Workshop-Personal Privacy (Part II): Protecting your Privacy

Friday, 4/28 12-1pm
348 Teacher Education Building

In Part II of our Privacy Series, we will discuss tools and strategies for protecting your privacy as well as the effort required to employ them. You will learn to shield your text messages, email, and web browsing from prying eyes. It is recommended that you attend Part I: Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age, prior to this workshop.
Instructor: Jim Jonas

Stephens Named 2016 Teaching Academy Fellow

Congratulations to Catherine Stephens, MERIT’s Senior Education Technology Consultant as she joins the UW-Madison Teaching Academy as a Fellow this Spring.

The UW–Madison Teaching Academy is composed of faculty, instructional staff, and graduate students who have been recognized by their peers for sustained, demonstrated teaching excellence. The Academy works to promote, recognize, and support teaching and learning excellence in the UW–Madison community.

Fellows have a minimum of three years of experience as an educator at UW-Madison and have been formally recognized by their peers as having: demonstrated teaching excellence; demonstrated substantial service or leadership in education at UW-Madison; and expressed a willingness to be active participants in Teaching Academy events and governance.

Catherine Stephens is described as an innovator, a true “ideas person” who brings common sense teaching practice, and uncommon enthusiasm for new ideas in teaching and learning. She offers instructional design consulting, pedagogical support, and professional development programs to SoE faculty and staff.  In her work, she guides and facilitates the process of selecting and adopting new tools for teaching and learning.

Catherine shares her expertise through MERIT’s instructional services and provides co-teaching opportunities in the School of Education. Special areas of focus include learning with story, storyboards and concept mapping, active learning, social presence, inclusive teaching practices, communities of engagement, and teaching and learning in Maker spaces. This past year, she co-taught a graduate course with Professor Kurt Squire titled “Integrating Digital Media into Research and Teaching”. Catherine co-designed the syllabus, facilitated class sessions, and coordinated class speakers and guests. With a MA in Education, and background in English teaching, writing, and music, she brings creative problem solving, open inquiry, and facilitation skills to her work in the School of Education and the broader UW-Madison campus.

The School of Education’s Linn Posey-Maddox, Elaina Meier, Rosemary Russ, Jennifer Seelig, and Catherine Stephens were among those from across Campus being recognized by UW-Madison’s Teaching Academy during a ceremony on Wednesday evening, April 27 (read more).

Peschek Awarded 2016 Dick & Julie Daly Award

Josh Peschek was awarded the 2016 Dick & Julie Daly Award for Student Service in the School of Education in a School-wide ceremony last week. The award is funded by MERIT’s former director, Jo Ann Carr

For over four years, Josh Peschek has been making a profound difference at MERIT and in the School of Education. In his formal role, Josh is the lead supervisor at our circulation desk. Josh hires, trains, schedules, and supports all of the circulation supervisors and student staff. He also serves as the front-line for the advanced thorny and tricky questions that both users and staff members have. In his informal role, Josh’s impact is felt far outside of the circulation desk. Josh has been nominated and awarded more WOW! (What Outstanding Work) Awards by his peers, than any other MERIT staff member in history.

For his newest WOW! award, Sabrina Messer noted, “Recently, with no advanced prep or warning, Josh led a lengthy discussion and demo of our circulation gear to librarians and tech support staff from College and Steenbock libraries.” Circulation supervisor, Kayleigh Norgord says that “she feels safe working when Josh is working” because she can “ask him anything about anything and he will know the answer.” Janie Beeninga, a circulation staff member and teacher education student, praised Josh’s natural instructional instincts: “Josh always takes advantage of a teachable moment to show us how we can do something new or how we can do something more easily.”  In addition to his approach-ability, staff also appreciate his constant sense of humor.

Josh has helped MERIT usher in a variety of major changes in services.  He has helped support the edTPA pilot equipment (in all of its’ forms:  mini iPad, camcorder and webcam).  He has helped test and implement new equipment for MERIT’s collection like our GoPro cameras and a new PA system.  He continues to give thoughtful recommendations of what equipment MERIT should consider purchasing and which equipment would be wise to sunset.  The biggest change that Josh helped MERIT navigate was the campus transition to a new integrated library software system: ALMA.  This new software touches every aspect and item in circulation.  Josh helped define MERIT needs, train staff on the changes, and traverse the many unexpected challenges that arose during implementation.

Anyone who has ever worked with or for Josh – knows how committed he is to solving problems, and to making everyone’s lives easier. He’s cool under fire and seems literally unflappable. We also know that we are extraordinarily lucky to have him on our staff. He makes MERIT work well!

Josh Peshek was honored in the School’s Distinguished Achievement Awards Ceremony on April 20.

