CETL hosts SoftChalk training

Are you using SoftChalk to create interactive lessons for your students?

If not, you may want to learn how by attending one or more of the following webinars:

  • Embedded Media - Tuesday, Sept. 16 – 2:30 p.m.
    This one-hour short course shows how to embed media into a lesson and a TextPopper. Faculty and staff will learn how to use the Media Search tool to place video files and media into a lesson.
  • Quizzes, Quiz Groups and SoftChalk ScoreCenter - Thursday, Sept. 18 – 2:30 p.m.
    This one-hour Short Course shows how to create and modify single and multiple question quizzes in SoftChalk Create and learn how to use the SoftChalk Cloud ScoreCenter.
  • Interactive Learning Activities: The Presentation Group - Tuesday, Sept. 23 – 2 p.m.
    This one-hour Short Course shows how to create and modify the presentation learning activities in SoftChalk Create. Learn how to use the Slideshow activity to incorporate PowerPoint slides and much more.
  • Interactive Learning Activities: The Scoring Group - Wednesday, Sept. 24 – 2 p.m.
    This one-hour Short Course shows how to create and modify the scoring learning activities in SoftChalk Create. Crossword, DragNDrop and Identify are only a few of the activities that will be covered.

To register, visit the SoftChalk registration site.

Questions or to access the SoftChalkCloud, contact CETL at (608) 246-6646.

Learn how to Flip Your Classroom with CETL

According to Educause, the flipped classroom is a pedagogical model in which the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed. Short video lectures are viewed and other activities are completed by students at home before the class session, while in-class time is devoted to exercises, projects, discussions and other active learning activities. 

Flip your classroom sessions: 

  • Thursday, Oct. 16 – In the spirit of a flipped class, begin your work online to prepare for the first face-to-face class.
  • Thursday, Oct. 23 – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Meet face-to-face in CETL
  • Thursday, Nov. 6 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Optional Technology Day for help in creating videos – CETL
  • Friday, Nov. 7  12 to 3 p.m. – Optional Technology Day for help in creating videos–CETL
  • Thursday, Nov. 13 – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Meet face-to-face in CETL

Faculty and staff will leave the class with at least one unit of the course flipped.

Sign up for “Preparing to Teach a Flipped Class” on the CETL registration page.

Contact, Tina Rettler or Nancy Woodward

Bucky Book sales to support Interior Design students

Interior Design students are selling Bucky Book coupon books for $35 to offset travel costs to visit an international residential furniture market and historic architectural sites in High Point, N.C., in the spring. 

If you are interested in purchasing a Bucky Book to support Interior Design students in their experiential learning, contact, Interior Design Program Director, Jessica Feggestad at (608 )246-6310.  

Food Services reminds diners to return dishes and trays promptly

The Food Services department is having some issues with dishes, trays and silverware not being returned in a timely manner. 

Please return your dishes the same day you use them, and do not leave dirty dishes in your work space overnight.

A bin on the dish return conveyor belt will be available for dishes returned after hours.

Contact, Terrie Thorstad at (608) 246-6113.


Center for International Education hosts Study Abroad Fair

The Center for International Education will host a Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Truax Gateway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please encourage students to attend.

Center for International Education staff also will be available to speak to any class about study abroad options.

Please contact, Study abroad to arrange a time.

Madison College removes domain name

Madison College’s domain name has been since Oct. 2012. The old domain name of remain working during this time. However, as of Tuesday, Sept. 30, will no longer function.

The impact around the college should be minimal as monitoring of the Internet and email traffic has shown there are very few uses/hits on 

Please reach out to any stakeholders (staff, partners, customers, vendors, etc.) to ensure they have switched over their reference of emails and web site links to the current domain.

Any documentation, links on web pages that refer to the old domain name, must be updated by authors.

Starting Oct. 1, 2014, any links to the old domain of will bounce back to the user or sender as an error.

For a quick tutorial on changing links, visit the removing links tutorial.

Contact, the Help Desk at extension 6666.

CETL hosts Online Learning Consortium workshops

CETL will host workshops offered by the Online Learning Consortium. The workshops will include how to integrate YouTube videos into teaching and much more.

 Upcoming workshop offerings:

To Register for an Online Learning Consortium Workshop:

 Create an account on the Online Learning Consortium site

  • Fill out and submit the CETL registration form. Please be sure to indicate the dates for each potential workshop, since many offer multiple session dates.
  • CETL will complete registrations and cover any enrollment fees.*
  • Confirmation of enrollment and all workshop details will be forwarded directly via email.

*CETL will do its best to expedite registration, but please be aware that Online Learning Consortium controls the course registrations and set their own enrollment caps. Therefore, it is not possible for CETL to ensure enrollment in a particular workshop.

Madison College addresses Ebola concerns

The beginning of the fall semester has raised concerns about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on college campuses. Madison College is working with the Department of Health Services and the Center of Disease Control to monitor faculty, staff and students who have traveled to, or arrive from a country in a West African nation.

The countries, in which EVD transition has been found, include Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. The incubation period for the virus is 21 days, and the virus can only be transferred by people who have been in contact with a person with EVD, worked in health care, participated in a funeral or have had direct contact with bats or non-human primates in those countries.

It is highly unlikely that the Ebola virus will surface on the college campuses, but in order to prevent an EVD outbreak we must remain vigilant.

Madison College is working to  identify faculty, students and staff who have traveled to West Africa within the last 21 days.

Please contact Madison College Health Educator Anna Marie Hoffman at (608) 245-2116 for more information. 

See the Special Bulletin from Dr. Daniels for details.

Student Achievement Center receives third-place honors for website excellence

The Student Achievement Center (SAC) website was awarded third-place honors by a representative committee of faculty and students from other colleges for its website excellence. This national award, given by the National College Learning Center Association, is open to all colleges and universities in the country. 

Some past winners of this prestigious award have included the University of Cincinnati, Clemson University, University of Oklahoma, UW-Milwaukee and the University of Pennsylvania.

The website highlights a wide range of Madison College, library and free subject resources that students can use 24/7 to help support them in their learning. The site received almost 50,000 hits last year, its rookie year.


Student Achievement Center opens at Downtown campus

A Madison College Student Achievement Center (SAC) is now open at the Downtown campus Room D125, where the old Student Life Office was located. The SAC will include support throughout the day from peer tutors, librarians and instructors. 

Student Achievement Center Hours:

  • Monday- Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information visit, the Student Achievement Center website or call (608) 246-6633.