Showcase 2005
Ideas to Results: Improving Work, Learning, and Climate

April, 4, 2005

"If you do something really well, I urge you to present a poster at the Showcase. If you think you might be able to do some things better, I urge you to attend the Showcase and steal any good ideas you can find."

- Chancellor John Wiley

Showcase Reflects on Progress and Accomplishments

April 4th marked the sixth anniversary of UW-Madison's annual improvement Showcase, a time set aside to reflect on and recognize the significant efforts by many people to improve work, learning, and climate on campus. New for this year were Early Bird sessions and online technology demonstrations.

Highlights of Showcase 2005

  • Over 270 attendees
  • Over 60 participants
  • Welcome: Provost Peter Spear
  • Opening Remarks: Chancellor John Wiley
  • Keynote: Ahead of the Game: Acting Now to Shape Our Future - Paul Peercy (Dean - College of Engineering)
  • 35 Poster exhibits
  • 11 concurrent sessions

Comments from attendees:

  • "I will use the Knowledege, Skills, and Talents assessment."
  • "I am currently working on a disaster plan and will use information from the UW Police Department poster."
  • "I have already sent an email to faculty and postdocs about using RefWorks"
  • "I will definitely have a poster exhibit at Showcase 2006!"
  • "It is great to have support from the Chancellor and Provost on the implementation of innovative ideas"
  • "I liked the demos of the various e-tools on campus."
  • "The blogging demonstration inspired me to start one."
  • "The keynote speaker was wonderfully informative, as well as entertaining."
  • "The Fluno Center is a wonderful place to hold the Showcase."
  • "There are not many events on campus that draw such a cross-section of campus people."

Reflecting on what we've accomplished spurs us on to become even more effective. Chancellor Wiley challenged Showcase organizers to find more ways disseminate the excellent ideas and reminded us about the "small world concept" where each person telling 2-3 others provides an exceptionally powerful communication medium. He also challenged each Showcase poster exhibitor to become an ambassador for helping others learn from their experiences and to strive to quantify the benefits and savings in terms of time, cost, and quality.

Many thanks to all who attended Showcase 2005, and to all the presenters and supporters who made it possible!

Showcase 2005 Poster Exhibits & Best Practices

See the Full Program (pdf) and  and Poster Descriptions (pdf) documents for complete information about each poster.

  • My WebSpace: A Great Way to Store and Share Documents on the Web, DoIT, Enterprise Internet Services
  • Innovative Communication Blog, University Communications
  • Web Surveys: Gathering Information While Saving Time, Money and Effort, DoIT, Communications
  • Breaking New Ground in Leadership Development, Office of Human Resource Development
  • Streaming Media: Best Practices, Lessons Learned, and What's Available, DoIT, Customer Applications Svcs.
  • UW Digital Collections, University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center, UW-Libraries
  • Blogging: Examples, Ideas, and Tools, DoIT, Network Services
  • Team Meetings from your Desktop: E-Communicate with WebSpace, WisLine Web, and Learn@UW, Chemistry Dept., DoIT, and Office of Quality Improvement
  • Enhancing Web Accessibility on a University Campus, Center on Education and Work
  • A Fresh Approach to an Old Challenge: Being Market Driven on Campus, Office of Corporate Relations
  • The Importance of Beginning with the End in Mind, Ebling Library, Health Sciences Learning Center
  • Using Internal/External Reviews to Drive Changes, Safety Department
  • Using Plan/Do/Check/Act to Reduce Risk and Rethink Processes, Department of Radiology
  • Measuring Stakeholders' Perceptions, Interest, and Satisfaction, Elvehjem Museum of Art
  • Conducting an Accelerated Risk Assessment Project, Accounting Services
  • Redefining the Role of an Advisory Board, School of Business
  • Redesigning a Student Learning Environment, Steenbock Library & DoIT
  • Taking Supervisory Training to the Next Level, University Housing 
  • Expanding the Impact of Professional Development, Accounting Services and School of Veterinary Sciences
  • Centralizing Services and Operations to Save Money and Improve Service, SHIP Health Plan, UHS 
  • RefWorks: A Web-Based Tool that Helps Organize Literature Citations and Format Bibliographies, Steenbock Library, General Library System
  • Dealing with Expansion and Striving for the Ideal, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences 
  • Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Recruitment and Retention, School of Education
  • Preparing to Streamline and Automate a Cross-Campus Process, Dept. of Political Science, School of Business, Office of the Registrar
  • Timetable Planning Toolkit, Office of the Registrar
  • Creating Emergency Preparedness Plans with a Focus on Child Care Centers, UW-Madison Police Department
  • Using Posters to Inspire Creativity, Collaboration, and Learning, College of Engineering
  • Creating a Powerful and Effective Grant Program, UW Hospital and Clinics
  • Saving Money and Gaining Efficiencies Using Postal Services, Office of Human Resource Development
  • Building & Maintaining a Steady Pipeline of Quality International Students, International Studies & Programs
  • Strategic Planning: Preparing for the Next 3-5 Years, Office of Orientation and New Student Programs
  • Streamlining and Improving the Hiring Process, University Housing, Residence Life
  • Want to Know Which Students in Your Program are Studying Abroad? International Academic Programs
  • Expanded Use of ProCard Saves Time and Money, Department of Biochemistry
  • Providing an Effective Learning Experience for Our Patients, Residents Physicians, and Staff, UW Medical School, Dept of Family Medicine