University of Wisconsin–Madison

Online & Blended Teaching

A great article to read for those looking for a good introduction to online teaching is How to Be a Better Online Teacher, Advice Guide, by Flower Darby, The Chronical of Higher Education.

High-Impact Practices for Online Instruction from Northwestern School of Professional Studies. These practices were developed from faculty feedback with input from Quality Matter and the Comunity of Inquiry Model.

On May 16, 2019 the UAPC approved the Digital Education Principles for High-Quality Online Courses and Programs. (from the Office of the Provost, Academic Policies and Guidelines, Teaching and Learning section) This document provides eleven recommended principles to guide online education at UW-Madison. The aim is to provide a rich and personalized learning experience that embodies the principles of the Wisconsin Experience.

What learning technologies are available on campus?

Learn@UW Learning Technologies

Learning technologies are any software or hardware used by an instructor and/or students in a course. the Learn@UW suite of supported learning technologies include the following:

LEARN@UW – Getting Help with Supported Tools for Teaching

For immediate Canvas technical support, contact the DoIT Help Desk by phone, email, or LiveChat.

If you would like to talk to a consultant about learning tools or have more general questions on tools for teaching, contact DoIT Academic Technology.

Effective Use of Canvas

Canvas by Instructure logoNew to Canvas?

Here is an outline of resources on how to get started with Canvas Canvas at UW-Madison. You may also want to check out the various training resources and events for instructors to learn more about you can do with Canvas.

Reissuing (or rebuilding) a Canvas course for a new semester?

You will need to prepare your course content by copying your previous content into the new semester course shell. Note all student enrollment is handled through the Registrars Office. So, be sure to connect enrollments for any cross-listed/merge sections to your rebuild canvas course.

Once the Canvas shells for the semester are available (generally about the same time student are able to enroll in the upcoming semester courses.) you can begin to reissue and preparing your digital curriculums. If you are comfortable with reissuing your Canvas course here are a couple of online guides to assist you. (Note: We recommend you combine sections before adding content to your course.)

  1. Combine multiple sections into one Canvas course. Combining the enrollments from two or more sections into one course. This is also used for cross-listed courses.
  2. Copying content from a previous instance of this course. Reissuing from a previous semester’s Canvas course to the new semester.
  3. Don’t forget to publish your course! Students cannot access your course until you publish it.

Need help reissuing your spring course? Teaching and Learning Support is here to help you develop, improve, and troubleshoot your course curriculums.  As you have questions or challenges feel free to email

Canvas Course Template

Campus Academic Technology has collaboratively generated several Canvas course templates. Information and usage instructions about these campus templates are available in the Canvas Course Templates (UW-Madison) (article id=83075). The campus templates are available to review in an example Canvas course.

Addendums to the campus templates for WSB courses

  • WSB branding colors
  • Merging the Summary & Objectives, Absorb, Do, and Connect pages into a single page in a module. See an example of this an improved student experience.
  • Reduce course left navigation items (buttons) to be the minimal, indispensable items. This is to eliminate duplicate navigation paths. Begin with Home, Modules, Announcements, and Grades. Adding only as necessary for access.
  • The home page should include the official course description, instructor(s) contact information (including a picture and office hours), and a full list of the course learning outcomes.
  • Google Analytics

Topics to share with your students:
Assignment Rubrics and Feedback
How students can view their assignment rubrics and feedback

Kaltura Video Assignments
How students can upload a video assignment

Group Membership
How students can find out what group they belong to in a course and what it means for them and you

Topics for you the instructor:
Creating an assignment in Canvas
How you can easily create an assignment in Canvas

Giving Extra Credit
How you can give extra credit in my course

Canvas Communication Tips
How you can easily communicate with your students

Powerpoint Templates

MBA Bootcamp Template