TurningPoint 8 Lunch and Learn on March 6th

Interested in incorporating polling into your classroom? TurningPoint is the campus supported student response system, that allows you to poll your class and display results instantly.

Join us for a look into the future of TurningPoint Polling software. Speaker Anthony Stratis, our representative from Turning Technologies, will show us some of the new features in TurningPoint 8 and how it can enhance your classroom experience.

Registration is required, click on one of the following links to register:

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Summer 2018 Institute for Online and Blended Teaching Applications Open

The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching.

If you are new to teaching online or blended, or want to revitalize a current online or blended course, please consider participating in this unique program. The Institute for Online/Blended Teaching provides online and blended instructors the opportunity to collaborate with other instructors around campus on course design strategies and teaching best practices. This intensive, and interactive, series of workshops simulates taking a blended course and integrates a variety of different methods and technologies. The structure of the Institute allows participants to explore new instructional and course design methods, and participate in learning activities similar to what a student would experience.

The Institute consists of required online and face-to-face meetings. Face-to-face meetings are held on the UW-Whitewater campus, and online meetings are held via web conferencing technology.

Dates and Requirements:

The Institute focuses primarily on pedagogy, and using technology to support student and instructor success (not just for the purposes of using technology). The Institute will only briefly address specific tools (such as learning management systems).

There are five mandatory meetings for the Summer Institute: three face-to-face meetings held on the UW-Whitewater campus, and two online meetings held via web conferencing. All meetings require some degree of pre-work. The first meeting is a half-day, face-to-face meeting on Thursday, May 31st. The second meeting is a half-day online meeting on Thursday, June 14th. The third meeting is a full-day, face-to-face meeting on Thursday, June 28th. The fourth meeting is a half-day online meeting on Thursday, July 12th. The Institute concludes with a final half-day, face-to-face, meeting on Thursday, July 26th. Specific times will be provided to accepted participants.

Applications:

All faculty and teaching academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply. However, participation in the Institute is competitive, as typically more applications are received than can be accepted. Expect that incomplete application forms will be rejected. Accepted participants will be notified following confirmation from their respective college. Applications are due Friday, March 23rd, 2018.

The application form is available at this link: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88kmxIUlheavzyR

Questions?

If you have any questions about the 2018 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Institute for Online/Blended Teaching Alumni Spark Team

Twice a year, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) offers an Institute for Online/Blended Teaching. One area of interest for many instructors that complete the Institute for Online/Blended Teaching has been continuing a community of practice around online and blended teaching, that extends beyond the end of the Institute.

Recently, UW-Whitewater began using Cisco Spark, as a tool for communication and collaboration. Spark allows users to share files, hold discussions, and place video calls (among other features). Spark can be accessed through a web browser, or downloaded onto a computer or mobile device.

The LTC has created a Spark team for alumni of the Institute for Online/Blended Teaching, as a way to extend the community of practice for instructors in a virtual space outside and beyond the conclusion of the formal Institute. Instructors teaching online and/or blended courses are invited to join the team so that they can discuss challenges, ask questions, share “best practices,” and contribute any and all other ideas within this Spark team.

If you have completed the LTC’s Institute for Online/Blended Teaching, and would like to be added to this Spark team, please contact Andrew Cole at ltc@uww.edu.

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Desire2Learn Course Closet Cleaning Workshops

Messy ClosetIn preparation for the upcoming Canvas transition, we will be holding a two part hands-on workshop series to help clean up some of the old content in your D2L courses.  This will be a repeat of the same series we offered in January.  We will provide a brief overview of common areas that can be cleaned up, and then we’ll dive in and help you clean out the closet!  The majority of the time will be work time for you to ask questions and cleanup your course(s).

Registration is required; click on dates below to register.

Friday, February 16th (Hyland 3101):

Tuesday, March 27th (Hyer 210):

What this workshop isn’t: We will not be talking about Canvas, or showing any of the Canvas platform during this session.  The purpose of this session is to focus on and prepare your D2L courses for the upcoming transition.

