Canvas Workshops – August & Fall 2018 Welcome Back

The LTC will be offering both Canvas Hands-On Introduction and Canvas Construction Zone sessions during the month of August. We are planning to offer additional sessions during the Fall 2018 semester.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – August 2018
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions along the way. If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Monday, August 6th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Tuesday, August 14th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) – August 2018
Are you ready to start digging into your course setup? Do you need help straightening up after moving a course from D2L into Canvas? Do you have questions on how to set things up? This is the session for you! This session will be 2 hours of lab time with support staff on hand to help you construct your course in Canvas. Don’t forget your hard hat!

Date/Time Location Register
Wednesday, August 8th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, August 16th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration

Canvas Welcome Back Schedule – August 2018
We will be offering a mix of the above workshops during the Fall 2018 Welcome Back events!

Event Name Date/Time Location Register
Canvas Hand’s On Introduction (2 Hours) – LUNCH INCLUDED @ Noon Wednesday, August 22nd – 10:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) – LUNCH INCLUDED @ Noon Wednesday, August 22nd – 12:30pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Canvas Hand’s On Introduction (3.5 Hours) Friday, August 24th – 8:30am Hyland 3101 In-Person Registration
Deep Dive – Using Canvas for grading and Feedback Canvas (1 Hour) Friday, August 24th – 2:00pm Hyland 3101 In-Person Registration
Canvas Hand’s On Introduction (2 Hour) Monday, August 27th – 2:30pm Hyland 3101 In-Person Registration
Deep Dive – How to build content in Canvas (1 Hour) Tuesday, August 28th – 3:30pm Hyland 3101 In-Person Registration

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

TED Tips – Issue 1: Introduction and Hello!

Hi all!  Welcome to TED Tips…a weekly blog brought to you by the Learning Technology Center.   I wanted to take brief second to introduce myself, welcome you to my blog “TED” Tips, and invite you to interact with the Learning Technology Center and me.

So Hi!  My name is Ted Witt.  My official job title at the Learning and Technology Center is “Teaching Learning and Technology Consultant”.   What exactly does that mean?  It means I am a champion for the effective use of technology.  I do not believe we should use technology because it is the latest cool toy or fad, but to explore possibilities and its strategic implementation and effective use.   I do this primarily through supporting instructors through the pedagogically sound use in your teaching.  I support faculty training programs and workshops.  For example, this summer I am working with the Active Learning Academy and supporting the Online Blended Institute through the LTC.  I also administer the Quality Matters standards.

I have been an information technology teacher and have taught both on ground and online courses.  I have a BA in History and Political Science with a minor in Philosophy; a Master of Science in Information Technology with a specialization in Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management; and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts.

Why am I calling this blog TED Tips?  Yes, I am blatantly adapting the idea from TED talks but, no I am not related to them…despite the similarity with my name!

Here TED does not just stand for the author writing the blog but the main themes I hope to explore over the coming weeks:  Technology, Education, and Design.  What do I mean by each of those?

Technology – I strongly believe it is important to know our technological environment and how to use the tools we have available to us.  What options do we have?  How do we use them?  These are the types of topics the blog will explore.

Education – with a focus on pedagogy.  Once we know how to use the technology…how do use it well.  How do we use it to enhance our teaching and improve student success?  This aspect of the blog will look at different approaches and uses and how we can apply those tools in the classroom.

Design – Once we have explored technology, looked at sound approaches, how do we design the experiences and implement them thoughtfully?  This portion of the blog will focus on “How to” practical tips with an emphasis on putting those skills to use. My goal is to help you create rich meaningful learning experiences and the purpose of the blog will help provide you with tips to do that.

The final purpose is to celebrate the good work we are doing and encourage collaboration.  I will share success stories.  I want to highlight some of the work going on in the Learning Technology Center and on campus as it relates to those TED themes!

Last thoughts:

  • I also work for Major League Baseball in their statistics department and can often be found at Miller Park. My nickname is “doc clock”.
  • I am a certified weather spotter with the national weather service.
  • My humor is dry because I am only a Half-Witt.

I am looking forward to working with you in the future and encourage you to contact me through the Learning Technology Center.  I am available for one on one consultations.

The LTC has upcoming workshops: A Teaching with WebEx Teams Boot camp, Hands on Introductions to Canvas, and Canvas Construction Zones.

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

– Ted Witt

Next week:  What is a Learning Management System?

Canvas Training Course Invitation – Incorrect Link

Earlier today (June 19th, 2018), we sent out invitations to the Canvas Instructor Training Course.  We discovered after the fact, that the link included in the email does not actually work as intended.  Please follow these steps to join the Canvas Instructor Training Course.

  1. Go to http://www.uww.edu/canvas and click on the “Login” button.
  2. Login using your UW-W Net-ID and Password.
  3. If this is your first time accessing Canvas, review and agree to the terms of services.
  4. On the Canvas Dashboard, you will see a message at the very top of the screen.
  5. Click on “Accept” to join the Canvas Instructor Training Course.  If you do not want to be in the course, you can click on Decline.

