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Teaching-enhanced Learning (TEL) Project, UW-Madison Office of the Provost

eCOW2 is a course management system based on available software with the addition of tools to assess science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. The college is engaged in technology-enhanced learning with the goal of preparing STEM-based students to succeed in the 21st century global economy. With funding from the UW-Madison Office of the Provost, the college is engaged in a current TEL project to implement an open source course management system, known as Moodle, in place of the current course management system, known as Engineering Courses on the Web (eCOW). The newer version of eCOW is called eCOW2. A key component of this project is to improve TEL course design and integrate online assessment tools that are needed for STEM disciplines.

The COE has launched the second phase of the TEL project in collaboration with the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and will be working with a number of course instructors over the summer and fall to enhance their use of the eCOW2/Moodle platform to support technology enhanced teaching and learning.

A project team of graduate and undergraduate students will be supporting the integration of effective engineering pedagogical practices with appropriate tools and resources available within the Moodle/eCOW2 platform. To assist faculty during this TEL “surge” period the COE has established a call center to take COE faculty questions on the eCOW2/Moodle course management system. The Engineering call center number is 608/265-1178. Another resource for course instructors and faculty is the online eCOW2 self-paced courses “Strategies and Tools” available at

2010 Initiative Projects

Computational Methods in Materials Processing: Multiphysics Modules
for Teaching and Learning through Solving Real-World Problems

Improve instructional design by incorporating computational modules as a problem-solving laboratory learning activity.

Engineering Problem Solving with Computers—
Sustaining Linked Hybrid Courses

Examine which course factors influence student learning in four similar hybrid courses with common learning objectives related to problem-solving using computer-based software tools. Elements of the instructional plan for comparison include course objectives, content sequence, computational tools, instructor expertise, TEL pedagogy, and the frequency of student to instructor interactions.

Integrating Professional Development into Undergraduate Design and Research Experience

Develop a multimedia learning objectives repository to facilitate teaching engineering research and design topics across disciplines.

Video Enhanced Instructional Material for Statics

Develop new multimedia instructional materials to help students visualize and understand complex phenomena in statics and improve problem-solving skills needed to design structures.

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