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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!

 


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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Support Struggling Students

Wed April 7, 2021

Theme The April 7, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways to keep track of the mental and emotional health of remote students. It’s difficult, but they’ll be better learners if you do. Because the culture of western education (and especially of higher education) stresses achievement and competition, students will often not readily display signs of…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Improve synchronous student engagement

Wed March 31, 2021

Theme The March 31, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways to engage students during synchronous sessions. Takeaways To fully engage, we need to feel a significant level of connection (Does this matter to me?) and comfort (Can I ask, listen, take risks, make mistakes, and recover with grace & humility?) Create space to engage:…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Engage students with the internet

Thu March 25, 2021

Theme The March 25, 2021 Active Teaching Lab focused on ways to engage students more actively during remote instruction by integrating internet research and critical thinking into lessons and activities. Takeaways We’ve probably all seen articles like The Internet is NOT the Best Place for Kids to Learn After the Coronavirus Pandemic (tl;dr — upset…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Improve student participation

Wed March 17, 2021

Theme The Lab theme for the March 17, 2021 Active Teaching Lab was: Fostering confident and supportive student interactions that increase multiperspective problem-solving and critical thinking. Takeaways Role of Participation in Learning Our learning is derived from feedback — from direct experience (fire is hot), from parents (pulling sibling’s hair is wrong), from teachers (2+2=4),…

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