2015 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching Registration Open

The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce the 7th annual faculty development workshop on online/blended course design and best practices.

If you need to design a new (or refresh an older) online or blended course, please consider participating in this unique opportunity to collaborate with other UW-Whitewater instructors and explore proven course design strategies and best practices.  This highly interactive summer workshop demonstrates teaching best practices using a variety of teaching methods and technology tools.  The structure of this course not only allows you to explore new teaching and course design methods, but it also enables you to participate in activities that provide you with experience in being an online “student.”

The session will consist of online components, face-to-face meetings on the Whitewater campus, and web conferencing sessions.  A one-half day orientation session will be held on April 24, and the institute will run through July 31, 2015.

All faculty and academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2015-2016 academic year are eligible to apply to attend. However, the workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Applications are due Monday, April 13, 2015.

For more details and registration, please visit the Online/Blended workshop blog at:http://blogs.uww.edu/workshops/ 

Summer 2015 Course Requests Available

Summer 2015 D2L course requests are available in the D2L Course Request Application.

As a reminder, course requests for a semester become available on the first day of priority registration for students, and course shells for D2L need to be requested for every semester you plan on using D2L.

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

Desire2Learn Grid View is Back!

As many of you remember, when we took our last D2L upgrade over the summer, the discussion tool got a major overhaul.  There were some key features that were not included in the new version.  D2L has heard our feedback, and we are happy to announce that the Grid View and the Print all Threads option has returned!  These features were included in Service Pack 13, which was deployed on Thursday, January 8th, 2015.

The Reading View will remain the default view for all courses.  Individual users can set a Default View on the “Account Settings” page.

We have created the following step by step guides:

Other issues fixed in this update:

Calendar:

  • Fix: Previously deleted event occurrences are no longer recreated unexpectedly when users edit a recurring event in Calendar.

Discussions:

  • Fix: Users’ sorting and filter options are now preserved when they navigate through a discussion by using the browser’s Back button.

Grades:

  • Fix: Deleted grade schemes no longer affect the performance of User Progress.

Import/Copy Course:

  • Fix: A performance improvement was mode for copying courses that contain a large number of release conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

D2L Training Scheduled for January 15

DSC_3940The Learning Technology Center is pleased to invite faculty and instructional staff to “D2L Day,” a series of hands-on sessions held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM in McGraw 19B.

This D2L Winterim Workshop includes breakout sessions on D2L tools, such as Quizzes, Discussions, Dropbox, and Content.  These will include a variety of hands-on “How To” sessions for all levels of D2L users. Morning sessions will cover the basics of the most commonly-used tools, and afternoon sessions will cover each tool in more detail as well as discuss some lesser-known tools. Each session will be “hands on” and include some tips and tricks for attendees to become D2L power users.

Participants may register for the all-day workshop or for individual sessions using the signup tool. The workshops are listed under “ICIT-LTC Training”. If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Updated Desire2Learn Starter Course

Struggling with Desire2Learn (D2L)? Register for the updated D2L Starter Course! The Starter Course has been developed to allow you to quickly leverage D2L in an online, hybrid, or face-to-face class format.

The recently updated “D2L Starter Course (December 2014)” is a D2L course that includes a number of useful templates and other resources available for you to copy and modify for use in your D2L courses. The course has updated links, templates, and addresses many of the 5th edition Quality Matters standards.

  • Content Organization including a “Start Here” module and unit modules
  • Student resources for D2L assistance, UW-W policies and procedures, campus services, library resources, and resources for students with special needs
  • Sample D2L Rubrics that can be linked to the gradebook or dropbox
  • Links to the Online Learning Resources site, including an Online Readiness Assessment
  • A mid-course student evaluation survey to help you gauge that the course is meeting your (and your students’) expectations
  • A LockDown Browser quiz to ensure your students are prepared to take a D2L quiz that is set up to use LockDown Browser
  • Discussion starter ideas for online discussions administered in the D2L discussion forum

We welcome any suggestions or comments about the new starter course. Your feedback allows us to continuously improve the resources we provide to support faculty and staff.

