Desire2Learn Course Closet Cleaning Workshops

Messy ClosetIn preparation for the upcoming Canvas transition, we will be holding a two part hands-on workshop series to help clean up some of the old content in your D2L courses.  This will be a repeat of the same series we offered in January.  We will provide a brief overview of common areas that can be cleaned up, and then we’ll dive in and help you clean out the closet!  The majority of the time will be work time for you to ask questions and cleanup your course(s).

Registration is required; click on dates below to register.

Friday, February 16th (Hyland 3101):

Tuesday, March 27th (Hyer 210):

What this workshop isn’t: We will not be talking about Canvas, or showing any of the Canvas platform during this session.  The purpose of this session is to focus on and prepare your D2L courses for the upcoming transition.

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Canvas Show and Tell

During the course of the Spring 2018 semester, we will offer a 3 part workshop series to help you get up to speed with Canvas.  These workshops will be 1 hour long and are designed to show you a comparison of Canvas functions to Desire2Learn.  Feel free to pick and choose which sessions you would like to attend. These workshops will NOT be hands-on.   We will offer hands-on workshops once users have the ability to start transitioning their course material.

Registration is required.  All workshops will be held in McGraw 19a.

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1

Part 1 will provide a brief overview of the vision for the DLE (Digital Learning Environment).  Afterwards, we will show you how the following items work in D2L and in Canvas.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • Course Home and Navigation
  • D2L News -> Canvas Announcements
  • D2L Content -> Canvas Modules
  • D2L Manage Files -> Canvas Files / Pages
  • D2L Discussions -> Canvas Discussions

Tuesday, February 13th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, February 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 2

Part 2 will focus on more of the assignment tools and grading.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • D2L Dropbox -> Canvas Assignments
  • D2L Quizzes -> Canvas Quizzes
  • D2L Grades -> Canvas Grades
  • D2L Attendance -> Canvas Attendance
  • D2L Calendar -> Canvas Calendar

Tuesday, February 27th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 28th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 6th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 3

Part 3 we will talk about overall course administration, the class list tool, and also some of the “New” features that are available in Canvas.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • D2L Course Administration -> Canvas Course Administration
  • D2L Classlist -> Canvas People
  • D2L Rubrics -> Canvas Rubrics
  • D2L HTML Editor -> Canvas Rich Content Editor
  • New Features in Canvas
    • Canvas Syllabus
    • Canvas Collaborations
    • Canvas Speedgrader
    • Canvas Course Link Validator

Wednesday, March 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 13th Thursday, March 15th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1, 2 & 3

During spring break, we will be offering a condensed version that goes through all 3 parts of the series in a 2 hours session.

Wednesday, March 28th – 10am to noon

If you have any questions please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

What is Canvas?

The UW-System Board of Regents has signed a contract with Instructure for their Canvas product.  Canvas will be replacing Desire2Learn as our next Learning Management System.  The earliest opportunity to migrate courses to Canvas is expected to be Fall 2018.  For more information about the overall project, go to http://go.uww.edu/canvas-transition

Canvas Course Design Feedback – Version 2

As part of the Canvas transition, there has been a UW-System team working on developing different course template options.  The team recently surveyed faculty, staff and students from all UW-System campuses for their feedback on Version 1 of the Canvas course template. This feedback informed the development of Version 2 of the Canvas course template. They would like your input on Version 2.

Step 1: Watch the 8 minute video below.  It provides background on the project and a demonstration of the Canvas environment and template.  There is also a handout for the version 2 template available at: http://bit.ly/uwtemplatev2guide

Step 2: Test out Version 2 of the template.  Use the following login information to try it out.  Note: this is a “Student” role account.

Login with your Net-ID to get the access credentials

Step 3: Complete the survey by Friday, January 5th, 2018.  The survey link is available inside of the Canvas course accessed above.  Please allow for 10 – 20 minutes to complete the survey.

If you have any questions please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

What is Canvas?

The UW-System Board of Regents has signed a contract with Instructure for their Canvas product.  Canvas will be replacing Desire2Learn as our next Learning Management System.  The earliest opportunity to migrate courses to Canvas is expected to be Fall 2018.  For more information about the overall project, go to http://go.uww.edu/canvas-transition

Desire2Learn Course Closet Cleaning Workshops

clutter-360058_1920In preparation for the upcoming Canvas transition, we will be holding a two part hands on workshop in January 2018 to help clean up some of the old content in your D2L courses.  We will provide a brief overview of common areas that can be cleaned up, and then we’ll dive in and help you clean out the closet!

