March 16, 2020  |  News & Events, Provost's Monday Updates

Good afternoon, colleagues. Here is this week’s update from Academic Affairs.

COVID-19 Update

As you know we have extended Spring Break, and starting March 30, we’ll initiate alternate forms of instruction, including online instruction.  I want to update you on a number of issues relating to these changes:


    1. Move Your Course Online for Spring 2020
      Attend face-to-face for point-and-click in-person help; or
      Attend via Collaborate Ultra if point-and-click help is not needed.
    2. Canvas: Basics 
    3. Synchronous Video Conferencing with Collaborate Ultra


    1. Contact:; 414 229-4319
    2. Schedule appointment (M-F, 9-4:30 in ENG B59;; 414 229-4319)
    3. Request support from CETL and your School/College:
    4. Help with Canvas (24/7) from Instructure/Canvas:
  • UWM DETA Center edX Course on Transition to Online Instruction
    The course, “Pivoting to Online Teaching: Research and Practitioner Perspectives,” is a partnership of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at UWM, the University of Texas at Arlington’s LINK Research Lab, and the University of South Australia’s Centre for Change and Complexity in Learning (C3L). The course is based in current learning science, learning analytics, and online learning research. It covers key concepts and provides guidance on how to start teaching online. The course starts on Monday, March 16, with a series of online webinars addressing planning and design, overview of teaching technologies, fostering interaction, student voices, and planning assessment. Subsequent weeks will provide a deeper dive into the online teaching experience and provide course participants with opportunities to learn from peers, develop effective mindsets for success online, build a culture of care in their digital teaching, and plan for successful student outcomes by creating engaging and collaborative courses.
    Registration is free for this course at Edx:
  • Additional Information

UWM COVID-19 Website

Academic Continuity Planning

Office of Research – Updates related to sponsored research

Employee FAQ

Graduate Student FAQ

Information Security Awareness Training Deadline Extended

The deadline for UWM employees to complete the UW System policy-mandated training, “Checkpoint: Data Security & Privacy,” has been extended a month, until April 30.  To complete your training, check your email for the initial message with the subject line, “University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Online Training,” from the email address Reminders are sent out weekly, with the subject line, “University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Course Status Reminder.” These messages contain your personalized link to access the online training course.


UWM won eight awards in the EduAdAwards sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report: one gold (campaign finale celebration), three silvers (Campaign Final Report, UWM Research magazine, student viewbook), and four bronzes (UWM Libraries Annual Report, Alumni Magazine 2019, total recruitment package and search piece). These pieces were created by University Relations, the Office for Development & Alumni Relations, and the UWM Libraries. Congratulations to all!

Lisa Hager (CGS English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies) was accepted into the Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH) 2020-2021 UW System Fellowship program/competition. Well done, Lisa!

The Week – As soon as possible, I plan to conduct most of my meetings virtually using Teams.


I start the week with my standing meeting with Robin Van Harpen, followed by a  meeting on the system-wide freshwater collaborative, the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet meeting, a Crisis Management Team meeting on the Coronavirus Pandemic, and a planning meeting to address Academic Affairs issues and formulate guidelines for schools and colleges as it pertains to COVID -19.


In the morning, I have my monthly meeting with Stan Stojkovic. In the afternoon, I have my monthly meeting with Tim Behrens and my weekly meeting with the Chancellor.


Today, I will attend a meeting on Online/Keypath partnerships, my one-on-one meeting with Purush Papatla, a COVID-19 Academic Continuity Planning meeting with the deans, and a Research Excellence Strategic Direction meeting with Mark Harris and Chancellor Mone. Later, I have standing meetings with Trudy Turner, Dave Clark, and Brett Peters.


In the morning, I have a CGS Restructuring teleconference, my monthly meeting with Tom Luljak, Kay Eilers, and Dave Clark, and a Campus Space Planning meeting. In the afternoon, I have a Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute Core Team meeting, Chancellor Mone and I will make remarks at the Capital Budget meeting with UW System representatives, and I have my monthly meeting with Alan Shoho and the Chancellor.


Today, I have an International Education Advisory Council teleconference and my monthly meetings with Jonathan Hanes and Nancy Nelson.


Support for Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) Program

The SURF program will accept applications for summer support through April 1. Faculty or academic staff may co-apply with an undergraduate student for an award to provide an hourly wage for the student to work as a research assistant on a collaborative research project. For questions about the SURF program, please contact Kyla Esguerra, Deputy Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at

World Café

Join faculty, staff, and community partners to discuss the promise and challenges of internship and other forms of site-based learning as an experiential learning strategy for UWM students, as CCBLLR hosts a World Café on Friday, April 24 from 12 – 2 p.m. in the Library 4th Floor Conference Center. Contact Laurie Marks ( with questions.


Please know that your health and safety are our highest priority. This is indeed an unprecedented challenge to UWM and to higher education, and as you know, it will change the way we work and how we interact with one another. I’m confident that we’ll navigate our way through this, and I just want to thank you all for your support and collegiality during these challenging times.

Take care,



Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs