Canvas Editing Guidelines and Flowchart

With the migration to Canvas from d2l, you might have noticed that instructors can now directly edit courses. If you spot a typo, you now have the ability to fix it, without having to make a special request to Extended Campus. The attached flowchart, which resulted from the work of a Canvas Editing Workgroup (comprised of members of different IL partner campuses), explains what items we can quickly and easily edit by ourselves, which items should involve discussion, and which need to wait until a course revision.

Collaborative Editing Flowchart

Transition; Professional Resources and Support

As Sarah Korpi e-mailed a few weeks ago, there is not a renewed Memorandum of Agreement with our Independent Learning courses, and we (the Division of Continuing Studies at UW-Madison) are entering a teach-out period. As you think through your own specific transition plan, we want to highlight some of the services and support available to you on campus:

1. On Friday, August 9 from noon to 4 pm, there will be a workshop for IL instructors to assist with this transition at 21 N Park Street, room 7221 (where we usually meet). Elizabeth Schrimpf, Career and Education Counselor with Adult Career & Special Student Services will be customizing a workshop for us. The first half of the workshop will focus on processing this transition on a personal level. The second half of the workshop will focus on specific tools and strategies you can use for job searches. For more info and to RSVP, see the following link. Please RSVP by Monday, August 5.

2. The employee assistance office offers counseling and consultation at no cost to UW-Madison staff:

3. The Division of Continuing Studies (our division on campus) also has several resources that you can use at no cost:
a. Career Counseling:
b. Job Search Support Group:

In the midst of this change, know that your years of service, your passion for teaching, and everything you brought to Independent Learning is immensely appreciated.

NetID Login

In an effort to help with online protection, UW-Madison will be adding a step to the NetID login later this year. After logging in as we usually do, we’ll then use a smartphone or a fob to verify our identity. If you don’t have a smartphone, you will be provided with a fob.

The purpose of this: even if someone else has your NetID password, they won’t be able to log in to steal information or your identity.

The Division of Continuing Studies is schedule to start this process in February or March. More information can be found here:

In general, this new process should be user-friendly, and we’ll provide detailed instructions when the login process changes.

Invitation to IL Course Showcase

Greetings from Rich Freese! I wanted to invite you to a brief presentation that I’ll be giving alongside instructional designer Eric Peloza and media specialist Nick Meyer. We’ll be at UW-Extension and presenting on the IL course Legendary Performers. We revised it this past year, and we were fortunate to receive an ADEIL College-Level Course Award.

The brief presentation and following reception will take place Thursday, December 13, from 3-3:30pm, at 5602 Research Park Blvd., Suite 300 (top/3rd floor of building) Madison, WI 53719. We’ll be in room 337 (the Creativity Room).

Looking to later next month, we’ll also showcase the course in more detail at our next IL instructor meeting, Friday, January 25.

Canvas Webinar / Partners in Giving

Earlier this month, UW-Extension offered a webinar regarding the transition from d2l to Canvas. You can view that webinar here:

Please note: we are now teaching new IL students in Canvas and previously enrolled students in d2l. The presentation discussed timelines of students working in d2l and Canvas, along with more help with navigating and getting the most out of Canvas.

On a different note: with the revamping of IL faculty positions last summer, we are able to participate in the Partners in Giving campaign. You can find more info (and donate) at the link below. Even a donation of $1 can positively impact great causes in our community.

Best wishes on your Thanksgiving holiday!

ADEIL Conference This Week: Schedule

The 2018 ADEIL Conference is almost here! For a complete list of the schedule – workshops, keynote, reception, breakout sessions, etc, – go to:

The conference will be at Memorial Union at the UW-Madison campus. To locate the registration table, enter the Memorial Union via the East Wing (Peets Coffee Shop) and use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor. Registration will be set up outside Tripp Commons.

ADEIL Conference Next Week

Next week, UW-Madison hosts Join us at the Lake: ADEIL 2018 Annual Conference at Memorial Union. We hope that you’re able to take advantage of the learning and networking opportunities.

As some of our instructors are based outside of Madison, information for those coming from out of town (and for our Madison-based instructors, reminders of places to explore in Madison) are included below.

If you Arrive at the Dane County Regional Airport: You will find ground transportation near the baggage claim area. You may elect to take a cab from the airport to the hotel, or you may call the Graduate Hotel to arrange for shuttle service (608 257 4391).
Union Cab:
Badger Cab:
Green Cab:

If you Arrive by Car: You may use the parking service at the hotel.

If you Arrive with the Badger Bus from the Milwaukee Regional Airport:
You will get off the bus at the UW-Madison Campus Stop on Langdon Street: The conference hotel is a 5 minute walk away.

If you Arrive with the Van Galder Bus from O’Hare International Airport:
You will get off the bus at the UW-Madison Campus stop on Langdon Street: The conference hotel is a 5 minute walk away.

The Conference Hotel:
If you reserved a room at the conference hotel, you will be staying at the Graduate in Madison. You can visit their website at If you need directions to the Graduate Hotel, you may use Google Maps:

The Memorial Union:
The conference will be held at the UW-Madison Memorial Union. (Note: This is the Campus Bus Stop for Badger Bus and Van Galder Bus). To locate the Memorial Union with google maps, go to: Conference registration will open at 2 pm on October 24th. To locate the registration table, enter the Memorial Union via the East Wing (Peets Coffee Shop) and use the stairs or elevator to go to the second floor. Registration will be set up outside Tripp Commons.

Places to explore when you arrive:
If you arrive early, you may wish to explore the following places:
The Memorial Union has many quiet spaces as well as dining options:
The Chazen Museum of Art:
The Memorial Library: (check in at the Welcome Desk at the Library entrance near State Street for a visitor’s pass)
The State Capitol:
State Street (shops and restaurants):
The Veterans Museum:
Walking the Lakeshore Path to Picnic Point:
Camp Trippalndee (a restaurant in the Graduate Hotel)

Hope you have an inspiring time at the conference!

ADEIL October Conference: Funding and Presenting Opportunities

The Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) conference comes to Madison next month, October 24-26, and funding is available for you to attend and receive one year complimentary membership in ADEIL.

If you’d like to attend the conference on an Independent Learning scholarship, please do the following as soon as possible:

1. Register online:

2. Select the pay later option

3. Email indicating that you have registered and wish to attend the conference on scholarship

If you are interested in presenting, there is still space for posters during our poster sessions. If you would like to present a poster, please email

You can find more information on the conference at

IL Instructor/Facilitator Orientation

This past summer, the Independent Learning Instructor/Facilitator Orientation migrated from d2l to Canvas.

If haven’t yet completed the orientation and need access in Canvas, please e-mail your Net ID to Sarah Korpi: – this is the ID you use to sign in to and access your earning statements.

If you have questions as you go through the material, please e-mail Rich Freese, who is helping facilitate the orientation:

As a reminder, all DCS IL instructors are required to complete this orientation course. In addition to the opportunity to navigate Canvas before teaching in that platform, we hope this learning resource helps generate some ideas in your own courses.