Teaching with Spark (soon to be WebEx Teams) Bootcamp: June 4th, June 11th, June 18th

Searching for ways to build community with students in your online class? Looking for a way to facilitate communication and collaboration between your students in your face-to-face class? You may benefit from using Cisco WebEx Teams, and the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp!”

The bootcamp will take place in McGraw 19A on a series of Monday afternoons in June (6/4, 6/11, 6/18) from 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm. The bootcamp will offer demonstrations, hands-on practice, and discussion of applications in WebEx Teams. Even though there is no expectation for outside work between sessions, for the sake of time, the second and third sessions will build on the prior session(s).

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp.” Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. UW-Whitewater has a campus license, so, even if you’ve never logged into WebEx Teams before, you will not need anything beyond a computer and/or mobile device for this bootcamp.

Please note: This is the same bootcamp as the Spring’s “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” There is no stipend associated with attending the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp.” However, if you complete all three sessions, you will receive a badge.

Bootcamp Summary:

June 4th, 2018: Why Should I Use WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15557

This first session introduces participants to Cisco WebEx Teams, and why they might benefit from incorporating it into their teaching. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” Facilitators will provide examples to help participants understand what WebEx Teams is (and is not), how WebEx Teams works, and the purpose in using WebEx Teams.

June 11th, 2018: How Do I Use WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15558

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training with Cisco WebEx Teams. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using WebEx Teams to communicate and collaborate with others.

June 18th, 2018: Now What Do I Do With WebEx Teams?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15559

This third, and final, session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of WebEx Teams in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using WebEx Teams based on recent pilots conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with WebEx Teams Bootcamp,” or any other LTC training or workshop, feel free to contact the LTC: ltc@uww.edu

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp – Now What Do I Do With Spark?

If you are interested in learning more about using technology to aid in communicating and collaborating with your students, you might want to attend the LTC’s first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” series. The final session in this series of three (Now What Do I Do With Spark?) takes place Tuesday, April 24th at 3:30 pm.

This third and final session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of Spark in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using Spark based on recent pilots of Spark conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

For insight into how one instructor on campus has used Spark, please see the video below.

You can register for the final session at the following link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15515

You do not need to attend all three sessions in order to gain value, and use Spark in your teaching. There is no stipend for attending. However, if you attend all three sessions, you will earn a digital badge.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp – How Do I Use Spark?

If you are interested in learning more about using technology to aid in communicating and collaborating with your students, you might want to attend the LTC’s first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” series. The second session in this series of three (How Do I Use Spark?) takes place Tuesday, April 17th at 3:30 pm.

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training in Cisco Spark. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using Spark to communicate and collaborate with others. For insight into how one instructor on campus has used Spark, please see the video below.

You can register for the second session at the following link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15514

You do not need to attend all three sessions in order to gain value, and use Spark in your teaching. There is no stipend for attending. However, if you attend all three sessions, you will earn a digital badge.

Please be on the lookout for a future blog post on the third, and final, session. If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Interested in Adaptive Learning?

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is currently looking for instructors to take part in the Fall 2018 emerging technology exploration project on adaptive learning. Please see the call for participants for full details on this opportunity. A brief summary is below.

What is the project?
Adaptive learning platforms employ an online, mastery-based learning system that is individualized to each student. Instructors in this project will utilize the adaptive learning platform Cerego, which is designed to comprise roughly between 7 and 10% of the learning activities/assessments in a course. If all required project components are completed, participating instructors can expect to receive a stipend of $1000.

What do I have to do?
Instructors have flexibility in determining the course in which to implement the adaptive learning platform. For more information on participant expectations, please view the original call for participants.

To apply, please complete the application in Qualtrics: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5teUlIYuMm9PZD7

Please apply by Wednesday, April 25th for priority consideration.

If you have any questions about the adaptive learning emerging technology exploration project, feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp Begins This Week!

If you are looking for a tool to facilitate communication and collaboration between your students, you might be interested in the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp!”

The bootcamp will take place in McGraw 19A on a series of Tuesday afternoons this April (4/10, 4/17, 4/24) from 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm. Please see the video below for a reflection from a UW-Whitewater instructor who used Spark in the Fall of 2018.

UW-Whitewater now has a campus license for Spark, so, feel free to bring your computer or mobile device to the bootcamp sessions and log into Spark (be sure to bring your device if you attend the “hands-on” session on April 17th)! If you would like to download Spark prior to attending, please see our documentation on how to install Spark on a desktop device, and on a mobile device.

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.

