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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

Author: John Farquhar

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 ( The 2014 faculty survey asks questions about...

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Faculty Development Summer Grant

Author: Justina Brown

Have you ever wanted to build more web-based, interactive elements into your course but could not find the time? Would you be more apt to do a redesign if you had dedicated pedagogical and technical support… and a stipend? Now is your chance!

The Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment presents the availability of a limited number of summer grants for Western faculty who wish to use strategic uses of the web to enhance their existing courses. Six awards of $4,000 are available for work...

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Important Changes to Email Coming

Author: John Lawson

Office 365 logoOur technical services staff have been working hard at preparing us to “move to the cloud” with Microsoft Office 365. There are many, many benefits that we think you will enjoy. Here are just a few highlights:

1.  Email will be hosted in the cloud and include a 50 GB mailbox and unlimited archive mailbox space (way better than our current 1 GB limit, eh?).

2.  Simple file...

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Blackboard Archive Ends in June

Author: John Farquhar

We’d like to remind faculty that the existing archive of Blackboard materials will be de-commissioned at the end of June 2014.  If you believe that there are any materials of value in your Blackboard archive, we recommend that you export that content long before the end of June.

Our transition path away from Blackboard began during the Winter quarter of 2013. The transition schedule was approved by the faculty senate last spring giving faculty a full year to either move content to Canvas or save materials to other media. Our...

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Tech Tonic 2014

Author: Kevin Dixey

The 8th annual Tech Tonic Tech Expo will be held on April 10, 2014 in the Library Reading Room of Wilson Library. 

Social media and mobile computing have forever changed the way we see and interact with the world. These simple, yet powerful tools connect us with friends, colleagues and collaborators. They allow us to expand ourselves in ways that that we never...

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"Blended Learning" Showcase

Author: Justina Brown

This year’s Innovative Teaching Showcase theme, “Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds,” seeks to honor faculty who have designed exemplar courses that capitalize on an effective blend of face-to-face and web-based instruction. This kind of instruction has the potential to make the student learning experience reflective of real-world technologies and collaborations, use student and instructor time innovatively, integrate digital citizenship and information literacy into coursework, and provide equitable opportunities for interaction,...

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Software Updates

Author: Susan Brown

As you may already be aware, Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported by Microsoft after April 8, 2014. There will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Workstations with Windows XP will not be allowed to connect to the WWU network.

If you have Windows XP and/or Microsoft Office 2003 installed on a home workstation, please consider upgrading or replacing that software.

The Microsoft Home Use...

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ATUS Staffing News

Author: Rick Nichols, Sheri Kaufmann

ATUS Welcomes New Desktop Support SpecialistMariah Warner photo

ATUS is happy to introduce a new desktop support specialist to our team. Mariah Warner joins us from Zodiac Aerospace where she was a systems support technician for the past four years. Mariah replaces Dave Lowe who worked for us for 30+ years. Dave’s...

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New Desktop Service

Author: Rick Nichols

A new product will be deployed over the next few weeks to improve the computing user-experience for faculty, staff, and students. The product is from Dell and it is called KACE. This product, which is already deployed in CBE and the Viking Union, will be rolled out to the rest of campus by the various colleges’ IT staff and Information Technology Services. One of the key benefits KACE offers is ensuring that all computers on our network have current anti-virus software, as well as current application updates, patches, and drivers. The KACE...

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Protecting Yourself in a Mobile World

Author: Linc Nesheim

Protecting Yourself in a Mobile World
By Linc Nesheim

Smartphones and tablets that attach to the WWU Outlook email system have some little-known security features that can help protect your data and privacy if your device is lost or stolen.

While some phone vendors offer more sophisticated GPS location, remote lock, and remote-delete features — if you are using your smartphone or tablet built-in email app, the WWU system provides a basic remote-delete feature built into your Outlook mailbox.

This feature is accessed...

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