Moodle Support at UW Madison

by Catherine Stephens 14. August 2014 09:42

UW Madison currently provides two Learning Managements Systems - Desire2Learn, and Moodle.  Moodle is not new to the SoE - it has been around for some time.  Moodle is a common LMS found in area school districts and provides flexible design options for schools and instructors.  Tools that are unique to Moodle include a Wiki space for class use, and special plug in tools developed here at UW Madison.

Faculty may choose to create Moodle sites for timetable use or contact Chris Dowling for help with creating course sites.  Catherine Stephens at MERIT provides instructional design support, and can assist faculty and staff with learning to use specific Moodle tools.  UW Madison also provides campus level Moodle support drawing on a campus community of instructional technologists in a variety of schools and colleges, and support is offered by the DoIT help desk.   

We encourage you to visit the Moodle knowledge base to learn more about the new Moodle features offered this fall.
Fall workshop offerings include:

    •    Basic Overview of Moodle: August 19 10-12pm and August 20 10-12pm
    •    What's New in Moodle: August 20 11-12pm
    •    Quizzing Basics: August 19 1-2:15pm
    •    Gradebook Basics: August 19 2:30-3:45
    •    Multimedia in Moodle: August 20 2:30-3:45
    •    Case Scenario Builder in Moodle: August 20 1-2:15 pm
Please register to attend as space is limited.


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Fall Reserves Requests due by August 12th

by Donna Meicher 29. July 2014 08:48

The fall semester will be here soon!  If you would like your reserves ready at the start of the semester, please submit your reserves requests by August 12th. (Early requests are always appreciated!)

You may use our printable Reserve List request form.  Please fill it out and return to Donna Meicher at 368 Teacher Education Building.

Or you may submit your request using our electronic Reserves request form.

For more information, please see our guidelines for placing items on reserve at MERIT Library.

Questions? Contact Donna Meicher at


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SoE Graduate Staff Orientation on Friday, August 22

by Catherine Stephens 7. July 2014 14:58

We are pleased to announce the 2014 School of Education Graduate Assistant Welcome and Orientation.  The orientation is free, includes lunch and an afternoon reception. The program is highly recommended for all new Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Project Assistants (PAs).

All new graduate staff are encouraged to review the program schedule and to be sure to register online for the event.

Please feel free to email the Orientation Planning Team with any questions.
Aaron Bird Bear
Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong
Catherine Stephens
Tyson Pankey



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Teaching with Technology Summer Workshops

by Catherine Stephens 15. May 2014 08:38

Starting June 10, DoIT Academic Technology and campus partners will provide a series of hands-on training sessions for Learn@UW tools.

Sessions will include a basic overview of Desire2Learn, Moodle, as well as individual sessions on integrating media, gradebook, online discussions, quizzes (basic and advanced), web conferencing (Blackboard Collaborate), site layout customization and student-driven questions and answers using Piazza.

MERIT partners with DoIT academic technology to support tools for face-to-face instruction, blended and fully online instruction.  The topics and tools covered in these sessions can help instructors learn skills necessary for all three approaches.   

Registration for these sessions is required.  For more information on the schedule, topics covered in these sessions, and how to register, please see this site:

Please contact Catherine Stephens with questions about Learn@UW tools or workshops offered.


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Staff Engaged with Upcoming Conference Events

by Catherine Stephens 9. May 2014 15:27

To cap off the academic year, MERIT staff are speaking and engaged with the following conference events:

  • Catherine Stephens and Anna Lewis will share a poster titled Individualized Technology Plans (ITPs):  Better Listening ='s Better Outcomes at the 2014 Teaching and Learning Symposium
  • Mary Vogt will serve on a panel SLIS Student Panel: Games in Libraries Pilot Project  at the Games in Libraries GLS conference event
  • Catherine Stephens will offer a session Teaching Outside the Box: Building Makerspaces to support teaching, research and community building at the June 2014 NMC Summer Conference at Portland, Oregon

Please feel free to contact the MERIT staff above for additional information.


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Light Noon-Midnight Featured at Madison's Children Museum

by Catherine Stephens 9. May 2014 13:10

Look out for Joey Zellner's neon glass installation this summer at the Madison Children's Museum.   Joey, Art Major and MERIT staff in both graphic design and the IT Help Desk is pictured here with senior Kelly Damroth, Art department.   "Light Noon-Midnight" is best seen from street level, and will be on display through July 2014.





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