On May 17, 2017, many DoIT Academic Technology team members joined colleagues for the annual Teaching & Learning Symposium to share best practices, celebrate accomplishments, and explore new teaching and learning strategies. Blaire Bundy, Service Leader of Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC), served on the planning committee for the event, which DoIT AT helped sponsor.
Sarah Miller, Leader of Faculty Engagement and SLTC, presented the breakout session “Redesigning for Active Learning in High-enrollment Courses (REACH)” along with Steven Cramer, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Kristopher Olds from the Department of Geography and REACH Co-lead, Shirin Malekpour from the Department of Mathematics, and Lindy Stoll from the Department of Chemistry. As the Co-lead on the REACH initiative, Sarah also engaged with visitors to the REACH poster later in the day.
For the breakout session “Empowering Student Awareness and Self-Regulation through a Quantified Self Tool,” Kimberly Arnold from Evaluation Design & Analysis and James McKay from Learn@UW-Madison presented with Miguel Garcia-Gosalvez from the Wisconsin School of Business. The session explored Pattern, a quantified-self-student tool focused on awareness, goal setting, and behavioral change. Providing learners an easy way to track, analyze and receive custom feedback about their behavior, Pattern encourages active learning and self-reflection. In addition to hearing about Miguel’s experience with the tool in his course, attendees also had an opportunity to try the tool with guidance from James and Kimberly.
During the poster session, James McKay joined Kari Jordahl from Online Course Production and Clare Huhn from Academic Planning and Institutional Research to present an overview of learning analytics at UW-Madison. Their poster included feedback from instructors and students as well as as a summary of the guiding principles for the next three years, which are:
- Socialize and expand the use of course-based learning analytics tools
- Focus on large undergraduate courses
- Provide visual display of data and analytics useful to both learners and instructors
- Focus on tools that integrate with the LMS, SIS, and other campus platforms
- Follow best practice standards for ethics, literacy, transparency, and governance
Saundra Solum from Learn@UW-Madison also presented during the poster session along with Regina Lowery from the Office of the Provost. As the administrator for AEFIS, Saundy answered questions about the digital course evaluation survey tool, which is part of a suite of digital learning assessment tools. The Office of the Provost, in partnership with DoIT Academic Technology, will provide consultative support, hands-on training and other resources. Find more information about digital course evaluation surveys.
Brian McNurlen, Assistant Director of Learning Technology & Distance Education, and Lane Sunwall from Learner Experience: Training & Support joined Elizabeth Harris from Collaborative for Engineering Education and Teaching Effectiveness (CEETE), to answer questions about the Canvas Transition. Based on positive results from pilot studies and campus feedback, UW-Madison is transitioning to the Canvas learning management system (LMS). The plan is to adopt Canvas as the single, centrally supported LMS, and to discontinue campus licensing of D2L and Moodle by 2018. It will be integrated into the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. DoIT AT staff provide support in the areas of technical development and training.