Active Teaching Lab

Exploring Canvas

canvas-logoActive learning refers to purposeful learning through engagement with instructors, other students and course content that promotes problem-solving, application and understanding. How do we do this in Canvas, the LMS that campus will adopt as the single, centrally supported LMS by 2018? The Active Teaching Lab provides a safe space to hear UW-Madison instructors’ experiences using Canvas teaching tools and techniques to motivate, engage, and more effectively teach the diverse range of students we encounter.

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 hands-on experience with the tool
  • Discuss: Unpack the pedagogy and develop ideas on applying it to your course
  • Expand: Discover additional options to accomplish similar results

Labs are held weekly during the academic year and include coffee and bagels. 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 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 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 pedagogical sharing on campus 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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