Want to have your students blog or create a website in your Fall term course?

Excellent! ITS Academic Technologies applauds you.

Blogs can be spaces for informal or formal writing by students, and the capacity of blogs to support multiple forms of media (images, videos, links, etc.) can help students bring creativity to their communication.

Creating a website as a project allows students to interface with information in new ways, and can teach them relevant skills, such as website design, information literacy, and writing for a broader audience.

Contact Helen MacDermott (hmacdermott@wlu.edu, 540.458.4561) if you’d like to have an academic WordPress site set up for your class. I can also come to your class to give students a 15 minute tutorial on how to blog or create pages within WordPress.

How to create a more equitable classroom and improve learning for all

Teaching inclusively requires faculty to reflect intentionally on the decisions they make in their course that affect who is not being included or heard. Our goal is to have the faculty we work with embrace the idea that the inherent diversity of their students is not a problem, and acknowledge that a lack of structure in both course design and classroom environment hurts students unequally. We then provide some practical, easy-to-use tools to empower faculty to make their courses more inclusive.
 
— Viji Sathy and Kelly Hogan
 
Viji Sathy and Kelly HoganKelly Hogan and Viji Sathy are both award winning instructors with a combined 25+ years in the classroom at the University of North Carolina. They are passionate about student success, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. They have expertise on inclusive techniques and active learning in any size crowd, because both teach courses routinely with hundreds of students. On their campus, they lead innovative classroom and diversity administrative initiatives that benefit all students, faculty, and staff. Both are leading the campus in curriculum reforms, bringing course-based undergraduate research experiences and makerspace courses to all disciplines. 
 
Did you know Drs. Sathy and Hogan will be speaking at Fall Academy? This is a great opportunity to reflect on inequities and diversity in your classroom through interactive, hands-on activities. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, participants will be led through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques.
 
Sign up for “Leveraging Technology to Cultivate an Inclusive Classroom” on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM in Hillel 101 at go.wlu.edu/fallacademy.
 
 

There’s only ONE first day of class …

The first day of class is a once-in-a-semester opportunity to, well, set the stage for a great semester!

So what’s on your agenda?

Do you plan to create an open friendly classroom environment? Hope to handle administrative matters? Set course expectations and standards?group of hands giving the "thumbs up" gesture

Here are some resources you may find helpful to prepare for this all-important day:

If you’re unfamiliar with the technology in your classroom or just need a refresher, contact help@wlu.edu to request a classroom orientation. We’ve got you.

Please Welcome Canvas to W&L!

stork carrying a "baby bundle" with the Canvas logo

Woo-hoo! Canvas is Live!

You may now access the Canvas Learning Management System at https://canvas.wlu.edu.  Fall 2019 courses have been imported and are available for you to begin building out.  

During the 2019-20 school year, both Canvas and Sakai will be available, and you are free to use either platform until the end of Spring 2020 when Sakai will be retired. However, professors who wish to use lecture capture as part of their classes will need to use Canvas in order to do so.  Tegrity has been discontinued by their parent company, McGraw Hill, and we are employing a new lecture capture software called YuJa, which is available only through Canvas.

In preparation for the upcoming school year, Academic Technologies will be conducting numerous Canvas training sessions.  We have daily Canvas sessions scheduled for faculty during Fall Academy (August 19-30, 2019), and are also offering a 3-day workshop called Camp Canvas (August 13-15, 2019).  Participants in this workshop will leave with a thorough understanding of the new LMS and a Canvas course ready to go for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Additional training opportunities will be provided the week of August 5-9 for Law School faculty. As always, Academic Technologies staff will also be available at any time for one-on-one faculty training, migration requests, and support sessions.  Please contact Brandon or Helen directly (bucyb@wlu.edu or x8651; hmacdermott@wlu.edu or x4561) or via help@wlu.edu to ask any Canvas questions or to request personal training.

To view further details about the transition timeline, upcoming events, and migration/training resources, please visit our Canvas website at https://canvas.academic.wlu.edu

Many thanks, and welcome to Canvas!

 

Registration for Fall Academy 2019 is now OPEN!

Fall Academy is two weeks — Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 30 — of technology instruction, pedagogy discussions, guest speakers, hands-on workshops, panels, and other information sessions for new and returning faculty and staff, offered in coordination with the University Registrar, Dean of the College, Office of the Provost, and other offices.

NEW for 2019: Inclusivity Day!

