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Educational Innovation

The UW-Madison Libraries are engaging in substantive ways with projects that fit under the broad rubric of Educational Innovation (EI). EI is a cross-campus effort to improve our capacities and generate new revenue in order to sustain and enhance both research and learning

For the UW-Madison Libraries, as for the rest of campus, EI holds opportunity as well as substantial challenges. Increasingly, Library staff are partners in the educational process, contributing through direct instruction, learning materials, special programs, learning spaces, and expertise in areas from information literacy and assessment to copyright.

Models for access to online course content (E-Textbooks)

Library experience negotiating with publishers, navigating access to open content, supporting low-cost access to content, and connecting students to content online is useful as campus considers how to support adoption and delivery of e-textbooks or other online course content. In addition, Libraries have experience collaborating with other campus players to develop and organize course content


With the potential for EI to add non-traditional students enrolled at a distance, how and when our users authenticate will become a murkier issue. This impacts subscription and licensed resource access, but also affects customization of services and the collection of data about our users to enhance services.


Current licensing of Library materials supports traditionally-defined students: primarily on-campus and enrolled in degree programs. As this definition changes, the Libraries will work to revise current licensing practices. In addition, the Libraries may have expertise to share with campus related to licensing terms and negotiations for online content.

Course design consultation

Traditionally, librarians have worked with instructors primarily at the level of research assignment design and support. More recently, librarians have ventured into course design consultations through initiatives such as “Education of the Future”. To be effective in EI, librarians need to develop the consultative skills necessary to evaluate and engage with a wide variety of course design projects, and to collaborate more effectively with faculty, instructional designers, and other players in areas such as instructional design and assessment of student learning.


Libraries are resources for information about creation and use of copyrighted materials and have an existing awareness and expertise in the broader national and international developments related to copyright and their implications.


While the libraries have traditionally adopted the stance that education is the most comprehensive method to foster academic integrity and discourage plagiarism, campus discussion has also highlighted plagiarism detection software as an appealing alternative or addition.

For more information about the Libraries and Educational Innovation,
contact the Library EI point person, Carrie Kruse.

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