Web Developer and Consultant Position Vacancy

by Barb Smith 23. February 2015 14:53

MERIT is hiring a Web Developer and Consultant.  (See full Position Vacancy Listing PVL#81994)

The Web Developer and Consultant position works in MERIT, a media, library, and technology unit within the School of Education, as an entry-level web developer in a dedicated and talented team to provide web development services to academic departments, programs, and units in the School. The position reports to the Assistant Director for IT in MERIT.

The successful candidate will enthusiastically, cordially, and seamlessly collaborate with a diverse range of IT, design, and communication professionals inside and outside of MERIT to sustainably manage, develop, and deliver innovative websites that effectively communicate the mission, strategic priorities, and activities of the School of Education and its academic departments, programs, and units.

Please refer to the full listing for requirements and application guideines.  


MERIT Workshop Schedule Spring 2015

by Jim Jonas 22. January 2015 14:55

MERIT will be offering a variety of drop-in workshops during the spring semester.  Our workshops are designed to support teaching and learning with technology, with a focus on the needs of School of Education students, faculty, and staff.  Sessions are open to the greater UW campus and community as well.  No registration is required, so please stop by!

Full list of workshops and descriptions available here (link). 

Topics this semester include:
    •    Creating Teacher Observation Videos
    •    Managing your Citations with Zotero
    •    Act 31 Resources
    •    Google Apps for the Classroom
    •    Teaching Outside the Box: Building Makerspaces to Support Teaching, Research and Community Building
    •    Teaching with Primary Resources
    •    Interactive Whiteboards
    •    Personal Privacy in the Digital Age
    •    Designing and Printing Posters with PowerPoint
    •    Free Education Apps for iPad
    •    Concept Map Tools to Support Teaching and Learning


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Teaching Trends - New Titles in the Collection

by Vince Jenkins 22. January 2015 14:04

Teaching Today and In the Future


Math is a Verb: Activities and Lessons from Cultures Around the World, by Jim Barta, Ron Eglash, and Cathy Barkley.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc., 2014

Mathematics -- Social aspects.

PROF GN 476.15 B37 2014

Teaching Grammar & Punctuation in the Twenty-First Century, by Marion Terry.
Oxford University Press, 2014

English language -- Grammar -- Study and teaching
English language -- Punctuation -- Study and teaching

PROF LB 1576 T48 2014


Preparing for the Classroom: What Teachers Really Think About Teacher Education, by Kevin O. Mason.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

Teachers -- Training of -- United States.
Teachers -- Attitudes.

PROF LB 1707 M27 2014

Leading Schools in an Era of Declining Resources, by J. Howard Johnston and Ronald Williamson.
Routledge, 2014

Educational leadership -- United States.
Education -- United States -- Finance.

PROF LB 2805 J638 2014


#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, by Grant Lichtman.
Jossey-Bass, 2014

School improvement programs.

PROF LB 2822.8 L54 2014

Queer Teachers, Identity and Performativity, edited by Anne Harris and Emily M. Gray.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Series: Palgrave studies in gender and education

Gay teachers.
Lesbian teachers.
Sexual minorities -- Identity.

PROF LB 2844.1 G39 Q43 2014

The Handbook for School Safety and Security: Best Practices and Procedures, edited by Lawrence J. Fennelly and Marianna A. Perry.
Butterworth-Heinemann, 2014

Schools -- Safety measures -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Schools -- Security measures -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
School violence -- Prevention -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.

PROF LB 2864.5 H36 2014


The Risk of School Rampage: Assessing and Preventing Threats of School Violence, by Eric Madfis.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

School violence -- Prevention.
School shootings -- Prevention.

PROF LB 3013.3 M244 2014

Catastrophic School Violence: A New Approach to Prevention, by Jared M. Scherz and Donna Scherz.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

School violence -- United States -- Prevention.

PROF LB 3013.32 S318 2014

Qualities of Education in a Globalised World, edited by Diane Brook Napier.

Sense Publishers, 2014

Educational tests and measurements.
Education and state.

PROF LB 3051 Q35 2014


Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning, by Prakash Nair.
Harvard Education Press, 2014

School buildings -- Design and construction.
School facilities -- Design and construction.

