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Did anyone in ComETS attend the VWBPE conference?  Reports are that it was very well attended  < http://vwbpe.org/blog/vwbpe-by-the-numbers > which some folks are taking as a sign of reinvigoration in the vw educational community.  I was unable to attend or volunteer this year due to conflicting work responsibilities but I will be reviewing the proceedings from the conference.  Other large universities are still quite active in Second Life as well as the Open Sim alternative to Second Life. Those include University of Idaho, Montana State University, Rockcliffe University Consortium and that other UW  (University of Washington) < http://vwbpe.org/our-sponsors > .

Then, in the true spirit of mashing things up, there is again a MOOC offered to tour the locations represented at the conference.  In another technologist-centered curiousity, this MOOC will be conducted using Moodle - the only MOOCS I've attended have been in commercial learning environments < http://vwbpe.org/blog/its-mooc-time >

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Redesign your course (with help!) at TASI14


The UW–Madison Teaching Academy is pleased to announce the 14th annual summer institute — a four-day experience in faculty development and curriculum innovation. Our theme for this year's Teaching Academy Summer Institute (TASI) is The Four I’s of Teaching: Intend—Inspire—Innovate—Invest.

The institute will be held June 2–5 at the peaceful UW-Madison Arboretum — a great place to reflect on teaching and rejuvenate your passion for education. The typical day runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

The institute offers faculty and instructional staff the opportunity to: 

  • design a new course or redesign an existing one, either individually or collaboratively;
  • meet and network with organizations (DoIT Academic Technology, UW-Libraries, the Writing Center, etc.) from  across campus; 
  • transform teaching (e.g. via technology, community building, and classroom innovation);  
  • meet and interact with individuals across the campus passionate about teaching, and
  • learn new tools and approaches that can enhance your classroom or online teaching.  

Objective 

TASI 2013

To provide a small group of faculty, instructional staff, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows an all-too-rare opportunity for professional reflection and renewal in a collegial atmosphere. We will learn new teaching innovations while engaging in conversations relevant to the broader issues affecting higher education today. A team of UW-Madison faculty/instructional staff who can provide skills and resources on teaching and learning will serve as facilitators.   

Program

Throughout the week, we will expand our reach beyond the campus boundaries to discuss evidence-based principles of teaching and learning that can support innovative education designs that are relevant to our learners. The week will provide a platform to innovate and transform learning within your classroom through a combination of interactive sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one consultations with experts, and individual work time. Topics include addressing the achievement gap; teaching complex ideas, incorporating service learning into courses, and designing assessments to capture relevant outcomes.  During project work time, there will also be a number of short workshops on specific classroom concerns that participants may choose to attend.

Expectations

The TASI facilitators ask that you 1) attend all sessions over the four day immersion, 2) work on a course that you are scheduled to teach within the next 2 years, and 3) have at least one faculty/staff member as part of your team attending TASI.

More information and the application can be found here. Please apply by April 26.

2013 poster session extravaganza2014 UW-Madison Teaching and Learning Symposium:
Transforming Education
Union South
May 19-20, 2014

Two Opportunities:

  • Submit a Poster Abstract
  • Host a Resource Table—New Opportunity for 2014

Deadline: Friday, April 28th

Each of us at the University of Wisconsin–Madison holds a spark that can ignite a student’s interest and set them on the path to discovery. When we work together to share our ideas, we can transform the educational experience for our students and for ourselves.

To encourage the sharing of transformative teaching and learning innovations, we invite applications for posters or resource tables for the 2014 Teaching and Learning Symposium.  Please see below for specific instructions.

Poster Abstract

The purpose of the poster session is to provide an informal forum for faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to exchange ideas, research, and practice in teaching and learning.We seek poster abstracts that spotlight teaching and learning transformations such as:

  1. Approaches that change traditional classrooms by rethinking the role of engagement, scholarship, mindfulness, or technology
  2. Innovations that span disciplines
  3. Connections that transform how we collaborate and that enable us to be more effective, more efficient, or happier in our teaching work
  4. Student engagement in the development or implementation of new modes of learning to augment and grow their own educational experiences

To submit a poster abstract, please complete the online proposal form.

Poster Specifications: A canvas poster board (4’ high x 4’wide) will be provided to display each poster. Pushpins to facilitate display will be provided for your use.

Acceptance Timeline: All submissions will be reviewed and decisions will be made by late April.

Host a Resource Table — New Opportunity for 2014

During the poster session, there will also be an opportunity to set up a table to share further information about your campus unit's teaching and learning resources.  Tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and pre-registration is not required. You might want to bring handouts and examples to share with people you meet.  We will provide signage and share information about this pilot with attendees. Table host are welcome, but not required, to submit a poster abstract.

More information is available on the website, or contact Poster Session Co-Chairs Kari Fernholz, klfernho@wisc.edu or Megan Schmid, mschmid@studentlife.wisc.edu.

Academic Technology: Interactive Case Scenarios. Assign your students authentic problem solving.

April 29, 1-4 pm, Union South

Do you want to give your students access to real–world experiences, but feel limited by what you can do within the classroom?

UW–Madison faculty have connected complex real–world situations and issues with classroom experiences by reframing course content into compelling story–like contexts. These interactive case scenarios, designed by DoIT’s Academic Technology, engage students in the complexity of the real world through carefully designed activities which include authentic problem–solving tasks, guidance from experts, and immediate detailed feedback.

This campus event will highlight the experiences of UW–Madison faculty using interactive case scenarios in their teaching, and will introduce a methodology you can use to design similar experiences for your students.

DesignLab Instructor Workshop: Designing Video Assignments

Video essays, digital storytelling, & documentaries can be great assignments if designed well. This workshop demonstrates common video assignments, evaluative frames, & resources for equipment, software, & support. We will review examples of successful assignments and how they can be adapted to a variety of disciplines.

When: Wed, 4/23 Noon-1p
Where: Media Studio A, 2252A College Library

To join the conversation online please use the hashtag #uwdesignlab or follow @UWDesignLab on Twitter

Please feel free to forward this announcement widely!

For additional information on our instructor workshops, please email Rosemary Bodolay, Associate Director (rbodolay@wisc.edu).

—DesignLab

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