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Spring 2018 Update from the Learning Technology Center

From left to right: Elaina Barr (Media & Training Specialist), Shane Degen (LMS Administrator), Nicole Weber (Director of Learning Technology), Aaron Axelsen (Operations Manager), Andrew Cole (Learning Technology Specialist), Sarah Klingman-Cole (Technology Promotion & Adoption Specialist).

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is here and ready to help you! Our team of experts have a wide range of skills to tackle all of your instructional course-related needs.


Desire2Learn to Canvas Transition

The UW-System Board of Regents has signed a contract with Instructure for their Canvas product. Canvas will be replacing Desire2Learn as our next Learning Management System. The earliest opportunity to migrate courses to Canvas is expected to be Fall 2018. For more information about the overall project, go to http://go.uww.edu/canvas-transition

Over the last few years, the UW-Whitewater campus had the chance to conduct, and evaluate, a few pilots using Canvas. These pilots allowed UW-Whitewater instructors to use Canvas in their courses. In the video below, see what some of your colleagues who took part in these pilots thought about the educational opportunities offered by Canvas!

What is the current status?

Currently, there are several teams working across the entire University of Wisconsin-System.  These teams are testing all aspects of the Canvas system, and working towards getting things setup for use in your courses.  In the coming months, we will be able to provide a better timeline on when you will be able to access and use the system.  What can you do now?  Check out the sessions below!

Canvas Show and Tell

PrintDuring the course of the Spring 2018 semester, we will offer a 3 part workshop series to help you get up to speed with Canvas.  These workshops will be 1 hour long and are designed to show you a comparison of Canvas and Desire2Learn functions.  Feel free to pick and choose which sessions you would like to attend. These workshops will NOT be hands-on.   We will offer hands-on workshops once you have the ability to start transitioning your course material.

Registration is required; click on dates below to register.  All workshops will be held in McGraw 19a.

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1

Part 1 will provide a brief overview of the vision for the Digital Learning Environment (DLE).  Afterwards, we will show you how the following items work in D2L and in Canvas.

Tuesday, February 13th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, February 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 2

Part 2 will focus on assignment tools and grading.

Tuesday, February 27th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 28th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 6th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 3

Part 3 we will talk about overall course administration, the class list tool, and also some of the New features that are available in Canvas.

Wednesday, March 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Thursday, March 15th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1, 2 & 3

During spring break, we will be offering a condensed version that goes through all 3 parts of the series in a 2 hour session.

Wednesday, March 28th – 10am to noon

For full details of what will be covered and signup access, please check our Blog Post.

Desire2Learn Closet Cleaning

Messy ClosetIn preparation for the upcoming Canvas transition, we will be holding a two part hands-on workshop series to help clean up some of the old content in your D2L courses.  This will be a repeat of the same series we offered in January.  We will provide a brief overview of common areas that can be cleaned up, and then we’ll dive in and help you clean out the closet!  The majority of the time will be work time for you to ask questions and cleanup your course(s).

Registration is required; click on dates below to register.

Friday, February 16th (Hyland 3101):

Tuesday, March 27th (Hyer 210):

What this workshop isn’t: We will not be talking about Canvas, or showing any of the Canvas platform during this session.  The purpose of this session is to focus on and prepare your D2L courses for the upcoming transition.

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.


Weekly Email Updates

figure3_4Did you know that you can get a weekly email update about what’s going on in the LTC? Every Monday morning, you’ll get an email that contains a summary of the latest items from our blog. To signup for these updates, just fill out the form below!



Technology Training for All

If you find yourself wanting to learn more about the software that is offered on campus, why not take some technology training? We offer live, hands-on workshops for all faculty and staff members. These sessions are taught in the ICIT Training Center in McGraw Hall room 112.  Workshops usually last an hour and a half.

The atmosphere is relaxed, making it ideal for trying out something new or brushing up your knowledge on something you may not use very often. We focus on introductory level skills and cover the current versions of popular software used on campus. Current workshops include Google Docs and Drive, Cisco Jabber, Outlook Email Basics, Ingeniux Website CMS and more! Registration is required, sign up for training’s at signup.uww.edu.

