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New Wendt Commons to offer myriad teaching and learning services

This room will have a 52-inch monitor for conferences and group study.  Photo by Renee Meiller.
This room will have a 52-inch monitor for conferences and group study.  Photo by Renee Meiller. Larger Image

To expand their impact on College of Engineering teaching, learning and research, the Engineering Learning Center, Engineering Media Services and the current Kurt F. Wendt Library are consolidating under the new name “Wendt Commons.”

This consolidation will provide college faculty and staff a “one-stop-shopping” approach to teaching and learning services that will support increased innovation in teaching and technology-enhanced learning. Students will also see benefits from this approach outside the classroom as collaborations within the college allow other student services to be made available within the Wendt Commons learning environment.

To help you with your teaching and course development, Wendt Commons brings together a team of educational professionals, including an instructional designer with engineering/scientific pedagogical and teaching expertise (currently under recruitment), learning technologists, media specialists, IT professionals, librarians, and the college assessment director. Highlights of how they can help you beginning in fall 2010:

  • Using eCOW2 or other learning technologies. There is now help during the day. Call to talk to someone at 265-7811, E-mail ecow2@engr.wisc.edu, or drop in to 411 Wendt Commons (Library).
  • Using and creating video and other rich media.
  • Improving students' information use via information skills development sessions and/or resource pages.
  • Strengthening your proposals for engineering education-related grants and awards (Engineering Beyond Boundaries, MIU, NSF, etc.) Teaching and Learning Services staff can help strengthen assessment plans and make recommendations for effective implementation plans.

What other new things are happening at Wendt? Like libraries across the country, the dramatic shift to digital collections has presented opportunities to use library space in new ways. There are currently plans underway to develop new teaching space on the fourth floor of Wendt Commons, as well as to expand support for group study and for supplemental instruction and tutoring.

Drop-in learning technology help is available in 411 Wendt Commons.  Photo by Renee Meiller.
Drop-in learning technology help is available in 411 Wendt Commons. Photo by Renee Meiller. Larger Image

“We see a great opportunity to recast Wendt as a center for educational innovation and transformation for the college,” says Wendt Commons Director Deborah Helman. “We are providing services and spaces that help faculty develop and deliver their courses in ways that promote student success.”

Wendt Commons staff is located in Wendt Library (soon to be Wendt Commons) and in Engineering Hall. The Wendt Commons transformation is just beginning and development of services will continue to be driven by faculty, staff and student needs.

For more information about Wendt Commons and its services, contact Deborah Helman at 608/262-7980, dhelman@engr.wisc.edu, or visit wendt.engr.wisc.edu.

Renee Meiller
8/16/2010