Who we are
The Learning Technology Center (LTC) at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee has adopted a campus wide approach to the support of learning technologies quite different from analogous organizations at other universities.
On many if not most American campuses, the learning technology support unit is staffed by experts in instructional design. By contrast, the majority of our staff are themselves faculty who hold terminal degrees in their respective disciplines, and are teachers of many years’ experience, including both online and blended modes of instruction.
Because of our extensive experience of best instructional practices, we focus on pedagogy rather than upon technology per se. More to the point, we emphasize learning technologies which foster active learning and the building of a peer learning community both in the classroom and online.
Moreover, because our staff are not primarily technologically oriented, we are not a production unit. Instead, we teach instructors to become independent users of their own learning technologies. This in its turn bears strongly upon our choice of supported technologies: although we constantly experiment with emerging technologies, we are not proponents of the latest and greatest. We support basic technologies of proven pedagogical value for mainstream faculty users.
From a broader perspective, on many other campuses, a support unit like ours is embedded in the IT organization for that campus. Because of our emphasis on pedagogy, however, we report instead to our Center for Instructional and Pedagogical Development (CIPD), and in its turn, to Academic Affairs.
Finally, the location of the LTC on the UWM campus is both symbolic and practical. Our position in the Golda Meir Library expresses our fundamental commitment to the heart of the academy. Our location near the campus center makes it convenient for faculty to drop in for consultations and workshops.
And it works! Our surveys show that the LTC has interacted with 80% of the more than 1500 faculty, teaching academic staff, and teaching assistants on the UWM campus. The most favorable instructor impressions of the LTC? That we are teachers who understand the classroom, and that our turnaround time for requests is outstanding.
UWM Learning Technology Center staff disseminate their work nationally and internationally. Click here to find out about our recent publications & presentations.
UWM Learning Technology Center's work has been highlighted in several public news and media outlets:
Parry, M. (March, 30, 2011). Think You’ll Make Big Bucks in Online Ed? Not So Fast, Experts Say. Wired Campus: The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from:
Fusch, D. (January, 2011). Higher Ed Impact Monthly Diagnostic, Academic Impressions. Retrieved from:
Mallet, G. (October 19th, 2010). UWM Students Use Tweetup To Connect, WTMJ Channel 4. Retrieved from: http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/105249668.html
Garwood, B. (October 18th, 2010). Three Takeaways from EDUCAUSE 2010, Ed Tech Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.edtechmag.com/higher/conferences/educause-2010-three-takeaways-from-educause-2010.html [quoted]
Jones, J. (October 15th, 2010). Weekend Reading: Travel Edition. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/weekend-reading-travel-edition/27782
Carter, D. (October 15th, 2010). How to use higher education’s ‘new toy’: Social media, Using popular online platforms to communicate with students takes center stage at annual EDUCAUSE conference. eCampus News. Retrieved from http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/how-to-use-higher-educations-new-toy-social-media/2/? [quoted]
Garwood, B. (October 15th, 2010). EDUCAUSE 2010: From the floor (video series). Ed Tech Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.edtechmag.com/higher/conferences/educause-2010-video.html.
Young, J. (July 22nd, 2010). How Social Networking Helps Teaching (and Worries Some Professors). Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/How-Social-Networking-Helps/123654/. [quoted]
Ziff, D. (June 20th, 2010). UW System learning how to best use virtual world. Wisconsin State Journal. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/article_ef7c1c82-7ce2-11df-b4ee-001cc4c002e0.html. [quoted]
Young, J. (February 2nd, 2010). After Frustrations in Second Life, Colleges Look to New Virtual Worlds. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/After-Frustrations-in-Secon/64137/. [not quoted]
Jayson, S. (September 17th, 2009). 'Flocking' behavior lands on social networking sites. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-09-27-social-networking_N.htm. [not quoted]
Parry, M. (August 11th, 2009). Teens Don’t Tweet. Wired Campus, Chronicle of Higher
Education. Retrieved from http://wiredcampus.chronicle.com/blogPost/Teens-Dont-Tweet/7646/. [quoted]
Toner, E. (January 22nd, 2007). UWM students use clickers. WUWM Radio. Retrieved from http://wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=235. [quoted]
Shurk, N. (May 10th, 2006) Technology 'clicks' with UWM students. The Leader. Retrieved from http://www.uwmleader.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticle&ustory_id=e7fb5617-f64a-486f-9700-74598609adb0. [quoted]
Bayne, G. (April 19, 2010). Online and Blended Learning 101. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/InterviewPodcastTanyaJoostenwi/203355.
Lawrence, E. (May 26th, 2009). Assessing the Student Experience in 2nd Life. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/blog/emilyclawrence/E08PodcastAssessingtheStudentE/172511.
Page, C. (April 13th, 2007). "Clickers" in the Classroom. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/blog/Carie417/EDUCAUSE2006PodcastClickersint/166858.