University of Wisconsin Stout | Wisconsin's Polytechnic University
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The Instructional Resources Service (IRS) office works with faculty and students to deliver a variety of instructional resources through a rental system that includes print textbooks and digital resources. As UW-System's designated polytechnic university, one of UW-Stout's core values is "the pursuit of innovation, technology and sustainability with a constant eye to the future." To that end, IRS has taken steps to manage costs and increase learning outcomes associated with instructional resources by transitioning to digital course resources. In Fall 2012, IRS piloted a voluntary program to deliver digital resources (e.g., electronic textbooks);this pilot included 5 courses and approximately 200 students. For Fall 2015, one-third of all courses use digital resources as primary course content.
Student and faculty surveys are conducted regularly to assess program effectiveness and determine areas to be improved. Feedback is essential to developing and maintaining a versatile and sustainable program and is welcome at all times.
Currently, digital content is provided on several platforms:
Mike King conducts instructor training; please contact him at Kingmi@uwstout.edu.
Polytechnic Summit (June 2014)
Director, Instructional Resources Service
Heather Johnson Schmitz
Digital Resources Specialist
315 Tenth Ave. East
201 Robert S. Swanson Learning Ctr
Menomonie, WI 54751