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

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“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.

Fall 2016 Updates from the Learning Technology Center

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From left to right: Elizabeth Simpson (Instructional Design Specialist), Jessica Eddy (Technology Training & Advancement Advocate), Nicole Weber (Director of Learning Technology), Elaina Barr (Media & Training Specialist), Aaron Axelsen (Operations Manager).

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is here and ready to help you! Our team of experts have a wide range of skills to tackle all of your instructional course related needs.


Join us Monday, August 29th from 2PM to 5PM at the annual ICIT Technology Open House to chat about teaching and technology. The event is located in room 275 (Grand Ballroom) in the University Center.  We hope to see you there!


Desire2Learn 10.6 Upgrade

Logo_Brightspace_rgb_1200x630On June 9th, 2016, the Desire2Learn 10.6 upgrade was complete.  Overall, there were not any major changes to the way D2L operates.

The Turnitin integration has been updated.  The new integration moves the configuration to a new tab within the Dropbox edit screen.  There are some additional options that are now available directly inside of D2L as well.  Peermark is currently not available via the integration, and must be used directly from turnitin.com.tii

Respondus Lockdown Browser configuration has also been moved to a new link on the quizzes windows.  The new integration allows for the use of Respondus Monitor, the Respondus iPad App and now has options to support Jaws and other screen reader technologies for enhanced accessibility.rldbFor a full list of changes, see: What’s new in Desire2Learn 10.6.

Instructor Support Survey

Thank you to all the instructors who completed the LTC Instructor Support Survey this past April. Congratulations to Andrew Dahl (Marketing) and Rachelle Yankelevitz (Psychology) whose names were selected from the drawing to win mini iPads!

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Over 100 instructors completed the survey and we could not be more pleased with the information that was provided. We intend to use the information to make data-driven decisions about our support, programming, resources, and emerging technology exploration projects over the next year.

We received so much great data that we are still sifting through it, but we will be sure to share what we learned on the LTC Instructional Resources Blog when the final report is complete. As a sneak peak, instructors identified being most interested in learning more about active learning strategies for technology-enhanced, blended, and online courses. This helped us to focus our themed workshop collaboration with LEARN this fall on Active Learning Strategies!


Weekly Email Updates

figure3_4Did you know that you can get a weekly email updates about what’s going on in the LTC? Every Monday morning, you’ll get an email that contains a summary of the latest items from our blog. To signup for these updates, just fill out the form below!



Active Learning Workshop Series

The LTC and LEARN Center are pleased 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, hybrid, and online learning environments.

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Session 1: Active Learning, an Introduction: September 15th, 11 am – noon, UC 262

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

For more information, visit: https://wp.me/p2U0PY-foU

Fall 2016 Starter Course

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

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The Starter Course is a template, pre-loaded with important campus policies, teaching resources, student support 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.

These student support resources come from the LEAP project of Jodi Galvan and Stephanie Douglas, who implemented these resources in their courses. Their 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.

For more information, visit: https://wp.me/p2U0PY-fp0


Instructor Spotlight!

Do you want to help us promote a technology for your fellow colleagues?  If so, let us know!  We are currently putting the final touches on some short videos featuring D2L, Quality Matters, and ePortfolio that we will be releasing soon.  In the meantime, check out these videos from Carol Scovotti on using WebEx and Matt Vick on Rubrics!


Educause ELI Initiative

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This means access to:

Updates from the System: LERG

Fall 2016 is the beginning of the Learning Environment Requirements Gathering (LERG) process, in preparation for the learning management system RFP.

shutterstock_345584081As many are aware, the current UW System contract for the D2L Brightspace learning management system (LMS) will end on June 30, 2018. Information from the requirements gathering process and the UW System Learning Environment Needs Analysis (LENA) project will be used to create and issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) in late 2016 with the objective of identifying and selecting the appropriate digital learning environment for the UW System institutions by Spring 2017.  The Learn@UW Executive Committee will manage and oversee the requirements gathering process.

The UW System intends to gather requirements from various stakeholders this fall.  We will update you are we receive additional information.


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If you are not aware, UW-Whitewater has a license for the vast array of film content available in the Films on Demand library.  You can now access these Films directly from Desire2Learn!

More information at: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/A4Bk


Exploration: New Technologies

shutterstock_382942804We have been exploring a number of cool technologies and have some new things for you to try out!

