Landmark Room | Done with PowerPoint? Think Again?
Steven George Oakes, School of Pharmacy
PowerPoint is the preferred presentation method of both students and teachers in American universities. However, criticisms that this presentation form leads to oversimplification, student passivity/disengagement, and tension with instructor pedagogical philosophies have highlighted its shortcomings. This presentation will utilize a synchronized, three-projection PowerPoint format that responds to the criticisms aimed at PowerPoint presentations. Participants will directly experience the relatively simple construction of this multi-projection system, as well as the options and advantages that it affords.
Northwoods Room | MOOCs: A Sustainable Innovation? | Learning Circle
Linda Jorn, DoIt Academic Technology
Jeffrey Russell, Division of Continuing Studies
Cheryl Diermyer, DoIt Academic Technology
Currently MOOCs are seen as a disruptive innovation—variable quality, easy access, and affordable. Join this learning circle to discuss MOOCs through the lens of educational innovation efforts which empower us to view disruptive innovations as potential catalysts for change: change that may or may not create breakthrough models for future learning environments and student success.
Fifth Quarter Room | Smart Media
Jon McKenzie, English, DesignLab
This workshop focuses on “smart media”: emerging genres of scholarly communication such as podcasts, graphic essays, Pecha Kucha, and professional blogs. After introducing and showing works by students and others, we will address ways to incorporate smart media assignments into courses, identify important models and technology resources, and provide frameworks for instructor and peer-based evaluation. While focused on teaching and learning, this workshop also offers design insights related to professional development and the shift from academic publishing to scholarly communication.
Wisconsin Idea Room | The Learning Record: Beyond Portfolios
James Brown, English
This workshop will demonstrate the Learning Record, a portfolio-based assessment tool that asks students to observe their learning development, collect evidence of that development, and build an argument for their own grade. Based on specific learning objectives and grade criteria, students use these arguments to analyze and evaluate the work they complete throughout the semester. The workshop leader will explain the system, show examples of student work, and provide ample time for discussion.
Alumni Room | Virtual Research Trips in Livestock Production: Learning Circle
Jess Reed and Angelina Smith, Animal Sciences
Alan Barnicle and Emmanuel Contreras, Transform Teaching Through Technology
In this learning circle, we will use an example of how we used technology to simulate research abroad as a launch pad for discussion. Participants will learn about a specific example of a collaboration between CALS International Programs and Animal Sciences that used digital media assignments to hone several high-impact learning outcomes: a) Collaborative work—students have to come to solutions together b) Inductive inquiry and reasoning—students have to learn to ask the right questions c) Synthesis of information—students have to integrate what they learn into cohesive narratives. Participants will take away an understanding of how using campus resources such as Engage, the Digital Media Center, and other campus computer lab facilities can assist them in accomplishing their teaching and learning goals.
Agriculture Room | Blended Learning Won't Work for My Class Because... | Learning Circle
Steve Cramer, Engineering
Greg Moses, Engineering Physics
Elizabeth Harris, Wendt Commons
Trina McMahon, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Bacteriology, Delta Program
Barry VanVeen, Electrical & Chemical Engineering
Blended learning is alive and well on the UW-Madison campus and a great deal has been learned about successful implementation. Yet concerns and misinformation persist because faculty/instructors don’t understand what has already been tried and learned. Join this learning circle with faculty, staff, and administration from the College of Engineering to hear some successful examples and to discuss the pros and cons of blended learning.