Guides

We hear a lot of questions and learn a lot about emerging trends through our work consulting with instructors, training students, implementing new learning technologies, collaborating with campus leaders, designing applications and producing online courses and videos. To share our knowledge with you, we’ve created guides on a wide range of topics.

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How does DoIT Academic Technology help instructors?

Last Updated: Thu August 22, 2019

DoIT Academic Technology (DoIT AT) advances the University’s mission, strategic priorities and the Wisconsin Idea by wisely applying technology to the ever evolving academic environment. Many of our services are tailored to help instructors strategize, design, develop and integrate technologies to improve learning outcomes. This video provides an overview of DoIT AT and the below…

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What are the pedagogical uses of Canvas Commons?

Last Updated: Mon May 6, 2019

What is Canvas Commons? Canvas Commons is a platform for sharing course content in the Canvas learning management system, which is part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. Instructors can share a range of learning objects including modules, quizzes, assignments and full courses. There are four levels of sharing in Canvas Commons, which are:…

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What are the pedagogical uses of learning analytics?

Last Updated: Fri August 30, 2019

What is learning analytics? Learning analytics is much more than a tool; rather it is a process and can span many diverse approaches to help improve learning outcomes. The focus of learning analytics is to provide actionable information that can improve teaching and learning. While there are many definitions of learning analytics, UW-Madison’s Learning Analytics…

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What learning technologies are available on campus?

Last Updated: Tue August 20, 2019

What are learning technologies? Learning technologies are any software or hardware used by an instructor and/or students in a course. Some of their uses include managing course materials, fostering discussion in and outside of class time, authoring learning materials, sharing media files and assessing learning. Examples include a learning management system (LMS) such as Canvas…

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What are the pedagogical uses of online discussions?

Last Updated: Mon June 3, 2019

What are online discussions? Online discussions occur when an instructor uses software to encourage conversations among students and/or instructors via the internet around a specific topic. While sharing many similarities with methods for fostering face-to-face interactions, online tools offer different opportunities, and limitations, in creating meaningful interactions between students and instructors. What can I use…

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What does blended learning look like on our campus?

Last Updated: Fri October 27, 2017

How does UW-Madison define blended learning? The term blended learning can mean different things to different people. The following definition was created by the Blended Learning Fellowship Program participants to help facilitate a conversation around what blended learning means to campus. At UW–Madison, blended learning courses are instructor-designed and supervised environments that use face-to-face and…

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What are the pedagogical uses of a student response system?

Last Updated: Mon June 3, 2019

What is a student response system? In its most basic form, a student response system (SRS) is a systematic way of assessing student learning in real time. In many ways student response systems have been around as long as teaching. Many teachers will ask for visual or other signs of understanding such as a simple…

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What are the benefits of blending my course?

Last Updated: Wed March 22, 2017

What does “blending” a course mean? When people talk about “blending” a course, they are usually referring to the concept of “blended learning.” There are a variety of definitions and models for the concept, but the Blended Learning Fellows have established the following campus definition: “At UW-Madison, blended learning courses are instructor-designed and supervised environments…

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What are the pedagogical uses for web conferencing?

Last Updated: Mon June 3, 2019

What is web conferencing? Web conferencing is real-time video conferencing software that allows you to see, hear and virtually interact with people using a computer, tablet or mobile device. While web conferencing has been around for a number of years — “skyping” is now in many dictionaries — its educational uses and impacts have only…

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How can I help students succeed with their digital assignments?

Last Updated: Wed August 30, 2017

As you incorporate technology into your course projects and assignments, even your most tech-savvy students may need assistance. Software Training for Students (STS) offers free training workshops that teach students the software programs needed for coursework. In addition, the Ask a Trainer program offers one-on-one training for specific projects. Faculty, staff and students can also…

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How do I get help with developing an app or website for teaching?

Last Updated: Fri February 16, 2018

DoIT AT’s Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) team partners with instructors to create innovative applications for teaching and research. This can include mobile apps for research data collection or situated (location-aware) learning, games and simulations for teaching complex concepts as well as modules for interactive educational websites that leverage a content management system (CMS),…

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How do I leverage technology to support active and blended learning?

Last Updated: Wed August 30, 2017

Both active learning and blended learning are research-supported and technology-enhanced teaching and learning methodologies. Active learning refers to a process where learners engage purposefully with instructors, other students and course content to promote problem-solving, application and understanding. A wide variety of technologies such as Google Apps for UW–Madison, Top Hat, Piazza and Kaltura MediaSpace can…

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