Canvas Training Course Invitation – Incorrect Link

Earlier today (June 19th, 2018), we sent out invitations to the Canvas Instructor Training Course.  We discovered after the fact, that the link included in the email does not actually work as intended.  Please follow these steps to join the Canvas Instructor Training Course.

  1. Go to http://www.uww.edu/canvas and click on the “Login” button.
  2. Login using your UW-W Net-ID and Password.
  3. If this is your first time accessing Canvas, review and agree to the terms of services.
  4. On the Canvas Dashboard, you will see a message at the very top of the screen.
  5. Click on “Accept” to join the Canvas Instructor Training Course.  If you do not want to be in the course, you can click on Decline.

If you continue to have issues accessing the course or did not receive an invitation and would like to be added, please reach out to Canvas Support.

Canvas Transition Update

We hope you had a great Spring semester!  We have been continuing to work on the deployment of the Canvas platform.  A few quick updates:

  • Instructor Training Course.  All faculty who have taught a course in the last two semesters, or are already scheduled to teach next fall, will be invited to join the Canvas Instructor Training course. To gain access, simply click the “Get Started” button in the email when it arrives, or sign into Canvas to accept the invitation.
  • Fall 2018 Courses.  The UW-System is working out the final issues with WINS enrollments and the Fall 2018 courses are expected to be available in July.  Courses will be automatically created for you, and there will no longer be a request process.  Currently all instructors should have access to at least 3 Blank Courses.  These courses can be used as a Master Course to develop your content which can then easily be copied over into your Fall 2018 course once it is created.
  • Freshman Facing Courses.  Are you teaching a course that typically has incoming freshman?  We strongly encourage you to get started with Canvas in the Fall 2018 semester!  We have been working instructors of the most common freshman courses, and we are trying to get as many of them over to Canvas as possible.  Our goal is to make things easier for the students, and limit their need to learn both Canvas and Desire2Learn.
  • Course Integrations (Turnitin, Lockdown Browser, etc).  We are actively working on getting all of the integrations in place.  Currently, the following integration’s are complete and ready for you to use: Films on Demand, Google Drive, Turning Point 8, Turnitin and W. W. Norton – InQuizitive.  For the full list of integration’s that are still being worked on, check out the tracking page at External Application Integrations List.
  • Canvas Peer Mentors.  The LTC has college-specific peer mentors available to help assist their colleges with the Canvas Transition.  The peer mentors are available to help answer your migration questions, and can provide you training information and resources about the Canvas platform.  Meet your Peer Mentors!

Want to learn more about Canvas? Join us at one of our online or face-to-face workshops this summer! Signup at: http://go.uww.edu/ltc-workshop-signup

If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

[RESOLVED] Kaltura “My Media” Unavailable for Some Users

RESOLVED June 14th.  All issues reported related to Kaltura have been resolved at this time.  If you continue to have any issues please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Update – June 12th:  The initial issue has now been resolved and the work around is no longer needed.  Users should again be able to access the “My Media” area.  We have discovered that the initial load time of the My Media tool may take longer than expected – up to 180 seconds.  Kaltura is investigating this issue and we will provide an update as soon as it is received.

Kaltura “My Media” may be unavailable to some users.  Kaltura is working on a hotfix to correct the issue, and it is scheduled to be deployed early next week.

We do have a workaround that instructors can setup in their courses.

  1. Instructors will need to add a widget to their course home page.  There is a widget called “My Media” listed under the “System Widgets” which needs to be added to the course home page.  Instructions on how to add a widget to your homepage is located at: Adding/Removing Widgets on Homepages
  2. Once the widget is added, students and instructors in a course will need to visit the widget, and click on the “Continue” button to authorize their account.
  3. Once the authorization is complete, users can continue using the “My Media” link inside of the “Insert Stuff” tool to access their videos.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this issue has caused, and will let you know once the hotfix has been implemented.

