Active Teaching Lab News

Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Rubrics I

Fri November 10, 2017

In the November 10, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Andrea Porter shared how to use Canvas rubrics to clearly communicate expectations and feedback to students and to facilitate faster, more equitable grading. Rubrics prevent grading fatigue and bias by keeping instructional goals front and center throughout the grading process. They also offer a quick way for instructors…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Instructional Materials and Lectures

Thu November 9, 2017

In the November 9, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Ian Muehlenhaus and I-Pang Fu shared a variety of ways to engage students and embed interactive content. Some examples of tools demonstrated include H5P, Sway and converting PowerPoints to HTML5. Participants brought laptops to get hands-on experience with Canvas tools as a student in our Canvas course and used a Sandbox course to…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Asynchronous Discussions in Canvas

Fri November 3, 2017

In the November 3, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Karin Spader shared how to design more productive class discussions in Canvas.  There are many ways to structure discussions, among them threaded, anchored, visual conversations. Lab participants discussed the pros and cons of each and learned how Canvas can support them. Karin demonstrated discussions she has used…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas and Assessment

Fri October 27, 2017

In the October 27, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Michael Maguire shared how to simplify grading scheme(s) in Canvas. Participants learned strategies to help move the needle toward more authentic and accurate assessment with an equitable grading system that aligns with the GPA scale. Attendees came equipped with laptops and a Sandbox course to work with grading schemes as…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Using Digital Media Effectively

Thu October 26, 2017

In the October 26, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Mark Millard shared how to make videos and online lectures effective. Lab participants experimented with Kaltura MediaSpace and CaptureSpace Lite in Canvas and reviewed other tools from both the instructor and student perspective. Takeaways Use Google Drive (a campus-supported tool) to deliver instructional video because it allows for…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Top Hat in Canvas

Wed October 25, 2017

The October 25, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored Top Hat in Canvas. Duncan Carlsmith shared his experience using Top Hat to engage students and deepen learning. This brownbag-style lab varied from our regular labs in that there was no hands-on lab portion — it simply included a story, demo and then discussion.  Active Teaching Labs are held…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Feedback Manager Challenge

Fri October 20, 2017

In the October 20, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, David Abbott and Amy Moser shared how they give detailed assignment feedback easily.  UW-Madison’s custom-developed Moodle’s Feedback Manager saved graders time by offering blocks of assignment/exam feedback text based on the most common mistakes the class made. During the Lab, Abbott and Moser discussed how they worked with the university…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: CATME (automatic group creation)

Fri October 13, 2017

In the October 13, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Courtney Seidel shared how to make better groups for better learning using CATME and Canvas.  CATME is a tool that allows instructors to automatically create useful student learning groups based on their skills, interests, grades, gender, or a host of other options. Participants brought their laptops and mobile…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Assessments, Assignments and Rubrics

Thu October 12, 2017

In the October 12, 2017 Active Teaching Lab, Debra Shapiro shared useful strategies for assessing learning through the use of assignments, grades and rubrics.  Participants brought their laptops and mobile devices to get hands-on experience with Canvas tools as a student and used a Sandbox course to work with the tools as an instructor. Takeaways Encourage students to…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Scheduler for Office Hours with Naomi Salmon

Fri September 29, 2017

The September 29, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored Canvas Scheduler. Naomi Salmon shared how she takes the nightmare out of scheduling. A useful, but often-overlooked feature, the Scheduler can help streamline office hours, individual performance exams, study groups and other hard-to-schedule meetings. Takeaways: Used When2Meet.com before Canvas Scheduler. Scheduler offers multiple ways to meet: face-to-face, online, individually and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Blueprint with Daniel Pell

Wed September 27, 2017

The September 27, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored Canvas Blueprint. Daniel Pell shared his experience using Blueprint courses for the English as a Second Language courses he teaches and supports. This brownbag-style lab varied from our regular labs in that there was no lab part — just story, demo and discussion. Takeaways: Blueprint courses allow you…

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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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Course Design with Stephanie Graham and Maria Widmer

