Sign Up for the Spring Term Showcase!

 

White flowers on pink background. At the top, "A campus-wide recognition of the amazing work done during this intense and unique 4-week term" Spring Term Showcase 2024. Friday May 24, 1-2:30 pm, Main Level and Lower Level 1, Leyburn Library.

The Spring Term Showcase (formerly Spring Term Festival) will take place on Friday, May 24 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM (the last day of Spring Term) in Leyburn Library. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to share their work/learning/growth with the W&L community.

Please note these changes:

  1. You can choose your desired location among pre-designated areas on the Main Level and Lower Level 1/Harte Center for poster easels and laptop, projector and projector screens. There are also several classrooms, as well as some open spaces and areas with tables. The location you choose will be yours for the duration of the 90 minutes. To choose your spot, please visit go.wlu.edu/springtermshowcase.
  2. Deadline to have posters printed by the University Library is 6:00 PM EST on Sunday, May 19***. Posters must be sized at 30×42 inches and submitted as a .PDF with the student’s first and last name as the file name (e.g. georgia-washington.pdf). There is no charge for printing.
    If you would like to schedule a 15-minute session for your class about poster creation best practices, please email library@wlu.edu

***Please understand that the Library will be short-staffed the week of May 20, which is why the deadline for poster printing is May 19. We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding and cooperation.  If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to youngmanp@wlu.edu

Questions? Contact Helen MacDermott at 540.458.4561.

Check out the 2023 Spring Term Festival Map!

Are you getting excited for the Spring Term Festival on Friday, May 19, from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in Leyburn Library? We sure are!

The following classes will be presenting:

  • ARTS 237: Portable Radicals: Soft Sculpture – Sandy de Lissovoy
  • BIOL 280: Neural Imaging – Fiona Watson
  • BIOL 297D: Biology of Women – Leah Lanier
  • CBSC 296: The Psychology of Magic and Deception – Jacob Gibson
  • CHEM 106: Disorder and Chaos – Steve Desjardins
  • CSCI 250: Introduction to Robotics – Simon Levy
  • EALL 175: Cool Japan: Manga, Business Etiquette, Language and Culture – Saori Nozaki
  • ENG 295: Writing and Art – Laura Brodie
  • ENGL-ARTS 215: Making Comics – Chris Gavaler and Leigh Ann Beavers
  • FREN 285: Exploring European Policy, Business & Culture – Kristina Roney
  • GEOL 105D: Sand! – David Harbor
  • GEOL 105E: Active Tectonics of the Western US – Emerson Lynch
  • GEOL 232: Environmental Field Methods – Margaret Hinkle
  • JOUR 266: Cross-Cultural Documentary Filmmaking – Kevin Finch
  • JOUR 295G: Podcasting – Mark Coddington
  • MATH 383D: Knot Theory – Elizabeth Denne
  • POL 294A: Food Policy – Rebecca Harris
  • SOAN 210: Field Methods in Archaeology – Donald Gaylord
  • SOAN 211: Lab Methods in Archaeology – Sue Ann McCarty

Look for refreshments in the back of the Collaboration Gallery (Leyburn 128) in the Harte Center on Lower Level 1.  Remember,  ITS, the Office of the Provost, and the University Library are committed to supporting the Office of Sustainability’s policy to reduce single-use plastics, so there individual water bottles will NOT be available. Please plan to bring a reusable water bottle.

Map of 2023 Spring Term Festival, Main Level

Map of 2023 Spring Term Festival, Harte Center/Lower Level 1

Copies of the above map are available at the ITS Help Desk.

Important Updates to the 2023 Spring Term Festival

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Based on last year’s feedback — yes, we really do listen to your input! — please be aware of modifications we’re making to the 2023 Spring Term Festival on Friday, May 19 to reduce crowding and improve attendee flow.

  • Both the Main Level and Lower Level 1 of Leyburn Library will be used to display posters and screen multimedia (films, digital stories, etc.)
  • If you wish your class to attend and present, please sign up at go.wlu.edu/springtermfestival ASAP. The form will close on Monday, May 15 at 9 am EST. We will email all professors with a map of their locations by Wednesday, May 17.
  • For classes with films/movies/multimedia: Please choose to present from 12 noon-12:50 pm OR 1-2 pm.
    • If presenting at 12 noon, please arrive by 11:50 am on Friday, May 19 to set up.
    • If presenting at 1 pm, please arrive by 12:50 pm on Friday, May 19 to set up.
  • For classes with posters: Please plan to divide students into two blocks: Half present from 12 noon-12:50 pm and the other half present from 1-2 pm.
  • To have posters printed by the University Library, please upload them to https://wlu.app.box.com/f/e335c7e4250443878f286ac22d58e7d4 no later than Sunday, May 14 at 9 am EST. Posters must be sized at 30×42 inches and submitted as a PDF. There is no charge for printing.
    • If you would like to schedule a 15-minute session for your class about poster creation best practices, please email library@wlu.edu.

  • Light refreshments  — fresh fruit and veggie platter, plus assorted bags of chips and granola bars — will be offered, but single-use water bottles will NOT be available. Please plan to bring a reusable water bottle. ITS, the Office of the Provost, and the University Library are committed to supporting the Office of Sustainability’s policy to reduce single-use plastics.

Questions? Contact Helen MacDermott at hmacdermott@wlu.edu, 540.458.4561.

Spring Term Festival 2023. Friday, May 19, 12-2 PM, Main Level and Lower Level 1, Leyburn Library.

Save the Date! The 2023 Spring Term Festival will be on Friday, May 19!

Spring Term Festival 2023. Friday, May 19, 12-2 PM, Main Level and Lower Level 1, Leyburn Library.

As always, the Spring Term Festival will take place on the LAST day of classes: Friday, May 19, 2023. This event is a celebration of the hard work and dedication of our students and faculty during this intense and engaging four-week period.

The entire W&L community is invited to join us from 12 noon to 2 pm in Leyburn Library to recognize and honor the time and talent of both students and faculty, and to see/hear/feel/touch the amazing work accomplished by our students during this very special term.

We hope that you’ll join us for this exciting event. Light refreshments will be available, so come enjoy some treats while experiencing the creativity and innovation of W&L students.


For faculty who are now planning their Spring Term courses, remember that the Spring Term Festival is an incredible opportunity for students to showcase their learning to a wider audience. Showcasing products and performances for peers and the community affirms both the value of the work and of the student. An authentic audience can further help students connect their work in the classroom to the real world.

To sign up, please complete the Spring Term Festival Request for Technology form. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.

To have posters printed by the University Library, please upload them to this Box folder for posters  no later than Sunday, May 14 at 9 am EST. Posters must be sized at 30×42 inches and submitted as a PDF. There is no charge for printing.

If you would like to schedule a 15-minute session for your class about poster creation best practices, please email library@wlu.edu.


Questions? Contact Helen MacDermott at hmacdermott@wlu.edu, 540.458.4561.

Print Your Own Winter Academy Schedule

Who needs a PDF copy of the full Winter Academy schedule? Look no further!

Remember, the latest and greatest schedule is always available online at go.wlu.edu/winteracademy, but in case you’d like to print a copy, here you go:

Winter Academy begins NEXT Monday, December 12! Hope we see you there!

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