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Q&A: Our first MOOC

Photo: Kurt Squire

Kurt Squire has enrolled in about a dozen Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). “The experience was fun — to essentially be back in college again, but to feel like I’m doing so driven by my own interest without the pressures of grades and so on,” Squire says. Now Squire, a professor in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, along with Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor of digital media in the department, answers questions about his MOOC — Video Games and Learning — which begins today. It’s the UW’s first-ever pilot MOOC.

Top Stories

Anxiety among few certainties in federal shutdown

Photo: U.S. Capitol

Unable to resolve differences in a resolution that would have kept funding flowing to most federal agencies and programs, the House and Senate shut down many of those operations on Tuesday. The shutdown threw plenty of UW faculty and staff functions into question, as more than half the research work done on campus is funded by federal money.

Bucky vs. Buckingham: Preferred name option offered

UW recognizes that many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. The university has launched a preferred first and/or middle name policy that allows faculty and staff to indicate their preferred first name regardless of a legal name change.

New UW System high-speed network to be built

The UW System and its 26 campuses and affiliates across Wisconsin will transition to a new high-speed, self-managed advanced research and education network over the next 14 to 18 months.

C4 Public Lecture

C4, a research group at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID), presents James Evans: Choosing the Next Experiment, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Discovery Building.

Around Campus

State residents well-represented in freshman class

Photo: students outside Kohl Center

The incoming freshman class at UW-Madison represents more Wisconsin residents than in the past 12 years. According to official figures released by the Office of the Registrar, this year’s class includes 3,837 students from Wisconsin. This is the largest number of state residents since the incoming class of 2001.

Against the odds, Sailing Team makes waves

Unlike most collegiate squads, the UW Sailing Team has to deal with eighty-plus days of Lake Mendota ice — but the team doesn’t let a little bad weather hold them back.

Outside UW

Students partner with state on economic impact map

Students in the UW-Madison Cartography Lab have played a crucial role in developing an online interactive map that shows the economic impact of investments in counties and legislative districts throughout the state.

Campus Initiatives

Annual Benefit Enrollment period opens Oct. 7

Photo: Bascom Hall

The Annual Benefit Enrollment (ABE) period runs Oct. 7 to Nov. 1 for all participating plans. Use the once-a-year opportunity to enroll or make changes to your benefits and attend the annual benefits fair on Oct. 8. Detailed benefit information about the ABE period will be provided as it becomes available.


Kerry Kresse, science librarian extraordinaire

Meet Kerry Kresse, director of both the Physics and Astronomy Libraries. Her action figure decorated office and easy-going nature runs again the stereotype of the stern, tightly-wound librarian. Her career combines a love for science and libraries.


Goldberg sniffs out possible new tick species

In June 2012, Tony Goldberg returned from one of his frequent trips to Kibale National Park, an almost 500-square-mile forest in western Uganda where he studies how infectious diseases spread and evolve in the wild. But he didn’t return alone.


McArdle scientists to hold research Q&A

Scientists from the world-renowned McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research will be available to answer questions about their research at the Free House Pub in Middleton from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. This event is free and open to the public.

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