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:

LTI and Shibboleth:

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

Updates from UW-Madison

DoIT and Academic Technology have been working with campus partners on two projects that may be of interest to members of UW System.  We are also hosting two conferences that are open to the public.

Google Apps
The University of Wisconsin has established a license with Google to address concerns over ownership and use of intellectual property created by researchers, instructors and administrators. The license ensures that content hosted by Google remains the exclusive property of its creator (license details: The service also allows members of campus to log in to Google Apps via their campus NetID (using Shibboleth).  Currently the service includes only the Docs and Sites apps, but other apps may be included in the future.

Lecture Capture for the General Assignment Classroom

We are exploring a lecture capture solution for the general assignment classroom where technical support is sparse. As such the solution must be mostly automated and ‘start/stop simple’ for the instructor. The start/stop buttons are programmed into the AMX control panel which interacts with a MacMini inside the classroom podium. The audio is captured via the classroom lavaliere microphone. A custom application captures video from a camera mounted in the back of the classroom and anything that displays through the ceiling projector — instructor laptop, document camera, dvd player — and stitches the two signals and audio together into a single file. That file is then sent to a server running Apple’s Podcast Producer for compression and further processing which includes a final stop on a Flash server. Once completed, the instructor receives an email with a link for downloading the file and Flash embed code to place anywhere such code is accepted; D2L is an example. For more information see

New Media Center Conference

The NMC Summer Conference is a one-of-a-kind event, attracting an audience of hundreds of highly skilled professionals interested in the integration of emerging technologies into teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Being hosted at UW- Madison, we negotiated that anyone from the UW System may attend at the conference host rate.  Please visit for up-to-date information. Feel free to contact Alan Wolf ( if you have any questions.

The Big Learning Event
The goal of the Big Learning Event is a TED-style event that hopes to develop game-changing ideas for the future of learning. The open but structured event will harness the collective ideas of speakers and attendees; inspire, engage and challenge participants; create a forum for authentic cross-disciplinary conversations; develop world-changing ideas and provocative possibilities with people from diverse fields of study and work; and enable transformative learning through intercultural dialogue. The event will feature some big names — Meg Wheatley, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Derrick Pitts, to name a few.  More information can be found at:

Updates from UW Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in the investigation, development, and evaluation of learning spaces – both formal and informal – on a variety of fronts. Here are a few of the more active areas:

New construction and renovation

  • The School of Education has just completed the renovations to the Education Building on Bascom Hill. The renovated building is hoping to become LEED certified thanks to a number of initiatives to improve its energy efficiency. See and for more information.
  • Other spaces just finishing up construction are The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery ( opening in December 2010 and the new Union South ( scheduled to open in Spring of 2011.
  • The School of Human Ecology is currently adding a new addition to the Human Ecology building. According to the addition’s website, the space will be a “technology-rich environment, including classrooms, conference/meeting spaces, labs/studios. It will also promote interactions between faculty, students, and staff with gathering spaces such as study commons, reading rooms, breakout spaces, wireless study alcoves, and a café.” See

Library Spaces

We have a number of libraries that undergoing space consolidation and redesign as a way to accommodate campus initiatives and student needs.

  • The Kurt Wendt Library is merging with the Engineering Learning Center and Engineering Media Services to become Wendt Commons. More info at
  • College Library is also planning a redesign on a number of floors to accommodate more collaborative learning, large-scale testing and media design studios.

Campus Learning Spaces Community

  • Members of ComETS ( Learning Spaces Community attended an event in which representatives from the furniture manufacturer Herman Miller presented on their Learning Studio Research Program. Herman Miller “works with Higher Education leadership to not only create new approaches to their learning spaces, but also conduct ongoing research that measures the impact of these spaces on learning.” For more information on the program, see

Written by Ron Cramer, submitted by Cheryl Diermyer

Digital Storytellers Will Gather in Madison October 22-23

A group of UW-System digital storytellers will gather in Madison on October 22/23 to discuss approaches to and resources for using digital storytelling in the higher education curriculum.

Requirements for attending are:

  • You must be faculty, academic instructional staff or instructional support staff in the UW-System.
  • You must have created (from start to finish) at least one digital story

If you are interested in attending, contact Cheryl Diermyer at

Friday – October 22

1:30 Welcome

2:00 – 3:00 The DST Workshop – Jim Winship

3:15 – 4:15 My First Story: Lessons Learned – Gary Willhite

4:30 – 5:30 The Digital Storytelling Assignment – Cheryl Diermyer

Saturday – October 23

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 The Heart of the Image – Sheila Reaves

10:15 – 11:15 The El Salvador and Nicaragua Experience – Jim Winship/Cheryl Diermyer

11:30 – 12:30 Negotiating Identity and Storying Reflection through DST- Mary Wright


2:00 – 3:00 Learning Through Story: The Growth of a Grass Roots Learning Community – Cheryl Diermyer

3:15 – 4:15 Next Steps – Reuniting UW-System digital storytellers, Spring 2011