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September 2010 – Cultural Landscape Tour

Aaron Bird BearJoin us September 23, 2010 11:30 - 1 pm on a campus walking tour with Aaron Bird Bear. Meet in front of Memorial Union. In the event of rain, look for signs posted at the Union and we'll meet indoors. Join us for a walking tour with Aaron Bird Bear (Mandan, Hidtasa & Dine’ Nations). This walking camps tour will demonstrate how place based learning can enrich teaching and engage students with course content. Join us in hearing and participating in the stories of the parallel developments of the state and university with consideration of the complex outcomes for American Indian people and nations of the Great Lakes. The evolving relationship between Indians and non-Indians can be seen in the development of campus buildings and landmarks over time. 05 minutes - welcome and topic introduction 50 minutes – walking tour and discussion at each of the five stops. Participants will have time to meet one another as we have about a 5 minute walk between each stop. 05 minutes for closing and announcements Planning to bring a group? Please RSVP. Join us in hearing and participating in a narrative sharing of the parallel developments of the state and university with consideration of the complex outcomes for American Indian people and nations of the Great Lakes. The evolving relationship between Indians and non-Indians can be seen in the development of campus buildings and landmarks over time. The tour will also visit Indigenous landmarks created between 700 and 2500 years ago. In interpreting the significance of the landmarks, the tour will provide an overview of American Indian history and federal Indian policy leading us to a greater awareness of modern Indigenous nations and peoples. Continuously inhabited since ice sheets receded 12,000 years ago, DeJope ("Four Lakes" in the Ho-Chunk language) has been the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sauk and Fox, and Potawatomi Nations. The shores of Lake Mendota are now home to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, arguably one of the richest ancient archaeological landscapes of all campuses in the United States. The campus and the city of Madison exist in what was once the epicenter of the effigy mound building culture of the upper Midwest. Of the ~15,000 landscape features created prior to European arrival, close to 4,000 remain, with over thirty ancient Archaeological Sites known on current or former campus property. UW-Madison currently enrolls over 300 American Indian and Alaskan Native students. The Indigenous student body represents over 40 of the 564 American Indian and Alaskan Native Nations in the United States today, including students from the 11 Wisconsin Indian nations.
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July 29, 2010 LTS Notes from discussion with Michael Goodman, Center for the Humanities ToDo: Add Michael Goodman to our LTS mail list. Meet again mid-October and touch base again. Context:  for the Fall, we are hoping to lend a special focus to the role of storytelling and narrative in the classroom as it relates to teaching and pedagogy.  In other words, how storytelling can engage minds, hearts, and bring about engagement and connection with content; how storytelling and narrative asks us to think about aspects of culture and humanity, and identity. We described our audience, and past sessions (see blog). Center for the Humanities line up and initiatives that could overlap or create opportunities for partnership include: Note -- Center for the Humanities plans quite a ways out, as much as 2 years out for speakers and events. 1. "Great World Texts in Wisconsin" - annual program.  Each year, select a great work of literature and reach out across State of Wisconsin. As many as 700 high school English teachers participate and build curriculum. This year's text:  The Arabian Knights.    In the Spring, HS students come to campus to attend symposium. Much about story and narraitve.    Watch for Spring keynote speaker to be announced. Harold Scheub giving talk to teachers here in Spring in Memorial 126.  Share invite with LTS lists, and plan to attend. Note  -- Michael can also invite Harold to give companion talk on role of storytelling and narrative with teaching and pedagogy around this time time.  Possibly for October 2010. Michael can also speak with Bill Cronon and invite him to speak about storytelling, narrative and pedagogy. Event where we also invite LTS. 2. HEX - Humanities Exposed.   Small $$ grant to graduate students to go out and work in the community.  Watch for next year's projects on web site.  Several deal with narrative and stories.   Connect with Katie the new VISTA grad coordinating this program.    Look to invite a HEX Scholar to speak in Spring with LTS. 3. Friday lunch talk series.  Watch topics, and invite LTS lists. 4. Coming up:  work around the Public Humanities.  Michael Berube - Julie Ellison - Imagining America 5. We see intersections with Jon McKenzie's work and the Digital Humanities. 6. Also turning attention to building a Humanities Portal.  When you create an event on, check Humanities and it goes to the Portal site. 7. Also, strong interest in narrative and neuroscience.   Think back to Catherine Malabo talk last Spring.. LTS help suggest new speakers or invite past spearks back.
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Legal News Regarding Use of Copyrighted Videos

Educators have often had questions as to how they might appropriately use commercial videos or portions of videos for use in class.  A change announced today might go far to clarify fair use:


The Recommendation of the Register of Copyrights: PDF

The Librarian of Congress has announced the classes of works subject to the
exemption from the prohibition against circumvention of technological
measures that control access to copyrighted works. Persons making
noninfringing uses of the following six classes of works will not be subject
to the prohibition against circumventing access controls (17 U.S.C. §
1201(a)(1)) until the conclusion of the next rulemaking. 

(1) Motion pictures on DVDs that are lawfully made and acquired and that are
protected by the Content Scrambling System when circumvention is
accomplished solely in order to accomplish the incorporation of short
portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or
comment, and where the person engaging in circumvention believes and has
reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill
the purpose of the use in the following instances:

(i)  Educational uses by college and university professors and by college
and university film and media studies students;
(ii) Documentary filmmaking;
(iii) Noncommercial videos.


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Save time with the new Course Builder

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This 7 minute video is almost guaranteed to save you time in setting up your Learn@UW course.

One new element in the recent Learn@UW upgrade is the "Course Builder."  This drag-and-drop tool allows instructors and course designers to quickly build a course outline and to add content links to files or other Learn@UW tools.  It also adds the capability to create new discussions and dropboxes, without the need to go to that tool and then create a link.  "Placeholders" allow instructors and course designers to create outline templates that can be quickly copied and pasted, which is very useful in cases where instructors use a common format from week to week (eg: a link to the weekly readings and discussion topic).

Documentation on the tool is forthcoming.

Important change!
To keep the NavBar from getting too cluttered, we're not adding it there just yet.  You will find the course builder under Edit Content.


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Become a presentation wizard - dealing with technical difficulties

Macworld describes "How Steve Jobs beats presentation panic" in this article about tactics to deal with technical difficulties while giving a presentation.  Jobs had quite a bit of trouble with his wireless connection at a recent conference, but delt with the problem in a cool manner.

Gallo adds: “You need to ask yourself: What’s my backup? On that one part of the presentation, when I have to go to something technical or go to a live link or demonstration: What’s my backup if it fails?”

While we don't all have Jobs' resources to have problems quickly fixed by an on-hand technical team, or the time to "practice, practice, practice," the suggestion not to "sweat the small stuff" and to "enjoy the performance" is good advice.

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