The first Friday of Fall Academy (August 23) will offer four very special sessions, all in Hillel House 101, including:

  • Inclusive Teaching and Mentoring, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM;
  • Leveraging Technology to Cultivate an Inclusive Classroom, 12:00 – 1:30 PM;
  • Applied Inclusive Pedagogy: A Practical Guide, 2:00 – 3:00 PM; and
  • Disability, Diversity and Inclusivity: Pedagogy in Higher Education, 3:15 – 4:15 PM.

Sign up now at go.wlu.edu/fallacademy!

Transitioning from Tegrity to YuJa for course lecture capture

Washington and Lee is transitioning to YuJa as the university’s official lecture capture service.  YuJa is a recognized leader in enterprise video solutions, serving over 4 million clients at universities, school districts, and institutions around the world. YuJa is an innovator in video capture and management, and their lecture capture and media management platform is recommended for being customizable, adaptable, and reliable.
 
W&L has used Tegrity as our lecture capture service  since 2009. Originally Tegrity was a very innovative and responsive privately-owned company, but it was bought by McGraw-Hill several years ago and development has since stagnated.  Earlier this year McGraw-Hill notified W&L that they were suspending future licensing of their Tegrity service, which would be completely shuttered by June 2020.  The selection of YuJa was made after consideration of multiple lecture capture replacement solutions.  It was determined that YuJa offers the best pathway to preserve our existing Tegrity assets while at the same time dramatically improving the lecture capture and media management features available to faculty and students.  
 
YuJa will be up and running as a part of our new Canvas LMS by mid-July 2019, and will be available for all faculty and in all lecture capture-enabled classrooms beginning in the Fall 2019 term.  Beginning in the Fall 2019 term, professors who wish to use lecture capture as part of their classes will need to use Canvas and not Sakai in order to do so.  As of July 25, 2019, all Tegrity services and functionality will be terminated on campus. 
 
All current recordings marked for migration in the Tegrity environment have successfully been migrated over to YuJa and will be available to faculty when they log in to the new system.  Please do not use Tegrity recorder to record any further sessions between now and July 25, as newly recorded sessions will not be migrated.  
 
In preparation for the upcoming school year, Academic Technologies is preparing detailed documentation to assist faculty with their use of lecture capture in the classroom, and will be conducting several YuJa (and Canvas) training sessions before the start of the term during Fall Academy (scheduled for August 19-30).  Additional training opportunities will be provided earlier in August for Law School faculty, and Academic Technologies will be coordinating with Law Technology ensure a smooth transition and personal training opportunities. As always, Academic Technologies staff will also be available at any time for one-on-one faculty training and support sessions.  Please contact me directly (bucyb@wlu.edu or x8651), or via help@wlu.edu to ask any questions about YuJa or to request personal training.
 
Be on the lookout for additional information as the summer progresses.  We will continue to send updates via email and Campus Notices.  To view further details about the LMS and lecture capture transition timeline, upcoming events, and training resources, please visit our Canvas website.  We will also post additional information and updates about Canvas and YuJa on our blog page located at this site.  
 

ATTENTION! WordPress Update on Monday, July 1st at 5:00 am EST!

We will be pushing the WordPress 5.2.2. update on Monday, July 1, 2019.

This maintenance release fixes 13 bugs — see https://wordpress.org/news/2019/06/wordpress-5-2-2-maintenance-release/) for more information. 

The update is scheduled for 5:00 am EST, with interruptions to the service potentially occurring for up to 1 hour.

***If you are working on an academic.wlu.edu site, please save all your work and log out before 5:00 am EST on Monday, July 1st.***

Contact the ITS Help Desk (540.458.4357 or help@wlu.edu) with any questions or concerns. 

Buh-bye, Lynda! Hello, LinkedIn Learning!

The upgrade to LinkedIn Learning is now complete! Your Lynda.com account — assuming you had one — has been upgraded and your data moved to Linkedin Learning.

Now, all you have to do is activate your account. There are two ways to do this!

#1: Click the activation link in the learner activation email you receive.

First: Activate your LinkedIn Learning account by clicking the link in the confirmation email you’ll receive once the upgrade is complete.

Second: Connect your LinkedIn account (optional) or create a separate Learning account.

Third: When you choose to connect your LinkedIn account,  you’ll be prompted to log into LinkedIn, or you can create a LinkedIn account if you don’t have one.

Fourth: Click accept to complete the process of connecting your LinkedIn account to your LinkedIn Learning account.

#2: Click activation link in learner experience on Lynda.com when are you signed in to Lynda.com.

If you didn’t have a Lynda account, you can still have access to LinkedIn Learning. Email Helen MacDermott to request an invite.

Need help? Contact the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu or call 540.458.4357.

