Lynda Courses: Business Skills, Communication & Leadership

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You may know that you have access to Lynda for free as a student here at UW-Whitewater, but did you know that they offer courses on topics beyond technology?

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The Business Skills section covers topics such as:

  • Holding Yourself Accountable
  • Organization Design
  • Sales: Closing a Complex Sale
  • Creating a Positive Customer Experience

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The Communication section includes courses on:

  • Communicating in Times of Change
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Writing Formal Business Letters and Emails
  • Anger Management

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The Leadership section has video tutorials that can help you with:

  • Strategic Thinking
  • Acting Decisively
  • Delivering Bad News Effectively
  • Leading without Formal Authority

Lynda can teach you a whole lot more than you might have originally thought! Take advantage of this amazing resource by checking out Lynda.com!

UW – Whitewater Students can save up to 85% off Software via 4U!

Greetings, Warhawks!

If you are in need of software such as Microsoft Windows 10, Adobe Creative Cloud, or similar software for your personal computer, but are unsure if you are able to afford it, The 4U Program has great deals via OnTheHub!

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Here are a few examples of the savings within 4U via OnTheHub:

  • Windows 10 (MSRP $89.99): FREE!
  • Adobe Creative Cloud – 1 Month Subscription (MSRP $50.00): $19.99
  • Parallels Desktop 13 – 1 Year Subscription (MSRP $79.99): $39.99

To Access:

  1. Go to http://www.uww.edu/icit/4u
  2. Under “Discounted Software”, click Software: For Students.
  3. Browse through discounted items.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the Help Desk:

P: (262) 472-HELP (4357)
helpdesk@uww.edu
Fall/Spring: M-Th 7:30am-9pm
Fall/Spring: Fridays 7:30am-5pm

Learning through Lynda

Did you know that all UW-Whitewater students have access to www.lynda.com for free? Lynda is an online education site with thousands of video courses that can help you achieve your personal and professional goals through acquiring the latest software, creative, and business skills.

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Some of the thousands of courses Lynda offers are:

  • 3D + Animation
  • Business productivity tools
  • Design
  • Developer
  • Education
  • Photography
  • Adobe (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Etc.)
  • Apple
  • Google (Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, Sites, Etc.)rd.
  • Microsoft Office 2016 (Word, Excel, Etc.)
  • And many more

Access these training courses by going to http://go.uww.edu/lynda, then login using your UWW Net-ID and password.

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

 

Quiz Tricks and Tips

We have a few tips and tricks for you to keep in mind the next time you take a quiz in D2L. The items below will help you avoid the most commonly reported issues with quizzes.

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You should always “Save” a response after you have answered a question. This ensures that if your browser freezes or something happens to your computer, the work you already have completed will not be lost

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If you close out your browser while taking your quiz the timer will not stop. Please ensure that you have enough time to complete the quiz when you start it. If something happens and you are not able to complete the quiz, please contact your instructor. Know when the quiz ends and how much time you have to take the quiz so that you can plan accordingly.

Be aware of how many attempts you have to take a quiz. Many professors allow for more than one attempt at any given quiz. Don’t run out of attempts before you get your desired grade.

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Before you submit your quiz, click on the “Save all Responses” to make sure that all of your answers have been saved. Submitting a blank answer won’t be good for your grade.

If you run into any errors with your quizzes, or other D2L tools, please contact D2L support.

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WINS Mobile

Class enrollment season is almost upon us!

Everybody knows that they can sign up for their classes by going to WINS in an internet browser, but did you know that there’s a WINS mobile app on both Apple and Android?

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WINS Mobile features include:

  • Class Search – Search for classes, find available sections, add them to your cart, and enroll directly from the app.
  • Schedule – View your course schedule, including location and instructor.
  • Grades – View your grades, and check your GPA (both this term and cumulative).
  • What’s Happening Today – A notification feature that reminds you of important tasks, such as overdue To-Do List items.
  • To-Do List – Displays the list of tasks that require immediate attention, and the tasks needed to complete them.
  • Holds – View the holds on your account.

WINS Mobile is completely free to all students and can be found on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store by searching for “UWW WINS Mobile”.

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For more information on how to use the WINS Mobile app, check out the following link: https://www.uww.edu/registrar/wins/student-mobile

Happy enrolling!

