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Spring 2014

Issue 57, Spring 2014 Please read this issue for important technology updates including the CIIA Showcase, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Creative Cloud, Lab Requests for Summer and Fall, New Canvas Draft State, upgrades to student use areas, digital badges, Camtasia Relay, end of Blackboard services, and actions to take if you are leaving for summer. 

 

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Innovative Teaching Showcase Learning Event

Author: Justina Brown

This year’s Innovative Teaching Showcase theme, “Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds,” honors faculty who have designed exemplar courses that capitalize on an effective blend of face-to-face and web-based instruction. Please attend the Showcase Learning Event on Friday, June 6, 12:30-2:30PM, Wilson Library 270 to learn more about the ways the following instructors at WWU have implemented this approach: Paula Dagnon, Rebekah Green, and Jerimiah Welch.

 

PAULA DAGNON, Associate Professor...

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Office 365 - 10 Reasons Why it Could Improve Your (Work) Life

Author: Rick Nichols

During May, all campus mailboxes were moved to the cloud as part of our Office 365 migration. Numerous benefits to each of us can be realized from the new Office 365 platform. These tools should help us to be able to work just about anywhere with just about any computing device just about any time. It is the latest offering from Microsoft of their cloud-first, mobile-first productivity tool set.

  • Your active mailbox size was increased to 50GB and you have access to a virtually unlimited archive mailbox...

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Software Updates: Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud

Author: Susan Brown

Licensing for Microsoft software has changed with the transition to Office 365 and changes are also on the horizon for Adobe software. Please contact us if you have questions about these or other software or services offered by ATUS Software Services.   www.wwu.edu/atus/software; software.services@wwu.edu, 360.650.3159.

Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of software applications hosted in the “cloud” (off campus) and thereby...

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Computer Lab Reservation Requests & Scheduled Software Upgrades

Author: Susan Brown

Please make requests for summer and fall computer lab reservations as soon as possible to get the best space possible for your needs. You can request a general university lab reservation using the Request a Reservation online form on the ATUS Computer Labs page. Also use this form to request special software to be installed. Please make special software requests for computer labs no later...

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Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate to be Retired

Author: John Farquhar

Following our transition plan first communicated in the spring of 2013, the Blackboard LMS will be fully retired as of June 30, 2014. If you have any remaining materials on Blackboard, please proceed to retrieve them as soon as possible. If you need assistance with this transition, please contact CanvasHelp@wwu.edu as early as possible, as our time throughout June will be limited.

In addition, our support of Blackboard Collaborate, a web conferencing tool, will end at...

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Before Leaving For Summer

Author: Sean Stockburger

Before leaving for the summer, please review the following computer account tips so you can hit the ground running when you return for Fall quarter.

Password Expiration:

The number one reason faculty, staff, and students contact the Help Desk at the end of summer is forgotten or expired passwords. You can avoid this frustration by updating your password before it expires and making sure you keep your password security questions/answers updated. It’s easy for us to forget how we answered some of the...

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Student Collaborative Spaces Upgraded

Author: Rob Galbraith

A pilot project to add charging capabilities and improve furniture in selected student collaborative workplaces was completed this quarter. The project which added charging plugs for student’s mobile devices was sponsored by the Provost and CIO.  The upgraded spaces include: Chemistry 290N, 390N & 490N; Biology 243A, 343A & 443A; the Environmental Studies 101 lounge area and Academic West 300 & 400 levels.

Electrical Upgrades:

Electrical upgrades included outlets with USB charging plugs and...

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ATUS Staff Updates

Author: George Liu, Rick Nichols, Robert Clark, Sean Stockburger, Susan Brown

ATUS Staff Updates

We have farewell, welcomes, and congratulations to share. See below for news about Rob Galbraith, Patty Bover, George Liu, Lani Farley, Josh Seyer and Andy Stoltenberg.

 

Photo of Rob Galbraith

It is hard to imagine ATUS and Western without Rob Galbraith, but we will wish him well as he retires after...

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New Canvas Feature: Making Drafts

Author: Kevin Dixey

New Canvas Feature: Making Drafts

Kevin Dixey

Canvas undergoes continuous improvement on a regular basis. A few weeks ago, Instructure released a new feature supporting the creation of draft documents. Draft State provides an instructor with the ability to create pages, assignments, and other items that are organized in Modules in a draft mode. Items in draft mode do not become available to students until they are published by the instructor. This feature will make it much easier to organize...

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Digital Badging at Western

Author: John Farquhar

ATUS has been investigating the use of Digital Badges for the public display of personal achievements. A digital badge is a graphical insignia awarded to individuals for reaching specified learning outcomes or other achievements. Individuals earn badges, then display them to faculty and potential employers within LMS systems, electronic Portfolios, on social media pages such as LinkedIn, as well as on individual websites. Embedded within each graphical insignia is metadata confirming the award to a particular recipient, describing details...

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Flipping with Camtasia Relay

Author: John Farquhar

Many faculty are now recording presentations (either live in the classroom or back in the office without an audience). Faculty are creating these recordings to "Flip" their instruction -- providing background information that students view before coming to class. Or, faculty record their in-class lectures providing students with an archive of very helpful review materials.

A tool increasingly used for this purpose is called Camtasia Relay. This tool is very easy to use. You simply launch it before your presentation and it will...

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