Registration is required.

Thursday, January 4th (Hyer 210):

Tuesday, January 16th (Hyer 210):

Can’t make these?  We are planning to offer additional sessions during the Spring semester.

What this workshop isn’t: We will not be talking about Canvas, or showing any of the Canvas platform during this session.  The purpose of this session is to focus on and prepare your D2L courses for the upcoming transition.  We will be releasing a Canvas training schedule in January 2018.  Stay tuned!

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Canvas Course Design Feedback – November 28th

PrintAs part of the Canvas migration project, there has been a UW-System team working on developing different course template options.  This team will be visiting UW-Whitewater on Tuesday, November 28th between 1pm and 5pm.  During this time, the team will be giving you a chance to have some hands on interaction with the course templates and will be seeking your feedback.  This feedback will be used to guide the development of the final versions that will be implemented for courses inside of the Canvas platform.  Laptops will be provided in these sessions.  Please bring along any mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc) that you would also like to use for testing.

We are seeking feedback from ALL audiences that plan to interface with Canvas on campus.  Please register for one of the appropriate sessions below!

Teacher (Instructor) Audience – sessions held in McGraw 19a:

Learner (Student) Audience – sessions held in McGraw 19c:

If you have any questions please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Instructure Canvas contract signed by UW-System Board of Regents

PrintUW-Whitewater has received word that the UW System Board of Regents has signed the contract with Instructure for their Canvas product.

Now that the contract is signed, here is what you need to know:

  • The Director of Learning Technology is serving as the UW-Whitewater Institution Project Manager.  Please continue to use the Learning Technology Center (ltc@uww.edu) as your primary contact for questions and concerns.  Each UW-System Institution has a dedicated project team and will be working together on migration efforts.  Provost Elrod and Assistant Vice Chancellor Pokot (ICIT) are the UW-Whitewater project sponsors.
  • The earliest opportunity to migrate courses to Canvas is expected to be Fall 2018 with all courses migrated before December 2019.  The move from D2L to Canvas is an exciting change, but will not happen overnight.  These estimates are not set in stone, and they may change as things progress.
  • Please do not contact UW-Madison colleagues or Canvas to gain access to a test course. Though we can understand that you might be excited to get started working in Canvas right away, please do not contact our colleagues at UW-Madison in an effort to gain access to their Canvas environment or use the free public version of Canvas to get started. Both of these environments may be quite different than the environment the UW System will be creating with Canvas and will not be included in migration planning.
  • Any inquiries from the media regarding the Instructure Canvas contract should be directed to: https://www.wisconsin.edu/dle/

We will continue to receive more information in the weeks and months ahead, and will do our best to communicate this information with the UW-Whitewater campus community as transparently as possible throughout this transition process. As we understand that there will be a lot of questions during this transition period, the Learning Technology Center has created a website to help keep the UW-Whitewater campus community informed, which can be accessed at this link: http://go.uww.edu/canvas-migration

We understand that whenever a large-scale change like this occurs, there will be a number of questions and concerns that arise. The Learning Technology Center aims to be as transparent as possible during this transition period, and will undertake concerted efforts to keep the UW-Whitewater campus community as informed as possible throughout the change. Please continue to contact the Learning Technology Center (ltc@uww.edu) for questions and concerns related to this transition.

Learning Management System RFP Update

PrintOver the past year, UW-System has been in the process of conducting a Request for Proposal (RFP) to determine the Learning Management System going forward. We have been notified that the UW System Administration Procurement Office issued a Notice of Intent to Instructure for their Canvas product.

At this time, there are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Any inquiries from the media regarding the LMS contract, negotiation process, or anything related to the RFP should be directed to University Relations (universityrelations@uwsa.edu).
  • Currently, our understanding is that courses will continue to run in Desire2Learn (D2L) for the Fall 2017, Winterim 2018, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018 semesters. There will be no migrations from D2L to Canvas during this time.
  • The current Desire2Learn contract is valid until June 30th, 2020.
  • Questions about the Canvas product should be directed to the UW-W Learning Technology Center. Please do not contact Canvas directly.

UW-System Administration is currently busy with the initial steps of the project planning and the migration. We don’t have any additional information to share just yet. However, we are in the process of developing a migration portal website where we will publish a timeline and future updates to help keep you informed.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the next steps of the process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.