 

Summer 2018 Institute for Online/Blended Teaching

Summer 2018 Institute for Online/Blended Teaching: Are you currently teaching online or blended? Are you thinking about converting a course to an online or blended format? Each year the LTC holds two offerings of the Institute for Online/Blended Teaching. The Institute consists of a series of face-to-face and online meetings aimed at supporting instructors in the best practices of teaching online and blended courses. The Institute is not focused on specific tools, but rather pedagogically sound online/blended course design and delivery. If you are interested, be on the lookout for more information and the call for applications for the Summer 2018 Institute for Online/Blended Teaching, that will be posted in mid-February 2018.


What does the Learning Technology Center do?

We are proud of the work we do to support the learning management system (LMS), and the assistance we provide to instructors teaching online and blended courses. However, our department focus goes beyond the LMS.  Our mission provides insight into some of the other initiatives we have in the LTC.

  • WE BELIEVE in integrating pedagogy and technology to assist instructor in developing effective learning experiences.
  • WE SUPPORT instructors in their pursuit of excellence in teaching and student learning.
  • WE INNOVATE with instructors by initiating emerging technology exploration projects and conducting research studies.
  • WE CONNECT people on campus and beyond to create community among instructors who teach with technology.
  • WE PARTNER collaborate, and communicate with colleges, programs, departments, instructors and tech-liaisons.
  • WE LEAD learning technology initiatives focused on increasing student access, enhancing engagement and supporting success.

Guided by an advisory group, made up from instructional representatives from each of the colleges, we value a data-driven approach taken from what instructors report to us in the annual Instructor Support Survey and trends we see in research related to technology, student engagement, and success in higher education.

If you have any other questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.


Streaming.uww.edu (Rev) Updates

On Wednesday, January 3, ICIT deployed the VBrick Rev 7.18 update to our environment.  There are a number of fixes and enhancements that came along with this release.  The way that videos are restricted to a course has changed.  Restricting access to a course is now available in the “Teams” tab.  Documentation is available here.

Some of the other notable new features are:

  • Email Notifications.  The system will now send you an automatic email once a video has been uploaded and processed.  The email will contain the title of the video and a link to it.
  • Online Video Editor.  The system now includes a basic video editor that works right in the browser.  We are still testing out the best use cases for this – stay tuned!
  • Embedded Playlists.  Playlists may now be embedded in the same manner as individual videos.

Click here for the full list of updates.

 

Desire2Learn Kaltura MyMedia Update

The “My Media” Kaltura integration with Desire2Learn has received an update.  The update offers an enhanced file upload tool, and also a direct link to CaptureSpace Lite.  The overall process has not changed – it is still accessed via the “Insert Stuff” tool.

Kaltura My Media – Old Interface

Kaltura My Media – New Interface


Adaptive Learning

The LTC is currently exploring some adaptive learning options. If you are interested in potentially utilizing adaptive learning in your course in the Fall of 2018, be on the lookout this semester for a call for participants on the LTC blog.

Saturday Instructional Events

During the Fall 2017 semester, the LTC held two different Saturday Instructional Development events targeted towards adjuncts and other faculty members who are not as available during the work week. We are looking to hold more of these events in the future.

Celebrating Teaching and Learning

Thank you to everyone for the interest in the Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference. We were unable to secure a date for this years event and have opted to start planning for 2019.  If you would like to be part of our planning team, please email ltc@uww.edu!

 


Exploration: New Technologies

shutterstock_382942804We have been exploring a number of cool technologies and have some new things for you to try out!

