Results from the first week of classes “pulse” survey

Earlier this week, Academic Technologies and the Harte Center created an Poll Everywhere survey about how the first week of classes is going

Here are the results (as of Thursday afternoon):

student responses to "how are you feeling about the first week of classes?"

student answers to "how would you summarize your first week experience?"

student responses to "what can we do to better support you?"

Students, if you’re reading this, please know that faculty and staff are committed to your academic growth. We want you to be excited about learning, know that we care about you as a person, and that W&L offers many avenues of support to help you pursue your goals and dreams. We’re here for you! Be on the look out for a new poll soon!

Instructors, polling is a great active learning technique that you can employ to engage students in thinking about course content, as well as assess their opinions, knowledge, and/or skills in real-time and with low- or no-stakes. 

Interested in a Poll Everywhere account? Want to talk about how to use polling in the classroom?

Contact the ITS Information Desk at, call 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level of Leyburn Library.

Quick Guide for Students: How to Request a Space in 25Live

You need a quiet place to study and you spot an empty room. Nobody’s inside and you don’t see anyone stuff in there either. Best of all, there’s a door, so you can CLOSE it and get a little privacy.  Score!

You march in, plop your backpack onto the ground, take off your mask, and kick off your sneakers. Ten minutes later, your laptop is open, notebooks scattered all over, and you’re swiping through TikTok when the door suddenly opens. The intruder says, “Uh, sorry, but, I’ve reserved this room …” as you spring to your feet. 

Ugh! Time to vacate!

In case you didn’t know, 25Live is the official web-based tool for scheduling University events and assigning rooms to them, including academic classes.

All W&L faculty, staff, and students have access to 25Live. Using the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, or Edge, log in with your W&L credentials at 1), then click on the 25Live “tile” OR 2)

Here’s a quick video (<6 minutes) about how to log in and request a space! 

It’s IDEAL and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to submit your request with as much advance notice as possible and to allow 24-48 hours for space approvers to approve (or deny) your request

That said, we totally understand that you might need a room ASAP.

If that’s the case, you’ll want to request an auto-approved space. These spaces are automatically reserved, if available at the desired time and date. You do not have to wait for approval.

All Auto-Approved Spaces (must log in with W&L credentials to view)

Quick List of Auto-Approved Spaces 

Click on the URL to see additional details about the space.

Other great study spaces that do require approval

If you need help or have questions about 25Live, contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email, or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level of Leyburn Library.


Departmental Initiatives in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I)

Diversity, equity, and inclusion is a central tenant of W&L’s strategic plan.

The University has invested greatly in this effort, including creating a dedicated physical space for a Center for DE&I, allocating $10M in additional funding from the endowment to accelerate this work, and creating programming. W&L’s commitment to DE&I extends to all facets of the University including student life, academics, admissions, employee hiring, faculty recruitment and retention, and Institutional history.

The Harte Center and Academic Technologies are teaming up to host a luncheon series: Departmental Initiatives in DE&I.

If our institutional efforts toward diversity, inclusion, and equity are to be truly impactful, we need to find ways to share effective practices with each other. This series, highlighting departmental and programmatic DEI initiatives, is designed to create conversations about what all of us–every department, every program, every individual–can do to ensure that every student who arrives on our campus has the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential. 

The luncheon series begins at the end of the month, highlighting the work of the Geology department.


Geology: Unlearning Racism in Geo Sciences (URGE) - September 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm in Leyburn 119

A Million Thank You’s for Making Fall Academy a Smashing Success!

the words "thank you" in a variety of colors, wiggling around Many, many thanks to all who took the time to present and thank you to all who made time to attend.

Extra special thanks to both Dining Services and Facilities for tirelessly creating and setting up sumptuous meals and snacks for all the attendees and presenters – we are deeply grateful for your many contributions. Thank you so much!

If you haven’t already completed evaluations for the sessions you’ve attended, *please* take a few minutes to do so at We value your input, both positive and negative, to help us refine and improve our future offerings. 

Also, don’t forget to bring your completed Bingo cards to the ITS Information Desk to claim your swag (while supplies last)!

