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Active Teaching Lab Recap: AEFIS — Aligning section, course & program outcomes

Thu April 25, 2019

At the April 25, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 24 attendees discussed the status of AEFIS at UW-Madison. Participants explored ways instructors and programs streamline teaching by aligning section and assignment outcomes with course and program outcomes. The lab touched on what’s been done, what’s happening now, and what’s coming in the future. Takeaways Although the…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Team Teaching

Thu April 18, 2019

While often difficult to negotiate, team teaching done well benefits learners with varied perspectives and benefits instructors with less workload. At the April 18, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 10 participants discussed how to manage the time, resources, and expertise of a team for harmonious course planning and delivery. Attendees swapped stories on navigating Canvas instructor…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: “A dark and learny night”

Fri April 12, 2019

“It was a dark and learny night”  alludes to the infamous opening line of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s 1830 novel Paul Clifford and, later, Snoopy’s enduring attempts at authorship. Today, the Bulwer Lytton Fiction Contest inspires participants to “write an atrocious opening sentence to a hypothetical bad novel.” Similarly, assigning and celebrating failure (what not to do)…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Pressbooks

Thu April 11, 2019

Pressbooks is a WordPress-based platform used to create, share and publish etexts that can integrate H5P and other interactive elements. At the April 11, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 15 participants explored the potential of Pressbooks for creating resources more expansive and relevant than a digital textbook. Pressbooks veterans and novices discussed questions, experiences, examples, and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Purposeful Action

Fri April 5, 2019

Providing students with agency in their learning fosters self-regulated learners who are more interested and effective in applying knowledge. In the April 5, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 14 attendees explored how to transform assignments to serve authentic world and local problems. Participants shared activities and practices to promote purposeful action for students on and beyond…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Self-Assessing Your Classroom

Fri March 29, 2019

Improving the classroom environment often requires seeing things from a different perspective. At the March 29, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, eight participants explored how technology can help us capture classroom dynamics for self-reflection and observation. Attendees explored how to decide when, where, and on what to focus for the most payoff and swapped their own…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Tech for Soft Skills

Thu March 28, 2019

Recent research on grades has shown that the majority of what grades measure is student engaged participation in the act of the schooling process (Bowers, 2016). Participation, along with other “soft” skills, like flexibility, leadership, productivity, collaboration, and communication, are important to learn in all disciplines, but they are rarely explicitly taught. In the March…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Engage eTexts

Fri March 15, 2019

The Unizin Engage eText platform, currently in a limited pilot, enables instructors to select and integrate an eText into Canvas, reducing materials costs for students and opening up a wide array of possibilities for digital resources, annotation, and communication. At the March 15, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 10 participants convened to kick off spring break…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Online Teaching

Thu March 14, 2019

Online learning is an entirely different animal than the traditional classroom. In the March 14, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, 17 participants discussed how to fine-tune teaching practices to create rich, effective digital learning experiences for students. Talking points included instructor presence, student engagement, and approaches to attending to individuals online vs. a physical classroom. Takeaways…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Social Learning in Canvas

Fri March 8, 2019

Research shows peer-to-peer interaction greatly enhances learning, but it’s not always easy to facilitate. In the March 8, 2019 Active Teaching Lab, nine participants unpacked how to create more opportunities for social learning without losing educational intent. Attendees weighed how Canvas can help and hinder social construction of knowledge, swapped examples and experiences with social…

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