Events & Professional Development

For software training by ATUS staff for Office and Adobe products, see the TRAINING site.

Please note that one-on-one trainings and consultations are available via our Learning Systems staff.

Professional development offerings for fall, winter, and spring quarters will be available on this page as each term arrives. For past events, see the Events Archive.

Fall 2017 Professional Development

The CIIA continues this spring with MONDAY MORNING MENTOR (click "Join this Course" for offerings). Join us for the video, coffee/tea & discussion. Each Monday (see below), a new online 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.

  • 10/2 How Do I Create a Lively, Yet Functional, Online Classroom? -->This Monday!
  • 10/9 How Should I Manage Conflict Within My Department?
  • 10/16: How Can I Build Momentum for Change with Short-term Wins?
  • 10/23 What Are the Secrets to Making Highly Effective Educational Videos?
  • 10/30 How Do I Align Learning Objectives with Technology Using Backward Design?
  • 11/6 How Do I Overcome Faculty Barriers to Online Teaching?
  • 11/13 How Can I Make My Exams More Accessible?
  • 11/20 How Do I Stay Calm When Students Push My Buttons?
  • 11/27 How Do I Establish an Engaging Atmosphere in My Online Classroom?
  • 12/4 How Can I Make My Exams More About Learning, Less About Grades?

Co-sponsored by the Center for Instructional Innovation and Extended Education.

Week 2

LEARNING TECH GROUP: Digital Collaboration in the Classroom

Thurs., Oct. 5, 1-1:50, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]

ATUS Instructional Technologists David Hamiter and Chris Powell will demonstrate how you can use Western’s Microsoft Office365 and Google GSuite to eliminate email attachment overload and collaborate with students and colleagues all from your web browser. You will be shown ways to share documents online, view revisions and changes, and make your online document available in your Canvas course. Save time by making changes online instead of uploading or emailing the same document over and over again.

Week 3

WEBINAR+Discussion: Strategies for Personalized Adaptive Teaching and Learning + TLT Discussion of Mastery Paths in Canvas

Mon., Oct. 9, 10:00-11 (+30 for Mastery Paths), Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]

Join us as we tune in to watch this webinar from Educause Learning Initiative, PLUS stay for a few extra minutes of discussion with instructional designers, Kevin Dixey and Justina Brown, if you would like to learn more about the newly enabled feature in Canvas called Mastery Paths. Personalized adaptive learning presents students with an individual learning experience by allowing them to progress on distinct learning paths through a course. Webinar presenters from various institutions will share challenges and practical considerations for richer student assessment.

Week 4

EMPOWERING TECH: Video & Audio: Telling Your Story

Wed., Oct. 18, 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 and audio recording studio. Look at low cost solutions for setup, lighting, recording in high definition, editing software, transferring files from mobile to desktop, creating music with loops, hosting your finished product 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.

Week 5

PANEL DISCUSSION: Creative Uses, Challenges, and Discoveries with the Socrative Polling Tool

Wed., Oct. 25, 1:30-3, Viking Union 567 [WWU users: Add to Outlook]

Contributors from the sciences, social sciences, humanities and more will take turns sharing their creative ideas and challenges faced in using the Socrative polling tool as a student response system. Since last year when WWU began a pilot of this tool that allows users to contribute via cell phone or web-enabled device, nearly 50 instructors have tried using the tool in their classes. Join this unique session to experience and learn the tool from those quickly becoming experts. Please contact Justina Brown if you would like to be added to the pilot!

Week 6

WEBINAR: Using Technology To Increase Student Engagement

Wed. Nov. 1, 10-11:30, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]

Join us as we tune in to watch this webinar, led by Brad Garner, Director of Faculty Enrichment in the Center for Learning and Innovation at Indiana Wesleyan University. He will explore techniques and strategies for engaging students through classroom presentation techniques, maximizing LMS tools, movie-making resources, assessment techniques, web-based tools, and open educational resources. Become inspired to create experiences and assessment strategies that engage students. After the live event, WWU will have access to this recording and supplemental materials for one year.

Week 7

LEARNING TECH GROUP: IFTTT Web Automation to Streamline Your Online Life

Wed., Nov. 8, 1-1:50, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]

Have you ever wished that things could be easier? Do you find that for all the power that our devices and their apps offer that it seems harder than ever to get things done? IFTTT is a free platform that helps you do more and do it more easily with your personal technology tools. With IFTTT you can create conditional statements known as applets that you can use to control your apps, devices, and a variety of web services. With thousands of applets to choose from there is something for everyone. Let us show you how IFTTT can make your digital life a little bit easier.

Week 8

EMPOWERING TECH: Protect Your Online Life

Tues., Nov. 14, 12-12:50, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center) [WWU users: Add to Outlook]

How do you take steps to safeguard your personal and professional online life? You will learn the elements of a strong password, how to discern a legitimate email from one that is phishing, how to safely access wireless networks in public spaces like coffee shops, and how to safeguard your desktop and mobile device from being attacked from “the bad guys.” Join ATUS Instructional Technologist Chris Powell for a one-hour session, part of the “EMPOWERING TECH” series, where you will learn about ideas and tools to better organize for positive change.


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