Getting Started with TurningPoint v8 – June 7th

Join us on Thursday, June 7th from 1pm to 2pm as we go over the differences between TurningPoint Cloud and TurningPoint 8.  There are some new integration and syncing abilities that will simplify your workflow within Canvas.  TurningPoint 8 will be available in the Fall 2018 semester.

Register at: https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15627

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

Instructor Support Survey iPad Winner

Thank you to all the instructors who participated in completing the the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) Instructor Support Survey! We had over 100 instructors participate and will be using the results to ensure that the LTC is meeting instructors needs in regards to our services, support, and programming.

We held the iPad drawing and our lucky winner is Dennis Elverman from the the College of Business and Economics.

Congratulations to our winner and another thank you to everyone who provided feedback!

Canvas Workshops – May & June 2018

The LTC will be offering a full day of rotating workshops on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018. We also have a series of Hands-On Introduction and Canvas Construction Zone sessions scheduled for June. We will continue to offer workshops throughout the summer.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – Wednesday, May 23rd
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions throughout the session. We will offer repeats of this workshop all day – so feel free to attend multiple sessions – or drop in at any time. Please register for any sessions that you may attend to help give us an idea for planning. Registration is not required and you are welcome to drop in the day of the event. Remote viewing options will also be available. Light refreshments will be available.

Date/Time Location Register
Wednesday, May 23rd – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, May 23rd – 11:30am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, May 23rd – 2:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours) – June 2018
We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform. There will be time to ask questions along the way. If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, May 31st – 1:00pm Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Tuesday, June 5th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Wednesday, June 13th – 9:00am Heide 302 In-Person Registration
Monday, June 18th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Webinar Registration
Tuesday, June 26th – 1:00pm Heide 302 In-Person Registration

Canvas Construction Zone (2 Hours) – June 2018
Are you ready to start digging into your course setup?  Do you need help straightening up after moving a course from D2L into Canvas?  Do you have questions on how to set things up? This is the session for you! This session will be 2 hours of lab time with support staff on hand to help you construct your course in Canvas. Don’t forget your hard hat!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, June 7th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Friday, June 15th – 9:00am Heide 302 In-Person Registration
Wednesday, June 20th – 9:00am Hyer 210 In-Person Registration
Thursday, June 28th – 1:00pm Heide 302 In-Person Registration

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Lynda.com Info Sessions – Wednesday, April 25th

The Learning Technology Center and Lynda.com would like to invite you to signup for some great Lynda events we have planned for Wednesday, April 25th. Our Lynda.com representatives will be on campus and will be offering the following presentations. Registration is required.

Closing the Skills Gap with Lynda.com – Register Now
Time: 10:00AM – 10:45AM
Audience: Instructors and Staff
From Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite applications to time management, leadership fundamentals, and more, our vast online library of instructional videos offers training on hundreds of topics.  In this session, representatives from Lynda.com will go over ways Lynda can help improve softcore skills and build professional relationships.

Informational Table in the University Center – No Registration Required
Time: 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Audience: Everyone
Stop by and ask your questions!

How to Incorporate Lynda.com in the Classroom – Register Now
Time: 2:00PM – 2:45PM
Audience: Instructors

We all know about how Lynda.com has tons of software videos, but as an instructor you may be asking, “What does that matter to me? I already go over that content.” In this Session, we will go over different ways to incorporate Lynda in the classroom in a way that helps reinforce learning for the student and gives you, the instructor, more in-class time.

Get the “Scoop” on Learning with Lynda.com – Ice Cream Social – Register Now
Time: 3:00PM – 3:45PM
Audiences: Everyone
Trying to learn a new skill? Lynda can help! In this afternoon session, students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by and learn all about what Lynda has to offer. Spoiler Alert, it’s not just for class. Lynda can teach you about different skills for your small business. It can also help you become the EDM Producer that you day dream about in your 8:00am Marketing Class. Come for the Ice Cream, stay to start learning online, on your time!

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

Canvas Hands-On Introduction & Deep Dive Workshops – April 2018

During the month of April, the Learning Technology Center (LTC) will be offering a series of workshops to help instructors start diving into Canvas and preparing their courses.  We will continue to offer workshops throughout the summer.

Canvas Hands-On Introduction (2 Hours)

We will cover the basic function of the core tools in the Canvas platform.  There will be time to ask questions along the way.  If this is your first time touching Canvas, this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Tuesday, April 10th 1:00pm – 3:00pm McGraw 19c Signup Now!
Monday, April 16th 10:00am – 12:00pm Williams Center 187 Signup Now!
Tuesday, April 24th 8:00am – 10:00am Center for the Arts 2059 Signup Now!

