Active Teaching Lab

First Tuesday of the Month, 12:00 – 1:00pm – via Zoom!


Up Next in Active Teaching Lab!

Beaker Decoration

Improving Online Discussion and Student Interaction

Sarah Riforgiate | October 5 | 12:00 – 1:00pm
Dr. Riforgiate shares how she revised her Canvas discussion boards using rich media (audio, video, and images) to boost student interaction and make her online discussions feel more like real and meaningful conversations.

Next, Sarah shows how she provides opportunities for her students to participate in polls, post online questions, and submit feedback anonymously during face-to-face class time.

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Future Sessions

Beaker Decoration

New Lightboards for Digital Lectures and Virtual Office Hours

Lane Sunwall | November 2 | 12:00 – 1:00pm
Lane Sunwall pulls back the curtain on a new generation of powerful, yet simple to use Lightboards. This year, UWM has three Lightboards scattered across campus. These boards are ready to use and offer new capabilities that will improve the impact of lecture recordings, just-in-time videos, and virtual office hours.

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Beaker Decoration

Using Rich Media to Revamp Online Group Work and Module Design

Rachel Baum | December 7 | 12:00 – 1:00pm
Dr. Baum reveals how she increases her student’s sense of ownership over group assignments by offering them flexibility in how they organize and assemble their assignment material.

She then shares her strategy for improving Canvas modules: she shrinks their size and repackages module content into a small number of Canvas pages. These pages feature interactive visual elements: pictures, videos, audio, and text files students can click on to reveal new course material while never leaving her Canvas page. Dr. Baum believes this course design has fostered student agency and choice all the while visually emphasizing the interrelated nature of course themes and topics.

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