Copying and Cleaning Content into your New Course

Now that Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 course requests are available, you are likely looking to populate your new courses with materials you have already created and compiled. The Copy Components feature in D2L allows instructors to replicate the course components from one course offering to another. These include all commonly used components such as — news, content, files, gradebook structure, quizzes/question library, discussion group structure, and more. You can use this tool to easily re-use relevant content from one D2L course offering to another.

For written instructions to help copy, please visit the D2L Copy Components documentation we have available. Alternately, you can also watch a video walkthrough of the process.

After copying materials into your new course, you may be interested in cleaning up some unnecessary things.  Some areas have a habit of bulking up over time, and we recommend checking them for unused items.

  1. Content, Dropbox, Grades, and Discussions areas are things you probably clean up every semester.
  2. The Groups tool will transfer over course sections from previous semesters.  Clean out Groups from previous years to make your relevant Groups easier to find.
  3. News items often include specific dates, time sensitive information, or mention of Content items that may or may not be around anymore.  Keep the ones that are still relevant, but delete the expired ones that you don’t intend on reworking each semester.
  4. In the Quizzes area, the Question Library is a great resource to house questions you think you might use again in the future. It is also a chronic hiding place of questions instructors deemed unsuitable for use in their classes.
  5. It is not uncommon for Instructors to build Surveys for a specific purpose, and only use them one semester.
  6. The Manage Files area houses everything you have ever uploaded to content.  If there are old documents, PDFs, PowerPoints that you don’t need you can remove them by going through the Manage Files area.

If you have any questions regarding the copy components tool or would like assistance cleaning up your course, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

 

Ingeniux Training for All

It’s that time of year again, to bring out decorations, winter coats, and dusting off “the good plates” for company to use. While your home maybe getting messy, don’t let your webpages get cluttered!

2017-11-17_15-02-24The web content management system (CMS) used at UW-Whitewater is Ingeniux. Is there something that you want displayed on the page for next semester? Do you have information that you would like published where everyone will see? Sign up for Ingeniux training in the Signup Tool and learn how to use Ingeniux to update and modify UWW departmental webpages.

In this training you will learn to demonstrate the difference between parent and child pages, how to upload documents, media and images; and locate and edit pages. You will also learn how to preview and publish your changes to the UW-Whitewater site.

Website management is available to departments, colleges, business units and centers. The web management service includes web strategy, design, development, content production, analytics and support.

Make sure to contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@uww.edu if you need access to edit the site, additional information can be found here: Website Management

If you have any additional questions about Ingeniux Training contact training@uww.edu

WINS Schedule Planner

Have you ever found it difficult lining up, and visualizing your schedule while enrolling for Final Scheduleclasses?  Well the Schedule Planner is the tool for you!

The Schedule Planner allows you to input which classes you want to take, and then provides you with a calendar view of every possible weekly schedule.  Here’s how to access Schedule Planner:

  1. Log in at wins.uww.edu
  2. Navigate to “Main Menu” — “Enrollment” — “Add a Class” — “Add Classes” and select your term.
  3. Click on the “Schedule Planner” button

Once your on the Schedule Planner click the “Add Course” to start adding classes to your schedule.  When you’ve chosen all of your classes, go back to the previous page and scroll down to the “Schedules” section and click on “Generate Schedules”.

Now you can see all of your possible schedules with whichever classes you have selected.  You can also add breaks, or times of the day you don’t want a class.  If it turns out there are any conflicts in your schedule, Schedule Planner will let you know.

For more a more detailed look at Schedule Planner, refer to this guide

Lynda Courses: Business Skills, Communication & Leadership

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You may know that you have access to Lynda for free as a student here at UW-Whitewater, but did you know that they offer courses on topics beyond technology?

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The Business Skills section covers topics such as:

  • Holding Yourself Accountable
  • Organization Design
  • Sales: Closing a Complex Sale
  • Creating a Positive Customer Experience

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The Communication section includes courses on:

  • Communicating in Times of Change
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Writing Formal Business Letters and Emails
  • Anger Management

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The Leadership section has video tutorials that can help you with:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Acting Decisively
  • Delivering Bad News Effectively
  • Leading without Formal Authority

Lynda can teach you a whole lot more than you might have originally thought! Take advantage of this amazing resource by checking out Lynda.com!

LTC Institutes for Online/Blended Teaching

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) hosts Winter and Summer Institutes for Online/Blended Teaching. These institutes serve as introductions to best practices in online and blended course design and facilitation. Though these institutes do address specific tools, inside and outside of the learning management system (LMS), the focus of the institute is on research and practices in online teaching and learning, rather than on learning to use specific tools. By completing the institute, instructors can receive a badge.

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In the past, basic knowledge of using the tools in the LMS has been viewed as a prerequisite for enrolling in the institutes. Though this might change slightly during the transition to Canvas (Please see the Canvas Migration Portal here for more information on that transition: http://www.uww.edu/icit/ltc/canvas-portal), in general some previous knowledge and experience using online teaching tools, such as tools in a LMS, is viewed as necessary in order to successfully complete the institute.

