There is still time to apply for the Learning Technology Center’s Spring 2020 Emerging Technology Exploration Project focusing on Linkedin Learning! The deadline for applications is this Friday (11/22/19).
Winterim 2020 and Spring 2020 courses are now available in Canvas.
- Course Combinations. Do you want to combine multiple sections of the same course into a single Canvas course? Follow the steps in the Cross-Listing/Merging Canvas Courses guide. If you need to combine courses that you are not the teacher for or if you have any questions please contact Canvas support.
- Sync Grades to WINS (eGrading). Canvas does have the ability to send your course final grades directly to the WINS Grade Roster at the end of the semester. Get started by viewing the step-by-step instructions.
On Saturday, November 16, Instructure will deploy the latest release to the Canvas environment. The highlights of this release are listed below. The full release notes are also available.
- Training Options: The Help Menu includes a new training portal link for instructors. This new training portal contains complimentary self-paced training resources and provides one-click registration for training webinars which are offered by Instructure.
- Dashboard – Unfavorite a Course option: In the Course Card Dashboard, courses can be removed as favorites from the course card Options menu.
- Pages – Microsoft Immersive Reader: The Microsoft Immersive Reader is being offered in Canvas as a trial feature. This will offer students some basic accessibility options for all Pages in courses. To learn more about this feature, see the Microsoft Immersive Reader website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.
Did you know that the Learning Technology Center (LTC) supports instructors in piloting emerging technologies in their courses? These technologies are selected in order to address teaching and learning challenges. Over the past few years, the LTC has supported instructors in exploring technologies including Webex Teams, Poll Everywhere, and adaptive learning platforms Realizeit and Cerego.
If you would like to hear more about the LTC’s emerging technology exploration projects, please sign up here to attend our upcoming information session at 3:00 pm on November 19th, 2019. In addition to providing information on our past and current projects, we will welcome feedback including suggestions for technologies you might like to use in the future.
If you have any questions or feedback relating to emerging technology explorations, please contact us at email@example.com
Linkedin Learning offers a variety of online “courses” that students and instructors can access online using a computer or mobile device. Learners can complete these entire “courses,” and sometimes earn a digital “certificate,” or view shorter chunks of larger courses. Additionally, the course library is constantly growing, with new content on a variety of topics continuously added.
The purpose of this Emerging Technology Exploration Project is to explore the potential for Linkedin Learning to positively influence teaching and learning on campus. The guiding questions for this project are:
- How can Linkedin Learning benefit instructors?
- How can Linkedin Learning benefit students?
Participating instructors must use Linkedin Learning in at least one class during the Spring 2020 semester. Instructors can choose the class(es) in which they use Linkedin Learning.
The breakdown below details the project expectations for participating instructors, semester by semester:
Fall 2019 or Winterim 2019-2020
- Attend a two-hour instructional development session with LTC staff (date TBD).
- Submit to the LTC a brief plan outlining how you intend to use Linkedin Learning in your Spring 2020 course(s).
- Conduct at least one Spring 2020 course using Linkedin Learning as outlined in your plan.
- Complete “check-ins” with LTC staff.
- Support the LTC in administering an (IRB approved) survey about the course to students.
- Present on experiences using Linkedin Learning at a LTC workshop or event.
If all project components are completed, instructors can expect to receive $250 for their participation. Up to ten instructors will be selected for participation in this project.
The Qualtrics application form is available here. The deadline for applications is November 22nd, 2019. After that date, LTC staff will be in contact with applicants.
Need additional information?
If you have any questions about the Linkedin Learning Emerging Technology Exploration Project, feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about Linkedin Learning more generally, please contact the Learning Technology Center.
The Learning Technology Center (LTC) is currently exploring adaptive learning technologies, focusing on the platform Cerego. If you are potentially interested in incorporating adaptive learning into your course but do not know where or how to get started, consider attending the adaptive learning information session next Monday (10/28/19) so you can learn more about the possibilities offered by adaptive learning.
The information session takes place at 3:30 pm on Monday October 28th, 2019 in McGraw 19A, and runs for about 45 minutes. If you are interested, please sign up here. Please note that you will need to log in with your UW-Whitewater credentials to register for this session.
If you are interested in adaptive learning, you are also invited to attend a meeting discussing adaptive learning on campus this Friday (10/25/19).
If you have any questions about adaptive learning, or would like to attend this session virtually via Webex Teams, please contact email@example.com
On Saturday, October 19, Instructure deployed the latest release to the Canvas environment. The highlights of this release are listed below. The full release notes are also available.
- Grades – Post Policy Icons Updates: The word Manual displays in the assignment header to indicate the assignment is set with the Manual Posting Policy. Additionally, the outlined Visibility icon only displays when entered grades need to be posted.
