Regional Showcases

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

Central Regional Showcase

“Solving Problems, Saving Time”
Friday, March 16, 2012
UW-Green Bay

Keynote Speaker: TBA

Track 1: Solving Problems

  • Cheating
  • Engagement/active learning, etc.

Track 2: Saving T ime

  • Efficiencies
  • Practical “how-to’s”

We will require participants to complete a registration. The conference will be open to the entire statestate. Long-distance travelers must provide their own hotel, transportation, etc.

Southeast Regional Showcase

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


West Regional Showcase

“Authentic Learning with Digital Media”
Friday, October 7, 2011
View brochure for this showcase.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lance Ford, CISCO

Sessions showcase Social Networking, Distance Education & Authentic Experiences, Mobile Media & Authentic Experiences, iPads for Learning, Google Sites, and the Criminal Justice House at UW-Platteville.

Open to faculty and instructional technology staff from all UW institutions as of September 26th, 2011.