News from UW Stout

Learning Technology Services
Learning Technology Services (LTS) at UW-Stout hosted several professional development sessions for faculty and instructional staff in January, 2010. This year, LTS offered the following sessions:

  • D2L Short Course for New Instructors
  • D2L Open Lab
  • Instructional Strategies and the Content Factor – A Multimedia Response
  • Technology Gala: Using Creative Commons, Digital Storytelling, Echo360, Google Docs, Jing, Skype, and Turnitin

In addition, a Multimedia Open House was presented to faculty and instructional staff in January as well. The following information was exhibited:

  • Digital photography and an overview of Multimedia Lab use
  • Availability of computers and computer applications
  • Multimedia Sharing Group sign up
  • Consultation information
  • Opportunity for questions and answers

Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center
The Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center (NTLC), which is under the LTS umbrella, will be hosting two Sharing Communities this spring that are noteworthy of mention. The first Community is titled: “Uses and Best Practices of Multi‐media in ‘Face‐to‐Face’ and Online Classes.” The Second is: “Approaches to Student Learning Using Educational Technologies” – this is a follow up to the LTDC 2009 Tech Conference. The topics to be discussed for the second Community are:

  • Building ‘content templates’ into D2L to improve the course for all learners. Facilitator: Jamison Olson
  • Leveraging rich media and social networks to blend learning, research and “fun.” Facilitator: Kevin Pontuti
  • Developing modularized online instruction with a model that educators can use for their own courses. Facilitator: Susan Staggs
  • Creating course materials using PowerPoint, Acrobat, Word, video and/or Flash (via Jing or Camtasia). Facilitator: Bill Wikrent

Additionally, the NTLC has posted several new instructor videos that highlight individual strategies to enhance student learning.
Instructor Stories: http://www3.uwstout.edu/ntlc/Strategies/instructor-stories.cfm

Other News
The School of Education at UW-Stout is offering a new Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program to meet the increasing demands for qualified professionals in the field of instructional design.

The four, eight-week courses focus on real-world projects to build an e-portfolio and aid in job searches. Credits may be applied as electives in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree program.
 
Visit http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/instructionaldesigncert.shtml to find out more about the new certificate program.

Submitted by Jamison Olson