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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.


Introducing 3D Printing to the STC

Author: John Farquhar 3D head & shoulders

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.

To support these 3D technologies, the STC will be offering a series of...

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WordPress @ Western

Author: Max Bronsema Wordpress

WordPress has landed at Western! WebTech and ATUS have partnered to bring the popular web publishing platform, WordPress, to everyone at Western. This new tool is geared to anyone wishing to create personal blogs, portfolios, or websites. WebTech is also deploying WordPress as a solution for non-academic department sites.

The goal of providing WordPress as a service is to allow easy content creation. No longer do you need a Dreamweaver license; you only need a web browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer. Sites...

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Microsoft Windows or Office 2016 Upgrades for Selected Classrooms, Computer Labs, & Student Laptops

Author: Rick Nichols

General university classrooms in Bond Hall will be upgraded to the Windows 8.1 operating system over the coming break. Resources for transition to the new operating system will be available. 

ATUS released Windows 10 and Office 2016 in certain general use computing environments recently. Selected student checkout laptops in the Student Technology Center and the Help Desk in Academic West, along with non-teaching computer labs in Old Main and Miller Hall, are part of the initial phase of our evaluation. We will test in these...

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Software Updates - Adobe & Microsoft

Author: Susan Brown

Microsoft Office 2016 & Windows 10

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac and Windows has been released. Compatibility with all enterprise features is being tested. Faculty and staff Mac users are encouraged to update university-owned workstations due to the many improvements over Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac. Windows users can also upgrade, but the changes are not as significant. To upgrade university-owned workstations, please contact the ATUS Help Desk, 650...

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Five Reasons to Create an Office 365 Group for your Project Team or Committee

Author: Sean Stockburger Microsoft Office 365 Logo

All WWU employees are on at least one email distribution list at Western, and you have probably seen them in Outlook's Global Address List (anything that begins with a "grp" prefix). Employees can request these lists using an e-Sign form. In the past, the manager of a distribution list could edit that list's membership using the Outlook address book. When the university moved to Office 365, list managers lost the ability to edit their lists and have since needed to ask the Help Desk or another IT support group to add or remove members on...

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New ATUS Roles

Author: John Farquhar


photo of Kevin DixeyATUS welcomes Kevin Dixey into a new role. Following a national search to fill the position of Instructional Designer, we were delighted to select Kevin. In this position, Kevin will have new responsibilities for advancing instructional technologies. His former position, leading technical support for Canvas, will be filled this winter. Meanwhile, Kevin continues to do an...

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