Fall Teaching & Learning Support from CIIA/ATUS

Dear Colleagues,

We are full swing into fall and I want to share with you some ways we can continue to support your teaching and learning.

First, thank you to everyone who engaged in the 50+ summer offerings we conducted, made possible with CARES Act funding. There were over 2,400 registrations representing about 1,000 faculty and grad students. So many of you also extended your knowledge to your departments and colleagues. We strongly believe that the support load at the beginning of the term--while intense--was more manageable than it would have been otherwise--and that there has been a positive impact on what students are experiencing in their courses.

"Live" Learning Opportunities

Access links and recordings are all on one page: ATUS-CIIA Self-Enroll Canvas course

  • Tech Happy Hour Fridays (Oct. 9-Nov. 20, 4-4:45PM) - Join us for conversations on a new topic each week including strategies for attendance, office hours, plagiarism detection, and new features in Canvas, Zoom, Teams, and more.
  • What's New in Zoom? (Wed. Oct. 14, 3:30-4:30) - ATUS staff will demonstrate what you can do with the new "single sign on" implementation of Zoom including requiring authentication, expanded cloud storage, pre-assigned breakout rooms, and more.
  • A Panopto Preview: Creating & Managing Videos (Thurs. Nov. 19, 1-2PM) - Western has purchased Panopto, a robust platform for creating and sharing on-demand videos. Set to roll out campus-wide in Winter Quarter, ATUS will demonstrate some of its powerful features, including Canvas integration, hosting, recording, editing, quizzing, and captioning.
  • Panopto Training Webinars by Panopto (several dates) - Designed for new users and beginners who would like to learn how to use the Panopto software. These webinars will cover creating, managing, and editing sessions as well as navigating the Panopto interface.

Top 7 Zoom Things To Know (Fall 2020)

This is a game changer! Zoom for Western licenses have been activated for all faculty and staff and can be accessed by logging in to https://wwu-edu.zoom.us with your username@wwu.edu email address and WWU password. 

  1. Ask Students to Activate & Confirm Zoom for Western: Using their WWU-provided Zoom account to log in may be required for some Zoom meetings.
  2. Update Zoom Software via Web or by Using the App: New features and security options release frequently.
  3. Record to the Cloud: Yes, we have the space! You can include a basic transcript and share (and later remove) recordings easily. 
  4. Learn about Authentication & Pre-Assigned Breakout Rooms - Require participants log in through WWU and explore the Breakout Room pre-assign option.
  5. Consider Recurring Meetings with No Fixed Time: For classes or office hours, simplify your meetings.
  6. Try a new Zoom Virtual Background: CIIA students created a collection of open licensed WWU/local photos designed to be virtual backgrounds if your computer allows. See also Alumni and Design System for other options.
  7. Stop fumbling! (Learn Shortcuts): Practice makes perfect but it can be useful to learn just a few keyboard shortcuts.

DIY Learning Opportunities

Key Resources for Students


Best wishes in all your adventures in teaching and learning!

Justina Brown

Director, Center for Instructional Innovation

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 8:57am

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