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About the Digital Learning Environment

The "Digital Learning Environment" (DLE) is a suite of tools used for online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. It is the "digital" portion of the teaching and learning experience. This page provides some basic information and, in many cases, links to other resources regarding the various pieces of the DLE.

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL)

While the Help Desk ( 920.465.2309 | helpdesk@uwgb.edu ) and Information Technology offer technical support for a wide range of technologies and tools, the Center manages the over-arching philosophy surrounding the DLE. The staff in CATL are ready and willing to work with any instructors who would like to make the most effective use of it.
Some helpful resources related to pedagogy include: 

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Please feel free to email us with your instructional design and DLE inquiries.
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Learning Management System (LMS)

The LMS makes up the largest piece of the DLE pie. Currently, UWGB (and the majority of UW-System) uses Canvas as the LMS. This platform hosts course materials, quizzes, files, discussions, and more for online and blended learning in various capacities. Many of the DLE's instructional tools integrate into Canvas and are primarily accessed through it.

Kaltura Video Tools

Kaltura is the System-hosted video platform (similar to YouTube). This platform is in many ways meant to be an "in-house" equivalent to services like YouTube and Vimeo. One primary advantage to Kaltura is the ease with which instructors can make and post videos. It also integrates directly into Canvas (see above). Kaltura Capture is the desktop application used to create screen recordings, webcam videos, etc. My Media is your personal library of ready-to-share videos. 

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Blackboard Collaborate Ultra is the videoconferencing tool incorporated into the DLE. Students and Teachers can connect to synchronous sessions right within their web browser on both desktop computers and mobile devices. Collaborate sessions support many instructional features like breakout rooms, screen sharing, polls, and hand raising. Sessions can be recorded and shared with students who missed a synchronous session or want to review. Collaborate Ultra is integrated into Canvas and is accessible from the Navigation Menu of a Canvas course. It can also be accessed outside of Canvas from the My UW-System portal.


VoiceThread

VoiceThread allows teachers and students to upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos. Teachers and students can leave video, audio, and text comments and use annotation tools to mark up the presented material. Among the many uses for VoiceThread in a class, VoiceThread can be used as a tool for students to display their work for instructor and peer feedback. It can also be used to discuss multimedia materials or collaboratively analyze and mark up documents.

 

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a multifaceted collaboration tool that has exciting possibilities for educational use. There's a lot going on with this new and growing product from venerable giant Microsoft. The key features Teams brings to the DLE are its rapidly improving video meetings and easy-to-use, collaborative file sharing. Those features can be powerful instructional tools when paired with Canvas. Teams that are created for "Class" use incorporate some features that directly compete with features in Canvas. Be wary about using the Assignments and Grades features in Teams unless you are willing to dive into using Teams, instead of Canvas, as your primary LMS.

"A Domain of One's Own" (UWGB Domains)

The "A Domain of One's Own" service is offered by Reclaim Hosting who "provides educators and institutions with an easy way to offer their students domains and web hosting that they own and control. Our goal is to make the process of offering a flexible web space and domain name to your students as easy as possible and giving you the support you need to make it all happen." UWGB is a part of this. Want to create a portfolio or other school-related site? Students an instructors should contact Kate in CATL to learn more.

The Student Information System (SIS), Email, Qualtrics, and other services...

While other services like SIS and Email are not directly a part of the LMS, they are certainly a part of the ecosystem known as the "DLE." As with anything within the DLE, the best place for technical support varies depending on the service and the level of complexity. For technical assistance the Help Desk is the best place to start. For questions regarding effective uses in education, integration of tools into the curriculum, and best practices for teaching and leaning using these tools, please do not hesitate to contact CATL.

Now Arriving to the DLE...

CATL is working hard to add some new, powerful tools to the DLE. For Fall 2020, we are piloting both PlayPosit and Proctorio. If you are interested in using either of these tools, please contact CATL by emailing catl@uwgb.edu and ask to join the pilot programs!
 
PlayPosit
PlayPosit is an exciting new tool that can be used to add interactive elements to course videos to improve student engagement. Users can turn their videos into "bulbs" that include various interactions like quiz questions, reflections, in-video discussions, and more. Bulbs can be added to Canvas courses as graded assignments or ungraded, formative content. PlayPosit's Interactive Player and Designer are both user friendly and intuitive. PlayPosit's capabilities extend far beyond what is possible with Kaltura Video Quizzes, and it even integrates with your My Media video library. Use it to transform your videos, both old and new, into engaging bulbs!
 
Proctorio
Proctorio can be used to proctor online exams when it is required by an accreditation body or when concerns about academic integrity cannot be solved through the design of online assessments. Proctorio uses machine learning and advanced facial detection technologies to ensure that students are taking their exams without outside aid. Proctorio's use of automated software eliminates human error and bias from proctoring, and every facet of their system is designed to maintain the test-taker's privacy.