Fall 2018 Events & Professional Development

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

We welcome one-on-one trainings and consultations 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.

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Except where noted, sessions to not require an RSVP. All are free and open to the Western community.

Presentation and webinar materials will be available on the following Canvas sites:



The CIIA and Extended Education continue this quarter to offer 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 during the week they are available.

Mondays – 10/1-12/10, 10-11 AM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

  • 10/1: What is Gamification and How Can it Promote a Growth Mindset? ONLINE ONLY
  • 10/8: How Can the Three C's of Course Design Enhance Students' Online Performance?
  • 10/15: How Can I Use Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage my Students?
  • 10/22: How Can I Get Students to Engage with Course Content Before Class?
  • 10/29: How Can I Resolve Difficult Situations in the Classroom?
  • 11/5: How Should I Manage My Online Course?
  • 11/12: How Can I Engage the Emotions of My Students to Maximize Learning? ONLINE ONLY
  • 11/19: How Can I Gain Valuable Insight from Course Evaluations?
  • 11/26: How Can I Encourage Students to Stay Connected with Course Content After Class?
  • 12/3: How Can Talking through Course Evaluations Improve my Teaching?
  • 12/10: How Can Promoting Academic Integrity Improve Learning Outcomes for Students?

Week 3

PRESENTATION: Making Your Class Available to Everyone                                                                                                        

Wed., Oct. 10, 10-11 AM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Accessibility is essential for educators and educational organizations to fulfill their commitment to create high quality content that all people with or without a disability can access. Join ATUS instructional designer Kevin Dixey to learn some simple techniques to make your Canvas course content open to all learners.

Week 4

PRESENTATION: Leveling Up Classroom Technologies

Fri., Oct 19, 1-2 PM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)     

Ten minutes is not much time. Especially when you are trying to login to your classroom workstation and you have students peppering you with questions before your class starts. Likewise in a conference room. Join ATUS Instructional Technologist Chris Powell to learn how a little bit of preparation before your presentation can bring numerous dividends to you and your audience. Chris will share how you can configure your web browser to bring up your prepared materials and which free extensions will keep your presentation free from distractions.

Week 5

PRESENTATION: Lecture Capture Possibilities with Screencast-O-Matic

Wed., Oct. 24, 3-4 PM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Take a few minutes with ATUS instructional designer Kevin Dixey to look at a new option for lecture capture here at Western. Screencast-O-Matic is a lightweight yet full-featured lecture capture and editing tool that can help you open up the possibilities for a wide variety of your screen-casting and classroom video needs. With its simple and intuitive user interface and ease of exporting your finished videos to YouTube, Vimeo, or Google Drive, Screencast-O-Matic might just become one of your favorite tools!

Week 6

PRESENTATION: Google Essentials

Tues., Oct. 30, 3-4 PM, Humanities 242 (HR Lab)

The Google universe is vast--learn how to navigate it! In this workshop, led by ATUS Instructional Technologist Chris Powell, you will learn how to use Google's search to get specific answers to your questions, optimize your Chrome web browser to run quicker while exploring tools that will help you surf the web safer, discover how Google maps can get you where you need to go, and explore lesser-known features to make planning a trip much easier. You'll leave class equipped to make Google work for you! For this workshop, please register on WWU’s PageUp Learning Library.

Week 7

WEBINAR: Engaging Students Through Creativity in Instruction

Thurs., Nov. 8, 10-11 AM, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Join us as we tune in to watch this webinar and hear from Joni Dunlap, Faculty Fellow for Teaching, who has seen growing success from encouraging faculty to incorporate elements that diverge from traditional lecturing into their classrooms. During this webcast, you will engage in a variety of activities and discussions to give you ideas for providing multiple avenues for learning with students, including creative ways to start or end a course, carry out in-class lectures, activities, and discussions, and to set up assessments and feedback. More details.

After the live event, WWU will have access (link to be on our CIIA ProDev Canvas site) to this recording and supplemental materials for 60 days (expires 1/8/19).

PRESENTATION: Defensive Computing

Thurs., Nov. 8, 3-4 PM, Humanities 242 (HR Lab)

Now more than ever, protecting your computer, mobile phone, and online accounts is imperative--and getting increasingly difficult to do. ATUS Instructional Technologist Chris Powell will be your guide in navigating unpredictable online waters. In this workshop, you'll learn how to secure your mobile/desktop devices, how to protect your access to the internet at home and in public, and how to keep your email accounts safe. In addition, Chris will discuss the importance of a strong password and multi-factor authentication, the difference between a virus and malware, and how to identify phishing emails. For this workshop, please register on WWU’s  PageUp Learning Library.

Week 8

WEBINAR: Transforming Learning with Open Educational Practices and Pedagogy

Wed., Nov. 14, 11 AM-Noon, Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Join us as we tune in to watch this live webinar, part of a series by the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources, which is open and free to the open education community. 

Open educational practices enable new ways for students to learn and create knowledge. We will hear from several pioneering OER faculty who utilize open educational practices and pedagogy to enhance student engagement and knowledge as they blur the boundary between instructor and student in collaboratively building the commons.

If you cannot join us live, the slides and videos will be posted a couple of days after the webinar at (currently past webinars are available).

WORKSHOP: Going Beyond Polling with Socrative

Wed., Nov. 14, Noon-1 PM Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center)

Bring your devices and be ready to explore methods for using the Socrative Pro polling tool, available for academic use at WWU (just ask). ATUS/CIIA instructional designer Justina Brown will share ideas and strategies for using this powerful tool for student engagement. Expect to participate and share your ideas, too!

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Remember to utilize the Faculty Drop-in Center (HH 154) dedicated support space for instructional technologies and design, small group trainings, or individualized instruction on technologies provided by Western, including Canvas, lecture-capture software, web-conferencing options, and response systems. Faculty may use the space by:

  • Using Drop-in Hours: Mondays 3-4:30 and Thursdays 10-11:30
  • Making Appointments: or
  • Taking Chances: Just stop by!