Qualtrics Maintenance Alert for THIS Thursday, January 11th

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We will be conducting a scheduled maintenance on Qualtrics on Thursday, January 11th, from 1-5 pm EST.

To avoid any loss of work, please ensure you have saved all your work and logged out of Qualtrics before 1 pm.

Rest assured, active surveys will remain unaffected.

For assistance, please reach out to the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu, call 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the Main Level of Leyburn Library.

AI Online Training Courses through LinkedIn Learning

 The image features two characters engaged with technology on opposite sides of the image. On the left, a man with shoulder-length hair and a beard is sitting cross-legged on the floor, focused on a laptop in front of him. Above him is a graphic of a dark blue analytics dashboard displaying pie charts and bar graphs. On the right, a woman with her hair in a bun is sitting cross-legged on the floor, holding a smartphone. She appears to be interacting with a chatbot, as indicated by a speech bubble with a robot icon and several symbols representing data, gears, and a chatbot head within a thought bubble.

Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming the cornerstone of innovations. Improve your skills in machine learning; stay current with generative AI; broaden your knowledge in natural language processing, responsible AI, and neural networks.

Check out these new LinkedIn Learning courses:

  • What Is Generative AI?
    In this course, generative AI expert Pinar Seyhan Demirdag covers the basics of generative AI, with topics including what it is, how it works, how to create your own content, different types of models, future predictions, and ethical implications.
  • How to Research and Write Using Generative AI Tools
    You’ve probably already heard about ChatGPT, but did you know it can make you better at your job? Join instructor Dave Birss for a crash course in generative AI and learn how to get started with prompt engineering for ChatGPT and other AI chatbots to upskill as a researcher and a writer.

AI Learning Paths

Dive even deeper and gain skills with curated LinkedIn Learning paths, compiled playlists of related video courses on specific topics. Learning paths include multiple courses by different expert instructors to teach a variety of skills and information.

 

See all AI Learning Paths

FREE Webinar! AI and Higher Education: Implications for Learning, Curricula, and Institutions

Wednesday, January 10, 2024
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Register now! 

Few innovations have impacted higher education as deeply and swiftly as artificial intelligence has. Initially viewed simply as a threat to academic integrity, it’s now clear that AI presents far greater challenges—and opportunities. Goldman Sachs has estimated that AI may replace 300 million full-time jobs. This rapid workforce evolution is creating demand for an accompanying evolution of higher education to meet new expectations. During this AAC&U webinar, panelists will discuss the many ways higher education will be affected by artificial intelligence, including how AI will influence instruction, curricula, and institutions. They’ll also suggest paths forward that can help you and your institution succeed in this new era.

Panelists
Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander
Senior Scholar, Georgetown University

Glida Barabino

Gilda A. Barabino
President and Professor, Olin College of Engineering

William J. McKinney

William J. McKinney
Senior Director of Higher Education Initiatives, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

Lynn Pasquerella

Lynn Pasquerella
President, AAC&U

Michael Roth

Michael S. Roth
President, Wesleyan University

Moderator
C. Edward Watson

C. Edward Watson
Associate Vice President for Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation and Executive Director for Open Educational Resources and Digital Innovation, AAC&U

Learn New Skills — Live! — with LinkedIn Learning Instructors

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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!

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 go.wlu.edu/fallacademy, 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!

Boost Business, Technology, and Creative Skills with Video Courses from LinkedIn Learning

An online learning resource for the W&L community

With W&L’s campus subscription to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), current faculty, staff, and students have unlimited access to a vast online library of thousands of video tutorials at no cost.

LinkedIn Learning is an award-winning virtual training resource with a digital library of over 16,000 courses covering a wide range of technical, business, software and creative topics. These expert-led courses are designed to refine and develop professional skills, teach new software, and explore other areas for those exploring career growth and personal development.

LinkedIn Learning courses are self-paced, so you’re able to learn and develop in-demand skills to achieve both personal and professional goals when it suits you. Courses range from less than five minutes to several hours long and can be accessed on any electronic device, anywhere.

Watch a 3 minute video to answer a quick question, gain skills or knowledge through a short course, or pursue a learning path of several courses for deeper growth at https://go.wlu.edu/learn.

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

 

 

How to Share Your Pronouns on Zoom

3x3 grid of various faces representing different ethnicities, ages, and genders, with different preferred pronouns

Have you updated your Zoom client lately? No? You should!

Why?

Wither version 5.7.0, Zoom has added new options for sharing your personal pronouns.

This new feature adds a dedicated text field on the profile page where you can type in your preferred pronouns and a drop-down menu with sharing controls for your pronouns:  always share, never share, or have Zoom ask before every meeting if pronouns should be displayed.

