New faces from Extension in the LTDC family

Here within UW-Extension (UWEX) we have some new volunteers/”friends” and appointments to the LTDC.  Collectively, we represent three of the four divisions in UWEX.

Cooperative Extension (CE Technology Services)

Molly Immendorf is an Instructional Technology Specialist recommending technology tools for faculty and staff to improve student learning and teaching effectiveness.  Molly has a B.S. in Design and Merchandising from Drexel University and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction concentrating in Educational Communications and Technology from UW-Madison.  She has worked with UWEX since 1998 and previously worked for UW-Madison/DoIT.  Molly first started attending LTDC meetings in 2001 was recently appointed the official representative for UWEX.  She is also the Desire2Learn (D2L) administrator for the “Extension” instance and the UWEX Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) representative for UWEX.

Lisa Linfield has been the Technology Education Specialist for Cooperative Extension since 1999.  She specializes in delivering Microsoft Office and WordPress training to Cooperative Extension staff and faculty and uses D2L extensively. She was a Wisconsin Teaching Scholar in 2007-2008.

Broadcast and Media Innovations (Instructional Communications Systems –ICS)

Thomas Arendall joined UW-Extension, Instructional Communication Systems, in June 2010 as a learning designer.  Thomas works with ICS clients to effectively teach through audio, video, and webconferencing systems.  Before coming to the UW-Extension, he spent eight years as a trainer in academic libraries and three years as an adjunct professor, teaching information literacy courses.  Thomas holds a MLIS from Wayne State University and a BA in French from Kalamazoo college. He has presented at regional conferences on assessment and cognitive development as they relate to information literacy.

Eddie Loo is the Director of Instructional Communication Systems (ICS). ICS is charged to “advance education by providing technology and digital media solutions for teaching, learning and communication.”

Eddie has been in Distance and Continuing Education for more than 12 years, working in three land grant universities. His previous positions included the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Iowa State University and the Director of Online Education at Utah State University. Eddie has a doctorate in Instructional Technology.

Eddie is involved in an USAID initiative to develop East Africa’s distance learning infrastructure in Public Health. In recent years, he has visited Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda on numerous occasions to assist in their efforts in advancing education in East Africa through instructional technology and digital media solutions.

Continuing Education, Outreach and E-learning (CEOEL)

John Oppenheimer joined UW-Extension, Division of Continuing Education, Outreach & E-Learning (CEOEL) in June 2007. In addition to the M.S. in Educational Communications and Technology that he will officially complete in December 2010, John holds an A.A. in Graphic Design, a B.A. in Spanish, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL.

John has a strong background in languages and linguistics, instructional design, materials development, assessment/evaluation design and implementation, and educational technology. He has designed, developed, and taught a variety of courses in face-to-face, e-learning, and hybrid environments. Prior to beginning at CEOEL, John spent nearly ten years teaching ESL and Spanish in the U.S. and in Spain. In his current position as an Instructional Designer for the CEOEL Design and Development team, he consults with instructors to help guide the design of the courses for delivery in Desire2Learn (D2L), helps instructors decide when and how to integrate technology into the courses, assists the instructors with the development and implementation of course materials, leads faculty-development training sessions, provides technical support to faculty and students, among a wide assortment of other duties. He also serves as a D2L and Moodle administrator.

Scott Reeser received an undergraduate degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Training and Development.  He has been working for UW-Extension developing online courses for private or public programs since1998. He currently administers the instance of D2L for the online programs supported in UWEX-CEOEL, as well as administers D2L for UW Colleges Online as those offices have merged. Recently he moved out of working with faculty in developing courses to the applications development group where he’s going to be serving some internal reporting/informational need in addition to retaining his D2L administration duties.

FREE Elluminate Demos

ICS is hosting free one-hour demos to introduce you to the features and uses of Elluminate Live!. You can participate from your desktop using Elluminate with just your Internet connection and Internet audio — no phone conference is necessary. Registration is required and seats are limited, so register early to secure your place.

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ICS Presents Speaker Series

Recently, Information Communications Systems (ICS) hosted three speakers as part of the ICS Presents speaker series. The first speaker was Alan Wolf of the UW-Madison Division of Information Technology. His presentation was titled, “A Non-Librarian’s Look at the Growing World of Digital Libraries.” The second speaker was Molly Immendorf of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension. Her presentation was on Social Media and Social Networking. The final speaker was Maria Andersen of Muskegon Community College who presented on “Organizing Your Digital Self.” Access the archives and reference materials at
The series was funded by an LTDC grant.

Submitted by Rich Berg
Instructional Communications Systems
University of Wisconsin-Extension

Expectations High for New Sustainable Management Program

UW-Extension Continuing Education, Outreach, and eLearning (CEOEL) is occupied with preparations for the Fall 2009 semester. Most notably is the new Sustainable Management (SMGT) program coming online this fall. Six courses are currently under development with faculty from partner campuses in the degree; general topics range from environmental science to economics in sustainability. Student applications to the program are coming in and expectations are high for the initial semester launch. With the inclusion of SMGT, as well as the other online programs that we support, we expect to launch roughly 100 completely online course sections for the Fall 2009 semester.

Submitted by Scott Reeser