Thu September 21, 2017

The September 21, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored course design in Canvas. Stephanie Graham and Maria Widmer share best practices for course organization and play in modules, syllabus, pages, files, settings, and announcements.  Takeaways: Minimize clutter on front page Outside technologies such as DotStorming, Padlet, H5P, etc. can often work well in Canvas — and Stephanie’s…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Organizing in Canvas with Elise Davis

Fri September 15, 2017

The September 15, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored the Canvas course organization. Elise Davis shared how she uses Canvas navigation tools like Calendar and Assignments to guide students. Takeaways: With assignments, students can easily access tasks in multiple ways: the calendar (when you assign a due date), the syllabus tab, the module tab, and the assignments tab. You can…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Quizzes with Elisa Torres

Thu September 14, 2017

The September 5, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored peer learning tools in Canvas. Elisa Torres shared how she uses cumulative quizzing to facilitate distributed learning in her Pharmacy courses. Lab Takeaways: Students benefit from distributed practice e.g. small activities and assignments on a daily or weekly basis Research shows that combining distributed learning with gradual, cumulative assessment can improve retrieval…

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6 Ways DoIT Academic Technology Helps Instructors

Fri September 8, 2017

DoIT Academic Technology (DoIT AT) advances the University’s mission, strategic priorities and the Wisconsin Idea by wisely applying technology to the ever evolving academic environment. Many of our services are tailored to help instructors strategize, design, develop and integrate technologies to improve learning outcomes. This video provides an overview of DoIT AT and the below…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Groups in Canvas with Andrea Porter

Fri May 5, 2017

The May 5, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored peer learning tools in Canvas. Andrea Porter shared how she used the Canvas Groups tool to facilitate peer-to-peer learning in her Pharmacy course. In a 150-student blended course, students are divided into groups of 3 to complete group-specific course assignments including reflections using the discussions area of Canvas as well as…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas SpeedGrader with Laura Grossenbacher

Thu April 27, 2017

The April 28, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored feedback tools in Canvas. Laura Grossenbacher discussed her experience using the Canvas SpeedGrader tool to give feedback to her students.  Takeaways Laura is a big believer in Canvas (just don’t start 4 days before the course! Build it over the summer.) Be incremental. Take small steps and take notes. Don’t try…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Group Discussions with John Zumbrunnen

Fri April 21, 2017

The April 21, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored small group discussions in Canvas. John Zumbrunnen shared his experience and lessons learned from using these tools.  Takeaways John shared how to let students know that he’s monitoring the online discussions, without it being too much work for him. Learning Objectives are about skill-building (e.g. students learn to articulate and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google Collaboration in Canvas

Mon April 17, 2017

The April 17, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored Google tools in Canvas. Janet Branchaw shared how she’s been using Google tools in Canvas for student collaborations.  Takeaways Uses Collaborations to try to get students to prepare for class by assigning them to finish a Learning Guide before class (based on readings in the textbook). Based on their learning…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Synchronous Group Discussions with Morton Gernsbacher

Fri April 14, 2017

The April 14, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored synchronous small group discussion options in Canvas. Morton Gernsbacher shared how she coordinates synchronous small group discussions for her online course using Canvas Collaborations and Google Docs chat.  Takeaways Jigsawing assignments separate the assignment into multiple tasks. This gives every student a job and every an opportunity to contribute…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Peer Grading with John Zumbrunnen

Fri April 7, 2017

The April 7, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored peer grading tools in Canvas. John Zumbrunnen shared his experience and lessons learned from using these tools.  Takeaways Peer review both reveals feedback that John might not have thought of, but it also reinforces many of the points that he makes. Hearing it from both the professor and their peers…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Case Scenarios with Jen Reinhart

Mon April 3, 2017

The April 3, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for building case scenarios in Canvas. Jen Reinhart shared how she used the pages tool to set up case scenarios, comparing the strengths and weakness of Canvas to Case Scenario/Critical Reader Builder (CSCR). Takeaways Scenarios built in CSCR do not import into Canvas A strength of Canvas is the ability…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Syllabus/Calendar with Charles Dill

