Active Teaching Lab News

Active Teaching Lab Recap: Practical Applications for Rubrics

Thu March 5, 2020

On March 5, 2020, participants of the Active Teaching Lab discussed strategies and best practices for designing and editing rubrics within Canvas, as well as connecting them with its “Outcomes” feature. Takeaways Assess what’s important: Use learning outcomes and a few acceptable measures to assess mastery. Measure what learners need to show, NOT how they…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Student-Curated Content

Fri February 28, 2020

On February 28, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab discussed how to engage students in the curation of their own content that reflects their own experiences and their own perspectives on course content. Examples, technology-driven design, and assessment strategies were discussed along with many others! Takeaways Ask students! Students are more creative, dynamic, and…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Peer Review with Canvas

Thu February 27, 2020

On February 27, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab explored the Peer Review tool in Canvas from the perspectives of both instructor and student. Participants considered the use of the tool in their own course design and shared tips, suggestions, and hesitations about how to implement Peer Review in their courses. Takeaways Train students…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Project-based Learning and the Wisconsin Experience

Fri February 21, 2020

On February 21, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab explore how project-based learning can align with the pillars of the Wisconsin Experience, a cornerstone of our undergraduates’ experience. Contributors shared strategies for scaffolding student workflow, managing scale, and funding for public-facing student projects (research symposia, video editing, etc.) Takeaways Reframe Group work! Emphasize that…

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Active Teaching Lab Recap: Connect to Students with Personalized Content

Thu February 20, 2020

On February 20, 2020, participants in the Active Teaching Lab strategized how to personalize content (at scale for students). Current examples of personalization were shared along with potential roadblocks to tailoring the learning environment to meet a student’s personal preference for pace and content. Takeaways Structure student workflow: Establish clear benchmarks and deadlines; encourage regular…

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