SoE Faculty Participate in TeachOnline@UW

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: 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

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  For more information, please contact Catherine Stephens or Maria Widmer.

Spring Workshops at MERIT

MERIT provides drop-in workshops in the library each semester. The workshops offered this spring include:

  • April 7: Managing your Citations with Zotero
  • April 13: Personal Privacy (Part I): Understanding Privacy in the Digital Age
  • April 14: Designing and Printing Posters with PowerPoint
  • April 26: Creating Closed Captions with
  • April 27: Personal Privacy (Part II): Protecting your Privacy
  • April 28: Managing your Citations with Zotero
  • May 1: Basics of Website Editing with WordPress

For more information, visit the full Workshop Schedule.