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Teaching Effectively in Canvas Recap: Best of — Course Design Tips

Wed May 15, 2019

At the May 15, 2019 Teaching Effectively in Canvas session, six disciplined participants opted out of the sunshine for an hour to engage in a problem-solving discussion. Attendees brought teaching successes and challenges and worked collaboratively to build solutions and new approaches to Canvas course design. Instructors in attendance left with things to try and…

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Teaching Effectively in Canvas Recap: Building Feedback into Your Course

Tue May 14, 2019

How do you know if students are keeping pace? How do the students know? At the May 14, 2019 Teaching Effectively in Canvas session, six attendees kicked off summer by digging into options in Canvas for getting and giving student feedback. Participants discussed good practices in using feedback to save time and improve student success.…

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Teaching Effectively in Canvas Recap: Redesigning Your Course

Wed May 8, 2019

How can you use the past semester’s experience to increase student learning and teaching efficiency? At the May 8, 2019 Teaching Effectively in Canvas session, seven participants wrapped up finals week by exploring ideas for integrating research-informed practices in Canvas to improve teaching effectiveness. Takeaways Use a pedagogical framework to build your course; course redesign…

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Teaching Effectively in Canvas Recap: Analyzing Your Course

Tue May 7, 2019

How can you reflect on your course to improve it? At the May 7, 2019 Teaching Effectively in Canvas session, seven participants carved room in their finals week schedules for a guided exploration of Canvas analytics, student evaluations, and self-reflection to determine what worked (and what didn’t). Attendees shared tips on how to unpack the…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Students’ Tech Choices

Fri May 3, 2019

What technologies are students using to learn? How can we align activities accordingly? In the final Active Teaching Lab of the spring semester on May 3, 2019, 21 participants shared examples of and experiences with student-selected tools for learning and collaboration. Takeaways Help students focus their cognitive energy on learning the content vs. learning the…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Course Design for Mobile

Thu May 2, 2019

With most students using mobile devices, how should we adjust our courses and teaching? At the May 2, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 14 participants discussed ways to optimize content for mobile access and how Canvas templates can help. Takeaways Build content with mobility in mind. A 5-minute video not only reduces cognitive and attentional demand…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Quizzing in Canvas

Fri April 26, 2019

In the April 26, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 21 participants discussed recent and upcoming changes in Canvas Quizzes, what options are available, and how to move beyond the basics to make quizzes do more. Takeaways Quizzing is in a state of flux at UW-Madison. The Canvas Quiz tool is not going away anytime soon, but…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: AEFIS — Aligning section, course & program outcomes

Thu April 25, 2019

At the April 25, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 24 attendees discussed the status of AEFIS at UW-Madison. Participants explored ways instructors and programs streamline teaching by aligning section and assignment outcomes with course and program outcomes. The lab touched on what’s been done, what’s happening now, and what’s coming in the future. Takeaways Although the…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Team Teaching

Thu April 18, 2019

While often difficult to negotiate, team teaching done well benefits learners with varied perspectives and benefits instructors with less workload. At the April 18, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 10 participants discussed how to manage the time, resources, and expertise of a team for harmonious course planning and delivery. Attendees swapped stories on navigating Canvas instructor…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: “A dark and learny night”

Fri April 12, 2019

“It was a dark and learny night”  alludes to the infamous opening line of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s 1830 novel Paul Clifford and, later, Snoopy’s enduring attempts at authorship. Today, the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest inspires participants to “write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel.” Similarly, assigning and celebrating failure (what not to do)…

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