Bootcamp Summary:

April 10th, 2018: Why Should I Use Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15513

This first session introduces participants to Cisco Spark, and why they might benefit from incorporating it into their teaching. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” Facilitators will provide examples to help participants understand what Spark is (and is not), how Spark works, and the purpose in using Spark.

April 17th, 2018: How Do I Use Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15514

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training with Cisco Spark. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using Spark to communicate and collaborate with others.

April 24th, 2018: Now What Do I Do With Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15515

This third, and final, session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of Spark in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using Spark based on recent pilots of Spark conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

Please note: There is no stipend associated with attending the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” However, if you complete all three sessions, you will receive a badge.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp,” or any other LTC training or workshop, feel free to contact the UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center.

Adaptive Learning Project – Call for Participants

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is currently looking for instructors to take part in the Fall 2018 emerging technology exploration project on adaptive learning.

About Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning offers a customizable way to structure student learning activities and assessments. Adaptive learning platforms employ an online, mastery-based learning system that is individualized to each student. In adaptive learning, content and/or assessments continuously adapt based on how a student performs, providing customizable feedback and additional learning material so the student can better understand, and master, the course material.

Project Purpose

The UW-Whitewater LTC’s Emerging Technology Exploration Project on adaptive learning will utilize the adaptive learning platform Cerego, which is designed to comprise roughly between 7 and 10% of the learning activities/assessments in a course. The purpose of this project is to explore the impact of an adaptive learning platform on student success. Initial guiding questions for this exploration are:

  1. How does adaptive learning influence student learning?
  2. How does adaptive learning influence course attrition?
  3. How does adaptive learning influence student satisfaction?

Project Requirements

Instructors have flexibility in determining the course in which to implement the adaptive learning platform. By taking part in the project, instructors agree to fully participate in, and complete, all project requirements. These requirements include a series of scaffolded, interactive, face-to-face instructional development sessions. These sessions are designed to assist instructors in successfully implementing adaptive learning in one of their courses.

The following semester-by-semester breakdown conveys the expectations for participating instructors:

Spring 2018

  • Attend faculty development session(s) with LTC staff (dates TBD); and
  • Create, and present, a detailed plan for use that specifies how adaptive learning will be used in one Fall 2018 course (this may move to Summer 2018, depending on project timing).

Summer 2018

  • Attend faculty development session with LTC staff; and
  • Revise detailed plan for use, and submit revised plan to LTC.

Fall 2018

  • Conduct one Fall 2018 course using adaptive learning as described in your plan for use; and
  • Complete early semester “check-in” form for LTC staff; and
  • Attend faculty development session focused on sharing experiences using adaptive learning (date TBD); and
  • Support the LTC in administering an end-of-semester (IRB approved) survey about the course to students.

 Winterim/Spring 2019

  • Complete video reflection on using adaptive learning in the course. This video reflection will be scheduled during Winterim or Spring 2019, at your convenience. The purpose of the video reflection is to share what was learned with other instructors who may be interested in using adaptive learning in the future.

Project Compensation

Instructors participating in the LTC’s Fall 2018 Emerging Technology Exploration Project on adaptive learning will receive a stipend to compensate the work they put into their course redesign. If all required components are completed, participating instructors can expect to receive a stipend of $1000.

 Interested?

The Qualtrics application form is available at this link: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5teUlIYuMm9PZD7

 Need Additional Information?

If you have any questions about the adaptive learning emerging technology exploration project, feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp – Why Should I Use Spark?

If you are interested in learning more about using technology to aid in communicating and collaborating with your students, you might want to attend the LTC’s first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” series. This series of three workshops kicks off on Tuesday, April 10th with the first session: Why Should I Use Spark?

This first session introduces participants to Cisco Spark, focusing on the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” This first session is primarily an overview, intended to introduce participants to Spark. The hope is that by the end of the session, you’ll be able to see some ways that you could use Spark in your teaching. Follow up sessions will be more focused on how to use Spark.  Additional details about each session in this series are available.

You can register for this first session at the following link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15513

You do not need to attend all three sessions in order to gain value, and use Spark in your teaching. However, if you attend all three, you will earn a digital badge.

Please be on the lookout for future blog posts on the second and third sessions. If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp” feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

2018 UW System Learning Technology Development Council Virtual Showcase

Conference attendance without conference travel time and expense! Changes: Moving Forward, 2018 UW System Learning Technology Development Council Virtual Showcase is a FREE education technology conference that you can attend anywhere you have an Internet-connected computer.  The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd & Wednesday, April 4th, 2018.