  • Learning Analytics Tool Chest Pilot. We are participating in the UW System Learning Analytics Tool Chest Exploration Project for the Spring 2017 semester. Learning analytic software allows students, instructors, advisors, and administrators insight into specific avenues that can influence student success in a course. More information to come soon!
  • KleerBoard.  We recently added a new technology into our media recording studio.  The KleerBoard is a clear acylic board that you can use like a white board.  Being clear, we can shoot through it with the camera and create some unique videos.  More at: https://wp.me/p2U0PY-fnC
  • TurningPoint Cloud.  We have deployed TurningPoint Cloud to campus.  This comes with a number of new features and better D2L integration.  More at: https://wp.me/p2U0PY-fnL

Need Desire2Learn Help?

We are here to help you with all your Desire2Learn (D2L) course needs! The best way to request support is by using our online support form which is located at http://d2l.uww.edu/contact

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We do our best to respond to all support request within 1 business day of receiving them.  We do monitor the box on evenings and weekends for critical issues on a best effort basis.

Don’t forget to request for fall semester courses!  Course creation must be completed every semester, and it is a manual process on our end.  Courses created by 3pm on business days are typically available the next day.  Request for your courses at http://my.uww.edu/d2lrequest


Don’t forget to Visit Us

Are you still with us?  If so – great, you made it to the end!  Be sure to stop by the LTC throughout the semester to visit.  As a reminder, we are located in McGraw Hall, Suite 120 and are around between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM weekdays.  We can also be reached at ltc@uww.edu or 262.472.1004.  We’ll always be willing to help, and have plenty of treats on hand for your sweet tooth.  Have a great semester!

ICIT Technology Open House – Monday, August 29th

Faculty and staff are invited to join us at the annual ICIT Technology Open House!  This year the event will be held on Monday, August 29th from 2pm to 5pm in the University Center Grand Ball Room (UC275).

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Why should you come to the tech open house?

  1. New for Fall 2016.  We have a number of new and exciting things going on in the Learning Technology Center.  Stop by to learn about them and see how you can apply them in your courses.
  2. Meet the Experts.  The majority of our interaction with users is via email or phone, we never get to see your face.  Stop by and introduce yourself!
  3. Meet the Vendors.  We will have some of our vendors on hand who will be able to talk to you directly, answer questions and take feedback.  So start thinking of your questions now, and bring them with!
  4. Free Stuff!  There will be light refreshments, swag and drawings!  We have some pretty awesome prizes lined up!

We hope to see you all at the event!  Help us spread the word and tell your colleagues as well!

Turnitin Scheduled Maintenance – Saturday, August 20th

Turnitin services will be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, August 20th, 2016 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

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

Turning Point Cloud Now Available!

turningpoint_cloud_logo_200wWe are happy to announce that TurningPoint Cloud is now available!  TurningPoint Cloud has been deployed to all lab and classroom machines and is ready for the upcoming fall semester.  Turning Point 5 is currently also on the machines, but will be removed on Monday, August 22nd.

Some important items to take note of:

  • Student Licensing Changes.  With TurningPoint Cloud, the student clicker device licensing model has changed.  Beginning in the Fall 2016 semester, all students will need a license to use the Turning Point Cloud software.  All new clickers ResponseCard devices being sold at the bookstore will include a 1 year license with the device.  After that 1 year, students will need to purchase an additional license to continue using their physical ResponseCard Device.  Unlicensed users will not be able to use their ResponseCard with Turning Point.
  • Direct integration with Desire2Learn (D2L).  Device registration is done right in D2L, and you can easily pull the device roster list into Turning Point, and also easily push grades back up to Desire2Learn.
  • Net-ID Integration.  Instructors and Students will be able to login with their UW-W Net-ID and password.
  • BYOD.  Turning Point Cloud enables students to turn their own device into a clicker by purchasing a license to use phone applications, or directly via a website.
  • Enhanced Reporting Tools.  The new interface includes some additional analysis and management tools to get the most out of your polling results.
  • Training and Support.  The LTC is here to offer basic training and support, but the vendor is also available to schedule ad-hoc training’s and offer support as needed.

For a full list of features, see: What’s New in TurningPoint Cloud.

If you have questions regarding TurningPoint Cloud, please contact the us at ltc@uww.edu or 262.472.1004.

Films on Demand Integration for Desire2Learn

ad_filmsondemandIf you are not aware, UW-Whitewater has a license for the vast array of film content available in the Films on Demand library.  You can now access these Films directly from Desire2Learn (D2L)!

  1. Within the D2L Editor, select the “Insert Stuff” tool.
  2. Towards the bottom, choose the “Films on Demand” link.
  3. From here, you can search through the films, or type in the name of the film directly.
  4. Once you have found the film you want to use, click the “Embed” button.
  5. Finally click on “Insert”.
  6. The video should now appear in the editor.  Click on “Save” or “Update” at the bottom of the page.
  7. That’s it!

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