Through Learn@UW-Madison, DoIT Academic Technology provides and supports a collection of tools for teaching and learning for UW-Madison. This includes Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) that instructors and course owners use to create course sites for delivering content, providing online quizzing, collecting submitted assignments, tracking grades and more. D2L and Moodle are also currently used on campus, but support will be discontinued for them in the summer of 2018. Visit canvasinfo.wisc.edu for more information about the campus’s transition to Canvas and a list of departmental, school or college instructional technology staff you can contact. In addition, the Teaching Effectively in Canvas workshops are designed to help instructors use Canvas to make teaching more streamlined and conducive to student success, and the weekly Active Teaching Labs feature UW-Madison instructors sharing their own experiences using Canvas.
Learn@UW also includes tools such as Top Hat for polling and quizzing students in class, Kaltura MediaSpace for sharing videos, Piazza for online discussion forums and Blackboard Collaborate for facilitating online discussions and web conferencing. Guides are available for explaining the pedagogical uses of student response systems like Top Hat and web conferencing tools like Blackboard Collaborate.
If you want to learn more or need assistance, please contact our learning technology consultants via email or phone at or (608) 262-5667. In addition, the Learn@UW KnowledgeBase offers guides for instructors, course owners and students.
Additional suites of tools, like Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for UW–Madison are available to you free of charge through licensing agreements and with increased protections of intellectual property. To make the most of these tools, Our Online Technology Training service offer students, faculty can access thousands of instructional videos and training courses through UW-Madison’s license with lynda.com for free.
Your school or college may also offer and support tools and technologies.