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 ...
The REACH project aims to transform large, introductory, lecture-based courses into sustainable, active learning environments that increase students’ engagement in their own learning.
The project will build on successful innovations across campus that strive to enhance the undergraduate experience through student-centered learning practices. REACH will not only reinforce the common goal among these efforts, but will extend their reach to encompass tens of thousands of first- and second-year students over ...
UW-Madison & Unizin
In late September 2014, after a summer of exploring and openly discussing the prospect of joining Unizin with governance bodies and key stakeholders, UW-Madison officially joined Unizin, a consortium of major universities across the U.S. that are working to assemble a standards-based set of digital tools for teaching and learning.
With these tools, which span the areas of course ...
UW-Madison Canvas Pilot
The UW-Madison campus-wide Canvas pilot has now come to a close. Based on positive results from pilot studies and campus feedback, UW-Madison is transitioning to the Canvas learning management system (LMS) over the next two years. The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS, and to discontinue campus licensing of D2L and Moodle by 2018. Learn more about transitioning to Canvas at UW-Madison.
With a goal to enable pervasive active learning and improve the student experience at UW-Madison, the EI Initiative strives to support the growing number of blended learning efforts occurring across campus. In particular, the EI partners with DoIT Academic Technology to offer Blend@UW and the Blended Learning Fellowship Program.
Blended learning can come in many shapes and forms, and can assume a number of ...
Online learning is a prevalent and key element in each of EI’s three main goals. As such, EI remains steadfast in its recognition and encouragement of online learning across campus. In particular, EI partners with the Division of Continuing Studies to develop and expand high-quality, online academic programs and provides funding to support the TeachOnline@UW Program.
UW-Madison’s Design+Teach+Engage website also provides additional resources ...
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 Unizin efforts. 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 material costs ...
Committed to extending UW-Madison’s educational mission to Wisconsin and the world, and providing lifelong learning opportunities, EI contributed significant support for the university’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) efforts. MOOCs are unique virtual teaching, learning and research experiences that are not for credit, aimed at unlimited participation and available at no cost to learners around the world.
In 2013-14, the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched four pilot MOOCs in partnership with ...