Canvas Hands-On Introduction – Beyond the Basics (2 Hours)

This Hands-On Introduction workshop is designed for the power user. We will move at a faster pace, and dive a little deeper into the advanced functions of the core tools in the Canvas Platform.  Have you used Canvas before?  Are you eager to talk about some advanced topics in each of the core tools?  If so, then this workshop is the one for you!

Date/Time Location Register
Thursday, April 12th 1:00pm – 3:00pm McGraw 19c Signup Now!
Wednesday, April 18th 10:00am – 12:00pm Williams Center 187 Signup Now!
Thursday, April 26th 8:00am – 10:00am Center for the Arts 2059 Signup Now!

Canvas Deep Dives – Tool Specific (1 Hour)

We will focus on a single tool, and dive deep into various options and use cases for how that tool works.

Tool Date/Time Location Register
Content Friday, April 13th 1:00pm – 2:00pm McGraw 115 Signup Now!
Assignments Wednesday, April 18th 2:00pm – 3:00pm Williams Center 187 Signup Now!
Grades Thursday, April 26th 3:00pm – 4:00pm Center for the Arts 2051 Signup Now!

If you have any questions about these sessions, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Canvas – Start Your Transition Today!

Over the last few months, teams across the UW-System have been working on getting the new Learning Management System ready for access.  We are happy to announce that all instructors now have access to the Canvas platform!  Instructors have access to start trying things out, migrating their course materials and mocking up content.  Here are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Setup and Configuration Ongoing.  We are still working on configuring and testing integrations such as TurnItIn, Respondus Lockdown Browser, Redshelf, textbook publisher integrations, and more. These will be made available as they are tested and implemented by UW-System.
  • User roles are not yet determined.  There is a team at UW-System that is working on finalizing the roles (Student, Graduate Assistant, Grader, Reviewers, Guest Lecturers, etc) that will be available to our campus.  As soon as we receive that information, we will pass it along.
  • Course Complexity Analysis.  UW-Whitewater and UW-Superior were part of a team to develop a tool to help you analyze your existing Desire2Learn course. The goal of the tool is to provide some estimates on what areas of your existing course will require the most focus and time for migration.  This tool is available at http://dl.uwsa.edu
  • We have 24/7/365 Email, Phone and Chat support included with the new Canvas platform.  This is available today!  As you are testing things out, please reach out via those channels as a first line of defense. Questions that they cannot answer will be escalated to the Canvas Support Team here at UW-Whitewater.
  • Blank Courses for Migration.  All users who have taught in the last year have been setup with 3 blank courses in Canvas. These courses are there for testing, or starting to migrate and setup your actual courses. Just like in Desire2Learn, these courses would be copied into the actual timetable course once those are available. If you need more test courses, please reach out to Canvas Support.

The official login page and support channels for Canvas are located at http://uww.edu/canvas.

What’s next?
We are currently in the process of meeting with each college to discuss the overall migration and training plans.  Once those plans are set, they will be published on the Canvas Transition Website. In the meantime, you can start reviewing the FAQs and training resources on the website.   Access the Canvas Transition Website here: http://go.uww.edu/canvas-transition

When can I start using Canvas for my courses?
The first opportunity for courses in the Canvas platform will be the Fall 2018 semester.  We are targeting to have all course migrations completed before Summer 2019.

If you have any questions or concerns about the transition, please reach out to the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Desire2Learn Course Closet Cleaning Workshops

Messy ClosetIn preparation for the upcoming Canvas transition, we will be holding a two part hands-on workshop series to help clean up some of the old content in your D2L courses.  This will be a repeat of the same series we offered in January.  We will provide a brief overview of common areas that can be cleaned up, and then we’ll dive in and help you clean out the closet!  The majority of the time will be work time for you to ask questions and cleanup your course(s).

Registration is required; click on dates below to register.

Friday, February 16th (Hyland 3101):

Tuesday, March 27th (Hyer 210):

What this workshop isn’t: We will not be talking about Canvas, or showing any of the Canvas platform during this session.  The purpose of this session is to focus on and prepare your D2L courses for the upcoming transition.

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Spring 2018 Update from the Learning Technology Center

From left to right: Elaina Barr (Media & Training Specialist), Shane Degen (LMS Administrator), Nicole Weber (Director of Learning Technology), Aaron Axelsen (Operations Manager), Andrew Cole (Learning Technology Specialist), Sarah Klingman-Cole (Technology Promotion & Adoption Specialist).

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is here and ready to help you! Our team of experts have a wide range of skills to tackle all of your instructional course-related needs.


