University of Wisconsin–Madison

Notes for Summer 2021 Instructors

BBCollaborate: No longer available

The Zoom is recommended for courses due to the university’s enterprise contract and its integration with Canvas. For more information and for resources on how to transition courses from Blackboard Collaborate to Zoom, please refer to this KnowledgeBase news article about using Zoom. 

Zoom: Archiving Recordings Before Deletion

When recording a Zoom session, whether through the Zoom/Canvas integration or directly in Zoom ,the recordings will be accessible for 150 days before being moved to a trash folder. Recordings that need to be retained longer than 150 days, then it should be moved to Kaltura MediaSpace or local storage.

Honorlock: “Exam Pause” Feature Removed

In response to student feedback, the Honorlock “Exam Pause” feature was turned off and made unavailable in March. The feature had been automatically enabled when an instructor required the use of a webcam and would pause a student’s exam when their face could not be detected. 

Piazza: Available through December 31, 2021

Instructors can continue to use Piazza or consider using the Canvas Discussion Board, which has comparable features.

Course Syllabus Template in Canvas

The university provides a standard syllabus template that is strongly encouraged for all instruction. You can either download the Word version or set up the digital AEFIS syllabus in your Canvas course. Instructors using Canvas are encouraged to use the digital syllabus template. Further revisions to the template will occur over the summer in preparation for the fall semester. Watch for updates later in the summer.

Using Honorlock for Automated Proctoring

Honorlock, an automated proctoring service, is available for all UW–Madison credit-based courses as one of many assessment strategies for promoting academic integrity. 

Instructors should read the documentation on how to properly set up and use it. It is strongly recommended that instructors use a practice Honorlock exam with their students to allow them to get familiar with how the tool functions in a low-stakes situation before using it for real exams. For additional information on using Honorlock:

Accommodation Requests 

The McBurney Disability Resource Center’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) services team is currently emailing instructors with media captioning and live captioning/interpreting accommodations requests for summer and fall courses. The team provides guidance on planning for these accommodations, information on available accommodation options including professional captioning, and steps for coordinating Canvas access. Instructors without media captioning accommodations in their course who would still like to add captioning can implement machine captioning via Kaltura MediaSpace or contract captioning vendors.