OBTP Commons Initiative

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is seeking instructors to submit exceptional teaching artifacts from their fully online courses to share through the Canvas Commons. The goal of this initiative is to provide examples for CETL to use in the Online and Blended Teaching Program (OBTP) that will inform and inspire UWM instructors teaching online courses to engage and support their students in new and effective ways.

About Canvas Commons

Canvas Commons is a feature built into Canvas that allows instructors to explore, adopt, and modify teaching materials that have been shared by other Canvas instructors at UWM and beyond.

The following course items can be shared through the Canvas Commons:

  • Courses
  • Modules
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Discussions
  • Pages
  • Documents
  • Videos

Instructors who find useable teaching artifacts in the Canvas Commons can copy them directly into their specific courses and then adapt them to meet their pedagogical purposes. The Canvas Commons provides access for new and experienced online instructors to find examples of teaching artifacts and to contribute to an ongoing learning object repository.

About the OBTP Commons Initiative

The OBTP Commons Initiative aims to identify teaching artifacts from online courses that can serve as exceptional examples for the UWM community through the Online and Blended Teaching Program (OBTP). A teaching artifact refers to specific content related to teaching a course and may include: an entire Canvas course site, a module, or more specific teaching materials, such as assignments, quizzes, discussions, pages, documents, or videos. The teaching artifacts requested through this initiative will serve to build upon UWM’s excellent reputation in online instruction to further increase student success through sound pedagogical examples.

How to Apply

Interested instructors should complete the form below. The proposed teaching artifacts must:

  • Be part of a completed, fully-online course delivered at UWM in Canvas
  • Be the intellectual property of the participating instructor

Instructors may submit multiple artifacts, including full courses, modules, or other teaching materials, but no more than one artifact per instructor will be selected as part of the initiative.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Quality of the submitted artifact
  • Quality of the description of the artifact
  • Relevance of the artifact to a broad range of UWM instructors
  • Diversity of OBTP program needs related to discipline, course types, and artifact types

Instructors whose artifacts are selected will be asked to publicly share their materials through the Canvas Commons. CETL will provide documentation and assistance with this process. Teaching artifacts will be tagged as “UWM OBTP” in the Canvas Commons and will also be linked within the Online and Blended Teaching Program for OBTP participants to explore. Participating instructors will have an opportunity to revise their materials before submitting them to the Canvas Commons.

Please feel free to explore a sample course site shared through the Canvas Commons.

After their work has been approved and submitted properly to the Canvas Commons, participating instructors will receive stipends according to the following tiered system:

  • $500 for submission of an entire course of exceptional quality
  • $200 for submission of a module of exceptional quality
  • $100 for submission of an assignment, quiz, discussion, page, document, or video of exceptional quality

If you are interested in applying, please complete the following form by Friday, July 10. Applicants will be notified by Friday, July 24. Please contact Dylan Barth (djbarth@uwm.edu) in CETL with any questions. Thank you!

Funding for this initiative was provided by the UW System’s Office of Academic Programs & Educational Innovation.

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