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!

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.

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):

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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.

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 go.wlu.edu/fallacademy. 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.

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!

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 go.wlu.edu/podcasting

WORKSHOP FORMAT: 

  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 jmknudson@wlu.edu.

 

 

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.

 

 

NEW! Comment Library in Canvas Speedgrader! Reuse Frequently Used Comments in Speedgrader!

We KNOW you love Speedgrader to annotate student submissions, leave personalized feedback and enter grades—all in one! And we also know you wish there was a  way to add and save comments for reuse whilst grading.

Well, now there is! Instructure has been listening to your feedback and has introduced a new feature: the Comment Library.

The Comment Library allows you to save frequently used comments in SpeedGrader and be reused across multiple students and assignments. Comments you have added to the Comment Library are accessible from each course in which you are enrolled as an instructor. Comments can be edited in and deleted from the library at any time.

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Open the Comment Library

 

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Add a comment to Comment Library

Comments can be added directly from the Comment Library by opening the library and clicking the comment that should be added. The library will close and the comment will display in SpeedGrader.

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Add a comment via the Comment Library

Notes: 

  • Comments are saved per user regardless of course, so comments that you save in one course will also display when viewing SpeedGrader in another course.
  • The Comment Library functionality is not supported in the assignment submission details page.

Check out this video for a quick overview:

SpeedGrader: Comment Library (2021-06-19 Release Screencast) from Instructure Canvas Community on Vimeo.

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

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.