CETL Announcements

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Watch the Writing Fellows Video featuring Assistant Professor Ari Anand and Writing Fellow Tyler Pecha.
Provost Summer Program Opportunity: Hybrid Course Development Workshop 
The Provost is offering an opportunity for individual faculty, instructional academic staff, or entire departments to participate in a Hybrid Course Development Workshop to help UW-Eau Claire more effectively reach its transformational learning goals. Workshops will be presented jointly by CETL and Educational Technology.

Hybrid courses are courses in which more than 25% of the course is delivered online in lieu of on-campus meetings.  Most materials, course activities, assignments, and discussions should be available in an online environment.                                                                                       

Participants will have the opportunity to attend one of three day-long sessions:

  • June 1 (Wednesday)
  • June 9 (Thursday)
  • June 15  (Wednesday)

Each workshop will consist of discussion of hybrid course design or redesign, applications of D2L, and appropriate instructional technologies. The goals of
the workshop are to help educators develop a hybrid course design process and to produce some
hybrid course curriculum. 

Each participant will also have opportunities for follow-up participation in preparation for implementation of his/her hybrid course. Opportunities will consist of group meetings, as well as one-on-one support.

Artists Training Artists: A Collaborative Conference on Teaching and Learning through the Arts
We are pleased to invite you to submit a proposal to present for the upcoming conference, "Artists Training Artists." This conference will be held June 15-17, 2011 at the Noel Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
This meeting will be a follow-up meeting to the 2009 "Artists Training Artists – A Collaborative Conference on Teaching and Learning Through the Arts." For an overview of the 2009 experience, please visit our website:
All UW-System Arts faculty are invited and encouraged to attend. This conference will include opportunities for UW-System arts faculty to present papers, workshops, or lead panel discussions in the area of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning as it applies to the Arts.  In addition to proposals that focus on SoTL discoveries through collaboration, proposals that offer participants a hands-on experience through a workshop environment will be strongly considered.   Registration and all conference sessions will be provided at no cost to UW-System faculty. There will be a fee for meals for all participants and presenters.

 Patricia Ploetz, Ph.D.
Interim Director
The Center for Academic Excellence and Student Engagement
LRC 500
ext. 4930
D2L Help
Posting Articles in Your D2L Course
Linking to specific course reserve articles in D2L courses is an efficient way to make required readings available to students. Using the Quicklink feature in D2L, articles can be linked in Content, in News, and in other D2L tools.
It is essential to locate the persistent links to articles in external collections like (e.g., EBSCO, JStor, Wilson) to ensure long-term access. The URLs in the location bar for articles in these electronic databases are often temporary addresses only, meaning they may only retrieve the article for a limited period of time. Using the persistent link to direct users to articles on these sites will prevent this problem. In addition, it is also necessary to include proxy code in the URLs to be posted in D2L courses so students can successfully access articles from off campus. 
McIntyre Library staff has simplified finding these links and adding the proxy information with the creation of the Article Link Generator webpage: (http://www.uwec.edu/Library/reserve/proxytool.htm). The Article Link Generator page gives directions for finding the persistent URLs and helps users add the proxy code to URLs to be posted in D2L courses. Using the link generator to create URLs will allow students to access the articles from any location and ensures that class reading lists are copyright compliant.

McIntyre Library's Article Link Generator is also listed in the Links tool on the D2L My Home navigation bar.

Reading Student Discussions Posts Efficiently
Reading student posts in the Discussion tool in your D2L courses can be a time-consuming project. To make this task more efficient, try using the Reading Style option in the Discussion tool. This option allows users to see discussion postings without opening and closing the individual messages.

To try this option, go to the Discussions tool in your D2L course, then click on the topic title to be reviewed. Click on Settings in the gray toolbar above the message listing. The Settings pane appears. In the Personal Settings section labeled "Message List Style," choose the radio button in front of "Reading Style." Press SAVE and the Settings pane closes.

Now you will see a listing view of all messages within that discussion topic in a format that allows you to see the author's name, date and time posted, the links to any attachments, and the entire message.

Directions for uploading grades from i>grader into D2L
The link is featured on the CETL website on the i>clicker page and also on the D2L page.
Combining D2L Course Sections for Summer Session
D2L courses for the 2011 Summer Session now appear in your D2L My Courses listing. To request that your course sections be combined, please complete the D2L Course Request Form. Combined D2L courses will be available within five (5) business days of request receipt.
Headsets at CETL
To check out headsets from the CETL office, contact: cetl@uwec.edu.
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