Spring Semester Turning Technologies (Clickers) Update

clickers4I hope you are off to a great start for the new semester! A few quick
updates for you:

  1. We found out late last week that the process students have been using
    to purchase a ResponseWare License has been changed. The new process is now in place and requires the students to first create a Turning Account, and then login and purchase the license. There is no longer a school code, since the student store is built into the account based off the users @uww.edu email address. Please make sure students are using their @uww.edu email address to register with Turning Technologies.We have updated the relevant documentation pages:

  2. This summer we will be deploying the latest version of TurningPoint to campus, called TurningPoint cloud. This version of the software does come with some licensing changes that will impact students. We are currently working out the details and will let you know as soon as we have additional information.
  3. The LTC contact for Clickers will be moving to Elaina Barr. Elaina will be working closely with the TurningPoint cloud roll out, and will be the new clickers point person. As always, you can call or email the LTC with questions.

If you have any questions regarding current clicker issues, or anything that’s coming, let us know!

Flash Playback Blocked in Firefox on Campus Computers

On Lab and Classroom machines on campus, Mozilla Firefox is currently blocking playback of flash objects, including streaming videos hosted on Rev.  If you load up a streaming video and cannot get the video to play, look for the following icon in the address bar.


Once you click on the red icon, choose “Allow and Remember” and your flash objects will work as expected on the page.

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

Call for Proposals: UW-System Virtual Showcase

2016ShowcaseDesign1-1024x683The UW-System Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) 2016 Virtual showcase will be held April 5-6, 2016.

Share your innovations! How are you using technology in education? How are you making a difference? What technologies are you finding successful? How are you engaging your students? How are your students responding to your social media efforts? What makes your class different and successful? How are you collaborating with others?

The LTDC is calling for proposals in five breakout session categories:

  1. Hot Topics– Tell us about different ways in which you’re working and teaching. Are mobile applications a part of your learning and knowledge portfolio? How have you taken traditional teaching and changed it? Can you share a successful case study?
  1. Student Engagement– How are your students connecting with each other and you? What works now or will work in the future? How is that working? Can you share a successful case study?
  1. Faculty Development– How are you supporting your faculty? Are you facilitating learning communities? How are you engaging faculty? Do you have a successful case study to share?
  1. How to and Resources–Do you have a skill to share?  Have you created a wonderful set of resources for faculty and students?
  1. Learning Environments-Whether your content is in D2L, Canvas, Moodle or some other system, we want to hear from you. Have you integrated a tool from a vendor? Created a widget? Are you using Intelligent Agents? Share your innovative approaches with your Learning Management System.

Presentations during concurrent sessions will be 45 minutes: 30 minutes for presentations and 15 minutes for questions and answers. All sessions will be given via Blackboard Collaborate webconference. Sessions will be recorded and available for archive viewing. The LTDC highly encourages collaboration, use of appropriate and acceptable technologies, multiple institution, and multiple discipline proposals.

Proposals are due February 12, 2016. Successful proposals will be notified in early February. To submit proposals go to: https://uwex.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5jdVX3YfNO9IfuR

2016 LTDC Virtual Showcase website: https://www.wisconsin.edu/learning-tech/events-conf/ltdc-virtual-showcase-2016/

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


Streaming Video Changes – ACTION NEEDED

Known IssuesWe recently completed the migration of all LTC / LS Media produced streaming video content into the new video solution, VBrick Rev.  The system can be accessed by going to http://streaming.uww.edu

After logging in, click on “Media” and then “My Videos” to access the videos associated with your account.

All video links will need to be manually replaced inside of your D2L courses.  The videos from the old solution were retired on Jan 1st, 2016.

We have created a number of tutorials that are available at: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/ZoBE

If you have any questions about the new video solution, or would like assistance in updating your courses please contact UW-W D2L Support.

Webinar Opportunity: Integrating Evaluation and Feedback for Pedagogical Change

DSC_3956Improve Your Online Teaching:  Integrating Evaluation and Feedback for Pedagogical Change

Noon to 1:00, January 25, 2016

Room: UC 259A

Please join us for this fascinating webinar, presented by Jean Mandernach, the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University.  In this presentation she will examine strategies for evaluating online teaching and explore how we can utilize evaluation data to enhance the quality of our online teaching.  We will have the opportunity to ask her questions, and a short informal discussion will follow the webinar.

After participating in this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Integrate formative and summative evaluation strategies into their online classrooms.
  2. Operationalize teaching behaviors that align with best practices in online education.
  3. Create a holistic strategy for utilizing teaching evaluation data to enhance online instruction.
  4. Utilize self-, peer-, and administrative evaluation data to drive pedagogical change.

