Two Years to Two Decades Initiative

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Teaching Teamwork

University students are often asked to work in groups, yet few are taught how to work well in teams and often struggle. University of Washington faculty Randy Beam (Communication) and Erin Hill (Physics) describe how they integrate instruction on teamwork into their regular courses to help student succeed in short-term and long-term class projects.

This video was produced by the 2y2d Teaching & Learning initiative in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences at UW Seattle, UW Bothell, and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Visit CTL for more on teaching techniques.

Writing exercises increase understanding of biology

Mary Pat Wenderoth, a faculty member in Biology, assigns her students ‘learning paragraphs.’ This method gives students writing practice and an opportunity to reflect on and synthesize what they are learning.

This video was produced by the 2y2d Teaching & Learning initiative in collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Visit CTL for more on teaching techniques.

Introducing Canvas: UW’s preferred course management system

The University of Washington is moving to a uniform, system-wide learning management system (LMS) called Canvas. Students asked for and expect a single platform, while faculty appreciate features that save time and support grading, feedback, and interaction, such as online office hours. We chose Canvas after conducting a pilot, which found that students and faculty preferred Canvas over other LMSs such as Moodle and Blackboard. Students liked the modern look and feel, faculty said it was easy to use, and administrators like that it’s free to their units through UW-IT.

Introducing Canvas: In-class collaboration

Students and instructors are finding creative ways to use Canvas to collaborate during class. Riki Thompson and Ken Rufo explain how they are providing collective feedback on writing, and creating comprehensive lecture notes.

Introducing Canvas: Grading tools

Students prefer the ease of a single platform, while faculty appreciate a suite of tools that save time and make it easier to engage with students, manage course content, and provide feedback while grading.

Lecture capture benefits faculty and students

UW faculty use lecture-capture for both practical and pedagogical reasons—to maintain course continuity when classes can’t meet, to make lectures accessible for remote or absent students, or to make complete recordings available to students for review lectures after class, a technique that students find helpful. Some faculty create stand-alone lectures for students to watch at home, freeing up in-person class time for more interactive and engaging activities. The lecture capture tool Tegrity is available to members of the UW community.

UW Libraries: Transforming spaces and services

UW Libraries is transforming spaces, processes, and services in creative ways to better serve students during a time of restricted resources. They offer interactive spaces for collaborative study and research, 24/7 online chat with reference librarians, embedded reference assistance for health care teams, and electronic delivery of scanned print materials.

Learn more about these and other projects by searching for “Libraries” in the UW Activities and Improvements Database.

The Psychology Department: Sharing resources to increase collaboration and reduce costs

This student-produced video shows how the Psychology Department’s focus on collaboration, community outreach, innovation, and shared resources fostered:

  • increased interdisciplinary research and grant funding
  • improved curriculum
  • commercialization of software to enhance revenue

» Read the UW Today article

The Graduate School: Reducing work loads campus-wide

This student-produced video shows how the Graduate School improved organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

  • MyGrad, web-based forms, save time and improve efficiency.
  • Merging and cross-training two units allowed Graduate Enrollment Services to cut costs, increase effectiveness, and even improve advising services.