  • Digital Badging for Professional Development!  The LTC chose digital badging as a way to provide a visual recognition of the technological professional development accomplished on campus.  Starting this semester, Spring 2018, the LTC is providing an opportunity for you to earn badges in any of our technology training sessions (Google Apps, Outlook,Jabber, Excel, etc.).  Instructors in the Institutes for Online/Blended Teaching are also eligible to earn a badge.  The badges can be displayed on the UW-Whitewater white pages, in your email signature or on LinkedIn.  We are in the process of expanding our badging initiative, so be on the lookout for opportunities to participate in digital badging on campus!
  • TurningPoint 8 is the latest version of the campus supported student response system which will be available in Fall of 2018. With TurningPoint 8 in your class you can transform a lecture into an interactive presentation. You can create polls instantly and display results, play ice breaker games, track attendance, assess student learning and more! This can be used in any sort of classroom environment, from quizzing on undergraduate introductory comprehension to graduate level discussions where you can facilitate difficult discussions without hesitation.

Need Desire2Learn Help?

We are here to help you with all your Desire2Learn (D2L) course needs! The best way to request support is by using our online support form which is located at http://d2l.uww.edu/contact

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We do our best to respond to all support request within 1 business day of receiving them. We do monitor the box on evenings and weekends for critical issues on a best effort basis.

Don’t forget to request for fall semester courses! Course creation must be completed every semester, and it is a manual process on our end. Courses created by 3pm on business days are typically available the next day. Request for your courses at http://my.uww.edu/d2lrequest


GooseChase

goosechaseGooseChase is an easy way to organize and run point-based scavenger hunts for your class or event. We have recently acquired a campus-wide license of GooseChase for the 2017 – 2018 Academic Year!

You can Mix and Match Mission Types!

  • Photo & Video: Student’s will have to submit a photo or record a video to complete a mission. All done right from the students mobile device.
  • Text: Submit a simple text response. Great for riddles, puzzles and surveys.
  • GPS: Utilizing the GPS on the mobile device, students will need to physically visit places to check-in to complete the mission.

In order to get started, just create an account using your @uww.edu email address. Make sure that your password IS NOT THE SAME as your Net-ID.

Additional tutorials and guides are available at: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/TAd5


Don’t forget to Visit Us

Are you still with us? If so – great, you made it to the end! Be sure to stop by the LTC throughout the semester to visit. As a reminder, we are located in McGraw Hall, Suite 120 and are available between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM weekdays. We can also be reached at ltc@uww.edu or 262.472.1004. We’ll always be willing to help, and have plenty of treats on hand for your sweet tooth. Have a great semester!

Granting your class access to your videos on Rev

Over Winterim, the VBrick Rev update brought along a slight change to the process of restricting viewing access to your course.  The full list of changes are located at here.

Here is the new way to grant access to your classes:

1. Open the video you would like to give viewing access to.

2. In the top-right corner, click the “Settings” button.

3. For “Access Control”, select “Teams”.

4. In the “Add Teams” box, select or search for the courses/teams you would like to be able to view the video.

5. Click the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the window to commit your changes.

The teams you selected should now be able to view the video!

You can find more information on how to give editing and viewing access to your courses/teams here: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/toBE

If you have any questions about this change, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Kaltura “My Media” Update in Desire2Learn

The “My Media” Kaltura integration with Desire2Learn has received an update!  The new update offers an updated file upload tool, and also a direct link to CaptureSpace LiteThe overall process has not changed – it is still accessed via the “Insert Stuff” tool.

Kaltura My Media – Old Interface

Kaltura My Media – New Interface

Note: If the videos need to be viewed full screen, please follow these steps: https://kb.wisc.edu/kaltura/page.php?id=78509

If you have any questions regarding this update – please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Canvas Show and Tell

During the course of the Spring 2018 semester, we will offer a 3 part workshop series to help you get up to speed with Canvas.  These workshops will be 1 hour long and are designed to show you a comparison of Canvas functions to Desire2Learn.  Feel free to pick and choose which sessions you would like to attend. These workshops will NOT be hands-on.   We will offer hands-on workshops once users have the ability to start transitioning their course material.

Registration is required.  All workshops will be held in McGraw 19a.

