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.


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:


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


LEARN Center/LTC Fall 2017 Student Engagement Faculty Panel

This Fall 2017 semester, the LEARN Center and the LTC co-sponsored a series of workshops on student engagement. In the second workshop, a panel of instructors from across the UW-Whitewater campus shared strategies and techniques for engaging students across different course formats (i.e., face-to-face, online, blended/hybrid). The panelists for the session were Tammy French (Communication), Kelly Hatch (Curriculum & Instruction), Eric Loepp (Political Science), and Choton Basu (Information Technology & Supply Chain Management).

One panel question posed during the session addressed how instructors can know whether most (or all) students are engaged in a learning activity, or if only a relatively small handful of students are more vocally engaged. The instructors’ responses to the prompt are featured in the video below.

The LTC recorded all of the instructor presentations, and the other panel questions as well. The additional videos from this panel are available for viewing on the LTC YouTube site.

Information about the Spring 2018 LEARN Center/LTC workshop series will be forthcoming on this blog and on the LEARN Center website.

For further information on the LEARN Center/LTC workshop series, or any other LTC professional development opportunities, please contact the LTC at

LTC Institutes for Online/Blended Teaching

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) hosts Winter and Summer Institutes for Online/Blended Teaching. These institutes serve as introductions to best practices in online and blended course design and facilitation. Though these institutes do address specific tools, inside and outside of the learning management system (LMS), the focus of the institute is on research and practices in online teaching and learning, rather than on learning to use specific tools. By completing the institute, instructors can receive a badge.


In the past, basic knowledge of using the tools in the LMS has been viewed as a prerequisite for enrolling in the institutes. Though this might change slightly during the transition to Canvas (Please see the Canvas Migration Portal here for more information on that transition:, in general some previous knowledge and experience using online teaching tools, such as tools in a LMS, is viewed as necessary in order to successfully complete the institute.

Participation in these institutes is competitive, as more instructors typically apply than can be supported in a given offering. However, by offering the institute twice a year, the LTC tries to accommodate as many instructors teaching online and/or blended in this institute as possible.

If you are interested in applying for the institute, be on the lookout for calls for participants on this blog in the future. If you are in need of one-on-one help with your online or blended course to close out the current Fall 2017 semester, consider registering for the LTC’s Saturday Instructional Development Event in December.

Fall 2017 Student Engagement Series: Technologies and Techniques Workshop

This Fall semester, the UW-Whitewater LEARN Center and the Learning Technology Center (LTC) have been co-sponsoring a series of workshops on student engagement.

Chalkboard and cell phone


The first in the series of workshops provided an overview of challenges and approaches to student engagement. The second in the series of workshops featured a faculty panel discussing different approaches to student engagement. The third, and final, session will provide information on a few different instructional technologies that can be used as a means to help facilitate student engagement. Participants in the third, and final, workshop will also have the opportunity to test out these tools/technologies.

The last session of the Fall 2017 student engagement workshops series is Monday, November 6th. The session runs from Noon to 1:30 pm, and begins in UC 259B. Lunch is provided.

Please sign-up for the final workshop before Monday, October 30th by visiting the UW-Whitewater Event Signup Tool (you will need log in with your Net-ID and password), and look for the LEARN Center section.

UW Office of Professional & Instructional Development – Spring 2018 Conference on Teaching & Learning

The 2018 Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning presented by the UW System Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID) is taking place Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, 2018 in the Memorial Union at UW-Madison.


The theme for the conference is The Joy of Teaching in an Age of Digital Learning. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Michael Wesch, Ph.D, who is a Cultural Anthropologist at Kansas State University, and a winner of the Carnegie Foundation’s U. S. Professor of the Year Award.

Faculty and instructional staff from all fields are welcome, and encouraged, to submit proposals for the conference. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, November 27, 2017. Those with accepted proposals will be informed by December 20, 2017. Proposals are submitted online at this website.

For more information, please visit the website for the 2018 OPID Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning.

What Are the LTC’s Emerging Technology Exploration Projects?

The UW-Whitewater LTC mission includes six elements. Our “emerging technology exploration projects” align with the WE INNOVATE element. You may have seen calls to apply for these projects in the past (such as the current call for Spring 2018) without understanding exactly what these projects are. This blog post will explain a bit more as to the general purpose of these projects.

pexels-photo-355988Various outlets (such as the Horizon Report) report on trends in higher education each year. Often these trends reflect instructional approaches that utilize new technological innovations. LTC staff members monitor, and examine, these short-term and long-term trends, and evaluate related technologies for potential use at the UW-Whitewater campus.

