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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 Community Celebrates Fall Semester

Tue December 12, 2017

Hundreds of Information Technology Academy (ITA) community members attended the 19th Annual Holiday Luncheon on Saturday, December 9, 2017, where students showcased their work and UW-Madison DoIT Chief Operating Officer (COO) John Krogman gave the keynote address. The ITA event included students and families from our three programs: ITA Madison, ITA Oneida and ITA Lac du Flambeau. In…

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ITA Student Wins QuestBridge Scholarship to Attend Stanford University

Fri December 8, 2017

Information Technology Academy (ITA) senior Gaoza (Jennifer) Xiong won a QuestBridge scholarship, valued at more than $280,000 over four years. Jennifer has been accepted to attend Stanford University in fall 2018. QuestBridge is a nonprofit that connects the nation’s high-achieving, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. In QuestBridge’s 2017 National College Match, 15,606 students…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Getting Student Feedback

At the December 8, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Joe Anistranski shared how he builds student feedback into assignments.  This lab explored both traditional methods (e.g., surveys) to get student feedback and creative ways to build student feedback into assignments. Participants discussed the pros and cons of anonymous feedback and drawing explicit attention to learning objectives. Joe…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Active Learning Activities

Thu December 7, 2017

At the December 7, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Joy Altwies shared ideas for making activities meaningful and creating constructive discussions and group activities. In this lab, participants delved into Discussions and Collaborations for group assignments in Canvas. Attendees worked on laptops and mobile devices to get hands-on experience with Canvas tools as a student in our Canvas course and…

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New Teaching Effectively in Canvas Sessions in the New Year

Tue December 5, 2017

To help instructors and teaching assistants prepare for the new semester, Faculty Engagement will offer Teaching Effectively in Canvas sessions in January. Each of the four topics — Applying Learning Principles, Assessment, Interactive Learning and Individual Learning — introduce techniques to make high-quality teaching easier in the learning management system. Each session focuses on effective…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Building Interactivity through SCORM

Fri December 1, 2017

At the December 1, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Meghan Cotter shared how to connect interactive activities to Canvas.   SCORM, or “Sharable Content Object Reference Model,” is a set of technical standards so digital tools play well together. It’s needed for online tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate to connect to the Canvas gradebook.  Takeaways Articulate…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Universal Design for Learning

Wed November 29, 2017

At the November 29, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Morton Gernsbacher shared how she draws upon Universal Design principles in her courses for more student learning and less work teaching. This brownbag-style lab varied from regular labs in that there was no lab part — it was just story and discussion. Takeaways Students (as well as faculty,…

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MUMAA Co-Presents Scrum Workshop at EDUCAUSE Conference

Mon November 27, 2017

Mike Farnham, MyUW-Madison Academic Application Development (MUMAA) service leader and software developer, co-presented a full day Scrum workshop with fellow UW-Madison colleagues at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. on October 31, 2017. Scrum is an agile methodology for completing complex projects through an iterative process. The image at the end of the article…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Rubrics II

Fri November 17, 2017

At the November 17, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, we explored Canvas Rubrics. Karla Ausderau shared how to improve student learning with rubrics. Rubrics help focus student efforts as they complete assignments, and provide easy, specific instructional feedback that reinforces learning goals. Takeaways: Use analytic rubrics (see examples of rubric types here) to provide directed, specific feedback and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Rubrics I

Fri November 10, 2017

At the November 10, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Andrea Porter shared how to use Canvas rubrics to clearly communicate expectations and feedback to students and to facilitate faster, more equitable grading. Rubrics prevent grading fatigue and bias by keeping instructional goals front and center throughout the grading process. They also offer a quick way for instructors…

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