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The Active Teaching LabI just want to send out huge thanks to the entire Canvas Community! You and your contributions to this community have been instrumental in the success of one of UW-Madison's Faculty Development programs, the Active Teaching Lab.


The entire Spring 2017 semester of UW-Madison's Active Teaching Lab has been focused on Instructors' stories of teaching with Canvas tools. Each week we hear the trials, tribulations, and successes of instructors making their way in Canvas as our university transitions from D2L. We've sustained a voluntary attendance of ~17 participants per week with a ~20% return rate. Our faculty are hungry to hear the experiences of our early adopters and to see how they navigated through issues that arose. We wouldn't have been able to do it well without you! Although many complain about the unresponsiveness of the Canvas development path, many more continually find solutions and workarounds in the Community forums.


You can find some data and more information here: Active Teaching Lab | Teaching Academy and see what they're like by accessing all five of the past semesters of Labs — including takeaways, videos, and links to our Activity Sheets — in our eJournal here: Active Teaching Lab eJournal | Open Textbook 


Thanks again!


As UW-Madison transitions from D2L and Moodle to Canvas, I've been hosting weekly Active Teaching Labs that feature:

  1. early adopting faculty sharing their stories (successes, challenges, frustrations, workarounds, etc.) of using Canvas tools.
  2. Independent, guided, hands-on experience through Activity Sheets (example) on each theme.
  3. Quality Q&A and discussion about the pedagogical aspects of the tools and their use —informed by the hands-on experience.

It's been moderately successful with about ~15 coming each week. Afterward, we create a simple recap with takeaways and videos of the lab. I invite you to check them out on our home page, or YouTube playlist.Spring 2017 Labs schedule

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