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The 12th Annual UW‐La Crosse Conference on Teaching & Learning
Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 9:00 a.m.‐1:00 p.m.
Valhalla, Cartwright Center

“There’s an App for That” Teaching and Learning with the iPad
Jim Jorstad, Academic Technology Services and Bob Hoar, Mathematics/Office of the Provost
The introduction of Apple’s iPad TM has created an avalanche of new and innovative applications designed for a myriad of uses. From productivity, utilities, games, life improvement, thousands of applications exist and new ones are introduced every day. Coupled with the iPad’s capability of mobile connectivity, high quality audio/video playback, and a multi‐touch screen, this new appliance is redefining what we think of as mobile computing. This presentation will help showcase the opportunities the iPad offers us in the teaching and learning environment and beyond. Learn about creative and innovative applications that can transform the educational experience for both faculty and students, and become more productive along the way. “There are many apps for that.”

Learning Objects 101 / Learning Object Development Demo
Bob Hoar and Jen Kosiak, Mathematics; Maggie McHugh, Student Support Services
In this hands‐on demonstration, we will present an easy to use workflow that allows for the development of Learning Objects. A Learning Object is a collection of web based learning materials that relate to a single topic. The collection could include text, images, videos, and many other items, all packaged into an easy to use player. Developed in partnerships that included students, high school teachers, and faculty, the development tools and workflows are easy to adapt to a variety of learning situation. A variety of examples will be on display.


Fourth Annual Best Practices in Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Math
Teaching Conference

University of Wisconsin – Baraboo/Sauk County

1:55-2:40 pm Monday, August 30, 2010, Room A156

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UW System 2010 President’s Summit on Excellence in Teaching and Learning

  • 6C. Creating Responsive Learning Objects to Enhance Student Learning
    Jennifer Kosiak, Associate Professor, Mathematics, UW-La Crosse
    Bob Hoar, Professor, Mathematics, UW-La Crosse
  • 12C-1. Interactive Digital Learning Objects in Chemistry
    Mohamed Ayoub, Associate Professor, Chemistry, UW-Washington County

WMC Annual Conference Schedule Thursday and Friday May 6 – 7, 2010

  • Building Digital Learning Objects to Enhance Learning in PreCalculs (Hoar, Kosiak, McHugh, Hasenbank)
    • Thursday May 6th 2:30-3:30
  • Building Digital Learning Objects to Enhance Learning in Algebra and Statistics (Hasenbank, Hoar, Kosiak, McHugh)
    • Friday May 7th 8:00-9:00

MathCast WorkShop May 20, 2010

  • 40 teachers, faculty, students and staff are invited to UW-L to learn about Learning Objects

 

 

Using Technology to Improve Student Learning

Jennifer Kosiak, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Robert Hoar, Professor of Mathematics
UW La Crosse

May 14-15, 2009,
Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

The Women and Science Program hosts an annual retreat for past participants in Program events. All interested faculty in the UW System are also welcome to apply!

Brief abstract: In this multimedia presentation we will examine how to improve student learning in math and science, especially for students of color, students with disabilities, or students who may need prerequisite knowledge, through the use of innovative technology (e.g., video podcasts, digital learning modules). Participants working in small groups will be able to interact with the technology and free software that they can use to create podcasts for their own courses.

How are you reaching out to diverse popluations? As an educator who has participated in the Women and Science Program or a Program event, we invite you to attend the retreat and share strategies you've developed. You are not required to report if you attend, but we would love to learn what's working for you in your curriculum! The retreat will begin at 2 PM Thursday, and conclude by Friday afternoon. Opportunities to present include talks and an informal poster session.

 

 

11th Annual UW-L Conference on Teaching & Learning

September 4, 2009

Using Podcasts to Assess Student Content Knowledge

Jennifer Kosiak, Bob Hoar, Jon Hasenbank, Mathematics

Abstract: In this multimedia demonstration we will showcase how we have used student‐created podcasts to uncover student understanding in mathematics. Podcasts allow students to “think aloud” as they work through a course assignment. By capturing their screen and voice recording, instructors are able to discover what students know and are able to do, as well as their dominant misconceptions and differences in learning strategies. Participants will be able to interact with the technology and free software that their students can use to create these think aloud podcasts for their own courses.

Faculty and Instructional Academic Staff are invited to attend the 11th Annual Conference on Teaching & Learning Friday, September 4, 2009, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Valhalla, Cartwright Center. The program will include posters and demonstrations highlighting innovations related to teaching and learning by UWL instructors and staff. This format is intended to encourage discussion and interaction between attendees interested in sharing ideas on teaching and learning. The posters and demonstrations will be set up in Valhalla where faculty and staff can circulate to read, observe and interact with presenters. The conference will include a light continental breakfast and a buffet lunch.



 

 

MathFest 2008

Using Video Podcasts to Model Critical Thinking in Undergraduate Mathematics
Friday August 1, 2008 8:30 – 10:30

Kosiak, LeDocq, Hoar, Hasenbank

With advancements in screen and voice capture technology and the explosion of portable media players, podcasts are impacting the teaching and learning in higher education. This session will focus on two projects that utilize Tablet PCs and software packages to generate faculty and student–created video podcasts for several mathematics classes (e.g., Math for Elementary Teachers, Applied Calculus, and Calculus II). The presenters will share how these podcasts served as supplementary course material to introduce concepts, remediate misconceptions, present alternate coverage of the material, or allow students to review course presentations. Enhancement in the critical thinking of the student designers and users for these projects will be discussed. Session participants will be introduced to the process and technology involved in these projects.

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A group of faculty, Drs. Hoar, Kosiak, LeDocq, & Serros, presented current and future IIURL related work in two presentations at the:

Women & Science Program Spring Conference

Thursday, May 15 - Friday, May 16 2008

Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells

"Addressing the Needs of Diverse Groups Using Modified Learning Objects"

In this presentation, we will discuss the development of digital learning objects that is currently underway in the Institute for Innovation in Undergraduate Research and Learning. The process of developing the learning objects involves teams of undergraduate research students from a variety of UW campuses. The learning objects cover math and science concepts and are available to use by anyone. The future of the project includes plans to adapt the learning objects to meet the needs of underrepresented groups, addressing special needs relating to issues surrounding cultural differences, language, and coverage of prerequisite material.


"Using Video Podcasts to Model Critical Thinking"

This session discusses two projects that utilized video podcasts to enhance undergraduates’ critical thinking skills. With advancements in screen and voice capture technology and the explosion of portable media players, podcasts will substantially impact teaching and learning for the 21st century. Podcasts can be used in any discipline to introduce concepts, remediate misconceptions, present alternate coverage of the material, or allow students to review course presentations. Through faculty-created podcasts, students can evaluate another’s problem solving process. Students can become active learners by creating content-specific podcasts. Participants will be introduced to the process and technology involved in video podcasting. Enhancement in the critical thinking of the student designers and users will be discussed.