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

Upcoming Turnitin Maintenance – November 5th, 8am to 1pm

turnitin_logoOn Saturday, November 5th between 8:00AM and 1:00PM Turnitin.com and Turnitin integration with Desire2Learn will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance.  This maintenance will be performed on internal network hardware at Turnitin to increase capacity and ensure continue dependable service.

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.

Common Student Issues with Desire2Learn

shutterstock_110236751Now that the Fall semester is well underway, we wanted to share some common issues and resolutions with you to help you avoid headaches while working on your coursework in Desire2Learn (D2L)!

  • Dropbox.  If you are having trouble submitting a file, first check to make sure you are not using any special characters or quotes in the file name.  If that doesn’t work, try using a different browser on your computer.
  • Quizzes.  Can’t find the start button for your quiz?  Some courses require the use of Respondus Lockdown Browser.  If you go to launch the quiz, but don’t see the start button, odd’s are you aren’t in the Lockdown Browser.  The Lockdown Browser is installed in all labs on campus.  You can download it for personal computers by going to: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/LoEV
  • Discussions.  Unable to view any posts in the discussion forum? Some courses require you to first create a post before you can read any of the other entries in the discussion forum.  You’ll see the words “Must post first” directly under the discussion forum name if this is enabled in your course.
  • Other Issues?  We have a full FAQ, Tutorial Videos and a User Guide all at your disposal 24×7.

If you are having issues, or running into problems, help is only a click away!  Contact us at anytime with your questions or issues by filling out the UW-W Desire2Learn Support Form.

Request for Instructor Participation–Study Pattern Emerging Technology Exploration Project

Interested in understanding how student behaviors impact their success in your course? If so, our spring emerging technology exploration project might be for you!

1-pattern-screensThe UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is proud to announce support for 10 instructors interested in integrating the Study Pattern tool into their spring courses. Study Pattern is an exciting tool that has the potential to empower students in their learning and enable instructors with the information they need to make decisions regarding their course in way that is easy to use and digest.

Empowering Students
Pattern gives students a space to track their study and learning activities, as well as rate their duration and productivity. Inputting this information creates personalized visualizations of their data and allows them to compare habits with their peers in the same course, empowering them to reflect on the time they are spending on the different learning activities and when they are most productive to ensure they are on the most successful path.

Enabling Instructors
At a glance instructors are able to see aggregated student data for their course (e.g., productivity by day of the week or hour of the day, productivity by activity, number of hours spent on course activities, etc.) through their dashboard, enabling them to make data-driven decisions about course activities and design.

Easy to Access, Use, and Digest
This tool is easily accessed by students and instructors as it is available through a mobile app (both iOS and Android) and/or web interface. Students can easily use the tool to input their activities and instructors and students alike can quickly view their dashboards to gain valuable insights about learning activities and success.

About the Exploration Project
UWW has been allotted 300 licenses from the UW System’s learning analytic tool chest pilot for this specific exploration project. The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center has funding to support 10 instructors in their exploration of Pattern. Upon satisfactory completion of the project, instructors will receive $1000 for their participation. Satisfactory completion includes:

  • Participating in educational offerings on Study Pattern to get better acquainted to using the tool;
  • Incorporating Study Pattern into at least one of their Spring 2017 courses by requiring student use of the tool and student sharing of their information;
  • Partnering with the LTC to assist and support student use of Study Pattern;
  • Participating in periodic focus groups, interview sessions, and/or surveys facilitated by the LTC and the UW System that that gathers instructor perceptions of the tool in regards to ease of use, usefulness, impact, and satisfaction;
  • Having students complete an online survey near the end of the semester that gathers their perceptions of the tool in regards to ease of use, usefulness, impact, and satisfaction.
  • Providing information on their experience implementing Study Pattern through personal testimonial, video interview, and/or speaking at LTC event.

How Do I Get Involved?
To express interest in participating in this emerging technology exploration project, please complete the following Qualtrics submission form by Sunday, October 30:


If you have any questions about this project, please contact the ltc@uww.edu.

