What’s New in Canvas? (7/13)

KNOWN ISSUE: Some instructors report that Canvas Gradebook columns have been “hidden” from students even through the instructors did not choose that setting. Canvas is working on a fix for the issue. There is a workaround and more information available at: https://kb.wisconsin.edu/dle/news.php?id=10487

On Saturday, July 13, Instructure deployed the latest release to the Canvas environment.  The highlights of this release are listed below.  The full release notes are also available.

New Features

  • Grade Posting Policy.  Located in the gradebook settings, the Grade Posting Policy can be set to automatic or manual.  When set to Manual, grades are automatically hidden (muted) by default.

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

Using Poll Everywhere to Engage Students

Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement? You might be interested in using Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere allows you to receive immediate feedback from your students, who can respond in real-time to polls that you create. Students can respond to Poll Everywhere polls via their computers or mobile devices, thus offering the potential to transform lectures to an active and engaging experience. This service is offered at no charge to instructors and students; all you need is a UW-Whitewater NetID to get started. 

Curious, but not sure how you’d use Poll Everywhere? Check out some of the great ways you can use Poll Everywhere in the classroom. Or, see how professors use these 10 active learning strategies that connect teachers with students

This summer, the Learning Technology Center is offering two sessions to help you use Poll Everywhere in your course. Both sessions have the same content, aiming to introduce you to Poll Everywhere and help you set it up in your classes. Lauren from Poll Everywhere will facilitate the training to get you up and running quickly and easily. 

You can join in-person on-campus or remotely via Webex Meetings. The dates/times for the sessions are below, just click on the session to sign up. Webex Meeting information is provided in the individual session description (there is a different Webex Meeting link for each session).

Thursday July 25th, 2019 at 11:00 AM in McGraw 19A or via Webex Meetings

Tuesday August 13th, 2019 at 2:00 PM in McGraw 19A or via Webex Meetings

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

2019 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference Recap

On May 22nd, 2019, the LEARN Center and Learning Technology Center held the 2nd Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference.  We had 107 attendees – with almost 50 presenters and 30 volunteers we really owe it to you for making this a successful event!

There were a number of great talks on a wide variety of topics, and a great keynote presentation “Even Online Students” from Dr. Evie Oregon of Western Kentucky University. If you want to see some of the handouts from the sessions,or view the recording of the keynote presentation – jump on over to the conference site: http://blogs.uww.edu/ctl/schedule

Most importantly, we heard your feedback loud and clear –and planning is underway for the 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference, which will be held on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020!  That’s a lot of 20s!  Be sure to subscribe to our blog, and keep your eye out for more information.

Don’t be a stranger in the meantime, look for a great lineup of workshops and events for the next academic year!

Cisco Webex Education Connector for Canvas

The Cisco Webex Connector is now 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.

To get started with the Cisco Webex Education Connector, see: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/74I3AQ

This is a replacement for the “Webex (Legacy)” integration which will be removed on Monday, August 19th, 2019 after the completion of the Summer term.

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

Kaltura Media Migration: D2L -> Canvas

As of May 28th, 2019, all Kaltura media that was created by instructors and accessed with Desire2Learn (D2L) between September 1st, 2018 and May 21st, 2019 has been migrated to Canvas.

This does not impact media material that is located on Vbrick Rev (Streaming.uww.edu).

We have created a Canvas Media Management Tools guide to help explain the best use cases for each of the media management tools available at UW-Whitewater.

If you have additional questions regarding the Kaltura Media Migration, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

What does this migration mean for me?

Inside of Canvas, you can access the “My Media” tool by clicking on the “Account” item on the left global navigation menu, and then by selecting “My Media” from the account menu.  Within this interface, you will be able to create, edit, delete and view all of your Kaltura media that exists within Canvas.

From the editing toolbar in Canvas, you can click on the “More Tools” icon highlighted in the image below, and select “My Media” to embed videos in your content.

Can I still use Kaltura CaptureSpace?

Kaltura CaptureSpace has been discontinued as of June 1st, 2019 and is no longer supported by the vendor.  There is a new tool called Kaltura Capture which has the same functionality as CaptureSpace.  Visit the Kaltura Capture guide to get started.

What if I can’t find all of my media content in Canvas?

If there is video content missing that you had within D2L, contact the Learning Technology Center and we can migrate that over as well. Currently, we only moved over media that was created by instructors and accessed since September 1st, 2018.

Why was it necessary to migrate my media?

With the launch of Canvas, there was also a new Kaltura instance that was put in place by UW-System. This is totally separate from the Kaltura instance that has been connected with D2L.


Canvas Course Templates: Additional Flexibility Available

On Tuesday May 28th, UW-System approved a change in Canvas to allow for additional flexibility in the Course Navigation area and in the number of Announcements shown.  The following items can now be added or removed from the student view in the following order:

  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Grades
  • Announcements
  • People
  • Pages
  • Syllabus
  • Outcomes
  • Quizzes
  • Modules
  • Collaborations
  • Chat
  • Office 365

Instructors are now able to modify the number of recent Announcements that are visible in the Home area.  Announcements were previously set so that the three most recent were visible in the Home area.  This update will allow instructors to choose to allow between one and fifteen announcements to be visible.

These updates will not cause any visible changes in existing courses.  Any instructor wishing to take advantage of this increased flexibility will need to update their courses themselves.

