Educators' Technology Directory

Digital Learning Environment (DLE)

Our DLE is an online environment that includes services and tools purposefully brought together to support the needs of teaching and learning in all modes (face-to-face, blended/hybrid, and fully-online). Learn more about the UW System Digital Learning Environment.

Key components of our DLE:

  • Learning Management System
  • Integrated tools such as:
    • Blackboard Collaborate (web conferencing)
    • Kaltura (multimedia)
    • Turnitin (originality and grammar checking)

Learning Management System (LMS)

A Learning Management System (LMS) is an online learning system used to improve the teaching and learning experience on- and off-campus.  Instructors are able to expand their lectures with online discussions and receive assignments from their students through their course shells.  On-campus and online learning students benefit from having important class materials available whenever they need them.  Our LMS has historically been referred to as Learn@UW-Superior instead of a vendor's product because those may change but the features and functions should be similar. 

We will be transitioning from D2L's BrightSpace, our current LMS, to Instructure's Canvas.  This migration should be completed and D2L's BrightSpace retired by June 30, 2020.

See more details on the Canvas Migration page.

D2L's BrightSpace

Available Tools:

  • Attendance - can be used to keep track of your students attendance for activities within your course.
  • Chat - similar to instant messengers with all participants online at the same time.
  • Checklist - can be used to highlight important assignments or other activities for your students to complete.
  • Classlist - shows all registered students and allows for quick group e-mails to students in a single class.
  • Competencies - can be used to assess students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities through Learning Objectives.
  • Content - can be used to display syllabi, course assignments, and instructional materials.
  • Discussions - can facilitate student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication during a semester.
  • Dropbox - can be used by students to turn in assignment files electronically for your review and feedback.
  • Glossary - can be used to create a list of class terms and definitions for your students to learn.
  • Grades - can be used to calculate and show individual students their grades privately.
  • Groups - can be used to enroll students into smaller groups and create Discussion/Dropbox for group projects.
  • News - can be used for important notices or changes your students need to be aware of in your class.
  • Quizzes - can be used to assess the students’ knowledge, using an online quiz similar to a paper version.
  • Rubrics - are the standards the instructor can use to evaluate the activities created for their courses.
  • Survey - tool can be used to obtain, calculate, and display information from your students.
  • Web Conferencing - uses the web conferencing program, BB-Collaborate, to give instructors the ability to present course materials to their students in live, interactive online sessions.  There are two version that can be used, Online Rooms (downloaded program) and Ultra (web-based).

Instructors can use these tools to upload course content and multimedia files; facilitate asynchronous discussions, quizzes, synchronous online conferences; collect and grade assignments; provide feedback; and manage students' grades.

Learn more about using D2L's Brightspace on the Teaching & Learning Tools - Learn@UW-Superior website.

Log into Learn@UW-Superior (D2L)

Instructure's Canvas

The Instructure's Canvas product is still new to our campus, because of this we don't know what the LMS will look like when it's available for course use.  We know that this system has similar tools to what our current LMS has:

  • Announcements - similar to News in D2L, can be used to display important course related information. Canvas allows comments to be added to the messages by students.
  • Assignments - similar to Dropbox in D2L, can be used to collect assignments from students.  Discussions and Quizzes assignments will display here as well.
  • Attendance - similar to the one in D2L, can be used to keep track of your students attendance for activities within your course.
  • Calendar - similar to the one in D2L but offers more options and functions.
  • Collaborations - can facilitate projects by allowing multiple students to work together on the same document at the same time. 
  • Discussions - similar to the one in D2L, can facilitate student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication during a semester.
  • Grades - similar to the one in D2L, can be used to calculate and show individual students their grades privately.  In Canvas, when an assignment is marked as Graded and a point value assigned, a grade item will automatically be created.
  • Modules - similar to Content in D2L, can be used to display syllabi, course assignments, and instructional materials.  Modules will be displayed for students as the Course Home page.
  • Office 365 - Because we are an Office 365 campus, this tool will be integrated in each course.  This will allow instructors to access their OneDrive accounts while wetting up the course as well as use it for collaborative assignments.  This will allow students to submit assignments directly from their OneDrive accounts.
  • Outcomes - similar to Competencies in D2L, can be used to assess students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities through Learning Objectives.
  • People - similar to Classlist in D2L, shows all registered students and allows for quick group e-mails to students in a single class.  Groups Sets and Groups can also be created through the People area.
  • Quizzes - similar to the one in D2L, can be used to assess the students’ knowledge, using an online quiz similar to a paper version. Surveys can also be created in the Quizzes area.
  • Rubrics - similar to the one in D2L, are the standards the instructor can use to evaluate the activities created for their courses.

