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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Practical Applications for Rubrics

Thu March 5, 2020

On March 5, 2020, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed strategies and best practices for designing and editing rubrics within Canvas, as well as connecting them with its “Outcomes” feature. Takeaways Assess what’s important: Use learning outcomes and a few acceptable measures to assess mastery. Measure what learners need to show, NOT how they…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Student-Curated Content

Fri February 28, 2020

On February 28, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab discussed how to engage students in the curation of their own content that reflects their own experiences and their own perspectives on course content. Examples, technology-driven design, and assessment strategies were discussed along with many others! Takeaways Ask students! Students are more creative, dynamic, and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Peer Review with Canvas

Thu February 27, 2020

On February 27, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab explored the Peer Review tool in Canvas from the perspectives of both instructor and student. Participants considered the use of the tool in their own course design and shared tips, suggestions, and hesitations about how to implement Peer Review in their courses. Takeaways Train students…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Project-based Learning and the Wisconsin Experience

Fri February 21, 2020

On February 21, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab explore how project-based learning can align with the pillars of the Wisconsin Experience, a cornerstone of our undergraduates’ experience. Contributors shared strategies for scaffolding student workflow, managing scale, and funding for public-facing student projects (research symposia, video editing, etc.) Takeaways Reframe Group work! Emphasize that…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Connect to Students with Personalized Content

Thu February 20, 2020

On February 20, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab strategized how to personalize content (at scale for students). Current examples of personalization were shared along with potential roadblocks to tailoring the learning environment to meet a student’s personal preference for pace and content. Takeaways Structure student workflow: Establish clear benchmarks and deadlines; encourage regular…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Learning From and About Students

Fri February 14, 2020

On February 14, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab met to discuss how to enhance the evaluation and feedback process to learn more about how students engage with course material, as well as community building ideas to welcome students into the classroom community. Takeaways Personalize activities, questions, and evaluations: require students to personalize content,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Learning Analytics

Thu February 13, 2020

On February 13, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab met to discuss current learning analytics initiatives, definitions, and practices of collecting data about student learning. Takeaways Learning analytics (LA) “is the undertaking of activities that generate actionable data from the learning environment intended to improve student outcomes by informing structure, content, delivery or support…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: H5P in Pressbooks

Fri February 7, 2020

On February 7, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab discussed interactivity within Pressbooks via H5P integration. In addition to the nuts-and-bolts of both platforms, presenters shared examples from their own courses and discussed how their design decisions aligned with their teaching practices and pedagogy. Takeaways Plan accordingly. Adding interactivity is time consuming. Begin by…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Effective Online Discussions

Thu February 6, 2020

On February 6, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab addressed the challenges faced with online discussions. Even though they are structured environments for students to reflect on course materials, exchange ideas with peers, and propose their own perspectives — they often fall flat. Why? Below are some of the questions and potential solutions proposed during…

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Active Teaching Labs Energize Instructors to Use Tech to Teach Better

Mon February 3, 2020

The topic: Rubrics and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The participants: faculty, teaching assistants and other educators across campus and spanning disciplines, from bacteriology to law to physics to the McBurney Disability Resource Center. The room: buzzing with conversation, challenges and ideas: How can I make the best use of rubrics to bridge learning objective…

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