Reminder: Call for Proposals – Celebrating Teaching and Learning 2020

As a member of the UW-Whitewater community, you are invited to submit a session proposal for the campus event 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference, “2020 Vision for Student Success.”  This special forum is meant to showcase the wide variety of ways we are all transforming the lives of our students through teaching and learning.  The Conference will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on the UW-Whitewater campus.  It is sponsored by the LEARN Center, the Learning Technology Center, and the Office of Academic Assessment.

Proposals are due March 2nd, 2020.

Additional details are available at: Call for Proposals: Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference 2020.

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

Spring 2020 Learning Technology Center Updates

The 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference will be held on May 20th, 2020 on the UW-Whitewater Campus. This year’s conference will be the “2020 Vision for Student Success” focusing on the following themes:

  • Student Engagement
  • Integrating Teaching and Technology
  • Access and Inclusion
  • High Impact Practices

Additional information is available on the conference website.

The Cisco/Presidio Teaching with Technology Innovator Honorarium is a recognition that will be bestowed upon an instructor who displays an outstanding commitment to leveraging learning technologies to solve common teaching challenges related to creating rich learning experiences to increase student success. Applications are due by February 25, 2020.

Application information is available at: Cisco/Presidio Teaching with Technology Innovator Honorarium.

UW-Whitewater Mobile App

The official UW-Whitewater App is available to download. Instructors may find the App useful for communication with students, to see upcoming campus events, and to help students connect with resources.

As an instructor, authorize the UW-Whitewater App to interact with your Canvas account. This will allow your students to get assignment due date notifications inside of the app. You can also leverage the app to help communicate with your students regarding upcoming events, or help them connect to campus resources. You will only need to do this ONCE and it will apply to all of your current and future courses. Authorize right now, it takes less than 5 minutes!

For additional information please check out our website:

LTC Assistant Director

The LTC welcomed Melissa Smiley as the new Assistant Director of Campus and Learning Technology in November of 2019. Melissa’s responsibilities include: identifying audience technology adoption and tracking their proficiency, developing systemic evaluation methods and training workshops in areas of need, assisting with strategic planning and partnerships, and finally, guiding the LTC staff and supporting ongoing growth.

Melissa, her husband (Dave), and their 5 children (Molly (14), Elizabeth (12), Catherine (11), Laney (7) and Luke (7)) live in the town of Ottawa, WI. They are joined by an elderly dog named Willow, who despite being fed by Melissa, favors Dave.

We are thrilled to have Melissa join our team, please take some time to welcome her the next time you see her!

Weekly Email Updates

Did you know that you can get a weekly email update about what’s going on in the LTC? Every Monday morning, you will 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! (Vbrick Rev) Planned Outage – February 8th

On Saturday, February 8th 2020 between 9 AM and 5 PM VBrick Rev ( will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance. During this outage, we will be deploying the latest version of VBrick Rev. Additional details are located here: (Vbrick Rev) Planned Outage – February 8th.

Workshops and Hands-on Training Opportunities

We have a number of workshops scheduled for the coming semester. Whether you are looking for Online Course Development Tools, wondering how you can utilize LinkedIn Learning in your courses or just looking for some training on the Google Suite, be sure to checkout the event signup at

Collaboration Tools

Webex Teams is a collaboration tool designed for continuous teamwork with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing and white boarding. Get started at:

Webex Meetings is an online web conferencing tool that allows you to meet with colleagues or classmates anywhere in the world using your internet. Get started at:

The Cisco Webex Education Connector is available for use in Canvas! The Webex Connector allows you to interact with Webex Meetings and Webex Teams directly from your Canvas course. It can be accessed by clicking on “Cisco Webex” in the course navigation menu. Get started at:

Google Apps are web-based tools available to all UW-Whitewater users. They allow you to create, share and access documents from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or mobile device. Get started at:

Custom Consulting & Training

Custom Consulting and Training Services are aimed at helping departments find software solutions to meet their needs. Small-group training sessions can be customized to cover topics relevant to your team and available schedule.

Contact the Learning Technology Center for additional information!

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 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!

Leveraging Digital Tools During The Unexpected

Dealing with the unexpected inside the classroom is part of teaching, but what happens when the unexpected prevents everyone from even gathering?  Certainly any number of things could force you to cancel class, but what can you do to help students continue to progress while they wait out the latest winter storm?

Don’t fear, the LTC is here! 