Fri March 31, 2017

The March 31, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored the syllabus and calendar tools in Canvas. Charles Dill shared how he links all aspects of the course — activities, assignments, quizzes — directly in the syllabus and calendar, so students need only go to one or two places to access everything in the course. Takeaways His aha moment was realizing…

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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 Quizzing and Surveys with John Parrish

Fri March 17, 2017

The March 17, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored the use of quizzing and surveys in Canvas.  John Parrish shared how he uses surveys to get to know his students. Takeaways Consider creating an ungraded Canvas quiz at the beginning of the semester to collect information about your students — what they know, where they are from,…

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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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Grade Schemes with Cathy Middlecamp

Fri March 10, 2017

The March 10, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for promoting and assessing discussions in Canvas. Cathy Middlecamp, and her TAs, Tom Bryan and Tim Lindstrom, discussed how they handles lab report grading each semester using Canvas for her 4-credit environmental science course. Takeaways Assessments: Frequent feedback, low-stakes testing, and lab work. Each week students turn…

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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 Large Class Solutions with Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez

Fri February 24, 2017

The February 24, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for managing large classes in Canvas. Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez shared how he is able to manage a 400-student, 3-credit fully online course with over 40 assignments by using Canvas’s rubrics, automatic score calculation, audio assignments, infographics, peer-review, etc. to provide fast, meaningful feedback for his students.  Takeaways Canvas is a…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Navigation Solutions with Greg Downey

Fri February 17, 2017

The February 17, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored navigation and scheduling strategies in Canvas. Greg Downey shared how he helped his students stay on track.  Takeaways A “splash page” as a homepage provides quick facts about the course with fun hooks and inviting images/fun optional videos/articles. Co-teachers can upload content for other teachers in the course and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Peer Review with Tim Paustian

Mon February 13, 2017

The February 13, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for using Canvas’ peer review tool. Tim Paustian from Bacteriology shared how he uses the tool in Canvas to encourage peer-to-peer feedback and improve students’ writing. Takeaways The peer review function makes peer-to-peer feedback an efficient and seamless activity. Tim has shifted from one major writing assignment to…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas SpeedGrader with Sue Wenker

The February 13, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for using Canvas’ SpeedGrader tool. Sue Wenker shared how she uses SpeedGrader for her 4-credit lab in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to provide specific feedback and efficiently enter grades on her students’ writing assignments. Takeaways “Mute” grades until you’ve completed grading to minimize student emails asking when you’ll be finished. Utilize…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Embedded Content with Evan Nelson

Fri February 10, 2017

The February 10, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for embedding and organizing content in Canvas. Evan Nelson shared how he uses various tools to embed content within his Canvas course to help his students find everything they need in one place. Takeaways Embed content from external resources will make it appear as though the content exists within your…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Rubrics with Dan Pell

Tue February 7, 2017

The February 3, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for creating and using rubrics in Canvas. Daniel Pell shared how he transitioned his D2L rubrics into Canvas and discussed the advantages of using rubrics. Takeaways Using rubrics can help students better understand assignment objectives, and also helps norm grading between TAs and instructors and streamline…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Large Class Solutions II with Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez

Wed February 1, 2017

The January 30, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for managing large classes in Canvas. Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez shared how he is able to manage a 400-student, 3-credit fully online course with over 40 assignments by using Canvas’s rubrics, automatic score calculation, audio assignments, infographics, peer-review, etc. to provide fast, meaningful feedback for his students.  Takeaways Canvas is a…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas File Management with Margene Anderson

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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Pattern with Rachel Bain

Mon December 19, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on December 16, 2016 explored the Pattern app, it’s “Like a FitBit for studying” — Study Pattern is a Learning Analytics tool available to students and instructors. Rachel Bain, in Chemistry shared how her 700-student Chemistry course used it. Takeaways Over 50% of students used the app, but only 30% became regular users. Students…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Analytics & Recommendations with Sharon Thoma

Tue December 13, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on December 9, 2016 was about the course analytics tool in the D2L (Desire2Learn) LMS. Learning analytics are proving to be a valuable new tool because the more you and your students know about their learning habits, the better equipped all will be to increase effectiveness. Sharon Thoma in Zoology shared her use…

