Who Needs a Box Tutorial?

New to using Box, W&L’s cloud storage solution? Never had the time to learn about Box?

Learn how to set up your workspace for success, collaborate securely, find and share files quickly, and edit with ease by watching the videos below!

“Box Basics: Explore The Essentials” Playlist

Getting Started With Box (4:25)

Get a quick orientation to Box and its most used features.

Find Your Files Fast (3:26)

Learn how to quickly find your content in Box using Collections, Favorites, the Search bar, Recents, and metadata.

Set Up Your Workspace for Success (3:51)

Explore tips and tricks on how to set up your workspace and collaborate with others efficiently.

Share Quickly and Easily (4:00)

Learn about how Shared Links can help you give quick, one-off access to your content in a secure way.

Collaborate Securely (5:01)

Learn about giving more in-depth content access to collaborators, including waterfall permissions, inviting to files vs folders, and adjusting permissions.

Create and Edit with Ease (2:50)

Learn about Box editing features including creating and uploading files and folders, version history and using Microsoft and Google capabilities.

Have questions? Need help with Box? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), stop by the Main Level of Leyburn Library to chat, or email help@wlu.edu. 


Print Your Own Copy of the Winter Academy Schedule

As always, you can always find the latest and greatest Winter Academy schedule online at go.wlu.edu/winteracademy, but in case you’d like a print copy, have at it!

Learn New Skills — Live! — with LinkedIn Learning Instructors

woman standing at her desk watching a LinkedIn Learning video tutorial

Online learning continues to surge globally and virtual events are the new norm, especially on LinkedIn.

To help you continue your learning journey and build the skills most relevant to you, check out these upcoming LinkedIn Live events hosted by our expert LinkedIn Learning instructors. 

Whether you tune in live or after the fact, these virtual events are a great way to strengthen a current skill or learn a new one. Plus, it’s an opportunity to connect directly with subject matter experts. 

12/1, 12 pm EST: Write and Record Your First Podcast Episode with Danny Ozment

  • Learn the crucial information you should share in your first episode and how to record your first episode. Plus, learn more in Danny’s course, Producing Podcasts.

12/1, 1 pm EST: Getting Clear On Your Values with  Kim Kaupe and guest Darrah Brustein

  • Darrah’s philosophy: design your life, build a business to fund it, and a network to support it.  I can’t wait to dive in and ask her more about how her values guide her business.  Plus, learn more in Kim’s course, LinkedIn Creator Mode.

12/1, 8 pm EST: Communicating to Lead High-Performing Teams with  Jessica Chen and guest Hamilton Chan

12/2, 1 pm EST: Getting Started with Evaluating Training with Jeff Toister

  • Discover straightforward training evaluation techniques you can implement immediately. Plus, learn more in Jeff’s most popular course, Customer Service Foundations.

12/2, 2 pm EST: Make Sleep Your Productivity Superpower with Paula Rizzo and guest Julia Wright

12/3, 2 pm EST: Creator Conversations: Setting Boundaries at Work with Cassandra Worthy and Erin Shrimpton

12/3, 12:30 pm EST: How can legislation support making supply chains sustainable? with Michael Boyle

  • Tune in to ask any questions and hear opinions on supply chain sustainability. Plus, learn more from Michael in his course, Learning Program Management.

12/7, 12 pm EST: Getting Comfortable with Discomfort During Discussions of Race and Racism with Dana Brownlee and guest Andy Horning

12/8, 9 am EST: Mindful Money Mastery with Aimee Bateman and Talia Loderick

12/10, 10 am EST: Plan For the New Year: The One Workshop You Absolutely Need! with Khaulat Ayomide Abdulhakeem

  • Tune in to get ahead of planning your career in the new year, and not just plan but set realistic goals that are achievable. Plus, learn more in Khaulat’s course, Reinforcement Learning Foundations.

12/14, 10 am EST: 4  Leadership Behaviors that Build Trust with Marlene Chism

  • Join us to learn unintentional trustbusters and how to identify behaviors that might be limiting your effectiveness, plus the four behaviors that if practiced consistently help you rebuild or increase trust. Plus, learn more in Marlene’s course, Having Difficult Conversations.

12/15, 3 pm EST: Overcoming Communication Hurdles with Tatiana Kolovou

  • We were all were given directives as children that may still hinder our communication skills, tune in to learn strategies for overcoming them. Plus, learn more in Tatiana’s course,  Starting a Memorable Conversation.

Need help with LinkedIn Learning? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email help@wlu.edu, or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level of Leyburn Library!

The Art of Waterjet Cutting

The IQ Center recently collaborated with Studio Art professor Sandy de Lissovoy on a sculpture project for his ARTS 232, Intermediate Sculpture, class.

Students in the class are learning metal sculpture techniques and the new waterjet cutter in the IQ Center provides interesting options for creating metal work. The waterjet cutter uses a computer controlled, high pressure stream of water mixed with abrasive powder to cut almost any material, including steel.

In this “Digital Shapes and Metal Work Sculpture” assignment, students were instructed to create a portion of their sculpture using the waterjet cutter. This portion of the project gave them the opportunity to learn Adobe Illustrator, which is used to create the intricate vector shapes to be cut.

