Self-Paced Online and Blended Teaching Institute (OBTI) now available for Fall 2022

The UW-Whitewater Learning Technology Center (LTC) is pleased to announce registration is now available for a self-paced asynchronous version of our Online and Blended Teaching Institute (OBTI) for Fall of 2022.

OBTI aligns quality Canvas course design with best practices for teaching in a variety of modalities.  Upon completion of OBTI, faculty and instructors will be well-prepared to design and develop their own courses, prepared with tips to continue the iterative process for future academic terms.

Online and Blended Teaching Institute
Online and Blended Teaching Institute now available in a self-paced format.

The Online and Blended Teaching Institute offers an independent, online, self-paced experience combined with full support and contact with the Learning Technology Center.  It showcases the work of Whitewater instructors and staff, allowing participants an opportunity to explore what has worked for their colleagues.   After an initial consultation, participants will complete a series of short online assignments, be provided a sandbox to design content, and develop objectives and activities to serve as an exemplar module for future courses.  This course will take an estimated 30 hours to complete during the fall semester.

This Winterim, we’ll again offer our traditional cohort model OBTI with online synchronous workshops that include a live student panel and peer review. Moving forward we anticipate offering both synchronous and asynchronous options on a regular basis.

For more information or to enroll in this exciting training, contact Ted Witt at wittt@uww.edu. 

April 2022 @ LTC – General Campus Technology

Google Workspace

“Google Drive and Apps Essentials” – April 8 at 9:00AM

Learn about how to effectively use Google Drive and Apps for collaboration and file-sharing. This workshop offers an overview of 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 as well as some helpful tips and tricks!

Interactive Polling with Slido

April 12 at 9:00AM

Webex Meetings now has an interactive polling feature built right into the meeting so you can easily engage with your participants. In this session, you will learn: how to create, activate, and share content; view results; add collaborators; and more!
Access your Slido account from https://slido.com 

Suggestions for Effective Online Meetings & Webinars

April 19 at 9:30AM

Do you know how to schedule a Webex Meeting and/or Webinar, but are looking to make them more smooth, efficient, productive, and comfortable? We’ll cover some pre-meeting details that can help as well as and facilitation techniques to help you and your attendees have better virtual meeting experiences. We’ll focus on tips and tricks for Webex Meetings and Webinars to take your baseline skills to the next level.

New to Campus? Need a refresher?

“Campus Technology: Resources to Help You Succeed” – April 14 at 1:30PM

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.

Can’t make it at the scheduled time? Check out our on-demand technology orientation!

Getting Started with Webex

April 26 at 10AM

Webex, formerly known as Webex Teams, is ideal for ongoing communication and collaboration among teams, departments and work groups. Interested in learning how to utilize Webex? This session will help you understand the basics of Webex (Teams) including the new Calling features, best practices for use, and how to get others on board with using it.

Microsoft Outlook – Tips and Tricks

“Outlook Email/Calendar Basics (and Tips & Tricks)” – April 27 at 9:30AM
Open to both Windows and Mac users, this training will cover strategies to manage email messages, calendar scheduling, and more!

April 2022 @ LTC – The Student Experience

What is the student experience in your course? How do they view their interactions with reading assignments, discussions, and assessments? This April, join the Learning Technology Center as we re-center the student experience!

Starting April 1! Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) encourages us to improve our teaching and students’  through a philosophy of “multiple means” of representation. This collection of workshops will explore the fundamentals of UDL as a means to engage all learners.

What Students Want in Canvas

April 5, 2022 at 1:00PM (via Webex)

This training will focus on making a series of small, easy, and optional, shifts from your current course design to a setup backed by feedback from student panels conducted right here at UW-Whitewater. The goal is not to change how you teach, just how students view the course. This training session will focus on four areas:

  • Matching your Assignments and Grades area to your course syllabus
  • Reorganizing Modules to a chronological layout
  • Getting assignments and tasks populated to student calendars
  • Utilizing the description area of Quizzes and Assignments

A recording of this training is already available!

UW System Administration “Digital Learning Environment” – Student Survey

April 15, 2022 at 1:00PM (via Webex)

In 2021, a student usability study of the UWS digital learning environment (DLE) was conducted. This workshop reviews those results and discusses ways to improve your classroom and teaching to incorporate specific suggestions from the research.

Building Better Syllabi

Join us on either April 19 (1:00PM) or April 20 (9:00AM)Register by April 13, 2022!

What makes a good syllabus, and what makes a good syllabus better? This session will talk about what can be done to improve an existing syllabus, and interesting reworks from the ground up. You can get started on your own with these great resources.

More Information

The LTC offers individual and small group consultations on a variety of topics and services.

If you require assistance or have questions on campus technology, please feel free to contact the Help Desk. Outside of Help Desk hours, we invite you to search our Knowledge Base for helpful articles on using and troubleshooting campus technology.

March “Teaching and Learning” Madness @ LTC

March will be another busy month at the LTC as we reach the mid-point of the academic You’re at the mid-semester! This March, the LTC will focus on assessment and student feedback which are critical components of any course.

