Active Learning Workshop Series

Active Learning:  Engagement, High-Level Thinking & Enhanced Learning

ClassroomIn 1987 Chickering and Gamson wrote that “learning is not a spectator sport,” and in 2016 their words still fit.  Active learning involves students in the learning process, leading to better retention and student outcomes.  The LTC and LEARN Center are please to co-sponsor a 3-part workshop series focused on active learning.  This series will explore a variety of approaches to active learning, applicable to both face-to-face and online learning environments.

Attendance at all 3 sessions is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Session 1:  Active Learning, an Introduction
September 15th, 11 am – noon, UC 262
Facilitators:  Elizabeth Simpson & Barbara Beaver
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This session will examine the definitions and possibility of active learning, and explore why it is a continuing trend in higher education.  We’ll address examples from here on the UW-W campus, as well as others from UW System and across the nation.  Participants will gain suggestions for the integration of active learning in their own courses, examples assignments, and techniques.

Upcoming Sessions:

Session 2:  Incorporating Active Learning Strategies into your Teaching: Evidence-Based Practices, Case Studies, and Stories from the Field.
October 19th, 12:30-2 pm

Session 3:  The Unique Challenges of Active Learning in an Online/Blended Environment.
November 17th, 11 am – noon

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact

ICIT Technology Open House – Monday, August 29th

Faculty and staff are invited to join us at the annual ICIT Technology Open House!  This year the event will be held on Monday, August 29th from 2pm to 5pm in the University Center Grand Ball Room (UC275).

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Why should you come to the tech open house?

  1. New for Fall 2016.  We have a number of new and exciting things going on in the Learning Technology Center.  Stop by to learn about them and see how you can apply them in your courses.
  2. Meet the Experts.  The majority of our interaction with users is via email or phone, we never get to see your face.  Stop by and introduce yourself!
  3. Meet the Vendors.  We will have some of our vendors on hand who will be able to talk to you directly, answer questions and take feedback.  So start thinking of your questions now, and bring them with!
  4. Free Stuff!  There will be light refreshments, swag and drawings!  We have some pretty awesome prizes lined up!

We hope to see you all at the event!  Help us spread the word and tell your colleagues as well!

Turnitin Scheduled Maintenance – Saturday, August 20th

Turnitin services will be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

If you have any questions or concerns about this outage, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Turning Point Cloud Now Available!

turningpoint_cloud_logo_200wWe are happy to announce that TurningPoint Cloud is now available!  TurningPoint Cloud has been deployed to all lab and classroom machines and is ready for the upcoming fall semester.  Turning Point 5 is currently also on the machines, but will be removed on Monday, August 22nd.

Some important items to take note of:

  • Student Licensing Changes.  With TurningPoint Cloud, the student clicker device licensing model has changed.  Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, all students will need a license to use the Turning Point Cloud software.  All new clickers ResponseCard devices being sold at the bookstore will include a 1 year license with the device.  After that 1 year, students will need to purchase an additional license to continue using their physical ResponseCard Device.  Unlicensed users will not be able to use their ResponseCard with Turning Point.
  • Direct integration with Desire2Learn (D2L).  Device registration is done right in D2L, and you can easily pull the device roster list into Turning Point, and also easily push grades back up to Desire2Learn.
  • Net-ID Integration.  Instructors and Students will be able to login with their UW-W Net-ID and password.
  • BYOD.  Turning Point Cloud enables students to turn their own device into a clicker by purchasing a license to use phone applications, or directly via a website.
  • Enhanced Reporting Tools.  The new interface includes some additional analysis and management tools to get the most out of your polling results.
  • Training and Support.  The LTC is here to offer basic training and support, but the vendor is also available to schedule ad-hoc training’s and offer support as needed.

For a full list of features, see: What’s New in TurningPoint Cloud.

If you have questions regarding TurningPoint Cloud, please contact the us at or 262.472.1004.

Films on Demand Integration for Desire2Learn

ad_filmsondemandIf you are not aware, UW-Whitewater has a license for the vast array of film content available in the Films on Demand library.  You can now access these Films directly from Desire2Learn (D2L)!

  1. Within the D2L Editor, select the “Insert Stuff” tool.
  2. Towards the bottom, choose the “Films on Demand” link.
  3. From here, you can search through the films, or type in the name of the film directly.
  4. Once you have found the film you want to use, click the “Embed” button.
  5. Finally click on “Insert”.
  6. The video should now appear in the editor.  Click on “Save” or “Update” at the bottom of the page.
  7. That’s it!


If you have any questions about this integration, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.