The “eaching, Learning, & Technology area of ATUS will offer the following free learning opportunities for faculty and staff as well as students who teach. If you would like any of these added to your calendar, reply to RSVP or use the “add to Outlook” links to add items to your calendar.*
Our team is excited to offer a new “Empowering Tech” curriculum focusing on strategies for functioning as action-oriented citizens in our technology-centered world. These include: identity, security, print, audio, video, social media, and critical information assessment. These “Empowering Tech” professional development opportunities--including three this quarter--will be offered throughout the coming year, or can be provided upon request.
- MONDAY MORNING MENTOR: 20 Minute Video Series
Mondays during Spring Quarter, 9:30-10:30, Haggard Hall 154 / Faculty Drop-in Center (or on your own) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
The CIIA continues this quarter with MONDAY MORNING MENTOR (click "Join this Course" for offerings). Join us for the video, coffee/tea & discussion or watch on your own. Each Monday (see below), a new teaching strategy video is made available and accessible for 7 days. Even if you cannot join us, you can watch the videos on your own:
- 3/27: How Can I Evaluate Online Teaching if I Haven't Taught Online?
- 4/3: How Can I Design Copyright-Compliant Courses?
- 4/10: How Can I Get Useful Feedback to Improve my Online Teaching?
- 4/17: How Do I Monitor and Support Online Faculty?
- 4/24: How Do I Adapt an Online Faculty Peer Review Tool?
- 5/1: How Can I Identify and Overcome Obstacles to Change?
- 5/8: How Can Student Learning Begin Before the First Day of Class?
- EMPOWERING TECH: Print
Tues., Apr. 25, 12-12:50, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
Print is one of the oldest forms of mass communication, even in the digital age, yet can still be a powerful and extremely effective method of communicating. Explore the basics of producing printed material such as posters, flyers, and booklets using a variety of simple-to-use and readily-available tools. Join Kevin Dixey for this session, part of the “EMPOWERING TECH” series, where you will learn about ideas and tools to better organize for positive change.
- WEBINAR: G Suite for Academics
Wed., Apr. 26, 10-11 AM, ONLINE [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
Explore Google's G Suite (previously called Google Apps) in this interactive webinar. With Michael Wilder, ATUS Assistant Director, as your guide, this session will provide an overview of the many G Suite applications (including Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms) as well as introduce some of the ways that these tools can enable active learning, collaboration, and engagement in higher education. Find out how to login to your account, create documents, work collaboratively, and share documents with peers in this hands-on workshop. Note: This session will be conducted entirely online using Zoom Web conferencing software. You will receive more information about downloading and installing the software when you confirm attendance. Webinar access link: https://zoom.us/j/352791880
- LEARNING TECH GROUP: Introduction to Virtual Reality
Mon. May 1, 12-12:50 PM, Haggard Hall 246 (Digital Media Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
Step into the new world of virtual reality with AJ Barse and David Hamiter. The Student Tech Center is building upon their Intro to 3D workshops into virtual reality with an all new immersive headset, made by HTC called the “Vive.” The Vive will be demonstrated at this session, along with easily accessible virtual and augmented reality tools available via your smart phone. Learn what this technology is, how to access and experience it, and how some WWU faculty are using it in their classes. Don't miss this opportunity to try the Vive VR headset and possibly walk away with your own Google Cardboard viewer!
- PRESENTATION: Introduction to Online Course Peer Review
Tues. May 2, 2-3 PM, Haggard Hall 222 [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
Interested in improving your fully online or blended course? Join Michael Wilder, ATUS Assistant Director, for an exploration of faculty peer review, a method for improving online course curriculum. This workshop introduces peer review models (such as Quality Matters) including established standards and processes. Find out how these strategies can benefit you and your academic unit.
- EMPOWERING TECH: Audio
Wed., May 10, 12-12:50, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
Learn how to record audio with your smartphone, transfer files from mobile to desktop, access free audio editing software, create music with loops, host your music on the web for free, and much more. Join AJ Barse for this session, part of the “EMPOWERING TECH” series, where you will learn about ideas and tools to better organize for positive change.
- EMPOWERING TECH: Video
Thurs., May 25, 12-12:50, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
Learn how to turn your smartphone into a mobile video recording studio. Look at low cost solutions for lighting, setup, recording in high definition, video editing software, and hosting your finished product on the web with YouTube and Vimeo. Join AJ Barse for this session, part of the “EMPOWERING TECH” series, where you will learn about ideas and tools to better organize for positive change.
- LEARNING EVENT: Innovative Teaching Showcase
Fri., June 2, 1-3, Wilson Library 270 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]
Members of the Western community are invited to learn about this year's Showcase via interactive displays, videos, and conversation, and to honor this year's featured instructors. The Learning Event celebrates the completion of this year's “Critical Thinking”-themed web issue, to be published in June by the Center for Instructional Innovation. The new issue will be available via the Innovative Teaching Showcase site.
Remember, we are available to support your teaching endeavors via workshops, collaborations, and consultations by appointment or during Faculty Drop-in Center Hours: Mon. 3-4:30 / Thurs. 10-11:30.