Though Fall Academy is over, the learning and dialogue continues. The Harte Center and Academic Technologies is excited to partner with you to help amplify your teaching practice. Come visit us on Level 1 of Leyburn Library. We are here for you!

P.S. Mark your calendars for Winter Academy, which will take place between Monday, December 13, through Thursday, December 16, 2021.

P.P.S.S. If you have a suggestion for a Winter Academy session you’d like to offer or to have offered, email Julie Knudson or Helen MacDermott.

How to Add a Faculty Member to a Canvas Course from a Past Term

 It’s definitely possible to add another instructor to a Canvas course that has concluded IF you know this trick:

  1. Go to Settings in the Course Navigation of the past term Canvas course.
  2. In the Course Details tab, change the Participation: dropdown from “Term” to “Course”.
  3. Type tomorrow’s date (or any date in the future) as the End date.
  4. Scroll down and click the “Update Course Details” button on the right.
  5. Go to People in the Course Navigation.
  6. Click on the “+ People” button on the right.
  7. Add the email address of the faculty member you want to add. Choose “Teacher” in the Role dropdown.
  8. Go back to Settings in the Course Navigation.
  9. Change the Participation: dropdown back to “Term”.
  10. Scroll down and click the “Update Course Details” button on the right.
  11. Tah-dah! You did it! Pat yourself on the back.

Need help? Have questions? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email, or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level of Leyburn Library.

How to Create Classroom Recordings of Lectures

Pick YuJa or Zoom, whichever video conferencing tool you are more comfortable with using. Both will work.

I pick YuJa!

YuJa Method #1: I want to record my class to YuJa and make it available to my students in Canvas.

  1. Enable YuJa in your Canvas course.
  2. Record class in an YuJa-enabled classroom and save directly to your course channel
  3. Tell students to click on YuJa in the course navigation of your Canvas course to watch videos published to the course channel.

YuJa Method #2: I want to edit my YuJa class recording before I make it available to my students in Canvas.

  1. Enable YuJa in your Canvas course.
  2. Record class in an YuJa-enabled classroom
  3. Use the Video Editor to make simple edits. (optional)
  4. Publish to your course channel.
  5. Tell students to click on YuJa in the course navigation of your Canvas course to watch videos published to the course channel.

I pick Zoom!

  1. Enable YuJa in your Canvas course.
  2. Create and start a Zoom meeting. (Read this if you’ve enabled Zoom in your Canvas course.)
  3. Record the Zoom meeting to the cloud.
  4. Download the Zoom cloud recording and upload to your YuJa course channel.
  5. Tell students to click on YuJa in the course navigation of your Canvas course to watch videos published to the course channel.

Need help? Have questions? Contact the ITS Information Desk at, 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the Main Level of Leyburn Library. We’ve got you.

Need a copy of the 2021 Fall Academy schedule?

Look no further, friends!

The most up-to-date Fall Academy schedule is always located at, but it’s nice to have a print copy, too.

To print the Fall Academy schedule as a foldable booklet:
  1. Download the .PDF above.
  2. Open the .PDF in Adobe Acrobat DC.
  3. Choose File > Print and select the desired printer.
  4. Under Pages to Print, select All.
  5. Under Page Sizing & Handling:
    • Select Booklet.
    • Select Both sides for Booklet subset.
    • Select Left for Binding.
    • Select Portrait for Orientation.
  6. Click the Print button. Your screen will look something like this:
    Print Setting options for Adobe Acrobat DC on a Mac to print the Fall Academy schedule as a booklet
  7. Fold in half and enjoy!

How to Wield the Power of Podcasting in Your Classroom!

Podcasting is a fast-growing storytelling medium for sharing information and personal expression. Beyond the convenience of listening on the go, the power of podcasting lies in the words, sounds, and silences in the theater of the mind.

Creating a high-quality podcast requires careful planning, quality scripting, and production skills. Thanks to ITS Academic Technologies, StoryCenter returns to W&L once again to offer a workshop of storytelling in the increasingly popular podcast format. 

