Active Teaching Lab

Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:00pm – via Collaborate Ultra


Want to experiment in your course, and don’t know where to start? Bring your questions and ideas to Active Teaching Lab! Active Teaching Lab provides a weekly venue for educators to learn about teaching strategies and ideas from other instructors. 

REGISTRATION: The Labs are open to all & refreshments will be available. Registration is not required, but is appreciated

LIVE: Not able to make it to a Lab? Fear not! All Labs will be recorded and handouts will be made available electronically. Click here to gain access to all recordings, handouts, and links to future labs!



Up Next in Active Teaching Lab!

Beaker Decoration

Giving Feedback Online

October 27 | Lightboards and More – Creating Impactful and engaging online lectures –  Next week we’re breaking the seals on our new Lightboard! Join us as we introduce UW-MIlwaukee’s very own Lightboard studio space. We’ll show you how sign up to reserve the Lightboard, how to access our Lightboard training course, and where the studio is located. In addition, we’ll showcase other tools you can use (such as dot-cam videos)to create impactful and engaging online lectures. Register Here



Past Sessions

October 20 | Giving Feedback Online – This week we examined the Student Feedback we give online, focussing on strategies for actionable and timely feedback that guides students through their mistakes, corrects misconceptions, and improves learning outcomes.  Session recording and handout, Kathy’s Recording Video Feedback Page.

October 13 | Online Assessment – We’ve moved online. The days when we gathered students into a single room for an exam are past. So what do we do now? Join us as we explore online methods of assessment. We will look at low- and high-stakes assessment, formative and summative assessment, and even weigh proctored exams; when to use them and how (such as with Proctorio). Session recording and handout.

October 6 | Improving our online discussions and forums. Session recording, handout, and discussion slides

September 29 | Students’ First 60 Seconds in Canvas – Help students learn to quickly navigate your Canvas site and focus on learning course content, and not course administration. Join us as we uncover strategies for course setup, design, and maintenance. Session recording and handout

September 22 | Lessons from spring – What did we learn in the transition to digital learning last spring, and what strategies are we implementing this fall.  Come and discover what online strategies instructors at UWM and around the country are implementing to adjust and innovate online. Session recording and handout

September 15 | The Art of Breakout Groups – Strategies for synchronous online discussions. Session recording and handout


Future Sessions

November 3 | Student-Centered Online Teaching – Engaging students in an online environment. Register Here

November 10 | The Syllabus – How to adapt it for online learning and the post-COVID learning environment. Register Here

November 17 | Course Design Showcase. Register Here

December 1 | Learning From and About Students – Evaluation strategies that can improve our courses and boost student engagement. Register Here

December 8 | Backwards Design for Online Learning Register Here