TurningPoint Cloud Update

shutterstock_110236751Here is a quick overview of some discoveries and workarounds that we have found with TurningPoint Cloud.

ResponseWare Test Licenses Available – Process Change Required.  We have a small number of test licenses and can assign a single license to your account.  If you have a test license, you will need to adjust your ResponseWare Session when you are polling in the classroom.  In the Session Options, you will need to check the “Require Participant Accounts” option.  Additional details available at: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/hIAV

When you obtain the participant list, the first name and last name fields are switched for users that do not have an active license.  This issue is under active investigation by Turning Technologies and we hope to have a resolution soon.

Participant lists are now locked when they are retrieved from D2L.  If students incorrectly input their device ID, they must update it on the clicker registration site.  Once that is complete, you can “update” the participant list to retrieve the additional information.

TurningPoint Cloud Icon is now available on the desktop in classrooms.  TurningPoint Cloud is installed on all classroom machines.  Initially, the icon was not available on the desktop but we have resolved this issue and the shortcut should again appear on the desktop like previous versions.

My student purchased a license but is still not showing in the participant list, what’s going on?  We have noticed a number of students are buying a license directly from the Turning Technologies Dashboard, but are not clicking on the link in D2L.  Make sure your students are clicking on the link through D2L.  This links the students D2L account to the Turning Technologies account and should resolve the issue.

As of 9/16/2016, no students have taken advantage of the rebate.  Please remind your students that they can get a $15 back by filling out the rebate form. The form is located at: https://rebates.turningtechnologies.com/  Rebate code: Ruww15

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding TurningPoint cloud, please contact Elaina Barr or Aaron Axelsen at 262.472.1004 or ltc@uww.edu.


Registration Open: 2016 Winter Institute for Online/Blended Teaching

DSC_3940The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce that registration is open for the winter session of Institute for Online/Blended Teaching.

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.”

By the conclusion of the institute, participants develop a D2L learning module which includes pedagogically-appropriate assessments, discussions, and additional learning materials. This module will be created with the assistance of instructional designers and feedback from colleagues. Additionally, participants become proficient in using web conferencing, creating high-quality video in an on-campus media studio, and using web-based tools to encourage student academic integrity.


  1. Develop a D2L-based module for the online or blended course you will be teaching
  2. Demonstrate pedagogically-sound course design in the D2L course module
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing the following instructional technologies:
    1. D2L Learning Management System
      1. D2L Dropbox
      2. D2L Quizzes
      3. D2L Discussions
    2. D2L Rubrics
    3. D2L Grade Center
    4. Turnitin Suite
    5. Respondus LockDown Browser
    6. WebEx
    7. On-campus recording studios
  4. Investigate and evaluate various approaches to ensuring online course quality
  5. Evaluate techniques to provide effective feedback in the online environment
  6. Describe and demonstrate approaches to building community online

Dates for the 2016 Winter Institute:

  • December 2: Face-to-Face meeting, 1:00-4:00 pm
  • December 9: WebEx, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • January 6: Face-to-Face meeting, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
  • February 10: WebEx, 1:00-3:00 pm
  • March 10: Face-to-face, 1:00-4:00 pm

All faculty and academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply to attend. However, the workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Applications are due Monday, November 7, 2016.

Link to Application:  2016 Winter Institute Application

If you have questions about this, or any other LTC resources, feel free to contact us:  ltc@uww.edu

Online Teaching Bootcamp: January 11-13 2017

DSC_3940New to online teaching?  In need of some additional ideas for your online class?  The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce the second annual Online Teaching Bootcamp.

This program will be held January 11-13, 1:00-4:00 pm each day, in Hyer 210.   It will be a mix of demonstration, hands-on practice, and discussion, geared to address the most common concerns in online teaching.  All faculty and instructional staff are welcome.  Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

There is no stipend associated with this workshop series.

Program Summary:

January 11: Hands-On D2L, Hyer 210
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14886

  • The basic layout of D2L
  • Arranging content into modules
  • HTML editor
  • Moving from Microsoft Word to D2L
  • Discussions—basics
  • Dropbox—Basics
  • Grades

January 12: Online Assignments, Hyer 210
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14887

  • Creating, facilitating, and grading discussions
  • Creating and grading papers, posters, presentations, and other common assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Online gradebooks
  • Tools external to D2L: Blogs, wikis, Google Drive

January 13: Instructor Presence and Presentations, Hyer 210
Registration:  https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14888

  • Instructor presence online
  • GradeMark
  • Webex
  • Studio resources
  • Presentation best practices

If you have questions about this, or any other LTC resources, feel free to contact us:  ltc@uww.edu

Desire2Learn User Guide Updated

Logo_Brightspace_rgb_1200x630We have recently updated the vendor documentation for Desire2learn (D2L) to reference the latest versions for D2L 10.6.  The documentation can be found on the “My Home” screen when accessing the course in the Student / Instructor Resources Widget located on the right hand side of the screen.

We also have a number of resources and custom tutorials available on our wiki located at: https://spaces.uww.edu/display/instructional/Desire2Learn

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.

“Last Accessed” Now Available in D2L Classlist

Previously, the only way that you were able to see the date a student last accessed the course was by drilling down unto the user progress tool within the course to find the information.  Starting today, we have enabled a new option that will display the “Last Accessed” date right in the class list!  This is the date/time that they last accessed the given course.


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


Community of Practice for Online/Blended Education

DSC_3940All University of Wisconsin-Whitewater faculty and staff are invited to participate in a campus-wide community of practice for online and blended education.

