It’s that time of year again! Rubrics abound, bubble sheets have been scrupulously dotted with No. 2 pencils, pens have jotted countless comments in the margins of essays, and D2L overflows with dropbox submissions and quiz attempts. With grades due May 19, Academic Technology Services is hosting something they call “Gradebook Bonanza,” this week and next. Stop by Instructional Services 1010 either of the next two Thursdays, May 7 or 14, any time between 1 and 4 p.m., for additional assistance setting up, adjusting, or fine-tuning your D2L gradebooks. Instructors should also feel free to contact ATS by phone at 465-2416 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Classroom response systems (“clickers” or TurningPoint on campus) can be used to help keep a classroom engaged during lecture. To keep things interesting for students who use them, Academic Technology Services offers instructors a new “Top Ten List” of alternatives to potentially passé multiple choice and true-false questions. They’ve also made PowerPoint templates for several of these, including “Geopardy” (the knockoff it sounds like), available for instructors. View the top ten list and contact Luke Konkol in ATS for more information: email@example.com.
Nathan Kraftcheck from Academic Technology Services shares the following information, of possible interest to some who use the Desire2Learn course management and learning software:
“This message pertains only to D2L courses conducted during the Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and Summer 2012 semesters. Anything after the Summer 2012 term will not be affected. On or about March 31, 2015, all D2L courses from Fall ’11, Spring ’12 and Summer ’12 will be deleted. To delete a D2L course means to completely remove that course with no way of restoring it. There is no backup. If you need to keep parts of old courses — e.g., course files, grade books, drop box files, etc — please download that information soon. If you do not need to download course materials or student records, do nothing and these courses will be removed on schedule. If you have unusual circumstances requiring the retention of a D2L course in its entirety, please contact ATS by March 27 so appropriate steps can be taken before the course is deleted.”
Academic Technology Services is using the term “squaretable” to describe the format for the new monthly forum series addressing timely learning-technology topics. This month’s forum — on the topic of electronic textbook supplements — takes place at 3 p.m. this Thursday (Feb. 19) in Room 1004 of the Instructional Services Building. “Many faculty likely have been approached by publishers to use services such as Cengage’s Mindtap and wondered what, if anything, this might be able to add to your course,” writes Todd Dresser of ATS. “This is your chance to find out how your fellow faculty members have used these services and the degree to which they have found these services useful. We will have faculty members who use Mindtap, Aplia, and Pearson’s learning tools.” Future squaretables will cover topics such as building quizzes and tests, creating activities, integration with D2L, FERPA regulations, and more. Open to all.
In order to improve the course setup process for faculty and students, Academic Technology Services and the Registrar’s Office are eliminating the need to request a D2L component for courses. Beginning with the Spring 2015 semester, nearly all courses will automatically have the Desire2Learn course shell created for them. Instructors who prefer not to use D2L course shells are encouraged to contact ATS with those requests. Requests should include department, course number, and section if teaching more than one section.
Staff members in UW-Green Bay’s Office of Academic Technology Services report that the power outage and related problems with the servers in Madison have been corrected and the widely used Desire 2 Learn software is again up and running, statewide. The outage temporarily affected UW System access to applications including Shared Financial System and the Human Resources System, as well. The outage was caused by lightning strikes on the UW-Madison campus, where additional disruptions took place with their campus email and calendering systems. Those services have now been restored, as of about 9 a.m. https://twitter.com/uwdoit
In this workshop your friendly ATS staff will go over how to set up gradebooks and dropboxes that won’t raise your blood pressure too high as the semester winds up and winds down. As a bonus, they will explore the ins and outs of Turnitin. The workshops will be held from noon-12:45 p.m. Monday, April 21 and 12:30-1:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 in IS 1004. For a complete listing of D2L workshops, see: www.uwgb.edu/ltc/lnl.asp.
UW-Green Bay’s D2L (Desire2Learn) is going to be upgraded June 4, 2014. The changes in this upgrade are minimal. Our friends in Academic Technology Services tell us the new version will entail some changes to the look and feel, as well as new features and improvements. ATS staff will be holding 30-minute upgrade sessions so faculty and staff have plenty of information and opportunities to learn about the D2L changes. To view all the dates and times for the sessions you can go to the following website: www.uwgb.edu/ltc/d2lupgrade.asp. Contact ATS with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 465-2286.
The next D2L Lunch and Learn involves “Opening up Communication with ‘My Media.’” Instructors will explore a new tool within D2L which allows faculty members a greater ability to use video as a means to give feedback, make announcements, clarify difficult concepts and, of course, lecture. ATS — a.k.a. Academic Technology Services — will present this workshop in IS 1004 on Monday (April 14) from noon to 12:45 p.m. and repeat it on Tuesday (April 15) from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. For a complete listing of Lunch and Learn workshops.
The next D2L Lunch and Learn program is “Opening up Communication with ‘My Media.’” Instructors will explore a new tool within D2L which allows faculty a greater ability to use video as a means to give feedback, make announcements, clarify difficult concepts and, of course, lecture. Our friends in Academic Technology Services will repeat the session in IS 1004 from 12 to 12:45 p.m. Monday (April 7) and 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday (April 8).