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Team Presents on Engage eText, Online Learning & More at T&L Symposium

Wed May 23, 2018

At this year’s Teaching & Learning Symposium on May 17, 2018, DoIT Academic Technology team members shared their expertise on online learning, Engage eText, Canvas, designing curriculum for high-enrollment courses, and learning analytics. In addition, Blaire Bundy, Service Leader of Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC), served on the planning committee for the event, which DoIT…

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TRAD’s App Supports Inclusive Discussions in the Classroom

Fri May 11, 2018

UW-Madison School of Education’s “The Discussion Project” was featured in a February issue of the Inside UW-Madison newsletter to staff and The Weekly newsletter to students. The article titled “‘The Discussion Project’ cultivates engaging, welcoming classroom conversations across campus” explained how the multi-session training supports instructors seeking to create classroom discussions that are “engaging, welcoming,…

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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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Inside Higher Ed Interviews Miller about Supporting Faculty

Mon February 26, 2018

After Sarah Miller presented at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting, Inside Higher Ed’s Mark Lieberman interviewed her about her session for the article “Smashing Faculty Skepticism” that was published on February 14, 2018. In addition to interviewing the Service Leader Supervisor of Faculty Engagement and Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC), the reporter also…

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Bundy, Jorn and Miller Present at ELI Annual Meeting

Mon February 12, 2018

DoIT Academic Technology team members presented, networked and explored new developments in teaching and learning with technology at this year’s EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting. Held in New Orleans from January 29-31, 2018, the meeting featured presentations by Blaire Bundy, Service Leader of Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC), Linda Jorn, DoIT AT Director and…

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Meet the Trainers of Software Training for Students

Mon February 5, 2018

Free in-person technology workshops and one-on-one project support make Software Training for Students (STS) a popular resource on campus. But one of the best things about STS is that undergrads and grad students receive this help from fellow Badgers. Pavan Kemparaju and Ellen Light are two of the friendly faces that create a welcoming atmosphere…

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MUMAA Co-Presents Scrum Workshop at EDUCAUSE Conference

Mon November 27, 2017

Mike Farnham, MyUW-Madison Academic Application Development (MUMAA) service leader and software developer, co-presented a full day Scrum workshop with fellow UW-Madison colleagues at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. on October 31, 2017. Scrum is an agile methodology for completing complex projects through an iterative process. The image at the end of the article…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Wayfinding and the Canvas Homepage with Lane Sunwall

Fri September 22, 2017

The September 22, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored Canvas wayfinding. Lane Sunwall from DoIT Academic Technology’s Learner Experience: Training & Support service shared tips and tricks to keeping students on track in Canvas. Takeaways: Instructor presence helps students engage and succeed Using Google Slides Q&A to solicit participant feedback Includes custom Course Card to set his…

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#YouAtUW Highlights DoIT AT’s Support for the Student Experience

Fri September 1, 2017

Darby Hoffman from the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE), a partner DoIT Academic Technology collaborates with frequently, recently interviewed our team members for the post “How UW-Madison ‘[Reinvents] the First-Year Experience’” on the #YouAtUW student blog. Along with DoIT AT’s work, the post describes the numerous ways UW-Madison is already making strides in accomplishing…

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Student Software Trainers Enhance Skills with Internships

Wed August 23, 2017

With student trainers at the wheel, Software Training for Students (STS) provides undergrads and grad students free in-person technology workshops and one-on-one project support. Being trained by fellow students has many benefits: shared knowledge, shared experiences – sometimes even a shared class or two! For the trainers, working at STS is a great way to…

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TRAD’s Work Supports Farmers Market Across the State

Thu June 29, 2017

A College of Letters & Science June 2, 2017, article titled “Harvesting data to grow farmers markets” featured Metrics + Indicators for Impact (MIFI), an online toolkit designed by UW-Madison researchers to help farmers market managers gather and interpret data. As part of the MIFI initiative, Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) developed a portal…

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Team Members Shine at T&L Symposium

Tue May 23, 2017

On May 17, 2017, many DoIT Academic Technology team members joined colleagues for the annual Teaching & Learning Symposium to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, and explore new teaching and learning strategies. Blaire Bundy, Service Leader of Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC), served on the planning committee for the event, which DoIT AT helped sponsor.…

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SLTC Presents on Curricular Transformations at OLC Innovate

Tue May 16, 2017

One of the goals of our Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC) service is to share best practices and approaches to curricular transformation with local, regional national audiences. In an attempt to further disseminate our methods and techniques, our team members, Blaire Bundy and Ron Cramer, recently led an interactive conference session at Online Learning Consortium…

