Looking for Ways to Get Immediate Feedback from Students?

If you are interested in a tool that can allow you to receive immediate (and potentially anonymous) feedback from your students this fall, you might benefit from using “Poll Everywhere.” Poll Everywhere allows students to text answers from their mobile phones or submit answers via the Poll Everywhere website (for free) to prompts that you create. Though there is an app available, neither you or your students need to download an app to use Poll Everywhere.

In the video below, Juk Bhattacaryya (a UW-Whitewater faculty member who piloted the use of Poll Everywhere in Spring 2018) discusses using Poll Everywhere.

If you think you might be interested in using Poll Everywhere, consider attending one of the LTC’s “Using Poll Everywhere to Engage Students” sessions to learn more. Attending one of these sessions will provide you with more information on Poll Everywhere, and help get you started with your own account.

The dates/times for upcoming “Using Poll Everywhere to Engage Students” sessions are below (just click on the session to sign up; you will need to log in to register):

Tuesday July 24th, 2018 at 9:00 AM in McGraw 19A

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 at 2:00 PM in McGraw 19A

Wednesday September 26th, 2018 at 3:00 PM in McGraw 19A

Friday October 5th, 2018 at 10:00 am in McGraw 19A

If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Interested in Adaptive Learning?

You may have heard recently about adaptive learning, but might not be sure exactly what it is. Adaptive learning is a general term that describes a variety of ways that course content and assessments can be aligned to student progress throughout a course.

If you are potentially interested in adaptive learning but do not know where or how to get started, consider attending one of the LTC’s adaptive learning information sessions. We will discuss what adaptive learning is, as well as some different ways that you could utilize adaptive learning in your courses.

Upcoming Session Dates and Times:

Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 at 3:00 PM

(Please note that you will need to log in with your UW-Whitewater credentials to register for these sessions)

If you have any questions about these adaptive learning information sessions, or adaptive learning more generally, please feel free to contact the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center.

Using Poll Everywhere to Engage Students

Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement? You might be interested in using Poll Everywhere. Poll Everywhere allows you to receive immediate feedback from your students, who can respond in real-time to polls that you create. Students can respond to Poll Everywhere polls via their computers or mobile devices, thus offering the potential to transform lectures from a passive experience to a more active and engaging experience for students.

This summer, the Learning Technology Center is offering two sessions where you are welcome to come learn more about using Poll Everywhere in your course. Each session aims to introduce you to Poll Everywhere, and to help you get it set up to use in your own class.

The dates/times for the sessions are below (just click on the session to sign up):

Tuesday July 24th, 2018 at 9:00 AM in McGraw 19A

Thursday August 2nd, 2018 at 2:00 PM in McGraw 19A

If you have any questions about these sessions, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Adaptive Learning Information Sessions

The LTC will be exploring adaptive learning, using the Cerego adaptive learning platform, during the academic year 2018-2019. Adaptive learning offers a customizable way to structure student learning activities and assessments. In adaptive learning, content and/or assessments continuously adapt based on how a student performs, providing customizable feedback and additional learning material so the student can better understand, and master, the course material.

If you think you might be interested in using adaptive learning in your course, please consider attending an information session to find out if adaptive learning might be a good fit for you, your students, and your course!

Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, August 01, 2018 at 3:00 PM

If you have any questions about these information sessions, or adaptive learning more generally, please feel free to contact the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Webex Teams Bootcamp in July

As you begin thinking about the fall, are you looking for ways to facilitate communication and collaboration with your students? You might be interested in the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) “Teaching with Webex Teams Bootcamp!”

The bootcamp will take place in McGraw 19A on a series of Monday mornings this July (7/16, 7/23, 7/30) from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Please see the video below for a reflection from a UW-Whitewater instructor who used Webex Teams (when it was called “Spark” in the Fall 2018 semester).

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend the “Teaching with Webex Teams Bootcamp.” Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. UW-Whitewater has a campus license for Webex Teams, so feel free to bring your computer or mobile device to the bootcamp sessions and log into Webex Teams.

Bootcamp Summary:

Monday July 16th, 2018: Why Should I Use Webex Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15639

This first session introduces participants to Cisco Webex Teams, and why instructors and students might benefit from incorporating it. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” Facilitators will provide examples to help participants understand what Webex Teams is (and is not), how Webex Teams works, and the purpose in using Webex Teams.

Monday July 23rd, 2018: How Do I Use Webex Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15640

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training with Cisco Webex Teams. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using Webex Teams to communicate and collaborate with others.

Monday July 30th, 2018: Now What Do I Do With Webex Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15641

This third, and final, session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of Webex Teams in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using Webex Teams based on recent pilots at UW-Whitewater.

Please note: There is no stipend associated with attending the “Teaching with Webex Teams Bootcamp.” However, if you complete all three sessions, you will receive a badge.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Webex Teams Bootcamp,” or any other LTC training or workshop, feel free to contact the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Spark (soon to be WebEx Teams) Bootcamp: June 4th, June 11th, June 18th

Searching for ways to build community with students in your online class? Looking for a way to facilitate communication and collaboration between your students in your face-to-face class? You may benefit from using Cisco WebEx Teams, and the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp!”

