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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!

 


National Center for Women & IT Honors ITA Student for Second Year in a Row

Mon April 16, 2018

The Information Technology Academy (ITA) is proud to announce that the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) honored three ITA Madison students in the 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) competition. Sophomores Elena Hind and Jazzmine Harper were honored along with junior Olivia Mardak-Kennebeck who also won last year. NCWIT is a non-profit community of nearly 1,100…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: In-Lecture Online Activities

Fri April 6, 2018

In the April 6, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, Ashley Bellet from Integrated Liberal Studies shared how she uses in-class Canvas Discussions with large lecture sections to enhance participation. Explore Canvas Discussions with the session’s activity sheet, and watch the session recording below. Takeaways Ashley uses discussions as an in-class tool to promote attendance and active engagement. One…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Online Discussions, Grading Discussions, Group Tool

Wed April 4, 2018

In the April 4, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, David Dwyer from School of Nursing shared how to effectively manage engaging online group discussions and grade them in way that is motivating and creates accountability using a rubric. See the session’s activity sheet to get started with your own Canvas Discussions. Takeaways David’s top tips for…

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New Tuition Program Gets an Old-School Video

Thu March 29, 2018

On February 8, 2018, Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced “Bucky’s Tuition Promise,” a new financial aid program that will make a UW-Madison education more accessible. Beginning next fall, tuition and segregated fees will be covered for incoming freshmen and transfer students from Wisconsin families that have an annual household adjusted gross income of $56,000 or less.…

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Collaborative Work Featured at Showcase

Wed March 28, 2018

For the 20th year, hundreds of colleagues gathered for the annual UW-Madison Showcase in Union South on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. DoIT Academic Technology team members from multiple services presented posters with partners from across the campus. The “Collaborative Partnerships: From Prototype to Production” poster featured the Agefuly App that Teaching & Research Application Development…

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Active Teaching Exchange Recap: Sharing Teaching Resources and Strategies

Thu March 22, 2018

In the March 22, 2018 Active Teaching Exchange, Kristi Slack discussed the motivations and challenges of sharing and learning teaching scholarship that led to Prof2Prof.com, a cloud-based platform for higher education instructors to share tools, strategies, and resources. Prof2Prof.com facilitates collaboration across disciplines and institutions to reduce the time required to find high-quality teaching resources developed…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Smartboards for Poster Presentations

Fri March 16, 2018

At the March 16, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, Michelle Harris shared how students in the Biocore program give oral presentations of their final research projects in the form of electronic posters. Visit the session’s activity sheet for more information. Takeaways Course and assignment activities are directly connected to Program Goals (including communicating solutions to problems based…

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Active Teaching Exchange Recap: Piazza

Thu March 15, 2018

At the March 15, 2018 Active Teaching Exchange, Joe Anistranski shared how he uses Piazza for gathering student feedback, collaborative activities, and meaningful discussions. Visit the session’s notes page for more information. Takeaways Joe recommends regularly and actively engaging with Piazza as the instructor for best results.  Piazza is efficient and students do help each…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Blackboard Ultra

Wed March 14, 2018

In the March 14, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, Lynet Uttal shared strategies to foster student participation and engagement using Blackboard Ultra Conference online synchronous discussion sections in Canvas. Visit the session’s activity sheet for more information, and take a look at this Woodley et al. (2017) article on best practices in culturally responsive online teaching.…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Learning Outcomes in Canvas

Fri March 9, 2018

At the March 9, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, we looked at Outcomes in Canvas. Naomi Salmon shared how she uses the Outcomes feature in her English 100 lab to encourage revisions and a growth mindset instead of using a points-based punitive rubric. Try it for yourself with the activity sheet from the session. Takeaways Uses Canvas Outcomes for a small…

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