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Processes & Successes Shared at Showcase

Fri April 7, 2017

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, DoIT Academic Technology team members joined hundreds of campus colleagues to share best practices and learn ways to improve processes, learning environments and the campus climate at the 18th Annual UW-Madison Showcase. Mike Farnham, Saiket Sengrupta and Mitch Hanson from MyUW-Madison Academic Application Development (MUMAA) presented a poster about the…

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Bundy Contributes to EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Article

Thu March 23, 2017

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) invited Christopher Blaire Bundy to contribute his instructional design expertise to the article “7 Things You Should Know About the Evolution of Teaching and Learning Professions,” which was published on March 15, 2017. As the Strategic Learning Technology Consulting Service Leader, Blaire partners closely with the School of Medicine and Public…

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Anderson’s Essay on Siftr Published

An essay by Margene Anderson, a senior consultant with Strategic Learning Technology Consulting, was published in the book, Remaking the American College Campus: Essays in August. The essay entitled, “A Sense of Belonging: Using Siftr to Empower Freshmen,” discusses Margene’s use of Siftr in the instruction of her course, Counseling Psychology 125: The Wisconsin Experience.…

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DoIT AT Presents at UW System Virtual Conference

Wed March 22, 2017

In addition to UW System colleagues, six DoIT Academic Technology team members will present at the UW System Learning Technology Development Council’s Virtual Showcase on Tuesday, 4/4 and Wednesday, 4/5. The online event is free to anyone who registers with the UW System. John Martin from Faculty Engagement was selected as the Wednesday keynote speaker…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Discussion Assessment with Catherine Arnott-Smith

Mon March 13, 2017

The March 13, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for promoting and assessing discussions in Canvas. Catherine Arnott-Smith shared her experiences and tips using rubrics for assessing student participation on the discussion board in her large online class. Takeaways Provide a clearly defined participation rubric so students understand your expectations. Randomly grade students’ discussion participation twice throughout the course…

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Learn@UW Featured at Department of Medicine Education Day

Wed March 8, 2017

On Friday March 3, James McKay from our Learn@UW-Madison team presented a breakout session on collaboration tools at the Department of Medicine Education Day. In its second year, the annual event was created to help support those involved in the Department of Medicine’s core teaching and learning mission. Focusing on tools in the Learn@UW suite…

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Blended Learning Leaders Receive Campus Teaching Awards

Mon March 6, 2017

We are proud to announce that two alumni and a current member of our Faculty Engagement’s blended learning programs have been awarded campus teaching awards. Stephen Quintana, a professor with the School of Education’s Counseling Psychology department, was awarded the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Award. An alumni of our first Blend@UW session in 2013, Quintana was…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Emerging Best Practices with John Martin

Fri March 3, 2017

The March 3, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored emerging best practices in Canvas. John Martin and the Active Teaching Lab team collated the most useful Canvas tips we have heard and invited others to share. Takeaways Go to the Canvas Community and vote for changes you want to see in Canvas. Sometimes what the instructor…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas File Management with Margene Anderson

Wed February 1, 2017

The January 27, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for file management in Canvas. Margene Anderson shared how to manage files in Canvas and embed media and content using external tools (GoogleApps, Kaltura, YouTube, and Box) to stay organized and under the 1GB storage limit.  She inspired us all to stay organized behind-the-scenes. Takeaways Label your pages and modules wisely for future use.…

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TRAD Smoking-Cessation Work in the News

Tue January 24, 2017

The WISC-TV’s News 3 broadcast on January 17, 2017 and associated Channel3000.com article featured a University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI) study, which includes a custom home screen developed by Teaching & Research Application Development (TRAD) to give participants access to Android games. Led by Dr. Tanya Schlam, the study called…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google Hangouts with Nicole Olthafer

Tue November 15, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on November 11, 2016 was about using Google Hangouts for engaging students. The platform is useful because the vast majority of public K-12 schools use Google Classroom, so students are familiar; and everyone on campus already has an account. Nicole Olthafer, from Online Course Production service, shared her experiences using Google Hangouts for a live presentation. Takeaways…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Pressbooks with James McKay

Tue November 8, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on November 4, 2016 was about using Pressbooks to create lecture replacement modules for online or hybrid courses. James McKay, from DoIT Academic Technology’s Learn@UW-Madison service, shared how he used Pressbooks as an authoring tool in teaching a History course over the summer. Takeaways It’s a great and easy tool to organize and enrich readings…

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ITA-TTI Champions Native November on Campus

