Technology Guide for Faculty & Instructors
DoIT Academic Technology
DoIT’s Academic Technology department is dedicated to helping faculty and instructional staff maximize their effectiveness through the use of technology. They offer an array of innovative technology tools and instructional support services designed to address today’s teaching challenges. Academic Technology’s team of consultants, instructional designers and multimedia developers provides a continuum of services, from simple troubleshooting to designing complex online courses. Best of all, many of these services are free!
Course Management System: Learn@UW
More than 60% of faculty and instructors on campus use Learn@UW, the UW’s course management system, to provide course materials to their students, and nearly 90% of students report using it. Learn@UW lets instructors create course Web sites where they can post syllabi, conduct quizzes, offer practice exams, submit grades and deliver a range of course content. To get started or to learn more, go to www.doit.wisc.edu/learnatuw
Workshops and Training
Throughout the year, Academic Technology offers free, short workshops and training series around a variety of topics, including integrating audio and video into instruction, Web development, using Learn@UW, and using presentation technologies, such at PowerPoint.
Grants and Awards (Engage)
Engage is a grants and awards program of DoIT Academic Technology that provides resources to instructors to create new technologies (e.g., simulations and games) for teaching and learning and also helps them adapt previously created tools (e.g., podcasting, student response systems (“clickers”), QuizImage) into their own courses. Engage support also includes one-on-one consultation and technical assistance.
E-learning Materials Development
Academic Technology staff help instructors with more advanced needs, such as incorporating digital and streaming media, webcasting or PowerPoint Web lectures into their course sites. The department also develops course or staff/department Web sites, and their interactive application work includes virtual labs, simulations and instructional games. Visit Academic Technology’s Consultations Web page to learn more.
My UW-Madison: Instructor/Advisor View
In addition to offering the other features mentioned in the Productivity Tools section of this guide, My UW-Madison provides instructors and advisors with a suite of integrated information personalized to their roles and interests, including a list of advisees, class rosters, grades and other teaching resources.
Class and Advisor Lists
Classlist is an automated system that allows faculty and teaching assistants to have email distribution lists generated based upon their course enrollment. The email distribution lists are automatically updated with Registrar data throughout the semester. AdvisorLists gives advisors access to many of their advisees’ academic attributes (e.g., major, GPA, graduation date), which can be used to create pre-defined email lists tailored to advisor’s communication needs.
In-class Software Training for Students
The Software Training for Students (STS) program will provide student training directly in classrooms for instructors who require their students to use software (e.g., Excel, Dreamweaver, Word) for course work. There is no charge for this service as long as the training includes at least eight UW-Madison students. STS trainers work with instructors to develop training customized to their specific teaching objectives.
DoIT Digital Publishing & Printing Services (DP&PS) enable faculty and instructors to submit materials for the creation of course packets (e.g., articles, diagrams, photos, reference materials) for their students. In addition to producing and distributing course packets, DP&PS will obtain any necessary copyright clearance and provide students with convenient options, such as online ordering and shipping and delivery services.
Streaming media technology enables you to include audio, video and other multimedia files on your Web site, enriching the experience for your visitors and allowing you to convey information in a more engaging manner. DoIT has the infrastructure, bandwidth and expertise to create a high-quality streaming media experience for your project and its viewers.
Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS)
ComETS is a UW-Madison technology support community of those who are involved with teaching and learning with technology (e.g., instructional designers, multimedia experts, IT administrators). They come together online and through meetings and brown bag presentations to network with one another and share expertise and resources.