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1

Part 1 will provide a brief overview of the vision for the DLE (Digital Learning Environment).  Afterwards, we will show you how the following items work in D2L and in Canvas.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • Course Home and Navigation
  • D2L News -> Canvas Announcements
  • D2L Content -> Canvas Modules
  • D2L Manage Files -> Canvas Files / Pages
  • D2L Discussions -> Canvas Discussions

Tuesday, February 13th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, February 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 2

Part 2 will focus on more of the assignment tools and grading.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • D2L Dropbox -> Canvas Assignments
  • D2L Quizzes -> Canvas Quizzes
  • D2L Grades -> Canvas Grades
  • D2L Attendance -> Canvas Attendance
  • D2L Calendar -> Canvas Calendar

Tuesday, February 27th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 28th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 6th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 3

Part 3 we will talk about overall course administration, the class list tool, and also some of the “New” features that are available in Canvas.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • D2L Course Administration -> Canvas Course Administration
  • D2L Classlist -> Canvas People
  • D2L Rubrics -> Canvas Rubrics
  • D2L HTML Editor -> Canvas Rich Content Editor
  • New Features in Canvas
    • Canvas Syllabus
    • Canvas Collaborations
    • Canvas Speedgrader
    • Canvas Course Link Validator

Wednesday, March 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 13th Thursday, March 15th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1, 2 & 3

During spring break, we will be offering a condensed version that goes through all 3 parts of the series in a 2 hours session.

Wednesday, March 28th – 10am to noon

If you have any questions please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

What is Canvas?

The UW-System Board of Regents has signed a contract with Instructure for their Canvas product.  Canvas will be replacing Desire2Learn as our next Learning Management System.  The earliest opportunity to migrate courses to Canvas is expected to be Fall 2018.  For more information about the overall project, go to http://go.uww.edu/canvas-transition

VBrick Rev Service Update (1/3)

On Wednesday, January 3, ICIT deployed the VBrick Rev 7.18 update to our environment. In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements will be included:

  • (New) Email Notifications.  Rev will now send you an automatic email once a video has been processed and uploaded.  The email will contain the title of the video and a link to access it.  Remember to check the video access settings before distributing the link to others.
  • (New) Online Video Editing.  Rev now includes the ability to edit video clips you have uploaded.  The editor requires no browser plug-ins, Flash or Java to use in supported browsers.
    • It contains the ability to cut multiple segments from the front, middle or end of the video.
    • Video Chapters enable you to set and jump to specific locations.  Additionally, you may define chapters by name or by slide title with a PowerPoint upload.
  • (New) Embedded Playlists.  Playlists may now be embedded in a similar fashion to an individual video asset.
  • (New) Video Filter Enhancements.  A new video filter interface has been implemented that includes multiple attributes that you may now search on to filter video searches.
  • (New) Podcast Support.  VBrick Rev now features podcast support through .mp3 file uploads.
  • (New) Teams Update and Enhancements.  Rev now has a new way to create better content organization using Teams.  This feature will allow you to organize content by functional area giving users a simpler method to ensure videos are seen by the right users.
  • (New) Content Expiration Rules.  Expiration rules may now be set on different content types.
  • (New) Media Menu Update.  The Media menu has been enhanced and divided into two sub-menu drop-downs Videos and My Teams.  Each of these options provide quick access to several video and team features.
  • (Updates) Bulk Edit.  Bulk editing in Rev has been updated to add the ability to bulk edit Teams video access features and expiration dates and rules.
  • (Updates) .mts file support.  Files created in the .mts format can now be uploaded to Rev.
  • (Fixed) Default Search Criteria.  Corrected minor problem where the default search for a video was by Title and not by Relevance.
  • (Fixed) Tool Tip on Hover for List View and Grid Button.  Provided an improvement on the videos page when hovering on the view icons to show a tool tip as to which view – list view or grid view – is being displayed.

What’s VBrick Rev?
Rev is a Media Management System that we have available for use by all Instructors and Students at UW-Whitewater.  You can access Rev by going to: http://streaming.uww.edu

If you have any questions or concerns about this update, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Celebrating Teaching & Learning – We Need Your Help!

IMG_0663We need your help planning our next Celebrating Teaching & Learning Conference!  We have developed a short survey to help us gather some feedback to start the planning process.  The survey is located at:

https://goo.gl/forms/irxYhesNtyXiLPq12

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.