Incorporating Active Learning Strategies into your Teaching: Evidence-Based Practices, Case Studies, and Stories from the Field

activeWednesday, October 19, 2016

12:30-2:00 pm, UC 259

Lunch Included

This session is intended to showcase examples from the UW-Campus with a special panel presentation made of experienced UW-Whitewater instructors. Our panel members include Kris Curran (Biological Sciences), Sara Deschner (IT and Supply Chain Management), Teri Frame (Art and Design) and Anne Tillett (Continuing Education). Following the presentation, attendees will be able to discuss active learning strategies with their colleagues and resources will be distributed to help instructors implement active learning within their own courses.

Please register:  Link to Registration

If you have questions regarding this, feel free to contact us:  ltc@uww.edu


Learning Environment Requirements Gathering – Your Opinion Counts!

uws-logo-whiteOur contract with Desire2Learn (D2L) for their Brightspace learning management system (LMS) is currently set to expire June 30, 2018. The UW System is preparing for a Request for Proposal (RFP) and would like to gather your perspective of what is needed in a learning management system. The survey will take you approximately 10 minutes and will allow you to share your perspective regarding what is needed, as well as be a voice for our university. Your responses will be anonymous and need to be completed by October 14, 2016 at 5:00pm.

To take the survey, please click on the following link:

If you would like to learn more about the Learning Environment Requirements Gathering Project, please visit the following website:

Thank you for your participation!

Turnitin Date Management within D2L

tii-logoSome users may be receiving a message reading “Error communicating with Turnitin.  Try to resubmit the file.  If this issue persists, contact your administrator”.  If you are seeing this error message, please make sure that you have both a start date AND end date set on your Dropbox in Desire2Learn.  Once you have set the start and end date, the issue should be resolved and you can resubmit the file.

Warning – Technical explanation below:

With the new Turnitin integration, the way default dates work has been slightly changed.  There are actually two separate date settings in play.  First, there are the settings that you can create on the Dropbox – start date, end date and due date.  Second, there are dates behind the scenes with Turnitin that are calculated based on the settings you choose for the Dropbox.

We have recently discovered that if you create a Dropbox that does not have any start date or end date, the end date that is configured with Turnitin is set to 8 days from the current date.  What this means, is that even though the Dropbox is always open, papers will not submit to Turnitin after that 8 day period, and will cause an error to display inside of Desire2Learn when you are trying to review the papers.

Luckily, in order to fix this issue, you simply need to set a start date and end date on the Dropbox.  Once these are set, the dates will be updated in Turnitin also which will allow you to resubmit the files.  Desire2Learn is working on adjusting this logic for a future release.  In the mean time, we highly suggest that you create both a start date and end date when creating a Dropbox that user Turnitin to avoid this problem.

D2L TurnItIn
Start Date Set? End Date Set? Start Date value End Date value
No No Current Date 1 week + 24 hours
Yes No D2L Start Date 2 weeks from start date + 24 hours
No Yes Current Date D2L End Date + 24 hours
Yes Yes D2L Start Date D2L End Date + 24 hours

Table Source: https://community.brightspace.com/blogs/product/turnitin_date_management

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

Video Usage in Education

The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater has designated that the instructor is responsible for verifying and clearing copyright for any material in their course.  This includes videos that are used online and videos that are shown in the classroom.  We have put together a resource to help you get started and point you in the right direction.

Video Usage in Education: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/NwFp

If you have questions about this, or any other LTC resources, feel free to contact us:  ltc@uww.edu

Survey: UW System web-based, real-time collaboration tool

LTC_Logo_FBAs you may be aware, our current UW System contract with Blackboard for their Collaborate tool will expire June 30, 2017. As a result, we are preparing for a potential Request for Proposal (RFP) for a web-based, real-time collaboration tool to support teaching and learning.

UW System is now in the requirements gathering phase, with the goal of obtaining input from all UW institutions to ensure instructional needs for collaboration are identified. While no single tool is likely to support all instructional needs, the information you provide via this survey will be used to inform user stories and identify requirements.

The survey requires approximately 15 minutes to complete. The information in this study will be used only for internal purposes and your responses are anonymous.


Please provide your input into the requirements gathering process by completing the survey above by October 10, 2016. Thank you for your input in this important project!

If you have questions about this feel free to contact us:  ltc@uww.edu