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Top Instructional Technology Challenges, Needs, Barriers at UW-Madison

July 21, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

According to the 2008 Academic Technology Survey Report, the top teaching challenge for faculty, instructional staff and TAs in the College of Letters & Science is making lecture more interactive and engaging. The top teaching need for UW-Madison faculty, instructional staff and TAs is technology equipped classrooms. Read more »

Video Editing Help Available at LSS

July 15, 2009 by David Macasaet

LSS has a number of video screencasts that demonstrate how to edit video with Apple's video editing software, iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Screencasts are particularily useful to get a sense of a particular work-flow, and have the added benefit of being able to fast-forward, rewind, and skim through the video.

The tutorials using Final Cut Pro 6 take the viewer through a typical process of editing a lecture: trimming the beginning and ending, adding text and transitions. Read more »

Time to Talk about Teaching and Learning at

July 14, 2009 by Doug Worsham

Since its launch in January 2009, the Teaching and Learning Excellence website has become UW-Madison's online home for conversations about teaching and learning.

On the site, you'll find many opportunities to dive in and get engaged with the growing community of faculty, instructors, and staff that are discussing their ideas and sharing resources. Read more »

LSS Foreign Film Collection Continues to Grow

July 3, 2009 by Mary Prochniak

Each year the UW-Madison campus and Van Hise Hall host several summer language learning programs. L&S Learning Support Services has received a grant from the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries to purchase contemporary films in support of these programs:

•    Arabic and Persian Immersion Program
•    BALSSI (Baltic Studies Summer Institute, including Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian)
•    SASLI (South Asian Summer Language Institute)
•    SEASSI (Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute)

The films are in DVD format and can be checked out for three days to anyone with a UW-Madison ID. The collection is located in the Learning Lab, 259 Van Hise Hall. Summer hours are Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm through August 7. See the Hours page for more hours.

See the Library Collection webpage for more information, or stop by and browse!

LSS Contributes to New Media Initiative

June 26, 2009 by David Macasaet

L&S Learning Support Services recently helped produce a series of short digital audio stories for Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates.

In the first short story of the series, Talant Mawkanuli, a prominent linguist of Central Eurasian Turkic languages and an accomplished dombra player, talks about the connection between music and Islam in Central Asia and the sound and feeling of the Koran.

Listen to the Audio Story Read more »

Learning beyond the classroom with iTunes U

June 16, 2009 by Doug Worsham

iTunesU Homepage - University of Wisconsin Madison

University Communications' recent launch of iTunesU for UW-Madison offers a great new platform for instructors to share instructional media with their students as well as with a wide audience outside the walls of campus classrooms.

One of the first features on the new site, Personalidades, shows how an iTunesU podcast can serve UW-Madison students and at the same time bring the work of the University to people throughout Wisconsin and around the world. Read more »

Finals Week Hours

May 8, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

The Learning Lab and InfoLab will be open May 11-15 during the following hours:

Learning Lab (259 Van Hise)

  • Monday, May 11: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, May 12: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday, May 13: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Thursday, May 14: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Friday, May 15: 10 am to 12 noon

InfoLab (464 Van Hise)

  • Monday, May 11: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, May 12: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday, May 13: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday, May 14: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Friday, May 15: 10 am to 12 noon

Both labs will be closed May 16-June 15.

Viewing Media from the Digital Learning Lab

May 5, 2009 by Sue Weier

If you are viewing movies or audio from the Digital Learning Lab, you may be prompted to unblock the web browser.  This behavior occurs in both Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.  The prompt appears after you have entered the correct username and password.

To view the movie or listen to the audio, click the "Unblock" button. 

At that point, you will see the movie/audio begin to load and you should be able to continue without any problems.

Securing your Laptop from Theft

April 15, 2009 by Sara Nagreen

There has been recent publicity regarding the surge in laptop thefts campus wide.   UW Police reports that the most thefts are not involving students, but staff.  It’s very easy for thieves to walk into open offices or unattended classrooms and take what they’d like.   That can easily be your laptop as well as your wallet. 

UW Police says that there has been a 300% increase in laptop thefts over the previous year.  The FBI is anticipating a 48% increase in laptop theft this year alone.  Read more »

ARTstor: a million images for education and scholarship

April 3, 2009 by Karen Tusack

African maskIf a single picture is worth a thousand words, how many words might one million high-quality images you can use in PowerPoint presentations, online or printed course materials, or even scholarly publications be worth?

Fortunately, you don't have to do the math, because the UW General Library System has purchased the license for ARTstor, a "digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes", available free to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Read more »

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