Online Learning Site is a great new service offered to UW Colleges students and staff! is an online learning company that helps users learn software, technology, creative and business skills through online tutorials. The site contains over 2,400 courses and 112,000 videos on topics like Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suite software, Prezi, and D2L. In addition,’s videos cover subjects such as business, design, photography, and education.

Logging In

  • Go to
  • Click on “Log In” in the upper right side of the screen. login2
  • In the pop up box, type “”, then click “Go”. orglogin
  • You will be redirected to a UW Colleges/UW Extension login page. Log in using your full email (including or and regular password.login2


  • Use the dropdown lists to find courses you’re interested in. dropdowns
  • Use the search box to search for a specific software, technique, or subject. searchbox

Viewing courses

  • Click on the title of a course or video to watch it.
  • Once in a course or video, you can add it to your “playlist” to return to it later, download exercise files, watch videos, view transcript, or search for a specific skill you need.

DARE…to Explore American Regional English

The library is currently running a trial of the online version of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE). Note: trial is only available for patrons with a UW Colleges user name and password.

This dictionary “has long been consulted by a wide range of scholars and lovers of language and regional nuance. This digital version transforms the dictionary into an interactive, multimedia tool that will greatly benefit both scholarly inquiry and general intellectual curiosity.” (“About DARE”)

But more than that, it’s just plain cool.

If you’re looking for the mythical hodag, or just trying to decipher your uncle’s colorful expressions, DARE is the resource for you.

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Hodag photo from flickr user akahodag

Users can:

  • search for specific words or phrases
  • browse by state or region
  • scroll through the dictionary’s entries

Some word entries even have recordings, so users can hear people from across the country in their own regional dialect. Overwhelmed by choice? Go to the “How to use DARE” page to get search tips and information about what’s in a dictionary entry.

So…how many Wisconsin words do you recognize? Click here to see all the DARE entries specific to Wisconsin or the Upper Midwest.

When you’re done testing DARE, let us know what you think! You can submit feedback to the library over here.


Frac Sand Mining, A Cautionary Tale

In case you missed Professor Dale Murray’s lecture for the Baraboo Range Preservation Association on February 11th, it’s not too late to hear it!

You can listen to the lecture – along with other Sustainability Series events – through the library’s CourseCasting service.

Listen Here

The lecture was entitled Frac Sand Mining, A Cautionary Tale. It was led by Dale Murray, Associate Professor of Philosophy at UW Baraboo/Sauk County in conjunction with the Baraboo Range Preservation Association.

Professor Murray provided a perspective on silica mining for the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) process now being used to tap into our nation’s natural gas reserves. Dr. Murray is the local campus environmental ethicist, and his lecture discussed what price is paid as these mines creep closer to the Baraboo Hills.

CourseCasting Service

Ever miss a lecture on campus and wish you could have heard it? Ever attend a great lecture and want to share it with your friends?

Never fear – the library’s CourseCasting service to the rescue!

CourseCasting is a way to take the lecture with you wherever you go. Based on Podcasting technology,  CourseCasting gives you the ability to listen to lectures or supplemental material from participating courses. Students will find UWC CourseCasting a complement to their studies and the community is also invited to listen and learn with us. In addition to classroom recordings, UWC CourseCasting also features recordings of campus activities such as poetry readings, lecture series, and special topics.

Stay warm with Spirit Gear!

Come into the library to check out two new Spirit Gear items designed to keep you toasty and warm for the rest of this (seemingly endless!) winter.

First up, a fashionable black fleece embroidered with the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County logo: black fleece with UW-Baraboo/Sauk County logo

When the weather gets too cold or snowy to go outside, snuggle up with the cozy Boo U sweatshirt blanket. It comes in red, maroon, grey, and black!

blankets with Boo U logo