Faculty advising workshop offered

Interested in knowing more about faculty advising or want to start advising your students? Do you care about student retention and providing important opportunities for student engagement outside of the classroom?

Thse workshops are designed for seasoned and novice faculty advisors to promote seamless transfer options for students, impact student retention and create important opportunities for student engagement outside of the classroom.

The next workshop series will be held Thursday evenings:

  • Feb. 16, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Fe. 23, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • March 2, 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The sessions will be held at Truax, with the room number to be determined.

Participants can use this as part of their Institutional Service Requirement and will count as a "Student Success" experience under the FQAS Continuing Professional Development guidelines. Training is a requirement for selection consideration of part-time faculty who will receive compensation for their advising service.

For more information contact Carlotta Calmese, dean, Retention Services at (608) 243-4270 or Jonathan Pollack, faculty advising fellow at (608) 246-6544.

Animoto available to faculty and staff

The Animoto video for the Academic Council was created for this year’s Convocation.  Animoto is the perfect low threshold entry into video creation, utilizing pictures, text and music. Create one for your classroom or service area.  Educator accounts are available. 

Get started:

Visit CETL’s Atomic Learning page to access a video tutorial on Animoto.

A descriptive transcript for a screen reader is available for this video for any users with visual impairments.  Please contact Tina Rettler-Pagel in CETL for questions or assistance.

West campus offers degree-credit and non-credit courses

Madison College has returned to the west side of Madison with a new facility at 8017 Excelsior Dr., off of Old Sauk Road and the Beltline Highway, with easy access to bus routes, Madison College shuttle service and free parking.

Degree credit programming includes access to Business, Liberal Arts and Pre-Health courses, including a new science lab offering Anatomy and Physiology 1 this semester. The School of Professional and Continuing Education will offer more than 145 non-credit courses at the West campus. These will include non-credit professional development classes and certificate programs, each created to improve and expand career options for the adult student.

A variety of non-credit enrichment courses will also be available and will range from art and culinary to world languages, all designed to let students explore new interests and enrich their lives.

Free job search tool connects students, alumni to employers

Wisconsin TechConnect is a free job search tool to help connect students and alumni to employers recruiting for their employment opportunities. As of fall 2016, Wisconsin TechConnect is automatically available to all students who are in one and two-year technical and associate  degree programs, as well as students who are enrolled in at least one degree credit. Access the Wisconsin TechConnect site here.

The site also includes a ”Miscellaneous Job” category where student help and work study positions are posted, which does not require students to create an account.

Please pass this information onto your students. 

New Data and Evidence Analysis session added

Attend the Data and Evidence Analysis workshop on Friday, Feb. 3, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Truax, Room B3230. This is a recently added date to the CETL calendar.

This workshop meets the Faculty Quality Assurance System initial requirement. Participants explore a variety of data analysis tools used for evidence based decision making and program improvement. Complete a customized program analysis, including:

  • Program applications, admissions and enrollment trends
  • Success by instruction mode, campus, gender, age and ethnicity
  • Goals for moving forward

Register here and click “Register for CETL Events.” The workshop is in the “FQAS Initial Requirements” category.

Questions about the course? Contact Robin Nickel at (608) 246-6413. FQAS Questions? Visit the FQAS web page.


Staff for West campus announced

The new West campus, located at 8017 Excelsior Drive, is now open for the start of spring semester.

Carly Brady will take on an enhanced role at the campus related to strategic academic planning and supervision. Carly has been with Madison College for more than eight years and has a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison and a master's degree from Edgewood College. Carly is also continuing to serve in her previous role in Academic Strategy and Analysis.

You’ll also recognize the familiar face of Linda Williams at the campus' new Welcome Center. Linda will be in charge of the day-to-day operations and can be contacted with any questions at (608) 616-1090. 

Questions regarding non-credit programming should be directed to the School of Professional and Continuing Education at (608) 258-2301, Ext. 2.

Webinar addresses exam creation, management

A webinar for Respondus called “Quickly Create Online Exams: Respondus 4 and the Test Bank Network” is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. Register here.

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard and is available to all employees of the college. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, this tool will save you hours on each project. For more information on Respondus, follow this link.

For details on how to access Respondus, contact CETL at (608) 246-6646.

Mobile Training Unit near completion

Madison College’s newest Mobile Training Unit is near competition thanks to the leadership of Manufacturing instructor Bob Arnold. With more than 337 job openings for Industrial Mechanic/Electro-Mechanical Technicians within our district, this is a great opportunity for current students and prospective students to enroll in this program. 

Tech Services to complete desktop upgrade

Technology Services will be completing upgrades to the virtual desktop environment on Saturday, Jan. 21, starting at 5 p.m. and ending by 2 a.m. Sunday morning (standard 3rd Saturday, monthly VDI maintenance window).

You will not be able to access any virtual desktops until the maintenance is complete. If you have a persistent Employee Virtual Desktop, please be sure you have no unsaved work open as it may be lost. We recommend you log off your virtual desktop before you leave on Fridays.

According to our data, no running courses are using the virtual desktop environment during this period. If you believe our work will negatively impact you, a course or your students; and you are unable to work around it; please contact the Help Desk as soon as possible. Please note that access to other services will remain available.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Technology Services, Desktop Engineering Team

Electrical maintenance scheduled for campus closure

Electrical maintenance repairs to major power distribution panels at the Truax Campus are scheduled for Monday, Jan. 16, when the building will be closed.

This maintenance will result in a complete power outage to large portions of the campus including:

  • All of the E-wing and Vet Tech areas starting at 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
  • All of third floor starting at approximately 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Note: Emergency power will not be affected.