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From a new cohort graduating from Information Technology Academy or Blend@UW to an extra learning technologies launching in Learn@UW, there’s always something going on at DoIT Academic Technology. Check back regularly to stay updated!

 


ITA Students Program Games for Orchard Ridge Elementary School

Fri June 15, 2018

On May 1, 2018, Information Technology Academy (ITA) took ITA Madison Student Ambassadors to Orchard Ridge Elementary School for a Technology Road Show. The annual event aims to engage younger students through technology-based projects, and it is an opportunity to expose the elementary school community of students, teachers, and administrators to ITA’s program and mission…

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Team Presents on Engage eText, Online Learning & More at T&L Symposium

Wed May 23, 2018

At this year’s Teaching & Learning Symposium on May 17, 2018, DoIT Academic Technology team members shared their expertise on online learning, Engage eText, Canvas, designing curriculum for high-enrollment courses, and learning analytics. In addition, Blaire Bundy, Service Leader of Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC), served on the planning committee for the event, which DoIT…

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TRAD’s App Supports Inclusive Discussions in the Classroom

Fri May 11, 2018

UW-Madison School of Education’s “The Discussion Project” was featured in a February issue of the Inside UW-Madison newsletter to staff and The Weekly newsletter to students. The article titled “‘The Discussion Project’ cultivates engaging, welcoming classroom conversations across campus” explained how the multi-session training supports instructors seeking to create classroom discussions that are “engaging, welcoming,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Embedding Digital Lab Manuals in Canvas

Fri April 27, 2018

In the April 27, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, Tom Bryan and Tim Lindstrom from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies discussed embedding effectiveness in Canvas. They shared how their students access lab manuals via an embedded Box folder in Canvas. Once completed, students are asked to upload the manual back to Canvas for SpeedGrading.  Embedding content…

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Active Teaching Exchange Recap: Using Audio Commentary for Feedback

Thu April 26, 2018

Audio commentary has excellent potential for instructors who wish to provide meaningful yet time-efficient feedback on longer written assignments, field projects, and/or group work. In the April 26, 2018 Active Teaching Exchange, Kurt Kuehne from L&S Career Initiative shared how he employs audio commentary to deliver more feedback in the same amount of time – with greater dynamism…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Pinterest as a Teaching Tool

Fri April 20, 2018

In the April 20, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, Mark Nelson from the School of Human Ecology shared how he uses Pinterest for group activities as an extension beyond the classroom. Participants considered how Pinterest can be used to engage students in courses across a variety of fields. Check out the session’s activity sheet to learn more. Takeaways…

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Active Teaching Exchange Recap: Writing Good Clicker Questions

Thu April 19, 2018

In the April 19, 2018 Active Teaching Exchange, Jeff Henriques, a 14-year clicker veteran from the Department of Psychology, shared his thoughts about the types of questions that best facilitate student comprehension and engagement with course material. Visit the presentation slides and the Exchange notes for a closer look at Jeff’s advice for maximizing clicker utility in the classroom. Takeaways…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Creativity to Deter Cheating in Canvas

Wed April 18, 2018

In the April 18, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, Lyn Van Swol from the Department of Communication Arts shared strategies for eClassroom management. Participants learned tips and tricks to save time when teaching online or blended courses as well as techniques to deter cheating on quizzes. For more information, check out the slides from the presentation and…

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National Center for Women & IT Honors ITA Student for Second Year in a Row

Mon April 16, 2018

The Information Technology Academy (ITA) is proud to announce that the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) honored six ITA students in the 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) competition. ITA Madison winners included sophomores Elena Hind and Jazzmine Harper along with junior Olivia Mardak-Kennebeck, who also won last year. ITA Lac du Flambeau sophomores Lauryn Cameron…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Effective Discussion Boards

Fri April 13, 2018

At the April 13, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, Susan Brantly shared her approach to creating and managing discussions boards that balance the best aspects of both digital and traditional discussions. Takeaways Susan teaches her Scandinavian literature class entirely online. You cannot build a learning environment and expect others to thrive in it. If you don’t live…

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