Faculty Resource Fair to take place on Tuesday, Mar. 12

The Phoenix Bookstore will be presenting a Faculty Resource Fair on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Phoenix Rooms A and B located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. The event will consist of certain textbook vendors as well as on campus resources allowing faculty to make a smooth transition from D2L into Canvas. Faculty will not only have a chance to make connections with textbook vendors, but learn how to make adopting books easier while saving their students money in the process. All faculty that attends will be entered into a drawing for Visa gift cards as well as a Bookstore gift card. Learn more.

Prepare for the upcoming transition to Canvas with help from CATL

Not everything in D2L will work in Canvas. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning will help prepare for the upcoming transition to Canvas through the following workshops and learning sessions. The “Prepping Your Course” series of workshops will help instructors ready their course for the transition to Canvas. The workshops will take place on:

-Tue. 3/20, 11:05 to12:55 a.m. in LS 102
-Fri. 3/23, 8 to 10 a.m. in MAC Hall 122
-Tue. 3/27, 2 to 4 p.m. in CL 109-B
-Wed. 3/28, Noon to 2 p.m. in IS 1004

There will also be a “Welcome to Canvas” Session conducted by a trainer from Canvas and will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in room 304 of the Cofrin Library (the third-floor computer lab). It will be divided into two parts (attend one or both):

  • The morning session, held 9 a.m. to Noon, focuses on navigation, organization, and getting to know Canvas.
  • The afternoon session, 1 to 4 p.m. includes demonstrations of specific tools within Canvas. This session focuses on the “How To.”

Please email catl@uwgb.edu if you are interested in attending one of these workshops. Check www.uwgb.edu/dle for dates, times and locations as they become available.

UW System may transfer out of D2L, no impact for fall 2017

Update on the UW System’s Digital Learning Environment RFP: The UW System issued a notice of intent to enter into a contract for a new Digital Learning Environment. — Instructure, the parent company of Canvas. Should this contract have a successful outcome, all UW System schools will engage in a transition process from the current Learning Management System (LMS), Desire2Learn (D2L), to this new digital learning environment, Canvas. As negotiations continue, in keeping with procurement requirements, System has outlined several limitations with regards to our interaction with this potential new vendor provided below. Please note that while the staff in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) and Information Technology (IT) are working behind the scenes to prepare for such a transition, there will be no impact to the platform for instruction this fall. In order to allow for a transitional period, the contract with D2L has been extended to 2020. No final decision can be made with regards to the new digital learning environment without approval by the Board of Regents; the soonest the Regents could make such a decision is October of this year.

By selecting Canvas during the RFP process, UW System chose a learning environment with features that boost student engagement and streamline the grading process. Many state systems have switched from D2L to Canvas and have found the effort rewarding.

While the notice of intent answers one big question, it opens up a host of others: When can instructors have access to the new system? What new features does it have? How will individual courses thrive in the new digital environment? When will individual courses have to be in Canvas? Many of these logistical questions remain to be answered. System is still negotiating the contract with Instructure. In fact, the UW procurement office has only provided a list of items we cannot do at this time:

-There will be no communication with Instructure by anyone within UW System regarding this process, the contract or any other information regarding the UW System relationship with Instructure except the UWSA negotiating team.

-All institutions, with the exception of UW-Madison, are impacted by this contract process.

-Institutions shall not participate in any free-trial use of Canvas prior to the official rollout.

-Institutions shall not migrate any courses from the D2L system to a Canvas system until authorized to do so by Stacy Scholkta, the Project Manager.

-All inquiries from the media regarding the contract, the negotiation process, or the DLE RFP should be directed to University Relations (universityrelations@uwsa.edu).

Once the contract is finalized with Instructure, CATL will be in touch with stakeholders to devise a plan for migrating courses that is as equitable and efficient as possible. If you have further questions or concerns with regards to the negotiation or transition process, please contact the Center at catl@uwgb.edu. We thank you for your continued patience as this process unfolds and will continue to communicate with the campus community as we learn more in working with UW System.

Reminder: Inclusive Excellence discussion on digital learning environment, April 14

Consider attending the inclusive excellence discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2017 in MAC 109 to discuss strategies for opening up digital learning environment (tools such as D2L) to all learners. There are some hidden gems in D2L that can help lower barriers to access for students. Tools for increasing engagement (such as intelligent agents) will be discussed as well as tips for lowering barriers for students with disabilities (such as the “open dyslexic font”). Email Todd Dresser at dressert@uwgb.edu with questions.

D2l Fall 2013-Summer 2014 course deletion

Instructors that used D2L with their courses during the Fall 2013 (including winter term), Spring 2014 and Summer 2014 semesters have until April 19, 2017 to create a personal copy of any part of those courses offered during those terms as they will be deleted. Once a D2L course is deleted, there is no way of restoring it and no backup. Learn how to download part of or entire courses. If you have unusual circumstances requiring the retention of a D2L course within UW-Green Bay’s D2L environment, in its entirety, please contact Academic Technology Services (ats@uwgb.edu) by April 14, 2017 so appropriate steps can be taken before the course is deleted.

D2L Classes prior to summer 2013 will be removed mid-April

It’s an early notice, but an important one. Academic Technology Services (ATS) reminds faculty that D2L courses taught prior to summer 2013 will be removed in mid-April. Once a course is removed, it may no longer be possible to recover course materials like grade books or student submissions. Questions and retention requests can be directed to (ATS) at 465-2416 or ats@uwgb.edu.

A shout-out to CIT for fixing D2L glitch (on a Packers Sunday!)

Prof. Susan Gallagher-Lepak of Nursing, who headlined last week’s anniversary lecture series with a talk on ‘E-Learning,” shared a message via email yesterday for the Log and its readers: Thanks to Josh Goldman who came into the office and worked to sort out a problem with the online learning platform (D2L) during the Packers game, and a winning Packers game at that. Several students contacted instructors with an inability to access courses on Sunday afternoon… So glad we have Josh to problem solve and get the e-learning system working correctly!”

ATS and ‘Gradebook Bonanza’

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 ats@uwgb.edu to set up an appointment.
 

Attention, D2L users: A 2011-12 purge is coming… act soon, if need be


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.”

In future, D2L will be automatic, standard equipment


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.