- Navigation – Menu Visibility: A visual change has been made for Teachers to more easily tell which Navigation Menu items are visible to students. Icons not visible to students will be marked by the symbol of an eye with a slash though it.
- NOTE: Some external tools are never visible to students, but do not receive the new icon.
- Analytics – New Course and User Analytics: Existing course and user analytics have been replaced with the New Course and User Analytics functionality.
If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W Canvas Support.
If you missed our September meeting, or attended that meeting and would like to talk more about the status of adaptive learning on campus, the LTC is hosting one more meeting on adaptive and personalized learning this fall.
The meeting takes place next Friday, October 25th from 9:30 to 10:15 am in McGraw 19A. All UW-Whitewater faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary.
If you have any questions about this meeting, or would like to attend virtually via Webex, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On behalf of the LTC and LEARN Center, we would like to invite you to attend the second session of a collaborative workshop series aimed at “Humanizing Your Courses.” The theme of our second sessions focuses on Presence, Empathy and Awareness.
Monday, October 21 | 12:30-1:45PM | McGraw 19A
Presence, Empathy, and Awareness
Presented by Anneke Lisberg, Biological Sciences;
Kate Ksobiech, Communications;
Tony Millevolte, College of Integrated Studies
Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details?id=16248
Please sign up by Wednesday, October 16
Inspired by the thinking of Michelle Pacansky-Brock, the “Humanizing Your Courses” series will explore ways to create human-centered learning experiences. This second workshop will feature a panel of some of our most “present” faculty members. We’ll explore examples from their classroom experiences, including face-to-face and online formats. They will provide tips and guidance on how to create a welcoming and human presence in the classroom, sense when students need extra support, and learn how to listen to and understand our students more directly. In addition, they will also discuss the challenges of remaining so highly focused on student needs.
Attendees will discuss:
- Strategies to be more “present” in the classroom or online.
- Approaches to displaying empathy and sensing when students need help.
- Activities to facilitate knowing students better and creating formative feedback loops
- Tips to be more aware of your OWN needs.
- Tips for dealing with the challenges and issues associated with increased empathy
If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.
Adaptive learning platforms offer a way to structure student learning activities and assessments to personalize the learning experience on how a student performs. The adaptive learning platform provides targeted feedback and additional learning material to help foster student learning. Additionally, adaptive learning platforms typically offer instructors analytics to closely monitor student progress and areas that specific students may struggle.
The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center is currently seeking instructors interested in piloting adaptive learning during the Spring 2020 semester. The adaptive learning platform currently being piloted is called Cerego. With Cerego, instructors can create content and, based on the students’ correct and incorrect responses, the Cerego platform determines what specific students need to study.
Learning Technology Center staff will be at the UW-Whitewater at Rock County campus (HS0027) on Monday October 21st, 2019 from 12:00 to 12:50 pm to provide an information session on adaptive learning. If you are interested in learning more about adaptive learning, and the current adaptive learning pilot, please join us at this session!
If you have any questions about the information session, or adaptive learning more generally, please feel free to contact email@example.com
Thank you for your hard work transferring your Desire2Learn courses to Canvas! Starting with the Summer 2019, 100% of our for-credit courses are on Canvas!
While the end of this giant undertaking is in sight, there are still some important things to keep in mind as we close out the Desire2Learn service:
- Desire2Learn Courses will be set to Read-Only on January 17th, 2020. Are you still using Desire2Learn for a department or ongoing course? If so – now is the time to get your course migrated over to Canvas! Request your Canvas ongoing course using this form.
- Desire2Learn Student Activity exports now available! We have an export report available that allows us to export student activity for: Checklists, Content, Course Files, Discussions, Dropbox, Grades, Group contribution/locker, Homepages, News, Quizzes and Release Conditions. Fill out this form to request a student activity export. Please allow 7 business days for processing. Requests must be received by March 1st, 2020.
- UW-System will be removing access to Desire2Learn in June of 2020. All information you would like to keep must be exported out of D2L before June of 2020. Whether it’s an old for-credit based course, or an ongoing course – make sure all material is backed up. Once our access is removed, we will not have any way to obtain this data. Don’t delay, save your course files today!
- View the Desire2Learn Retirement timeline for additional details.
Tell us about your Canvas support experience. Overall, we have had great success with Canvas 24/7/365 Phone/Chat/Email support. Whether you got an awesome answer from Canvas Support, or if you were wishing they would have provided more information – let us know! We review all support interactions on a regular basis – and we want to make sure you get the support and answers you need! Submit your feedback by going to http://uww.edu/icit/services/canvas and clicking on the Vendor Support Feedback button.
If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.