Lynda Courses: Business Skills, Communication & Leadership

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?

The Business Skills section covers topics such as:

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

The Communication section includes courses on:

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

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!

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.


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:, 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 To sign up for a training session, go to (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!


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
  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)
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 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.


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, 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.


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


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.


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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Innovating with Instructors

In my first blog post, I shared the LTC’s mission with you, and in my last blog post I talked about how the LTC supports instructors through cutting edge programming with partners (like the LEARN Center). Today, I want to talk about the next hexagon–how we innovate. LTC-mission-statement-v5

According to our mission, “we innovate with instructors by initiative emerging technology exploration projects that investigate learning technology trends in higher education and how they may be used here at UWW.” Every year instructors receive a survey from the LTC asking about satisfaction with our services, and challenges they may be having in the classroom. We analyze this data to understand the key challenges instructors are having and merge that with other data from the literature (e.g., key new pieces of research, the ELI Key Issues for Teaching and Learning, the NMC Horizon Report, etc.). Together, these data points drive the tool we investigate. From there, the LTC recruits instructors who would like to use the tool in their classes through an open call and then works with them to learn the tool, implement it into their course, and evaluate its ability to solve the pedagogical challenge that it was selected to solve.

From our last instructor support survey we knew that instructors were concerned with student engagement. This semester (Fall 2017), as part of an emerging technology exploration project, we have ten instructors who are busy at work using Cisco Spark in their classes to engage students in different ways. Cisco Spark is a two-part system that features an interactive board and virtual space to increase student engagement through collaboration, communication, and interaction inside and outside of class.

sparkboardThe Interactive Spark Board simplifies collaboration, sharing, and bringing in guest speakers by combining three common teaching tools in one:

  • Wireless Presentation that enables instructors and students to share content and collaborative work.
  • Electronic Whiteboard that allows instructors and students to illustrate course concepts and return to them later for review, editing, and further conversation.
  • Web Conferencing that creates a 4K video calling experience with intelligent tracking. Perfect for bringing in guest speakers!

Interaction does not stop with the Interactive Spark Board. Instructors and students can leverage the virtual Spark Space to interact and continue class activities. Access to the Spark Space can be gained from mobile devices (such as tablets), laptop or desktop computers, and through web browsers. Instructors can create a class space for course questions and further divide their  space for specific discussion, group project work, or activities started on the Spark Board.


Look for findings related to this project in Spring 2018! If you have any questions, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Winterim 2018 and Spring 2018 D2L Course Requests

Winterim 2018 and Spring 2018 D2L course requests will soon be available in the D2L Course Request Application.

  • Winterim 2018 requests can be placed starting Monday November 6th.
  • Spring 2018 requests can be placed starting Monday November 13th.

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

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

WINS Mobile

Class enrollment season is almost upon us!

Everybody knows that they can sign up for their classes by going to WINS in an internet browser, but did you know that there’s a WINS mobile app on both Apple and Android?


WINS Mobile features include:

  • Class Search – Search for classes, find available sections, add them to your cart, and enroll directly from the app.
  • Schedule – View your course schedule, including location and instructor.
  • Grades – View your grades, and check your GPA (both this term and cumulative).
  • What’s Happening Today – A notification feature that reminds you of important tasks, such as overdue To-Do List items.
  • To-Do List – Displays the list of tasks that require immediate attention, and the tasks needed to complete them.
  • Holds – View the holds on your account.

WINS Mobile is completely free to all students and can be found on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching for “UWW WINS Mobile”.


For more information on how to use the WINS Mobile app, check out the following link:

Happy enrolling!