Desire2Learn 10.7 Upgrade – What Happened This Summer?

There was an upgrade to Desire2Learn on Thursday, June 15th and if you weren’t teaching you may have missed it. D2L received a handful of new features, and fixed a slew of outstanding issues.  We are excited to share all of these with you.

This post will highlight a few items we believe are the most impactful, but a more complete “What’s New?“ document is available here: https://spaces.uww.edu/x/TwF5

Additional Functionality for Creating Group Discussions
When creating a new Discussion Topic, there is now a “Topic Type” option.  This adds the ability to create a Group or Section topic that is available to everyone, but only allows students to see threads created by users in their same group or section.

Updated Quiz Question Authoring ExperienceNew quiz expereance
A visual redesign of the Quizzes tool to improve the usability of creating and editing Multiple Choice, True/False, Short Answer, and Long Answer questions. Instructors are able to opt out of the new change individually.

Turnitin / GradeMark Enhancements
Dates are now correctly set in the Turnitin side to avoid the “Error communicating with Turnitin” error.
When you copy Turnitin-enabled folders into another course, you can now enable all folders at once.

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

Saturday Learning Technology Center Instructional Development Event

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The LTC is offering an all day Saturday event focusing on instructional development! The event kicks off with D2L support and training in the morning, and then continues in the afternoon with classroom technology exploration.

Join us as early as 8:00am for D2L support focused on us directly supporting you and your specific D2L needs.  Get all of your questions answered, and stay until your problems are solved!

After lunch, feel free to join us as we head out to a real classroom on campus and play with the tools you will have available to you in your instructional space.

Saturday Event Schedule
*sessions subject to change based on instructor needs.

8:00 – 10:00am Staff available for 1:1 appointments with instructors
10:00 – Noon D2L basics help
1:00 – 2:00pm Staff available for 1:1 appointments with instructors
2:00 – 3:00pm Classroom technology training
3:00 – 4:00pm Staff available for 1:1 appointments with instructors

 

Register here!
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding this event,  please contact the UW-W Learning Technology Center.

Student Engagement Workshop Series

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The Learning Technology Center and LEARN Center are pleased to co-sponsor a 3-part workshop series focused on student engagement, based on issues identified by faculty in recent instructor support surveys. This series will focus on current opportunities and challenges relating to student engagement, in both face-to-face and online courses.

By taking part in the Student Engagement Workshops Series, instructors will be able to:

  • Examine different research-supported approaches to student engagement
  • Compare and contrast different methods of engaging students across different modalities
  • Practice using different technologies and techniques to engage students

Attendance at all 3 sessions is encouraged, but not mandatory.  For additional information, check our signups.

If you have any questions about these workshops, please contact Sally Lange at learn@uww.edu or (262) 472-5242.

Meet Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant Candidates

The campus community is invited to attend the open forums to meet the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Consultant candidates.

Sarah Etlinger will be joining us on Wednesday, August 16th from 2:30 – 3:00pm in the University Center, room 264.

James McKay will be joining us on Thursday, August 17th from 11:30 – Noon in the University Center, room 264.

 

 

D2L Known Issue: “Deleted Group” when posting to discussions from Mobile

Student posts may not be Deleted Group Picproperly restricted to their own group when creating a Discussion post from a mobile device.  When this occurs, all users with access to that Topic will be able to see the post, and the post will appear to have been made to a “Deleted Group.  This is a bug that has been reported and confirmed by Desire2Learn.

At this time we recommend users avoid creating Discussion posts from mobile devices when possible.

When grading Discussions, Instructors should view “All Groups” to ensure that there are not any posts being excluded from the View.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this issue, please contact UW-W Desire2Learn Support.