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Theme: Accelerate Active Learning

Event site: https://tlsymposium.wisc.edu/

Submission formshttps://tlsymposium.wisc.edu/call.htm

DeadlineSunday, January 25, 2015

By pivoting our attention to active learning, we engage and inspire students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The 2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium aims to bring us together to share ideas, strengthen collaboration, and take risks so we can accelerate progress toward excellent educational experiences for our students and for ourselves.

We seek proposals for engaging sessions and posters that spotlight active learning in all corners of UW-Madison, for example:

  1. approaches that change the learning environment of traditional classrooms by rethinking the role of engagement, research, or technology;
  2. learning innovations that span disciplines;
  3. collaborations that enable us to be more effective and efficient;
  4. student engagement in new modes of learning that augment and enhance their educational experiences; or
  5. models that improve learning outcomes and academic achievement for all students.


Faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are all welcome to submit proposals to lead a session or present a poster.

Proposed presentations should be 60 minutes long and feature clear plans for the audience to participate in the session. Posters submissions should have a clear purpose and connect to the symposium theme. Presentation and poster submission forms are at: https://tlsymposium.wisc.edu/call.htm

Contact Sheila Stoeckel, Co-Chair, at sheila.stoeckel@wisc.edu, if you need more information.

ComETS is sponsoring a session for members to learn about the Canvas Learning Management System pilot project that is just underway at UW-Madison. 
 
Join your ComETS colleagues and UW Canvas pilot project manager Bethany Gordy for an overview and discussion about the Canvas pilot. Bethany’s presentation will highlight key goals for the pilot and provide an overview of the pilot structure. The session will also provide opportunity for participants to ask questions. Details for the event are as follows:

What: UW Canvas Pilot Information Session
When: Thursday, Dec. 11 from 11:00-noon   
Where: Media Studio B, College Library (Room #2252B)
            inside the Computer & Media Center, 2nd floor

There's an opening for a tenurable or tenure track faculty to provide leadership and contribute to the Division of Continuing Studies' expertise in adult teaching and learning, continuing education, and distance learning.

Professor of Adult Teaching & Learning
UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies
Applications are due October 8, 2014. For a full description of the position and how to apply, please go to: http://go.wisc.edu/n03l2d

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Virtual Health Adventures in Second Life


Draxtor Depres has produced another insightful video narrated by Sandy Winkler of Nova Southeastern University and the work being done for people adjusting to life with prosthetics.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igl4X8vI0js

Screen Capture from video about Virtual Health Adventures

Virtual Health Adventures has sought help from Virtual Ability who also have a dynamic presence in Second Life at Virtual Ability Island with many weekly events related to living as a differently abled person.

The website for Virtual Ability, Inc. is http://www.virtualability.org/  

Opening for Instructional Technologist with Division of Continuing Studies
Do you believe in the Division of Continuing Studies mission of advocating for and engaging lifelong learners? Do you want to work in a supportive and innovative environment, with a team of professionals? Then look no further.  The Division of Continuing Studies is seeking an Instructional Technologist, who is part of the Educational Innovation team working to increase online professional master's degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates. Educational Innovation is a coordinated effort to create a sustained campus environment that maintains and enhances student learning while improving capacities and generating new resources. Areas of responsibility for this position include online course content development, course revision, instructor support, and innovative technology application. Bachelor's degree in Instructional Design, Educational Technology or other closely related field, is required, as well as one to three years of experience developing online content. Applications are due September 10th, 2014.

For a full description of the position and how to apply, please go to: http://go.wisc.edu/if8zg7 Equal Opportunity Employer

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