Desire2Learn – 1 Month Left!

The retirement of Desire2Learn is fast approaching! All information you would like to keep must be exported out of D2L before June 1st, 2020. Whether it’s an old for-credit based course, or an ongoing course – make sure all material is backed up. Once our access is removed, we will not have any way to obtain this data.

For more information check out the Desire2Learn Retirement Planning post.

Please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support with any questions around the retirement of the service.

Canceled – 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference

We regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference due to the many “new normals” resulting from COVID-19.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a proposal, and we will be working with presenters on how we can capture and share the great work that everyone is doing at UW-Whitewater!

We are planning to hold this conference again in the future – so be sure to watch for news and announcements next year! Thanks for your understanding!

If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

[RESOLVED] Issues with Webex Meetings / Teams in Canvas

RESOLVED: 12:45 PM (4/15).  The issue should now be resolved for all courses.  If you are still noticing this issue in your course, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Update 12:10 PM (4/15).  The issue has been resolved for the majority of courses.  There are still some outstanding issues impacting certain courses that the vendor is investigating.  If you are still noticing this issue in your course, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

We are investigating an issue that appears to be impacting the view of currently scheduled Webex Meetings, Classroom Collaborations and Office Hours inside of Canvas. We will provide additional details as they are made available.

Instructors who had previous meetings scheduled should follow these steps:

  1. Login to http://uww.webex.com with your Net-Id and Password.
  2. Click on Meetings from the navigation menu.
  3. Locate the Meeting and click on the Meeting Name.
  4. Copy the Meeting Link and send that to your students as an Email or Canvas Announcement.
  5. The students can then use the meeting link to join the meeting.

Students unable to join a class meeting should contact their instructors for the meeting link.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Learning Technology Center.

Learning Technology Center Virtual Operations

With recent announcements encouraging remote work and reduced building access, the Learning Technology Center (LTC) will be shifting operations to be fully virtual beginning the week of March 23. 

How Do I Get Help?

We will continue to be available to answer your questions and provide consultations regarding your transition to alternative delivery and technology tools that can support the things you do.  

LTC staff will be available via phone (262-472-1004), email (ltc@uww.edu), and Webex Monday – Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. To request a Webex consultation, all instructors need to do is email or call and the next available team member will email them a direct link that they can click on to receive assistance. We have been doing a lot of those this week and this process has been working well! Please note that we are seeing an increased volume of inquiries at this time and our staff is working hard to answer inquiries in a timely manner. While it may be much sooner than this, every effort will be made to answer your message within 1 business day of receipt.   

Also, don’t forget that Canvas provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone, chat, or email!  

What About Trainings? 

We will also continue offering virtual training on key tools to support your remote teaching and work. Please visit http://go.uww.edu/ltc-workshop-signup for the most up-to-date list of training sessions!

What Isn’t Available?

Due to the shift to virtual operations, we will be closing the media studio until further notice. In its place, we urge instructors to use home recording options and techniques that are featured on the ICIT Remote Teaching Website. Not sure how to record at home? Contact us for help! 

As the Media Lab (Andersen L1008C) has closed and with an increased number of items being checked out, A/V Checkouts will be facilitated differently. If you are in need of a webcam or microphone to create your course material, a limited number are available for checkout by contacting the ICIT Helpdesk

Remote Teaching Resources from the LTC

With the recent UW-Whitewater announcement regarding COVID-19 and Spring Break, the Learning Technology Center (LTC) has put together the following workshops and resources to help support this rapid shift to teaching courses in an alternate delivery. The workshop schedules and descriptions are available below.

Walk-In Sessions are located in the LTC – McGraw Hall Suite 120. Virtual walk-ins are also available during those times. Call us at 262.472.1004 or email ltc@uww.edu and an available staff member will invite you to a Webex session.

The Media Recording Studio is available between 8:15 AM and 4:00 PM – schedule your appointment. Recorded videos will be made available as soon as possible. The studio will be closed from March 23rd to April 3rd.

The LTC Staff are available Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. If you are not able to attend any of the sessions below and need assistance call us at 262.472.1004 or email ltc@uww.edu to schedule an appointment.

24/7/365 Canvas support is available using Phone, Chat or Email.

For additional information and resources on remote-friendly technology you can visit our Working, Teaching, and Learning Remotely Website.