PROF LB 3205 N35 2014


The Socially Just School: Making Space for Youth to Speak Back, by John Smyth, Barry Down, and Peter McInerney.
Springer, 2014
Series: Explorations of educational purpose

Educational sociology.
Education -- Philosophy.

PROF LC 189 S58 2014

The Importance of Teaching Social Issues: Our Pedagogical Creeds, edited by Samuel Totten.
Routledge, 2015

Social justice -- Study and teaching
Social problems -- Study and teaching
Critical pedagogy

PROF LC 192.2 I47 2015


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Workshop Offered April 1,2: Question Generation for Qualitative Research Projects

by cschmieder 21. January 2015 20:32

Date:  April 1 & 2 (during Spring Break)

Time:  9:00 am – 3:00
Location: Room 236, Teacher Education Building (225 N. Mills)
Instructor:  Christian Schmieder, Qualitative Research Data Consultant (School of Education, MERIT Library) / Qualitative Research Specialist (UW Cooperative Extension, Program Development & Evaluation)

In this 2-day workshop, you will generate a question guide for your qualitative research project. In the process of sorting, assessing and modifying your questions, you will use the qualitative data analysis software MAXQDA. No prior knowledge of the software is necessary; the workshop specifically aims at integrating methodological and technical skill development.

At the end of the workshop, you will not only have a question guide that you can use in your research project. You will also understand the logic and basic use of Qualitative Data Analysis Software, and you will be a proficient user of the program MAXQDA.

In small groups, we will brainstorm questions for your project. We will review & assess them, sort & modify them, and finally mold the best and most useful questions into a question guide that you can use in your field work.

Since this workshop focuses on finishing a product (the question guide), it is required that every participant either has their own research project to work on (e.g. a Master’s or PhD thesis), or is involved in a research project that requires a set of qualitative questions.

Both individuals & research teams are welcome to sign up. The maximum number of participants is 15.

This workshop is made possible through MERIT’s Replicable Instructional Technology Infusion Grant & is supported by the School of Education’s Qualitative Research Methods Group.

Please contact Christian Schmieder (cschmieder@wisc.edu) to register.


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Mediaspace - A New Video Resource for Instruction

by Catherine Stephens 20. January 2015 11:17

Looking for a campus resource that allows faculty, staff or students to upload video segments for instructional use?  Check out UW Madison's new Mediaspace, a Kaltura video service designed for class use.  

Mediaspace brings the ability to upload video segments and share with students via Learn@UW (Desire2Learn or Moodle). 

The campus service is integrated with Learn@UW tools or can be accessed by logging into Mediaspace with your NetID.

Kaltura includes the ability to create channels of video content that can be shared with campus colleagues.  As you upload video, you can add tag video to allow you to search for video stored in your Mediaspace.  Users will also find a simple way to turn on your webcam and create a quick webcast for class. 

Mediaspace brings the ability to share copyrighted works with a class behind a NetID password.  For additional information about copyright for digital media assignments, consult the library's research guide. For more information about Kaltura, check out the tutorials posted at mediaspace.wisc.edu and find help articles about the service shared in the Knowledge Base.   For additional help, please contact Catherine Stephens at MERIT, or arrange a consultation with the Digital Media Center.

Note - the School of Education will continue to utilize YouTube to share outreach and program related video intended for a wide audience.  To learn more about the SoE Youtube channel, contact Ashley Voss at SoE External Relations or Clark Thompson at MERIT.


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New GoPro cameras available from MERIT

by Anna Lewis 20. January 2015 11:15

Exciting new equipment has recently joined our vast inventory of video and audio recording equipment.  We are now circulating GoPro HERO 3+ HD action camcorders.  Equipped with wi-fi connectivity, and 32gb of microSD storage, they are the perfect video camera for capturing first-person footage.  The GoPro cameras also come with a chest harness for hands-free recording.  Cameras come with all necessary parts, including a chest harness and adjustable mounts.  Featuring 30 frame per second recording speeds, 1080p HD, and photo/ photo burst capability, these are the perfect action camcorder for amateur and professional videographers alike.

MERIT staff are looking forward to seeing if the GoPro cameras may be a good fit for students needing to record footage of themselves teaching for the edTPA.  MERIT staff are happy to work with classes and individuals on how to use these new camcorders.  Five GoPros are available for checkout.

Questions:  please feel free to contact Josh Peschek, MERIT Library Circulation desk.


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