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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!

 


New Year, New Ways to Create a Welcoming Course

Thu January 13, 2022

As students regularly engage with digital course materials, it is important to foster a welcoming learning environment online. This includes making courses accessible to all users and providing ways to affirm a learner’s identity. Last November, UDOIT course accessibility checker was introduced and this month NameCoach was integrated into Canvas.  Below are updates about these…

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The eText Experience: What Do Engage Users Have To Say?

Thu November 18, 2021

As the December 1 deadline approaches for ordering Engage eTexts and digital learning tools for spring semester classes, what do instructors have to say about their experiences with Engage? Though Pam Doolittle’s expertise is in chemistry, her decision to use Engage eText for her Fundamentals of Analytical Science courses really came down to simple economics: …

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Learn@UW: New Accessibility Checker, Updates & Reminders for Transitioning Semesters

Tue November 16, 2021

The Learn@UW suite of tools will expand on November 22, 2021 with the introduction of the UDOIT course accessibility checker – and that’s not the only update from the Learn@UW-Madison team! Learn about ordering eTexts through Engage by December 1, the extended contract for Piazza, and connecting with colleagues about Pressbooks and LEAD. Plus, get…

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Engage eText Ordering Window Now Open

Wed October 13, 2021

Instructors: As you look ahead to next semester, have you considered using digital course materials to reduce costs for your students while also opening up new ways for you to support student success? In other words: Have you taken a look at Engage? Engage is a service in the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies that…

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No Matter the Mode, Learn@UW Tools Can Help

Tue August 17, 2021

Over the past year and a half, more instructors than ever have discovered the benefits – both to themselves and their students – of using the learning technologies in the Learn@UW suite. Even with the reunification of campus and over 90% of courses planned for in-person instruction, many will continue using these tools in hybrid,…

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University’s IT Community Recognizes DoIT AT Colleagues

Thu June 10, 2021

During the second annual IT Recognition Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 4, 2021, the IT community recognized colleagues from DoIT Academic Technology. Learn@UW–Madison, the service that manages the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies, won the Team Achievement Award for their part in the continuity of instruction effort the university underwent during the pandemic. Naomi Bernstein,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Build equity and belonging into your course

Wed May 5, 2021

Theme The May 5, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways instructors are implementing structures to promote a welcoming and antiracist learning environment. Takeaways Get comfortable with discomfort: Improvement can feel overwhelming. Effective physical workouts, good learning exercises — these are difficult, challenging, and uncomfortable, but they’re important to do. (See also: Purposeful Action –…

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Get Courses in Shape for Summer

Tue May 4, 2021

While some may get ready for summer by hitting the gym, buying extra sunscreen and checking out the latest beach reads – many instructors are focused on getting their courses into shape. To help, the Learn@UW–Madison team is providing trainings, updates on tools, and reminders about resources. Plus, instructors can always contact the DoIT Help…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Flexible and fair course design

Wed April 28, 2021

Theme The April 28, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways to design a rigorous, high-expectations course for uncertain times and changing circumstances. Setting other factors aside, College is stressful. Add to this the understanding that, as with all humans, students’ lives are full of complexity. Also factor in that students are often trying to figure…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Improve Canvas Navigation

Wed April 21, 2021

Theme The April 21, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on strategies and examples for clearer communication of expectations, simpler access to activities, and more welcoming design.  Takeaways “The result of calm technology is to put us at home, in a familiar place. When our periphery is functioning well we are tuned into what is happening…

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