The bootcamp will take place in McGraw 19A on a series of Monday afternoons in June (6/4, 6/11, 6/18) from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. The bootcamp will offer demonstrations, hands-on practice, and discussion of applications in WebEx Teams. Even though there is no expectation for outside work between sessions, for the sake of time, the second and third sessions will build on the prior session(s).

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp.” Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. UW-Whitewater has a campus license, so, even if you’ve never logged into WebEx Teams before, you will not need anything beyond a computer and/or mobile device for this bootcamp.

Please note: This is the same bootcamp as the Spring’s “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” There is no stipend associated with attending the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp.” However, if you complete all three sessions, you will receive a badge.

Bootcamp Summary:

June 4th, 2018: Why Should I Use WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15557

This first session introduces participants to Cisco WebEx Teams, and why they might benefit from incorporating it into their teaching. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” Facilitators will provide examples to help participants understand what WebEx Teams is (and is not), how WebEx Teams works, and the purpose in using WebEx Teams.

June 11th, 2018: How Do I Use WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15558

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training with Cisco WebEx Teams. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using WebEx Teams to communicate and collaborate with others.

June 18th, 2018: Now What Do I Do With WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15559

This third, and final, session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of WebEx Teams in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using WebEx Teams based on recent pilots conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp,” or any other LTC training or workshop, feel free to contact the LTC: ltc@uww.edu

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp – Now What Do I Do With Spark?

If you are interested in learning more about using technology to aid in communicating and collaborating with your students, you might want to attend the LTC’s first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” series. The final session in this series of three (Now What Do I Do With Spark?) takes place Tuesday, April 24th at 3:30 pm.

This third and final session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of Spark in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using Spark based on recent pilots of Spark conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

For insight into how one instructor on campus has used Spark, please see the video below.

You can register for the final session at the following link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15515

You do not need to attend all three sessions in order to gain value, and use Spark in your teaching. There is no stipend for attending. However, if you attend all three sessions, you will earn a digital badge.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp – How Do I Use Spark?

If you are interested in learning more about using technology to aid in communicating and collaborating with your students, you might want to attend the LTC’s first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” series. The second session in this series of three (How Do I Use Spark?) takes place Tuesday, April 17th at 3:30 pm.

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training in Cisco Spark. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using Spark to communicate and collaborate with others. For insight into how one instructor on campus has used Spark, please see the video below.

You can register for the second session at the following link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15514

You do not need to attend all three sessions in order to gain value, and use Spark in your teaching. There is no stipend for attending. However, if you attend all three sessions, you will earn a digital badge.

Please be on the lookout for a future blog post on the third, and final, session. If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Interested in Adaptive Learning?

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is currently looking for instructors to take part in the Fall 2018 emerging technology exploration project on adaptive learning. Please see the call for participants for full details on this opportunity. A brief summary is below.

What is the project?
Adaptive learning platforms employ an online, mastery-based learning system that is individualized to each student. Instructors in this project will utilize the adaptive learning platform Cerego, which is designed to comprise roughly between 7 and 10% of the learning activities/assessments in a course. If all required project components are completed, participating instructors can expect to receive a stipend of $1000.

What do I have to do?
Instructors have flexibility in determining the course in which to implement the adaptive learning platform. For more information on participant expectations, please view the original call for participants.

To apply, please complete the application in Qualtrics: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5teUlIYuMm9PZD7

Please apply by Wednesday, April 25th for priority consideration.

If you have any questions about the adaptive learning emerging technology exploration project, feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp Begins This Week!

If you are looking for a tool to facilitate communication and collaboration between your students, you might be interested in the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp!”

The bootcamp will take place in McGraw 19A on a series of Tuesday afternoons this April (4/10, 4/17, 4/24) from 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm. Please see the video below for a reflection from a UW-Whitewater instructor who used Spark in the Fall of 2018.

UW-Whitewater now has a campus license for Spark, so, feel free to bring your computer or mobile device to the bootcamp sessions and log into Spark (be sure to bring your device if you attend the “hands-on” session on April 17th)! If you would like to download Spark prior to attending, please see our documentation on how to install Spark on a desktop device, and on a mobile device.

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Bootcamp Summary:

April 10th, 2018: Why Should I Use Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15513

This first session introduces participants to Cisco Spark, and why they might benefit from incorporating it into their teaching. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” Facilitators will provide examples to help participants understand what Spark is (and is not), how Spark works, and the purpose in using Spark.

April 17th, 2018: How Do I Use Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15514

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training with Cisco Spark. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using Spark to communicate and collaborate with others.

April 24th, 2018: Now What Do I Do With Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15515

This third, and final, session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of Spark in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using Spark based on recent pilots of Spark conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

Please note: There is no stipend associated with attending the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” However, if you complete all three sessions, you will receive a badge.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp,” or any other LTC training or workshop, feel free to contact the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center.