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
Kelly Ocasio  



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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.




Moroccan Montages: Merging Muses at CoffeeBytes through August 2014

by Catherine Stephens 9. May 2014 09:26

Congrats ! to MERIT staff Linda Endlich for her collaboration with Paul Baker at WCER.  Linda and Paul are sharing art works at CoffeeBytes on University Avenue through August 2014.  More more information about the show, contact Linda Endlich.   



New Act 31 Resource Designed for PreK-12 Education

by Catherine Stephens 7. May 2014 09:41

Robin Amado, Library Media Specialist at Memorial High School, and Katelyn Martens, MERIT's TA for Information Services and Instruction are pleased to share an Act_31_Tiered_Purchasing plan to assist public and school librarians in collecting materials to support Act 31. The SoE community is invited and encouraged to share the new resource.  

Act 31 requires all students and teachers within the state of Wisconsin to receive instruction on the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the American Indian Nations of Wisconsin. The plan contains a tiered purchasing plan of print materials (each tier expanding upon the previous one), a list of free resources, available curriculum, and note on the process and purpose.

Please share with teachers and local librarians (public, school, or otherwise).  Contact either Robin or Katelyn with comments.



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