The Community of Educational Technology Support works to improve teaching and learning on campus through networking, collaboration, sharing expertise and resources, and advocacy.

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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:

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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.

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  

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: Equal Opportunity Employer

We have a job opening at Continuing Studies. Join us to create Distance Education courses, certificates and more. Get to be part of the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning which had its 30th anniversary last week.  You can enjoy a Storify of the conference at:

Mike Kern

Instructional Designer/Instructional Technologist

UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies (DCS)

Are you interested in joining a team of outstanding professionals to engage lifelong learners through high-quality and innovative programs and services?We are seeking an instructional designer/technologist to work with faculty and staff developing blended and online courses primarily within the Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) unit. DEPD prepares educators for online teaching and leadership roles through online courses, certificates, and participation in the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning. You would also develop online/blended courses for a variety of other units in the DCS Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies (LAAS).

The ideal candidate will have at least three (3) years of demonstrated experience in instructional design and instructional materials development. A Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree in educational technology, instructional design, education/curriculum development or related discipline preferred.

This position is based in Madison, WI. Applications are due by September 2nd,, 2014.

For a full description of the position and how to apply, please go to:
Equal Opportunity Employer

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Unizin & TLT Mag Update

At our monthly meeting on Monday, June 16th, the ComETS Steering Committee was fortunate to have a conversation with UW CIO Bruce Maas and Educational Innovation Core Team members Jeff Russell & Linda Jorn. Our discussion focused on a few important emerging issues within the UW educational technology landscape. The ComETS Steering Committee wanted to pass along a few highlights, share resources, and invite ideas for further discussion. Below are highlights of the conversation. More detail can be found in the meeting minutes, which are posted on the ComETS website:

Teaching, Learning, Technology - Madison Advisory Group (TLT-MAG)
Linda Jorn shared preliminary information about formation and initial meeting plan for the TLT-MAG. The group met for the first time on Tuesday, July 17th. According to both Linda and the mission statement for the group, "TLT-MAG consists of key faculty, instructional academic staff, students, and academic technology professionals across the university.  TLT-MAG members will provide active leadership, guidance, and decision support related to the alignment of learning technology priorities and investments with strategic academic priorities an directions for teaching and learning."

ComETS has official representation on the committee through the appointment of Sarah McDaniel as our representative. As the committee begins to work, Sarah will share information on the proceedings with the broader ComETS community. Stay tuned for more information. We also understand that proceedings of the group will eventually be summarized and posted online. We'll be in contact with additional information when it is available.

Also during the Steering Committee, Bruce Maas shared information on the topic of Unizin. According to, Unizin is a consortium of universities coming together in a strategic way to exert greater control and influence over the digital learning landscape. Discussion is currently underway to determine whether UW-Madison will join the consortium. Bruce Maas is encouraged by potential benefit of Unizin to the UW campus and he outlined his rationale in a recent blog post titled Unizin is good for students, faculty, and the private sector. The post can be found at

In addition to that post, he provided these additional resources and encourages all of us in the learning technology space to stay informed on this topic:

This is a significant conversation that ComETS will monitor. We understand that the TLT-MAG group will be discussing this issue and we will do our best to help summarize and pass that information along. We'll also be talking with Bruce, Jeff, and Linda to explore possibilities to engage with the ComETS community in a dialogue.

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