Canvas Show and Tell

During 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 Canvas functions to Desire2Learn.  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 users have the ability to start transitioning their course material.

Registration is required.  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 DLE (Digital Learning Environment).  Afterwards, we will show you how the following items work in D2L and in Canvas.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • Course Home and Navigation
  • D2L News -> Canvas Announcements
  • D2L Content -> Canvas Modules
  • D2L Manage Files -> Canvas Files / Pages
  • D2L Discussions -> Canvas Discussions

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 more of the assignment tools and grading.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • D2L Dropbox -> Canvas Assignments
  • D2L Quizzes -> Canvas Quizzes
  • D2L Grades -> Canvas Grades
  • D2L Attendance -> Canvas Attendance
  • D2L Calendar -> Canvas Calendar

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.

  • Digital Learning Environment
  • D2L Course Administration -> Canvas Course Administration
  • D2L Classlist -> Canvas People
  • D2L Rubrics -> Canvas Rubrics
  • D2L HTML Editor -> Canvas Rich Content Editor
  • New Features in Canvas
    • Canvas Syllabus
    • Canvas Collaborations
    • Canvas Speedgrader
    • Canvas Course Link Validator

Tuesday, March 13th – 2pm to 3pm
Wednesday, March 14th – 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 hours session.

Wednesday, March 28th – 10am to noon

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

What is Canvas?

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

VBrick Rev Service Update (1/3)

On Wednesday, January 3, ICIT deployed the VBrick Rev 7.18 update to our environment. In this latest update, the following fixes and enhancements will be included:

  • (New) Email Notifications.  Rev will now send you an automatic email once a video has been processed and uploaded.  The email will contain the title of the video and a link to access it.  Remember to check the video access settings before distributing the link to others.
  • (New) Online Video Editing.  Rev now includes the ability to edit video clips you have uploaded.  The editor requires no browser plug-ins, Flash or Java to use in supported browsers.
    • It contains the ability to cut multiple segments from the front, middle or end of the video.
    • Video Chapters enable you to set and jump to specific locations.  Additionally, you may define chapters by name or by slide title with a PowerPoint upload.
  • (New) Embedded Playlists.  Playlists may now be embedded in a similar fashion to an individual video asset.
  • (New) Video Filter Enhancements.  A new video filter interface has been implemented that includes multiple attributes that you may now search on to filter video searches.
  • (New) Podcast Support.  VBrick Rev now features podcast support through .mp3 file uploads.
  • (New) Teams Update and Enhancements.  Rev now has a new way to create better content organization using Teams.  This feature will allow you to organize content by functional area giving users a simpler method to ensure videos are seen by the right users.
  • (New) Content Expiration Rules.  Expiration rules may now be set on different content types.
  • (New) Media Menu Update.  The Media menu has been enhanced and divided into two sub-menu drop-downs Videos and My Teams.  Each of these options provide quick access to several video and team features.
  • (Updates) Bulk Edit.  Bulk editing in Rev has been updated to add the ability to bulk edit Teams video access features and expiration dates and rules.
  • (Updates) .mts file support.  Files created in the .mts format can now be uploaded to Rev.
  • (Fixed) Default Search Criteria.  Corrected minor problem where the default search for a video was by Title and not by Relevance.
  • (Fixed) Tool Tip on Hover for List View and Grid Button.  Provided an improvement on the videos page when hovering on the view icons to show a tool tip as to which view – list view or grid view – is being displayed.

What’s VBrick Rev?
Rev is a Media Management System that we have available for use by all Instructors and Students at UW-Whitewater.  You can access Rev by going to: http://streaming.uww.edu

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

Celebrating Teaching & Learning – We Need Your Help!

IMG_0663We need your help planning our next Celebrating Teaching & Learning Conference!  We have developed a short survey to help us gather some feedback to start the planning process.  The survey is located at:

https://goo.gl/forms/irxYhesNtyXiLPq12

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

Streaming.uww.edu (VBrick Rev) Scheduled Maintenance 1/3

On Wednesday, January 3rd between 5am and 8am VBrick Rev (http://streaming.uww.edu) will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance.  During this outage, we will be deploying the latest version of VBrick Rev.

Videos hosted on Rev will be unavailable during this outage.

If you have any questions or concerns about this outage, please contact the Learning Technology Center (ltc@uww.edu).

Streaming.uww.edu (VBrick Rev) Scheduled Maintenance 12/27

On Wednesday, December 27th between 5am and 8am VBrick Rev (http://streaming.uww.edu) will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance.  During this outage, we will be deploying the latest version of VBrick Rev.

Videos hosted on Rev will be unavailable during this outage.

If you have any questions or concerns about this outage, please contact the Learning Technology Center (ltc@uww.edu).

Canvas Course Design Feedback – Version 2

As part of the Canvas transition, there has been a UW-System team working on developing different course template options.  The team recently surveyed faculty, staff and students from all UW-System campuses for their feedback on Version 1 of the Canvas course template. This feedback informed the development of Version 2 of the Canvas course template. They would like your input on Version 2.

Step 1: Watch the 8 minute video below.  It provides background on the project and a demonstration of the Canvas environment and template.  There is also a handout for the version 2 template available at: http://bit.ly/uwtemplatev2guide

Step 2: Test out Version 2 of the template.  Use the following login information to try it out.  Note: this is a “Student” role account.

Login with your Net-ID to get the access credentials

Step 3: Complete the survey by Friday, January 5th, 2018.  The survey link is available inside of the Canvas course accessed above.  Please allow for 10 – 20 minutes to complete the survey.

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

What is Canvas?

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

Desire2Learn Course Closet Cleaning Workshops

clutter-360058_1920In preparation for the upcoming Canvas transition, we will be holding a two part hands on workshop in January 2018 to help clean up some of the old content in your D2L courses.  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!

Registration is required.

Thursday, January 4th (Hyer 210):

Tuesday, January 16th (Hyer 210):

Can’t make these?  We are planning to offer additional sessions during the Spring semester.

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.  We will be releasing a Canvas training schedule in January 2018.  Stay tuned!

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

[RESOLVED] Lynda.com Currently Unavailable

Lynda.com-logoResolved 12/18 3:30pm:  Lynda.com services have been restored and are again working.  If you have issues access Lynda, please contact the UW-W Helpdesk.

Update 12/12 9:00AM:
Lynda.com for UW-Whitewater is still unavailable.  We have received word that the Lynda office is currently scheduled to re-open on December 18th.  Currently, that is the earliest estimate that we have for when access will be restored.

Update 12/11 8:00AM:
Due to the Thomas Fire evacuations in California, Lynda Engineering and Tier 2 support are severely limited.  They are currently working on bringing support back online as soon as possible.

Update 12/6 1:45PM:
Lynda.com remains unavailable.  Technicians are working to resolve the issue, but Lynda.com support is currently limited.  We have received the message below from the vendor:

Due to the devastating fires in California, which are nearby, our Lynda.com headquarters is closed. Some of our colleagues have had to also evacuate their homes, since yesterday. As a result, this is affecting key Support Services, like Tech Support and Customer Service. Teammates who did not have to evacuate are working remotely, so we have some support, but limited.

Original message:
Beginning on 12/1, UW-Whitewater users are currently unable to access and login to the Lynda.com portal.  Lynda.com support is working on resolving the issue.  As soon as we have additional information we’ll update it here.

If you have any questions or concerns about this outage, please contact the UW-W Helpdesk.

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.