The innovative use of technology in higher education continues to provide new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. The Learning Technology Center (LTC) Fall 2015 “Snackable Series” showcases three current approaches to leveraging technology to promote learning online.
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 ePortfolios are, assignments where they are particularly meaningful, and ways to showcase them in ePortfolios and capstone projects.
D2L ePortfolio Basics Sessions:
Wednesday, October 14, 2015: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112
Thursday, October 15, 2015: 11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link: https://uww.webex.com/uww/j.php?MTID=m451860ec8bb0a9b54e36ed46d3aea781
To register for one or all of these “Snackable Series” sessions, please sign up at: http://signup.uww.edu Seating is limited.
The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce that registration is open for the winter session of Institute for Online/Blended Teaching.
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 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. An afternoon orientation session will be held on December 4, and the institute will run through March 11, 2016.
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 15 participants. Applications are due Monday, November 9, 2015.
For more details and registration, please visit the Online/Blended workshop blog at:http://blogs.uww.edu/workshops/
RESOLVED: The WebEx integration with Desire2Learn should now be functioning correctly. Users should no longer receive a “Missing blockname parameter” error message when launching a WebEx meeting through D2L. Any questions or concerns should be sent to UW-W Desire2Learn Support.
ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Users have reported issues when trying to access WebEx meetings hosted in D2L. Users are able to schedule meetings, but when hosts click the “Prepare” or “Host” buttons to start a WebEx session, an error message that says “Missing blockname parameter” appears.
This issue has been reported, and technicians are actively working to resolve the situation as soon as possible. The current workaround is to schedule meetings using the web-based Cloud version of WebEx. Meetings can be scheduled by logging into http://uww.webex.com.
We will update this announcement once the issue has been resolved. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Learning Technology Center.
We are currently in the process of deploying a new video solution, VBrick Rev. This solution will replace our existing streaming video solution, which is currently located in Madison. Starting in October, we will be contacting individual users to start migrating content to the new platform. Some of the key features of this new solution:
- Self Service Videos. As an instructor, you will be able to upload videos directly to the system. The system will then automatically convert the videos into the correct streaming formats for the best viewing experience by your students.
- Support for Student Videos. Students in your courses will be able to upload pre-recorded videos for easy viewing by other classmates. Webcam recording is not included in this solution.
- Restricted Videos. This system will allow you to restrict videos only to students enrolled in your course. Students will need to authenticate with their Net-ID in order to view the videos.
- Video Portal. Instructors will be able to login to a portal and at a quick glance see all of the videos produced and associated with your account.
We do understand that some of our users have a large video collection. We will be working with you to make this migration as seamless and painless as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Learning Technology Center.
TurningPoint 5 instructors that are utilizing ResponseWare may get a “502 Bad Gateway” error message at random. This is a known issue that TurningPoint is working rapidly to repair. The issue appears to happen the most for Mac users, but may also impact PC users.
Unfortunately, there is no work around for this issue. In the interim, we would suggest that you set a “Reserved Session ID” for each class. This will allow you to rapidly reconnect using the same session ID.
We will update this announcement once the issue has been resolved. In the mean time if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Learning Technology Center.
Welcome back to the Fall 2015 Semester! While there was not a big Desire2Learn (D2L) upgrade this summer, we were busy with a number of changes.
Amy Williams is now the new Desire2Learn Site Administrator. She will be available to help answer any questions and support issues. Please continue to use the D2L Support Form to report your problems.
There were also a few significant fixes for D2L:
- Content items made in files such as Articulate, Adobe Captivate, iSpring, and Adobe Presenter now display correctly. Service Pack 20 corrected an issue where these files displayed very small.
- Images saved to discussion posts no longer appear as broken links.
- YouTube videos are now able to be embedded into HTML Content pages using the Insert Stuff tool.
For a full list of fixes from the summer, see: D2L Service Update (6/25).
The following new service offerings and enhancements are also available:
- Cisco WebEx: D2L Integration
- Important/Exporting Calendars. Documentation on both importing and exporting on our Instructional Resources wiki.
- A detailed explanation of what integrations with D2L are available, and how to request new integrations can be found at: D2L Integrations.
- The D2L homepage now contains an “Instructor Tutorials” widget underneath the “Instructor Resources” widget. Here you can find links to new and updated tutorials found on our Instructional Resources wiki.
We have numerous resources available if you need assistance with D2L.
If you have not already done so, don’t forget to request for your Fall 2015 Courses! Courses requested by 3pm business days will be available the following morning.
Good luck with the beginning of the semester! If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these points, please do not hesitate to contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.
Version 45 and newer of the Google Chrome browser, and all versions of the new Microsoft Edge browser (included in Windows 10) no longer support java plugins. If you have activities and material in your course that utilizes java, please tell your students that they should use an alternative browser, such as Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari.
The Kaltura Screen Recorder will not be supported in the latest versions of Google Chrome and Edge. Kaltura is working towards a future solution for these browsers.
We would suggest that you investigate moving away from any material that does require java to avoid issues in the future. It’s only a matter of time before the other browsers follow the trend and drop support for java. If you have further questions regarding this, please contact UW-W D2L Support.
This Fall at UW-Whitewater, faculty and staff WebEx users will notice some changes from the current on-premises version of WebEx. We will be transitioning to a newer and more cost-effective version that is also cloud based. This newer version will allow you to join and schedule meetings from within Desire2Learn. Meetings can also have up to 1,000 participants and compared to the previous on-premises version of WebEx, it has increased recording space. The cloud-hosted version is available at: https://uww.webex.com. The old on-premises version will be discontinued before the Spring 2016 semester.
Students can now schedule and setup meetings for up to 8 participants at https://uwwstudents.webex.com. Students are only able to use computer/VoIP (voice over IP) audio when connecting and are unable to record meetings.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the Learning Technology Center.
We would like to announce that Cisco WebEx is now integrated directly into your Desire2Learn course. Inside of your course, you can find the “WebEx” tool located in “More Tools” on the Navigation bar.
This integration allows instructors to create WebEx meetings right from within D2L. Students cannot create meetings through this integration, but they can join and participate in class meetings.
Instructors who are new to WebEx must first login to uww.webex.com prior to scheduling a meeting via the D2L integration. This only has to be done one time, so if you have already done this in the past, you are already setup.
We have created a number of tutorial pages and short videos explaining the process:
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.
Turnitin services, including Originality Check, Peermark, and Grademark, will be mostly unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CT).
During this outage window, students should not submit files to a Dropbox folder that has Turnitin enabled, and instructors should not create new Dropbox folders with Turnitin enabled.
An announcement will appear to users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for the scheduled maintenance.
Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window. If possible, it’s also advised that instructors change the end date on all Dropbox folders that are utilizing Turnitin so that students won’t inadvertently submit during the outage window.
Please note, any Dropbox folders in a D2L course that are currently NOT utilizing the Turnitin Originality Check, ending before the outage window, or starting after the outage window do NOT have to be altered.
If you have any questions or concerns about this outage, please contact UW-W D2L Support.