[Resolved] Blogs@UWW Outage 5/8

The Blogs@UWW service was unavailable between approximately 9:00 AM and ~12:13 PM on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019. The service has now been restored, but any media content (images or files) uploaded to the service between Sunday, May 5th at 11:00 PM and Wednesday, May 8th at 12:13 PM will need to be re-uploaded and linked. We apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have any additional questions about this outage, please contact the UW-W Helpdesk.

Conference Schedule Available – Celebrating Teaching & Learning

The conference schedule has been published and is now available at: http://go.uww.edu/ctl

Faculty and Staff: The LEARN Center and Learning Technology Center (LTC) invite you to register for the Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference on May 22nd, right here on the Whitewater campus in the University Center. 

There is still time to register!  Registration is open until May 12th!  Register at: http://blogs.uww.edu/ctl/registration

We look forward to seeing you for a great day of sessions on May 22nd!

Why should you attend?


[RESOLVED] Some Users Unable to Access Canvas April 28th

Between 7:35 PM CDT and 8:20 PM CDT on Sunday, April 28th some users were unable to access Canvas.  The Canvas team found an issue with one of their backend services that caused multiple instances to become unresponsive.  At this time the issue is resolved and Canvas is operating normally.

If you continue to have any problems, please contact Canvas Support.

Canvas Workshops – Summer 2019

The LTC will be offering a full day of rotating workshops on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019. We also have a series of Hands-On Introduction and Canvas Construction Zone sessions scheduled for June. We will continue to offer workshops throughout the summer.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – Thursday, May 23rd
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions throughout the session. We will offer repeats of this workshop all day – so feel free to attend multiple sessions – or drop in at any time. Please register for any sessions that you may attend to help give us an idea for planning. Registration is not required and you are welcome to drop in the day of the event. Remote viewing options will also be available. Light refreshments will be available.

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, May 23rd – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Thursday, May 23rd – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours)
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions along the way. If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Tuesday, June 4th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, June 12th – 9:00am UW Rock Allen Hall 03/04 In-Person Registration
Tuesday, July 16th – 9:00am UW-Rock Allen Hall 03/04 In-Person Registration
Monday, July 22nd – 1:00pm Hyer 210

In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours)
Are you ready to start digging into your course setup?  Do you need help straightening up after moving a course from D2L into Canvas?  Do you have questions on how to set things up? This is the session for you! This session will be 2 hours of lab time with support staff on hand to help you construct your course in Canvas. Don’t forget your hard hat!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, May 30th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, June 6th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, June 12th – 1:00pm UW-Rock Allen Hall 03/04 In-Person Registration
Tuesday, July 16th – 1:00pm UW-Rock Allen Hall 03/04 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, July 24th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration

Canvas Open Lab (2 Hours)
We will be available to answer your Canvas questions during the sessions below! Whether you are working on your current course, or if you are getting ready to teach in Canvas for the first time – stop on by!

Date/Time Location Register
Friday, May 31st – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Monday, June 24th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, June 26th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration

Thursday, August 8th – 10:00am

UW-Rock Allen Hall 03/04

In-Person Registration

Thursday, August 8th – 12:00pm

UW-Rock Allen Hall 03/04

In-Person Registration
Tuesday, August 13th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, August 15th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration

Canvas Deep Dives (1 Hour)
We will focus on a single tool, and dive deep into various options and use cases for how that tool works.

  • Content: This is delivered on the concept of backwards design driving the look and feel of course setup. It is about taking what you already do and molding a better experience for you and your students.
  • Quizzes: This will touch on different question types, building in targeted feedback in auto-graded quizzes, and most likely spend the bulk of the time in the Question Bank area to help instructors get a feel for how Canvas Question Bank is different than D2L Question Library.
  • Rubrics: This will start by touching briefly on rubric creation, but will focus on techniques to maximize the amount of value you can get by building rubrics directly in Canvas.
  • Discussions: We will look at setup (including threaded vs unthreaded), visibility, the lack of a “Forum” in Canvas (compared to how D2L had it), group setup, and grading.
  • Grades: Weighting grades, Late policies, Muting Assignments, SpeedGrader, setting a default grade, and setting up extra credit.
Event Name Date/Time Location Register
Content Monday, June 17th – 10:00am Hyer 210

In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Quizzes Wednesday, June 19th – 10:00am Hyer 210

In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Rubrics Thursday, July 18th – 10:00am Hyer 210

In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Discussions Wednesday, July 31st – 10:00am Hyer 210

In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Grades Thursday, August 1st – 10:00am Hyer 210

In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Registration Open: Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference May 22nd

Faculty and Staff: The LEARN Center and Learning Technology Center (LTC) invite you to register for the Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference on May 22nd, right here on the main campus in the University Center. 

This conference showcases a number of interesting teaching and learning initiatives that are active at UW-Whitewater.

The event is FREE, and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Register Now!

Don’t delay, register today!

Application Deadline Monday April 15! Summer 2019 Online/Blended Teaching Institute

The deadline for the Summer 2019 Online/Blended Teaching Institute is quickly approaching! Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 15th, 2019. Apply here: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fhoB4mL2bmVCRv

The Online/Blended Teaching Institute consists of a series of interactive workshops focusing on designing and teaching courses in a blended or online format. There is an emphasis on developing appropriate online or blended content, assessment, and learning activities. Additionally, the Institute teaches best practices for managing instructor workload and supporting students in an online or blended environment. The Institute accepts applications from faculty or instructional staff. Deans select participants from their respective College’s pool of applicants.

online blended institute

online learning is fun!