If you continue to have issues accessing the course or did not receive an invitation and would like to be added, please reach out to Canvas Support.

Canvas Transition Update

We hope you had a great Spring semester!  We have been continuing to work on the deployment of the Canvas platform.  A few quick updates:

  • Instructor Training Course.  All faculty who have taught a course in the last two semesters, or are already scheduled to teach next fall, will be invited to join the Canvas Instructor Training course. To gain access, simply click the “Get Started” button in the email when it arrives, or sign into Canvas to accept the invitation.
  • Fall 2018 Courses.  The UW-System is working out the final issues with WINS enrollments and the Fall 2018 courses are expected to be available in July.  Courses will be automatically created for you, and there will no longer be a request process.  Currently all instructors should have access to at least 3 Blank Courses.  These courses can be used as a Master Course to develop your content which can then easily be copied over into your Fall 2018 course once it is created.
  • Freshman Facing Courses.  Are you teaching a course that typically has incoming freshman?  We strongly encourage you to get started with Canvas in the Fall 2018 semester!  We have been working instructors of the most common freshman courses, and we are trying to get as many of them over to Canvas as possible.  Our goal is to make things easier for the students, and limit their need to learn both Canvas and Desire2Learn.
  • Course Integrations (Turnitin, Lockdown Browser, etc).  We are actively working on getting all of the integrations in place.  Currently, the following integration’s are complete and ready for you to use: Films on Demand, Google Drive, Turning Point 8, Turnitin and W. W. Norton – InQuizitive.  For the full list of integration’s that are still being worked on, check out the tracking page at External Application Integrations List.
  • Canvas Peer Mentors.  The LTC has college-specific peer mentors available to help assist their colleges with the Canvas Transition.  The peer mentors are available to help answer your migration questions, and can provide you training information and resources about the Canvas platform.  Meet your Peer Mentors!

Want to learn more about Canvas? Join us at one of our online or face-to-face workshops this summer! Signup at: http://go.uww.edu/ltc-workshop-signup

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

Canvas Workshops – July 2018

The LTC will be offering both Canvas Hands-On Introduction and Canvas Construction Zone sessions during the month of July.  We are planning to offer additional sessions in August and during the Fall 2018 semester.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – July 2018
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions along the way. If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Tuesday, July 10th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Monday, July 16th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Tuesday, July 31st – 8:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) – July 2018
Are you ready to start digging into your course setup? Do you need help straightening up after moving a course from D2L into Canvas? Do you have questions on how to set things up? This is the session for you! This session will be 2 hours of lab time with support staff on hand to help you construct your course in Canvas. Don’t forget your hard hat!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, July 12th – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, July 18th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, August 2nd – 8:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration

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

COMING SOON: Canvas Instructor Training Course

Interested in learning how to use Canvas at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home?  Looking for an organized resource that has videos about all of the basics, but also links you out to more specialized “how-to” documents?  No matter if you are feeling overwhelmed or just looking to brush up on your skills, the new “Canvas Instructor Training” course is a good way to get some direction during the transition from D2L to Canvas.

All faculty who have taught a course in the last two semesters, or are already scheduled to teach next fall, will be invited to join the Canvas Instructor Training course.  To gain access, simply click the “Get Started” button in the email when it arrives, or sign into Canvas to accept the invitation.

Canvas Workshops – May & June 2018

The LTC will be offering a full day of rotating workshops on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. We also have a series of Hands-On Introduction and Canvas Construction Zone sessions scheduled for June. We will continue to offer workshops throughout the summer.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – Wednesday, May 23rd
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions throughout the session. We will offer repeats of this workshop all day – so feel free to attend multiple sessions – or drop in at any time. Please register for any sessions that you may attend to help give us an idea for planning. Registration is not required and you are welcome to drop in the day of the event. Remote viewing options will also be available. Light refreshments will be available.

Date/Time Location Register
Wednesday, May 23rd – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, May 23rd – 11:30am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, May 23rd – 2:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – June 2018
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions along the way. If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, May 31st – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Tuesday, June 5th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, June 13th – 9:00am Heide 302 In-Person Registration
Monday, June 18th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Tuesday, June 26th – 1:00pm Heide 302 In-Person Registration

Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) – June 2018
Are you ready to start digging into your course setup?  Do you need help straightening up after moving a course from D2L into Canvas?  Do you have questions on how to set things up? This is the session for you! This session will be 2 hours of lab time with support staff on hand to help you construct your course in Canvas. Don’t forget your hard hat!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, June 7th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Friday, June 15th – 9:00am Heide 302 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, June 20th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, June 28th – 1:00pm Heide 302 In-Person Registration

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

Saturday LTC Drop-In!