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Active Teaching Lab recap: WordPress with Kevin Ponto

Fri December 2, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on December 2, 2016 featured the WordPress blogging platform, which has a well-deserved reputation as a simple blogging and website tool. Kevin Ponto, from Human Ecology, shared how he has used WordPress in his courses for public-facing student work — to document their project process, share with potential employees (and friends/family), and learn from each…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Articulate Storyline with Andrea Mason

Thu December 1, 2016

The Active Teaching Lab on November 18, 2016 was about using Articulate Storyline as a high-end tool for interactive content. Andrea Mason, from Kinesiology, shared her story of using Articulate Storyline to create an online version of her course.   Takeaways Traditionally Windows-only, Articulate is breaking into the cloud space with 360 — easy to use and flexible,…

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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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Online Rubrics with Beth Fahlberg

Wed November 2, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on October 28,2016 was about making grading more transparent for students and more efficient for instructors. Grading online can often be time-consuming and difficult. Beth Fahlberg, from Continuing Studies, shared tips from her online courses, on how to make it quicker and simpler. Takeaways Best practices from Beth’s experience are also available here. Test your rubrics…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Kaltura with Rob Beattie

Tue October 18, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on October 14, 2016 was about the campus tool for video hosting and streaming, Kaltura Mediaspace which integrates well in our LMSs. Rob Beattie and Caitlin Iverson, from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and UW Design Lab, shared how they use it for student projects. Takeaways Unlimited space to host private course videos so you won’t run…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: SoftChalk with John Hollenbeck

Mon October 10, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on October 7, 2016 was about SoftChalk, which is a digital course content authoring tool that integrates easily into learning management systems. John Hollenbeck from Online Learning Commons, shared how his department uses this program to create online courses. Takeaways Softchalk is easy to use — once you get past the initial setup (it runs on…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Padlet, Tricider, Dotstorming with Lauren Rosen

Fri September 30, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on September 30,2016 was about Padlet, Tricider, and Dotstorming, which are student engagement and collaboration tools that can activate blended and online learning.  Lauren Rosen from the UW System Collaborative Language Program shared how she uses them in her courses. Padlet is an online bulletin board that leverages student-curation of ideas on a…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Sway with Ian Muehlenhaus

Wed September 28, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on September 23, 2016 Ian Muehlenhaus, from Geography, showed us how he integrates Sway in Canvas. As a Microsoft tool to create and share polished, interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more, Sway alone kicks PowerPoint up a notch. Takeaways: Sway is free, cloud-based, and part of the Office 365 suite you can…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Slack with Vanessa Simmering

Tue September 20, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on September 16, 2016 Vanessa Simmering from Psychology shared how she uses Slack in her research and teaching. Popular in small workgroups and startups, Slack gets team chat right, with customizable features and channels to fit your needs. At UW-Madison, it’s becoming very popular in research groups,  labs, and class projects.  Key Takeaways:…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Universal Design with Ruben Mota and Mike Mohr

Tue September 6, 2016

Active Teaching Lab on October 21, 2016 was about making life better for all your students (and yourself) through Universal Design. Also known as inclusive design, Universal Design refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities. Ruben Mota and Mike Mohr from the…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google Drive with Tanya Buckingham

Fri May 6, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on May 6, 2016, Tanya Buckingham shared how she used Google Drive, a collaborative cloud storage service, to organize both her course resources and student assignments. Key Takeaways There are MANY uses for Google Drive / Docs! — personal life, calendars, gift ideas, national / international organizations, project management, tracking hours on various client…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Timeline Software with Bronwen Masemann

Fri April 29, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 29, 2016, Bronwen Masemann from Library Science shares how she used free online Timeline software for student-created assignments. They created online timelines and maps to better understand their digital humanities project. Key Takeaways Use Timeline or StoryMap as a presentation tool (instead of PowerPoint). Consider Timeline or StoryMap as a final project…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: CSCR with Margene Anderson

Wed April 27, 2016

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: Top Hat with Laurie Brachman

