New Video Resources to Support Adoption of Qualitative Data Software

by Catherine Stephens 11. September 2014 11:06

As the new year begins, MERIT is pleased to share 3 new introductory videos by our Qualitative Research Data Consultant Christian Schmieder designed to support adoption of QDA Tools and Software for teaching, learning and research.  New topics include:

PART 1: General Functionality (12 minute video)
Christian talks about the general functions of QDA software: organizing data, annotating data, searching through data, coding and displaying data.

PART 2: The Academic Discourse around QDA Software (12 minute video)
Christian talks about the discourse around QDA software, and about common hopes and fears connected with using software in qualitative research.

PART 3: Choosing QDA Software (8 minute video)
Christian introduces tips and tricks for choosing the right software package for your project.

We welcome your feedback. Contact Christian and let us know if the videos help you thinking about QDA software, and  whether they provide help to support qualitative research and adoption of tools for teaching, learning, and research.

In October, Christian shares two lecture presentations on common QDA packages (NVIVO, MAXQDA, Dedoose, ATLAS.TI) this October. You will find more information about the presentations here:



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MERIT Offers Fall Workshop Program

by Jim Jonas 6. September 2014 09:58

We are pleased to share the MERIT worshop schedule for Fall 2014.  

Workshops include:

Teaching Outside the Box: Building Makerspaces to Support Teaching, Research and Community Building
Managing Your Citations with Zotero
Act 31 Educational Resources
Designing and Printing Posters with Powerpoint
Creating Teacher Observation Videos
Personal Privacy in the Digital Age

Find session descriptions and workshop dates posted on the MERIT web site; we also include links to more learning opportunities on campus.

MERIT staff offer opportunities to visit class sessions and groups.  SoE faculty and staff are encouraged to contact Jim Jonas to arrange a class visit or consultation.  

MERIT workshops are free and open to UW Madison and the Education community.  No registration is required.


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Moodle Support at UW Madison

by Catherine Stephens 5. September 2014 09:42

As part of the Learn@UW suite of tools, UW Madison provides two Learning Managements Systems - Desire2Learn, and Moodle. Moodle is not new in the School of Education and been a platform of choice for outreach and non-credit offerings. 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, extended tools for student collaboration, 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.


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Kanopy, a Streaming Video Database, Now on Trial

by Vince Jenkins 4. September 2014 13:57

Video is an increasingly visible segment of classroom instruction, and streaming video providers help ensure access to timely content both in and out of the classroom. We encourage you to take a look at Memorial Library's database trials page which regularly offers "try-outs" of online resources of potential interest to the UW-Madison learning community. 

Look for the "submit comments about the resource" at the bottom of the page and tells us what you think about Kanopy.  Your responses help guide us in our acquisitions decisions!   

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Kanopy (trial period extended to 14 Sept. 2014):
"Kanopy is 'the Netflix for colleges' offering a streaming solution and a broad catalog of over 26,000 films across all faculty areas from over 800 leading producers to choose from, including PBS, Media Education Foundation, Criterion Collection, First Run Features, HBO, California Newsreel, Kino Lorber, Medcom, Green Planet Films, BBC, Psychotherapy. net, Stanford Executive Briefings, and more."

Please let us know if you have any questions.


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Learn, Analyze, and Create in MERIT’s Study Lounge

by Anna Lewis 2. September 2014 13:47

Come by the MERIT Library and visit the newly renovated quiet study lounge located room room 356.  Comfy chairs, natural light, and art work by Ellsworth Snyder is in place for library patrons to enjoy.

Experiment with high-end software; MERIT’s new quiet study space hosts four computer workstations with specialized software packages for design, statistics, and video production. Software titles include AutoCad, Maya, Mudbox, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, and SPSS.
Share your comments and suggestions for MERIT's quiet study lounge by dropping off suggestions at the Comment Box located outside the space.




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How do you use Education Week Online?

by Vince Jenkins 2. September 2014 11:26

MERIT Library staff ask for your help in evaluating access to Education Week Online.  

MERIT Library has subscribed to the education news weekly, "Education Week", since it began publishing in print in 1981.  Last year, MERIT received campus funds to switch to Education Week Online as part of an effort to improve off-campus access to Ed Week's entire archives and all its subsidiary journals (Teacher Magazine, Digital Directions, Technology Counts, Quality Counts, Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook).

To help ensure ongoing campus financial support, MERIT library would like to hear from you.  We appreciate your comments about how you or your students use Ed Week for instruction, as well as how important the journal is to your professional development and current awareness of evolving topics in K-12 education.

We appreciate your support.  Please contact Vince Jenkins with your comments about the value and importance of Ed Week for teaching, learning, and research.


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