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Winter 2015

Please read this issue for important and timely technology-related updates including new Office 365 features, announcement of Tech Tonic 2015, new Canvas mobile apps, software updates including a free academic program for AutoCAD software, a new mobile device charging station in the STC, CIIA Innovative Teaching Showcase featured faculty and two new ATUS staff members. 

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Create and Manage Your Own Groups with Office 365

Author: Sean Stockburger

Microsoft continually updates and adds new features to Office 365. The most significant new feature allows faculty and staff to create and manage their own groups for sharing email, calendar and files. Recent updates also include the new online App Launcher and an optional Clutter folder you can enable to help you organize your Inbox.  

The Office 365 App Launcher replaced the row of buttons across the top of the Office 365 display (the “nav bar”) that allowed you to navigate between Outlook, Calendar, OneDrive,...

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Tech Tonic's "Shake, Make and Innovate" Showcase Set for April 14

Author: John Thompson

Like the swallows coming back to Capistrano, ATUS will once again celebrate spring with its 9th annual Tech Tonic Technology Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in the Wilson Library Reading Room.

The theme for this year’s event is “Shake, Make, and Innovate.” The internet and mobile technologies have forever changed the way we see and interact with the world. Today, we have simple, yet powerful tools to connect and share with friends, colleagues, potential collaborators and new employers. How can these tools foster...

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Canvas Gives Mobile Apps Some Love

Author: Kevin Dixey

Over the course of the past two years, Canvas has proven itself to be a reliable and powerful Learning Management System (LMS) here at Western Washington University. The transition has been smooth and Instructure, the developer of Canvas, has been able to deliver the promise of a modern system that is constantly being improved. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the Canvas mobile apps that have lagged behind the browser-based tools in both features and usability.

Instructure has heard our pleas and has been hard at work...

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Software Updates

Author: Susan Brown

AutoDesk – Good News/Bad News

Good news from AutoDesk is a new program providing free software for academic use. Thanks to a request from Professor Dipu Gupta, Theatre Arts, Western now has an AutoDesk Academic Resource Center (ARC) account for downloading Autodesk software, including AutoCAD, for no charge!

The software obtained through ARC may be used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by an...

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Innovative Teaching Showcase Faculty Announced

Author: Justina Brown

This year’s Innovative Teaching Showcase theme, “Infusing Multicultural Perspectives into the Curriculum,” seeks to honor faculty who have infused their course materials and instructional strategies with diverse perspectives in order to include the many facets of the human experience. This inclusive course design promotes sensitivity toward multicultural issues, challenges traditional perspectives, and embeds equity, justice, and diversity principles in disciplinary content.

Each spring, the CIIA publishes a new...

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New Charging Station in STC

Author: David Hamiter

The Student Technology Center now has a free charging station available to all WWU students, staff and faculty. Simply check out a key, place your phone or mobile device in the designated locker, connect it, lock it and leave it to charge. Come back later to pick it up, fully charged.

Connectors are provided for mini-usb, micro-usb, Apple Lightning and iPhone 4. There are 8 small and 2 large lockers.

To use or see the charging station, just go the Student Technology Center on the 2nd floor of Haggard Hall.

 

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ATUS Staff Additions

Author: George Liu

ATUS has two new Desktop Consultants. They join our team to support all areas of computers and peripherals including troubleshooting and resolving issues with applications, operating systems, hardware, and network connectivity; imaging and deploying workstations; and training and coordinating with internal clients. Please help us welcome them to our university family.

 

Tim Alfonso was employed at Heath Tecna (now Zodiac) for the last 4 years...

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