Active Teaching Lab

Using Canvas to Teach

canvas-logoActive Teaching Labs provide a safe space to hear UW-Madison instructors’ experiences using teaching tools and techniques to motivate, engage and more effectively teach the diverse range of students we encounter. As the campus transitions to the Canvas learning management system, we will again focus on Canvas-related tools in Fall 2017.

Each Active Teaching Lab is comprised of four parts:

  • Listen: Hear colleagues share how they used a tool or technique in their teaching.
  • Experiment: Gain confidence through hands-on experience.
  • Discuss: Unpack good pedagogical use and develop ideas on applying it to your course.
  • Expand: Discover additional options to accomplish similar results.

Labs are open to all and held weekly during the academic year. Refreshments will be served. See below for upcoming Labs and news posts covering past Labs. To stay informed, sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

The Active Teaching Lab program was developed in collaboration with the Teaching Academy and is an example of how DoIT AT works with partners to improve the student experience and learning outcomes. Find out more about our other partnerships that span the campus, state and nation.

Share Your Stories

You’ve learned from teaching experiences and now it’s time to share with your colleagues! We have experts to facilitate the experimenting, pedagogy discussions and to highlight similar tools, but we need instructors’ stories. Help us create a greater culture of sharing by contributing your story at one of our Active Teaching Labs. The first step is emailing program manager, John Martin, with your idea.

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