Effective Teaching with Learn@UW

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This is a brief overview of how to effectively use a few of the most common tools within Learn@UW/Desire2Learn for instructional purposes. Presentation given to a graduate seminar on teaching biology at Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Effective Teaching with Learn@UW

  1. 1. Effective Teaching with Learn@UW Jeff Bohrer DoIT Academic Technology April 16, 2009
  2. 2. Typical course design
  3. 3. Customized design layout
  4. 4. Planning <ul><li>Course Management System </li></ul><ul><li>What do I need Learn@UW to do? </li></ul><ul><li>Active Learning or Course Administration? </li></ul>
  5. 5. General Tips <ul><li>Tell the students HOW you’ll use the site </li></ul><ul><li>Remove unused tools </li></ul><ul><li>Commit to using site consistently </li></ul><ul><li>Ask for ongoing feedback </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sharing Course Materials
  7. 7. Sharing Course Materials <ul><li>Organize into logical modules (weeks, units, topics) </li></ul><ul><li>State file type in title (PDF, MP3) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Effective Discussions
  9. 9. Effective Discussions
  10. 10. Effective Discussions <ul><li>What will students learn by using discussions? </li></ul><ul><li>Connect discussions with grades </li></ul><ul><li>Use anonymous forum for feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Use for FAQ (esp. large courses) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Effective Online Quizzes
  12. 12. Effective Online Quizzes
  13. 13. Effective Online Quizzes
  14. 14. Effective Online Quizzes <ul><li>Great for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>frequent low-stakes assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>practice exams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>preparing for class </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Effective Online Quizzes <ul><li>Can drop lowest (or highest) scores </li></ul><ul><li>Instructor can embed feedback </li></ul>
  16. 16. Dropbox Student view
  17. 17. Dropbox Instructor view
  18. 18. Dropbox Instructor view
  19. 19. Dropbox <ul><li>Good for collecting (lots) of assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates with gradebook </li></ul><ul><li>Can include feedback when returning assignment </li></ul>
  20. 20. Gradebook
  21. 21. Gradebook
  22. 22. Gradebook Weighted System Exams (2) – 30% Essays (3) – 30% Quizzes (5) – 20% Final Exam – 20% Total - 100% Points System Exam 1 – 40 points Exam 2 – 40 points Essay 1 – 25 points Essay 2 – 25 points Essay 3 – 30 points Final Project – 100 points Total Points = 260
  23. 23. Other Tools <ul><li>Glossary </li></ul><ul><li>FAQ </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>HTML widgets </li></ul>
  24. 24. Questions? <ul><li>How might you use Learn@UW? </li></ul>

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