Solving Problems, Saving Time is Theme for Central Teaching with Technology Conference

The UW System Learning Technology Development Council is presenting a Central Regional Teaching with Technology Conference. The theme is “Solving Problems, Saving Time.”

The intended audience is for faculty and staff who teach or are involved in supporting instruction or supporting technology. The showcase will feature sessions that deal with using technology to solve instructional problems and to save time.

The conference is open to faculty and staff as from Green Bay, Oshkosh, Stevens Point, Marinette, Fox Valley, Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Marathon County.

Where: UW Green Bay Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Winter Garden

When: March 16, 2012, 8:30 – 4:00

Solving Problems, Saving Time

Sessions are 35 minutes with 10 minutes for QA and 15 minutes between sections

Time Solving Problems

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 206

Saving Time

Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 237

9AM Leif Nelson Learning Technology Center Manager UW Green Bay

“Academic Honesty Online”

There are many technology tools that address academic dishonesty, from quiz event logs to anti-plagiarism software. This presentation will discuss the general concern of academic dishonesty, and how it is impacted by the Internet and online tools. 

Jennifer Buchholz & Mary Weber – Faculty at UW Oshkosh

“Innovations in Efficient and Robust Feedback”

This session will introduce various software and hardware solutions to help instructors maximize their time developing and delivering robust feedback on student work.

10AM Evelyn Li – Instructional Technologist and Lecturer UW Fox Valley

“What Roles Can Web 2.0 Play in a Classroom Full of Generation Z Kids”

What is Web 2.0? What is Gen. Z? The presenter will answer these questions and cover the kind of tools/resources instructors can use in helping to manage projects and promote classroom collaboration. In addition, she’ll cover how use these tools to connect with students, share information and make learning fun and engaging.

Patricia Fellows Instructional Technologist & Training Specialist University of Wisconsin Colleges & Extension

“Getting Your Email Under Control”

This session will focus on 5 questions users can ask themselves when reading an email. These questions will help the user whittle away at those 1000’s of messages. Other tips will be covered as well. This is based on the David Allen method of organizing your life.

11AM Keynote Room 208

Karyn Biasca  

“I confess. I’m a Technology Geek”

“I have been for over twenty years. I’ve experimented with most of the computer based teaching technology that has been available on our campus. Many have proved invaluable for my work in the classroom. Others…not so much. During my presentation, I’ll relive my journey through educational technology with you. I’ll share what has helped me solve problems, what has saved me time, and a few things that just didn’t pan out the way I wanted them to. The presentation will include my experiences with D2L’s ePortfolio tool, and how my department uses it for program assessment.”

noon Lunch (provided) Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Winter Garden
1PM Christy Brazee Communication Faculty at UW Oshkosh

“Driving Student Engagement with the Team Consultation Project”

Grounded in an action learning philosophy, the Team Consultation Project engages students in addressing real-world organizational problems they have encountered through the students’ concurrent learning and application of course content to those challenges.

Karyn Biasca  UW Stevens Point

“Saving Time on Program Assessment using D2L’s ePortfolio”

Karyn Biasca will discuss how an ePortfolio can be used as a program assessment tool as well as a time-saver.

2PM Steve Hill – Communication faculty UW-Stevens Point

“Solving Problems: Integrating Curriculum From the First Year.”

Steve will discuss how the Division of Communication has used and will use ePortfolios to more strongly focus on learning outcomes, increase student awareness of the links between courses in their undergraduate careers, and improve the cohesiveness of academic tracks in the division.

Pat Theyerl Applications trainer, help desk consultant, and student supervisor at UW Green Bay

“D2L Timesavers”

Pat’s presentation will discuss D2L TIME SAVERS: to include copying course components from one semester to another; bulk uploading; creating groups in discussions; taking dropbox submissions offline; using date releases to allow preparation of the course when you have time; quizzes auto-export to grades; using links and/or release conditions for better flow of your course material; tips on creating a forum for ‘course questions’.

3PM Terese Barta, Biology Faculty and Mary Mielke, Coordinator of the Teaching & learning Resource Network, UW-Stevens Point

“Student Cheating – are you ready for when it happens in your classroom?”

 Do you know what you will do if you catch a student cheating? The presenters will talk about perception versus the reality of what you may be able to do and how to be better prepared for when (not if) it happens. They will discuss old and new/online forms of cheating and finally, they will share strategies you can put in place to discourage it.

Patricia Fellows Instructional Technologist & Training Specialist University of Wisconsin Colleges & Extension

 “Increasing Productivity Through the Use of Mobile Devices”

James will discuss how he has incorporated several iPad apps specifically designed for science and chemistry into his curriculum, including General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. While these apps are chemistry specific, the methods for which he uses them could be applied in other disciplines. Pat will discuss some productivity applications for faculty and an approach to introducing iPads in different disciplines.  



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:

If you attended and still haven’t taken the survey, please provide feedback at:

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

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