TurningPoint (“Clickers”) Software Upgrade

We recently discovered that the new clickers receivers provided from Turning Technologies will not work with the currently installed version of TurningPoint 2008 (4.3.2).  To mitigate this problem, we are going to install the latest point release of TurningPoint 2008 (4.5.1) on all windows based classroom computers beginning at 5pm on Thursday, September 19th, 2013.

If you are currently using TurningPoint 2008 on an office computer to create presentations for classroom use, you will also need to upgrade those installations to version 4.5.1.  This can be done using the steps below:

  1. Make sure that you have PowerPoint completely closed on your computer.
  2. Click on the “Start” icon and locate the “ZENworks Application Window”
  3. Find the application named “TurningPoint 2008 (4.5.1)” and double click it.
  4. Once the installation finishes, you will now have the 4.5.1 version of TurningPoint installed on your machine.

If you are currently using TurningPoint 2008 on a personal computer to create presentations for classroom use, you can download the latest version by going to: http://www.turningtechnologies.com/software/downloadForm.aspx?AssetId=400

The first time you open your existing clicker presentations, you may receive a notification that they need to be updated to the latest version.

Click “Yes” to allow the conversion process, and the rest will be done automatically for you.  Be sure to save the presentation after it has been converted.

We are also planning a migration to TurningPoint 5, along with some additional levels of D2L integration.  Additional information will be made available at a future date.  The upgrade to TurningPoint 5 will NOT take place in the middle of the semester.

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

Manage Dates Tool in D2L

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) has added a new D2L Mini Session featuring the Manage Dates tool in Desire2Learn (D2L) .

The Manage Dates tool enables instructors to view a list of objects in your course and edit their date availability values all on one page. This includes content, discussions, dropbox, grades, news, and quizzes.

The video can be viewed below and can also be viewed on our YouTube channel.

If you have any questions about the Manage Dates Tool, please Contact UW-W D2L Support.

Changes to D2L Copy Components Tool

With the latest service packs applied to the D2L Learning Environment, there were a few changes made to the copy function in the Import/Export/Copy Components tool.

Instead of using a drop-down menu to select the “source” course for the copy function, an new Search for offering function has taken it’s place. This allows you to easily select or search for a particular course that you would like to copy from.

For more detailed directions on how to copy components from a D2L course, please see the Copy Components wiki page. In addition to those written instructions, a video tutorial is also available below:

If you have any questions about the changes or using this tool, please contact UW-W D2L Support.

D2L Video Mini Sessions for Instructors

Desire2Learn logoThe Learning Technology Center (LTC) has created a new video tutorial series for Desire2Learn (D2L) tools such as content, dropbox, discussions, quizzing and gradebook.  These videos are designed to help guide instructors through the basics of the D2L.

The video playlist is available below and can be found on our YouTube channel.

If you have any questions about D2L, please contact D2L Support.

TurningPoint Hyperlinks Workaround (Clickers)

In Office 2007 and Office 2010, there is a known issue with hyperlinks in PowerPoint. Any time a hyperlink to an outside program is used in a presentation as a certain type of custom animation, this will cause PowerPoint to crash. Since TurningPoint uses these types of animations as their base for functionality, this issue is common among its users. While Turning Technologies is actively investigating this issue at this time, there are some useful and easy workarounds available.

Please view the TurningPoint Hyperlink Workaround PDF for more details about the hyperlink workarounds.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please Contact D2L Support.

Utilizing D2L Groups for Class Projects

Are you thinking about setting up groups for your class this semester, but you’re not sure how it works? Check out this new, short video that explains how you can utilize groups in D2L to create group dropboxes, discussion forums, and lockers for your class projects.

If you would like to start using the groups tool in D2L, visit our Instructional Wiki pages on:

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

Copying Grade Items in D2L

Currently we are aware of an issue where instructors cannot copy gradebook items and/or categories from any previous course offering using Copy Components.  The workaround is to use Export and Import Components functions instead. Learn@UW is pushing for a fix to have the Copy functionality restored for Gradebook items.

  1. Navigate into the old course that you would like to Export grades from
  2. Click on “Edit Course” and in the course administration page click on “Import/Export/Copy Components
  3. Check mark “Export Components” then click on “Start
  4. Check mark “Grades” and you can can either export all of the items or select individual items to export. Then click on “Continue
  5. Confirm the components to export and then click on “Continue
  6. Once you see the green check marks then click on “Finish
  7. Under the Export Summary, click on the blue link that says “Click here to download the export Zip package” and save it to your computer. Click on “Done
  8. Next, navigate to the new course that you would like to import the Zip package to
  9. Click on “Edit Course” and in the course administration page click on “Import/Export/Copy Components
  10. Check mark Import Components and “Browse” for the Zip package file. Next Click on “Start”
  11. Once you see the green check marks then click on “Continue
  12. Select the components from the file you would like to import and then click on “Continue
  13. Once you see the green check marks then click on “Finish“. Then click on “Done

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

Respondus 4.0

Respondus is a convenient tool for professors to create and manage exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Desire2Learn. Whether you are familiar with online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus will save you hours on each project! With Respondus you can:

  • Create exams and assessments offline using a Windows computer.
  • Insert mathematical and scientific symbols using the Respondus Equation Editor.
  • Import and Export question from Desire2Learn.
  • Respondus Testbank Network offers thousands of publisher testbanks that instructors can use for free.

For more information on how to install Respondus to your computer, please visit the Respondus wiki instructional page.

If you any have question or concerns please contact the Learning Technology Center (LTC) for more information via email OR visit us at McGraw Hall Suite 120.

ePortfolio Tutorial Videos – Now Available!

The Learning Technology Center (LTC) has created a new video tutorial series for Desire2Learn ePortfolio to help guide students through the basics of the ePortfolio tools.

ePortfolio is a user-centered application for students to store, organize, reflect on, and share items that represent what they have learned. Students can present a professional webpage of their personal learning journey by including documents, graphics, video files, audio files, and presentations that they have created during their collegiate career. This user friendly program will allow students to share their work, achievements, knowledge, and reflections to advisers, potential employers, and their peers.  The videos are available below and can be found on our YouTube channel.

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

Google Docs

Google Docs (Drive) is a web-based office suite and data storage service offered by Google, which allows users to create and edit documents online, while collaborating in real-time with others, from any computer with internet access.

Faculty and students have the ability to upload and create Documents, Spreadsheets, Forms, Drawings, and Presentations online without having to install any software. Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing in real time, allowing documents to be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time.  Additionally, the application can notify users when a comment or discussion is made or replied to, facilitating collaboration and supplying a revision history, allowing users to see what changes were made.

Google Drive is primarily intended as a convenient online location where students and faculty can store files, completely eliminating or reducing the need to rely on portable USB drives.  This functionality extends beyond simple file storage: files stored on Google Drive can easily be shared with on- and off-campus colleagues or coworkers, eliminating the need for sending bulky e-mail attachments.  Now you can simply include a link to the file stored on Google Docs, and recipient will always have access to the most recent information.

The tutorial is available at: Google: Docs and Sites, or sign up for training at http://signup.uww.edu.

If you have any additional questions regarding Google Docs, please contact the UW-W TSC Helpdesk.