Tue November 1, 2016

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Information Technology Academy’s Tribal Technology Institute’s (ITA-TTI) Program Manager, Christopher Kilgour, helped plan UW-Madison’s Native November events. Highlights of the month include Academic and Career Advising for Native Communities on November 2nd, the “Protecting the Water: The Importance of the Protest at Standing Rock” presentation on November 14th…

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MUMAA Honored for Contributions to Advising Community

Tue July 12, 2016

This past May, the MyUW-Madison Academic Application Development (MUMAA) service received two campus awards for their contributions to the advising community. Team members honored include Mike Farnham, MUMAA Service Leader; Saikat Sengupta, MUMAA Developer; and Andy Goldstein, Assistant Director of Learning Solutions. Nominated by the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE), MUMAA was named a…

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T&L Symposium Showcases Collaborative Efforts

Wed May 25, 2016

The annual Teaching & Learning Symposium, held May 18-19, 2016 in Union South, provided an opportunity for faculty and staff to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments and discuss new learning and teaching practices. DoIT Academic Technology is one of the sponsors of the event and many of our staff participated as presenters, poster exhibitors, planning…

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Linda Jorn Receives High Honor from Down Under

Sun May 22, 2016

Linda Jorn, DoIT Academic Technology Director, has been invited to become a Faculty Member with the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute is an established professional development program run by CAUDIT and designed for individuals who occupy or aspire to high level leadership positions within higher education…

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Urban League Honors ITA at Emerge Gala

Tue May 3, 2016

The Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals honored the Information Technology Academy (ITA) at its Third Annual Emerge Gala on April 30, 2016. The Emerge Gala recognizes outstanding young professional leaders and their contributions to the community. This year, ITA was selected to receive a portion of the event benefits. ITA Executive Director, Dr.…

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ITA-TTI 2016 Spring Conference: A Success

Thu April 28, 2016

Twenty-eight students from the Information Technology Academy’s Tribal Technology Institute (ITA-TTI) Oneida and Lac du Flambeau programs recently spent four days in Madison for the ITA-TTI 2016 Spring Leadership Conference. After months of planning by ITA-TTI Program Manager Christopher Kilgour, Academic Instructor Brenda Gonzalez Vazquez, Administrative Assistant Cassandra McNeal, and Student-Employees Bobbi Skenandore, Eddie Ukoeninn,…

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Online Course Production Streamlines HIPAA Compliance

Wed April 27, 2016

Each year, over 10,000 UW-Madison employees and affiliates must complete training per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). For doctors, researchers and other staff members handling protected health information, this can be difficult to complete while managing an already full workload. With the goal of improving the compliance rate and completion…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: CSCR with Margene Anderson

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 27, 2016, Margene Anderson and Emmanuel Contreras from DoIT Academic Technology shared how to use CSCR (Case Scenario/Critical Reader), an authoring tool for creating interactive web-based learning materials. Key Takeaways CSCR is a low-barrier, easy way to create interactive content. Templates make it easy! Just swap out the content with your own. Great help (and templates) available at kb.wisc.edu (search…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google Apps in D2L with John Martin

Wed April 20, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 20, 2016, John Martin from DoIT Academic Technology shared how to use Google Apps in D2L. We covered all the embedding techniques and discuss advantages and disadvantages. Key Takeaways Google’s robust sharing system is its biggest asset for instructors. Drive files maintain edibility so instructors can make last minute changes/updates as needed, without…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Adobe Captivate with Dan LaValley and Josh Harder

Wed April 13, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 13, 2016, Dan LaValley and Josh Harder from DoIT Academic Technology share how they used Adobe Captivate, an eLearning authoring tool. Some alternatives can be found here (we’ve heard good things about Microsoft’s Office Mix). Key Takeaways Some things are easy to do, and some are very complicated. Captivate is a huge…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Kaltura MediaSpace with Josh Harder

Wed April 6, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 6, 2016, Josh Harder from DoIT Academic Technology shared how to use Kaltura MediaSpace, a social video and rich media portal. Recently added, Interactive Video Quizzing (IVQ) lets instructors embed short multiple-choice quiz questions in videos as knowledge-checks for student learning. Key Takeaways In webcam recordings with screencast, allow room on your slides for…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google Forms with John Martin

Wed March 30, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 30, 2016, John Martin from DoIT Academic Technology shared how to use Google Forms to solicit feedback useful for both instructor and students. Participants left with clear instructions and hands-on experience creating forms and embedding them in your LMS for three kinds of formative feedback: Periodic “How are we doing?” feedback Post-class “muddiest point”-type…

