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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: Canvas Rubrics I

Fri November 10, 2017

In the November 10, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Andrea Porter shared how to use Canvas rubrics to clearly communicate expectations and feedback to students and to facilitate faster, more equitable grading. Rubrics prevent grading fatigue and bias by keeping instructional goals front and center throughout the grading process. They also offer a quick way for instructors…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Instructional Materials and Lectures

Thu November 9, 2017

In the November 9, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Ian Muehlenhaus and I-Pang Fu shared a variety of ways to engage students and embed interactive content. Some examples of tools demonstrated include H5P, Sway and converting PowerPoints to HTML5. Participants brought laptops to get hands-on experience with Canvas tools as a student in our Canvas course and used a Sandbox course to…

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Engage eText Pilot to Launch in Spring

Mon November 6, 2017

An estimated 3,000 students across 16 courses will participate in a pilot this spring and pay approximately 40 to 80 percent less per textbook by using the Unizin Engage platform to access online text materials instead of traditional textbooks. In addition, they will benefit from the annotations feature that instructors and peers can use to…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Asynchronous Discussions in Canvas

Fri November 3, 2017

In the November 3, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Karin Spader shared how to design more productive class discussions in Canvas.  There are many ways to structure discussions, among them threaded, anchored, visual conversations. Lab participants discussed the pros and cons of each and learned how Canvas can support them. Karin demonstrated discussions she has used…

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Daily Cardinal Features ITA in Article about Closing Opportunity Gaps

Fri October 27, 2017

On October 23, 2017, DoIT Academic Technology’s precollege outreach initiative, Information Technology Academy (ITA), was featured in a Daily Cardinal article that focused on UW-Madison’s collaborative efforts to close opportunity gaps between white students and students of color. Ron Jetty, Assistant Director of IT Pre-College Outreach and ITA Executive Director, was quoted in the article…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas and Assessment

In the October 27, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Michael Maguire shared how to simplify grading scheme(s) in Canvas. Participants learned strategies to help move the needle toward more authentic and accurate assessment with an equitable grading system that aligns with the GPA scale. Attendees came equipped with laptops and a Sandbox course to work with grading schemes as…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Using Digital Media Effectively

Thu October 26, 2017

In the October 26, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Mark Millard shared how to make videos and online lectures effective. Lab participants experimented with Kaltura MediaSpace and CaptureSpace Lite in Canvas and reviewed other tools from both the instructor and student perspective. Takeaways Use Google Drive (a campus-supported tool) to deliver instructional video because it allows for…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Top Hat in Canvas

Wed October 25, 2017

The October 25, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored Top Hat in Canvas. Duncan Carlsmith shared his experience using Top Hat to engage students and deepen learning. This brownbag-style lab varied from our regular labs in that there was no hands-on lab portion — it simply included a story, demo and then discussion.  Active Teaching Labs are held…

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2017 ITA Graduate Featured as ‘Brand New Badger’

Mon October 23, 2017

Rosee Xiong, a 2017 graduate of Information Technology Academy (ITA) program, was profiled as part of a new UW-Madison series, “Brand New Badger,” which spotlights notable new students on campus. Upon completion of the four-year academic and technology precollege program, not only did Rosee graduate in June 2017, but also, she earned the highest recognition.…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Feedback Manager Challenge

Fri October 20, 2017

In the October 20, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, David Abbott and Amy Moser shared how they give detailed assignment feedback easily.  UW-Madison’s custom-developed Moodle’s Feedback Manager saved graders time by offering blocks of assignment/exam feedback text based on the most common mistakes the class made. During the Lab, Abbott and Moser discussed how they worked with the university…

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