Faster, Easier Grading

Grading can take a long time, but it does not always have to. Learn how to easily create and consistently use rubrics in Canvas to streamline evaluation of student work, especially compositions and mid-term papers.

Canvas Lab: Rubric and Quiz Building, March 2, 2022 at 9am (online)

Canvas Open lab: Check Your Gradebook Settings!

Meet with our team to verify the numerous settings within your Canvas Gradebook to make sure everything is set as intended. Drop in to our any of our Canvas Grading Labs:

Learning Analytics to Support Student Success

A screenshot showing the banner of Canvas New Analytics

Learn the basics or dig deeper with Canvas Learning Analytics. Canvas Learning Analytics offer instructors detailed insight into student performance and engagement, especially useful to connect with under-performing students before it is too late.

Rethinking Design with “Universal Design for Learning”

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the design of learning experiences to proactively meet the needs of all learners. When you design through UDL, you assume that barriers to learning are in the design of the environment, not in the student. 

Read more about this series and register in advance for a presentation session!


More Information

The LTC offers individual and small group consultations on a variety of topics and services, please email ltc@uww.edu to learn more and get started! Subscribe to our blog for frequent technology updates and information about our workshops, campus events, and other announcements.

If you require assistance or have questions on campus technology, please feel free to contact the Help Desk. Outside of Help Desk hours, we invite you to search our Knowledge Base for helpful articles on using and troubleshooting campus technology.

March 2022 @ LTC – General Campus Technology

Whether you’re new to campus or need a refresher on general campus technology tools and resources, the LTC is here to support you!

Transition from Cisco Jabber to Webex

With the upcoming transition from Jabber to the Webex App (formerly Webex Teams), you may want to learn how to Get Started with Webex!

General Campus Technology

Join our Campus Technology Orientation (in-person or online) to learn about the wealth of resources available to you. Can’t make it? Check out our on-demand technology orientation to get you started strong at UW-Whitewater!

Microsoft Outlook

Learn time-saving strategies to manage email, add attachments, create calendar appointments and more! This session is useful for both Mac and Windows users.


More Information

The LTC offers individual and small group consultations on a variety of topics and services, please email ltc@uww.edu to learn more and get started! Subscribe to our blog for frequent technology updates and information about our workshops, campus events, and other announcements.

If you require assistance or have questions on campus technology, please feel free to contact the Help Desk. Outside of Help Desk hours, we invite you to search our Knowledge Base for helpful articles on using and troubleshooting campus technology.

Learning Analytics to Support Student Success

A screenshot showing the banner of Canvas New Analytics

Canvas Learning Analytics offer instructors detailed insight into student performance and engagement, especially useful to connect with under-performing students before it is too late.

New to Canvas Analytics? No problem! Jump into the data with an introduction on March 1 (1pm) or March 9 (9am)

Do you already have a handle on learning analytics or are you looking for a deeper exploration? Come to the presentation, “Use Canvas Analytics for Better Teaching Learning” to explore the following questions:

  • Is there some material that can receive less in-class attention?
  • Is there some material that needs to be circled back to multiple times?
  • Is there anything I can do to identify at-risk students before it is too late?

Register in advance for this presentation offered on March 8, 2022 at 1pm and Mach 16, 2022 at 9am!


Consult our full calendar of events for more information about all of our workshops and presentations. The LTC offers individual and small-group consultations on a variety of topics and services – simply fill out our online consultation form to get started!

February @ LTC

It might be chilly outside, but the learning is alive and well at the Learning Technology Center! Join us for a workshop, discussion group, or a one-on-one consultation about how to more deeply integrate technology in your office or classes.


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Starting SoonEDUCAUSE Top 10Canvas Training
Campus TechnologyWebexMore Information


Starting Soon!

This month, we kickstart a series of workshops and presentations around the themes of flipped classrooms where students engage in active learning opportunities before coming to class to more deeply apply learning.

  • Flipped Learning Fundamentals – examine the fundamentals of flipped learning to design your course in a hybrid manner to support the flipped classroom, apply active learning techniques, and discuss methods to engage students.
  • Adaptive Learning Community of Practice – Join the LTC as we re-explore adaptive learning strategies through the use of Realizeit and launch and new Community of Practice!
  • Universal Design for Learning – Explore the principles of UDL that offer students multiple means of engagement with course materials, representations of their understanding, and meaningful action and expression based on their learning.

EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues in Higher Education

On February 3, 2022 we “Set Sail” in a long-term study and discussion of the EDUCAUSE Top 10 Issues in Higher Education. Every two weeks, we will gather to discuss various challenges our campus faces and whether advances in information technology can offer any pathways forward. Some speakers in this series include CIO Elena Pokot (ICIT) and Dean Frank Goza (College of Letters and Science)!

Check out our previous blog post to learn more and register in advance!

Canvas Training

Improving the student experience is the focus of quite a few workshops this month:

We offer several opportunities to have your gradebook set up, get a check-up on any quizzes you are offering, and to discover options within Canvas to grade more efficiently and with meaningful feedback for all students.

