Snackable Series: Learning Artifacts – April 15/16

Snackable Bag Spring 2015The innovative use of technology in higher education continues to provide new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning.  Feel free to bring a lunch, and join us!

As the use of ePortfolios and an emphasis on authentic learning increases, so will the the importance of meaningful student learning artifacts. This workshops will address the basics of what learning artifacts are, assignments where they are particularly meaningful, and ways to showcase them in ePortfolios and capstone projects.

Learning Artifacts Sessions:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112

Thursday, April 16, 2015: 11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link:
Password will be emailed out prior to the workshop.

To register for one or all of these “Snackable Series” sessions, please sign up at: Seating is limited.

If you have any questions regarding the Snackable Series and its sessions, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Desire2Learn Service Update (4/2)

On Thursday, April 2nd, Desire2Learn deployed Service Pack 17 to our D2L Learning Environment. In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements were included:


  • Fix: Users will no longer receive an error in the Content tool when there were Quiz topics that had Start Dates in the future and Due Dates attached. Users can typically see these “future” topics, but they are not accessible based on their Start Date.
  • Fix: In the Overview section in Content, users can now scroll to the bottom of long HTML files in all supported browsers.


  • Fix: In the Compose Email window, buttons in the confirmation popup now function properly. The confirmation popup appears when a user tries to send an email with no subject or no body.

HTML Editor

  • Fix: The Equation Editor now loads successfully for on‐premise clients that may have different load balancer settings.


  • Fix: Cascading course enrollment news items are not pushed to users. Only explicit course enrollment news items are pushed to users. Minibar alerts now also consistently show for new news items. Previously, users with cascading enrollments might have received a high volume of news items instead of news items only for courses they were explicitly enrolled in.


  • Fix: Ordering questions now successfully show response-level feedback in quiz attempts. Previously, only overall question feedback showed, and the response-specific feedback was never displayed to users.
  • Fix: Users can now move questions in the Question Library back into previously-used sections or the collection root successfully.

User Progress

  • Fix: The Maximum Grade and Minimum Grade columns have been renamed Maximum Final and Minimum Final as they represent the maximum and minimum potential final grades a user could receive within their course.
  • Fix: User Progress now shows the full name of the user instead of “Anonymous User” when auditing a user.
  • Fix: The box plot charts within User Progress can now be disabled for a specific course by disabling the new Display box plots of the class grade distribution for graded items setting in User Progress Settings > Progress Report Information Settings area.
  • Fix: The Grades Summary: Grades Received data in User Progress now respects the date filtering which can be applied and shows grades received for the last 7 days, 30 days, or all time.


  • Fix: Using Internet Explorer 9 no longer causes JavaScript errors when expanding or collapsing widgets with rounded corners. The closing/opening animation is no longer shown for those users.
  • Fix: The change made in Service Pack 14 to the My Courses widget’s Last Accessed list where users with cascading roles and/or users who have a large number of courses were sorted alphabetically has been reverted. Courses now are listed in order of when they were last visited.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

Register Today! LTDC Virtual Showcase

LTDC-Showcase-2015-1024x768The UW System Learning Technology Development Council (UWS LTDC) is pleased to announce our virtual showcase to be held on April 9-10, 2015 from 8:45 am – 4:45 pm.

Visit the conference website and register today!

Inspiring keynote presentations by Curtis Bonk of Indiana University, and Sarah Horton, the Director of Accessible User Experience for The Paciello Group will kick off each day of the showcase. Faculty and staff from UW System campuses will share their innovative uses, best practices, how-to’s and much more on a variety of learning technologies that span classroom, blended and online topics.

ebrary Database Trial

Media LabThe Andersen Library at UW-Whitewater is conducting a trial of the ebrary Academic Complete ebook database through April 1, 2015.

ebrary is a subscription package of 100,000 ebooks that allows users to read and/or download titles to mobile or desktop devices.  This electronic format allows students in online or blended classes instant access to texts, anywhere they have an internet connection.

To explore this database, visit:  eBrary Academic Complete

Please share your feedback on this database by emailing:  eBrary Feedback

To learn more about Andersen Library’s database trials, visit:  New Database Trials

Call for Proposals: Accessibility Grant

Media LabThe UW Learning Technology Development Council is pleased to announce grant funding for learning technology projects related to universal design and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

This funding can be used for small projects at UW-Whitewater, or with partnering campuses in the UW-System. Possible projects include addressing the accessibility of course materials, showcasing campus best practices, or creating and incorporating guidelines and policies around accessibility issues in higher education.  Proposals are due May 1, 2015.

For further details, refer to UW-LTDC Accessibility Project Application and Guidelines

For more information, contact Elizabeth Simpson at the LTC

Annual D2L Course Cleanup Process

In order to maintain optimal storage capacity and ensure the ongoing smooth operation of D2L, a purge of older courses from the system is conducted annually by the UW System Utility.

We’ve begun to prepare for this year’s D2L Course Cleanup process that will take place on Friday, May 1st, 2015. On May 1st, 2015, courses from Fall 2011 through Summer 2012 will be purged from the D2L system. Instructors with one or more D2L courses slated to be purged were contacted via email on Monday, March 9th.

