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Preparing Your Course for Social Distance Teaching

September 11, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

UW-Madison departments, schools and colleges are currently working to
identify essential courses and planning to provide continuity to these
courses in the event of a disruption such as a flu pandemic. Initial plans are due September

Here are some resources which may be helpful in preparing courses for social distance teaching: Read more »

Tips and Tricks for Technology in Higher Ed

September 10, 2009 by Sara Nagreen

Ever feel like life moves too fast?  Like new technologies evolve too quickly and you can't keep up?  Like there should be a way to make things easier, and you just don't know where to look?

A new website launched recently that aims to present new web tools and techniques to those in higher education.  It's called Profhacker.  (

Recently, they presented simple articles on... Read more »

2009 UW-Madison Student Technology Survey Results Now Available

August 21, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

According to the 2009 UW-Madison Student Computing Survey,

  • Laptop vs. Desktop: Ninety‐three percent of students report owning a laptop computer. Only twenty-six percent report owning a desktop computer.
  • Windows vs. Mac: Seventy‐three percent of students use the Windows operating system on the computers they own. Thirty-three percent use the Macintosh operating system. Seven percent use Linux.
  • MP3 Players: Eighty-one percent of students own portable MP3 players (iPod, Zune, etc.).

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 »

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 »

April 1st Streaming Event: Dante in Ireland

April 1, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

Vintage Postcard from IrelandProfessor Emeritus Christopher Kleinhenz recently shared important new research about Dante Alighieri in a videotaped lecture now available online from L&S Learning Support Services. The lecture reveals new details about Dante's sojourn in the
Emerald Isle in the early 14th century and the decisive impact this visit had on world literature. Read more »

Writing for the Web

March 30, 2009 by Lisa Jansen


  1. Summarize First 
  2. Be Concise 
  3. Write for Scanning 
  4. Consult the UW-Madison Editorial Style Guide

1. Summarize First

The first paragraph should summarize the entire story. Read more »

Slideshow: Authentic, Intercultural, Professional Communication in Prof. Janet Caulkins' French 313

March 24, 2009 by Janet Caulkins

Students enrolled in French 313: Professional Communication and Culture in the Francophone World had a once in a lifetime experience when their professor Janet Caulkins introduced them to Dr. Pascal Baudry. Baudry is author of Français et Américains, l’autre rive, an influential text on culture and communication. Using a transatlantic video connection, he welcomed the students into a castle in the Loire Valley where they practiced their French communication skills and had a lively discussion about French Culture.

This slideshow illustrates how Professor Caulkins uses simple tools to bring authentic voices into the classroom, provide students with opportunities to apply their skills, and bring course content to life with compelling and challenging cross-cultural experiences. Read more »

Group Explores Future of Grassroots Video at UW-Madison

February 23, 2009 by David Macasaet

As digital video production has matured, just how does
"grassroots video" for instruction function on the University of
Wisconsin-Madison campus? A team from the University of Wisconsin's
General Library, the School of Medicine and Public Health, DoIT
Academic Technology, the School of Education-Instructional Media
Development Center, and L&S Learning Support Services, researched
the question of grassroots video over the summer of 2008. Read more »

Science: Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In-Class Concept Questions

February 4, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

Thinking about using clickers in your classroom? Wondering if peer discussion really helps students increase understanding? Then you’ll want to check out Why Peer Discussion Improves Student Performance on In-Class Concept Questions published in Science on January 2, 2009. Read more »

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