News from CETL

Find out what is happening at the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning. 

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Learn how to put tests in Blackboard with Respondus

Join CETL to learn about online testing! Interested in joining us remotely? Please contact Mary Vlisides in advance for details.

Respondus Training Sessions

  • Friday, September 13
      • 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 13: 
      • 1 – 2 p.m.

Both sessions will take place in Room B2210 (Next to CETL)

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard. Exams can be created offline using Word. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project.

Register on the CETL Registration Site under Tech Training.

Contact Mary Vlisides by email or phone at 608-246-6413. 

Fall workshops available through CETL

Join the fun in CETL Thursday, September 12, 2013 for the first Tech Express Workshop of the year! Interested in joining us remotely? Please contact Nancy or Tina in CETL for details.

Speed Geeking – Thursday, September 12, 12–12:45 p.m., Truax – CETL Room B2216A

Nancy and Tina will host their “shoot out style” sharing of a plethora of Web 2.0 tools you can use in your face-to-face, hybrid, accelerated or online classes. Get your students active in your class through the use of technology! These are new tools for the new school year!

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Workshops

  • Prezi
    • Wednesday, October 16, 12–12:45 p.m., Truax – CETL Room B2216A
  • Google Speed Geeking
    • Friday, November 15, 12–12:45 p.m., Truax – CETL Room B2216A
  • Video Resources 
    • Thursday, December 3: 12–12:45 p.m., Truax – CETL Room B2216A

No need to register, simply join us in CETL for these sessions!

Contact Tina Rettler-Pagel or Nancy Woodward in CETL.

Plan retirement through informational sessions

Are you new to the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) or looking for ways to enhance your retirement benefit? Or are you thinking about retiring within the next five years?

The WRS, through the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), has announced upcoming free informational sessions to help you plan for retirement.

Attend one of these new learning opportunities offered in your area to learn about topics such as:

  • Enhancing your retirement benefit
  • Beneficiary designation forms and survivor benefits
  • Vesting requirements
  • Contribution rates
  • Core fund vs. variable fund
  • Annuity options
  • Retirement benefit calculator
  • Purchasing service

The WRS also has several videos available on-demand explaining WRS benefits.

Contact ETF between 7 a.m.--5 p.m. at (877) 533-5020 or (608) 266-3285.

Flexible Learning newsletter helps prepare instructors

The new issue of the Flexible Learning newsletter focuses on preparation for instructors and students. Download the latest Flexible Learning newsletter here.

Risk Management and Insurance mini-conference schedule

Risk Management and Insurance students are bringing a mini-conference to the Truax Campus on Wednesday, September 25, 2013,  8 a.m. -12 p.m. in the Student Lounge.

A career coach motivates students by reminding them of the power of positive thinking then a panel of insurance companies talk about the top positions they hire for. There will be 14 educational round tables, hosted by industry leaders, during the next two hours.

Risk Management and Insurance interns close the session by talking about their insurance jobs.

Please invite your students to this exciting free event. Whether they are interested in learning how to get that interview, some business management tips, or pick up an insurance class to broaden their employment options, they will find this program very informative.

There will be free coffee and student door prizes.

We are happy to take attendance for you that day should you choose to build this into your syllabus or award extra credit points. Simply send your class roster to Martha Lester-MittenzweiTo assure adequate space, please RSVP with an approximate student count to the same email address. 

More information can be found here by clicking on the Industry Day links. Download this PDF of the Industry Day schedule. 

Arithmetic presentation sponsored by the Math Club

The Math Club's monthly presentation, Arithmetic: More of the Story with Professor Marion Cohen of Arcadia University is on Friday, September 6, at 3:30 p.m. in A2012 Truax. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. 

Marion Deutsche Cohen received her Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from New York University, and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in math from Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut. She teaches at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania; in particular, she has developed an interdisciplinary course, Truth and Beauty: Mathematics in Literature, which has been very popular with students.

Her article about the course appeared in the March 2013, issue of The Mathematics Teacher, as well as a shorter version in the December 2009-January 2010 issue of FOCUS. She has done work in abstract algebra and calculus. She is also a poet, writer, and memoirist, author of 20 books including Crossing the Equal Sign, poetry about the experience of and passion for math.


Give blood. Change a life. Be proud.

Start this semester off right by donating blood at the American Red Cross Blood Drive hosted at Madison College. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. Help out by giving blood and you could save a life. 

Madison College Truax Campus
Student Lounge

Monday, September 23, 2013
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins will be taken as space permits. All presenting donors may enter a raffle to win two tickets and pre-game field passes for a Badger football game!

You can schedule your appointment one of two ways: Online (sponsor code: matc madison) or in-person at the Student Life Office.

The Madison College Blood Drive is sponsored by the Fitness, Health and Recreation Center.

Contact Anna Marie Hoffmann at (608) 245-2116.

A blood donor card or drivers license, or two other forms of ID are required at check-in. 

Health insurance representatives visit campus

GHC and WPS reps will be here next week on September 3 and 5. Stop by and ask them about the new options available for prescription refills and free preventive care for your whole family. GHC will also answer questions about their new Walgreens partnership, expanded complementary medicine benefits, and new WebMD wellness program.

GHC and WPS hold drop-in sessions in HR the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month.

  • Tim Ottosen from WPS will be here on Tuesday, September 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Kate Borenz from GHC will be here on Thursday, September 5 from 3 to 4 p.m.

No appointment is necessary, just stop by Human Resources, room AB121.

Contact Kristin Gebhardt at (608) 246-6902.

9/11 First Responders and Veterans Appreciation event

A 9/11 First Responders and Veterans Appreciation event, sponsored by the Madison College Volunteer Center and Veterans Club, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11, 2013. 

Where: Madison College Unity Park – located next to the old tennis courts off the bike path

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 11

Who’s Invited: All members of Madison College community

Funded by: Volunteer Center through Student Activities Board Funds

Patty Hawkins in the Volunteer Center or Justin Schick of the Veterans Club.