W&L is transitioning from Tegrity to YuJa, an all-in-one service for recording, editing, storing and streaming multi-formatted video and audio content, including screen capture, across any device. (This transition is taking place because McGraw-Hill is discontinuing Tegrity.)
In addition to lecture capture, YuJa (pronounced “you-jah”) can be used for video management, live streaming, video conferencing and creating video quizzes. YuJa offers the same major features as Tegrity, but with additional flexibility and capabilities, and can be used from within the classroom or from a personal computer or mobile device.
It is available to all faculty, staff, and students and is integrated with Canvas.
Looking for the YuJa Recording Nuts and Bolts Handout that Brandon distributed at the Fall Academy sessions, “New and Improved! Lecture Capture with YuJa”? Look no further!
Contact the ITS Information Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.458.4357 or Senior Academic Technologist Brandon Bucy if you have any questions about using YuJa or lecture capture in the classroom!
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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 (email@example.com, 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.
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.
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?
Here are some resources you may find helpful to prepare for this all-important day:
- Stanford University: https://teachingcommons.stanford.edu/resources/course-preparation-resources/course-preparation-handbook/preparing-first-class
- Vanderbilt University:
- Carnegie Mellon University:
- American University:
- The Chronicle of Higher Education:
- Inside Higher Ed:
- Your First-Day-of-Class Strategy:
If you’re unfamiliar with the technology in your classroom or just need a refresher, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a classroom orientation. We’ve got you.
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 (email@example.com or x8651; firstname.lastname@example.org or x4561) or via email@example.com 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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns.
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 email@example.com or call 540.458.4357.