MERIT Staff Leads Development of New Wisconsin Act31 Website

MERIT is proud to be part of a special project, funded by a Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Grant. November is Native American Heritage Month.  It is fitting then that a new web resource for teachers in the classroom is unveiled this month.

The resource is a collaboration project between eight partners, including the School of Education, Wisconsin Public Television, UW System, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin Media Lab, Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Indian Education Association.

MERIT staff led the coalition in the design and development of the new web resource that draws from teacher exemplars and shares curriculum and Wisconsin-based resources for teachers in the classroom. Check out the new web site and learn more about recommendations for essential understandings around Native American curriculum in K-12 schools.

MERIT’s involvement in the project has been extensive.  Instructional design, web programming, visual design, video production and overall project coordination were just some of the services MERIT provided in the development of the resource.  MERIT staff continues to work on the resource, helping to keep the content relevant and current.

We invite you to share your feedback with Linda Endlich, the Act31 project coordinator.  Hats-off and congratulations to MERIT staff Linda Endlich, Catherine Stephens, Clark Thompson and Jenny McBurney for their participation with the Act 31 Coalition partners, and contributions to this important work.

To learn more about Wisconsin Act 31, see related story “New website helps educators teach about American Indian nations” published by UW Communications.

A New Look for Digital Measures

Digital Measures has recently released a new user interface. The new user interface offers not only a more modern look but also a more intuitive approach from a user’s perspective.

The Digital Measures team completely rethought how people use Activity Insight. Working along with software usability experts, they studied faculty members and administrators using the software in a usability lab. Examining how people perform even the most basic tasks, such as running a report, highlighted the need to re-architect core aspects of the software.

A few key enhancements you’ll notice:

  • A clean, elegant look and feel
  • Updated navigation and in-line user help for a more user-friendly experience
  • A brand new Run Reports utility, streamlining what were formerly the Run Custom Reports and Run Ad Hoc Reports utilities
  • New NIH and NSF biographical sketch screens, and NIH and NSF biosketch reports
  • You can find screen tutorials, new feature announcements, instructions on updating your web profile and more details about Digital Measures in MERIT’s Digital Measures Support Portal.

We will switch over to the new user interface for all users on December 1st, between 8-9am. It will not interrupt usage. If you are logged in when the switch is made, the new user interface will simply display when you next refresh the page.

We hope you enjoy the new look and functionality as you enter your activities and generate reports.



MERIT’s Buy-a-Leaf Campaign

Donate $1 or more to the Partners in Giving campaign and help fill MERIT’s tree with leaves!

Partners in Giving is a once-a-year, volunteer-driven workplace campaign through which State of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, and University Hospital & Clinics employees in Dane County can give conveniently to many of their favorite charitable organizations. Through MERIT’s buy-a-leaf campaign, you can participate too!

MERIT will be selling leaves for $1 each in the MERIT Library, now through November 30th.  Proceeds will go to the Partners in Giving general fund. 

Have you already contributed through your department?  Bring a copy of your paper or online receipt and we will give you one free leaf!

For more information, contact Barb Simons.