Fri April 22, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 22, 2016, Laurie Brachman from Marketing shared how she uses Top Hat, an interactive personal response system, to engage and track her 700-student class. (Spoiler: she likes it much more than iClickers). Key Takeaways UW–Madison supports this tool and has negotiated price for students down to $16/semester, $20/year; $54/5-years. Discussion…

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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: Genius.com with Jeremy Morris

Fri April 15, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 15, 2016, Jeremy Morris from Communication Arts shared how he used genius.com‘s Web Annotator for authentic student online annotation assignments. Using the technologies behind the annotation site Rap Genius (http://genius.com/), this project requires students to annotate a text of their choosing to make a critical commentary on it. As with Rap Genius’…

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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: Omeka.net with Anna Andrzejewski

Fri April 8, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 8, 2016, Anna Andrzejewski from Art History shared how she used omeka.net, a web-publishing and digital exhibition platform, to structure student-curated course content assignments. Key Takeaways Allow yourself time to get to know the tool, including customizing it for your course / discipline. Plan to scaffold your students in their…

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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: Pressbooks (Open Author for WordPress eTexts) with Steel Wagstaff

Fri April 1, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 1, 2016, Steel Wagstaff from Learning Support Services shared how Open Author, a platform to build and share open educational resources, has been used to create online eTexts in WordPress. Key Takeaways If you’re familiar with WordPress, this will be easy to navigate. It is collaborative, with robust version control.…

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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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Workflow Visualization Toolkit with Alan Hackbarth

Fri March 18, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 18, 2016, Alan Hackbarth from UW Colleges shared how he uses the Workflow Visualization Toolkit to track how students interact with course content. WVS allows instructors to design student work, tracks their work (currently in Moodle and D2L), and analyze time-on-task and other data. Key Takeaways Remember that this is…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Electronic Lab Notebooks with John Puccinelli

Fri March 11, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 11, 2016, John Puccinelli from Biomedical Engineering shares how he uses LabArchives (Electronic Lab Notebooks) to replace traditional lab notebooks in his research, courses, and life. Key Takeaways LabArchives is one of the few ELNs that can be used both for research labs and for courses, to get students…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: GoPro Cameras with Kristen Pickett

Thu March 3, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 3, 2016, Kristen Pickett from Occupational Therapy shared how she used GoPro cameras. Her idea was to give her Occupational Therapy (OT) students opportunities for concrete, real world learning experiences prior to and when embarking on their fieldwork training. She gave students GoPro cameras (small cameras worn on your person), allowing…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Piazza with John Gillett

Fri February 26, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on February 26, 2016, John Gillett from Statistics shared how he uses Piazza, an online Q&A platform, to challenge and engage his students. Piazza is a unique Q&A environment for asking and answering course questions that is integrated with D2L. Students leverage their shared knowledge and collaborate on a single student response to questions. Instructors…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Design Thinking with Pamela McGranahan

Fri February 19, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on February 19, 2016, Pamela McGranahan and George Jura from the School of Nursing shared how they use IDEO’s “Design Thinking” process to engage students in authentic activities in Public Health. In many disciplines, “design thinking” has become a preferred approach to solving complex problems. It has been used to develop not…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Imaginez with Andrew Irving

Fri February 12, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on February 12, 2016, Andrew Irving from French shared how he uses a specialized online platform, Imaginez, to structure and assess student learning. We explore some of the methods and strategies employed and discuss the pedagogical and administrative advantages and disadvantages of online textbooks such as this one. Key Takeaways Be transparent with your students about: why…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas with Catherine Arnott-Smith

Fri February 5, 2016

In the Active Teaching Lab on February 5, 2016, Catherine Arnott-Smith from the School of Library and Information Science shared how she used the Learning Management System Canvas to teach an online course. Key Takeaways The online Canvas Community help forums are a great resource! The analytic tools need work (though the Canvas Community members are creating their…

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Active Teaching Labs Announced for Spring 2016

Tue February 2, 2016

This semester’s Active Teaching Lab features a wide variety of topics from centrally supported tools like Top Hat to tools you may never have thought belonged in the classroom like GoPro Cameras. Each Lab is held Fridays at 8:30am in room 120 of Middleton Building. In addition to Active Teaching Lab, check out DoIT Academic…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Blackboard Collaborate with David Feldstein

