Oshkosh Pilots iPads for Teaching

In early summer our Learning Technologies Department, Brian Ledwell, proposed a pilot project that includes the purchase of (total) 15 iPads that are available for check-out by faculty. We chose the iPad based on flexibility and price.  The idea is to offer training for D2L, Podcasting or as requested (you get the idea!) with the opportunity for faculty to learn and practice at a time and place that works with their schedules. Additional applications have been assessed and offered on the iPads that are intended to encourage experimentation, fun, creativity and curiosity.

The second purpose for the pilot is to give faculty an opportunity to discover teaching and learning uses simply by having access to the device and the applications.  We purposely did not set rules for iPad check-out other than common courtesy of no longer than one month (due to limited supply) and encourage the use for at least one to two weeks.  Based on our own experimenting, we think that this time is needed to adapt to the device and then hopefully, to realize new uses.

The hope is that through personal, self-directed use, faculty will “wow” us in the creative adventures they discover that enhance teaching and learning, and surprise their students with unexpected options in classes. Brian also secured a prepaid card so faculty could request funds for purchasing iPad apps, and in return the faculty would write a review of the app and how it was used.

Feedback is requested from any faculty participating in the project so that we can modify applications and track whether the future purchase of additional iPads would be beneficial.  There are multiple articles in recent academic journals about the experiments and uses of mobile devices in academia, which suggest that in the future, mobility and education will be firmly linked.

We do not have any anticipated outcomes, as we do not want to limit the scope of the project. Simply by going through the process and engaging in open conversation, the potential becomes more exciting as we look forward to the educational applications that have not yet been discovered.

For further discussion, the contact person is Brian Ledwell  ledwell@uwosh.edu

Thomson and Voeks Present LTI at LTDC breakout of ITMC (read the article to learn what the acronyms stand for!)

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a lightweight integration to link external web applications into a learning management system (like D2L). For example, the UW-Madison eText pilot uses LTI to give students access to their Courseload textbooks.

John Thomson and Dan Voeks presented LTI and how it can be implemented at the Spring 2012 LTDC (Learning Technology Development Council) breakout session of the Information Technology Manager’s Conference (ITMC) in Stevens Point, WI on April 17.

Knowledge of the LTI standard will help campuses as they consider tools that they would like to integrate into their LMS.

The presentation slides below cover:

  • how LTI works,
  • its security model,
  • some of the tools that are available now
  • considerations for data stewardship and identity/access policies


Official list of tools: http://www.imsglobal.org/cc/alltools

LTI and Shibboleth: http://www.dr-chuck.com/csev-blog/2012/03/connecting-ims-learning-tools-interoperability-and-saml/

The 3rd Annual Tools for Teaching and 1st Annual Northwest Regional Showcase

Using Technology to Enhance Instruction

Friday, February 24, 2012
Davies Center
UW-Eau Claire

The Northwest Regional Showcase consists of the four UW campuses; Eau Claire, River Falls, Stout, and Superior, along with UW Colleges-Barron and Wood County. The showcase focuses on faculty and instructors who are incorporating online instructional tools and other existing and emerging technologies into their courses to ramp up student learning and engagement. We anticipate having three tracks of five sessions each throughout the day. The sessions and presenters are listed below along with the keynote information.

Keynote: Barry Dahl

“Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?”
Based largely on the 1985 book “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” by Neil Postman, this is a journey looking at some of the questions related to edutainment and the current paths that higher education appears to be heading down. Network television forever changed the seriousness of public discourse related to politics, religion, and many other areas. Has the Internet and information technology had a similar affect on education? During this presentation we will consider how technology is impacting the teaching and learning experience. Are the fears of 1984 finally coming true, or are we entering a Brave New World?

