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AV Pool MacBooks bring new options for instructors

February 28, 2008 by Doug Worsham

We recently added three new MacBooks to our collection of audio, video, and computer equipment in the L&S LSS AV Pool.

These MacBooks run Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), and include lots of useful software, including iLife '06, Microsoft Office X, Audacity, Skype, and NeoOffice. 

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LessonShare in the News

February 22, 2008 by Doug Worsham

L&S LessonShare, our online tool to help communities of instructors in L&S departments share, organize, and collaboratively improve their lessons, handouts, and other teaching materials, was recently featured in the January 28th edition of Wisconsin Week. The article, TAs drive development of a teaching tool, describes the grassroots development of LessonShare by LSS staff in collaboration with German and Italian language instructors. Read more »

Training and Support for TAs Using Instructional Technology

February 14, 2008 by Lisa Jansen

For Teaching Assistants in the College of Letters & Science, instructional technology training and support is just an email or phone call away. Below is a list of campus departments that provide free services to TAs.

L&S Learning Support Services
LSS provides a variety of services free to all L&S faculty and instructional staff. We offer one-on-one consulting for any project involving use of instructional technology, including: Read more »

City History Comes Alive!

August 14, 2007 by Sara Nagreen

Madison had growing pains just like any other city. The newest arrivals to our beautiful Capitol were shunted to an area in the center of town called Greenbush, and instead of becoming a slum, it became a haven of culture and harmonious peace. Italian families mingled with Polish families, African-American families lived alongside Jewish families, and it was a wonderful place, but a place with some notoriety and a bad reputation. Read more »

Audience, Authorship and Assessment in Wiki Projects

June 26, 2007 by Doug Worsham

Audience, authorship, and assessment are key issues in the development of any collaborative writing project.

At the recent International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) conference, Lauren Rosen (UW Collaborative Language Program) and Doug Worsham (L&S LSS) presented on the role of audience, authorship, and assessment in two very different wiki projects – a semester long project in a Japanese course that linked students at a distance and a short term project in a single section of a French course. Read more »

Wikis and Blogs - What’s the difference?

June 15, 2007 by Doug Worsham

Over the past couple of weeks, at the T&LS, at the TASI, and in consultations and conversations with faculty and staff around campus, people have been thinking and talking a lot about wikis and blogs, and wondering what these tools can do to support effective teaching and learning. Read more »

Letters and Science Podcasters in Service of the Wisconsin Idea

May 31, 2007 by Doug Worsham

Several L&S instructors will be featured at today's Teaching and Learning Symposium for their efforts to fulfill the Wisconsin Idea through podcasting:

Subscribe to the Wisconsin Idea: Extending the Classroom through Podcasting

LessonShare featured at the Teaching and Learning Symposium

May 29, 2007 by Doug Worsham

L&S LessonShare, a new online tool currently being developed by L&S LSS, helps communities of instructors share, organize, and collaboratively improve their lessons, handouts, and other teaching materials. LessonShare preserves the wealth of experience gained by previous teachers while facilitating innovative materials development. It also encourages instructors to adapt lessons for diverse learning styles and teaching scenarios. Read more »

Hasta la vista

April 30, 2007 by Read Gilgen

The time has come. A superb new director is ready to start (see next entry). And yours truly heads off into the sunset (thank goodness it's sunny today!)

Thanks to everyone here at the university who has made my career here so rewarding. May you all continue to have success in making the world a better place to live.

On Wisconsin!

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