Introducing Lynda.com

Hey guys!

It’s only the third week into the semester and hopefully you are all getting back into the swing of things!

As a treat to help you all hop back into the semester (and ever closer towards the oncoming storm of midterms and finals), today we are going to talk about Lynda.com and your shiny new access to it!

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Many of you have probably at least heard about Lynda.com, if you are not already a frequenter of the site. It is a place to help you with many of your digital needs. It has helpful teaching videos that will guide you step by step through a program. Its knowledge base includes, but is not limited to tutorials in 3D; Audio; Business; CAD or Computer-Aided Design; Design; Developer; Photography; Video; and Web.

I realize this is not necessarily useful for every major on a daily basis; but would it not be amazing to tell your future employer that you have experience with creative editing software? The answer is yes, it would. Plus you can learn how to operate different parts of the creative suite and immortalize all of your college pictures and memories!

You can access the lynda.com library 24/7 from desktops, laptops, smartphones, or tablets. Use the lynda.com app for iPhone, iPad, or Android or log in via the lynda.com mobile site where you can watch entire courses or single tutorial videos as needed.

Here’s how to begin! Just visit: http://go.uww.edu/lynda

There you will be directed to the University login page, where let’s be honest, you already know what to do.

Once you have entered in the proper information, you will have free range of all that Lynda has to offer! So relax! Stay awhile! Enjoy all that that charm that Lynda.com has to offer!

Thanks for your time and attention!

Student Collaboration Using Google Drive

Hello and welcome back to the new semester!

Did you know you can sign into Google Drive using your Whitewater Net-ID and password? You also get unlimited storage space! Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. As a college student many of us have to present projects with a group. Google Drive lets you share a document with your group members so you can work on a project at the same time, and in different locations. Projects are also saved automatically, so don’t worry if you close a page on accident, it will have already been saved!

Google Docs is a great way to collaborate with team members when working on notes, or papers. https://www.google.com/docs/about/

Google Slides lets your ideas shine with a variety of presentation themes, hundred of fonts, embedded video, animations and more. https://www.google.com/slides/about/

Google Sheets lets you choose from a wide variety of budgets, schedules, and other pre-made spreadsheets. https://www.google.com/sheets/about/

Google Forms lets you run a survey or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Then check out the results, neatly organized in a spreadsheet. https://www.google.com/forms/about/

Wondering how to share a document in Google Drive ?

  1. Click on the desired  project you want to share.
  2. Click on the Share button in the top right cornerShare Button
  3. Add in the names or emails of the people you would to like share with and hit Done.Share List

Gone are the days of having to get together with a group because you can only work on one device for a project! You can now worry less knowing you can all work on the same project from your own devices, anytime, anywhere!

For more information please visit http://www.uww.edu/icit/services/google or visit go.uww.edu/lynda.com and search for Google Drive.

 

Group Project Rooms for Students

Need a room for a group project? Collaboratory meeting rooms are available for 3-6 students to work on group projects in Andersen General Access Lab, L1008.

Rooms are equipped with:

  • A desktop computer with the same software as a lab computer
  • A projector connected to the desktop computer
  • A SMART Board for projection and collaborative note-taking

Reserve one of the Collaboratory meeting rooms (L1008D, L1008E, L1008F, L1008G, L1008H ) from the comfort of your home through http://www.uww.edu/reserve. See lab attendant upon arrival.

If you have any questions regarding this, please call 262.472.1234.

WebEx Service Changes for Students

UB6_QcbN_400x400This Fall, the UW-Whitewater campus will be using a new, cloud-based version of WebEx. With the new WebEx Meeting center, students can have small group meetings of up to 8 participants with other students and external guests. You have the ability to use computer/VoIP (voice over IP) audio when you are connecting. To get started using WebEx go to the new cloud-hosted WebEx site https://uwwstudents.webex.com.

If you would like more information on the new cloud-based WebEx solution, go to http://www.uww.edu/icit/services/webex.

Updated ePortfolio Tutorials Available

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) has created an updated video tutorial series for D2L ePortfolio to help you understand how ePortfolio works.

ePortfolio is a great place for you to collect all the things you have worked on and turned into your classes. You can upload your grades, papers, projects, art projects, websites and more. Your ePortfolio is a great place to create a collection that contains all of your accomplishments.

Once you’ve created something you are proud of, you can invite individuals to view you page and your friends can also invite you to check out their work as well. You can build sharing groups and reflections on your work as well as provide links to outside content.

The complete tutorials are available at:

If you have any additional questions regarding this, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Desire2Learn “My Courses” Widget Update

With the deployment of Desire2Learn Service Pack 14, the “My Courses” widget on your D2L homepage has been improved.  The new “My Courses” widget offers increased performance and additional filtering.  If you are enrolled in multiple courses, the tab based navigation for your roles has been replaced with a drop-down list instead.  In addition, a “Semester” filter is now available.

Old “My Courses” Widget:
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New “My Courses” Widget:
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If you have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Customize your D2L Notifications!

d2l-email-notifications-phoneHave you ever missed an assignment on D2L? It happens to the best of us, I understand. Sometimes you have work, you have other classes, you have personal issues, and sometimes you just plain old forget to do it.

You have the ability to customize your notifications. This means you can change your class information to fit into your life the way you want it to. You can adjust your email or text notifications to the way you like to receive it.

Jump on over to the Email Notifications page to get the scoop!

Take this information and go be the student you always wanted to! Or at least remember that assignment before you procrastinate on it.  Thanks for your time!

Desire2Learn Login Problems with “Bitdefender”

We have recently discovered that users with “Bitdefender” installed on their personal machines may be receiving error messages when trying to login to Desire2Learn.  The messages that you would receive would look similar to the following:

Use the following steps to correct this issue:

  1. Open the Bitdefender 2015 Window
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  2. Click on “Protection”
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  3. Choose “Web Protection”
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  4. Find the “Scan SSL” option and click on the checkmark to disable it.
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  5. Close out of Bitdefender and restart your internet browsers.  The problem should now be resolved.

Note: In Bitdefender 2014, the screens are slightly different.  Use the following steps:

  1. Open Bitdefender window
  2. Click Settings
  3. Click Privacy Control
  4. Turn off Scan SSL

If the problem still persists, please reset your browser settings and try again.

If you are still having login problems after going through the above steps, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

ResponseWare Account Migration

ResponseWare LogoDuring the summer, Turning Technologies updated their ResponseWare service, and because of the change, all ResponseWare accounts need to be migrated over to the new service.

If you’ve previously signed up for a ReponseWare account, you would have received an email from Turning Technologies to the email address you used during the sign up (most likely your UW-W email account). The email will include a link to follow to migrate your ResponseWare account.

If you haven’t received an email from Turning Technologies to migrate your account, you can visit the Account page for ResponseWare and click the Forgot Password link. Do NOT make a new account from this page. Enter in the email address you used to register for a ResponseWare account in the forgot password screen, and you’ll receive a new email with a link to migrate your account.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the ResponseWare migration, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

D2L v10.3 Discussion Tool Changes

The latest upgrade in D2L to version 10.3 included a complete interface overhaul of the Discussions tool. This new interface includes a change to the structure of Discussions and some new features, which are outlined in the video below.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Discussions tool or the changes, please contact UW-W D2L Support.