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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: 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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Online Resources vs. Handouts

Thu February 14, 2019

Do students prefer printouts or links? Is tangibility a convenience or a burden? When are handouts best used in a digital learning environment? These were some of the questions discussed during a snow emergency at the February 14, 2019 Active Teaching Lab. Eight participants skied in to weigh advantages and disadvantages in accessibility, portability, readability,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Programmed Learning in Canvas

Fri February 8, 2019

Self-paced, individual learning activities in Pressbooks, Storyline, and Articulate are hard to build but well received by students. At the February 8, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 20 participants braved single digit temperatures and ice to gather for a discussion on how to more easily create effective programmed learning activities. Several debated which tools are best…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Group Work

Thu February 7, 2019

Despite dangerously-icy sidewalks on February 7, 2019, ten participants skated in to discuss effective group work strategies at the Active Teaching Lab. Attendees shared approaches to promoting cooperative learning among students through purposeful group formation and facilitation.  Takeaways Share the learning objectives with students — not only the academic goals of the activity but also…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Rubrics

Fri February 1, 2019

A good rubric can guide student effort and make grading easier for the instructor. At the cold February 1, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 10 participants discussed how to fashion an effective rubric within Canvas. Participants explored the advantages and disadvantages of different rubric designs and shared what’s worked and what hasn’t worked for them in…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Accessibility in Canvas

Thu January 31, 2019

Making courses accessible to all can be a challenge, but the solutions to these challenges needn’t be complicated or time consuming. At the January 31, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, a mere hour after the university reopened after closing for sub-zero weather, 15 hearty participants shared how they have addressed accessibility in their Canvas courses and…

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Spring 2019 Updates from Learn@UW-Madison

Mon January 28, 2019

The Learn@UW-Madison service provides technical and consultative support for the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies including Canvas, AEFIS and Kaltura MediaSpace. Additionally, the team provides limited support and manages vendor contracts for Blackboard Collaborate, Piazza and Top Hat. To help campus make the most out of the available technologies, the team provides updates on enhancements…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Evidence-Supported Learning

Thu January 24, 2019

At the mild winter January 24, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 19 participants discussed how to make assignments both interesting and effective learning opportunities for students. Attendees examined current research and what it says about strategies that work and don’t work. The session concluded with a conversation about ways to align activities and assignments with research-supported…

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TRAD Provides Technical Solutions for Campus Researchers

Wed January 23, 2019

The Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) team collaborates with campus researchers to provide technical solutions for data collection, data visualizations, dissemination of data and research conclusions, and educational efforts. In 2018, TRAD partnered with researchers on projects that improve older adults’ quality of life, support caregivers of critically-ill children, track co-occurring symptoms, assist instructors…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Week 0 — Teach Students to Succeed

Fri January 18, 2019

At our warm January 18, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 20 participants explored how to create resources in Canvas that help students understand how to effectively learn course content. Attendees discussed common stumbling blocks for students and strategies to set students up for success.  Takeaways Use a Week 0 template to provide a structure and even a…

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