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is offering an all day Saturday drop-in on April 28th, featuring two Canvas Hands-On Instructional Workshops! This event is a great opportunity for instructors and staff who are not able to attend workshops or reach out to the LTC during our standard operating hours, to stop by and have their questions answered.

Join us in our newly updated Active Learning Classroom, in McGraw 19A, for in person help and Canvas Hands-On training. Please be sure to bring your laptop or personal device. To sign-up for one of the Canvas Hands-On training times listed below, please click here.

Contact us to set up a one-on-one appointment either in person, or virtually from 8:00am to 10:00am or 3:00pm to 4:00pm. If you are not able to make it to campus, no problem! You can schedule a one-on-one WebEx or Spark meeting during the one-on-one appointment times listed below by contacting the LTC.

Please stop by to get your questions answered, stay until your problems are solved, and stop by to get to know Canvas!

Saturday Drop-In Schedule

8:00 – 10:00am    Staff available for one-on-one appointments with instructors

10:00 – Noon         Canvas Hands-On Instruction

1:00 – 3:00pm        Canvas Hands-On Instruction

3:00 – 4:00pm        Staff available for one-on-one appointments with instructors

For further questions about the Saturday LTC Drop-In please contact the LTC at ltc@uww.edu.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction & Deep Dive Workshops – April 2018

During the month of April, the Learning Technology Center (LTC) will be offering a series of workshops to help instructors start diving into Canvas and preparing their courses.  We will continue to offer workshops throughout the summer.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours)

We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform.  There will be time to ask questions along the way.  If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Tuesday, April 10th 1:00pm – 3:00pm McGraw 19c Signup Now!
Monday, April 16th 10:00am – 12:00pm Williams Center 187 Signup Now!
Tuesday, April 24th 8:00am – 10:00am Center for the Arts 2059 Signup Now!

Canvas Hands-On Introduction – Beyond the Basics (2 Hours)

This Hands-On Introduction workshop is designed for the power user. We will move at a faster pace, and dive a little deeper into the advanced functions of the core tools in the Canvas Platform.  Have you used Canvas before?  Are you eager to talk about some advanced topics in each of the core tools?  If so, then this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, April 12th 1:00pm – 3:00pm McGraw 19c Signup Now!
Wednesday, April 18th 10:00am – 12:00pm Williams Center 187 Signup Now!
Thursday, April 26th 8:00am – 10:00am Center for the Arts 2059 Signup Now!

Canvas Deep Dives – Tool Specific (1 Hour)

We will focus on a single tool, and dive deep into various options and use cases for how that tool works.

Tool Date/Time Location Register
Content Friday, April 13th 1:00pm – 2:00pm McGraw 115 Signup Now!
Assignments Wednesday, April 18th 2:00pm – 3:00pm Williams Center 187 Signup Now!
Grades Thursday, April 26th 3:00pm – 4:00pm Center for the Arts 2051 Signup Now!

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

Canvas – Start Your Transition Today!

Over the last few months, teams across the UW-System have been working on getting the new Learning Management System ready for access.  We are happy to announce that all instructors now have access to the Canvas platform!  Instructors have access to start trying things out, migrating their course materials and mocking up content.  Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Setup and Configuration Ongoing.  We are still working on configuring and testing integrations such as TurnItIn, Respondus Lockdown Browser, Redshelf, textbook publisher integrations, and more. These will be made available as they are tested and implemented by UW-System.
  • User roles are not yet determined.  There is a team at UW-System that is working on finalizing the roles (Student, Graduate Assistant, Grader, Reviewers, Guest Lecturers, etc) that will be available to our campus.  As soon as we receive that information, we will pass it along.
  • Course Complexity Analysis.  UW-Whitewater and UW-Superior were part of a team to develop a tool to help you analyze your existing Desire2Learn course. The goal of the tool is to provide some estimates on what areas of your existing course will require the most focus and time for migration.  This tool is available at http://dl.uwsa.edu
  • We have 24/7/365 Email, Phone and Chat support included with the new Canvas platform.  This is available today!  As you are testing things out, please reach out via those channels as a first line of defense. Questions that they cannot answer will be escalated to the Canvas Support Team here at UW-Whitewater.
  • Blank Courses for Migration.  All users who have taught in the last year have been setup with 3 blank courses in Canvas. These courses are there for testing, or starting to migrate and setup your actual courses. Just like in Desire2Learn, these courses would be copied into the actual timetable course once those are available. If you need more test courses, please reach out to Canvas Support.

The official login page and support channels for Canvas are located at http://uww.edu/canvas.

What’s next?
We are currently in the process of meeting with each college to discuss the overall migration and training plans.  Once those plans are set, they will be published on the Canvas Transition Website. In the meantime, you can start reviewing the FAQs and training resources on the website.   Access the Canvas Transition Website here: http://go.uww.edu/canvas-transition

When can I start using Canvas for my courses?
The first opportunity for courses in the Canvas platform will be the Fall 2018 semester.  We are targeting to have all course migrations completed before Summer 2019.

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