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Requesting technology training at UW-Plattville

It’s a well-known problem on campus: You want technology training, but you aren’t sure whom to call. Is it ICET, MTS, Deb Meyer…? The solution is an all-too-well-kept secret: the online ITS Training Request Form. Read more...

Take the No Mouse Challenge

Yesterday was Global Acessibility Awareness Day. The 3rd Thursday in May each year has been given this honor. This day of awareness began with a single blog post written by Joe Devon, a LA web developer. When an accessibility professional in Canada stumbled across Joe's post, he immediately contacted him and they joined forces to increase awareness of accessibility of content on the web. Increase your awareness - Take the #NoMouse Challenge! Read more...

Handling images in Desire2Learn Quizzes

The Desire2Learn quiz tool has many different ways that the images can be inserted. Images can be inserted via a direct link to a website, imported from another course, or added to the courses files (via Manage Files). Read more...

Online Summer Professional Development - Effective Online Discussions using Desire2Learn course opens July 6th

Would you like to use online discussions in your classes, but haven't had time to learn how to set them up in Desire2Learn or unsure about how to use them most effectively? This may be your opportunity to learn some more, on your own time, at your own pace, yet with the benefit of colleague's wisdom. Effective Online Discussions in Desire2Learn will open for a new cohort of participants on July 6th and run for 3 weeks. This course can be completed entirely online as self-paced training or engage with others participating in the professional development sessions in the online course discussions. No scheduled sessions or places to be - the course is 100% asynchronous. Read more...

Save the Date: Technology Mashup

On Tuesday August 25 and Thursday August 27, Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Instructional Center for Educational Technologies (ICET) will again be hosting Technology Mashup. This annual event features various tracks and dozens of technology topics of interest to instructional and non-instructional staff, targeting new and seasoned technology users alike. Read more...

Technology in the Classroom

This spring, I spotted an email requesting faculty participation in a discussion with the Student Technology Advisory Committee on the use of technology in the classroom. I’m a fairly new instructor here at UW-Platteville; I’m officially a University Fellow, meaning that I’m teaching (“Intro to Gay Studies,” this semester), working on my dissertation in sociology, and helping to craft programming at the Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality. As a sociologist, a researcher, and just generally as a person who uses technology and is always looking for ways to improve my teaching, I asked to be a part of the panel, mainly to learn from students and faculty here at UW-Platteville about expectations and experiences of technology in the classroom. Read more...

Harnessing the benefits of HTML5 in Desire2Learn

HTML5 is the fifth and most recent revision of HTML. The previous version was standardized in 1997. HTML5 allows for easy implementation of video, audio, canvas elements, and MathML. The two features that are of the most interest to us for use in Desire 2 Learn are canvas elements and MathML. These new features open up many new possibilities for embedding content that was previously embedded as an image into Desire 2 Learn. Read more...

A post-semester ICET Workshop....on Using the Gradebook in Desire2Learn

You have probably thought about using the gradebook in Desire2Learn, but it's never the right time to get started. Or, maybe you've been using the gradebook in a basic way, but would like to explore some of the features that can increase efficiency. Whether your need is the former or the latter, the May 19th Gradebook Workshop should give you some of the information and skills you need. Read more...

A Video Blog: Colleen McCabe on WebQuests to Engage Students through Inquiry

In this video blog, Colleen McCabe discusses using WebQuests with her students in the Department of Health and Human Performance. Read more...

Leveraging technology to bring remote guest speakers to the classroom

You can bring remote guest speakers into the classroom using the Online Room tool in D2L. This tool is a great way to have guest speakers present to the class. It saves the speaker the travel time and also opens the classroom to speakers who simply don’t have the time to address a class in person. Read more...

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