Event Calendar

March 16th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Walk-In Assistance
2:30 PM – Overview of Webex Meetings
3:30 PM – Overview of Webex Meetings for Teaching
4:00 PM – Conducting Webex Meetings for Teaching

March 17th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Walk-In Assistance
8:30 AM – Overview of Webex Meetings for Teaching
10:00 AM – Introduction to Campus Technology
Noon – How-To Transform a Course for Teaching Remotely
2:00 PM – Overview of Webex Meetings for Teaching

March 18th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Walk-In Assistance
8:30 AM – Communicating Remotely
2:30 PM – Conducting Webex Meetings
4:00 PM – How-To Transform a Course for Teaching Remotely

March 19th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Walk-In Assistance
9:00 AM – Conducting Webex Meetings for Teaching
1:00 PM – How-To Transform a Course for Teaching Remotely

March 20th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Walk-In Assistance
9:00 AM – Overview of Webex Meetings
1:00 PM – Google Apps for Education: Essentials

March 23rd

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Virtual Walk-In Assistance
9:00 AM – Conducting Webex Meetings for Teaching
3:00 PM – Overview of Webex Meetings for Teaching
4:00 PM – Overview of Webex Meetings

March 24th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Virtual Walk-In Assistance
9:00 AM – Overview of Webex Meetings for Teaching
2:30 PM – Conducting Webex Meetings for Teaching

March 25th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Virtual Walk-In Assistance
11:00 AM – How-To Transform a Course for Teaching Remotely
2:00 PM – Conducting Webex Meetings
3:00 PM – How-To Transform a Course for Teaching Remotely
4:00 PM – Communicating Remotely

March 26th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Virtual Walk-In Assistance
9:00 AM – How-To Transform a Course for Teaching Remotely
2:00 PM – How-To Transform a Course for Teaching Remotely

March 27th

All Day – Media Studio Recordings
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Virtual Walk-In Assistance
9:00 AM – Overview of Webex Meetings for Teaching
3:00 PM – Conducting Webex Meetings for Teaching

Walk-In Consultations

Do you need a help setting up Webex, figuring out how to record your lectures, or getting your assignment added to Canvas? Stop by for Walk-In Assistance during spring break between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM in the McGraw Hall 120 Suite. Call us at 262.472.1004 or email us at ltc@uww.edu to connect remotely using Webex. The LTC Staff will be ready to help!

Workshop Descriptions

How-To Transform a Face-to-Face Course for Teaching Remotely (60 minutes offered both in-person and virtually)

In this workshop, you’ll learn what the Top 7 things to consider as you work to transform your course using Canvas. Face-to-Face and Webex Web Based workshops are available. The workshop will highlight:

  1. Communication
    • Email (Sent from WINS)
    • Canvas Announcements
    • Canvas Inbox
    • Webex Teams and Meetings
  2. Assessments
    • Assignments with Due Dates
    • Quizzes with Due Dates
  3. Discussions
  4. Create and Share Content
    • Pages with To-Do
    • Weekly Course Summary
  5. Grading and Feedback using Speedgrader
  6. Publishing your Course
  7. Getting Help

We will be holding the workshop at the following times. Face to Face offerings will be held in McGraw 19a. Computers will not be provided for this training.

View in person dates and times at https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16414

View virtual dates and times at https://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16417


Overview of Webex Meetings (30 minutes offered both in-person and virtually)

Join this introduction to Cisco Webex Meetings to gain a high level overview of how to schedule your meeting, manage audio and share content. At the end of the class you will be able to host your own meeting and receive resources to help you continue your learning.

View dates and times at http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16408

Unable to attend in person? No problem! Join us remotely from a web browser at https://uww.webex.com/meet/mortimek   


Overview of Webex Meetings for Teaching/Instruction (30 minutes offered both in-person and virtually)

Join this introduction to Cisco Webex Meetings to gain a high level overview of how to schedule your meeting, manage audio and share content. In addition we will cover how to authorize the Cisco Webex integration in Canvas. At the end of the class you will be able to host your own meeting and receive resources to help you continue your learning.

View dates and times at: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16403

Unable to attend in person? No problem! Join us remotely from a web browser at https://uww.webex.com/meet/mortimek   


Conducting Webex Meetings (60 minutes offered both in-person and virtually)

Need a deep dive into the capabilities available to you as you conduct your meetings? Join this class to learn how to manage audio and sound alerts, turn on video and access different video layouts, use the whiteboard for collaboration, sharing techniques and best practices, and much more. You will receive resources to help you continue your learning.