For additional information about what the Canvas Course Template is and why it was implemented, please check UW-System Knowledge Base article about Course Templates

If you have additional questions about Canvas please reach out to Canvas 24/7/365 support by going to http://uww.edu/canvas.

Using Poll Everywhere to Engage Students

Are you interested in using a new tool to facilitate student engagement? “Poll Everywhere” is a live polling tool that allows students to submit answers, in real-time,  to closed or open-ended prompts that instructors create. Students can respond using the Poll Everywhere website, the mobile app, or even through text messages. 

Introducing Poll Everywhere YouTube Video

If you are interested in learning more about using Poll Everywhere in your course, consider registering for the workshop on Monday April 15th, at 10:30 amYou will need to enter your UWW Net-ID and password to register.

If you have any questions about Poll Everywhere or any other learning technology, please feel free to contact the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center.

Apply for the LTC’s Adaptive Learning Project Focused on Student Success and Retention

Looking for a way to increase student success in your course? Cerego is an adaptive learning platform that adjusts to an individual’s strengths and weaknesses by honing in on the specific concepts that each individual student needs. With Cerego, instructors can create content through the use of multiple choice and true/false questions, flashcards, fill – in- the – blank passages, and interactive figures. Students are able to track their individual progress over time and instructors can identify where improvements can be made at the individual and class level.

Cerego on a mobile device

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center is interested in supporting up to five instructors for the 2019-2020 academic year with stipends of $2,000 to use Cerego to provide a personalized, adaptive learning solution to increase success for all students. The LTC is particularly looking to work with instructors in courses with high “D,” “F,” “Withdraw,” or “Incomplete” (DFWI) rates to increase student success and improve retention rates in courses that show large equity gaps related to underrepresented minorities (URM), Pell-eligible, or first generation student populations.

To view the full call for applications, visit this post.

To apply, please complete this form by April 14th, 2019.

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

Cerego for Student Success

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is sponsoring a project that will support five instructors in their exploration of Cerego’s adaptive learning platform. With the use of Cerego, the goal is to reduce DFWI rates – particularly for underrepresented minority (URM) students in their courses. If this is something you are interested in joining, keep
reading!

Cerego Logo

What is Adaptive Learning?

Adaptive learning offers an individualized learning experience for students. Instructors are able to customize their course for students through activities and assessments. This system continually adapts content and assessments based on a student’s performance. Students are able to gain feedback as well as additional learning material in order to gain a full understanding of course material.

Cerego, an Adaptive Learning Platform:

Cerego is an adaptive learning platform that instructors can use to actively engage their students and assess their learning throughout the course of the semester. With Cerego, instructors can create content for students to work through at their individual learning level. Knowledge is tested through the use of multiple choice and true/false questions, flashcards, fill – in- the – blank passages, and interactive figures. Cerego adapts to an individual’s strengths and weaknesses by honing in on the specific concepts that each individual student needs more practice with and then practice is distributed over time. This process can help remove the pressure of learning by providing content that is
customized to individual students’ needs and notifying students when they should return to refresh their knowledge. Students are able to track their individual progress over time and instructors can track their students’ progress as well, allowing instructors to identify where improvements can be made at the individual and class level.

Cerego can help instructors to:
· Support and encourage students
· Reinforce students’ persistence
· Provide students with feelings of “instructor presence” within the course
· Figure out where students are falling short and determine what instructors and         students can do to turn it around

Purpose of this Project:

Participants in this project will use Cerego to provide a personalized, adaptive learning solution to increase success for all students, particularly those in courses with high DFWI rates. More specifically, Cerego will be implemented to increase student success and improve retention rates in courses that show large equity gaps related to URM, Pell-eligible, or first generation student populations. Cerego will be used by instructors in a course that they offer both fall and spring semester to help support and encourage students to be persistent in their learning and to provide reinforcement, as a solution to mending the equity gap.

Please review the requirements for participation in this project:


Summer 2019

  • Attend faculty development sessions with LTC staff (dates TBD).

Fall 2019

  • Conduct at least one course using adaptive learning.
  • Complete early semester check in with LTC staff.
  • Support the LTC in administering an end-of-semester (IRB approved) survey about the course to students.

Winterim 2020

  • Complete one enhancement to the course that will be used in Spring 2020.

Spring 2020

  • Conduct one course using adaptive learning, with the enhancement discussed, and check in with LTC staff.
  • Support the LTC in administering an end-of-semester (IRB approved) survey about the course to students.
  • Complete a presentation on how Cerego facilitated instructor-student interactions as well as students’ outcomes in the course, at an LTC event. 

Interested? Apply here.

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

Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference Proposals Open through March 8th

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference 2019. There is still time to submit applications! Proposals will be considered through Friday, March 8th.

This special forum hosted by the LEARN Center and the LTC showcases 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 22, 2019 on the UW-Whitewater campus. Concurrent presentation sessions will consist of 45 minute presentations with 30 minutes to discuss their topic and 15 minutes for questions and answers.

We encourage proposals in the following themes:

  • Student Engagement
  • Integrating Teaching and Technology
  • Civil Discourse and Diversity
  • High Impact Practices
  • Something Else

    To submit a presentation proposal or learn more about this year’s Celebrating Teaching and Learning conference visit: Conference Website
    http://blogs.uww.edu/ctl/