Teaching & Learning

May 9, 2014

UW Instructors: New and Enhanced Canvas Features Coming

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UW instructors can try out the enhanced Conversations (inbox) and Gradebook in Canvas Learning Management System before they become the default on May 24. Also, in June, the much-requested "Draft State" course-level feature will become available, allowing content in Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions, Pages and Modules to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Get details about Draft State and watch a four-minute overview video.​

May 1, 2014

New “enLightning” Talks: Transforming Traditional Courses to Hybrid or Online—May 13

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Join faculty members for five-minute “enLightning” talks about transforming courses from traditional to hybrid or online. Technology Teaching Fellows from Chemistry, Philosophy, Geology, Education, American Indian Studies, and the College of the Environment will describe some of the techniques they used to alter their courses at the talk, on May 13 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Odegaard Library, room 220. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and UW-IT. Register now.

April 13, 2014

Help for UW Students Preparing Presentations

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Students preparing presentations on their research or other work can get help at several upcoming technology workshops. A new Academic Poster Design workshop on May 1 provides just-in-time help for students in the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Students who need to present work online or through video may benefit from UW-IT’s other workshops on Final Cut, iMovie and Web development technologies; register today.

April 11, 2014

Canvas App Center Offers Quick Access to Teaching Tools

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A new Canvas App Center in the Canvas Learning Management System provides easy access to third-party tools designed to enhance the learning experience by bringing additional resources and activities into the course setting. These tools offer UW instructors single sign-on and integration with Canvas. UW-IT has reviewed the App Center listings and has only included tools that operate via a secure connection, offer customer support and function as advertised. Learn more.

March 10, 2014

Move Your UW Course From Catalyst CommonView to Canvas

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UW Instructors and their support staff can now move course content—rich text, files, links and images—from Catalyst CommonView to Canvas, the UW’s learning management system. Export CommonView content with one click, then import the saved file from within Canvas. This new functionality streamlines and simplifies the process of moving course management from Catalyst to Canvas.

February 10, 2014

UW Student, Faculty Surveys on Technology Use and Expectations

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In late February, a sampling of UW students and, for the first time, faculty will receive a survey from the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) about their technology use at the UW, one of more than 250 participating universities. See an infographic of which technologies UW students use to support their academic success, based on results from the 2013 student survey, plus a benchmark report comparing technology use at UW with other institutions.

February 4, 2014

New UW Teaching and Learning Opportunities With Canvas

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Students can now connect with librarians and research resources directly from their online course materials in Canvas, thanks to a collaboration between UW Libraries and UW-IT to integrate Library Subject Guides with the UW’s learning management system. TurningPoint student response clickers also are now integrated with Canvas. Instructors can have students register their clickers through Canvas so that their response data can be imported into Canvas to track participation, quizzes and other scores.

February 3, 2014

Enterprise Architecture Initiative: Uniting Business and Technology Strategies for UW

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A new University-wide Enterprise Architecture (EA) initiative kicked-off in January to address the challenges of merging new technologies into the UW’s complex and dynamic environment. EA provides the structure and processes to ensure technology solutions are well-designed, cost-efficient and scalable, and meet UW strategic needs. UW-IT’s new Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, Jim Phelps, will work with UW’s business and IT stakeholders to align business strategies and technology projects with each other and UW strategic directions. Get more information and see a three-minute video: “Why Enterprise Architecture?”

January 31, 2014

Digital Scholarship at UW: Register for February 19 Workshop

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UW students, faculty and researchers are invited to attend a two-hour “Digital Scholarship at UW” workshop on Wednesday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. to connect with others on this topic. This is part of a “Collaborating with Strangers” (CoLAB) series that involves three-minute speed meetings to exchange and generate ideas, explore new partnerships or consider a research project. It is co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Graduate School, UW Libraries and UW-IT. An RSVP is requested.