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Instructional Services

From getting a new class off of the ground to trying a new active learning strategy, MERIT’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology consultants are your partners. Want to build a rubric in Canvas? We can help. Have an assignment or discussion you would like to improve? We’re here for that. Looking to integrate a technology tool into your course? Come talk to us. We collaborate with instructors and TAs to support teaching and learning across the School of Education.

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Canvas Training and Support

A screenshot of Ed Psych 320 Canvas page.

MERIT Instructional Design staff can help you customize a Canvas home page that suits your course content and organization.

Other Support Options

In addition to support from MERIT, other support options are available to School of Education instructors and listed below.

  • On-Demand Training Videos
    • In May 2020, Learn@UW-Madison delivered several remote-learning training sessions.
  • Live Training
    • Throughout the academic year, Learn@UW-Madison offers live training sessions. During the COVID season, this training is happening remotely. To attend any of the several sessions, refer to the DoIT AT Events CalendarLinks to an external site.. Courses are usually posted at least one month before they are offered. Typically, sessions are offered the two weeks after spring semester concludes, the two weeks before the fall semester commences, and the two weeks before spring semester commences.

Course Design

MERIT staff provides consulting services that can help facilitate new approaches to course design and delivery.

Course Design
Consultation to bring new approaches to learning to your classroom: where to begin.

Online Education
Assistance with the evaluation and use of web-based learning tools for online delivery.

Educational Technology Integration
Explorations into new elearning trends in the classroom.
The diagram below shows an ideal timeline for developing an online course along with resources for each stage of planning and implementation. MERIT instructional design and technology staff are happy to provide support at any point in the online course development process. We’ve highlighted a few of the many unique course design options available to you in the image gallery below. Take a look around and don’t hesitate to reach out!

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Technology Tools

H5P is an online tool that allows instructors to create dynamic, interactive learning objects. Here, a slide deck and reading comprehension quiz are shown.

Instructors can embed quizzes directly into video lectures using Kaltura MediaSpace, the video editing program chosen by UW-Madison.

Canvas integrates with multiple tools to provide endless display and interaction options. Pressbooks, shown here, is a popular Open Educational Resource creator that works well with Canvas.

An online tool called Padlet can be integrated into Canvas for lively and organized online discussion, allowing for text, video, and link posts.

Course-Related Instruction

School of Education faculty, staff, and students, and area teachers are invited to participate in MERIT’s workshop program. In addition to scheduled workshops, sessions can be designed or adapted as course-integrated instruction for specific classes, or scheduled as consultation for individuals, meetings, or groups. Consider scheduling one or more MERIT instruction sessions for your classes.

Desktop and Digital Media Tools
MERIT provides workshops on various desktop and digital media tools from Photoshop for newsletters to using Microsoft Office tools in the classroom.

Digital Storytelling
MERIT staff provide workshops on resources, tutorials, and instructional materials to help instructors and students design and create digital stories.

Information and Resources in Education
MERIT offers workshops on information and resources in education from finding and incorporating Native American content to personal privacy in the digital age.

Adopting and Using eLearning Tools
MERIT offers workshops on using eLearning tools from designing course websites to using concept map tools for teaching and learning.

Customized Course-Integrated Instruction
Course-integrated instruction will be scheduled at your convenience and tailored to the content needs of your class, meeting, or group.

Library Course Pages
Accessible list of course-related resources tailored to a specific course’s needs and assignments.

Instructional Audio and Video


MERIT’s self-service A/V Studio is equipped with video and audio recording technology for creating online lecture videos.