Using LockDown Browser is easier than ever!

What’s up, Warhawks? We’re already halfway done with the first month of the Fall 2017 semester!

Returning students have probably used LockDown Browser at least once during their college career, but for those of you who haven’t: LockDown Browser is a web browser, like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, but it only allows you to access Desire2Learn (D2L).

lockdownThe purpose of LockDown Browser is to block the ability to open new tabs or windows in order to discourage cheating while taking a quiz on D2L. Instructors can mark their quizzes in D2L to require LockDown Browser in order to open them.

Prior to this semester, students had launch LockDown Browser from their computer’s desktop, log into D2L, and then manually navigate to their course in order to open the quiz. This process has been simplified!

Now, all you have to do in order to take your quiz in LockDown Browser is:

  1. Open the quiz in your preferred web browser
  2. Click the blue “Launch LockDown Browser” button. (If the browser is not installed, you will be prompted to install it)
  3. Take the quiz

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The button launches LockDown Browser, logs you in, and automatically navigates to the quiz for you!

For more information on getting started with LockDown Browser, please visit LockDown Browser: Getting Started (Students).

What Does the LTC Do?

As you settle into the Fall semester, I wanted to take a few moments to share the (relatively) new LTC mission with you. We are widely known for our support of the learning management system, D2L, and the work we do with instructors to help in the design and redesign of courses for the online and blended environments. We are incredibly proud of the work we do in these areas, but in my first blog post I thought I would share our mission as a whole to give you a sense of some of the other things we do in the LTC.

missionvisionHere’s our mission:    

  • WE BELIEVE in integrating pedagogy and technology to assist instructors in developing effective learning experiences. We do not believe in using technology for technology’s sake or because it is the latest fad. Instead, we believe in understanding issues, discussing a wide array of possible solutions (both technology-based and not), implementing strategies, and evaluating their effectiveness.
  • WE SUPPORT instructors in their pursuit of excellence in teaching and student learning through offering quality services, timely assistance, and cutting edge programming that work to help instructors to explore, design, implement, and evaluate evidence-based teaching and learning with technology strategies that aim to increase student engagement and success.
  • WE INNOVATE with instructors by initiating emerging technology exploration projects that investigate learning technology trends in higher education and how they may be utilized here at UW-Whitewater. Further, we conduct research studies around the learning technologies that mean the most to our instructors, students, and institution. Results from projects and studies are disseminated within our institution and beyond, further solidifying UWW’s reputation as a leader in creating transformational educational environments and implementing innovative programs that support success for all students.
  • WE CONNECT people on campus and beyond who have the same interests and are doing the same things to create community among instructors who teach with technology, spurring widespread sharing of strategies that work in solving common teaching challenges.
  • WE PARTNER collaborate, and communicate with colleges, programs, departments, instructors, and tech-liaisons to understand and meet university instructional needs, providing experiences that are valued by the campus community in regards to learning technologies and student success.
  • WE LEAD learning technology initiatives and extend expertise to campus wide initiatives focused on increasing student access, enhancing engagement, and supporting success, helping them to become critical thinkers, engaged citizens, and educated employees.

Guided by an advisory group, made up from instructional representatives from each of the colleges, we value a data-driven approach taken from what instructors report to us in the annual Instructor Support Survey and trends we see in research related to technology, student engagement, and success in higher education.   

In my next blog installments, I will share information about some of the exciting projects we’re working on in each of these different areas. Stay tuned!

If you have any other questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Andersen Media Lab

Have you heard about the Andersen Media Lab and the great features it has to offer? The Media Lab is located in the lower level of the Andersen library building in room L1008. It offers a large collection of both Mac and PC computers and free black and white printing. You can even send your print job straight from your smart phone or laptop. For more information on how to do that, click here: http://www.uww.edu/icit/services/printing-students

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Here are some of the many useful features you can find there:

Collaboratory Stations: These rooms are great places for group work! They have conference tables, SMART Boards, and projectors.

Color Printing: You can use purple points for color printing, poster printing, and lamination.

A/V Checkouts: Check out from the large collection of equipment including projectors, screens, cameras, microphones, and much more. You can even use the sound booth for audio projects.

Quiet Room: Because sometimes it can be hard to find a good, quiet spot to get your work done.

For more information on the General Access Labs, visit their site at: http://www.uww.edu/icit/services/ga-labs#tab_ServiceRequest

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the Media Lab.

Emerging Technology Exploration Project (Revised)

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The 2017 Horizon Report identifies collaborative learning as an important, short-term trend that will be driving instruction and educational technology over the next few years. The LTC is seeking instructors to explore the use of different of different online collaborative tools in their classes.

Exploration Purpose

The purpose of this project is to explore the use of a variety of online collaborative tools to aid UW-Whitewater students, instructors, and staff in collaborations that deepen student learning experiences here at UW-Whitewater. Initial guiding questions for this exploration project are:

  1. How can online collaborative tools assist instructors in their teaching?
  2. How can online collaborative tools assist students in their learning?

List of Possible Tools

Poll Everywhere is a clicker alternative that allows students to visit an instructor poll online or text message responses to a poll or survey.

Spark is a two-part product featuring a Spark Board and an online space. Spark allows instructors to share content, engage students with an interactive whiteboard, and bring in guest speakers. The online space allows for group work, and assignment sharing in all course modes (face-to-face, blended, and online).

TurningPoint is a student response system where students can access a website or download an application to use their phones like clickers.

Participation Expectations

Instructors have flexibility in determining the most appropriate tool for their class, as well as the extent of which the tool is used in the class. By taking part in this exploration project, instructors agree to participate in LTC faculty development opportunities during the 2017-2018 academic year. These faculty development opportunities will assist instructors in planning the use of an online collaborative tool in at least one of their Spring 2018 classes. Participating instructors will also be required to reflect on their experience throughout the scope of the exploration project, and support their students in reflecting too.

