Spring Book Group: Motivating and Retaining Online Students

Motivating and Retaining Online Students: Research-Based Strategies that Work

By: Rosemary M Lehman and Simone C. O. Conceição

Motivating and Retaining Online Students is a research-based book which provides effective online strategies that help minimize student dropout, increase student retention, and support student learning. This group will include an opportunity to interact with one of the authors, allowing participants the chance to learn from her experience.

Facilitators: Nicole Weber ( Director of Learning Technology) & Elizabeth Simpson (Instructional Design Specialist)

Meeting dates/times: Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 (January 31, February 14, February 28, March 14, March 28, April 11

Room: McGraw 1

To register for this book group, click here:  Registration

The UWW Academic Innovation Snowbox: A Space for Collaboration and Creativity

snowflakeCan you name one needed change that will advance student learning? Develop your idea, find partners, and write a formal proposal all in one day! Make January 20th a day of real change.

Higher education has always innovated at the intersection of precarities like economic hardship, gender, race, age, while also pursuing the development of public discourse that is predicated on educational outcomes aimed at empowering graduates for success. This Snowbox, or winter sandbox activity, is a place for broad-based collaborative engagements among faculty, academic staff, administration, and students, to catalyze and sustain a culture of Academic Innovation that relates high impact practices to our core principles such as inclusive excellence. The forecast is for a flurry of ideas!

The outcome of this blizzard of activity will be the formation of teams focused upon innovative problem solving in each of the following areas:

  • Reduce students’ time to degree,
  • Reduce equity gaps,
  • Reduce barriers to creative solutions,
  • Foster greater student learning,
  • Create new opportunities for students to engage with contemporary
    content and issues using high impact practices.

Each participant in the Snowbox workshop will receive a $100 stipend for the day, provided by the Provost. By the end of the day we expect a snowstorm of ideas and each person will be eligible to apply for the first cohort of the Academic Innovation Summer Institute 2017 (bring your sunscreen!).

Friday January 20, 8:30-4:00 pm
To register for the Snowbox: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/14964
Register before January 10, space is limited.

If you have any questions, contact David Reinhart, Academic Innovation Coordinator; reinhard@uww.edu.

D2L eGrading Process Available for Fall 2016

The D2L eGrading process is now available for the Fall 2016 semester. This process allows instructors to transfer final grades from their Desire2Learn Gradebook directly to their WINS Grade Roster.

If you prefer step by step documentation, that can be found at: WINS eGrading Overview.

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

Call for Proposals: LTDC Virtual Conference

2017showcasecallproposals-1024x683The UW System Learning Technology Development Council (LTDC) Showcase 2017 will be held virtually April 4-5, 2017. Faculty, teaching staff and learning technology support staff – please join us and submit a proposal to present or facilitate by December 9, 2016! Proposals may be submitted at the following website:  Virtual Showcase 2017

Our theme is Humanizing Learning, but feel free to submit any relevant topic that you feel strongly about. The idea behind the theme is that while we work with more technology than ever, the human touch is still a vital quality in regards to learning.

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.

Desire2Learn Scheduled Maintenance – January 5th, 2017 (UPDATED)

Winterim Instructors: On Thursday, January 5th, 2017 there will be scheduled infrastructure maintenance taking place between 8am and 11am.  During this time, Desire2Learn will not be available.  The scheduled work is not expected to take the entire time, and access will be restored as soon as possible after the work has been completed.

As you are working on and preparing your winterim courses, please adjust your course assignments and due dates accordingly.

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

Group Project Rooms for Students

Need a room for a group project? Collaboratory meeting rooms are available for 3-6 students to work on group projects in Andersen General Access Lab, L1008.

Rooms are equipped with:

  • A desktop computer with the same software as a lab computer
  • A projector connected to the desktop computer
  • A SMART Board for projection and collaborative note-taking

Reserve one of the Collaboratory meeting rooms (L1008D, L1008E, L1008F, L1008G, L1008H ) from the comfort of your home through http://www.uww.edu/reserve. See lab attendant upon arrival.

If you have any questions regarding this, please call 262.472.1234.

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.

Next Meeting:

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.

VBrick Rev Service Update (11/25)

On Friday, November 25, ICIT will be deploying the VBrick Rev 7.12 update to our environment between 7am and 2pm.  During this time, the Rev system (http://streaming.uww.edu) will not be available. With no classes scheduled, Friday was chosen as the optimal window to minimize disruption to the campus

In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements will be included:

  • (New) Bulk Video Editing and Deleting.  Users can now bulk edit video access settings, video status, video categories, video tags and video settings.  Users can also bulk delete videos.
  • (New) Ability to set content Publish Date.  Inactive videos can now have a “Publish Date” configured.  The video will be automatically set to “Active” on the selected date.
  • (New) Ability to set content Expiration Date.  Active videos can now have a “Expiration Date” configure.  The video can either be set to inactive or deleted upon expiration.
  • (New) Ability to replace a video file.  This allows the file to be updated without needing to replace links or update embed code.  This can be done by any user that has “Edit” access to the video.
  • (New) Playlists can now be shared with users.  Previously, playlists were only visible by the user who created them.
  • (New) Responsive Embed Code.  There is a new “Responsive” option when generating the video embed code.  Using this option is recommended and will allow the video to automatically scale for the best possible user experience.
  • (New) Variable Speed Playback.  Users can now play videos at 1.0x, 1.25x, 1.5x and 2.0x speeds.  This feature is only supported in the HTML5 player and may not currently work in all browsers.
  • (Update) Redesigned Usage Reports.  Video reports on the video play form have been redesigned.
  • (Fixed) Audio/Video sync issue has been corrected on some videos when using Chrome or Firefox on PC or Mac.
  • (Fixed) An issue impacting multicast video playback using the Edge browser on Windows 10 has been corrected.
  • (Fixed) Corrected an issues where embedded videos were not playing in Safari & Internet Explorer 9/10 browser when set to All Users or Private access.

If you have any questions or concerns about this update, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Unique Challenges of Active Learning: Active Learning in the Online/Blended Environment

activeThursday, November 17, 2016

11-12pm, UC 262

Lunch included, please register by November 15, 2016

The final session of the active learning series will focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of the online/blended modalities. This session will focus on teaching strategies and tools, including options for collaborative work, discussions, blogs, wikis, clickers, and synchronous meetings. We will also have the opportunity for hands-on practice with the tools discussed.

Please register by November 15:  Register Here