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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: Rubrics in Canvas

February 7, 2017

The February 3, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for creating and using rubrics in Canvas. Daniel Pell shared how he transitioned his D2L rubrics into Canvas and discussed the advantages of using rubrics. Takeaways Using rubrics can help students better understand assignment objectives, and also helps norm grading between TAs and instructors and streamline…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Large Class Solutions with Canvas

February 1, 2017

The January 30, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for managing large classes in Canvas. Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez shared how he is able to manage a 400-student, 3-credit fully online course with over 40 assignments by using Canvas’s rubrics, automatic score calculation, audio assignments, infographics, peer-review, etc. to provide fast, meaningful feedback for his students.  Takeaways Canvas is a…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Effective File Management in Canvas

The January 27, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for file management in Canvas. Margene Anderson shared how to manage files in Canvas and embed media and content using external tools (GoogleApps, Kaltura, YouTube, and Box) to stay organized and under the 1GB storage limit.  She inspired us all to stay organized behind-the-scenes. Takeaways Label your pages and modules wisely for future use.…

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ITA Mentor Featured in the News

January 30, 2017

Jim Muehlenberg, a mentor with Information Technology Academy (ITA), was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal article “Volunteers encourage others to give spare time” on Sunday, January 29, 2017. After learning about ITA while working as an IT Manager at the Division of Information Technology (DoIT), Jim has been mentoring ITA Madison students for the…

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Active Learning in the Classroom Returns

January 25, 2017

Based on positive feedback, Faculty Engagement’s Active Learning in the Classroom series returns this February to support UW-Madison’s focus on pervasive active learning that improves the student experience on campus. One hundred percent of last semester’s participants said they would recommend it to others and that the series met or exceeded their expectations. Don’t miss…

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TRAD Smoking-Cessation Work in the News

January 24, 2017

The WISC-TV’s News 3 broadcast on January 17, 2017 and associated Channel3000.com article featured a University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) study, which includes a custom home screen developed by Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) to give participants access to Android games. Led by Dr. Tanya Schlam, the study called…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Pattern

December 19, 2016

The December 16, 2016 Active Teaching Lab explored the Pattern app, it’s “Like a FitBit for studying” — Study Pattern is a Learning Analytics tool available to students and instructors. Rachel Bain, in Chemistry shared how her 700-student Chemistry course used it. Takeaways Over 50% of students used the app, but only 30% became regular users. Students…

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ITA Community Celebrates Accomplishments

December 13, 2016

Hundreds of Information Technology Academy (ITA) community members attended the 18th Annual Holiday Luncheon on Saturday, December 10, 2016, where students showcased their work and CIO Bruce Maas gave the keynote address. ITA includes the ITA Madison program and the two ITA’s Tribal Technology Institute (ITA-TTI) programs in Oneida and Lac du Flambeau. In addition to…

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New Tool for Transferring Grades from Canvas

For instructors and instructional staff using Canvas this semester, the Learn@UW-Madison team will offer the Faculty Center Grade Prep tool to help submit final grades to the Faculty Center during the final grading period from December 15-29. Developed by our Learner Digital Ecosystem and Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) services, the tool updates the…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Analytics & Recommendations

The Active Teaching Lab on December 9 was about the course analytics tool in the D2L (Desire2Learn) LMS. Learning analytics are proving to be a valuable new tool because the more you and your students know about their learning habits, the better equipped all will be to increase effectiveness. Sharon Thoma in Zoology shared her use…

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