Spychalla takes on leadership role with EDUCAUSE’s Women in IT Constituent Group

UW-Madison’s Brenda Spychalla is assuming a co-leadership role with EDUCAUSE’s Women in IT Constituent Group.

Spychalla is the Co-CIO for the School of Education and Co-Director for Media, Education Resources & Information Technology (MERIT) in the School of Education, where she leads a diverse set of Library, Media and IT professionals on strategic planning and service delivery for the School of Education community and beyond (read more).

Workshop: Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age Part I

Friday, April 15th
12:00-1:00 pm
348 Teacher Education Building

From advertisers and merchants to identity thieves and the NSA – everyone is watching you. In this workshop we will discuss digital surveillance and ways to protect your privacy and leverage your personal information. We will also cover social media, the benefits of openness, and when it’s a good idea to share your personal information.  This workshop is free!
Instructor: Jim Jonas

And coming soon:
Personal Privacy Part II!

Friday, April 29th
12:00-1:00 pm
348 Teacher Education Building

In Part II of our Privacy Series, we will discuss tools and strategies for protecting your privacy as well as the effort required to employ them. You will learn to shield your text messages, email, and web browsing from prying eyes. It is recommended that you attend Part I: Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age, prior to this workshop. This workshop is free!
Instructor: Jim Jonas

RITI Grant Inspires Faculty Collaboration and Partnership

SoE faculty and staff gathered at the Art Department, Art Lofts on April 6th to share updates and highlight faculty collaborations out of the SoE RITI grant program. The group highlighted progress with innovation across SoE disciplines supported by RITI funds, as well as new SoE collaborations that have emerged. Looking ahead, MERIT welcomes your input about future MERIT sponsored SoE innovation grants.

Updates included progress with modular course design coming out of both Counseling Psych and Rehab Psych Special Education. Lynet Uttal and Alberta Gloria (Counseling Psych) described how they are moving from a Blended Learning course to an all online course by developing modules using UW Madison’s Case Scenario Critical Reader tool combined with the MOODLE platform. The work draws from topical content designed to support Cultural Responsiveness Education and Training. Brian Phillips and Tim Tansy (Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education ) shared updates about modular design and curriculum development to bring a Substance Abuse Instructional Toolkit to RPSE course work, and shared positive student reactions to TopHat’s student response system provided RPSE 660 students this Spring. Felice Amato (Art) shared an overview of development of online course sites for Art 108, and Art 208. Online course development is underway with Moodle; the project includes video production, incorporation of class images and close captioning for Art 108/208.

Susan Miller Smedema (RPSE) provided this update on RPSE student use of SmartPens to foster universal design for learning:
Students appreciated being able to share their notes and view their classmates’ notes prior to examinations.  Criticisms included the smartpens’ bulky design, and technical difficulties with the Livescribe app.  Student’s grades seemed to be positively associated with the ability to share notes, however.  This is a relatively new technology, and we imagine with product refinements and improved app capabilities, this technology will be incredibly useful to universal design in instruction in the future.

Next, faculty and staff visited the Art Lofts Glass Blowing lab where Helen Lee (Art) dazzled the crowd with a live demo of glass blowing.  The glass lab includes (4) GoPro cameras strategically placed to video record glass blowing fine motor movement from different angles.  Video is played back using a RITI funded Smart Bench with Dartfish software to allow instructors and students to analyze and pinpoint specific, subtle movement around glass blowing techniques.

The Glass Lab has used RITI funds to fabricate benches that allow for video cameras to be installed in key locales for capturing the movements that comprise the process of blowing glass. Additionally, an iOS app, Dartfish Express, is used as an educational tool with captured video: as a lesson guide, as a tool for marking up students’ processes, and as a comparison tool. The full version of Dartfish software is being utilized by Professor Pickett to more thoroughly analyze the range of movement students develop in the process of learning to blow glass.
Helen Lee
Glass Lab / Art Department

To wrap up, Kristen Picket (Occupational Therapy) provided a summary of a new collaboration with Helen Lee to offer glass blowing workshops to patients with Parkinson’s disease.  This new research includes the study of what we can learn about the relationship between focused and intentional movement and the treatment of PD.   See Pickett, Lee looking at innovative approaches to helping people with Parkinson’s disease, SoE News.

Now in its second year, RITI funds have provided support to 15 projects across the SoE.   Grant highlights, lessons and progress are shared on the RITI grant web site. Going forward, MERIT staff plan to continue to offer grants focused on innovation, teaching and learning.  Please share your ideas and suggestions around future themes and topics that best support teaching and learning across the SoE.

Contact Catherine Stephens at MERIT more information.