Student Digital Ecosystem
UW-Madison is building a next-generation student digital ecosystem to better support faculty, staff and students. The ecosystem will connect university-wide systems including student information, learning management and curriculum management systems, as well as digital assessment tools. The connection of systems will allow for interoperability and flexibility, improve information accessibility and consistency, and empower faculty, staff and students with new tools and capabilities to achieve success. As shown in the figure ...
Enhancing and scaling online learning is a significant focus for campus and the EI Initiative, particularly as both strive to advance personalized learning strategies using technology and to expand access to both residential (“traditional”) and new student audiences.
In partnership with schools, colleges and other campus units, EI aims to help enhance and scale high-quality online learning experiences across campus.
Goals for Online Education
- Advance excellence in teaching and ...
REACH - Redesigning for Active Learning in High-Enrollment Courses
The REACH team partners with faculty and instructors to:
- Transform high-enrollment, lecture-based courses into more active and inclusive learning environments that can be sustained by academic departments
- Inspire greater student responsibility for learning by increasing student inquiry and engagement with the subject matter
- Improve student learning
Early Indications of Impact
In fall 2018, 6,600+ students are participating in REACH courses. The courses feature:
Excel - Extending Teaching Professional Development to the Classroom
Excel is a course design initiative that helps faculty and instructors apply evidence-based and learner-centered teaching practices to their courses. The initiative supports the development of deep learning and inclusive classroom environments by providing individualized support, instructional and financial resources, and evidence-based approaches to course design and implementation.
Instructors engaged in Excel have previously participated in in-depth and comprehensive teaching professional development through the university (e.g., Madison ...
The EI Initiative strives to support the growing number of blended learning efforts occurring across campus. In particular, the EI Initiative partners with DoIT Academic Technology to offer Blend@UW and the Blended Learning Fellowship.
Blended learning can come in many shapes and forms, and can assume a number of different meanings to different people. Faculty and instructors in the Blended Learning ...
Open Educational Resources (OER)
UW‐Madison has identified the adoption and production of Open Educational Resources (OER) as a priority within the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative, and in connection with the university’s partnership with the Unizin consortium. The advantages of increased use of OER for instruction include enhanced attainment of learning outcomes, greater flexibility and more diverse pathways for students when accessing learning materials, greater flexibility for instructors to customize instructional materials, and lower course ...