Here are just a few of the tools you can use to enable learning from almost anywhere:


Every semester, all courses are automatically setup and created in Canvas.  As an instructor, it’s up to you to Publish the course before the students are able to see it.  Once the course is published, you are able to send out News Announcements, post Assignments, and start up Discussion Forums all with a few clicks.  The best part is that Canvas Support is available 24/7/365 to help you get up and running!

Webex Meetings

With Webex Meetings, you have the ability to schedule and create a web based meeting where you can use both audio and video to communicate with your students.  To make things even easier, this is also integrated directly into every Canvas course on campus. Click on the “Cisco Webex” link in your course to get started.  All you and your students need to connect is an internet connected device.

Additional details available at: Cisco Webex Education Connector.

Webex Teams

If you are already using Webex Teams with your class, it’s a great tool to use for last minute and unexpected situations.  Webex Teams allows for communication using an app that students can download onto their computer, mobile devices or access using the web browser.  You can use teams to group message, share files and even schedule Webex Meetings right from the application.

Additional details available at: Cisco Webex Teams.

Streaming Videos

Video is also a great way you can deliver a lecture to your students virtually, from anywhere.  We have created a guide that explains the available tools and recommend uses.

View the Canvas Media Management Tools guide.

The next time you find yourself in an unexpected situation that might impact your class, remember there are a number of great tools and resources out there.  You can always reach out to the Learning Technology Center if you have any questions! (Vbrick Rev) Planned Outage – February 8th

COMPLETE: Sunday 4:30 PM – The upgrade is complete and videos are once again viewable. Thank you for your patience during the extended upgrade outage.

Update: Saturday 7:15 PM – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the outage window has been extended until 8 PM on Sunday, February 9th. We are aware of the impact this may have on your course work. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Update: Saturday 3 PM – The planned outage is taking longer than expected and we’ll be extending the outage window until 8 PM. We’ll update this message once the maintenance is complete.

On Saturday, February 8th 2020 between 9 AM and 5 PM VBrick Rev ( will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance. During this outage, we will be deploying the latest version of VBrick Rev.

Videos hosted on Rev will be unavailable during this outage. Please plan your assignments and classwork accordingly.

How do I know if my video is hosted on VBrick Rev (

Take a look at the two examples below. Note the differences in the bottom player control bar and the play button.

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

Planned Maintenance Outage – Sunday 1/12

There are two planned outages happening on Sunday, 1/12 that will impact a number of services including Canvas.

  • On Sunday, January 12th between 12:00 AM (midnight) at 8:00 AM, DoIT in Madison will be performing scheduled Network Maintenance. During this window, there may be periods of time where services are not available. This may impact some Canvas and Kaltura logins, as well as other services listed in the DoIT announcement.
  • On Sunday, January 12th between 12:00 AM (midnight) and 1:00 AM, Instructure will be performing maintenance on the Quizzes tool in Canvas. During this window, there may be periods of time where quizzes are not available.

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

[RESOLVED] Respondus Monitor Slowdown

On Monday, December 9th, 2019, between 9:15 AM and 10:20 AM CDT, Respondus Monitor experienced a slowdown due to a database issue. This was causing intermittent connectivity issues for instructors accessing the LockDown Browser dashboard. It was also causing slowdowns or errors for students trying to start a Respondus Monitor session.  Everything was operating normally as of 10:20 AM CDT.

Please contact Canvas 24/7/365 Support with any questions or concerns.

What is Respondus Monitor?

Respondus Monitor is an additional product that works with Respondus LockDown Browser to use the student’s webcam to utilize video to further prevent cheating during online quizzes.  It is currently licensed only for use by specific courses in the College of Business and Economics.

Are you still using Desire2Learn?

Are you still logging into Desire2Learn to get course material or using it for your department or organization?  If yes – please reach out to the instructor of that course and inform that that they will need to move to Canvas!

D2L will be flipped into “read-only” mode on January 17th, 2020. Users will still be able to login to save and export content, but they will not be able to create any new content or participate in any courses.

Please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support with any questions around the retirement of the service.

[RESOLVED] LinkedIn Learning Access Issues

Resolved December 3rd, 6:42 PM. The issue has been resolved and new users are now able to access LinkedIn Learning.

Beginning on December 1st, users who have not previously logged into LinkedIn Learning are receiving an error message when trying to create an account. Users who have logged in prior to December 1st are not impacted. ICIT is working with LinkedIn to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Updates will be posted to this message as they are received.

If you have specific questions about this outage, please reach out to the UW-W TSC Helpdesk.