Over the past months, the Learn@UW-Madison team has witnessed first-hand the incredible dedication you and your colleagues have shown to continuing instruction during these unprecedented times. It has been nothing short of inspiring and we want to reaffirm our commitment to helping you continue this work as we navigate remote instruction in summer and the unknown of fall.
In addition to collaborating with university partners on the Instructional Continuity website, we continue to provide guides on the DoIT AT website that introduce several types of learning technologies with best practices and pedagogical uses. We will also host over 40 virtual training sessions during the coming two weeks to help you teach more effectively with the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies. Finally, we are launching Student Tech Modules that you can add to your Canvas courses to train students on the tools.
Below are more details on these resources as well as the latest updates about Kaltura MediaSpace and Examity, the new online proctoring tool.
Updates on Tools
Automated Proctoring with Examity
UW-Madison remains committed to providing faculty and instructors with a trusted, sustainable online proctoring service. Campus is continuing to pilot the Examity automated proctoring tool, with the goal of having Examity available for broad campus use this summer and into fall 2020 and beyond. For status on the availability of Examity, please check the Online Proctoring with Examity page on the Instructional Continuity website. If you are interested in using Examity in your course this summer, please email email@example.com and include “Examity” in the subject line.
Kaltura MediaSpace Updates & Related Resources
Technology Solutions to Create Videos
To help you select the best tool, this document comparing five tools for creating video provides an overview of each tool’s capability for screen capture, webcam capture, the tool’s cost, support and more.
Canvas Menu Option “Kaltura Media” to be renamed “Kaltura Gallery”
To help reduce confusion between the current “Kaltura My Media” and “Kaltura Media” Canvas course tools, Learn@UW-Madison will rename “Kaltura Media” to “Kaltura Gallery” on May 15th.
Delivering Instruction to Students with Low-Bandwidth Connections
During remote instruction, students may lack access to consistent, high-speed internet, making it difficult or impossible to watch video content, participate in real-time lectures or meetings, or engage effectively and equally in remote learning. The Delivering Instruction to Students with Low-Bandwidth Connections Quick Guide provides tips to consider when developing courses.
Resources & Support
Student Tech Modules
Many of you are using learning technologies for the first time – and so are your students! We can help you train the students to effectively use these tools with our new Student Tech Modules. You choose which ones to download from Canvas Commons and add to your course as a starting point for communicating with your students. Just customize the template to best meet your students’ needs. Learn how to use these modules.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent abrupt discontinuation of face-to-face courses, many have had to quickly jump fully into the swirling excitement that is “learning technology.” To help you become more comfortable with those tools before you teach again, we are hosting a full, two-week slate of remote training.
Each of the following sessions is offered virtually multiple times and will be recorded:
- Getting Started with Canvas: A quick immersion into all the Canvas basics.
- Assessing Student Learning in Canvas: A detailed examination of the three Canvas assessments: assignments, quizzes and graded discussions.
- Effective Use of the Canvas Gradebook: An exploration of all the features and options of the Canvas Gradebook.
- Integrating Box and Google Drive in Canvas: Learn how to store your files in Box and Google Drive, and link to them from within your Canvas course.
- Canvas Tips & Tricks: A survey of several items that make your student’s course experience just that much better.
- Creating Videos for Remote Instruction: Best practices and considerations for preparing and creating videos for a remote course.
- Integrating Videos into your Canvas Course with Kaltura MediaSpace: Using Kaltura MediaSpace to deliver your videos through your Canvas course.
- Student Assessment with Learn@UW Tools: Go beyond Canvas and get an introduction to several learning technologies, all intended to help you better assess your students’ performance.
- Communicating with Students in an Online Course: Email, Canvas messages, announcements, comments…? When to use what.
- Holding Optimal Real-time Online Discussions: Best practices for encouraging effective, useful online discussions.
- Holding Optimal Asynchronous Online Discussions: Best practices and techniques for facilitating an asynchronous discussion with students.
- Learn@UW-Madison – Open Q&A Sessions: Open lab time, to drop in, ask your questions about Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace, Blackboard Collaborate, or any other Learn@UW tools.
Consultations & Support
Learn@UW-Madison manages the Learn@UW suite of learning technologies including Canvas, AEFIS, Kaltura MediaSpace, Blackboard Collaborate, Pressbooks, Top Hat, Atomic Assessments, and Turnitin. Our team is available via the DoIT Help Desk to consult on selecting and using the right learning technology to improve student success. The DoIT Help Desk also provides technical support and troubleshooting help for Canvas, Kaltura MediaSpace, AEFIS, Blackboard Collaborate (and Ultra), Pressbooks, Atomic Assessments and Turnitin. For Top Hat, contact the vendor for support at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Piazza, contact the vendor at email@example.com or visit support.piazza.com.
The following links will connect you to important and regularly updated resources to help as UW-Madison continues remote instruction due to the coronavirus pandemic:
- Instructional Continuity: Access news, general guidance, strategies on transitioning course activities, accessibility considerations, support resources as well as live and recorded events to help continue teaching during disruptions such as COVID-19.
- UW-Madison Information Technology: Within the COVID-19 menu on this site you’ll find news about the university’s IT response to COVID-19 and information about tools for teaching and working remotely.
- Canvas Vendor Contingency Training: A collection of instructor-focused training tools and resources provided by Instructure, the Canvas vendor.
- COVID-19 Plans and Response: The main hub for breaking news and information regarding University operations. It also includes a section for students with tips on how to learn remotely.