T&L Symposium Showcases Collaborative Efforts

Wed May 25, 2016

The annual Teaching & Learning Symposium, held May 18-19, 2016 in Union South, provided an opportunity for faculty and staff to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments and discuss new learning and teaching practices. DoIT Academic Technology is one of the sponsors of the event and many of our staff participated as presenters, poster exhibitors, planning committee members or attendees. In addition, Sarah Miller from Faculty Engagement was named this year’s Distinguished Fellow by the Teaching Academy for her outstanding service promoting teaching excellence on campus.

Linda Jorn, DoIT AT director, and Brian McNurlen, Assistant Director of Learning Technology and Distance Education, were both members of the team that planned the two-day event. Last year, Sarah Miller and John Martin from Faculty Engagement were on the team.

On Wednesday afternoon, some of our team members presented the breakout session called “How About a ‘Fit Bit’ for Learning? Using Learning Analytics for Student Success.” Kimberly Arnold from Evaluation Design & Analysis, Kari Jordahl from Online Course Production (OCP), James McKay from Learn@UW and Chris Lalande from Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) provided an overview of three tools currently available in the Learning Analytics Tool Chest and even invited attendees to actively explore the Study Pattern tool during the session. In addition, they invited faculty members Elisa Torres from the School of Nursing, Judith Burstyn and Rachel Bain from the Department of Chemistry, and Sharon Thoma from the Department of Zoology to discuss their experiences with the tools. Symposium attendees also had a chance to learn about the tools during the poster session on Thursday.

In addition to presenting on learning analytics, Kari Jordahl also joined Lalita duPerron from the Center for South Asia and Karen Skibba from the Division of Continuing Studies to present “Personalized Learning – Teaching from a Distance Can Actually Close the Gap.” Kari drew upon her experience working in OCP as well as her participation in the TeachOnline@UW program.

Saundra Solum from Learn@UW joined Mo Bischof and Regina Lowery from the Provost Office and Sharon Kahn from the Department of Geography for the breakout session “Program Learning Assessment and Course Evaluation (PLACE) – First Steps Toward Moving Course Evaluation into the 21st Century.” The presentation focused on PLACE, a campus initiative to expand and support online resources for academic departments and programs interested in assessing student learning at the course and program levels. Saundra shared her insight on the AEFIS tool, which is an alternative to paper course evaluations.

At Thursday’s poster session, Mark Neufeld from OCP explained the Sift & Winnow project along with his partners from the UW-Madison Libraries. In 2015, the Libraries along with DoIT AT and numerous stakeholders completely redesigned the information literacy instruction required in Communication-A courses. The new online module – Sift & Winnow – allows for a tailored learning experience for over 4,000 students in 300 courses sections annually. In addition to explaining the module, the poster also showcased the backward design model that Mark used for his work as the instructional designer on the project.

For the last breakout session, John Martin from Faculty Engagement co-presented with Morton Ann Gernsbacher from the Department of Psychology on the topic “Five Tips for Improving Online Discussion Boards.” In addition to sharing practical tips, John also demonstrated how the new Google Slides Q&A tool could be used to gather feedback during a course or presentation.

For photos from the two-day event, see the gallery below.

Kimberly Arnold presents Study Pattern with Judith Burstyn

Kimberly Arnold presents Study Pattern with Judith Burstyn

James McKay, Kimberly Arnold, Kari Jordahl and Chris Lalande are set to answer questions about learn

James McKay, Kimberly Arnold, Kari Jordahl and Chris Lalande are set to answer questions about learn

James McKay engages with an attendee about the Learning Analytics Tool Chest

James McKay engages with an attendee about the Learning Analytics Tool Chest

Saundra Solum presents about AEFIS, a tool available through PLACE

Saundra Solum presents about AEFIS, a tool available through PLACE

John Martin co-presents with Morton Ann Gernsbacher about improving online discussion boards

John Martin co-presents with Morton Ann Gernsbacher about improving online discussion boards

Sarah Miller shares a moment with Emily Utzerath, a co-worker from her time as Associate Director of

Sarah Miller shares a moment with Emily Utzerath, a co-worker from her time as Associate Director of

Sarah Miller accepts the Distinguished Fellow award from the Teaching Academy during lunch

Sarah Miller accepts the Distinguished Fellow award from the Teaching Academy during lunch