Active Teaching Lab Recap: Canvas Commons (II)

Fri November 15, 2019

On November 15, 2019, participants of the Active Teaching Lab continued the discussion around Canvas Commons. The focus was on how to share resources, how to filter search results, and how to incorporate resources from the Commons.


  • Get ideas from other faculty. Resource sharing is an excellent way to discover new approaches, innovative course designs, and learn from others at UW-Madison or worldwide.
  • Adopt small pieces. Start exploring and favoriting images, documents, videos, etc. and incorporate favorited elements into your course pages. Consider how these course components could contribute to your course’s learning goals, with or without revision.
  • Collaborate with colleagues. At UW-Madison, with Unizin schools, or with the wider community, share between individual colleagues or among Commons Group members. Group sharing streamlines collaboration and keeps resources within a private setting (not open to other UW-Madison users).

For more information and resources, view the session’s activity sheet. In addition, you can refer to Canvas – Getting Started with Canvas Commons or this guide on the pedagogical uses of Canvas Commons.


The Active Teaching Lab is a Faculty Engagement program with sessions held on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm and Fridays from 8:30-9:45am in the Middleton Building (1305 Linden Dr.), room 120. Check out upcoming Labs or read the recaps from past Labs. We build interdisciplinary conversations that are more emergent than a presenter and more dynamic than a panel — a conversation with colleagues sharing challenges, solutions, and experiments on topics selected by a variety of stakeholders.

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