What is that new icon in the global navigation menu in Canvas?

Ever wish you had a quick way to find the last page you visited in Canvas? Now you can! Check out the new Recent History link/button in your Global Navigation menu.

The Global Navigation menu now includes a Recent History link/button (under Inbox). This History link/button displays the most recent pages viewed in Canvas up to the last three weeks. Page content is displayed by title.


Questions? Contact the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu or 540.458.4357 (HELP).

Oooh! Access to electronic version of Derek Bruff’s “Intentional Tech”

H/T to Kaci Resau for sharing a link to an online version of “Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching“, our Winter 2021 selection for the Pedagogy, Books, and Java book club: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/wlu/detail.action?docID=5910154.

BONUS! You can even download up to 69 pages as a PDF to read on your laptop/computer/mobile device/tablet! 

There’s still space for additional faculty and/or staff members to join PB&J and receive a free paperback copy of the book. Please contact Helen MacDermott and sign up for our three Zoom meetings — all at 12:30 PM EST on Jan 21, Feb 16, and Mar 11, 2021 — at go.wlu.edu/pedagogy.

Still time to register for Tuesday’s Pedagogy and (perhaps you have) Pizza!

Pedagogy and perhaps you have) Pizza

Join Dr. Chanelle Wilson, Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Africana Studies, at Bryn Mawr College, as she facilitates a journey toward deconstructing colonization and racism in the classroom via Zoom next Tuesday, October 13 at 12:30 PM EST.

The session series will provide background information about the intersections of colonization and race, specifically in the context of classrooms and social interactions, at small liberal arts institutions. We will further our exploration with the opportunity to engage in subsequent interactive small group sessions to deepen engagement, skill exploration, and strategy building. The follow-up sessions will focus on locating ourselves in oppressive structures with the analysis of current syllabi and classroom practices and working collaboratively to implement principles and practices of decolonization and anti-racism to disrupt and dismantle institutionalized systems.

Participants will leave this series with products ready to implement, immediately, or at minimum, in Spring 2020.

There is work to be done, and you are invited into the movement.

Sign up at go.wlu.edu/pedagogy.

Technology updates/upgrades for W&L classrooms and learning spaces

The following rooms have received technology upgrades (and continue to be improved upon):


  • Leyburn Library M47
  • Moot Courtroom
  • Newcomb Hall  116
  • Newcomb Hall  122

Seminar Rooms:

  • Sydney Lewis Hall 426
  • Sydney Lewis Hall 457
  • Newcomb Hall 120
  • Newcomb Hall 304
  • Newcomb Hall 310
  • Reid Hall 302
  • Wilson Hall 2010

Computer Labs:

  • Lenfest Hall B06 Design Lab

Meeting Spaces:

  • 2 South Main Meeting Room
  • Hillel House 101 Multipurpose Room
  • Leyburn Library M40
  • Leyburn Library M41
  • Leyburn Library M42

Equipment upgrades vary by room, but typically include laser projector and screen or flat panel, AV equipment, Blu-ray player, document camera, lecture capture and/or videoconferencing camera(s), microphone(s), and/or a Mersive Solstice Pod.

Many thanks to Brian Balkey, Andy Briggs, Todd Capito, Todd Goetz, and Alicia Shires for around-the-clock testing and upgrading that you’ve been doing!

Have questions about any technology upgrades? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP) or email help@wlu.edu.

Keep Zoom Up to Date!

Zoom regularly provides new versions of their desktop PC and Mac client. These updates add new features, provide bug fixes, and enhance security. As such, it’s important to keep the program up-to-date.

Here’s how to check for updates: 

  1. Sign in to Zoom desktop client.
  2. In the upper right hand corner, click your profile picture, then click on Check for Updates.
  3.  If there is an update available, click on Update, then Install.

Or watch below! (Must log in with W&L credentials.)

If you see this error message:

Zoom error - auto update disabled

then Zoom was installed through the Addigy Self-Service. Don’t panic! Just follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Addigy icon (in red below) in your task bar and select Install Software:
    :Addigy icon
  2. Under the Install tab (on the left), scroll down until you find Zoom. Click on the Install button.
    Addigy self-service Install tab

Need help? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP) or email help@wlu.edu.

FYI! Auto-captioning in YuJa will no longer be automatically generated!

Dear Faculty,

In order to accommodate the dramatic increase in usage for our YuJa video management service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to adjust some of the default settings for video recordings and uploads to the service.  In particular, auto-captions will no longer be generated for all recordings and uploads by default.  

All videos added to YuJa still will have the option of auto captioning — it will just need to be requested by interested faculty on a video-by-video basis.  The request is made through YuJa and an email will be sent to you when captioning is complete.  

Instructions for requesting auto captions for a video are available at: https://wlu.box.com/s/4mwhkswgrgydhbsqnqa8ojm566resava.

We apologize for any inconvenience this adjustment may cause.  

Please email the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu or call 540-458-4357 with any questions or concerns.  


Pedagogy, Books & Java’s Winter Term Book Club Selection: “Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching”

Intentional Tech: Principles to Guide the Use of Educational Technology in College Teaching

With the multitude of educational technology options available, it’s not easy to decide which to use and when.

Derek Bruff, Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, argues that it should be our teaching and learning goals that drive our choice of technology, NOT the other way around. In “Intentional Tech”, Bruff provides 7 research-based principles for matching technology to pedagogy and expands on each principle by providing examples of implementation from real faculty.

We’ll meet via Zoom 3 times: Thursday, Jan 21; Tuesday, Feb 16; and Thursday, Mar 11 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST. In order to best facilitate a lively discussion, we are capping enrollment to 20.

Interested in reading and discussing “Intentional Tech” with us and your colleagues? Sign up at go.wlu.edu/intentionaltech and contact Helen MacDermott at hmacdermott@wlu.edu for a copy of the book.


How can I create an inclusive online learning environment?

Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment
Friday, October 2, 2020, 3:00pm ET

10/2/2020 ACUE webinar: Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment

Panelists will share practices they have found helpful to effectively set expectations for valuing diverse viewpoints, facilitating respectful conversations, and engaging students in inclusive active learning exercises. The teaching practices discussed in this FREE webinar can be utilized in a variety of disciplines and course sizes to promote equity and inclusion.

Moderated by Charity Peak, Regional Director of Academic Programs at ACUE, this panel will feature a brief keynote from Michael Benitez Jr., Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University, Denver.

Register NOW!