Desire2Learn to Canvas Transition

The UW-System Board of Regents has signed a contract with Instructure for their Canvas product. Canvas will be replacing Desire2Learn as our next Learning Management System. The earliest opportunity to migrate courses to Canvas is expected to be Fall 2018. For more information about the overall project, go to http://go.uww.edu/canvas-transition

Over the last few years, the UW-Whitewater campus had the chance to conduct, and evaluate, a few pilots using Canvas. These pilots allowed UW-Whitewater instructors to use Canvas in their courses. In the video below, see what some of your colleagues who took part in these pilots thought about the educational opportunities offered by Canvas!

What is the current status?

Currently, there are several teams working across the entire University of Wisconsin-System.  These teams are testing all aspects of the Canvas system, and working towards getting things setup for use in your courses.  In the coming months, we will be able to provide a better timeline on when you will be able to access and use the system.  What can you do now?  Check out the sessions below!

Canvas Show and Tell

PrintDuring the course of the Spring 2018 semester, we will offer a 3 part workshop series to help you get up to speed with Canvas.  These workshops will be 1 hour long and are designed to show you a comparison of Canvas and Desire2Learn functions.  Feel free to pick and choose which sessions you would like to attend. These workshops will NOT be hands-on.   We will offer hands-on workshops once you have the ability to start transitioning your course material.

Registration is required; click on dates below to register.  All workshops will be held in McGraw 19a.

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1

Part 1 will provide a brief overview of the vision for the Digital Learning Environment (DLE).  Afterwards, we will show you how the following items work in D2L and in Canvas.

Tuesday, February 13th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, February 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 2

Part 2 will focus on assignment tools and grading.

Tuesday, February 27th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, February 28th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 6th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 3

Part 3 we will talk about overall course administration, the class list tool, and also some of the New features that are available in Canvas.

Wednesday, March 14th – 2pm to 3pm
Thursday, March 15th – 2pm to 3pm
Tuesday, March 20th – 5pm to 6pm

Canvas Show and Tell – Part 1, 2 & 3

During spring break, we will be offering a condensed version that goes through all 3 parts of the series in a 2 hour session.

Wednesday, March 28th – 10am to noon

For full details of what will be covered and signup access, please check our Blog Post.

Desire2Learn Closet Cleaning

Messy ClosetIn preparation for the upcoming Canvas transition, we will be holding a two part hands-on workshop series to help clean up some of the old content in your D2L courses.  This will be a repeat of the same series we offered in January.  We will provide a brief overview of common areas that can be cleaned up, and then we’ll dive in and help you clean out the closet!  The majority of the time will be work time for you to ask questions and cleanup your course(s).

Registration is required; click on dates below to register.

Friday, February 16th (Hyland 3101):

Tuesday, March 27th (Hyer 210):

What this workshop isn’t: We will not be talking about Canvas, or showing any of the Canvas platform during this session.  The purpose of this session is to focus on and prepare your D2L courses for the upcoming transition.

If you have any questions about this workshop, contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.


Weekly Email Updates

figure3_4Did you know that you can get a weekly email update about what’s going on in the LTC? Every Monday morning, you’ll get an email that contains a summary of the latest items from our blog. To signup for these updates, just fill out the form below!



Technology Training for All

If you find yourself wanting to learn more about the software that is offered on campus, why not take some technology training? We offer live, hands-on workshops for all faculty and staff members. These sessions are taught in the ICIT Training Center in McGraw Hall room 112.  Workshops usually last an hour and a half.

The atmosphere is relaxed, making it ideal for trying out something new or brushing up your knowledge on something you may not use very often. We focus on introductory level skills and cover the current versions of popular software used on campus. Current workshops include Google Docs and Drive, Cisco Jabber, Outlook Email Basics, Ingeniux Website CMS and more! Registration is required, sign up for training’s at signup.uww.edu.

 

Summer 2018 Institute for Online/Blended Teaching

Summer 2018 Institute for Online/Blended Teaching: Are you currently teaching online or blended? Are you thinking about converting a course to an online or blended format? Each year the LTC holds two offerings of the Institute for Online/Blended Teaching. The Institute consists of a series of face-to-face and online meetings aimed at supporting instructors in the best practices of teaching online and blended courses. The Institute is not focused on specific tools, but rather pedagogically sound online/blended course design and delivery. If you are interested, be on the lookout for more information and the call for applications for the Summer 2018 Institute for Online/Blended Teaching, that will be posted in mid-February 2018.


What does the Learning Technology Center do?

We are proud of the work we do to support the learning management system (LMS), and the assistance we provide to instructors teaching online and blended courses. However, our department focus goes beyond the LMS.  Our mission provides insight into some of the other initiatives we have in the LTC.

