WANTED: Your Winter Academy session proposals!

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Mark your calendars! The 2022 Winter Academy will take place during Exam Week on Monday, December 12 through Thursday, December 15. 

Winter Academy is just as awesome as Fall Academy — full of panel discussions, pedagogy workshops, technology tutorials, information sessions, guest speakers, and more, all specifically designed to support your success as a teacher, scholar, and mentor at W&L — but, alas, shorter in duration.

If you have an idea for a session, please visit go.wlu.edu/wa-request and complete the form. (Completion of the form does not guarantee your proposal will be accepted.)  Requests will be considered in the order in which they are submitted. 

You will be asked for:

  • Session title
  • Session description
  • Presenter(s) name and department
  • Session type
  • If you’d care to offer catering
  • Session duration
  • Preferred days and times from Monday, December 12 – Thursday, December 15

Thank you! Registration will open in late November/early December at go.wlu.edu/winteracademy.

Questions? Email Julie Knudson (jmknudson@wlu.edu) or Helen MacDermott (hmacdermott@wlu.edu).

Annnnndddd … that’s a wrap!

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Wow! That was a pretty incredible two weeks of professional development and delicious snacks and meals, no?

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who presented (you rock!) and many, many thanks to everyone who made time during this very busy time of year to attend 60 different information sessions, tutorials, demonstrations, open houses, workshops, and panel discussions!

If you’ve not already done so, could you please fill out evaluations for any sessions that really stood out for you, for better or for worse? Go to https://go.wlu.edu/FallAcademy, and every past session should have a green Evaluate this Session button. We take your comments seriously and we consider all recommendations to improve our offerings. 

Though Fall Academy is over (sniff sniff), 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. Our doors are always open. We are here to help.

How to print your own copy of the 2022 Fall Academy schedule

You can always find the latest and greatest version of the Fall Academy schedule at go.wlu.edu/fallacademy, but for those of you who’d like a printed copy, these instructions are for you!

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. If you’re a Mac user, 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!

There’s still time to sign up for Fall Academy sessions, but space is filling up fast, so don’t delay!

Registration for Fall Academy Opens TODAY!

Registration for Fall Academy is now open!

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Woo hoo! This year, Fall Academy will take place from Monday, August 22 through Friday, September 2.

ITS Academic Technologies and the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning, in coordination with the Provost’s Office, Office of the Dean, and other offices, have curated a variety of panel discussions, pedagogy workshops, technology tutorials, information sessions, guest speakers, specifically designed to support your success as a teacher, scholar, and mentor at W&L.

Please visit go.wlu.edu/fallacademy to see the full schedule and to register for sessions that interest you. There’s something for EVERYONE — all W&L staff and faculty are invited and encouraged to attend.

P.S. If you’re interested in any catered sessions, registration will close 7 days prior to the session in order to give Dining Services an accurate headcount. Please sign up as soon possible once you know you’re able to attend. Thank you.

P.P.S.S. If you’re a presenter at a session that is being catered, PLEASE register if you’d care to dine. Thank you again.

Who’s going to be where at the Spring Term Festival?

floor plan of the 2022 Spring Term Festival

For those who requested easels:

Your easels will be labeled. Please do not take easels from other classes. If you need additional easels, please visit the ITS Information Desk on the Main Level.

 

If possible, please arrive 5-10 minutes early to pick up your poster and foam board on Lower Level 1, in the Harte Center.

 

For those who requested projectors:

If possible, please arrive 15-30 minutes early to set up. The resident computer will be turned on and ready to go! 

Someone who will be present for the duration of the Spring Term Festival should be the one to log on to the resident computer with their W&L credentials. Note that the screen will lock after 15 minutes of inactivity.

To play a loop of videos, we recommend using VLC Media Player and creating a playlist of videos.

  1. From the VLC Media Player’s main window, use the menu bar and navigate to View > Playlist or use the shortcut key Ctrl+L.
  2. Drag and drop your media files (.mp3, .mov, .avi, etc.) into the window to build your playlist.
    • We suggest uploading all media files to a Box folder, then downloading the folder to the resident computer.  To unzip the entire folder, right-click to select Extract All, and then follow the instructions. Depending on the size of the folder, it can take 5-10 minutes to download and unzip!
  3. When done, click the loop button ONCE (see below) to loop the playlist, then click the Play button.

red circle encasing the loop button in VLC Media Player

The Spring Term Festival Returns!

The cold of winter has finally melted away and the advent of spring invites a new beginning!

As for a fresh start, we are thrilled to announce that the always-popular Spring Term Festival will take place on the last day of Spring Term classes, Friday, May 20th, from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Harte Center (1st floor of Leyburn Library).

[Actually, the Spring Term Festival begins on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 7:30 P.M. at the final showing of “The Moors” in Johnson Theatre, featuring Finn Connor ’23, Emily Moran ’23, Holden Overbeck ’24, Alaina Pastore ’25, Emma Smith ’24, and Zhihuan (Sherry) Yan ’25, directed by Jemma Alix Levy, with musical assistance provided by Patrick Summers and Jesse Harper. Buy tickets online now!]

colorful geometric shapes in background with Spring Term Festival, May 20, 2022, Harte Center, noon - 2 pm

Interested in displaying the work of your Spring Term class?

Excellent! Sign up NOW at https://go.wlu.edu/springtermfestival to tell us what technology you will need.

The more information you can provide, the better. We will do our very best to honor all requests, but there are a limited number of easels and poster boards, as well as projectors and projector screens! Please keep in mind that we will honor requests in the order in which they are submitted.

Questions? Please contact Helen MacDermott at hmacdermott@wlu.edu or 540.458.4561. Thanks very much!

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!

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!

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!