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Case-Based Online Learning Pilot Group

Online case study tutorials allow students to apply their knowledge by exploring solutions and solving real-world problems while receiving automated feedback along the way--kind of like a "choose your own adventure" book. Participants in this group will create in-depth case studies with multiple options and feedback that can provide students with an opportunity to problem-solve and critically think about real problems.

This new, two-semester group will use a free tool created and piloted by the UW-Madison Engage program called the Case Scenario/Critical Reader. UW-Madison's research of the program resulted in a pedagogical process and best practices that will be adapted for this group. CETL dollars are available for participants who meet milestones. Contact April Pierson with questions and/or CETL to register.

Advanced Camtasia Group

If you have been using Camtasia to create digital content and are ready to enhance your skills and the professionalism of your tutorials, this is the group for you. It will involve both hands-on small group training, best practices discussions, and sharing content you create. The agenda will include the following items in an order to be determined by the group and can include others if the group is interested. People who have attended other digital content groups or Camtasia training are welcomed to join, but this group is limited to five members, so register early!

  • What makes a good tutorial? (analysis/discussion of examples)
  • Editing efficiencies
  • Quizzing in tutorials
  • To webcam or not to webcam?
  • The Camtasia media library
  • Zooming
  • Callouts
  • Intro music and branding

If you are new to Camtasia but are interested in this group, contact April for more information. CETL dollars are available for participants who complete two tutorials.

Digital Badges Exploration

A few LTS staff members and a lone faculty member have been exploring the use of digital badges in learning. Badges are a way to display accomplishments in the digital world, similar to how physical badges are used in Scouts. According to Educause, "In a higher education setting, digital badges are symbols that represent discrete academic achievements or valued skills not represented by course outcomes or a degree. These smaller achievements can represent incremental learning and progress toward more significant goals. They can also recognize learning and skill building that is not part of, but enhances or complements, a formal degree program. As such, badges are becoming an increasingly popular way for universities to more fully document the breadth of student learning."

Digital badges are currently in use or in development at institutions such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, the University of California–Davis, Purdue University, Seton Hall, and Yale University. The UW System Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) will be exploring and discussing badges in the October meeting.

If you’d like to learn more, the Educause 7 Things You Need to Know article about digital badges is a helpful, concise resource. If you’re interested in discussing badges and/or see a use in your coursework or program, contact April Pierson.

Handwriting Digitization Options

Do you write on a whiteboard, chalkboard, or under the doc camera to explain concepts to students such as math problems, diagrams, or chemical equations? If you would like to do this digitally, check out this article on Handwriting Digitization Options. Contact April with questions or to try out the options.