Fri December 4, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on December 4, 2015, David Feldstein and Yuyen Chang shared how they used Blackboard Collaborate to connect with their off-campus residents who didn’t have a classroom to meet in. Key Takeaways Teacher presence in a class is an important consideration; perhaps Collaborate can help meet that need. Students can use mic to talk…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: MakerSpaces with Catherine Stephens

Tue December 1, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on December 1, 2015, Catherine Stephens from the School of Education shared how Makerspaces pose a new framework for teaching and learning, and imply the building of bridges across libraries, industry, and area schools. In this interactive session, we explored nearby and resource rich learning spaces both in and out of schools,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Skype with Andrew Irving

Fri November 20, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on November 20, 2015, Andrew Irving from French and Italian shared how he used Skype to connect students to experts across the world. This type of activity can also be done with Google Hangouts, Blackboard Collaborate, and appear.in. Key Takeaways Have a really detailed script and plan for the video conferencing session so…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Flipping Lectures in CSCR with Aurelie Rakotondrafara

Fri November 13, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on November 13, 2015, Aurelie Rakotondrafara from Plant Pathology shared how she used CSCR to blend her lectures by punctuating the modules with no-stakes required quizzes so students can self-check that they’re learning what they’re supposed to. Key Takeaways CSCR is one of many tools that can be used to present content. Think carefully about your…

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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: Google Maps with Colin Connors

Fri November 6, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on November 6, 2015, Colin Connors from Scandinavian Studies shared how he used Custom Google Maps to layer a sense of place onto his content and explained how anything that has a geographical component might benefit from Google Maps integration. Key Takeaways The “My Maps” option in Google Maps (mymaps.google.com) lets you add custom markers,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google Forms with John Martin

Tue November 3, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on November 3, 2015, John Martin from DoIT Academic Technology shared how he used Google Forms to remind students of course concepts while getting anonymous formative feedback on how effectively he was teaching. Key Takeaways Google Forms is fully embeddable in D2L or Moodle (as a news item) Google Forms (forms.google.com) and Qualtrics (survey.wisc.edu) have…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Flipped Learning with Lauren Rosen

Fri October 30, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 30, 2015, Lauren Rosen from UW System shared how she capitalized on available technologies to differentiate learning for students and gain time to focus on higher order thinking skills, and also shared strategies for engaging students in flipped environments. Key Takeaways Flipped is NOT doing homework in class and doing the lecture…

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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: Siftr Photo Mapping with Margene Anderson

Fri October 23, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 23, 2015, Margene Anderson shared how she uses Siftr assignments to extend her students’ learning. Low risk, simple to create and use, Siftrs help embody learning through student-crowdsourced sharing of examples of course content. Key Takeaways Siftrs are cheap and easy – instead of making ONE for your class, create a new SIFTR map each…

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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: Apple iBooks with Colin Connors

Fri October 9, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 9, 2015, Colin Connors in Scandinavian Studies shared how he created an eText called eSaga. He told us his  the process he used, the reactions he got from students, the lessons he learned, and what he would do if he tried this again (hint: he will!). Key Takeaways Be prepared…

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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: Twitter and Social Media with Catalina Toma

Fri October 2, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on October 2, 2015, Catalina Toma from Communication Science shared her research in social media and strategies and stories of using Twitter in class. Rather than focusing on the specific technology of Twitter, as we did in Shawn Peter’s Active Teaching Lab last spring, Catalina focused more on the challenges…

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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: Google Docs with Tim Paustian

Fri September 25, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on September 25, 2015, Tim Paustian from Bacteriology shared how he used Collaborative Google Docs to get his students to work together. Key Takeaways Different types of Google documents (Docs, Sheets, Slides) are a great place for collaborative writing/creating/building by students. Using tables within a shared Doc to create a “holding” space for…

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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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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Diigo with Duncan Carlsmith

