Teaching Effectively in Canvas Upcoming Workshops

For instructors and teaching assistants working in Canvas, Teaching Effectively in Canvas is a new program designed to help make high-quality teaching easier for instructors. The Faculty Engagement team at DoIT Academic Technology developed the program to include four in-person workshops, with multiple sessions of each workshop offered between May 15, 2017 and June 2, 2017.

Each of the two-hour workshops focuses on a different aspect of teaching and learning as well as the Canvas tools that align with them. Activities designed to guide instructors through the creation of necessary elements are also included.

People are encouraged to attend a session for each of the four workshops to get the most comprehensive learning experience. Each session takes place in room 2425 of Sterling Hall. To register, find session dates listed under Upcoming Events.

Workshop descriptions and available sessions include:

  • Course Design in Canvas: The workshop focuses on communicating learning objectives, while providing opportunities for students to connect prior experiences and personal learning preferences with course content, in Canvas — in a way that fits your teaching style.
    • Monday, May 15, 1:00-3:00pm
    • Tuesday, May 23, 9:00-11:00am
    • Thursday, June 01, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Assessment in Canvas: The Assessment workshop helps you develop and apply smart assessment strategies to course objectives, get and give good feedback that strengthens student learning — and do it more efficiently than you imagined, in Canvas!
    • Tuesday, May 16, 1:00-3:00pm
    • Wednesday, May 24, 9:00-11:00am
    • Friday, June 2, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Social Learning in Canvas: The Social Learning workshop provides methods and examples to enlist students in teaching and learning from each other with Canvas.
    • Thursday, May 18, 1:00-3:00pm
    • Monday, May 22, 9:00-11:00am
    • Tuesday, May 30, 1:00-3:00pm
  • Individual Learning in Canvas: The Individual Learning workshop offers examples and practices in Canvas to ensure students come to class prepared to interact with instructors and classmates.
    • Friday, May 19, 1:00-3:00pm
    • Thursday, May 25, 9:00-11:00am
    • Wednesday, May 31, 1:00-3:00pm

Canvas is part of the Learn@UW-Madison suite of learning technologies and is supported by DoIT Academic Technology.  DoIT’s Learner Experience: Training & Support service provides in-person training events such as Getting Started with Canvas and Managing Grades in Canvas. Additional resources for Canvas users include the UW-Madison Canvas KnowledgeBase, the Canvas Instructor Guide, consultations and online training. Visit canvasinfo.wisc.edu for all available resources, and updates about the campus transition to Canvas.

Source:  DoIT AT news, May 5, 2017

Summer Reserves Due at MERIT Library by June 5

Please note that reserves requests for the Summer Semester are due at MERIT Library by June 5, 2017 in order to be available at the start of the semester.

EReserves appear online as part of a web resource called “Library Course Pages”, which can be found within the MyUW portal.  “Library course pages” are intended to be collaborative between faculty and library staff, and serve as a web vehicle to post EReserves online.

Contact Jim Jonas with questions about posting library instruction resources for students.

Keep the following in mind when submitting Reserves requests:

— Provide complete citations for items being placed on electronic reserves.  We need the author & title of the book/journal, copyright date and copyright holder.  For books, you can simply photocopy/scan the title page and (usually) the back of the title page, which gives the copyright information.  If you need assistance in identifying the citation for these materials, please ask MERIT Library reference staff for assistance.

— If you would like items that are currently on reserves (from spring) kept on reserves for the summer semester, please let Donna Meicher know as soon as possible.  If she does not hear from you, they will be removed at the end of the spring semester.

You may print the Reserve List request form, fill it out and return to Donna Meicher at 368 Teacher Education Building.  Or, you may submit your request electronically using our online request form.

For more information, see our guidelines for placing items on reserves at MERIT Library.  You may also want to review the campus libraries reserve policy.

If you have questions or concerns about the MERIT Library reserves process, you may contact Donna Meicher, Jim Jonas or Anna Lewis.

COURSE-RELATED CUSTOM INSTRUCTION SESSIONS focused on technology skills, technology integration, and information literacy are available from MERIT Library. Please see our Course Related Instruction webpage for more information.

MERIT Library User Survey

This Spring, MERIT Library is seeking user feedback through an online survey in order to continue improving services and spaces.  Please note: The survey is specifically about MERIT Library, rather than about MERIT as a whole.  

All are welcome to provide input through the survey online here, or in-person at the library.

Thank you!  

MERIT Bids Farewell to Catherine Stephens

MERIT bids farewell to Catherine Stephens, our Senior Education Technology Consultant. Catherine started at the Center for Instructional Materials & Computing (CIMC) in January of 2002 with a Masters Degree in Education with an Instructional Technology emphasis, Teaching Certificate, and a BA in English from UW-Madison.  She has assisted faculty and staff with selecting, adopting, and learning how to use web tools for teaching.  She provided instructional design and has fostered bridge building between School of Education (SoE) faculty and staff, campus partners, and MERIT services. Catherine’s last day at MERIT is June 15, 2017.

Catherine’s accomplishments include co-designing and facilitating Integrating Digital Media into Research and Teaching with Prof Kurt Squire, design and leadership for the “Teaching for Tomorrow” workshops series for SoE graduate students, supporting the administration of the  RITI grants, and coordinating and leading the development of “Individual Technology Plans” for faculty across the SoE.  Catherine’s work extends across UW-Madison; she has participated with and supported UW-Madison Community of Practice groups,  served on the SoE Equity and Diversity Committee, and served as past chair of ComETS.  Earlier in her career, Catherine helped lead a UW-Madison pilot to explore and teach with “Second Life”, a virtual world that allowed for simulation and role-play in SoE class spaces. This past year she co-led a new Academic Staff Mentoring community of practice.  In the spring of 2016, she was inducted as a fellow into the UW-Madison Teaching Academy.

“Catherine is an innovator.  Her seemingly tireless, behind-the-scenes and at-the-lead-engaged-with-learners work with educational technology enhancements for teaching colleagues in the UW-Madison’s School of Education stands out among efforts to improve our profession.  She’s a true “ideas person” bringing to light at once, common sense teaching practice and uncommon enthusiasm for new directions in teaching and learning.”


Michael Maguire, Faculty Associate, UW-Madison School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison Teaching Academy Fellow

We share our gratitude for her contributions around instructional design, support for teaching and learning in and out of the classroom, MERIT news writing, and contributions to the design and offering of SoE professional development events. We appreciate the fifteen years that Catherine has shared with us as a colleague, and as a person known for relationship-building, collaboration, and mentorship. We wish Catherine the best as she continues to learn and grow professionally in new fields connected with coaching, guiding change, and support for the arts. SoE and campus colleagues are invited to join us at the Red Gym on May 18 from 12 – 1:30 pm to celebrate her accomplishments and wish Catherine well.