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Winter 2016

Issue 62, Winter 2016  This issue of the ATUS News contains information about the new ATUS Director, a TechSmith Relay upgrade, the new Digital Media Center, a new Help Desk Customer Service Portal, Office 365 collaboration improvements, software updates for Microsoft Office, Qualtrics Research Suite, and Adobe Creative Cloud, and a welcome to two new ATUS employees.

Introducing 3D Printing to the STC

The Student Technology Center (STC) is excited to be introducing 3D printing this winter. Through a grant from the Student Technology Fee, we've purchased three printers and two scanners. The printers use a form of additive manufacturing to write fine layers of plastic. The STC will be using PLA plastic which produces non-toxic fumes and is biodegradable. The 3D scanners attach to an iPad providing a handheld, mobile tool for scanning objects both large and small.

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Fall 2015

Issue 61, Fall 2015 Please read this issue of the ATUS News for timely information about upcoming technology changes and resources, including 3D printing in the STC, WordPress on campus, Windows upgrades in some classrooms and labs, Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office updates, benefits of Office_365 groups, and a new role for Kevin Dixey.

Canvas Sites for Majors

Our Canvas integration with Banner provides for daily enrollment updates to more than 1,500 active courses. Now, we are providing similar automated updates allowing you to communicate with students in your department’s Major.

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Spring 2015

Issue 60, Spring 2015   Please read this issue for important technology updates including the CIIA Showcase, actions to take before leaving for summer, Windows 8.1 in computer labs, Canvas sites for Majors, exciting new Office 365 features, SPSS & Adobe software updates, new ATUS employees, and photos from a very informative Tech Tonic event. 

EDUCAUSE Faculty Survey

EDUCAUSE Faculty Survey

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ITS would like to thank the faculty for their input through the EDUCAUSE faculty survey distributed during the Winter 2014 quarter. The survey was created and managed by the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) which is the research arm for the professional society serving information technologists in higher education. By distributing the survey to 151 institutions, ECAR received over 17,000 responses. At Western, 211 faculty provided their input.

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Fall 2014

Please read this issue for important and timely technical updates including a new Office 365 login procedure, Innovative Teaching Showcase nominations and upgrades, a variety of software updates, a new Help Desk service ticket system, Educause faculty IT survey results, ATUS staff kudos and updates. Happy Holidays!

Flipping with Camtasia Relay

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.

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Digital Badging at Western

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.

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Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate to be Retired

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.

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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. 

 

Winter 2014

Issue 56, Winter 2014 Please read this issue for important technology updates including a faculty technology survey, opportunity for a summer technology grant, upcoming changes to email and other communication tools, the end of Blackboard archives, Tech Tonic 2014, the Innovative Teaching Showcase on Blended Learning, ATUS Staff Updates, and more.

Survey on Faculty Technology Experiences

We ask that all faculty take a few moments to respond to our survey of technology use and services. On February 19th, all faculty should have received an email invitation to complete a survey prepared by the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR). ECAR is the research arm for the largest non-profit organization supporting technology in higher education and regularly publishes its research findings online (www.educause.edu/ecar).

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