Storycenter facilitators will guide you through story development, scripting, interview technique, audio hardware options, and training in Audacity software. All participants will gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge with various facets of creating a podcast and construct a complete, polished podcast segment that integrates consistently with an overall podcast identity. Listen to examples of podcast segments that have come out of Storycenter’s podcast workshops.

This workshop is designed for those who are new to podcasting; eager to learn the basics of long-form, narrative audio storytelling; and interested in using podcasting in the classroom. All W&L faculty are encouraged to apply at


  1. All participants meet in-person with Academic Technologies (but virtually with StoryCenter staff) for a 2-hour introduction session during Winter Academy: Wednesday, December 15 at 9:15 am, breakfast provided.

  2. During Winter Break, each participant conducts an interview (45–60 minutes in length) on their own to use in their podcast segment during Winter Break.

  3.  In January or February 2022, each participant meets on-on-one via Zoom with a StoryCenter facilitator to review their interview and discuss a possible segment to build on based on that interview. 

  4.  All participants meet in-person for three days during Feb Break: Monday, February 21 through Wednesday, February 23, 2022; lunch and snacks provided.

Questions? Contact Julie Knudson at



New! Self-paced Canvas Instructor Training!

Truth? Brandon and I love teaching about Canvas.

We really enjoy having a computer lab chock full of professors eager to absorb all they can about the University’s learning management system and we also dig Zoom meetings with those needing a refresher about how to build a peer review assignment or use Speedgrader to grade assignments. 

We also understand that it’s difficult to commit to hour-long training, especially as the start of term creeps closer and closer.

As such, we’ve put together a totally asynchronous, self-paced Canvas tutorial consisting of short videos and links to the Canvas Instructor Guides that contains all you need to navigate Canvas, create assignments and assessments, build a course, grade, and give feedback. 

Self-enroll at:

Heck, if you don’t even want to join the tutorial, you can just watch any or all the videos here: [must log in with W&L credentials]. 

Whether you email, call, or stop by our offices — we’re now located in the Harte Center on lowel level 1 in Leyburn Library — we’re always happy to answer questions, problem solve, and troubleshoot.

Technology and Tacos: Spotlight on the Pedagogy of Podcasting

Technology & Tacos - A Lunchtime Workshop Series

Our Pedagogy and Pizza lunchtime workshop series is back, and it has a new name!

During the Fall term, we’ll meet on three occasions — Tuesday, September 21; Tuesday, October 5; Tuesday, November 9 — in the Harte Center Teaching Hub (Leyburn 119) and Leyburn 109 (Innovation Classroom) to explore and learn about the why and how of podcasting.

  • Technology and Tacos #1: Incorporating Podcasting into Your Teaching Practice
    Educational podcasting has become increasingly popular among educators worldwide. Podcasting can be implemented in a variety of ways: from short, single-concept lectures or audio feedback to students to syntheses of course material through to student-generated content.In this session, hear directly from three W&L faculty members, Mikki Brock, Caleb Dance, and Michael Hill, about why they’ve incorporated podcasting into their classrooms and how it’s worked for them. (This session will be in Leyburn 119, The Teaching Hub.)
  • Technology and Thai #2: Teaching Students Interviewing Skills
    The interview is a staple of both podcasting and journalism, but many students are unfamiliar with how to effectively plan, conduct, and edit interviews.In this session, Mark Coddington, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, will go over the basics of what students need to know about interviewing, then have workshop participants pair up to briefly interview each another and debrief afterwards. (This session will be in Leyburn 119, The Teaching Hub.)
  • Technology and Turkey #3: The Nuts and Bolts of Podcasting
    Get a step-by-step breakdown of the entire process, including technology that’s available for check out, recommended recording/editing software, a quick tour of spaces in the Harte Center that are ideal for student work/collaboration, and how Academic Technologies can support podcasting project assignments, to ensure that students have the skills and background knowledge to create a podcast. (THIS SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE IN LEYBURN 109, The Innovation Classroom.)

All faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up and attend! Sign up at

Participants who attend all three sessions will receive a free AOKEO USB Condenser Podcast Microphone ($39.99 retail value).

Questions? Contact Julie Knudson at