The following breakdown details expectations for participating instructors semester by semester:

Fall 2017

  • Attend up to two faculty development one-hour sessions with LTC staff (TBD)
  • Develop a detailed plan for strategically using the online collaborative tool; specifically identifying when and how the tool will be used in at least one Spring 2018 course
  • Complete focus group, interview session, and/or UWW IRB approved survey from LTC staff that will gather data about the preparation process
    • Note: This will take place near the conclusion of the Fall semester or during Winterim, depending on instructor and staff availability.

Spring 2018

  • Conduct at least one Spring 2018 course using the tool as outlined in your plan
  • Complete reflections/surveys facilitated by LTC staff during the semester
  • Complete an end of the semester UWW IRB approved instructor survey circulated by LTC staff on teaching with the collaborative tool
  • Encourage and support students in taking a UWW IRB approved survey on their experiences in the class using the collaborative tool at the end of the semester

Summer 2018

  • Participate in a final video reflection on your experience with the collaborative tool. The purpose of the video is to share what you learned, in using the tool, with other instructors interested in using the tool in their teaching in the future.The filming of this video reflection can be scheduled at the LTC at your convenience.

If all components are completed, instructors can expect to receive $750 for their participation in total. Up to twenty instructors will be selected for participation in this project.

Interested?

If you are interested in participating, please complete the following form in Qualtrics by Friday, October 13th, 2017, : http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Z4rX3zxXRVh2bX

Now Available: GooseChase – Scavenger Hunts for the Masses

goosechaseGooseChase is an easy way to organize and run point-based scavenger hunts for your class or event.  We have recently acquired a campus-wide license of GooseChase for the 2017 – 2017 Academic Year!

You can Mix and Match Mission Types!

  • Photo & Video.  Students will have to submit a photo or record a video to complete a mission.  All done right from the students mobile device.
  • Text.  Submit a simple text response.  Great for riddles, puzzles and surveys.
  • GPS.  Utilizing the GPS on the mobile device, students will need to physically visit places to check-in to complete the mission.

In order to get started, just create an account using your @uww.edu email address.  Make sure that your password IS NOT THE SAME as your Net-ID.

Additional tutorials and guides are available at: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/TAd5

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

FREE Antivirus and Office 365 for UW-Whitewater Students!

Welcome all new or returning UW-Whitewater Students!

Our University offers many various tools, deals and offers to assist Students with their work through 4U! The 4U Program provides deals on Dell & Lenovo Hardware, Discounted Software (Windows 10, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc.), and more! Included in the program is FREE Symantec Antivirus for your Personal Computer, as well as FREE Microsoft Office 365 for up to 5 DEVICES (PC, Mac, IOS, & Android)!

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To Download Office 365, go to:

http://www.uww.edu/icit/4u/proplus

1. Click “Download Office 365 here“.

2. Log in with your NetID and Password.

3. Follow the on-screen installation.

(The link above provides Information, Guides and FAQ’s as well!)

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To Download Symantec Antivirus, go to:

https://www.uww.edu/icit/4u/free-antivirus
1. Under “Download Symantec Antivirus“, Click either Windows 32 bit, Windows 64 bit, or Mac OS X, depending on your Computer.

2. Follow the on-screen installation.

(IF you already have Antivirus Software installed (including free trials), you will NEED to uninstall that software before installing the UW-Whitewater Symantec Software.)

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the UW-W Helpdesk.

 

Stay Organized and Keep your important Documents in one place with Google Drive

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Welcome back to a new semester here at UW-Whitewater. As a student, you have access to a number of great resources to help you be a successful student here at UWW. One such resource is unlimited cloud storage with Google Drive. All you have to go is log-in using your NetID and password, and you will have access to all of the tools Google has to offer. Google Drive can be accessed via computer, tablet or smartphone, so you have access to your files wherever you are. Curious about what kind of tools are at your disposal? Here is a list of just a few applications that are at your finger tips:

Google Docs is a great way to collaborate with team members when working on notes, or papers.

Google Slides lets your ideas shine with a variety of presentation themes, hundreds of fonts, embedded video, animations and more.

Google Sheets lets you choose from a wide variety of budgets, schedules, and other pre-made spreadsheets.

Google Forms lets you run a survey or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Then check out the results, neatly organized in a spreadsheet.

For more information on other Google tools and applications please visit http://www.uww.edu/icit/services/google#tab_TrainingDocumentation

 

 

Registration Open: Winter 2017 Online & Blended Teaching Institute

DSC_3940The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the winter Online/Blended Teaching Institute. The Online/Blended Teaching Institute is a series of interactive workshops focusing on best practices for teaching online and blended courses. By the conclusion of the institute, participants will develop a course module utilizing best practices for online/blended teaching.

Objectives:

  1. Develop a module for an online or blended course;
  2. Demonstrate use of best-practices in online/blended course design;
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the following:
    1. D2L Learning Management System
      1. Dropbox
      2. Quizzes
      3. Discussions
      4. Rubrics
      5. Grade Center
    2. Turnitin Suite
    3. Respondus LockDown Browser
    4. WebEx
  4. Apply methods to facilitate effective feedback in the online learning environment;
  5. Illustrate approaches to building community online

Dates for the 2017 Winter Institute:

  • December 1: Face-to-Face meeting, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • December 8: WebEx, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • January 10: Face-to-Face meeting, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • February 2: WebEx, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • February 23: Face-to-Face, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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 Monday, October 30th, 2017.

Apply Here: Winter 2017 Application

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