The Community of Practice for Online and Blended Education began in the spring of 2015, thanks to a grant from OPID.  Its purpose is to serve as a campus-wide forum to develop, share, and document best practices in teaching online and blended (hybrid) courses at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  In addition, it provides a support network for those teaching with technology.

The purpose of our meetings is to build community and meet others who are excited about teaching in the online and/or blended format.

Fall Meetings:

Thursday October 13, 2016
2:00-3:30 pm, UC259a

In this session, Stephanie Douglas and Jodi Galvan will share the materials they created for an Online Bootcamp for General Learners, as part of a LEAP project.  Galvan and Douglas piloted these resources in courses in Spring 2015 and surveyed their students for feedback.

The students responded positively, and stated that they helped them to understand if online learning is a good fit for them, reduced fear and anxiety, and gave them time management skills to help them succeed.  Given the success of the project, most of these materials were integrated into the UW-Whitewater Starter Course template.

Thursday December 1, 2016
2:00-3:30 pm, UC259a

In this session, the recipients of the Community of Practice project grant will share the results of their projects.  Two projects were funded:  the development of an accessibility template for the ECE4U program, and the creation of assessment videos.

If you have questions about this please contact the Learning Technology Center at ltc@uww.edu or 262.472.1004.

Transitioning to TurningPoint Cloud

Turning Technologies will be offering a series of complimentary webinars to help acclimate current users to their newest software, TurningPoint Cloud. Learn how to build presentations that measures user understanding and tracks their progress. Get started using the student response system and more effectively engage your students.


The topics included are “Transitioning to TurningPoint Cloud” and “PowerPoint Polling for New Users”.

Tuesday, September 20th, 11:00 am

Wednesday, September 21st, 1:00 pm

Thursday, September 22nd, 1:00 pm

If you have any questions about these events, or anything else related to TurningPoint please contact the Learning Technology Center at ltc@uww.edu or 262.472.1004.

Academic Innovation Coordinator Position

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is seeking an energetic, organized, and innovative faculty or instructional academic staff member to act as the
coordinator for academic innovation at UW-W during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Interested faculty and instructional academic staff should apply by Sept. 19, 2016. For more information, view:  http://www.uww.edu/acadaff/provost/academic-affairs-news

Starter Course, Fall 2016

DSC_3956The Learning Technology Center is pleased to share an updated D2L Starter Course for faculty and staff.

The Starter Course is a template, pre-loaded with important campus policies, teaching resources, and module outlines.  It can be copied into your course and edited to meet your teaching needs.  While it was designed for the needs of online instructors, it is useful for any modality.

The Fall 2016 Starter Course includes updated policy links, sample discussions, rubrics, quizzes and dropboxes, a layout to make use of content folders, and resources for student support.  These student support resources come from the LEAP project of Jodi Galvan and Stephanie Douglas.

Galvan and Douglas piloted these resources in courses and surveyed their students for feedback.  The students responded positively, and stated that they helped them to understand if online learning is a good fit for them, reduced fear and anxiety, and gave them time management skills to help them succeed.

Here are some quotes from their students:

Help them determine if online learning is a fit for them

“This was my first time as an online learner. I think it was a good experience for me to see the difference in workload, interactions with classmates and the professor, and being independent.” —College of Arts and Communication, Journalism, sophomore

“I learned about the traits that many successful online learners have. I thought it was interesting that there are common learning habits between people who do well with online learning because I didn’t think about how it could be difficult for different types of learners.”–College of Business and Economics, Accounting, junior

Reducing fear and anxiety

Has resources for all students learning with technology (e.g., D2L) by:

“The modules helped alleviate the small fears I had that I would possibly struggle in a new learning environment.” —College of Education and Professional Studies, Special Education, graduate student

“The modules took care of the few worries I had, and they made me feel more prepared for a course like this. Up until I went through them, my anxiety level was growing because I had no clue what I was doing.” — College of Business and Economics, Information Technology, sophomore

Giving them time management skills to help them succeed

One of the big things that I learned from the online tutorials was time management. It’s so hard being a college student and working, so you have to make sure that you’re balancing those things out. What really helped me was putting reminders in my phone.” —College of Letters and Science, Biology, senior

One of the modules that I found most enlightening was the one called “Time Management Tools”. This offered three different ways of making my life easier that I have never heard of before.” —College of Education and Professional Studies, English/Spanish, senior

To access the Starter Course, follow the directions on this site:  How to Register for the D2L Starter Course

Active Learning Workshop Series

Active Learning:  Engagement, High-Level Thinking & Enhanced Learning

ClassroomIn 1987 Chickering and Gamson wrote that “learning is not a spectator sport,” and in 2016 their words still fit.  Active learning involves students in the learning process, leading to better retention and student outcomes.  The LTC and LEARN Center are please to co-sponsor a 3-part workshop series focused on active learning.  This series will explore a variety of approaches to active learning, applicable to both face-to-face and online learning environments.

Attendance at all 3 sessions is encouraged, but not mandatory.

Session 1:  Active Learning, an Introduction
September 15th, 11 am – noon, UC 262
Facilitators:  Elizabeth Simpson & Barbara Beaver
Signup at: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14784

This session will examine the definitions and possibility of active learning, and explore why it is a continuing trend in higher education.  We’ll address examples from here on the UW-W campus, as well as others from UW System and across the nation.  Participants will gain suggestions for the integration of active learning in their own courses, examples assignments, and techniques.

Upcoming Sessions:

Session 2:  Incorporating Active Learning Strategies into your Teaching: Evidence-Based Practices, Case Studies, and Stories from the Field.
October 19th, 12:30-2 pm

Session 3:  The Unique Challenges of Active Learning in an Online/Blended Environment.
November 17th, 11 am – noon

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact ltc@uww.edu.