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Winter 2013

Issue 53, Winter 2013     This issue contains information about the conversion to Canvas from Blackboard, Tech Tonic 2013 and other technology updates that impact teaching and learning at WWU. 

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Canvas Conversion at Western

Author: John Farquhar

The Faculty Senate approved the recommendation of the Academic Technology Committee (ATC) to convert our learning management system from Blackboard to Canvas on February 11, 2013. This was followed by Senate approval of ATC's recommendation on how this conversion would proceed. It has received approval from the Provost. The recommendation for this conversion is that: "Full access to Blackboard be maintained through the end of summer quarter (2013). Beginning fall quarter (2013), the default Leaning Management System (LMS) will be Canvas;...

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myWestern Upgrade over Spring Break

Author: Marie Raney

The familiar Western portal will get a new look over spring break. Administrative Computing is upgrading to the latest version of uPortal, the underlying software. Academic Technology and University Communications took the opportunity of this upgrade to establish a new clean look for the portal, as seen below. The portal will continue to work on mobile devices and there will be some changes to the look of that interface also.

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Tech Tonic 2013

Author: John Farquhar, Kevin Dixey, AJ Barse

The seventh annual Tech Tonic technology showcase will take place on April 11, 2013, from 10 am – 3 pm in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room with the theme "Life in the Cloud: iPhone with Graduation CapAnything, Anytime, Anywhere." Presented by the Student Technology Center and Associated Students in conjunction...

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EveryonePrint Mobile Printing

Author: Rob Galbraith

EveryonePrint is a new wireless printing system that enables students to print from mobile devices to select campus printers. Using this system, students can send documents for printing from laptop computers, phones or tablet devices from either on or off campus. The ability to print from their own device allows students to print an assignment from home and pick it up in time for class without having to take the time to locate an available lab computer, login and print.

EveryonePrint is currently configured at two campus locations;...

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News from Web Services

Author: Marie Raney, Max Bronsema

College Drupal Sites

We are actively working with several colleges to move their websites to a powerful, interactive web authoring system called Drupal. In 2011 we moved the WWU homepage to Drupal; now we are providing the same capability to the colleges. After the colleges are well underway, we plan to move on to a design for the administrative offices.

Drupal is a free software package with a database that allows easy creation of customized interactive websites using just the browser. Its capabilities are...

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Washington Canvas User Group Conference

Author: John Farquhar

WWU is co-hosting the inaugural Washington Canvas User Group Conference this March 28-29 at Tacoma Community College. Sessions will range from introductory workshops to demonstrations of advanced features given by colleagues in the state and professionals from Instructure, Inc., the developer of Canvas.

See http://wacug.wordpress.com/for more information.

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New Computer Hardware

Author: Fred Robson

The big news in computer hardware is the explosion of tablet computers. The iPad has been out the longest and has hundreds of thousands of apps. Windows 8 tablets are also available and provide Microsoft Office apps, and with the Windows 8 Pro version, user authentication to the WWU network. All software purchases including apps are considered restricted. For most standard software and many of the apps, Western has contract agreements for special discounts and license privileges. Check with ATUS Software Services for more information...

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Tips for Printing PDFs

Author: Kathy Tadlock

Having trouble printing PDF files? Try saving the PDF to your desktop, then printing. Another option- under the Advanced button in the Adobe print driver screen, select “Print As Image”. If you continue to have problems, contact the ATUS Help Desk, helpdesk@wwu.edu or 650-3333.

 

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