Updates and trainings for Canvas, Top Hat, and MFA-Duo for students

Canvas – Reminder About Adding Individuals Not Affiliated with UW–Madison

As we head into the start of a new semester, it’s important to remember the policies pertaining to manually enrolling people into Canvas courses. The Office of the Registrar has advised that, per the faculty-approved Policy on Minimum Qualifications for Instructional Staff, “Individuals who teach courses offered for UW-Madison credit must have instructional appointments consistent with that role during the term of instruction.” This policy was enacted in part to ensure compliance with the requirements of our accreditor.

As a reminder, individuals not affiliated with UW-Madison should not be added to a Canvas “for-credit” course in any role that would give them access to FERPA-protected data (class rosters, grades, etc.). Please note, there is a process in place to add instructors to Canvas if their instructional appointment at UW-Madison is pending. For more information, see the Office of the Registrar’s website and refer to the section that mentions the “Pending Instructor Petition.”

Student rollout of multi-factor authentication starts soon!

Beginning Sept 9, UW–Madison students (including student employees) will have the opportunity to enroll in multi-factor authentication (MFA-Duo). All students must enroll in multi-factor authentication from Duo (MFA-Duo) at in order to access UW–Madison online data (e.g. Canvas, email, MyUW). This additional security step uses your NetID and password with a smartphone or token/fob to “prove it’s you!” All students are required to enroll in MFA-Duo by Oct. 31. Find more info at Getting Started: Multi-factor Authentication for Students.

August workshops make teaching in Canvas easy

To help instructors set up and effectively use Canvas, technical trainings and Active Teaching Labs are offered from 8/21 to 8/30. Trainings guide participants on setting up courses, managing grades and organizing files while Labs provide a venue for colleagues to share insight on creating personalized and interactive learning experiences. View the calendar & register.

Top Hat – Active learning technology

Top Hat Certification is for new or beginning users. It is a workshop that focuses on assignment styles and ways to use Top Hat for enhanced comprehension, feedback, and motivation. Those who register for this workshop will receive a digital certificate of completion. Refreshments will be served.

The Professor Panel is a panel of four UW-Madison professors who currently use Top Hat discussing their experience with this active learning tool.

Both events are on Wednesday August 28th. Registration is free. For more information and to register please go to the following links.

Top Hat Certification
Top Hat Professor Panel