View dates and times at: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16410 

Unable to attend in person? No problem! Join us remotely from a web browser at https://uww.webex.com/meet/mortimek   


Conducting Webex Meetings for Teaching/Instruction (60 minutes offered both in-person and virtually)

Need a deep dive into the capabilities available to you as you conduct your meetings? Join this class to learn how to manage audio and sound alerts, turn on video and access different video layouts, use the whiteboard for collaboration, sharing techniques and best practices, and much more. We’ll go into detail about how to use the Cisco Webex integration in Canvas, including how to hold breakout sessions, record sessions, and how to use Virtual Office hours.

View dates and times at: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16406

Unable to attend in person? No problem! Join us remotely from a web browser at https://uww.webex.com/meet/mortimek 


Communicating Remotely (30 minutes offered both in-person and virtually)

Learn about campus tools to support virtual communication, including a high-level overview of Webex Meetings, Teams, and Jabber. We’ll also cover why you may want to learn more about Google Drive in order to collaborate on shared work. 

View dates and times at: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16409

Unable to attend in person? No problem! Join us remotely from a web browser at https://uww.webex.com/meet/mortimek 


Introduction to Campus Technology (60 minutes in-person)

The goal of this session is to create awareness of the campus-supported communication, collaboration, and work productivity tools that apply to all staff and introduce participants to support resources. This session will be particularly helpful to those new to campus, however, all staff may benefit from hearing about technology tools they might not be aware of or changes to technology that make the tools more useful for their work.

View dates and times at: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16286


Google Apps for Education: Essentials (60 minutes in-person)

Learn about the different Google Apps for Education you can use to collaborate and file-share on the go! This workshop is an overview of Google Apps including Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Forms, Drawing, and Sites. Learn the basics of each program to get you up and running quickly with Google applications.

View dates and times at: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/16346


If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Reminder: Call for Proposals – Celebrating Teaching and Learning 2020

As a member of the UW-Whitewater community, you are invited to submit a session proposal for the campus event 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference, “2020 Vision for Student Success.”  This special forum is meant to showcase the wide variety of ways we are all transforming the lives of our students through teaching and learning.  The Conference will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on the UW-Whitewater campus.  It is sponsored by the LEARN Center, the Learning Technology Center, and the Office of Academic Assessment.

Proposals are due March 2nd, 2020.

Additional details are available at: Call for Proposals: Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference 2020.

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

Spring 2020 Learning Technology Center Updates

The 2020 Celebrating Teaching and Learning Conference will be held on May 20th, 2020 on the UW-Whitewater Campus. This year’s conference will be the “2020 Vision for Student Success” focusing on the following themes:

  • Student Engagement
  • Integrating Teaching and Technology
  • Access and Inclusion
  • High Impact Practices

Additional information is available on the conference website.


The Cisco/Presidio Teaching with Technology Innovator Honorarium is a recognition that will be bestowed upon an instructor who displays an outstanding commitment to leveraging learning technologies to solve common teaching challenges related to creating rich learning experiences to increase student success. Applications are due by February 25, 2020.

Application information is available at: Cisco/Presidio Teaching with Technology Innovator Honorarium.


UW-Whitewater Mobile App

The official UW-Whitewater App is available to download. Instructors may find the App useful for communication with students, to see upcoming campus events, and to help students connect with resources.

As an instructor, authorize the UW-Whitewater App to interact with your Canvas account. This will allow your students to get assignment due date notifications inside of the app. You can also leverage the app to help communicate with your students regarding upcoming events, or help them connect to campus resources. You will only need to do this ONCE and it will apply to all of your current and future courses. Authorize right now, it takes less than 5 minutes!

For additional information please check out our website: http://www.uww.edu/icit/services/uw-whitewater-mobile-app


LTC Assistant Director

The LTC welcomed Melissa Smiley as the new Assistant Director of Campus and Learning Technology in November of 2019. Melissa’s responsibilities include: identifying audience technology adoption and tracking their proficiency, developing systemic evaluation methods and training workshops in areas of need, assisting with strategic planning and partnerships, and finally, guiding the LTC staff and supporting ongoing growth.

Melissa, her husband (Dave), and their 5 children (Molly (14), Elizabeth (12), Catherine (11), Laney (7) and Luke (7)) live in the town of Ottawa, WI. They are joined by an elderly dog named Willow, who despite being fed by Melissa, favors Dave.