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Gift to REACH Helps with Goal to Scale Up

Mon March 28, 2016

As announced in a campus news article earlier this month, alumni Ricky and Mara Sandler gave $1.5 million to UW-Madison for the REACH project. Co-sponsored by the Educational Innovation (EI) Initiative and DoIT Academic Technology, the project’s focus is on increasing students’ engagement in large, introductory, lecture-based courses to improve student learning outcomes. “Since work…

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Partnerships & Projects Exhibited at Showcase 2016

Wed March 16, 2016

Union South’s Varsity Hall was buzzing this morning with hundreds of staff members sharing and “stealing” great ideas at the poster session for the 17th Annual UW-Madison Showcase. Showcase is a platform for people across campus to share best practices and learn from each other in order to improve work processes, learning environments and the…

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DoIT AT Contributes to Teaching Academy Workshops for Faculty & Staff

Tue March 8, 2016

In partnership with the Teaching Academy, two DoIT Academic Technology staff developed and launched a brand-new workshop series around teaching and learning this past fall. I-LEaP, which stands for Instructor Learning Environment and Pedagogics, was designed to equip instructors with the fundamental knowledge, practices, habits, learning community and philosophies of learner-centered instruction, with an emphasis…

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STS Shines in Badger Herald Article

Fri March 4, 2016

On February 29, 2016, Software Training for Students (STS) was featured in a Badger Herald article written by undergraduate student Cadence Bambenek. The student-run newspaper shared the article in print, on their website and with their almost 6,000 Facebook fans and 14,000 Twitter followers. Our student trainers, Nolan Tenpas and Allan Almeida, featured prominently in…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Popplet with Margene Anderson

Tue November 10, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on November 10, 2015, Margene Anderson from DoIT Academic Technology shared how she uses the mind-mapping software Popplet for curriculum design and lesson planning. Key Takeaways Popplet is Flash-based, so won’t work on iPads. First 10 popplets are free, then you pay for them. Popplet is simple to use, but also somewhat limited…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Kaltura MediaSpace with Josh Harder

Tue October 27, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 27, 2015, Josh Harder from DoIT Academic Technology shared tips and best practices in using Kaltura MediaSpace to create and host online videos. Kaltura MediaSpace is a UW supported platform similar to YouTube in that it provides you a place to upload, create, organize and share media such as video, audio, and images.…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Critical Readers in CSCR WITH Cid Freitag

Tue October 20, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 20, 2015, Cid Freitag, Dan LaValley, and Emmanuel Contreras from DoIT Academic Technology shared examples and techniques for making critical readers with CSCR. Key Takeaways The Knowledge Base has Critical Reader templates – they are a great place to start! Plan how to scaffold your students in their reading –…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Moodle WITH Shiela Reaves & Jenny Chung

Fri October 16, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 16, 2015, Shiela Reaves & Jenny Chung of Life Sciences Communication, along with Josh Harder of DoIT Academic Technology, shared what they learned in two years of teaching an online summer course using Moodle. They discuss their planning process using Fink’s (2003) Castle Top Model design strategies and how they…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Case Scenarios in CSCR with Dan LaValley

Tue October 13, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 13, 2015, Margene Anderson, Dan LaValley, and Emmanuel Contreras from DoIT Academic Technology shared examples and techniques in making interactive case scenarios with CSCR to give students control in authentic problem solving. Key Takeaways Plan to spend some time storyboarding and planning before you jump into the tool. End product…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Adobe Captivate with Dan LaValley and Josh Harder

Tue October 6, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 6, 2015, Dan LaValley and Josh Harder from DoIT Academic Technology shared tips and best practices in using Adobe Captivate to blend teaching. They take a look at this technology and other ways to engage students in deeper learning activities. Key Takeaways Don’t make more work for yourself! Adobe Captivate is…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google Apps in D2L with John Martin

Tue September 29, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on September 29, 2015, John Martin from DoIT Academic Technology shared how to embed various Google Apps in Learn@UW. We learned how to use this simple trick both to make the course easier for instructors to administer, and to encourage student peer learning. Key Takeaways Here are some ideas on how to use Google Apps in D2L for your…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Course Design in D2L with Margene Anderson

Tue September 22, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on September 22, 2015, Margene Anderson from DoIT Academic Technology shared how she designs her courses with Learn@UW. She shared the why and the how, with special focus on quick tricks we can easily do to improve our Curriculum Design. Key Takeaways Map out what you want to teach, when you want to teach,…

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