Resources for Transitioning Online (COVID-19)

All instructors, working with their departmental colleagues, should think creatively of ways to deliver curriculum in alternative modalities should the need arise. For example, can your course be moved online, are there alternative assignments you can use in place of things like labs, etc., or in the case where this is not possible, can we determine how to work with students to complete the semester in the event of an interruption? We hope this will not be the case and have no indication currently that we will need to do this, but we should be prepared. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) has prepared collections of resources in regards to moving courses online and insuring that we are teaching as part of a safe and inclusive environment for all students.

https://www.uwgb.edu/remote/faculty-resources/

Teaching Resources Around COVID-19

CATL has collected a number of resources to help instructors and academic staff foster a safe and inclusive environment for all students on our campus. In light of the discussion surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the xenophobia, discrimination, fear, and bias that pervades its portrayal in the media, we hope to support and encourage instructors to consider these pedagogical strategies and responses should they happen in your classes or in interactions with students.

Instructor Resources for the Summer Transition to Canvas

Overview

This post is intended to be a kit that instructors can use to make the transition from D2L to Canvas over the summer with minimal weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Handbook

The Center put together a handy guide to help those who like paper guides to use as a reference for working on their courses. You will find an overview of Canvas, key points of comparison with D2L, how to transfer a course, and a checklist for starting the semester.

Student Resource Module

You may upload the student resource module directly into your course(s). It contains information for students on how to submit assignments, participate in discussions, and use the mobile apps. There is also contact information for campus resources – on all the branches – for academic, personal, and financial resources. Instructors may add to or delete any of this information to customize it for their courses. But it is a handy way to orient students to Canvas.

Canvas Consultations

Instructors may sign up for a consultation to discuss their courses. We can work with you remotely through Skype as well as face-to-face. Note that times will fill up the closer we get to the start of the Fall semester.

Lynda.com

For those who would like a self-paced option to do at home, Lynda.com – a software training service – has a good starter course for Canvas. Since this course is not specifically geared toward UWGB there will be come cosmetic differences between the Canvas courses you see and those shown in Lynda.com. But, the courses in general are really quite good. This course requires a UWGB login.

Training Day in August

The Center will replace its typical “Hands-on Technology Day” this August with a Canvas training day. Be on the lookout over the summer for a specific date.

General Help with Canvas

UW-System purchased 24-hour help for users to ease the transition. Please feel free to take advantage for run-of-the-mill questions, such as how to set up a discussion or how to grade a quiz, etc.

There are three ways to contact Canvas directly for help:

24-hour Chat

Instructors and students may chat with someone at Canvas at any time.

24-hour Phone

Instructors may call 1(833) 811-3205 and students may call 1(833) 811-3206.

Email

Users may email Canvas by clicking on the “help” icon in and selecting “Contact Canvas Support via email” from the menu.

Timeline of Canvas Transition

Green Bay Campus

Branch Campuses

Summer 2019: Last term in which instructors may use D2L. Summer 2019: Canvas accounts will unite so that Colleges material and UWGB material will be available with either login. D2L materials will remain separate for Colleges and UWGB accounts.
Summer 2019: Instructors prepare their fall offerings in Canvas master courses (designated as “Blank.Your Name.1”). Summer 2019: Instructors prepare their fall offerings in Canvas master courses (designated as “Blank.Your Name.1”).
August 11, 2019: End of Summer Term: Last day to teach in D2L. Summer 2019: Last term in which UW-Colleges will support learning technology. Instructors will use D2L.
August 21, 2019: Fall courses will appear in Canvas for instructors. Instructors may copy material from master course into “real” or instructional course (those with students). August 21, 2019: Fall courses will appear in Canvas for instructors. Instructors may copy material from master course into “real” or instructional course (those with students).
September 4, 2019: First day of Fall semester: All courses in Canvas. D2L will be available to access old course material only. September 4, 2019: First day of Fall semester: All courses in Canvas. Old D2L material will be available on the Colleges’ login page.
AY 2019-2020: Instructors will archive D2L materials and student work as needed. AY 2019-2020: Instructors will archive D2L materials and student work as needed. Instructors will find material in Colleges’s instance of D2L. Your old Colleges passwords should still work.
June 30, 2020: Last day to access D2L to retrieve course materials or access old student work. All access will end this day. Nobody will be able to login to d2l after this day. June 30, 2020: Last day to access D2L to retrieve course materials or access old student work. All access will end this day. Nobody will be able to login to d2l after this day.
August 11, 2020: Last day that instructors will need to have access to student work done in D2L during the summer term of 2019 to be compliant with UWSTU054. UW-Colleges will retain D2L records for UW-Colleges instructors in compliance with UWSTU054.

Canvas Mentors Day! 5/16 from 10-2

When: May 16 from 10am-2pm

Where: GAC Labs: IS 1129 B + IS 1129 J

 

Register

Lineup of sessions (Links open a Blackboard Collaborate session for attending virtually)

Time

Mentor

Topic

10am Karen Stahlheber Collaborations for data/research projects
11am Jana Fogaca Group projects
Rebecca Nesvet Assignments
Noon Christin DePouw Embedding multiple mediums into Pages for supplementary use.
Joan Groessl How to set up your course in Canvas.
1pm Sarah Schuetze Transferring docs from d2l to canvas
2pm Kaoime Malloy Quizzes
Alison Staudinger Student user experience regarding using pages for sharing content/ideas.