Embedding Videos in Desire2Learn with VBrick Rev

On Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 VBrick Rev (streaming.uww.edu) was updated to use our common campus login process (Shibboleth).

Previously, some videos that were embedded into D2L courses and other sites requires users to login again to view them – hence causing a “double login” just to view the videos.  We are excited to say that with this update, the double login screen is gone!  We are now able to seamlessly authenticate the user automatically in the background, removing the second login screen that they were seeing before.

Old Login Screen

Old Rev (streaming.uww.edu) Login Screen

New Login Screen

New Rev (streaming.uww.edu) Login Screen

If you experience any issues with this change, or notice any problems please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Streaming.uww.edu (VBrick Rev) Scheduled Maintenance 5/24

On Wednesday, May 24th between 5am and 11am VBrick Rev (http://streaming.uww.edu) will be intermittently unavailable for scheduled maintenance.

During this outage, we will be changing the authentication process to use the same unified shibboleth login process as Desire2Learn.  Doing so will allow us to streamline access and offer a better user experience inside of Desire2Learn.

As a reminder, Desire2Learn will also be unavailable between 5am and 7am during this maintenance.

If you have any questions or concerns about this outage, please contact the Learning Technology Center (ltc@uww.edu).

Desire2Learn 10.7 Upgrade – June 14th/15th

There is an upgrade to Desire2Learn scheduled to start at 9:30pm on Wednesday, June 14th and be completed by 10:30am on Thursday, June 15th.  During this time, you will not be able to access Desire2Learn.  Please plan your summer course work accordingly.  We are in the process of creating a “What’s New?“ document and will make it available in the coming weeks.  We do not foresee any more changes with this update.

If you have any questions or concerns about this upgrade, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

Free Conference – May 18th – Register Now!

Do you want to learn what your colleagues are doing across campus?  Do you want to be “in the know” on what great teaching and learning initiatives are already happening around you everyday?  Then we have the event that is just for you!  Sign up now for our Celebrating Teaching and Learning event on May 18th!  This is a FREE event, that’s right – FREE!  The event also includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.

Register today!

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Learning Technology Center – otherwise, we’ll see you on May 18th!

SparkBoard – Emerging Technology Exploration Project (Fall 2017)

sparkboardsparkspaceAbout Spark

Cisco SparkBoard simplifies collaboration by incorporating three common instructor-student interaction tools into one:

  • Wireless Presentation (i.e., enabling the ability for instructors and students to share content and collaborative work)
  • Electronic Whiteboard (i.e., allowing instructors and students to illustrate course concepts, with whiteboards automatically archived in “Spark Space,” and instructors and students can return to the whiteboard for review, further writing, and conversations).
  • Cisco Web Conferencing System (e.g., allowing 4K video call with intelligent tracking views and whiteboard with anyone)

Exploration Purpose

The purpose of this project is to explore the use of the SparkBoard functionalities listed above to aid UWW instructors, students, and staff in collaborations that deepen student learning experiences and support here at UWW. Initial guiding questions for this exploration are:

  1. How can the SparkBoard assist instructors in their teaching?
  2. How can the SparkBoard assist students in their learning?

Participation Expectations

By taking part in this exploration, instructors are agreeing to participate in faculty development opportunities during Summer 2017. These faculty development opportunities will assist instructors in planning use of the SparkBoard, and SparkSpace, in at least one of their Fall 2017 courses. Instructors have flexibility in determining the best use of this tool in their course. Thus, instructors will be able to use it every class session, or a few class sessions depending on what works best for their learning goals. Currently, the SparkBoard is available for use in a room that, at most, supports 30 students. Participating instructors will be required to reflect on their experience throughout the scope of the project, and support their students in reflecting too. The following breakdown reflects what is expected of participating instructors semester by semester:

Summer 2017

  • Attend up to four faculty development one-hour sessions with LTC staff (TBD);
  • Develop a plan for use; specifically determining how and when the SparkBoard and SparkSpace will be used by at least one of your Fall 2017 courses;
  • Complete focus group, interview session, or survey from LTC staff that will gather data from instructors about the Spark preparation process (note: this will take place near the conclusion of the summer or during the early part of the fall semester, depending on instructor and staff availability).

Upon completing the faculty development sessions, developing a plan for use, and completing a focus group/interview session/survey with LTC staff, instructors will receive $750.

Fall 2017

  • Conduct at least one Fall 2017 course using Spark as documented in your plan for use;
  • Complete reflections during the semester after using Spark (determined by your plan for use);
  • Complete an end of the semester UWW IRB approved instructor survey circulated by LTC staff; and
  • Support students in taking an end of the semester UWW IRB approved survey about their impressions of Spark.

Upon completion of the fall semester, semester reflections, and the required surveys, instructors will receive $500.

Winterim/Spring 2018

  • Participate in a final video reflection on your exploration of Spark. This video reflection will be scheduled at your convenience. The purpose of the video is to share what you learned with other instructors who may be interested in using the tool in their teaching in the future.

Upon completion of the final video reflection, instructors will receive $250.

If all components are completed, instructors can expect to receive $1500 for their participation in total (i.e., $750 for Summer 2017, $500 for Fall 2017, and $250 for Winterim/Spring 2018 work).  Up to ten instructors will be selected for participation in this project.


If you are interested in participating, please complete the following form in Qualtrics by Friday, April 28: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1L07XLyMdUI2861

Important Respondus LockDown Browser Update – June 1st

CaptureStarting June 1st, students will no longer be able to directly open and login to the Respondus LockDown Browser.  Instead, they will need to visit the quiz page in any other browser and press the “Launch LockDown Browser” button. When they click the button, the LockDown Browser will launch, and students will automatically be logged in and taken directly to the quiz in D2L.  This helps improve the user experience for the student.  If LockDown Browser is not installed, a message will be displayed telling them to download it from the above link.

Starting June 1st, any student attempting to access a Quiz with Respondus enabled should receive an error message that states “LockDown Browser shouldn’t be started manually. Use a standard browser (eg. Chrome, IE, Firefox, etc) to navigate to the exam and LockDown Browser will launch automatically when it’s required“.

Student facing documentation has been updated to reflect the change.  These documents can be found at: LockDown Browser: Getting Started (Students).

If you have any questions about this change, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.