If a new technology (or a new application of an existing technology) appears to have potential to successfully meet a need that the LTC has identified through communication with instructors, the LTC makes arrangements to conduct a limited exploration of the technology with a small group of instructors. A call for applications/participants is then sent out to instructors across various channels (such as this LTC blog) with the expectations and requirements to participate in the project. Participants are then chosen based on several factors, including scheduling and the constraints of the particular technology or tool (ex. projected student enrollments).

Typically, at least as part of an emerging technology exploration project focused on instructional technology, instructors and students in the course employing the technology are surveyed based on their experiences using the technology. The feedback provided by students and instructors is used to determine future LTC support of the technology.

If you have any questions regarding the LTC’s emerging technology exploration projects, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Emerging Technology Exploration Project (Revised)


The 2017 Horizon Report identifies collaborative learning as an important, short-term trend that will be driving instruction and educational technology over the next few years. The LTC is seeking instructors to explore the use of different of different online collaborative tools in their classes.

Exploration Purpose

The purpose of this project is to explore the use of a variety of online collaborative tools to aid UW-Whitewater students, instructors, and staff in collaborations that deepen student learning experiences here at UW-Whitewater. Initial guiding questions for this exploration project are:

  1. How can online collaborative tools assist instructors in their teaching?
  2. How can online collaborative tools assist students in their learning?

List of Possible Tools

Poll Everywhere is a clicker alternative that allows students to visit an instructor poll online or text message responses to a poll or survey.

Spark is a two-part product featuring a Spark Board and an online space. Spark allows instructors to share content, engage students with an interactive whiteboard, and bring in guest speakers. The online space allows for group work, and assignment sharing in all course modes (face-to-face, blended, and online).

TurningPoint is a student response system where students can access a website or download an application to use their phones like clickers.

Participation Expectations

Instructors have flexibility in determining the most appropriate tool for their class, as well as the extent of which the tool is used in the class. By taking part in this exploration project, instructors agree to participate in LTC faculty development opportunities during the 2017-2018 academic year. These faculty development opportunities will assist instructors in planning the use of an online collaborative tool in at least one of their Spring 2018 classes. Participating instructors will also be required to reflect on their experience throughout the scope of the exploration project, and support their students in reflecting too.

The following breakdown details expectations for participating instructors semester by semester:

Fall 2017

  • Attend up to two faculty development one-hour sessions with LTC staff (TBD)
  • Develop a detailed plan for strategically using the online collaborative tool; specifically identifying when and how the tool will be used in at least one Spring 2018 course
  • Complete focus group, interview session, and/or UWW IRB approved survey from LTC staff that will gather data about the preparation process
    • Note: This will take place near the conclusion of the Fall semester or during Winterim, depending on instructor and staff availability.

Spring 2018

  • Conduct at least one Spring 2018 course using the tool as outlined in your plan
  • Complete reflections/surveys facilitated by LTC staff during the semester
  • Complete an end of the semester UWW IRB approved instructor survey circulated by LTC staff on teaching with the collaborative tool
  • Encourage and support students in taking a UWW IRB approved survey on their experiences in the class using the collaborative tool at the end of the semester

Summer 2018

  • Participate in a final video reflection on your experience with the collaborative tool. The purpose of the video is to share what you learned, in using the tool, with other instructors interested in using the tool in their teaching in the future.The filming of this video reflection can be scheduled at the LTC at your convenience.

If all components are completed, instructors can expect to receive $750 for their participation in total. Up to twenty instructors will be selected for participation in this project.


If you are interested in participating, please complete the following form in Qualtrics by Friday, October 13th, 2017, :

Registration Open: Winter 2017 Online & Blended Teaching Institute

DSC_3940The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the winter Online/Blended Teaching Institute. The Online/Blended Teaching Institute is a series of interactive workshops focusing on best practices for teaching online and blended courses. By the conclusion of the institute, participants will develop a course module utilizing best practices for online/blended teaching.


  1. Develop a module for an online or blended course;
  2. Demonstrate use of best-practices in online/blended course design;
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the following:
    1. D2L Learning Management System
      1. Dropbox
      2. Quizzes
      3. Discussions
      4. Rubrics
      5. Grade Center
    2. Turnitin Suite
    3. Respondus LockDown Browser
    4. WebEx
  4. Apply methods to facilitate effective feedback in the online learning environment;
  5. Illustrate approaches to building community online

Dates for the 2017 Winter Institute:

  • December 1: Face-to-Face meeting, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • December 8: WebEx, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • January 10: Face-to-Face meeting, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • February 2: WebEx, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • February 23: Face-to-Face, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

All faculty and academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply. However, the workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Applications are due Monday, October 30th, 2017.

Apply Here: Winter 2017 Application

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