Campus Technology

Whether you’re new to campus or just want to develop stronger skills and abilities with campus technology, we’re here to help. Numerous opportunities are available each month that present new features and suggestions for best use:

Webex

With the upcoming transition from Jabber to the Webex App (formerly Webex Teams), you may want to learn how to Get Started with Webex!

Join us as well for a workshop on how to lead more impactful and meaningful events and meetings through Webex.

UW-Whitewater’s cutting-edge use of Webex was recently recognized by Cisco! Be sure to check out the article featuring our very own Kirsten Mortimer!

More Information

Consult our full calendar of events for more information or to register in advance!

New to campus or looking for a refresher? Sign up for “Campus Technology: Resources to Help You Succeed” or check out our on-demand technology orientation to get you started at UW-Whitewater!

The LTC offers individual and small group consultations on a variety of topics and services, please email ltc@uww.edu to learn more and get started! Subscribe to our blog for frequent technology updates and information about our workshops, campus events, and other announcements.

If you require assistance or have questions on campus technology, please feel free to contact the Help Desk. Outside of Help Desk hours, we invite you to search our Knowledge Base for helpful articles on using and troubleshooting campus technology.

Spring 2022 @ LTC

The Learning Technology Center is offering a full roster of learning opportunities ranging from training on the nuts and bolts of Webex and Canvas to rethinking traditional student learning and engagement. Consult our full calendar to see all sessions and to register in advance. LTC workshops are open to faculty, staff, and student employees.

Can’t join at the scheduled time or missed a session? No problem, schedule an individual meeting with the LTC. Links to previously recorded materials are often available too. 

Don’t see a session on something you would like to learn more about? Let us know! We look forward to meeting your needs as best we can – email ltc@uww.edu with your request. And, don’t forget, LinkedIn Learning offers thousands of industry-vetted on-demand courses!

Click any session title below to see dates and links for registration.

General Campus Technology

Instructional Workshops

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Webex

Canvas

Getting Started Each Semester: 

Assessment and Feedback

Course Navigation and Design

Learning Analytics

Flipped Learning Fundamentals

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In a “flipped classroom”, teachers “flip” the traditional approach of presenting and explaining new information in the classroom and assigning some sort of practice at home to the opposite.  The instructor asks students to read or view material on the new concepts at home and then uses class time to actively engage with the material through solving problems, group work, or other active learning models.  

This workshop series will examine the fundamentals of flipped learning to design your course in a hybrid manner to support the flipped classroom, apply active learning techniques, and discuss methods to engage students. Additionally, we’ll examine technologies that can support your flipped classroom.

Flipped Learning Fundamentals

  • Small Changes You Can Make Now to Flip a Class
    January 27, 3:00 pm
    • Introduction to the “Flipped Learning Fundamental Series,” and part of the Flipped Learning Pathway. Why it is important, what steps you can do to flip your classroom, the advantages and disadvantages, and hands on tips to better utilize your students time in class. 
    • Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/SignUp/Registration/Details?id=17105

  • Flipped Learning Fundamentals: Hybrid Course Design
    February 3, 3:00 pm
    • This workshop explores one of the first fundamental of flipped learning…hybrid course design.  Come join us as we look at the transformation process of “the sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side” and engage in flipped learning techniques.  
    • Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/SignUp/Registration/Details?id=17106

  • Flipped Learning Fundamentals: Active Learning
    February 17, 3:00 pm
    • This workshop explores the second fundamental of flipped learning…active learning. Come join us as we look at how to use class time to support active learning in a flipped model. Join us for techniques and activities to support assessment and authentic learning.
    • Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/SignUp/Registration/Details?id=17107 

  • Flipped Learning Fundamentals: Student Engagement
    February 24, 3:00 pm
    • This workshop explores the third fundamental of flipped learning…student engagement. Come join us as we look at strategies to engage your students during your classroom time to support a flipped learning model.
    • Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/SignUp/Registration/Details?id=17108

Additional Workshops Supporting Flipped Learning

  • Interactive Polling Overview (Slido, PollEverywhere, and Turning)
    Two sessions: January 25 1:00 pm and February 23 9:00 am
  • Google Apps for Education: Essentials  
    Two sessions: February 2, 9:00am and March 1, 1:00pm
    • Learn about how to effectively use Google Drive and Apps for collaboration and file-sharing. This workshop offers an overview of 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 as well as some helpful tips and tricks.
    • Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/SignUp/Registration/Details?id=17046

Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guides the design of learning experiences to proactively meet the needs of all learners. When you design through UDL, you assume that barriers to learning are in the design of the environment, not in the student. 

This workshop series explores the principles of UDL: provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression. Additionally, we will answer the following questions:

  • How can I engage all students in my class?
  • How can I present information in ways that reach all learners?
  • How can I offer purposeful options for students to show what they know?

Workshop Details

  • How Universal Design Helps Everyone
    March 4, 1:00 pm
    • Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. The human-centered approach to design that Universal Design supports is user-friendly and convenient, but is also respectful of user dignity, rights and privacy. Learn about how incorporating UDL into your classroom helps everyone!
    • Sign up: https://my.uww.edu/SignUp/Registration/Details?id=17117
  • Next Level Design: Action and Expression
    April 8, 1:00 pm