Questions and feedback can be sent to UW-W D2L Support.

D2L eGrading Process Available for Fall 2014

The D2L eGrading process is now available for the Fall 2014 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.

Turnitin Instructional Videos Available

turnitin_logoThe Learning Technology Center (LTC) has created a new video tutorial series on Turnitin covering Originality Check (In Desire2Learn and turnitin.com), GradeMark and PeerMark. These videos are designed to help guide instructors through the basics of using Turnitin.

The video playlist is available below and can be found on our YouTube channel.

Additional information is also available in our documentation space:

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

Desire2Learn Service Update (11/20)

On Thursday, November 20th, Desire2Learn Inc. deployed Service Pack 11 and 12 to our D2L Learning Environment.  In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements were included:

Accessibility

  • Fix: Screenreaders no longer falsely announce changes to dates as if they were live regions.

Checklist

  • Fix: Checklist item descriptions that exceed 4000 characters are now saved and displayed successfully.

Content

  • Enhancement: In new courses, the first time instructors access the content tool, the “Table of Contents” landing page now includes an informative message about importing course material and creating modules.
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  • Enhancement: The content navigation panel usability was updated to provide a collapsible navigation panel.  The next and previous buttons were also relocated to make it clear if you were moving between topics or modules.
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  • Enhancement: User can now navigate more easily through topics with the addition of Next and Previous icons above and below the content.
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  • Fix: Improvements were made to prevent sort order issues due to deleted and reordering Content topics.
  • Fix: Users’ completion status for group dropbox folders now display correctly in Content.  Completion tracking for a user’s submission is no longer cleared due to subsequent submissions to the group dropbox folder by other group members.

Discussions

  • Fix: Posts with attachments containing filenames valid in iOS but not in Windows no longer cause topics or thread to become inaccessible.

Dropbox

  • Fix: Dropbox submissions from users who are no longer enrolled in sections can now be opened and evaluated.

File Management

  • Enhancement: Previously the same warning message was displayed when users attempted to overwrite existing files with uploaded or moved items in a location where an items with the same name already exists.  Now, different messages display after the following actions:
    • If users cut and past, or copy and paste a folder to a location that already has a folder with the same name, they see a message informing them that if they complete the action the contents of the new and existing folders will be merged and any existing files with the same name will be overwritten by the new files.
    • If users upload, or cut and paste a file into a folder that already has a file with the same name, they see a message informing them that if they complete the action the new file will overwrite the existing file.
    • If users copy and paste a file within its own folder, a number is appended to the end of the copied file’s name and the file is pasted as a duplicate.  No message is displayed.
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Grades

  • Enhancement: Users will no longer see a percentage value indicating the percentage of bonus points they received compared to the total available bonus points.  For example, “5″ will replace “5/0″.
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  • Enhancement: A “save and close” button is now available in Grades for grading a single item.
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  • Fix: When adding a grade item to a dropbox assignment in Content, the correct list of available grade schemes is now displayed.

HTML Editor

  • Enhancement: When users enter a URL in HTML Editor, it will automatically be converted into a link.
  • Fix: Users in Internet Explorer 10 can now immediately enter text into the HTML Editor for a new Content topic after they change the file path for the topic through the “Change Path” option.
  • Fix: When users select text in HTML Editor that they want to use to insert a quicklink to a URL, the select text now automatically populates the Title Field in the quicklink’s URL details.

