Registration Open: 2017 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching

DSC_3940The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2017 Summer session of the 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 intensive and 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.

Dates and Requirements:

The focus of the institute is to learn and practice online teaching skills, and will only briefly address D2L mechanics.  Applicants must have familiarity with basic D2L features, such as creating content, discussions, and drop-box assignments.

There are 5 mandatory meetings for the Institute; three “in-person” face-to-face sessions on the UW-Whitewater campus, and two web-conferencing meetings. The institute begins with a one-half day orientation session on April 28,  a full day meeting on May 26, and a concluding half-day meeting on July 28. In addition, there are two WebEx meetings scheduled for June 2 and June 30.

All faculty and academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to apply. However, the workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Applications are due Friday, March 31, 2017.

Apply Here:  Summer 2017 Application

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Call for Proposals! Celebrating Teaching and Learning

UCAs a member of the UW-Whitewater community, you are invited to submit a session proposal for the campus event Celebrating Teaching and Learning: Strategies that Transform Lives.  This special forum is meant to showcase the wide variety of ways we are all transforming the lives of our students through teaching and learning.  The forum will be held on May 18th, 2017.

We are soliciting proposals for two types of sessions: Presentations and Discussions.  Proposals are due March 17, 2017 April 7th, 2017

Concurrent Presentation Sessions will consist of 45 minute presentations with presenters having 30 minutes to discuss their topic and 15 minutes for questions and answers.  Accepted presenters will receive $100, maximum of two presenters per session.  We encourage proposals in the following themes:

  • Supporting Student Success: Topics may include showcasing high impact practices, sharing learner engagement strategies, discussing different ways of supporting students in courses, incorporating active learning strategies, or ways you assess student learning.
  • Managing Instructor Workload: Common topics include include tips and tricks for managing assignments, feedback, or anything else you’ve found useful!
  • Fostering Inclusivity, Diversity, and Cultural Fluency: Example topics include include effective discussions, cultural intelligence, advocacy, relationship building, and inclusive excellence.
  • 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities: Topics may include integrating technology into teaching, sharing ways to increase student responsibility and accountability, integrating deep learning approaches into teaching,managing BYOD (bring your own device) for course activities, and preparing students for 21st century skills (e.g., evaluating information, being a digital collaborator).
  • ePortfolio: ePortfolio has become a fantastic tool for students to display their work to employers, as well as for instructors, programs, and institutions to assess student work toward established outcomes. If you are using the ePortfolio at the course or programmatic level, please share what you’re doing!
  • Something Else: Have an idea that doesn’t fit into the themes above? That’s okay! Submit your idea using the “Something Else” theme!

To submit a presentation proposal, visit:  Call for Proposals

Birds of a Feather Discussion Sessions will consist of 45 minutes of discussion. The facilitator is expected to introduce the topic to the group and have guiding questions to enhance the conversation.  Accepted facilitators will receive $50, one facilitator per session.

We encourage sessions that involve collaboration and creativity!

To submit a discussion proposal, visit:  Call for Proposals

Respondus Lockdown Browser Update

CaptureWe have deployed an additional enhancement to the Respondus Lockdown Browser for the Spring semester.  In previous versions, students needed to open the Lockdown Browser separately, login, and browse to the quiz.  Now, there is an easy way!

In any browser, the students will see a “Launch LockDown Browser” button on configured quizzes.  When they click the button, the Lockdown Browser will launch, and students will automatically be logged in and taken directly to the quiz in D2L.  This helps improve the user experience for the student.  If LockDown Browser is not installed, a message will be displayed telling them to download it from the above link.

Student facing documentation has been updated to reflect the change.  These documents can be found at: LockDown Browser: Getting Started (Students).

If you have any questions about this change, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

LockDown Browser Legacy Config Fix

respondus-ldbThe D2L upgrade in June of 2016 introduced a new way to configure and setup quizzes to use the Respondus Lockdown Browser.  We were recently made aware that if you copy content into your course that was created prior to June 8th 2016, the quiz will not work until you visit the new “LockDown Browser” Dashboard and fix the settings.

There are 3 issues to be aware of:

  1. Content created prior to June 8th, 2016 will be copied with the legacy config.  Follow the steps below to correct the issue.
  2. The first time you load the LockDown Browser Dashboard in the course, it may not show the correct information.  Be sure to load the dashboard at least 2 times to confirm your quiz configuration is correct.  This issue is confirmed and being worked on by Respondus.
  3. When configured, the quiz name will have “Requires Respondus LockDown Browser” added to the end of the name.  You cannot remove this or it will break the configuration.  If you did remove it, follow the steps below to correct the issue.

To correct this issue, perform the following:

  1. In your Course, click on the “Quizzes” item on the menu.
  2. Select the “LockDown Browser” item. (Due to an additional issue, you will have to load the screen at least 2 times before the correct information shows)
  3. If you see “Fix It” buttons, click them for each quiz to fix the configuration issues.
  4. Be sure to load the LockDown Browser dashboard at least two times to verify that everything is correct.

Fix It LockDown Browser

If you have any questions or comments about this issue, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

Save the Date! Thursday, May 18, 2017

Celebrating Teaching and Learning: Strategies that Transform Educational Experiences and Enhance Student Success


Save the date:  Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 8:30am-4:30pm.

The LTC is pleased to announce a special event on May 18 to showcase the wide variety of ways UW-Whitewater transforms the lives of students through teaching and learning.

The event will include instructor-led break-out presentations and discussions, as well as featured sessions from campus teaching support units and related initiatives that focus on sharing strategies that are being used to make even better learning experiences for our students. 

Call for proposals and registration coming soon!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Learning Technology Center.