Important information about the upcoming transition from Sakai to Canvas

Greetings members of the W&L Community,

Washington and Lee is transitioning to Canvas as the university’s official learning management system (LMS).  Canvas is the world’s fastest-growing LMS, used by more than 3,000 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world. Canvas is an innovator in educational technology, and their learning platform is known for being customizable, adaptable, and reliable.

The selection of Canvas was made after consideration by an LMS replacement working group composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives from across the university, charged with finding a solution that offers the best possible learning experience for students and an optimal platform for course delivery.  The working group also conducted a thorough review of best practices at peer institutions. As an enterprise-wide technology, Canvas will be managed and supported by ITS Academic Technologies.

W&L has used Sakai as our LMS  since 2008. The system is open source and was originally supported by a large number of R1 institutions. Sakai’s share of the LMS market has been decreasing for the last five years and  the decline is now accelerating, with “no new significant institutional deployments in the US.” (Source:  www.edutechnica.com).  Additionally, almost all of the original founding Sakai schools have moved to Canvas, with Stanford being the last to move in 2016.

At W&L, Canvas will be up and running by mid-July 2019, and will be fully available for all courses beginning in the Fall 2019 term.  Sakai will continue to operate as usual during the transition year (2019-2020 Academic Year). During this period you are free to use either platform, and assistance will be provided for any faculty wishing to migrate course content from Sakai into Canvas.  However, professors who wish to use lecture capture as part of their classes will need to migrate to Canvas in order to do so. (Tegrity has been discontinued by their parent company, McGraw Hill, and we’ve been obliged to change to a new lecture capture software.) The new lecture capture software is YuJa, and it will be available only through Canvas.  Please note that at the end of Spring Term 2020, no more classes may be offered in Sakai, as it will be retired in June 2020.

In preparation for the upcoming school year, Academic Technologies will be conducting numerous Canvas training sessions.  We have daily Canvas sessions scheduled for faculty during Fall Academy (scheduled for August 19-30), and are also offering a 3-day workshop called Camp Canvas, running August 13-15.  Participants in this workshop will  leave with a thorough understanding of the new LMS and a Canvas course ready to go for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Additional training opportunities will be provided earlier in August for Law School faculty. As always Academic Technologies staff will also be available at any time for one-on-one faculty training and support sessions.  Please contact Brandon or Helen directly (bucyb@wlu.edu or x8651; hmacdermott@wlu.edu or x4561) or via help@wlu.edu to ask any Canvas questions or to request personal training.

Be on the lookout for additional information as the summer progresses.  We will continue to send updates via email and Campus Notices.  To view further details about the transition timeline, upcoming events, and training resources, please visit our Canvas web site: https://canvas.academic.wlu.edu We will also post additional information and updates about Canvas on our blog page located at this site.

Many thanks, and have a great summer!

Regards,
Brandon Bucy

ITS Academic Technologies

Upgrading Lynda to LinkedIn Learning

On Thursday, June 6, we will be upgrading Lynda to LinkedIn Learning. As such, Lynda will not be accessible on Thursday, June 6, as data is migrated over.

All account and course information will be transferred to LinkedIn Learning. Upgrading your Lynda account to LinkedIn Learning will require activation via an email from LinkedIn Learning that you will receive on June 7. You need to use a different link to access LinkedIn Learning, but you will still use your W&L credentials to log in.

If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu or call 540.458.4357.

Visit this website for more information on upgrading to LinkedIn Learning  or watch this short video:

About LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning, which acquired Lynda, has the same great content, but provides an even more personalized experience. And, it’s still free for you to use!

With LinkedIn Learning, you’ll experience the same things you love about Lynda.com like:

  • High-quality content: At the core of LinkedIn Learning is high-quality Lynda.com content. If you have favorite content on Lynda.com, don’t worry, it is still there!
  • Comprehensive data and progress: Data, including groups, playlists, assigned content, account settings, and histories were automatically migrated.
  • Learner course video page: All of the features and functionality of this page remains the same. This includes transcripts, exercise files, mobile viewing, and bookmarking.

You’ll also experience many new and improved features including:

  • A new, easy-to-use interface
  • Personalized course recommendations
  • Social curation, and more

During the activation process, you will have the option to connect a LinkedIn account to your LinkedIn Learning account. (If you do not have a LinkedIn account, you will be able to create one.)

If you choose to connect your LinkedIn account, you can rest assured that only your learning data will be shared with your employer. No other data from your LinkedIn account will be accessible or shared.  See the details of the Privacy Information.

Learners who choose to opt out of connecting their LinkedIn account will create a separate LinkedIn Learning account that is not connected to LinkedIn.com.