The D2L Course Cleanup resources site is available with more information on the Cleanup process and instructions on how to export course materials and student data.

If you have any questions or concerns about the D2L Course Cleanup process or need assistance, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

Snackable Series: Promoting Interaction in D2L

Snackable Bag Spring 2015The innovative use of technology in higher education continues to provide new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. The Learning Technology Center (LTC) Spring 2015 “Snackable Series” showcases three current approaches to leveraging technology to promote learning online. Feel free to bring a lunch, and join us!

Promoting Interaction in D2L: March 18 & 19, 2015
It has been shown that the more often your students to log in to D2L, the more likely they are to succeed. This workshop will address ways to draw in your students, to make your D2L course a more engaging and vibrant learning experience. It will address mechanical aspects like layout and types of activities, and also social aspects like the formation of learning activities.

Promoting Interaction in D2L Sessions:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112

Thursday, March 19, 2015: 11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link:
Password will be emailed out prior to the workshop.

To register for this “Snackable Series” session, please sign up at: Seating is limited.

If you have any questions regarding the Snackable Series and its sessions, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

LockDown Browser Known Issue: Windows 7 / IE 9 Quiz Freeze

respondus-ldbWhen using Respondus LockDown Browser, multiple page quizzes that have the “Prevent moving backwards through pages” checked may freeze on Windows 7 computers running Internet Explorer 9.  Whenever the student tries to go to the next page, the browser will hang up on a white screen and fail to load the next set of questions.  Additional details are available at:

The only workaround at this time is to uncheck the “Prevent moving backwards through pages” or to adjust your quiz to be on a single page.

Currently all lab and classroom machines on campus are impacted.  We are working with Respondus to resolve the issue.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact UW-W D2L Support.

2015 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching Registration Open

The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce the 7th annual faculty development workshop on online/blended course design and best practices.

If you need to design a new (or refresh an older) online or blended 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.  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 session will consist of online components, face-to-face meetings on the Whitewater campus, and web conferencing sessions.  A one-half day orientation session will be held on April 24, and the institute will run through July 31, 2015.

All faculty and academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2015-2016 academic year are eligible to apply to attend. However, the workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Applications are due Monday, April 13, 2015.

For more details and registration, please visit the Online/Blended workshop blog at: 

Desire2Learn Service Update (3/5)

On Thursday, March 5th, Desire2Learn deployed Service Pack 15 & 16 to our D2L Learning Environment.  In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements were included:


  • Fix: Users can now successfully change Chat settings from within an individual chat room, as well as, from the main list of chats.


  • Fix: A timezone inconsistency has been corrected for the classlist withdrawals section and user enrollment logs.


  • Fix: Improvements have been made to adding video files directly as Content topics. Previously, some users were not able to play the videos.
  • Fix: Users will no longer receive an error after successfully uploading new files in the Manage Files area. This error was encountered intermittently.

Copy Components

  • Fix: Users with access to Copy Course Components can successfully copy items from inactive courses using both the Copy All and Select Components methods, regardless of their role’s ability to access inactive courses.


  • Fix: Notifications for discussions activity no longer causes an error when viewed outside of the course in which the discussion is located.


  • Fix: Multiple users can now attach feedback to a Dropbox submission


  • Fix: When ePortfolio artifacts are linked to from text areas in presentations, these artifacts now open successfully when the presentation is submitted to a Dropbox folder.
  • Fix: An issue related to sharing groups in ePortfolio has been addressed.  Users will no longer receive a Not Authorized error when they try to view shared items that are available to them.
  • Fix: Photos taken on mobile devices and synced to ePortfolio through the ePortfolio mobile application are displayed in the correct orientation (portrait or landscape).


  • Fix: When downloading file attachments from the News widget, attachments are now saved with the original file name preserved.


  • Fix: When grading a quiz attempt, the Save and Continue button now continues to the next question.
  • Fix: Images attached to questions in the question library will no longer disappear if a user previews an in-progress question before it has been saved.


  • Fix: Surveys can now be successfully accessed and submitted when sent out in emails using the Invite Participants feature in Surveys.
  • Fix: Draft surveys that have due dates will no longer cause an error when some users load the Content tool. Draft surveys are not visible to these users.
  • Fix: A fix to the date filtering logic was made to the Survey Reports tool to allow for smaller report sets to be created for consecutive date ranges. Previously, an error in the date filtering prevented some attempts from being included at the beginning of the range.

User Progress

  • Fix: Users can no see the help terms for unreleased final grades in the User Progress tool.
  • Fix: The Login History data in User Progress has been fixed to no longer display inaccurate Days Absent values after the first 10 rows.
  • Fix: The number of posts read in Discussion Statistics includes the posts made by that user. The column name has been changed to better describe this count.
  • Fix: Performance improvements were made to the Login History section of User Progress.
  • Fix: Improvements have been made to the Dropbox section of User Progress to prevent errors being displayed to the user.


  • Fix: Users will no longer have their role reverted while using Role Switch if they encounter a broken image on the course homepage.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W D2L Support.