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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!

 


Blend@UW Introduces Spring Break Session

Wed November 14, 2018

Since 2013, Blend@UW has helped over 350 instructors design blended and technology-enabled courses that foster deeper, more active learning for students. In that time, the program has evolved based on participants’ feedback to better serve instructors. Improvements have included condensing the schedule, providing more information on technology-enabled elements, and offering sessions in the winter and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: ePortfolios

Fri November 2, 2018

Do your students leave class with concrete evidence of their learning? Digital portfolios serve not only as a way to visually track progress over the semester but also as lasting products that can showcase knowledge and skills to future employers.  At the November 2, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants explored how ePortfolios can be used…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Peer Review

Thu November 1, 2018

Students naturally teach and learn from each other. The Canvas Peer Review tool allows instructors to formalize the peer learning process and saves teacher grading time. At the November 1, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants discussed how to capitalize on the Peer Review tool to promote student self-discovery and peer learning.  Takeaways Consider peer review…

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Communication Arts Course Redesigned as Part of REACH

Mon October 29, 2018

In the spring issue of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program’s Time to Write newsletter, Professor Sara McKinnon was featured for her work with the REACH initiative. The article by Mike Haen described how Sara redesigned Communication Arts 260 (“Communication and Human Behavior”) with assistance from Theresa Pesavento from Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC). Since…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Top Hat in Canvas

Fri October 26, 2018

Top Hat, part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies, is a student response system (SRS) that is integrated in Canvas. It can help instructors measure student comprehension, gauge reactions to a topic, and foster discussion throughout the course of a lecture. At the October 26, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants exchanged ways to enrich…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Audio and Podcast Assignments

Thu October 25, 2018

Audio and podcast assignments require students to organize, synthesize, and manipulate information differently than a traditional essay or quiz. At the October 25, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants discussed scenarios well-suited for audio assignments in addition to how to structure, facilitate, and grade audio productions. Attendees explored multimedia options for students to express content mastery…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Outcomes Tool

Fri October 19, 2018

The Canvas Outcomes tool connects to Canvas Rubrics to align assignment grading with big-picture learning outcomes. In the October 19, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants discussed how outcomes can guide teaching, keep students focused on what’s most important, and inform both instructors and students on learning progress. Attendees explored how to set up the Canvas…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: BBCollaborate Ultra

Thu October 18, 2018

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, part of the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies, can be used inside or outside of Canvas. Within Canvas, it is displayed as BBCollaborate Ultra. It helps facilitate video conferencing for small or large groups. At the October 18, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants explored how Ultra can be used for office hours,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: In-class Screens and Collaboration

Fri October 12, 2018

In-class screens have changed the way the classroom — and learning — looks. In the October 12, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, attendees discussed how screens shift the manner in which students interact with instructors, course materials, and each other. Participants debated the tradeoffs of banning vs. embracing electronics and examined the constructive and destructive effects…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Discussions

Thu October 11, 2018

Online discussions can be challenging and tedious, from the student and instructor perspective alike. At the October 11, 2018 Active Teaching Lab, participants discussed how to make discussion boards both engaging and useful. Attendees shared pitfalls to avoid and Canvas features to streamline the assignment, delivery, and grading of discussions.  Takeaways Include discussion forum options…

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