic Training and Dance.  Currently, Clark is working to create videos for the Wisconsin Act 31 American Indian Studies project, which received a Baldwin Grant through the Provost’s Office.

As a strong advocate of shared governance, Clark has participated at the school and university levels. He has been a member of the school’s Committee on Service and Outreach (COSA) which he co-chaired in 2002-03, and Academic Staff Assembly Representative from 1997-99.  Clark has also been a member of the School of Education Digital Video Committee, the Campus Communicators, and ComETS.  In 2008, Clark collaborated with the campus-wide group, VITAL (Video in Teaching and Learning) to create a report analyzing the use of grassroots video at UW-Madison.

Professional Development and furthering the Wisconsin Idea are also a large part of Clark’s longstanding career.  In 1989, Clark attended the Summer Institute on Media in Education at the University of London.  Shortly afterward, he collaborated with Mimi Orner, Liz Ellsworth, and Rick Voithofer in the writing and development of “The Degrees of Difference: Culture Matters on Campus” video.  The video was jointly presented by Clark and his co-authors at AERA 1998 in San Diego.

Clark Thompson has been instrumental in developing and supporting innovative initiatives in educational media on behalf of the School of Education for 30 years. His efforts to meet the demands in the constantly changing field of educational media are commendable. His connection to the University and the School of Education is unshakable.  He plans to continue being a part of the vibrant University community for decades to come.

New Food for Educational Thought

MERIT Library has new items in our collection.

Reclaiming the Teaching Profession: Transforming the Dialogue on Public Education, by J. Amos Hatch.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
Public schools — United States
Educational change — United States
Education — Standards — United States
Teachers — Rating of — United States
Business and education — United States
Professional Collection:  LA 217.2 .H63 2015

Race to the Bottom: Corporate School Reform and the Future of Public Education, by Michael V. McGill.
Teachers College Press, 2015
Educational change — United States
Education — Standards — United States
Public schools — United States
Charter schools — United States
Privatization in education — United States
Business and education — United States
Professional Collection: LA 217.2 .M398 2015

Neoliberalizing Educational Reform: America’s Quest for Profitable Market-Colonies and the Undoing of Public Good, edited by Keith M. Sturges, foreword by Antonia Darder.
Sense Publishers, 2015
Series: Bold visions in educational research, v. 45
Educational change — Economic aspects — United States
Neoliberalism — United States
Professional Collection:  LA 217.2 .N46 2015

Philosophy of Educational Research, by Richard Pring.
3rd edition.
Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
Education — Research — Philosophy
Professional Collection:  LB 1028 .P588 2015

Education Technology and the Failure of American Schools, by Charles K. Stallard and Julie Cocker.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
Education — Effect of technological innovations on — United States
Academic achievement — United States
Educational change — United States
Professional Collection:  LB 1028.3 .S734 2015

Blogging for Educators: Writing for Professional Learning, by Starr Sackstein.
Corwin, 2015
Series: Corwin connected educators series
Teachers — Blogs
Internet in education
Professional Collection: LB 1044.87 .S235 2015

An Empty Curriculum: the Need to Reform Teacher Licensing Regulations and Tests, by Sandra Stotsky.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
Teachers — Certification — United States
Teachers — Training of — United States
Professional Collection: LB 1771 .S695 2015

The Conscience of a Teacher: More Than Fulfilling a Contract, by Keen Babbage.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
Teachers — Professional ethics
Teaching — Moral and ethical aspects
Professional Collection:  LB 1779 .B34 2015

A Faculty Guide to Advising and Supervising Graduate Students, by Darla J. Twale.
Routledge, 2015
Counseling in higher education — United States
Graduate students — Counseling of
Graduate students — Services for
Professional Collection:  LB 2343 .T93 2015

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management, edited by Fenwick W. English; associate editors, JoAnn Danelo Barbour, Rosemary Papa.
SAGE Reference, 2015
School management and organization
Educational leadership
Professional Collection:  LB 2805 .S2618 2015

10 Steps for Hiring Effective Teachers, by Mary C. Clement.
Corwin, 201589126763150
Teachers — Selection and appointment — United States
Teachers — Recruiting — United States
Professional Collection:  LB 2835.25 .C536 2015

A Policy History of Standards-Based Education in America, by Boyce Brown.
Peter Lang, 2015
Education — Standards — United States
Education and state — United States
Professional Collection:   LB 3060.83 .B76 2015

Reimagining Liberal Education: Affiliation and Inquiry in Democratic Schooling, by Hanan A. Alexander.
Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
Education, Humanistic.
Education — Philosophy.
Education — Aims and objectives.
Democracy and education
Professional Collection: LC 1011 .A549 2015

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MERIT co-sponsors faculty talk “7 Technological Changes that are Reshaping Teaching and Learning” with Rich Halverson

Join us on Tuesday September 22 from 11:30 am-1 pm in 159 Education Building for the next Practical Wisdom session co-sponsored by The Network and MERIT.

New media technologies are reshaping how people interact and learn in and out of schools.  In this talk, Rich Halverson will discuss how technologies such as social media, digital media production communities, fantasy sports, massively open online games and courses, learning management systems and mobile devices are changing teaching and learning, and how such tools and practices can be directed towards creating engaged, immersive, active learning environments.

Richard Halverson is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the UW-Madison School of Education. His research aims to bring the research methods and practices of the Learning Sciences to the world of educational leadership and interactive media. Rich co-directs the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network and the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning project, and was a co-founder and co-director the Games + Learning + Society Research Center. He holds affiliate appointments in Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction Departments, and is a Fellow at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. He is a former high school teacher and administrator, and earned an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. He is co-author (with Allan Collins) of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America.

Please RSVP by adding your name to the E-invite.

Co-sponsored by MERIT and The Network.

MERIT Welcomes Felipe Gacharná

MERIT is pleased to announce that Felipe Gacharná has joined MERIT as our Web Developer and Consultant. Felipe comes to MERIT from the Madison Metropolitan School District where he supported an array of web services. He is also a UW-Madison alum and has worked in DoIT’s IT Academy program.  Felipe joined the MERIT staff in early July.