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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What learning technologies are available on campus?

Last Updated: Thu July 12, 2018

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: Tue June 26, 2018

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 May 7, 2018

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 May 7, 2018

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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