Participation in these institutes is competitive, as more instructors typically apply than can be supported in a given offering. However, by offering the institute twice a year, the LTC tries to accommodate as many instructors teaching online and/or blended in this institute as possible.

If you are interested in applying for the institute, be on the lookout for calls for participants on this blog in the future. If you are in need of one-on-one help with your online or blended course to close out the current Fall 2017 semester, consider registering for the LTC’s Saturday Instructional Development Event in December.

What is Cisco Jabber? Why should I use it?

Cisco Jabber (or Jabber) is an instant messenger service used by and available for UW-Whitewater employees.Jabber-logo-2014

Jabber is synced with your work phone, which means you can make and receive calls, view your call history, and manage your voicemails all from your computer, or mobile device (by downloading the app).

Jabber also has the ability to be synced with your campus Outlook Calendar. If you are in a meeting, the instant messenger will automatically set your status as “Away” so others will know not to disturb you or expect an immediate reply to a message.

Jabber is already downloaded on all campus-owned computers. Which means, every employee on campus has the ability to instantly connect to each other.

Have a quick question about something? You can send a message without worrying about your important message being lost in someone’s inbox. Jabber also has the capability to take and send an image from your computer screen instantly, eliminating the need to upload an attachment.Jabber Home

Want to know more about Jabber?

The LTC will be hosting workshops this semester so you can get to know Cisco Jabber with hands on experience. You do not need to attend a workshop to learn more about Jabber. For those of you who are a little more adventurous, you can check out our Quick Start Guides, by clicking here, to get started on your computer or mobile device.

For questions about Cisco Jabber please contact the LTC at ltc@uww.edu. To sign up for a training session, go to https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15365 (and log in with your Net-ID and password).

UW – Whitewater Students can save up to 85% off Software via 4U!

Greetings, Warhawks!

If you are in need of software such as Microsoft Windows 10, Adobe Creative Cloud, or similar software for your personal computer, but are unsure if you are able to afford it, The 4U Program has great deals via OnTheHub!

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Here are a few examples of the savings within 4U via OnTheHub:

  • Windows 10 (MSRP $89.99): FREE!
  • Adobe Creative Cloud – 1 Month Subscription (MSRP $50.00): $19.99
  • Parallels Desktop 13 – 1 Year Subscription (MSRP $79.99): $39.99

To Access:

  1. Go to http://www.uww.edu/icit/4u
  2. Under “Discounted Software”, click Software: For Students.
  3. Browse through discounted items.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the Help Desk:

P: (262) 472-HELP (4357)
helpdesk@uww.edu
Fall/Spring: M-Th 7:30am-9pm
Fall/Spring: Fridays 7:30am-5pm

Canvas Course Design Feedback – November 28th

PrintAs part of the Canvas migration project, there has been a UW-System team working on developing different course template options.  This team will be visiting UW-Whitewater on Tuesday, November 28th between 1pm and 5pm.  During this time, the team will be giving you a chance to have some hands on interaction with the course templates and will be seeking your feedback.  This feedback will be used to guide the development of the final versions that will be implemented for courses inside of the Canvas platform.  Laptops will be provided in these sessions.  Please bring along any mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc) that you would also like to use for testing.

We are seeking feedback from ALL audiences that plan to interface with Canvas on campus.  Please register for one of the appropriate sessions below!

Teacher (Instructor) Audience – sessions held in McGraw 19a:

Learner (Student) Audience – sessions held in McGraw 19c:

If you have any questions please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Learning through Lynda

Did you know that all UW-Whitewater students have access to www.lynda.com for free? Lynda is an online education site with thousands of video courses that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals through acquiring the latest software, creative, and business skills.

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Some of the thousands of courses Lynda offers are:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Business productivity tools
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Etc.)
  • Apple
  • Google (Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, Sites, Etc.)rd.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, Etc.)
  • And many more

Access these training courses by going to http://go.uww.edu/lynda, then login using your UWW Net-ID and password.

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

 

Quiz Tricks and Tips

We have a few tips and tricks for you to keep in mind the next time you take a quiz in D2L. The items below will help you avoid the most commonly reported issues with quizzes.

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You should always “Save” a response after you have answered a question. This ensures that if your browser freezes or something happens to your computer, the work you already have completed will not be lost

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If you close out your browser while taking your quiz the timer will not stop. Please ensure that you have enough time to complete the quiz when you start it. If something happens and you are not able to complete the quiz, please contact your instructor. Know when the quiz ends and how much time you have to take the quiz so that you can plan accordingly.

Be aware of how many attempts you have to take a quiz. Many professors allow for more than one attempt at any given quiz. Don’t run out of attempts before you get your desired grade.

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Before you submit your quiz, click on the “Save all Responses” to make sure that all of your answers have been saved. Submitting a blank answer won’t be good for your grade.

If you run into any errors with your quizzes, or other D2L tools, please contact D2L support.

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