  • WE BELIEVE in integrating pedagogy and technology to assist instructor in developing effective learning experiences.
  • WE SUPPORT instructors in their pursuit of excellence in teaching and student learning.
  • WE INNOVATE with instructors by initiating emerging technology exploration projects and conducting research studies.
  • WE CONNECT people on campus and beyond to create community among instructors who teach with technology.
  • WE PARTNER collaborate, and communicate with colleges, programs, departments, instructors and tech-liaisons.
  • WE LEAD learning technology initiatives focused on increasing student access, enhancing engagement and supporting success.

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.

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


Streaming.uww.edu (Rev) Updates

On Wednesday, January 3, ICIT deployed the VBrick Rev 7.18 update to our environment.  There are a number of fixes and enhancements that came along with this release.  The way that videos are restricted to a course has changed.  Restricting access to a course is now available in the “Teams” tab.  Documentation is available here.

Some of the other notable new features are:

  • Email Notifications.  The system will now send you an automatic email once a video has been uploaded and processed.  The email will contain the title of the video and a link to it.
  • Online Video Editor.  The system now includes a basic video editor that works right in the browser.  We are still testing out the best use cases for this – stay tuned!
  • Embedded Playlists.  Playlists may now be embedded in the same manner as individual videos.

Click here for the full list of updates.

 

Desire2Learn Kaltura MyMedia Update

The “My Media” Kaltura integration with Desire2Learn has received an update.  The update offers an enhanced file upload tool, and also a direct link to CaptureSpace Lite.  The overall process has not changed – it is still accessed via the “Insert Stuff” tool.

Kaltura My Media – Old Interface

Kaltura My Media – New Interface


Adaptive Learning

The LTC is currently exploring some adaptive learning options. If you are interested in potentially utilizing adaptive learning in your course in the Fall of 2018, be on the lookout this semester for a call for participants on the LTC blog.

Saturday Instructional Events

During the Fall 2017 semester, the LTC held two different Saturday Instructional Development events targeted towards adjuncts and other faculty members who are not as available during the work week. We are looking to hold more of these events in the future.

Celebrating Teaching and Learning

Thank you to everyone for the interest in the Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference. We were unable to secure a date for this years event and have opted to start planning for 2019.  If you would like to be part of our planning team, please email ltc@uww.edu!

 


Exploration: New Technologies

shutterstock_382942804We have been exploring a number of cool technologies and have some new things for you to try out!

  • Digital Badging for Professional Development!  The LTC chose digital badging as a way to provide a visual recognition of the technological professional development accomplished on campus.  Starting this semester, Spring 2018, the LTC is providing an opportunity for you to earn badges in any of our technology training sessions (Google Apps, Outlook,Jabber, Excel, etc.).  Instructors in the Institutes for Online/Blended Teaching are also eligible to earn a badge.  The badges can be displayed on the UW-Whitewater white pages, in your email signature or on LinkedIn.  We are in the process of expanding our badging initiative, so be on the lookout for opportunities to participate in digital badging on campus!
  • TurningPoint 8 is the latest version of the campus supported student response system which will be available in Fall of 2018. With TurningPoint 8 in your class you can transform a lecture into an interactive presentation. You can create polls instantly and display results, play ice breaker games, track attendance, assess student learning and more! This can be used in any sort of classroom environment, from quizzing on undergraduate introductory comprehension to graduate level discussions where you can facilitate difficult discussions without hesitation.

Need Desire2Learn Help?

We are here to help you with all your Desire2Learn (D2L) course needs! The best way to request support is by using our online support form which is located at http://d2l.uww.edu/contact

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We do our best to respond to all support request within 1 business day of receiving them. We do monitor the box on evenings and weekends for critical issues on a best effort basis.

Don’t forget to request for fall semester courses! Course creation must be completed every semester, and it is a manual process on our end. Courses created by 3pm on business days are typically available the next day. Request for your courses at http://my.uww.edu/d2lrequest


GooseChase

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 – 2018 Academic Year!

You can Mix and Match Mission Types!

  • Photo & Video: Student’s 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


Don’t forget to Visit Us

Are you still with us? If so – great, you made it to the end! Be sure to stop by the LTC throughout the semester to visit. As a reminder, we are located in McGraw Hall, Suite 120 and are available between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM weekdays. We can also be reached at ltc@uww.edu or 262.472.1004. We’ll always be willing to help, and have plenty of treats on hand for your sweet tooth. Have a great semester!

Kaltura “My Media” Update in Desire2Learn

The “My Media” Kaltura integration with Desire2Learn has received an update!  The new update offers an updated file upload tool, and also a direct link to CaptureSpace LiteThe overall process has not changed – it is still accessed via the “Insert Stuff” tool.

Kaltura My Media – Old Interface

Kaltura My Media – New Interface

Note: If the videos need to be viewed full screen, please follow these steps: https://kb.wisc.edu/kaltura/page.php?id=78509

If you have any questions regarding this update – please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.