Snackable Series: Spring 2015

Snackable Bag Spring 2015The innovative use of technology in higher education continues to provide new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. The Learning Technology Center (LTC) Spring 2015 “Snackable Series” showcases three current approaches to leveraging technology to promote learning online. Feel free to bring a lunch, and join us!

Effective Online Presentations: February 18 & 19, 2015
When you first move to teach online, the presentations or “lectures” can seem like one of the most daunting challenges. We will start with some basic guidelines for online presentations, and move on to discussing tools and strategies. This session will explore options for creating presentations for the online environment, addressing the time commitment, impact, and technical skills needed.

Effective Online Presentations Sessions:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112

Thursday, February 19, 2015: 11 a.m. to Noon.
WebEx Link:
Password will be emailed out prior to the workshop.

Promoting Interaction in D2L: March 18 & 19, 2015
It has been shown that the more often your students to log in to D2L, the more likely they are to succeed. This workshop will address ways to draw in your students, to make your D2L course a more engaging and vibrant learning experience. It will address mechanical aspects like layout and types of activities, and also social aspects like the formation of learning activities.

Promoting Interaction in D2L Sessions:
Wednesday, March 18, 2015: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112

Thursday, March 19, 2015: 11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link:
Password will be emailed out prior to the workshop.

Learning Artifacts: April 15 & 16, 2015
As the use of ePortfolios and an emphasis on authentic learning increases, so will the the importance of meaningful student learning artifacts. This workshops will address the basics of what learning artifacts are, assignments where they are particularly meaningful, and ways to showcase them in ePortfolios and capstone projects.

Learning Artifacts Sessions:
Wednesday, April 15, 2015: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: iCIT Training Center, McGraw 112

Thursday, April 16, 2015: 11 a.m. to Noon
WebEx Link:
Password will be emailed out prior to the workshop.

To register for one or all of these “Snackable Series” sessions, please sign up at: Seating is limited.

If you have any questions regarding the Snackable Series and its sessions, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Summer 2015 Course Requests Available

Summer 2015 D2L course requests are available in the D2L Course Request Application.

As a reminder, course requests for a semester become available on the first day of priority registration for students, and course shells for D2L need to be requested for every semester you plan on using D2L.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

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.

Respondus Webinars and Product Training – February 2015

respondus-R-m4CRespondus has a number of 45-minute sessions scheduled for February to provide live demonstrations of their software applications, as well as tips for getting started.

LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Exams*
This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

*Note: If you are interested in using Respondus Monitor, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Respondus 4.0: Create & Manage Exam Content
Learn how to save time by creating and managing your online exams with Respondus 4, including importing test questions from Word files, using official publisher test banks, and more. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

StudyMate: Engage Students with Learning Activities and Games
Learn how to engage students with course content by quickly and easily creating learning activities and self-assessments. This session will include both StudyMate Author and StudyMate Class. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

If you have any questions regarding the Respondus Webinars, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.



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:

New “My Courses” Widget:

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

Desire2Learn Service Update (2/5)

On Thursday, February 5th, Desure2Learn deployed Service Pack 14 to our D2L Learning Environment.  In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements were included:


  • Fix: Checklists that contain empty categories now correctly display all items to users.


  • Fix: Users can now successfully add tags to files and links they share through ePortfolio.

HTML Editor

  • Fix: Flicker integration now supports new Flickr API SSL endpoint.

Import/Copy Course

  • Fix: When using copy course components, the sort order of grade items and categories is preserved in the new course.
  • Fix: When Kaltura videos are embedded into News items (and other areas), replace strings are used to avoid hard-coded course identifies.  Items containing Kaltura videos can be successfully copied to other courses.
  • Fix: Dropbox start, end, and due dates are now copied successfully during the Copy Course Components process.

My Courses

  • Enhancement: The My Courses widget has been updated to allow for increased performance and filtering.  The role based style tabs has been replaced with a dropdown filters.  Additional information available at: Desire2Learn “My Courses” Widget Update.


  • Fix: The user experience of taking a quiz through the Content user interface now offers the same access to submission view and reports that it is available in the Quizzes tool.

There is also a known issue that can impact group restricted discussion forums.  More information on that is located at: D2L Known Issue: “Internal Error” when accessing the “Groups” tool.

If you have any questions or concerns about the service pack updates, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

Call for Proposals Extended: LTDC Virtual Conference

Virtual-ShowcaseThe UW System Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) Showcase 2015 will be held virtually April 9-10, 2015. Faculty, teaching staff and learning technology support staff – please join us and submit a proposal to present or facilitate by February 13, 2015! Proposals may be submitted at the following website: Virtual Showcase 2015

This virtual conference offers an opportunity for sharing your successes and challenges in teaching with technology. This conference will provide you with the opportunity to virtually connect with other practitioners and requires neither travel expense nor a significant time commitment.

All presentations will be conducted virtually with technology training and orientation available prior to the conference. The presentations will be approximately 30 minutes in length with 15 min Q&A following. Proposals are sought in the following six general categories:

  1. Innovative Approaches (Hot Topics) – Tell us about how you’re working and teaching. Are mobile applications a part of your learning and knowledge portfolio? How have you taken traditional teaching and enhanced it through an innovative approach? Can you share a successful case study?
  2. Engagement of Students – How are your students connecting with each other and you? What works now or what do you expect might be a future method of engaging students? Can you share a successful case study?
  3. Faculty Development – How are you supporting your faculty? Are you facilitating learning communities? How are you engaging faculty to try new approaches to teaching and learning? Do you have a successful case study to share?
  4. “How To” and Resources – Do you have a skill to share? Have you created a wonderful set of resources for faculty and students? We’re interested in successful case studies; what can you share?
  5. Best Practices - Are you using a particular learning technology (or set of technologies) and know through evaluation that it definitively engages students and promotes learning?
  6. Emerging Topics - Do you have a proposal that doesn’t quite fit into the other topics?

We look forward to learning more about your teaching and learning experiences!  If you have any questions contact the Learning Technology Center.

D2L Known Issue: “Internal Error” when accessing the “Groups” tool

Known IssuesSome students may receive an “Internal Error” when trying to access the “Groups” tool in specific Desire2Learn courses.  This is a bug that has been reported and confirmed by Desire2Learn.  The workaround requires the course instructors to adjust the visibility options of group discussion forums.

To correct this issue, make sure all of the group discussion forums in the course are set to “visible”.  If any group discussion forums are hidden or are hidden with an end date in the past the visibility will need to be changed to active.  You can still prevent students from posting in the group discussion forums by using the “lock” feature to restrict access.

Additional Information: LMS-60 – “Internal Error” when accessing the “Groups” tool in specific courses

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