Breakout Sessions

Presenters Institution Session Title
Alexander Basyrova Stout Online Homework in Mathematics: Assessment and More
Mary K. Churchill Superior No Money? No Budget? No Problem!: Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance a Student-Centered Classroom
Mickey Fitch Superior The Twitter Project: Twitter and First Year Seminars
Carlos G. Garcia Eau Claire Develop communication skills using social media
Lynn M. Goerdt Superior Toward Critical Consciousness: Using Skype to Internationalize Curriculum for Meaningful Learning
Erick Hofacker
Kathryn Ernie
Sherrie Serros (UWEC)
River Falls Flipping Classroom Instruction Through ScreenCasting
Karen G. Mumford
Joyce Johnson
Eau Claire Use of Prezi for Class Assignments
Shelley-Rae Pehler
Cara Gallegos
Eau Claire Hybrid Course Design—Tools for Success
April Pierson
Mary Canales
Lisa Herb
Charlotte Sortedahl
Eau Claire Plunging into the Blog-osphere: Integrating structured blogs into undergraduate education
Daisy Pignetti Stout Teaching with Twitter
Cathy J.Rex Eau Claire Contextualizing The Surprising Adventures of Almira Paul Online: Collaborative Undergraduate Research between Campuses
Quentin Vieregge Colleges The Geography of Technology in the ITV Classroom: Theory and Practice In Creating a Community in the ITV Composition Classroom
Matthew Vonk River Falls YouTubeNation: Using videos in the classroom
Jamie G. White-Farnham Superior Making the Most of Multimodality in an Online Course
Todd Zimmerman Stout Calibrated Peer Review

2012 Southeast Regional Conference Wrap-Up

The 2012 Southeast Regional Conference held at UW-Whitewater on January 11, 2012 was a success. A total of 86 attended, which included 16 speakers from UW Colleges, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater.

A myriad of active learning best practices were shared in the use of interactive activities and games, student-created video, ePortfolio, social media, and mobile technology for teaching and learning. The keynote and sessions on mobile learning and planning for the future of education was given by Dr. Curtis Bonk, an expert on active learning. Many of the comments included that there was “tons of good information” and ideas that were “very valuable and thought provoking.”

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the 2012 UW-System Southeast Regional Conference. We hope you found inspiration and information to help promote active learning.

A special thanks to the wonderful presenters, the conference committee, sponsors, and many others who worked behind the scenes to make this conference a success.

A list of presenters along with the schedule, session recordings, and session presentations are available at: http://geturl.uww.edu/18s

If you attended and still haven’t taken the survey, please provide feedback at: http://geturl.uww.edu/182

Conference Committee:
• Karen Skibba, Conference Planning Chair, UW-Whitewater
• Pat Eaton, UW-Parkside
• Karla Farrell, UW-Colleges
• Amy Mangrich, UW-Milwaukee
• Renee Pfeifer-Luckett, UW-Whitewater

Conference Sponsors:
• UW System Learning and Technology Development Council (LTDC)
• UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center
• UW-Milwaukee Learning Technology Center
• UW-Parkside Learning Technology Center
• UW-Colleges Central IT
• UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Karen Skibba at skibbak@uww.edu.

UW Schools Have Strong Showing in New US News Report

The magazine U.S. News and World Report released a new report ranking the quality of online degree programs. Here’s how some University of Wisconsin schools ranked:

School Category Rank
UW Superior Faculty Credentials and Training 48
UW Superior Student Engagement and Assessment 123
UW Superior Student Services and Technology 15
UW Green Bay Student Engagement and Assessment 41
UW Green Bay Student Services and Technology 158
UW La Crosse Student Engagement and Assessment 157
UW La Crosse Student Services and Technology 168
UW Oshkosh (Graduate Nursing) Student Engagement and Accreditation 80
UW Madison (Graduate Engineering) Faculty Credentials and Training 5
UW Madison (Graduate Engineering) Student Engagement and Accreditation 1
UW Madison (Graduate Engineering) Student Services and Technology 1
UW Milwaukee (Graduate Education) Student Engagement and Accreditation 142
UW Milwaukee (Graduate Education) Student Services and Technology 69