Signup:  http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14480

For more information, visit: Educause Events

Additional Resources:

Palese, K. & Mandernach, B. J. (2015). Data analytics and predictive modeling: The future of evaluating online teaching. eLearn Magazine.

Mandernach, B.J., Donnelli, E., Dailey, A., & Schulte, M. (2005). A faculty evaluation model for online instructors: Mentoring and evaluation in the online classroom. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 8 (3).

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

D2L Winter Workshops, January 11-12, 2016

DSC_3956The Learning Technology Center is pleased to invite faculty and instructional staff to the D2L Winter Workshop series, a series of hands-on sessions held on Monday and Tuesday, January 11-12, 2016 from 1:00-4:00PM in Hyer 210.

This D2L Winterim Workshop series 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. Each session will be “hands on” and include some tips and tricks for attendees to become D2L power users.

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome.  Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.  There is no stipend associated with this workshop series.

Program Summary:

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

Online Teaching Bootcamp, January 13-15, 2016

DSC_3940New to online teaching?  In need of some additional ideas for your online class?  The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce the first annual Online Teaching Bootcamp.

This program will be held January 13-15, 1:00-4:00 pm each day.  It will be a mix of demonstration, hands-on practice, and discussion, geared to address the most common concerns in online teaching.  All faculty and instructional staff are welcome.  Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.  There is no stipend associated with this workshop series.

Program Summary:

  • January 13: Hands-On D2L
  • Hyer 210, 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Signup:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Event/Details/14471 
    • The basic layout of D2L
    • Arranging content into modules
    • HTML editor
    • Moving from Microsoft Word to D2L
    • Discussions—basics
    • Dropbox—Basics
    • Grades
  • January 14: Online Assignments
  • Hyer 210, 1:00-4:00 pm
  • Signup:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14472 
    • Creating, facilitating, and grading discussions
    • Creating and grading papers, posters, presentations, and other common assignments
    • Quizzes
    • Online gradebooks
    • Tools external to D2L: Blogs, wikis, Google Drive

If you have questions about this, or any other LTC resources, feel free to contact us:  ltc@uww.edu

Desire2Learn Service Update (11/19)

On Thursday, November 19, Desire2Learn deployed Service Packs 21 and 22 to our D2L Learning Environment. In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements were included:


  • Fix: Internet Explorer users were not able to view linked PDF files. Linked PDF files now open in the document viewer, or prompt the user to download the file regardless of the web browser you are using.

Copy Components

  • Fix: Previously, when using Copy Course Components to copy items to a different org unit, any release conditions associated with rubrics would not copy. Now all release conditions associated with rubrics copy successfully when using Copy Course Components to copy items to an org unit.


  • Fix: In some cases, the Statistics in Discussions did not sort users with the same last name alphabetically. If you sorted the list in ascending or descending alphabetical order, the list of students with the same last name remained the same. Discussion Statistics now enable you to sort the list in ascending or descending order as expected.


  • Fix: In some cases, new ePortfolio activity did not appear on Microsoft Internet Explorer 11. Before the page was fully loaded, a javascript error appeared. Now, new ePortfolio activity appears in the activity feed as expected.


  • Fix: In some cases, when using Kaltura on a Mac, the microphone was not detected. As a result, users were not able to record sound. The microphone is now detected and you are able to record webcam sound as expected.


  • Fix: When you selected a grade to export for a quiz, the “Allow automatic export to Grades” check box text would remain gray; however, you could select it. Now when a user selects a grade item, the check box appears as expected and the user can select the option to export grades immediately.
  • Fix: In some cases, creating short answer questions with a template provided in the downloadable CSV file resulted in a question with unexpected evaluation method selected. As a result, users could not create short answer questions with custom evaluation methods. Users can now use the template for creating short answer questions and apply their own evaluation methods as expected.


  • Fix: In some cases, from within a grade item with an attached rubric, you were not able to edit the rubric feedback, insert a quick link, or use the spell checker. From within a grade item with an attached rubric, a pop-up editor is now available to edit the item.
  • Fix: Previously, the Rubrics tool did not display a search bar if a course only had archived rubrics. In the Rubrics tool, the search bar is now always present on the list page. If only archived rubrics exist in the course, it is possible to access them by modifying the search options to show archived rubrics in the search results. It is still the default behavior that archived rubrics are not shown by default in the search results.


  • Fix: In some cases, in Grades, when you clicked the SCORM icon in the Enter Grades area, you encountered an error. Now, if you click the SCORM icon in the Enter Grades area, you see the correct amount of user time tracked against a SCORM object.


  • Fix: Previously, in the Surveys tool, when exporting an Individual Attempts Report to a CSV file, the data for matching questions (MAT) did not include the # Responses column value for the last match on a given question. The data for matching questions has now been corrected.