On Tuesday, April 3, at 8:45 AM, keynote speaker Leah Chuchran-Davis will give her talk “On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! How Digital Learning Skills are Shaping the 21st-Century.” Jamie Seger and Paul Hill will present on “Change…The Spark of Innovation” on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

In addition, there are 30 sessions presented by instructors, instructional designers, and instructional technologists from all over the state of Wisconsin on a wide variety of topics.

More information: https://tinyurl.com/ltdcvs2018

If you have any questions about the event feel free to contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Teaching with Spark Bootcamp: April 10th, April 17th, April 24th

Searching for ways to build community with students in your online class? Looking for a way to facilitate communication and collaboration between your students in your face-to-face class? You may benefit from using Cisco Spark, and the Learning Technology Center’s (LTC) first ever “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp!”

The bootcamp will take place in McGraw 19A on a series of Tuesday afternoons this April (4/10, 4/17, 4/24) from 3:30 pm to 4:20 pm. The bootcamp will offer demonstrations, hands-on practice, and discussion of applications in Spark. Even though there is no expectation for outside work between sessions, for the sake of time, the second and third sessions will build on the prior session(s).

All faculty and instructional staff are welcome to attend the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome. UW-Whitewater now has a campus license for Spark, so, even if you’ve never logged into Spark before, you will not need anything beyond a computer and/or mobile device for this bootcamp.

Please note: There is no stipend associated with attending the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp.” However, if you complete all three sessions, you will receive a badge.

Bootcamp Summary:

April 10th, 2018: Why Should I Use Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15513

This first session introduces participants to Cisco Spark, and why they might benefit from incorporating it into their teaching. Participants will be introduced to the concepts of “Teams” and “Spaces.” Facilitators will provide examples to help participants understand what Spark is (and is not), how Spark works, and the purpose in using Spark.

April 17th, 2018: How Do I Use Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15514

This second session provides participants with a hands-on technical training with Cisco Spark. Participants will practice creating “Teams” and “Spaces,” as well using Spark to communicate and collaborate with others.

April 24th, 2018: Now What Do I Do With Spark?

Registration Link: http://my.uww.edu/signup/Registration/Details/15515

This third, and final, session provides participants with a forum to discuss potential applications of Spark in their teaching. Facilitators will provide participants with “best practices” for using Spark based on recent pilots of Spark conducted with UW-Whitewater instructors.

If you have any questions about the “Teaching with Spark Bootcamp,” or any other LTC training or workshop, feel free to contact the LTC: ltc@uww.edu

Summer 2018 Institute for Online and Blended Teaching Applications Open

The Learning Technology Center is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching.

If you are new to teaching online or blended, or want to revitalize a current online or blended course, please consider participating in this unique program. The Institute for Online/Blended Teaching provides online and blended instructors the opportunity to collaborate with other instructors around campus on course design strategies and teaching best practices. This intensive, and interactive, series of workshops simulates taking a blended course and integrates a variety of different methods and technologies. The structure of the Institute allows participants to explore new instructional and course design methods, and participate in learning activities similar to what a student would experience.

The Institute consists of required online and face-to-face meetings. Face-to-face meetings are held on the UW-Whitewater campus, and online meetings are held via web conferencing technology.

Dates and Requirements:

The Institute focuses primarily on pedagogy, and using technology to support student and instructor success (not just for the purposes of using technology). The Institute will only briefly address specific tools (such as learning management systems).

There are five mandatory meetings for the Summer Institute: three face-to-face meetings held on the UW-Whitewater campus, and two online meetings held via web conferencing. All meetings require some degree of pre-work. The first meeting is a half-day, face-to-face meeting on Thursday, May 31st. The second meeting is a half-day online meeting on Thursday, June 14th. The third meeting is a full-day, face-to-face meeting on Thursday, June 28th. The fourth meeting is a half-day online meeting on Thursday, July 12th. The Institute concludes with a final half-day, face-to-face, meeting on Thursday, July 26th. Specific times will be provided to accepted participants.

Applications:

All faculty and teaching academic staff who will be teaching at UW-Whitewater during the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to apply. However, participation in the Institute is competitive, as typically more applications are received than can be accepted. Expect that incomplete application forms will be rejected. Accepted participants will be notified following confirmation from their respective college. Applications are due Friday, March 23rd, 2018.

The application form is available at this link: http://uwwhitewater.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_88kmxIUlheavzyR

Questions?

If you have any questions about the 2018 Summer Institute for Online/Blended Teaching, please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.