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Active Teaching Lab

Active Teaching Lab - Hands-on

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A great partnership between DoIT Academic Technology and the UW Teaching Academy, since January 2015, Active Teaching Labs have been providing a safe space and refreshments for instructors to share and learn with each other in structured explorations of the cool teaching tools and techniques that your peers are using to engage students and teach more effectively.

Labs through 5/18


As of May 2018, ~2000 participants have attended 134 Labs. Participants and presenters both consistently report that the Labs are useful to them and to the campus as a whole:

ATL Useful to me

They also feel comfortably challenged as they learn new tools and methods to teach.

ATL Evals - comfort and challenge

If you would like to share a story of using technology in teaching at an upcoming Lab, please contact


If you missed an event, each session page has a link to a video of the instructor sharing: 1) what they wanted; 2) what they tried; 3) what happened; and 4) what they’d do next time. Or check them all out in our new, regularly-updated, easy-to-navigate eText compilation:

FALL 2016


  • 05.06.16 Google Drive with Tanya BuckinghamSession page
  • 04.29.16 Timeline Software with Bronwen MasemannSession page
  • 04.27.16 CSCR with Margene Anderson and Emmanuel Contreras. Session page
  • 04.22.16 TopHat with Laurie Brachman. Session page
  • 04.20.16 Google Apps with John Martin. Session page
  • 04.15.16 with Jeremy MorrisSession page
  • 04.13.16 Captivate with Dan LaValley and Josh Harder. Session page
  • 04.08.16 with Anna AndrzejewskiSession page
  • 04.06.16 Kaltura MediaSpace with Josh Harder. Session page
  • 04.01.16 OpenAuthor for WordPress eTexts with Steel WagstaffSession page
  • 03.20.16 Google Forms with John Martin. Session page
  • 03.18.16 Workflow Visualization Toolkit with Alan Hackbarth. Session page
  • 03.11.16 Electronic Lab Notebooks with John Puccinelli. Session page
  • 03.04.16 GoPro Cameras with Kristen Pickett. Session page
  • 02.26.16 Piazza with John Gillett from Statistics. Session page
  • 02.19.16 Design Thinking with Pamela McGranahan & George Jura. Session page
  • 02.12.16 Online Platforms with Andrew Irving from French. Session page
  • 02.05.16 Canvas with Catherine Arnott Smith. Session page

FALL 2015

  • 12.04.15: Blackboard Collaborate with David Feldstein & Yuyen Chang. Session Page.
  • 12.01.15: MakerSpaces with Catherine Stephens. Session Page.
  • 11:20.15: Skype (VideoConferencing) with Andrew Irving. Session Page.
  • 11.13.15: Flipping Lectures in CSCR with Aurelie Rakotondrafara. Session page.
  • 11.10.15: Course Design in Popplet with Margene Anderson. Session page.
  • 11.06.15: Google Maps with Colin Connors. Session page.
  • 11.03.15: Google Forms with John Martin. Session page.
  • 10.30.15: Flipped Learning Strategies with Lauren Rosen. Session page.
  • 10.27.15: Kaltura MediaSpace with Josh Harder. Session page.
  • 10.23.15: Photo-Mapping in Siftr with Margene Anderson. Session page.
  • 10.20.15: Critical Readers in CSCR with Cid Freitag, Dan LaValley & Emmanuel Contreras. Session page.
  • 10.13.15: Case Scenarios in CSCR with Margene Anderson, Dan LaValley & Emmanuel Contreras. Session page.
  • 10.16.15: Moodle with Shiela Reaves, Jenny Chung & Josh Harder with Shiela Reaves & Jenny Chung. Session page.
  • 10.09.15: eTexts with Colin Connors. Session page.
  • 10.06.15: Adobe Captivate with Dan LaValley and Josh Harder. Session page.
  • 10.02.15: Twitter with Catalina Toma. Session page.
  • 09.29.15: Google Apps in D2L with John Martin. Session page.
  • 09.25.15: Google Docs with Tim Paustian. Session page.
  • 09.22.15: Course Design in D2L with Margene Anderson. Session page.
  • 09.18.15: Diigo with Duncan Carlsmith. Session page.


The Active Teaching Lab is co-sponsored by the UW Teaching Academy, which hosts this page, and DoIT Academic Technology.

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