Reserve a Room for Group Projects

Looking for a space to work on a group project or have a small meeting? Try out the collaboratory meeting rooms in the Andersen General Access Lab L1008 (lower level). These rooms are great for groups of up to 6 people to work together. They are equipped with a conference table, computer, projector, and SMART board.

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Reserve your room ahead of time by going to http://www.uww.edu/reserve . Make sure to check in with the lab attendant when you arrive. Rooms can be reserved for up to 3 hours at a time with extensions available if there are no other reservations.

If you have any questions regarding this, please call 262.472.1234

 

Use ePortfolio via D2L to Further Present Your Learning!

The ePortfolio Tool on D2L is your very own Personal Portfolio Tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on, and sharing items that represent your learning!

You can include documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, etc. that demonstrate your improvement or mastery in a certain area. You decide what items you want to include in your ePortfolio, how you want to organize them, and who you want to share them with!

To Access ePortfolio:

  • Click the “Tools” dropdown menu on the top-right corner of D2L, then select “ePortfolio”

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You can create:

  • Artifacts (Individual Items)
  • Collections (Groups of related items)
  • Reflections (Thoughts about your learning)
  • Presentations (Web Projects showcasing your Items and Achievements)
  • Learning objectives (Plans for specific learning outcomes)

You can share items with others by giving them permission to:

  • View an Item
  • Comment on an item
  • View comments from others
  • Access an item
  • View assessments from others
  • Edit an item

You can also use the “Explore” Area to see what others are sharing with you:

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ePortfolio can be utilized to assist Students in furthering their own work, including showing work among others, we hope this brief introduction to ePortfolio can assist all in their academic endeavors!

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

Campus General Access Labs

Did you know that there are six computer labs that are open to all students around campus?  If you ever need to access a computer for any of your classwork, these labs are the perfect place for you!

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Andersen – Room 1008
M-F: 8:00AM – 12:00AM
Sat: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Sun: 1:00PM – 12:00AM

For more information on the Andersen Media Lab, check out our blog post on it!

McGraw – Room 19
M-W: 8:00AM – 10:00PM
Thurs: 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Fri: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Sat-Sun: Closed

Andersen Library:
Available during Andersen Library hours

University Center – Room 146
Available during the University Center building hours

Upham – Room 51
M-Thurs: 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Fri: 8:00AM – 3:00PM
Sat-Sun: Closed

Center of the Arts – Room CA 4*
M-Thurs: 4:00PM – 9:00PM
Fri-Sat: Closed
Sun: 4:00PM – 9:00PM
*Staffed during these hours.  Lab may be open outside of posted hours.

All of these labs except UC-146 have both Macs and PCs (No Macs in UC-146).  Each computer is equipped with a variety of different programs to meet your needs.  Here is a complete list of all the software that is provided.

Sending emails through the D2L Classlist

Ever needed to find a group member for a project, but you don’t know anyone? Ever wanted to start a study group for your class, but you don’t know their emails?

Using the D2L Classlist, you can quickly find the names and emails of your classmates, as well as send a bulk email to everyone at once!

Send an email to everyone in your class by following these simple steps:

  1. Navigate to the course on D2L.
  2. Select More Tools on the blue navigation bar and click on Classlist.
  3. Click on the Email Classlist button at the top.
  4. Click on the All, Instructors, or Students tab to choose the email’s recipients.
  5. Click on the blue Send Email button at the bottom to open a new window.
  6. Add or remove any emails from the BCC box as needed.
  7. Give your email a Subject, and a Body.
  8. Click the blue Send button.

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The email will be sent using your student email account, so the recipients will see your name as the sender.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to Contact D2L Support.

D2L Email and Text Notifications

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Does this red dot scare you? Never miss a deadline, grade, or class update again by signing up for email or text notifications. These alerts can notify you whensms-alert-icon-2:

  • Grades are released or updated
  • News is posted
  • A Quiz end date is approaching
  • Class content is updated
  • Dropbox folder close is approaching
  • Discussions are posted

 

Sign up for email or text alerts through D2L by following these simple steps:

  1. When signed in to D2L, select the drop down arrow next to your name in the upper right corner.
  2. Select Notifications.
  3. Under the “Instant Notifications” heading, check the boxes to customize when and how you will get notifications and click save.

If have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to Contact D2L Support.