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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. 


Request for Faculty Insight

Author: Justina Brown 8 male & female stick figures holding hands

The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment is looking for faculty insight on what they're doing to promote multicultural inclusion in their courses.This year’s Innovative Teaching Showcase will include a "Profiles" page, allowing the web publication to shine the light on the many educators at Western Washington University, beyond the three featured instructors, who have implemented teaching strategies and designs to promote multicultural understanding. This year’s theme is Infusing Multicultural Perspectives into the...

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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 questions....

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Windows 8.1 in General University Computer Labs for Fall 2015

Author: Rick Nichols

Windows 8.1 will be the standard operating system in general university computer labs beginning Fall 2015 after a successful test period on student workstations in non-teaching general university labs and stand-alone kiosks during the last few months. ATUS will include a brief end-user “quick start” guide in the teaching labs to assist users who are not yet familiar with some of the interface changes of Windows 8.1. We will also have information available on the Help Desk website.

ATUS is in the process of testing classroom software...

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Canvas Sites for Majors

Author: John Farquhar

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.

All of the same Canvas features can be utilized. For example, you might want to distribute a calendar of events for students in your Major, or place notices, invitations or policies that you wish to communicate. Place those items in your Major Canvas course; students will have authenticated...

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Software Updates

Author: Susan Brown


The IBM SPSS Statistics Academic Site License Subscription is in progress and new authorization codes will be available before the end of June. Please disregard any notices that the license will expire within 30 days. Next year, IBM SPSS Statistics 22 & 23 will be available for instruction and academic research. It is likely, due to cost increases, that IBM AMOS, a structural equation modeling software, will be available to faculty and students as named-user subscriptions but not as lab or...

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Qualtrics Survey Software on the Way

Author: Rick Nichols

The university has purchased a three-year license for use of Qualtrics web-based survey software. Qualtrics is a software tool used to design and distribute online surveys and capture survey results from publicly-available surveys or from users who are specifically given access to a survey. It will be freely available to all WWU faculty, staff, and students.

Qualtrics may be used to:

  • Assist faculty, staff, and students with collecting data for research project or assignments
  • Assess user satisfaction with academic or...

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New ATUS Employees

Author: George Liu & Sean Stockburger

Russell Stetzer & Charlie Walentiny have joined ATUS

Desktop Support Services is very pleased to add Russell Stetzer as a new Desktop Support Technician. Russell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Management Information Systems, and was also a desktop and lab support specialist there for over 10 years, so he brings a wealth of experience in...

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Tech Tonic 2015

Author: Kevin Dixey

The 9th annual Tech Tonic technology event on Tuesday, April 14, with the theme Shake, Make and Innovate, was part of Western's Active Minds Changing Lives week. Nearly sixty 20-minute lightning rounds were presented on a broad spectrum of topics ranging from the latest & greatest technologies to how to get your big idea off the ground using next generation tools to crowdfunding. This year, Tech Tonic was honored to have a number of students and alumni presenting their ideas as well as some exciting...

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