During a course revision earlier this year, a member of the Extension Instructional Design Team made me aware of Internet Archive. It describes itself as “a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.”
It’s something of a resource of resources that’s user-friendly to navigate. There’s community-uploaded content alongside material from physical libraries and hosts of other sources. You can look through video, audio, patents and trademarks, journals, and even video game speed runs. Especially interesting is their Wayback Machine, their archive of websites as they have appeared throughout the years.
You can explore Internet Archive at:
Internet Archive also allows you search for media based on its distribution rights (for example, if it’s in public domain). To learn how, go to:
The Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) conference comes to Madison next month, October 24-26, and funding is available for you to attend and receive one year complimentary membership in ADEIL.
If you’d like to attend the conference on an Independent Learning scholarship, please do the following as soon as possible:
1. Register online: https://www.talent.wisc.edu/Catalog/Default.aspx?CK=61943&_ga=2.237196736.197182927.1534275168-2054138019.1514562850/
2. Select the pay later option
3. Email email@example.com indicating that you have registered and wish to attend the conference on scholarship
If you are interested in presenting, there is still space for posters during our poster sessions. If you would like to present a poster, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information on the conference at
This past summer, the Independent Learning Instructor/Facilitator Orientation migrated from d2l to Canvas.
If haven’t yet completed the orientation and need access in Canvas, please e-mail your Net ID to Sarah Korpi: email@example.com – this is the ID you use to sign in to my.wisc.edu and access your earning statements.
If you have questions as you go through the material, please e-mail Rich Freese, who is helping facilitate the orientation: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a reminder, all DCS IL instructors are required to complete this orientation course. In addition to the opportunity to navigate Canvas before teaching in that platform, we hope this learning resource helps generate some ideas in your own courses.
Our partners at UW Extension have put together a showcase of instructor media examples. From Instructor Welcomes to Course Guides to Lecturettes to Supporting Content, you can see what our peers have created with the Extension media teams to help generate some ideas on how you might incorporate media with your courses.
Do you have any other examples of using media in your courses? Let us know – we’d love to share your work!