The Summer iteration of the Online/Blended Teaching Institute prepares for the Spring 2020 semester. The Winterim iteration prepares for teaching in the Summer and Fall terms. Ted Witt, Teaching Learning and Technology Consultant, and Eric Loepp, Assistant Professor of Political Science are your 2019 summer co-facilitators.

Dates for the 2019 Summer Online/Blended Teaching Institute:

June 14: Face-to-Face meeting: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
June 21: Face-to-Face meeting: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
June 28: Online using WebEx: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 12: Online using Web Ex: 9:00 am – 12:00pm

Submission of final Institute content: July 26th
For any additional information or questions, please contact the LTC.

Learning Technology Center
(262) 472-1004
ltc@uww.edu

Using Poll Everywhere to Engage Students

Are you interested in using a new tool to facilitate student engagement? “Poll Everywhere” is a live polling tool that allows students to submit answers, in real-time,  to closed or open-ended prompts that instructors create. Students can respond using the Poll Everywhere website, the mobile app, or even through text messages. 

Introducing Poll Everywhere YouTube Video

If you are interested in learning more about using Poll Everywhere in your course, consider registering for the workshop on Monday April 15th, at 10:30 amYou will need to enter your UWW Net-ID and password to register.

If you have any questions about Poll Everywhere or any other learning technology, please feel free to contact the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center.

Apply for the LTC’s Adaptive Learning Project Focused on Student Success and Retention

Looking for a way to increase student success in your course? Cerego is an adaptive learning platform that adjusts to an individual’s strengths and weaknesses by honing in on the specific concepts that each individual student needs. With Cerego, instructors can create content through the use of multiple choice and true/false questions, flashcards, fill – in- the – blank passages, and interactive figures. Students are able to track their individual progress over time and instructors can identify where improvements can be made at the individual and class level.

Cerego on a mobile device

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center is interested in supporting up to five instructors for the 2019-2020 academic year with stipends of $2,000 to use Cerego to provide a personalized, adaptive learning solution to increase success for all students. The LTC is particularly looking to work with instructors in courses with high “D,” “F,” “Withdraw,” or “Incomplete” (DFWI) rates to increase student success and improve retention rates in courses that show large equity gaps related to underrepresented minorities (URM), Pell-eligible, or first generation student populations.

To view the full call for applications, visit this post.

To apply, please complete this form by April 14th, 2019.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Learning Technology Center. 

Cerego for Student Success

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is sponsoring a project that will support five instructors in their exploration of Cerego’s adaptive learning platform. With the use of Cerego, the goal is to reduce DFWI rates – particularly for underrepresented minority (URM) students in their courses. If this is something you are interested in joining, keep
reading!

Cerego Logo

What is Adaptive Learning?

Adaptive learning offers an individualized learning experience for students. Instructors are able to customize their course for students through activities and assessments. This system continually adapts content and assessments based on a student’s performance. Students are able to gain feedback as well as additional learning material in order to gain a full understanding of course material.

Cerego, an Adaptive Learning Platform:

Cerego is an adaptive learning platform that instructors can use to actively engage their students and assess their learning throughout the course of the semester. With Cerego, instructors can create content for students to work through at their individual learning level. Knowledge is tested through the use of multiple choice and true/false questions, flashcards, fill – in- the – blank passages, and interactive figures. Cerego adapts to an individual’s strengths and weaknesses by honing in on the specific concepts that each individual student needs more practice with and then practice is distributed over time. This process can help remove the pressure of learning by providing content that is
customized to individual students’ needs and notifying students when they should return to refresh their knowledge. Students are able to track their individual progress over time and instructors can track their students’ progress as well, allowing instructors to identify where improvements can be made at the individual and class level.

Cerego can help instructors to:
· Support and encourage students
· Reinforce students’ persistence
· Provide students with feelings of “instructor presence” within the course
· Figure out where students are falling short and determine what instructors and         students can do to turn it around

Purpose of this Project:

Participants in this project will use Cerego to provide a personalized, adaptive learning solution to increase success for all students, particularly those in courses with high DFWI rates. More specifically, Cerego will be implemented to increase student success and improve retention rates in courses that show large equity gaps related to URM, Pell-eligible, or first generation student populations. Cerego will be used by instructors in a course that they offer both fall and spring semester to help support and encourage students to be persistent in their learning and to provide reinforcement, as a solution to mending the equity gap.

Please review the requirements for participation in this project:


Summer 2019

  • Attend faculty development sessions with LTC staff (dates TBD).

Fall 2019

  • Conduct at least one course using adaptive learning.
  • Complete early semester check in with LTC staff.
  • Support the LTC in administering an end-of-semester (IRB approved) survey about the course to students.

Winterim 2020

  • Complete one enhancement to the course that will be used in Spring 2020.

Spring 2020

  • Conduct one course using adaptive learning, with the enhancement discussed, and check in with LTC staff.
  • Support the LTC in administering an end-of-semester (IRB approved) survey about the course to students.
  • Complete a presentation on how Cerego facilitated instructor-student interactions as well as students’ outcomes in the course, at an LTC event. 

Interested? Apply here.

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.