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International Channels available on DATN

September 24, 2009 by Chad Shorter

The Digital Academic Television Network (DATN) now provides several international channels for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff.  All users can access the channels at and can view broadcasts on computers with a wired connection -- not by a wireless internet connection -- anywhere on the UW-Madison campus (including university housing). 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 »

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 »

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 »

Vodcasts Help Students Understand Wide Variety of Spoken Norwegian

March 4, 2009 by Peggy Hager

Peggy Hager

In this article Peggy Hager, Senior Lecturer in Norwegian in the UW-Madison Department of Scandinavian Studies, explains how and why she developed vodcasts for use in her third semester Norwegian classes.
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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 »

2009 Horizon Report Lists Six Technologies of Interest to Learning-Focused Organizations

January 21, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

Horizon Report 2009 CoverWant to know what’s on the horizon for teaching and learning technology? Take a look at the 2009 Horizon Report. It lists six technologies which will impact the choices of learning-focused organizations in the next year, two to three years, and four to five years. Read more »

Fall Hours at Learning Support Services

August 28, 2008 by Lisa Jansen

The LSS Office (279 Van Hise) is open 7:45 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

The AV Pool (275 Van Hise) will open on Tuesday, September 2. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm.

The Learning Lab (259 Van Hise) will open Wednesday, September 3. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am to 8:30 pm, and Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Read more »

New Van Hise Instructor Guide Available

August 28, 2008 by Lisa Jansen

A new guide for instructors teaching in Van Hise Hall is now available from L&S Learning Support Services.

Van Hise Hall is one of the largest classroom buildings on campus and hosts instructors from every UW-Madison school and college. The one-page guide is intended to provide a quick overview of the facilities and services available in the building, including: Read more »

LSS Contributes to Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates

July 7, 2008 by David Macasaet

L&S Learning Support Services recently provided workshops in support of a new program called Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates. The training, called Digital Storytelling with Audacity, prepared faculty and instructional staff to produce user-generated audio stories that illustrate underrepresented or neglected cultural, intellectual, and political aspects of Islam and Muslims. Read more »

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