We are thrilled to have Melissa join our team, please take some time to welcome her the next time you see her!


Weekly Email Updates

Did you know that you can get a weekly email update about what’s going on in the LTC? Every Monday morning, you will 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!



Streaming.uww.edu (Vbrick Rev) Planned Outage – February 8th

On Saturday, February 8th 2020 between 9 AM and 5 PM 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. Additional details are located here: Streaming.uww.edu (Vbrick Rev) Planned Outage – February 8th.


Workshops and Hands-on Training Opportunities

We have a number of workshops scheduled for the coming semester. Whether you are looking for Online Course Development Tools, wondering how you can utilize LinkedIn Learning in your courses or just looking for some training on the Google Suite, be sure to checkout the event signup at http://go.uww.edu/ltc-workshop-signup.


Collaboration Tools

Webex Teams is a collaboration tool designed for continuous teamwork with video meetings, group messaging, file sharing and white boarding. Get started at: https://www.uww.edu/icit/services/webex-teams

Webex Meetings is an online web conferencing tool that allows you to meet with colleagues or classmates anywhere in the world using your internet. Get started at: https://www.uww.edu/icit/services/web-conferencing-and-webex-meetings#WebexMeetings

The Cisco Webex Education Connector is available for use in Canvas! The Webex Connector allows you to interact with Webex Meetings and Webex Teams directly from your Canvas course. It can be accessed by clicking on “Cisco Webex” in the course navigation menu. Get started at: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/74I3AQ

Google Apps are web-based tools available to all UW-Whitewater users. They allow you to create, share and access documents from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or mobile device. Get started at: https://www.uww.edu/icit/services/google

Custom Consulting & Training

Custom Consulting and Training Services are aimed at helping departments find software solutions to meet their needs. Small-group training sessions can be customized to cover topics relevant to your team and available schedule.

Contact the Learning Technology Center for additional information!


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!

Leveraging Digital Tools During The Unexpected

Dealing with the unexpected inside the classroom is part of teaching, but what happens when the unexpected prevents everyone from even gathering?  Certainly any number of things could force you to cancel class, but what can you do to help students continue to progress while they wait out the latest winter storm?

Don’t fear, the LTC is here! 

Here are just a few of the tools you can use to enable learning from almost anywhere:


Canvas

Every semester, all courses are automatically setup and created in Canvas.  As an instructor, it’s up to you to Publish the course before the students are able to see it.  Once the course is published, you are able to send out News Announcements, post Assignments, and start up Discussion Forums all with a few clicks.  The best part is that Canvas Support is available 24/7/365 to help you get up and running!


Webex Meetings

With Webex Meetings, you have the ability to schedule and create a web based meeting where you can use both audio and video to communicate with your students.  To make things even easier, this is also integrated directly into every Canvas course on campus. Click on the “Cisco Webex” link in your course to get started.  All you and your students need to connect is an internet connected device.

Additional details available at: Cisco Webex Education Connector.


Webex Teams

If you are already using Webex Teams with your class, it’s a great tool to use for last minute and unexpected situations.  Webex Teams allows for communication using an app that students can download onto their computer, mobile devices or access using the web browser.  You can use teams to group message, share files and even schedule Webex Meetings right from the application.

Additional details available at: Cisco Webex Teams.


Streaming Videos

Video is also a great way you can deliver a lecture to your students virtually, from anywhere.  We have created a guide that explains the available tools and recommend uses.

View the Canvas Media Management Tools guide.


The next time you find yourself in an unexpected situation that might impact your class, remember there are a number of great tools and resources out there.  You can always reach out to the Learning Technology Center if you have any questions!

Streaming.uww.edu (Vbrick Rev) Planned Outage – February 8th

COMPLETE: Sunday 4:30 PM – The upgrade is complete and videos are once again viewable. Thank you for your patience during the extended upgrade outage.

Update: Saturday 7:15 PM – Due to unforeseen circumstances, the outage window has been extended until 8 PM on Sunday, February 9th. We are aware of the impact this may have on your course work. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Update: Saturday 3 PM – The planned outage is taking longer than expected and we’ll be extending the outage window until 8 PM. We’ll update this message once the maintenance is complete.

On Saturday, February 8th 2020 between 9 AM and 5 PM 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. Please plan your assignments and classwork accordingly.

How do I know if my video is hosted on VBrick Rev (streaming.uww.edu)?

Take a look at the two examples below. Note the differences in the bottom player control bar and the play button.

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