In addition to evaluating, managing and supporting the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies, the Learn@UW-Madison service also helps integrate those tools into the broader UW-Madison technology landscape. The team’s recent integration work with Top Hat, UW Libraries Research Guides and Blackboard Ultra makes navigating those tools even simpler this fall.
Many of the integrations are with Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) that UW-Madison is transitioning to as the single, centrally supported LMS by summer 2018. This includes Top Hat, UW-Madison’s preferred Student Response System (SRS). The integration means that instructors using Canvas and Top Hat no longer need to manually import grade information as it will be automatic. Like other SRSs, Top Hat has many pedagogical uses that are outlined in this guide. To learn more about Top Hat or about its integration with Canvas, register for free, hands-on training sessions.
- What is Top Hat? Engaging Today’s Students in the Classroom
- Canvas and Top Hat – What’s New
Canvas users can also access the UW Libraries Research Guides directly through Canvas and can search for both Subject Guides and Course Guides. Users seeking help with the guides can contact Library Technical Assistance.
The full list of tools integrated with Canvas are available in this KnowledgeBase document. Although Learn@UW-Madison actively supports the integration of third-party applications with Canvas, in some cases the vendor may provide direct support of the application. The document outlines who supports each of the tools.
In addition to being integrated with Canvas, Blackboard Ultra can now be accessed through the MyUW portal as well. Part of the Learn@UW suite of tools, Blackboard Ultra is a real-time web conferencing system that allows instructors to host remote presentations and class meetings. And now, that can be done both inside or outside of Canvas. Refer to our guide What are the Pedagogical Uses for Web Conferencing for inspiration.
For information about the campus transition to Canvas and upcoming trainings, visit the UW-Madison Canvas Information site. New this year, the DoIT Help Desk is available to troubleshoot Canvas questions for both students and instructors. They can be contacted via email, phone at (608) 264-4357, chat at helpdesk.wisc.edu or in-person at all Tech Store locations.
The Learn@UW service is dedicated to providing, supporting and evaluating the suite of teaching and learning technologies to ensure it meets the evolving needs of campus. Please contact DoIT Academic Technology’s learning technology consultants via email or phone at (608) 262-5667 if you have questions regarding UW-Madison supported learning technologies.