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Workshop gives glimpse into new learning system

Garrett Kluever, Biz & Tech Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Biz & Tech

The University of Wisconsin system is switching from a Learning Management System (LMS) to a Digital Learning Environment (DLE). This is fancy mumbo-jumbo talk for the initiative incorporating more technology into the learning environment like Google Drive and switching from Desire 2 Learn (D2L) ...

Goodbye D2L, hello Canvas

Goodbye D2L, hello Canvas

Garrett Kluever, Biz and Tech Editor

November 1, 2017


Filed under Biz & Tech, carousel

Canvas will replace Desire2Learn (D2L) at University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, whose contract ends with the UW System in July of 2018. Canvas will also replace Moodle, which is used by other departments in the UW System. As of Oct. 13, Canvas, a product of Instructure, was contracted to be the Di...

UW-System to review learning tool vendors

UW-System to review learning tool vendors

Brad Allen, Biz & Tech Editor

October 19, 2016


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Hours of paperwork and research will soon require the attention of UW-System administration as it begins to look into optional learning management system vendors to serve UW-Whitewater’s students and staff. On June 30, 2018, the UW-System’s contract with Desire2Learn (D2L) is set to expire. “The...

Server update causes full two-day D2L outage

May 3, 2016


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May 3, 2016 By Brad Allen Last week, D2L services were temporarily disconnected after a scheduled database upgrade resulted in a series of errors, causing students on campuses across the entire UW-System to experience a full outage. “It wasn’t a huge problem for my classes,” Journalism...

Observe Earth Day with practical initiatives

April 19, 2016


Filed under Opinion

April 20, 2016 Royal Purple Staff Opinion Earth Day is about more than planting trees, Woody Guthrie songs and picking up trash off the highway. It’s about coming together as cohabitants of our natural world and consciously working to make it a better place to live – for everyone and everything....

Online classes provide students with exam benefits

March 4, 2015


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March 4, 2015 Upon choosing the correct class, it can be difficult to find the right one. Registration can be a confusing time for many students, especially with today’s technology; there are so many different options. One option is an online class, offered during both summer and regular semesters....

UW-W should continue sustainability push

UW-W should continue sustainability push

April 22, 2014


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April 23, 2014 Royal Purple Editorial Staff Opinion As sustainability has grown in importance in America, more and more institutions push to reduce their waste. Even with this push, some unfortunate statistics still ring true: the equivalent of 50 million barrels of oil was used last year to produce...

‘Flipped’ classroom forum challenges education

‘Flipped’ classroom forum challenges education

February 19, 2014


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Feb. 19, 2014 By Alexandria Zamecnik     UW-Whitewater professors and faculty voiced their concerns about the future of classroom education during a “flipped” classroom forum designed to inform professors about the benefits and pitfalls of “flipping” your classroom. “Flipping”...

Offline classes more helpful than online ones

Offline classes more helpful than online ones

January 29, 2014


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Jan. 29, 2014 Editorial Staff Opinion In this age of advanced technology, it seems logical that classes would move onto the Internet and turn college into a more online experience, but this idea is leading us down the wrong path. Taking online classes is a necessity for some students, but in...

Freshman Do’s and Don’ts

August 29, 2012


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Do's Acquaint yourself with D2L D2L, or Desire 2 Learn, is what a lot of your professors will use to post course news, grades, readings and assignments. D2L will become a go-to webpage for you, so the quicker you learn how to use it, the better. Ask your professor, RA, or an upperclassman to give you...

All faculty should utilize D2L technology

April 18, 2012


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As exams and the final chances to make the Dean’s List near, many of us will be checking our grades regularly on Desire2Learn. Unless your instructor doesn’t use D2L. The university has set up a network for students to learn, check grades and have documents at-hand online. Many instructors...

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