Fri September 18, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on September 18, 2015, Duncan Carlsmith from Physics shared how he blended his teaching with Diigo. We got a chance to see the strategies and examples he’d developed and tried out Diigo on our own. Key Takeaways Possible ways to use Diigo: Teach students to find and read original research that interests, inspires,…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Twitter with Shawn Peters

Fri May 8, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on May 8, 2015, Shawn Peters shared how he gets students interacting outside of class with Twitter. Key Takeaways Use of Twitter-type activity to record questions needing to be answered “Challenge students to summarize key takeaways in 140 characters or less.” TodaysMeet.com lets you very easily do a private Twitter-esque…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Scapple with Nick Balster

Fri May 1, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on May 1, 2015, Nick Balster shared how he’s been using Scapple to design his courses. From semester overview to individual sessions, participants explored Scapple and other mind mapping tools and techniques that can be used for course design and student activities. Key Takeaways Find what feels good: There are many tools available…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Top Hat with Ed Hubbard

Fri April 24, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 24, 2015, Ed Hubbard shared a learning sciences perspective on using the Top Hat student response system to keep students engaged in lectures. Key Takeaways There’s a distinction between studying (information encoding into long term memory) and testing (information retrieval from long term memory). The problem in learning is mostly about…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Siftr with Cathy Middlecamp

Fri April 17, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 17, 2015, Cathy Middlecamp shared how her students used their smartphones to collectively crowdsource a map of photographs and descriptions of campus wildlife. Key Takeaways Siftr is a good tool to help students to see the world in new ways. When creating your Siftr, choose tags / categories that…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Webquests with Lane Sunwall

Fri April 10, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on April 10, 2015 Lane Sunwall shared how he uses Webquests to engage students. He discussed both well structured Webquests that students excelled at, and a less structured one that led to an excellent class discussion on sources. Key Takeaways Model what you want: Create an example for students to model off of. Be sure it…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Student-Produced Videos with Ryan Martinez

Fri March 27, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 27th, 2015 Ryan Martinez (one of the course designers who helped teach UW–Madison’s first MOOC) shared how he used student-produced videos to tap into the personal relevance and prior knowledge of thousands of students. Key Takeaways Start Easy: On the technical side, it’s no longer a big deal…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Wikipedia Editing with Tom Dubois

Fri March 20, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 20th, 2015, Tom Dubois shared how he had students share content with the world through Wikipedia editing. We dug into the assignment, addressed challenges, and even took a walk through the editing process. Key Takeaways Start very small and specialized — instead of trying to make major edits in a major page in…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: WordPress with Linsey Steege

Fri March 13, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 13, 2015, Linsey Steege shared how she has been using WordPress in her undergraduate and graduate courses. She discussed how she shapes her assignments and how her students have reacted to submitting them on WordPress. Key Takeaways WordPress is pretty easy once the students are in, and once one…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Open Lab Hours

Fri March 6, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on March 6, 2015, we took a breath and reconsidered the content presented in the past three weeks. We discussed ways to use various tools, technological and cultural challenges participants experience when trying out new tools and methods in their classrooms, and suggestions for future AT Lab sessions. Key Takeaways Google+ in teaching…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: D2L Chat with Morton Gernsbacher

Fri February 27, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on February 27, 2015, Morton Ann Gernsbacher shared how she uses the oft-ignored synchronous chat in Desire2Learn for her online Psychology courses. Key Takeaways Having a specific assignment in preparation for the chat contributes to students being well-prepared for it (for example, instructor curates the articles and has students “jigsaw” in…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Piazza with Brian Esselman

Fri February 20, 2015

  In the Active Teaching Lab on February 20, 2015, Brian Esselman shared how he uses Piazza in his Organic Chemistry courses to both provide practice for his students solving difficult problems, and as an administrative tool to lessen the amount of student emails he needs to attend to. Key Takeaways Communicate to your students from the beginning that you…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Google+ Communities with Michael Maguire

Fri February 13, 2015

In the Active Teaching Lab on February 13, 2015, Michael Maguire shared how he and his colleagues in the School of Human Ecology have been using Google+ Communities in the process of designing a new course, EcoYou. Key Takeaways Because they started before G+ was turned on for campus, there were some hiccups in getting started. This…

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