How to Create Classroom Recordings of Lectures

Pick YuJa or Zoom, whichever video conferencing tool you are more comfortable with using. Both will work.

I pick YuJa!

YuJa Method #1: I want to record my class to YuJa and make it available to my students in Canvas.

  1. Enable YuJa in your Canvas course.
  2. Record class in an YuJa-enabled classroom and save directly to your course channel
  3. Tell students to click on YuJa in the course navigation of your Canvas course to watch videos published to the course channel.

YuJa Method #2: I want to edit my YuJa class recording before I make it available to my students in Canvas.

  1. Enable YuJa in your Canvas course.
  2. Record class in an YuJa-enabled classroom
  3. Use the Video Editor to make simple edits. (optional)
  4. Publish to your course channel.
  5. Tell students to click on YuJa in the course navigation of your Canvas course to watch videos published to the course channel.

I pick Zoom!

  1. Enable YuJa in your Canvas course.
  2. Create and start a Zoom meeting. (Read this if you’ve enabled Zoom in your Canvas course.)
  3. Record the Zoom meeting to the cloud.
  4. Download the Zoom cloud recording and upload to your YuJa course channel.
  5. Tell students to click on YuJa in the course navigation of your Canvas course to watch videos published to the course channel.

Need help? Have questions? Contact the ITS Information Desk at help@wlu.edu, 540.458.4357 (HELP), or stop by the Main Level of Leyburn Library. We’ve got you.

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.

 

 

New! Self-paced Canvas Instructor Training!

Truth? Brandon and I love teaching about Canvas.

We really enjoy having a computer lab chock full of professors eager to absorb all they can about the University’s learning management system and we also dig Zoom meetings with those needing a refresher about how to build a peer review assignment or use Speedgrader to grade assignments. 

We also understand that it’s difficult to commit to hour-long training, especially as the start of term creeps closer and closer.

As such, we’ve put together a totally asynchronous, self-paced Canvas tutorial consisting of short videos and links to the Canvas Instructor Guides that contains all you need to navigate Canvas, create assignments and assessments, build a course, grade, and give feedback. 

Self-enroll at: https://wlu.instructure.com/enroll/FJXDPE

Heck, if you don’t even want to join the tutorial, you can just watch any or all the videos here: https://wlu.yuja.com/V/PlayList?node=5138751&a=1547137616&autoplay=1 [must log in with W&L credentials]. 

Whether you email, call, or stop by our offices — we’re now located in the Harte Center on lowel level 1 in Leyburn Library — we’re always happy to answer questions, problem solve, and troubleshoot.

Technology and Tacos: Spotlight on the Pedagogy of Podcasting

Technology & Tacos - A Lunchtime Workshop Series

Our Pedagogy and Pizza lunchtime workshop series is back, and it has a new name!

During the Fall term, we’ll meet on three occasions — Tuesday, September 21; Tuesday, October 5; Tuesday, November 9 — in the Harte Center Teaching Hub (Leyburn 119) to explore and learn about the why and how of podcasting.

  • Technology and Tacos #1: Incorporating Podcasting into Your Teaching Practice
    Educational podcasting has become increasingly popular among educators worldwide. Podcasting can be implemented in a variety of ways: from short, single-concept lectures or audio feedback to students to syntheses of course material through to student-generated content.In this session, hear directly from three W&L faculty members, Mikki Brock, Caleb Dance, and Michael Hill, about why they’ve incorporated podcasting into their classrooms and how it’s worked for them.
  • Technology and Thai #2: Teaching Students Interviewing Skills
    The interview is a staple of both podcasting and journalism, but many students are unfamiliar with how to effectively plan, conduct, and edit interviews.In this session, Mark Coddington, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, will go over the basics of what students need to know about interviewing, then have workshop participants pair up to briefly interview each another and debrief afterwards. 

  • Technology and Turkey #3: The Nuts and Bolts of Podcasting
    Get a step-by-step breakdown of the entire process, including technology that’s available for check out, recommended recording/editing software, a quick tour of spaces in the Harte Center that are ideal for student work/collaboration, and how Academic Technologies can support podcasting project assignments, to ensure that students have the skills and background knowledge to create a podcast. 

All faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up and attend! Sign up at https://go.wlu.edu/techandtacos.

Participants who attend all three sessions will receive a free AOKEO USB Condenser Podcast Microphone ($39.99 retail value).

Questions? Contact Julie Knudson at jmknudson@wlu.edu.