Instructors can use these tools to upload course materials and multimedia files; facilitate asynchronous discussions, quizzes, collect and grade assignments; provide feedback; and manage students' grades.

Learn more about the progress of the Canvas Migration.

Assessment

Learn@UW-Superior Tools

There are several ways to within Learn@UW-Superior to assess your students' understanding of your course materials:

Dropbox with Turnitin Originality and GradeMark Reports allows you to digitally collect the students' assignment submissions in LMS. You can grade the assignments and provide feedback online.  The integrated Turnitin Originality feature will automatically check the submission for plagiarism and citation of the students' work. The GradeMark feature will check for grammar, mechanics, spelling, style, and usage.

Grades allows you to manage an online digital gradebook for individual courses throughout the semester; individual student can see his/her own grades and progress throughout the semester; the ability to associate the Grades with the other Learn@UW-Superior tools makes the assessment of student learning easier.

Quizzes allows you to set up online quizzes and exams to assess the students' learning.  The system will automatically grade most of the quiz questions for you and automatically transfer the grades to the Grades tool; you only need to manually grade the essay type questions.  Using the Question Library to create your questions allows you to create random quizzes.

Rubrics allow you to create a standard method of evaluating the activities you've created within your course.  One rubric can be used for multiple assignments that use the same criteria for assessment.  Using rubrics reduces grading time and fatigue.

Learn more about using these tools on the Teaching & Learning Tools - Learn@UW-Superior website.

Look for workshop and training opportunities in the Staff Digest and campus emails from CETL, as well as the CETL News and Events page.

Collaboration

Learn@UW-Superior Tools

There are several ways to within Learn@UW-Superior to assist your students in share ideas and working together:

Chat facilitates student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication. This tool allows the students to collaboratively learn from each other synchronously online in Learn@UW-Superior.  This tool could be used for "Virtual Office" hours.

Discussions facilitates student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication.  You can extend classroom discussion online by adding an online discussion topic.  This tool allows the students to collaboratively learn from each other asynchronously online in Learn@UW-Superior.

Web Conferencing Tools use the program, Blackboard Collaborate, that is integrated with Learn@UW-Superior Online Rooms (Classic, downloaded program) and Ultra (web-based). Host live interactive online web conferences with the students using audio, webcam, a virtual whiteboard you can write or draw on, PowerPoint and more for “Virtual Office”, online tutoring and advising tool as well.  These tools can also be used to host guest speakers without the traveling costs.

Learn more about using these tools on the Teaching & Learning Tools - Learn@UW-Superior website.

UW-Superior Tools

There are several tools available at UW-Superior to assist in sharing ideas and working together:

Office 365 Education is a collection of services that allows you to collaborate and share your work. It's available for free to students, faculty and staff at UW-Superior. This service includes Office Online (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote), and 1TB of OneDrive storage. Get Office 365

The Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing Tools are also available outside of Learn@UW-Superior for UW-Superior employees.  The two versions, Classic (downloaded program) and Ultra (web-based) are accessable through the My UW System Portal.

Look for workshop and training opportunities in the Staff Digest and campus emails from CETL, as well as the CETL News and Events page.

Communication and Feedback

Learn@UW-Superior Tools

There are several ways to within Learn@UW-Superior to communicate with your students:

Chat facilitates student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication. This tool allows the students to collaboratively learn from each other synchronously online in Learn@UW-Superior. This tool could be used for "Virtual Office" hours.

Classlist (E-mail option) shows all registered students and allows you to send quick group e-mails to students in a single class.  The e-mail option in Learn@UW-Superior uses our campus emailing system because of this, there isn't a "Sent" area so you'll need to send a copy of any emails to yourself as well.

Discussions facilitates student-to-student and faculty-to-student communication. You can extend classroom discussion online by adding an online discussion topic. This tool allows the students to collaboratively learn from each other asynchronously online in Learn@UW-Superior.

