UW-Green Bay’s CATL welcomes new, but familiar, faces

The CATL herd is growing! The Center is welcoming some familiar faces as new team members. Many of you already know Scott Berg from his role as electronics technician for IT, Client Services; Berg will be joining CATL as its new LMS (Canvas) Administrator. Nichole LaGrow, UWGB’s distance education coordinator, has joined the CATL team. Nathan Kraftcheck, already a member of the CATL team, will be transitioning to the role of an instructional designer.

CATL Advanced Training Opportunities mid-July through August

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning is offering advanced training opportunities starting mid-July that will be co-facilitated with faculty partners. All eligible instructors will receive a $1,000 stipend for completing the training. Check out the cohort themes and two-week session dates to sign up or learn more.


Reminder: D2L access will permanently expire on June 30

A message from CATL… In normal times, the end of life for D2L would be a significant event. These days, it almost seems like an afterthought. If you’ve put off retrieving your material from D2L, or are just hearing about D2L going away now, don’t worry, CATL has your back. The information below will help you retrieve and store the materials you may still have left in D2L.

But make no mistake, D2L will shutdown permanently on June 30, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. After this time nobody will be able to access material. The servers which contain D2L will be dismantled and all data will be lost.

Logging in

You may still use the same link as always to log into D2L.

Course materials 

Downloading a course will get you a clean copy of the course; student work will not be part of the download. See the next section for information on how to obtain student information.

We have created instructions for downloading a course from D2L to upload into Canvas.

You may need to create a “blank” course in Canvas to store your old D2L courses.

Retrieving student work 

Downloading a course will get you a clean copy of the course; student work will not be part of the download. You may wish to download student work or your gradebook if you anticipate that students may wish to contact you for letters of recommendation or if they still have outstanding incompletes in D2L.

Here are instructions for downloading your gradebook in D2L and for downloading submissions to a dropbox in D2L. You are also able to download quiz statistics and reports.

As always, feel free to reach out to CATL with questions as they arise.

Program Accreditation Requirements 

If your program accreditation process requires D2L course materials for review or other artifacts, please also consider how you will preserve that content. You may wish to reach out to CATL for advice.

To contact CATL with questions, email CATL@uwgb.edu.


Thank you from CATL

A note to instructors from CATL: “CATL usually hosts an Instructor Appreciation Event at the end of the semester to recognize you for all your great work. This semester we have had to create the social distancing version. In this special Thank You Thursday version of our Teach Tuesday publication the CATL team provides a video salute to all of you. Watch our Top 10 List of what students have most appreciated about their instructors this semester and read a semester-end appreciation letter from Interim Director Kris Vespia. From the entire CATL team, THANK YOU!”


Webinars on end-of-semester assessments

The week of April 13, 2020 the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning will conduct webinars on how to do end-of-semester assessments for alternative delivery. These webinars will start at 10 a.m. 2:30 p.m. and go until April 17. Topics include: how to give a multiple-choice exam, how to provide accommodations to students with disabilities, how to give an essay exam, and more. Please see the “Teaching Remotely” page for login information and the complete schedule. We will also post recordings of the webinars on the “Teaching Remotely” page for those who cannot attend.

Reconnect with colleagues through ‘Coffee Klatches’ today, 1 p.m.

Human connection is one of the things that makes the academic life worth living. While you’re busily reconnecting with students, The Center for the Advancement of Teaching & Learning (CATL) also wants to help you re-connect with each other. CATL is organizing a series of “Coffee Klatches,” where your colleagues will be offering answers the question: “What are you doing?” with a series of curated discussions.

The next discussion will be Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 1 p.m. with Tara DaPra, who will be answering the question “What are you writing (journaling)? The rest if the scheduled discussions:

-What are you watching? David Coury, April 14, 1 p.m.

-What are you playing, Bryan Carr, Julialicia Case and Chris Williams, April 16, 1 p.m.

-How are you engaging? (politically, socially, etc.), Alison Staudinger, April 21, 1 p.m.

-What are you cooking/baking? Jemma Lund, April 28, 1 p.m.

If you have a suggestion for a future “coffee klatch,” feel free to email catl@uwgb.edu with suggestions.

Reminder: Web resources can help with alternate delivery

CATL has some resources to help you move to alternative delivery:

UWGB “teaching remotely” page: You have a wealth of online documents and videos to help with alternative delivery. CATL: https://www.uwgb.edu/remote/faculty-resources/ UW System Keep Teaching: https://media.uwex.edu/keepteaching/

Course Checklist: Use the checklist to focus your energy as you re-launch your course

Canvas module: Personalize this module we created to communicate key changes about your course and to gather information on how your students’ lives have changed. To import the module into your course, first log into Canvas and then click on the link to it in the Canvas Commons (an online repository for Canvas material).

Advising Time? Try Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
As you meet with students for advising for Fall classes, consider meeting with them using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. You can create an “Advising” session in any of your classes in Canvas or set up a session in the My UW Portal and share one link with all of your students. You can create the session with a beginning date and time (e.g., April 1 at 9 a.m.) and leave it “open-ended.” One of the nice features of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is that you can share your screen with the student if you’re using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, so you can bring up their Academic Requirements report or the Schedule of Classes and look at those together. Happy advising!

24/7 help – 

Canvas support: Not sure how to add a discussion in Canvas? Having trouble with the Gradebook? Your first resource can be to call 1-855-652-0700 or live chat

Qualtrics support: https://www.qualtrics.com/support/

Blackboard Collaborate help:  https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator

Outage and Update Information: Suspect an outage or larger-scale problem? Check the status of Canvas, Kaltura, and Blackboard athttps://www.uwgb.edu/digital-learning-environment/dle-status-updates/

Recorded webinars: We offered webinars on specific topics the week of March 16th. We recorded them, and you can access them here: https://www.uwgb.edu/remote/faculty-resources/

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Submit your questions for TeAch Tuesday LIVE!

Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) wants to help answer your teaching-related questions in light of this unprecedented time. Submit your questions anonymously here, and the people at CATL will do their best to answer them (or find someone who can!) during the TeAch Tuesday LIVE! broadcast Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m. (the live stream will be recorded for you to watch—or re-watch—at your convenience later).

Submit your questions for TeAch Tuesday LIVE!

CATL wants to help answer your teaching-related questions in light of this unprecedented time. Submit your questions anonymously here and CATL personnel will do their best to answer them (or find someone who can!) during the TeAch Tuesday LIVE! broadcast Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m. (the live stream event will also be recorded for you to watch—or re-watch—at your convenience later).

CATL launches new instructional ‘Room of Requirement’

From the CATL office: “For the week of March 23-27, 202, CATL will continue its practice of twice daily interactive webinars on teaching and learning from a distance. Instead of having webinars on specific topics, though, we are taking inspiration from Harry Potter, and launching our own Room of Requirement. Login weekdays at 10 a.m. and/or 1 p.m. and ask us anything in these open webinars for you and your colleagues! Not sure the best way to hold virtual office hours? Unclear about how to have your students record an oral presentation and submit it? Join us, and just like in the Potter books, our virtual room provides what you seek (or at least we’ll try!) For those of you who missed our week of webinars on specific topics, such as Webconferencing with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, we recorded those sessions, and they can be accessed here: https://www.uwgb.edu/remote/faculty-resources/  And, as always, email us at CATL@uwgb.edu if you would like to schedule an individual consultation. We are available and eager to help and support you as we make this transition as a campus community.”