But at least registration for Fall Academy has opened!

Cartoon of man in orange putting his hands up (academics tryna enjoy the rest of summer) to defend himself against another man in gray (August 1)

Sign up for Fall Academy at go.wlu.edu/fallacademy. There’s something for EVERYONE. Don’t miss out on FREE staff/faculty development.

Fall Academy is two fabulous weeks — Monday, August 23 through Friday, September 3 — 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 Harte Center, University Registrar, Dean of the College, Office of the Provost, and other offices. 

NOTE: If you’re interested in any breakfast or lunch sessions, registration will close 5 business days prior to the session in order to give Dining Services an accurate headcount. Kindly register as soon as you know you are able to attend.

Meet ProtoMAX, the latest addition to the IQ Center!

The laser cutter in the IQ Center has the capability to cut materials like plastic and thin wood, but we haven’t had the ability to create parts from more durable materials, such as metal … until now!

The new ProtoMAX waterjet cutter in the IQ Center
Introducing the ProtoMAX waterjet cutting table!
See the waterjet cutter in action!

The addition of a new water jet cutter makes it possible to cut intricate parts from a variety of materials not previously possible.

The process is similar to that of the laser cutter. Parts are created in either CAD or vector drawing software like Illustrator. Those drawings are converted into paths that the high pressure water jet follows to cut your part.

The fine abrasives used in the process make a smooth, almost polished edge on the parts.

The IQ Center logo being cut from steel using the new ProtoMAX waterjet cutter

Stop into the IQ Center to take a look at some of the sample parts we have created. We’d love to talk about how you and your students can utilize ProtoMAX in your class.

The finished IQ Center logo cut from steel using the new ProtoMAX waterjet cutter

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.

 

 

Summer Refresh: Updated Classrooms and Learning Spaces

The Houston H. Harte Center for Teaching and Learning, Leyburn Library (Level 1)

Video Recording Studio 101
Lighting control wall mounted touch panel, 8 light panels, 4 motorized backdrop screens, and sound proofing wall panels.

Special Collections Classroom 102
Laser projector, tensioned screen, ceiling microphones and speakers, lectern with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, touch panel, monitor, Blu-ray player, document camera, Solstice Pod, front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and lecture capture.

Innovation Classroom (Leyburn 109)
Interactive projector, whiteboard, 2 sidewall flat panel displays, ceiling microphones and speakers, lectern with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, touch panel, monitor, Blu-ray player, document camera, 3 Solstice Pods, front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and lecture capture.

Teaching Hub (Leyburn 119)
Laser projector, tensioned screen, 2 sidewall flat panel displays, ceiling microphones and speakers, lectern with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, touch panel, monitor, Blu-ray player, document camera, Solstice Pod, front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and lecture capture.

Peer Tutoring Rooms (Leyburn 121 and 122)
60” flat panel display, video conference sound bar, AV cabinet with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, wall mounted touch panel, and Solstice Pod.

Video Editing Suites (Leyburn 123, 124, and 125)
Studio vocal microphones on boom arm and sound proofing wall panels.

Collaboration Gallery (Leyburn 128)
Laser projector, tensioned screen, ceiling microphones and speakers, lectern with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, touch panel, monitor, Blu-ray player, Solstice Pod, front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and lecture capture.

Oral Presentation Rooms (Leyburn 130 and 140)
 60” flat panel display, video sound bar, AV cabinet with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, microphone, camera for lecture capture, wall mounted touch panel, and Solstice Pod.

Digital Signage
New RISE displays across from the elevators.

Leyburn 222 and 223
Two new University classrooms! Laser projector, tensioned screen, ceiling microphones and speakers, lectern with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, touch panel, monitor, Blu-ray player, document camera, Solstice Pod, front and rear cameras for videoconferencing and lecture capture.

Elsewhere on Campus

Science Addition AG14, 114, and 214
Laser projector, tensioned screen, ceiling microphones and speakers, lectern with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, touch panel, monitor, Blu-ray player, document camera, Solstice Pod, and rear cameras for lecture capture.

Wilson Hall 2018
2 laser projectors, 2 tensioned screens, ceiling microphones and speakers, lectern with HDMI and USB-C connectivity, touch panel, monitor, Blu-ray player, document camera, Solstice Pod, and rear cameras for lecture capture.

COMING Fall 2021

Leyburn 301
Laser projector, pull screen, wall mounted touch panel, Blu-ray player, new Apple computers, and new furniture.

 

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.