News allows you to post class information, announcements, and updates on the course home page.  You are able to create articles at the beginning of the semester and have the display over time.

Web Conferencing Tools use the program, Blackboard Collaborate, that is integrated with Learn@UW-Superior Online Rooms (Classic, downloaded program) and Ultra (web-based). Host live interactive online web conferences with the students using audio, webcam, a virtual whiteboard you can write or draw on, PowerPoint and more for “Virtual Office”, online tutoring and advising tool as well. These tools can also be used to host guest speakers without the traveling costs.

Learn more about using these tools on the Teaching & Learning Tools - Learn@UW-Superior website.

UW-Superior Tools

This tool is available at UW-Superior to assist in communicating with your students:

My E-mail - All UW-Superior students, faculty and staff have an e-mail account.  This is the official communication method for all university-related activities.  Your e-mail address is username@uwsuper.edu, where "username" is your E-Hive login ID username. Learn more about using My E-Mail.

Log into My E-Mail

Look for workshop and training opportunities in the Staff Digest and campus emails from CETL, as well as the CETL News and Events page.

Multimedia Creation and Delivery

Learn@UW-Superior Tools

This tool available within Learn@UW-Superior to assist you and your students to create multimedia for course assignments:

Kaltura My Media allows you to upload images, audio clips and videos to your personal Kaltura account and easily to share them in your courses. You can create your own video presentation and record your computer screen.

Learn more about using this tool on the Teaching & Learning Tools - Kaltura website.

UW-Superior Tools

There are several tools available at UW-Superior to assist you and your students to create multimedia for course assignments:

Adobe Creative Cloud allows you to create images, brochures, posters, video and audio clips using Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Premiere Pro. Adobe Creative Cloud can be installed on instructor computers and available for students in some campus computer labs.

Kaltura CaptureSpace Lite (CS Lite) is similar to what we have been using since Kaltura My Media became available on our campus.  You will still be able to create assignments and lectures with your webcam as well as take screen recording, but you will also be able to make limited edits to the recordings.  The biggest difference between the two versions is that CS Lite has a small program called Desktop Recorder that you will need to download to your computer once and then you can record lectures, assignments, or screen recordings both with and without internet access.  When you are without internet access, the CS Lite Desktop Recorder will save the media file(s) to your computer instead of uploading it to your My Media area within Learn@UWSuperior.  Learn more about CaptureSpace Lite.

Office Mix allows you to turn your PowerPoint into interactive online video presentations. Office Mix videos can be uploaded into the Kaltura My Media area within Learn@UW-Superior. One of CETL Initiatives was the Lecture Capture Project.  Learn more about Office Mix.

Look for workshop and training opportunities in the Staff Digest and campus emails from CETL, as well as the CETL News and Events page.

Survey Creation and Analysis

Learn@UW-Superior Tools

This tool available within Learn@UW-Superior to assist you to gather information from your students that is not graded:

Survey allows you to rapidly create surveys within the LMS, collect students' feedback, and produce reports. The Survey tool uses the same Question Library and general setup as the Quizzes tool.

Learn more about using this tool on the Teaching & Learning Tools - Learn@UW-Superior website.

UW-Superior Tools

This tool is available at UW-Superior to assist you and your students to gather information from subjects:

Qualtrics allows you and your students to easily create surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports. Before you launch your survey (distribute or open it to particpants), you must have approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Look for workshop and training opportunities in the Staff Digest and campus emails from CETL, as well as the CETL News and Events page.

Technology Training

Learn@UW-Superior Training

CETL offer hands-on group and one-on-one training sessions throughout the year. With the Canvas Migration, CETL will also be offering Bootcamps, Mini Bootcamps, and hybrid training sessions.  Watch for the training announcement and sign up for one or more sessions.

Teaching & Learning Tools website has Quick Guides (handouts) and Video Tutorials for instructors and students on Blackboard Collaborate, Learn@UW-Superior (including ePortfio), Kaltura, and Turnitin. Learn more on the Teaching & Learning Tools website.

UW-Superior Training

LinkedIn Learning allows you to improve technology skills through an online training library featuring a wide range of video tutorials on software, technologies and business topics

Technology Services (IT) offer hands-on group and one-on-one training sessions on a variety of technology related tools and products. 

Look for workshop and training opportunities in the Staff Digest and campus emails from CETL and Technology Services, as well as the CETL News and Events page.