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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Moodle Data and 3D Printing and Modeling Mini-Cohorts Registration Now Open for Fall 2015

A mini-cohort is an opportunity for faculty and graduate students in CLA to come together and collaboratively explore topics related to teaching, learning, and technology. The time commitment is short: two or three meetings, each during a lunch hour. No previous experience necessary. This is a great, low-pressure way to explore a new topic!

Making the Most of Your Moodle Data 
October 22 & 29 (Thursdays)
Noon - 1:00 pm, Anderson 110 - Lunch provided

Your Moodle course captures a lot more data about your students’ engagement than you might expect! Digging into your Moodle data is an easy way to learn how students engage with your course site, and can help you adapt your course and teaching approaches over time. Whether you are teaching an online/hybrid course or using a basic Moodle course site to complement your in-person course, you'll learn how to address some common questions you may face about student engagement in your courses.

3D Printing & Modeling
November 13, 20 & December 4 (Fridays)
Noon - 1:00 pm, Anderson 110 - Lunch provided

Come explore the world of 3D printing and modeling - what it is and what it is not. Join colleagues across the college to discuss the larger implications of this technology. Roll up your sleeves to try your hand at modeling and printing. When you're done, you'll walk away with your own 3D model and some concrete ideas of its potential for teaching and learning.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Get To Know LATIS'S Denne Wesolowski


Name: Denne Wesolowski

Current Position: Assistant Curator, Digital Content Library, LATIS

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I was born in Madison, WI, and did my undergraduate years there (Physics, Mathematics, and Astrophysics majors), moving to the Twin Cities for graduate school and then remaining here.

When did you start working at the U? As a staff member, in August 2004; as a graduate student in Physics, from September 1990 through June 1998.

What brought you to your current job? I was halfway through my second bout of graduate school, this time an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences, when an Assistant Curator position became available with the DCL. I was very glad to be back working at the U again!

What is your favorite aspect of your job? Digitizing and making available one-of-a-kind materials via the DCL, for instance the ever-growing School of Music ensemble performance collection (see below for more about this) and other such original audio and video content.

Tell us about one of the coolest projects you’ve worked on for your job at the U? One of my favorites has been the School of Music ensemble performance collection in the DCL. This encompasses most of the University of Minnesota large-ensemble performances that have taken place during the past nine years (plus a smattering of older ones), and consists of nearly 5000 pieces to date, all carefully and thoroughly cataloged.

What is your favorite place on campus? The Memorial Union Terrace (in Madison, WI). Oh, did you mean this campus? ;)

What do you do for fun?  I enjoy hiking (when we have the time and opportunity), running (ditto), and ongoing home improvement projects and garden-related activities. Also (at least partly) under this category I could note using my (electronic) red pen while performing the duties for my freelance editorial proofreading business.

What is your dream job (besides the one you have!)? Trail Blazer, Superior Hiking Trail staff.

People may be surprised to know: That I have completed 10 marathons (most recently in 2012) and 30ish half marathons.

I’m happiest when: Hiking in the woods, ideally with my sweetie.

Before I die, I would like to: Hike many more trails.