Quizzes

  • Enhancement: The quiz time limit on the quiz detail page is now displayed in hours, minutes and seconds.  Previously, it was specified as an integer with no units.
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  • Enhancement: Previously, the Quizzes tool communicated that a quiz was always available to users by including the word “Always” on the Quiz List page.  The language has now been changed to read “Always Available” to avoid confusion.
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  • Enhancement: The “Time Remaining” clock now displays hours, minutes and seconds.  Previously, it only displayed hours and minutes.
    • If a quiz is set for more than an hour, the clock flashes when there are 10 minutes remaining.
    • If a quiz is set for less than an hour, the clock flashes when there are 5 minutes remaining.
    • Regardless of the set time, the clock will flash when there is only 1 minute remaining.
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  • Fix: Improvements were made to the Question Library importing process to ensure questions and sections maintained proper ordering within a quiz.
  • Fix: Ordering questions with long text answer options now wrap correctly to the page width and do not require horizontal scrolling to read the full text.

Rubrics

  • Fix: Rubric associations are now maintained when copying discussion topics using Copy Course Components.
  • Fix: Rubric associations are now maintained when multiple courses have access to the same rubrics after using Copy Course Components.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

WebEx Upgrade Tonight: September 3, 2014

Cisco has scheduled an upgrade to WebEx, our web conferencing service, tonight, Wednesday, September 3, 2014. The upgrade will take place between 9:00 p.m. September 3 and 2:00 a.m. September 4 (Central Standard Time).

Upon entering a WebEx session after the upgrade, all meeting hosts and attendees will be asked to download a new version of the WebEx Meeting Center software. Users should follow the prompts to download and install the software on their computer. Once the software has been installed, the user will be required to restart their web browser.

Here are several of the new WebEx features users will enjoy:

  • New user interface with modern look and feel.
  • New “WebEx ball” icon.
  • New icons and panels with consolidated controls and “Quick Start” tabs.
  • Users can now resize the video pane.
  • Introduction of “Collaboration Meeting Rooms.”
  • Ability to allow a host to leave a meeting without being required to end the meeting.
  • The host role can be automatic transferred.

Please see Cisco’s “What’s new on WebEx Meetings?” video and “What’s New Cheat Sheet” to learn more about the new WebEx Web Conferencing service.

We recommend that users allow extra time to become familiar with the new interface before entering into a WebEx meeting.

The ICIT Technology Training team is in the process of updating UW-Whitewater documentation to reflect the changes. Revised information will be posted to our campus WebEx service web page as soon as possible.

TurningPoint 5 Clicker Updates

TP ConceptAs the Fall semester approaches, we wanted to let you know about several new changes to our Clicker software.

During the summer, we upgraded to TurningPoint 5. With this new version of TurningPoint, Turning Technologies has taken its available clicker software, such as TurningPoint, TurningPoint Anywhere, Results Manager, etc., and combined it into one singular program. Along with this change, some of the common processes you may have used to conduct your clicker sessions have changed slightly or have had their locations changed. Please see our What’s New in TurningPoint 5 wiki page for more details.

With this upgrade, we were also able to implement Clicker integration with D2L. This integration allows students to register their clicker keypad or ResponseWare license through D2L and allows you to retrieve participant lists through D2L as well. For steps on how students register their clickers, please see the TurningPoint 5: Registering Your Clicker wiki page. For steps on how to retrieve a participant list, please see the TurningPoint 5: Retrieving a Participant List wiki page.

Turning Technologies also migrated ResponseWare accounts during the summer, and if you didn’t receive an email with a migration link from them to the email account you used to register, you will need to use the Forgot Password link on their site to get a new link. For more detailed information on this, please visit our ReponseWare Migration blog post.

As a reminder, if you haven’t done so already, please stop by the Learning Technology Center (McGraw, room 120) to swap out your old clicker hardware (receivers, clicker keypads, etc.) for a new kit as soon as possible. The old hardware is NOT compatible with the latest version of TurningPoint.

We still have plenty of kits for the current user group and for several new users if there is interest. To see what the new receiver looks like compared to the old one, see our previous Clicker update blog post.

If you have any questions on TurningPoint 5 or clickers, please contact the Learning Technology Center.