Pronouns will appear in parentheses next to people’s names in Zoom meetings and will also be visible under people’s names on their profile cards in the Zoom desktop client and mobile app.

screenshot of Zoom to show where pronouns will appear

“In introducing the Pronouns feature, we hope this will help everyone feel better able to express themselves and respectfully address others, which ultimately leads to a stronger culture of connectivity and an improved communications experience,” Zoom wrote in its announcement.

Check out Adding and sharing your pronouns in the Zoom Help Center to get started. But first, you’ll want to update your Zoom to version 5.7.0!

Have questions? Need assistance? We got you! Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP) or email help@wlu.edu.

Save the Date! Perusall Exchange 2021, May 17-28

Perusall - Every student prepared for every class

Perusall is a social reading platform that allows students and instructors to collaboratively markup documents (PDF, EPUB, Word and Excel documents, source code files); video that is hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, or Dropbox; podcasts; and websites.

Students help each other learn by collectively annotating readings in threads, responding to each other’s comments, and interacting with one another.

Only 20-30% of students in the average classroom do assigned reading; in Perusall classes, > 90% consistently do the reading. Peer-reviewed, published, and patented research shows that Perusall works.

Incredible stuff, right? And there’s even MORE to be excited about!

From May 17-28, Perusall will host an asynchronous social learning conference with more than 50 sessions across a diverse array of disciplines that highlight innovative pedagogical approaches by instructors using the platform.

You will be able to pick and choose the sessions that pique your interest — whenever it suits your schedule — and engage with the presenters and other participants asynchronously using the Perusall platform.

At the end of the conference, presenters and participants will gather in a live session to continue the discussion.

Among the sessions currently scheduled are:

  • Perusall Pedagogy for Inclusivity and Active Learning
  • From Novice to Expert: Developing Students’ Metacognitive Reading Practices with Perusall
  • Just in Time Chemistry in Perusall
  • Small Teaching: Building Community in the Online Classroom
  • Analyzing the Breaks: Teaching Hip Hop History with Perusall

Sign up now!

We’ll be there. Will you?

Time for Spring Cleaning! How to Download Videos from YuJa

The past year has seen an unprecedented growth in the use of YuJa. ITS is very pleased at the role this service has played in facilitating teaching and learning on our campus despite the impact of the global pandemic. That said, we are rapidly approaching our allocated storage maximum and need to recover space for the continued functionality of the service.  

You may have already been contacted by ITS asking you to allow us to remove all recordings made or uploaded prior to the start of the Undergraduate Winter 2021/Law Spring 2021 term.

Even if you haven’t, it would be prudent to review your videos and download any that don’t need to remain in YuJa.

Here’s how!

To download multiple recordings:

  1. Log into YuJa at https://yuja.wlu.edu with your W&L credentials and click on Manage Media at the top of the screen:
    red circle around "Manage Media" at the top of the screen when logged into YuJa
  2. Select multiple video files by using shift-click, ctrl-click, or command-click. Choose ctrl-click to add media one selection at a time, or use shift-click to select an entire section of content. You may also navigate to  and choose Select All to choose all content within the folder.multiple videos selected in YuJa using control+click
  3. Click More Actions at the top of the screen.
    Select the desired bulk option. Options include: Bulk Delete, Bulk Move, Bulk Download, Bulk Publish, Bulk Unpublish, Bulk Share, Bulk Owner and Bulk Tag.
    Each option works in the same way as managing a single file; however, actions are applied to all selected files.

    red rectangle around "More Actions" and "Bulk Download" in the menu that appears when you click on "More Actions" at the top of the screen in YuJa


To download a single recording:

  • Log into YuJa at https://yuja.wlu.edu with your W&L credentials and click on Manage Media at the top of the screen:
    red circle around "Manage Media" at the top of the screen when logged into YuJa
  • Mouse over the desired video and click on More …
    red rectangle around "More ..." in menu that appears when you hover over a video in YuJa
  • Choose Downloads from the left-side menu.red rectangle around "Download" in the menu that appears after you click on "More..." in YuJa

    You have a number of choices for your download, depending upon the type of media:

    • Download Media: download an mp4 copy of your video file.
    • Download Original: download the original manually uploaded video file.
    • Download Audio-Only Content: download an mp3 audio file of the video.
    • Download HLS: download a m3u8 download.
    • Download SCORM 1.2: download a SCORM file.

  • Need assistance with YuJa? Contact the ITS Information Desk at 540.458.4357 (HELP), email help@wlu.edu, or stop by Leyburn Library!