On Saturday, June 1st, from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (CST), Learn@UW will be performing storage maintenance on their servers. D2L will not be accessible during this 14 hour timeframe. Summer courses, especially ones held online, may be greatly affected by this outage, so please plan your course work accordingly.
If you have any questions or concerns about this outage, please contact UW-W D2L Support.
The D2L eGrading process allows instructors to transfer final grades from their D2L Gradebook to their WINS Grade Roster in a few simple steps. This process is currently open and available for instructors to transfer their semester grades from D2L to WINS.
For more information on how to use this process, please see the following Instructional Resources wiki pages:
We also have a video available to guide you through the first 2 steps:
If you need additional assistance with your Gradebook or if you have eGrading questions, please contact UW-W D2L Support.
Are your students currently purchasing books or supplemental materials for your course? If so, you may want to check out our eTextbook partner, CourseSmart. At this time textbooks located in campus textbook rental are not eligible for this service.
CourseSmart is the largest provider of eTextbooks and digital course materials. eTextbooks are discounted up to 60% off the purchase price of the print versions. It allows for anytime, anywhere online or offline access to digital course materials for students and faculty. With eTextbooks, faculty have the ability to apply notes, highlight important text areas, add annotations, as well as assign notes to highlighted text to any books that are added to the digital bookshelf. D2L@UWW is currently setup to offer direct integration to eTextbooks with CourseSmart.
If you are interested in using CourseSmart eTextbooks for your Summer or Fall 2013 course, please Contact D2L Support.
Apple no longer supports iDVD and will no longer include this software package as a part of their suite. Since iDVD is no longer being supported, we have come up with a 3rd party freeware solution with an application called Burn. To download and learn how to use this application in place of iDVD please see: Using Burn with iMovie.
If you have any questions about this, please contact UW-W Learning Technology Center.
myDesire2Learn is a free tool offered and hosted by Desire2Learn Inc. that uses the same framework as the ePortfolio tool in D2L. It allows for users who are graduating and/or leaving the university to continue using their ePortfolios. Because they will no longer have access to UW-Whitewater’s D2L system, myDesire2Learn allows those users to continue to update and share their ePortfolios that they’ve developed during their college career.
To access this service, users will need to click the “Export to myDesire2Learn” button in either the Instructor or Student Resources widget after logging into D2L. This will have more information on myDesire2Learn and links to start the process.
If you have students that are graduating this semester, feel free to pass this information along to them. If you have any questions about ePortfolio or the myDesire2Learn service, please contact UW-W D2L Support.
This morning, Thursday, April 25th, Desire2Learn Inc. deployed Service Pack 9 to our D2L learning environment.
Along with some tool fixes (as outlined below), D2L has made a much-requested change to the interface. The course navigation bar no longer disappears when users are viewing full-screen pages, such as the “Enter Grades” tool. Issues with downloading files in the Dropbox and Content tools’ file attachments through Internet Explorer 8 have also been resolved.
In addition, these are some tool specific fixes from the Service Pack:
- On the Group Restrictions page for a discussion topic, returned results now work properly when you select All Forums in the Forum drop-down list when previously no results were returned.
- After users perform a Role Switch and then access Discussions, they can now perform actions only allowed by the switched role permissions, and no longer possess the original role permissions.
- Lengthy grade category descriptions now wrap correctly; this eliminates the need for horizontal scrolling.
- Formulas for Calculated Final Grade and Adjusted Final Grade now copy correctly when Grades are copied in Copy Course Components.
- In Grades’ Enter Grades page, each grade item’s Properties information no longer displays “Weight” properties if the grading system is not a Weighted system.
- The Dropbox Folders page and Folder Submissions page now correctly indicate the number of submissions that are “Unread” and “read” after file submissions are viewed online or downloaded.
- In Dropbox folders with Turnitin OriginalityCheck enabled, an error no longer occurs when a GradeMark Available to Students date is set in the past. This error occurred most frequently in OrginialityCheck-enabled Dropbox folders that were copied from another org unit.
- Chat: Previously, chat messages had a maximum limit of 400 characters. This limit has been removed.
- The Content Browser widget did not update release conditions when conditions were met. Release conditions are now computed when the widget loads so students can see content that becomes available.
- Inserting a quicklink no longer updates the topic title if it is not empty.
- User Progress: User visits to Content topics and modules and navigation through them with the Next or Previous buttons are now correctly tracked.
- HTML Editor: Image resizing is now supported in Firefox for both instances.
- Homepages: Duplicated instances of a custom widget can now be styled independently without affecting all instance of that widget.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UW-W D2L Support.
LTDC presents the West Regional Technology Conference at UW La Crosse this Friday, April 26, 2013 from 8:00AM-5:30PM. The conference theme is “Dynamic Practices: Engaging Students in the Classroom, Online, and Beyond.“
Visit this site for the in depth agenda details, registration, and more information.
The latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, beginning with version 19.0 contain a new built-in PDF viewer. If you run into issues viewing PDF content from Desire2Learn in Firefox there are a few workarounds listed below:
- Use a different web browser
- Download the PDF and open it with a program on your computer
- Disable the Firefox PDF viewer
Please view this webpage for more details and information on the workarounds.
If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact D2L Support.
The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce the fourth annual summer faculty development opportunity on “Online/Blended Course Design and Best Practices.” If you need to design a new (or refresh an older) online or blended/hybrid 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, and topics are presented in an experiential learning model format. 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 workshop consists of an online component conducted via Desire2Learn (D2L), face-to-face meetings, and webinars. The online portion begins on May 24 and ends July 30. There are also five, “in-person” face-to-face sessions scheduled for May 30, June 24-25, and July 29-30 as well as webinar-style meetings throughout the course. For more details, to register, and to listen to what participants have to say about what they learned from participating in last year’s workshop, please visit the Online/Blended Workshop Blog.
This workshop is sponsored by the by the UW-Whitewater College of Letters and Sciences, the LEARN Center, and the Learning Technology Center. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Learning Technology Center (LTC) at email@example.com or call 262-472-1004.