The IQ Center provided training and troubleshooting for the students during the project making it easy to incorporate this element into a larger project.


Want to incorporate technology like this into your Winter term course? Contact Dave Pfaff at 540.458.8044 or just stop by the IQ Center!

Registration for Winter Academy is Now Open!

cute deer against snowy background. Winter Academy, Dec 13-16, 2021. go.wlu.edu/winteracademy

W&L is committed to supporting faculty members with all levels of experience in reaching their full potential as educators, scholars, and mentors.

Winter Academy offers learning opportunities for all staff and faculty to enhance their teaching, scholarship, and service in a collaborative and thought-provoking environment.

Whether you’re seeking new ways to better support students, deepen your familiarity with University resources, or take your scholarship to the next level, there’s a session for everyone. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Sign up now at go.wlu.edu/winteracademy. Please note that registration for all catered sessions will close FIVE (5) business days before the session so that we can provide an accurate headcount to Dining Services. Kindly register for sessions as soon as you know you are able to attend. Thank you!

Want to Present at Winter Academy? Let us know before November 5th!

We are accepting session proposals for Winter Academy, which will be Monday, December 13 through Thursday, December 16.

If you would like to offer a session, please complete the form below. We will do our best to honor requests in the order in which they are submitted.

Questions? Contact Julie Knudson (jmknudson@wlu.edu, x8125) or Helen MacDermott (hmacdermott@wlu.edu, x4561). Thank you!

You’re Invited!

Take it to Harte - Join us on Wednesday from 10-11 am for light refreshments

The Harte Center is hosting an informal gathering at the southern end of the Harte Center, every Wednesday from 10-11:00 a.m., through the end of Winter Term.

Feel free to stop by, grab a cup of coffee or tea and some nibbles and hang out and chat. Nothing fancy, just a chance to take a little break in the middle of the week, gather with colleagues and students, and get to know the Harte Center. 

3 Ways to Find Awe and Fight the Mid-Semester Slump

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When mid-semester hits, we often find ourselves searching for ways to calm our anxieties and refresh our energies. One potentially powerful intervention is to cultivate our experiences of awe.

University of Michigan psychologist Ethan Kross defines awe as “the wonder we feel when we encounter something powerful that we can’t easily explain.” Often the things that bring us awe have an element of vastness and complexity: Think of a starry night sky, an act of great kindness, or the beauty of something small and intricate. These moments of marvel give us more than just goosebumps; they help us tap into something larger than ourselves and, in the process, lower our heart rate under stress by silencing our mental chatter and worries. They can also increase our desire to connect with and help others.

Here are three ways to cultivate this sense of awe in your everyday life. Next time you’re feeling unmotivated or uninspired, we hope you’ll block off some time to try one.

1. Step away from your work and go on a short “awe walk”

A simple and powerful way to experience awe is to (if possible) step away from your computer or pause between classes and take an “awe walk.” Take 20 minutes to wander and be curious, observing the everyday beauty around you—even if in a familiar place such as your yard or neighborhood. Try to notice places and things you may typically rush past—a bee flitting from flower to flower, for example.

Even better, take an awe walk in a natural landscape. Research shows that walks in nature, compared to urban environments, have a greater positive effect on our mood and well-being. Nature is an immersive experience of growth and resilience; it can be a powerful source of wonder. Nature’s rhythms remind us that we are a part of the natural world, and we too are enduring.

2. Create an “awe playlist” of inspirational works

If you can’t step away, take advantage of the wonders at your fingertips on the web. Several studies have shown that videos can stimulate awe. Perhaps you’re inspired by documentaries such as Free Solo, Planet Earth, or My Octopus Teacher. Maybe Amanda Gorman’s “The Hill We Climb” makes you tingle. The harmony and complexity of music or recorded live performances can also elevate and inspire awe.

Create your own personalized “awe playlist” of videos or music, and when you’re feeling stuck, spend a few minutes being drawn into what you’re seeing and hearing. Invite moments of awe by asking the simple question, “What’s beautiful here?”

3. Seek out positive stories about the human spirit

You can also tune into news outlets that spread good news—particularly acts of kindness, generosity, and perseverance. Keep a file of stories about the goodness, benevolence, and decency of the human race. Tap into it when you are feeling overwhelmed or depleted and want to be elevated. A simple story of one person making a difference can inspire you.

We spend much of our time as educators making our voices heard. It can feel counterintuitive to engage in something that may stimulate feelings of smallness. But doing so through a positive experience of awe can, in the end, bring us that sense of grounding we’re searching for, along with energy, inspiration, and resilience.

Read the full article by David P. Fessell and Karen Reivich.

Departmental Initiatives in DE&I #2: Creating Gateways for Greater Inclusion at All Levels of Our Institution

This session brings to the table ideas about steps your departments can take to create success in our programs for both students and faculty.

Please join us on Thursday, October 7th at 12:15 pm in Hillel 101 for a conversation about ideas⁠—some fully formed, others still in a nascent stage⁠—developed in Art and Art History, Computer Science, and Chemistry.

Creating Gateways for Greater Inclusion at All Levels of Our Institution

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 help@wlu.edu, call 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level of Leyburn Library.