Part 5: Spring 2017 Labs

59 Navigation Solutions with Greg Downey — 02.17.2017

greg-downeyThe February 17, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored navigation and scheduling strategies in Canvas. Greg Downey shared how he helped his students stay on track.


  • A “splash page” as a homepage provides quick facts about the course with fun hooks and inviting images/fun optional videos/articles.
  • Co-teachers can upload content for other teachers in the course and keep content unpublished for students.
  • Simplicity in assignment design keeps it clear for students (e.g. every assignment worth the same number of points).
  • Students use the calendar, so it’s important to plug assignments, discussions & lectures into calendar.
  • View the session’s activity sheet for additional support materials.

Active Teaching Labs are held every Friday from 8:45-9:45am (and every other Monday from 12:30pm-1:30pm, see events calendar for dates) in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out the upcoming labs or read the recaps from past labs — or see them all in one place in our new  Active Teaching Lab eJournal ( To stay informed about upcoming Labs, check back to this website or sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

UW-Madison is transitioning to Canvas as a single, centrally supported LMS, and will discontinue support for D2L and Moodle by 2018. Visit for information and resources.

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