If you have any questions please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Canvas Workshops – July 2018

The LTC will be offering both Canvas Hands-On Introduction and Canvas Construction Zone sessions during the month of July.  We are planning to offer additional sessions in August and during the Fall 2018 semester.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – July 2018
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, July 10th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Monday, July 16th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Tuesday, July 31st – 8:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) – July 2018
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, July 12th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, July 18th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, August 2nd – 8:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration

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

COMING SOON: Canvas Instructor Training Course

Interested in learning how to use Canvas at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home?  Looking for an organized resource that has videos about all of the basics, but also links you out to more specialized “how-to” documents?  No matter if you are feeling overwhelmed or just looking to brush up on your skills, the new “Canvas Instructor Training” course is a good way to get some direction during the transition from D2L to Canvas.

All faculty who have taught a course in the last two semesters, or are already scheduled to teach next fall, will be invited to join the Canvas Instructor Training course.  To gain access, simply click the “Get Started” button in the email when it arrives, or sign into Canvas to accept the invitation.

Getting Started with TurningPoint v8 – June 7th

Join us on Thursday, June 7th from 1pm to 2pm as we go over the differences between TurningPoint Cloud and TurningPoint 8.  There are some new integration and syncing abilities that will simplify your workflow within Canvas.  TurningPoint 8 will be available in the Fall 2018 semester.

Register at: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15627

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

D2L eGrading Process Available for Spring 2018

The D2L eGrading process is now available for the Spring 2018 semester. This process allows instructors to transfer final grades from their Desire2Learn Gradebook directly to their WINS Grade Roster.

If you prefer step by step documentation, that can be found at: WINS eGrading Overview.

If you have any questions or concerns with the eGrading process, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Teaching with Spark (soon to be WebEx Teams) Bootcamp: June 4th, June 11th, June 18th

Searching for ways to build community with students in your online class? Looking for a way to facilitate communication and collaboration between your students in your face-to-face class? You may benefit from using Cisco WebEx Teams, and the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp!”

The bootcamp will take place in McGraw 19A on a series of Monday afternoons in June (6/4, 6/11, 6/18) from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. The bootcamp will offer demonstrations, hands-on practice, and discussion of applications in WebEx Teams. Even though there is no expectation for outside work between sessions, for the sake of time, the second and third sessions will build on the prior session(s).

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp.” Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. UW-Whitewater has a campus license, so, even if you’ve never logged into WebEx Teams before, you will not need anything beyond a computer and/or mobile device for this bootcamp.

Please note: This is the same bootcamp as the Spring’s “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” There is no stipend associated with attending the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp.” However, if you complete all three sessions, you will receive a badge.

Bootcamp Summary:

June 4th, 2018: Why Should I Use WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15557

This first session introduces participants to Cisco WebEx Teams, and why they might benefit from incorporating it into their teaching. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” Facilitators will provide examples to help participants understand what WebEx Teams is (and is not), how WebEx Teams works, and the purpose in using WebEx Teams.

June 11th, 2018: How Do I Use WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15558

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training with Cisco WebEx Teams. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using WebEx Teams to communicate and collaborate with others.

June 18th, 2018: Now What Do I Do With WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15559

This third, and final, session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of WebEx Teams in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using WebEx Teams based on recent pilots conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp,” or any other LTC training or workshop, feel free to contact the LTC: ltc@uww.edu

Instructor Support Survey iPad Winner

Thank you to all the instructors who participated in completing the the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) Instructor Support Survey! We had over 100 instructors participate and will be using the results to ensure that the LTC is meeting instructors needs in regards to our services, support, and programming.

We held the iPad drawing and our lucky winner is Dennis Elverman from the the College of Business and Economics.

Congratulations to our winner and another thank you to everyone who provided feedback!

Canvas Workshops – May & June 2018

The LTC will be offering a full day of rotating workshops on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. 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) – Wednesday, 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
Wednesday, May 23rd – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, May 23rd – 11:30am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, May 23rd – 2:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – June 2018
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
Thursday, May 31st – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Tuesday, June 5th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, June 13th – 9:00am Heide 302 In-Person Registration
Monday, June 18th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Tuesday, June 26th – 1:00pm Heide 302 In-Person Registration

Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) – June 2018
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, June 7th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Friday, June 15th – 9:00am Heide 302 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, June 20th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, June 28th – 1:00pm Heide 302 In-Person Registration

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