Exploratory & Pilot Projects

 

As of January 2012

 

eText Pilot

Enrollment Management, the CIO, the Provost and the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning are facilitating a pilot program to reduce the cost of textbooks for students. The pilot is in conjunction with McGraw Hill publishers, and uses CourseLoad, an eText initiative. The pilot will involve ten class sections and a maximum of 1000 students in the Spring semester. Course texts will be provided free for the students to read, annotate and print eTexts via any browser, tablet, or smart phone that supports HTML5. Some details are still being worked out. Several faculty have already been contacted to participate in this fast-moving project.  More information on the eText Pilot.

WiScholar Pilot Project

WiScholar is a tool that provides collaborative teaching and learning spaces for instructors, groups, and courses. It provides an easy way to create/publish open access web content, while still allowing for privacy setting; and a space for people to post, comment and self-organize around thoughts, ideas, media, and content. The limited pilot will begin spring semester 2011 and will end spring semester 2012. For more information, email Timmo Dugdale or visit http://wischolar.wisc.edu.

Improving IT Governance

The project has addressed a new charter and principles for the Madison Technical Advisory Group (MTAG) and created a cross-representational Information Technology Committee (ITC) with other campus groups including ComETS, Network Advisory Group (NAG), Campus Technical Issues Group (CTIG) and MTAG. The project is on hold pending the startup of an Administrative Excellence effort in this area. The Huron Group, contracted by UW-Madison to conduct the campus efficiency study, cited campus IT governance as an issue that should be addressed. Although it is not among the first five priorities and teams, it will be addressed in the second wave.

Lecture Capture Service for General Assignment Classrooms

Instructors teaching in one of fifteen General Assignment Classrooms will have the option to use Lecture Capture to record their lecture content for a course. Students can view these lectures through streaming video. Recorded lectures help students to review the material, unravel difficult concepts, double-check their notes, and spend more time getting a fuller understanding of the lecture content. Students can view these lectures on their own time and also review a prior lecture to prepare for the next one.

To determine if the classroom Lecture Capture technology is a good fit for you or to get started with Lecture Capture, please make an appointment with a Learning Technology Consultant at DoIT - Academic Technology. Email academictech@doit.wisc.eduor call 262-5667 to schedule a time to talk. Visit https://academictech.doit.wisc.edu/ideas/lc for more information.

This initiative received funding and support through the Student Information Technology Initiative Advisory Committee (SITIAC).

Electronic Lab Notebook Project

The Office of the CIO, DoIT, WARF, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are conducting an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) pilot during January - April, 2012. The goal of the pilot is to understand if ELNs are useful to UW researchers from various disciplines who work in a in variety of research settings/environments. Approximately 50 researchers will use ELN software to document their research for 3 months. Their feedback on the value of ELNs for data/intellectual property management, record keeping, and collaboration will be summarized and shared with campus. If this pilot study indicates that ELNs are useful to researchers, we will be investigating funding and hosting/support models to make them more widely available on campus.

Digital Arts & Humanities Initiative and Project Bamboo

Several efforts are underway that focus on technology support for scholarship in the arts, humanities and "interpretive" social sciences communities. Led by professor Jon McKenzie of English, a digital arts and humanities initiative began spring 2008 to advance the causes of digital inquiry, new media study, new media practice and digital literacy (with support by Graduate School IT, Learning Support Services, General Library System and DoIT Academic Technology staff). UW-Madison is also participating in the Mellon-funded international Project Bamboo with the goal of "How can we advance arts and humanities research through the development of shared technology services?" Lee Konrad (Libraries), Robin Valenza (English), and Jim Muehlenberg (DoIT) coordinate local Bamboo efforts.

Lynda.com@UW-Madison

Lynda.com@UW-Madison is a constantly growing library of more than 50,000 self-paced online tutorials available 24/7. These include software training, programming lessons and even “concept” tutorials on topics such as design and photography.

This diverse catalog will be made available to campus in Spring 2012 through DoIT Academic Technology. Since Lynda.com@UW-Madison will be integrated with UW-Madison's NetID system, it can recognize campus users, maintain a learning transcript and make certificates available for professional purposes.

WiscVPN for Departments

DoIT is piloting a new, departmental VPN offering the School of Education, BioTechnology, Great Lakes BioEnergy Research, Diagnostic Veterinary Lab and The Waisman Center. This offering enables customers to authenticate such that they appear on their local networks. The project will move into a full production phase when GAMS (Group Authorization Management System) is implemented. At that time, the system will be upgraded to higher capacity hardware to support all campus users.

Curricular Hub

The Curricular Hub was established in 2008 as an operational data store of curricular information that would support systems that consume Schedule of Class, Course Catalog, and Class Roster data. A campus forum around accessing class roster data initiated an enterprise campus project to define and deliver class roster data in a consistent and responsible manner. Representatives from schools and colleges, the Office of the Registrar, and DoIT collaborated on data definitions, delivery formats, identified pilot systems and determined a timeline for production. A sampling of current consumers of curricular hub data include Moodle, the Class List eMail Service, WiscCal Scheduling Assistant, Digital Measures, My Webspace, and the enterprise My Course Guide. The data extract process from the Curricular Hub utilizes web service technology. The Curricular Hub is presently undergoing a refactoring process to increase efficiency and position itself for possible expansion into an academic hub.

Data Center Energy Monitoring Project

In this project, Paul Barford of the Computer Sciences department seeks to enhance their understanding of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) energy use through thorough and careful instrumentation and analysis of the DoIT Data Center. In close partnership with DoIT, they will deploy sensors, track consumption and assess when, where and how the energy footprint of the data center might be reduced. The goal of the project is to develop tools and methods that can be deployed on campus and provide a meaningful reduction in ICT-related energy use.