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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!

 


Active Teaching Lab Recap: Engage eTexts

Fri March 15, 2019

The Unizin Engage eText platform, currently in a limited pilot, enables instructors to select and integrate an eText into Canvas, reducing materials costs for students and opening up a wide array of possibilities for digital resources, annotation, and communication. At the March 15, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 10 participants convened to kick off spring break…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Online Teaching

Thu March 14, 2019

Online learning is an entirely different animal than the traditional classroom. In the March 14, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 17 participants discussed how to fine-tune teaching practices to create rich, effective digital learning experiences for students. Talking points included instructor presence, student engagement, and approaches to attending to individuals online vs. a physical classroom. Takeaways…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Social Learning in Canvas

Fri March 8, 2019

Research shows peer-to-peer interaction greatly enhances learning, but it’s not always easy to facilitate. In the March 8, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, nine participants unpacked how to create more opportunities for social learning without losing educational intent. Attendees weighed how Canvas can help and hinder social construction of knowledge, swapped examples and experiences with social…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Kaltura MediaSpace Updates

Thu March 7, 2019

At the March 7, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 17 participants explored what’s new in Kaltura MediaSpace, including how to use Interactive Video Quizzing effectively. Attendees shared examples of practical and creative ways to capitalize on Kaltura tools for improved student learning and engagement. Takeaways Shorter videos reduce cognitive load and attention lapses while also easing…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Using Canvas in Class

Fri March 1, 2019

Laptop, tablet, phone — whatever the device of choice, there’s no question screens have become pervasive on campus and in the classroom. At the March 1, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, ten Lab regulars discussed how we can adjust in-classroom activities to harness the ubiquitous screens for better learning in Canvas. Participants shared what’s worked and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google in Canvas

Thu February 28, 2019

With Google integrated into most K-12 schools as well as UW-Madison, students are familiar and comfortable navigating G-Suite tools. At the February 28, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, ten participants gathered to discuss how they use Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, and other Google tools. Attendees explored what’s easy and effective from both the instructor and…

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ITA Seniors Fatoumata Barrow & Ryan Jackson Stories Celebrated

Mon February 25, 2019

Recently, two Information Technology Academy (ITA) students were featured on the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) website for their accomplishments. Both Fatoumata Barrow from East High School and Ryan Jackson from La Follette High School shared how their participation in the ITA Madison program helped them succeed and gain admission to UW-Madison. Fatoumata “Fatou” Barrow’s…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Peer Review in Canvas

Fri February 22, 2019

Canvas student peer review helps students see more perspectives and reflect on their work. At the February 22, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 17 participants swapped tips and techniques for peer review over coffee and bagels. Attendees discussed best practices for setting up and managing peer review assignments in Canvas, approaches to making the process simple…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Beyond Accessibility — UDL and Inclusive Learning

Thu February 21, 2019

Universal Design for Learning aims to provide multiple means of student engagement, representation, and expression. At the February 21, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 20 participants took on the daunting topic of how to move beyond individual accommodations to inclusive teaching practices that are effective for all students. Attendees discussed how to increase flexibility, accessibility, and inclusivity…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Engaging Students

Fri February 15, 2019

The February 15, 2019 Active Teaching Lab focused on fostering student buy-in and engagement in Canvas, whether the course is directly tied to students’ passions or merely a requirement. Fourteen participants shoveled driveways early so they could share and learn strategies to make course content more relevant to students, even when they aren’t in the course…

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