Committees & Groups

Partnerships, initiatives and projects often develop out of the work and input our team contributes to committees and groups both on and off campus.

On Campus

Through a variety of roles, our team engages with campus leaders and peers through UW-Madison committees and groups such as the following.

Academic and Curricular Policy Repository Advisory Committee

As part of an initiative to create a centralized, managed repository for data about the course catalog, curriculum and academic policy, ACPRAC is a governance group that provides guidance and direction for related projects including the integration of the new tool, CourseLeaf.

Advising Architecture Review Board

The Advising Architecture Review Board (AARB) provides support and recommendations to the Office of Undergraduate Advising, the Office of the Registrar and Division of Information Technology (DoIT) about how advising tools can best be integrated and delivered to the advising community in support of improving the advising experience for undergraduates. AARB serves the university as a coordinating body charged with accepting, reviewing, and making recommendations regarding current and future advising technology initiatives on campus.

Community of Educational Technology Support at UW-Madison

The Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) is a grassroots network of UW-Madison teaching & learning support staff. ComETS works to support education technology professionals with networking opportunities, collaborative exploration of emerging trends, and representation on campus committees.

Learning Analytics Roadmap Committee

The Learning Analytics Roadmap Committee (LARC) was established in 2015 by Provost Mangelsdorf.  Chaired by The Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, LARC is comprised of appointees from Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR), Student Learning Assessment office, Office of the CIO and DoIT including our Evaluation Design & Analysis service. LARC’s charge is to develop a 5 year roadmap for learning analytics development on campus. Pathways identified will begin with a student-centered focus of course-level learning and academic success.

Moodle Steering Committee

In conjunction with the UW-Moodle Platform Team, the Moodle Steering Committee prioritizes Moodle development projects on campus. In addition, the committee provides updates to the UW-Madison Moodle Council, which represents a self-organized federation of Moodle and Open Source instructional tool providers.

Teaching Academy

The Teaching Academy is composed of fellows, UW faculty and instructional staff who have demonstrated teaching excellence and have been recognized and nominated by their peers. The Teaching Academy works to promote, recognize, and support teaching and learning excellence in the UW-Madison community. DoIT AT assists with this mission by contributing staff and other resources to support the Academy’s website and events such as Instructor Learning Environment and Pedagogics (I-LEaP). In addition, DoIT AT has representation on the executive committee.

Teaching and Learning Symposium Committee

The annual Teaching and Learning Symposium provides an opportunity for the UW-Madison teaching and learning community to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, and discuss new learning and teaching practices and theories in a forum dedicated to enriching the student learning experience.

Teaching and Learning Technology Advisory Group

Teaching and Learning Technology Advisory Group (TLTAG) consists of key faculty, instructional academic staff, students and academic technology professionals across the university. TLTAG members provide a strong representation and advocacy for technology needs to support teaching and learning at the strategic and service levels of the IT governance and decision-making structure; provide technical analysis and evaluation of proposed IT policies, resolutions, initiatives and projects concerning teaching and learning; and provide recommendations and resource prioritization concerning teaching and learning technology, in particular, provide leadership and guidance to support campus alignment, data sharing and usability of the shared student digital ecosystem and its various components.

University Council for Academic Affairs & Assessment (UCAAA)

With associate deans, directors and academic affairs liaisons representing cross-campus organizations or programs as members, the primary aim of the UCAAA is to support, enhance and coordinate academic and co-curricular programs and educational achievement across campus, with a focus on student learning, effective teaching and improving the educational experience of all students. A DoIT AT representative serves as a member.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Learn@UW Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is comprised of campus senior leadership responsible for the sponsorship and oversight of the Learn@UW-Madison Service. Members include Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technology and DoIT Director of Academic Technology, DoIT Chief Operating Officer, the campus Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and the campus Chief Information Officer (Vice Provost for Information Technology).

Cross-Institutional

To stay current on emerging trends and national initiatives, our staff lead, participate and are members of cross-institutional committees and groups such as the following.

Big Ten Academic Alliance

Headquartered in the Midwest, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. For more than half a century, member universities have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources and collaborating on innovative programs. DoIT AT team members participate in many Alliance groups related to learning technologies and training.

Coalition of Networked Information

The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 220 institutions representing higher education, publishing, information technology, scholarly and professional organizations, foundations, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI’s members.

EDUCAUSE

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. The association helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education. EDUCAUSE programs and services focus on analysis, advocacy, community building, professional development, and knowledge creation to support the transformative role that IT can play in higher education.

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

Committed to the advancement of learning through the innovative application of technology, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) is a community of higher education institutions and organizations. Many of ELI’s goals overlap with the interests of other organizations. Rather than duplicate efforts, ELI establishes partnerships that increase the ability of all parties to fulfill their missions and strategic objectives.

Identity & Access Management (IAM) Steering Committee

The IAM Steering Committee is charged with providing strategic direction, vision and oversight for the identity and access sphere across the entirety of UW System. The group brings together stakeholders from multiple campuses and shared UW System enterprise systems to define policies, offer guidance on priorities and drive effective decision-making about the adoption of tools, standards and methodologies. It works closely with the Identification, Authentication and Authorization (IAA) Technical Advisory Group to ensure that the broad current needs of System are met, and that IAM policies and tools are aligned to support future initiatives.

IMS Global Learning Consortium

The mission of the IMS Global Learning Consortium is to advance technology that can affordably scale and improve educational participation and attainment. To ensure that the “Learning Impact” of technology-enabled innovation is achieved around the world, IMS’s influential community of educational institutions, suppliers and government organizations develops open interoperability standards, supports adoption with technical services, and encourages adoption through programs that highlight effective practices.

Learning Technology Development Council

As a recognized unit of the UW System Office of Learning and Information Technology (OLIT), Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) brings together learning technologists, instructional designers and faculty technology support professionals on all UW campuses in their quest to support faculty and students to integrate instructional technology with the goal to improve student learning outcomes. Each campus has an official representative appointed by the Provost.

University of Wisconsin System Learn@UW Executive Committee

The mission of the Learn@UW Executive Committee is to provide vision, strategic direction and oversight for instructional applications and tools that support teaching and learning across the UW System. Specific responsibilities include planning, budgeting, advocating, fostering collaboration, and resolving differences in priorities. In addition to this committee, there is a Learn@UW Executive Committee for UW-Madison to focus on specific needs of our campus.

Unizin

In 2014, UW-Madison joined Unizin, a consortium of like-minded institutions with the mission of improving the learning experience by providing an environment built on collaboration, data, standards and scale. The Unizin efforts at UW-Madison are co-sponsored by Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Linda Jorn, Director of DoIT Academic Technology and Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies whom are also Unizin board members. DoIT AT plays a critical role in leading and supporting the effort on a variety of levels including the management of the Canvas transition, participation in Unizin sponsor teams, and the Unizin teaching and learning group.

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