Spring 2018 Events

Professional Development Opportunities with ATUS - Spring 2018

Instructional Designer Kevin Dixey describing the Empowering Tech series.Please join us this Spring 2018 for a variety of exciting new professional development opportunities! See Events page for details.

ATUS has developed many new and exciting professional development opportunities for Western faculty, staff, and students on such topics as lecture capture, accessibility tips and tricks in Canvas, and tools and strategies for engaging online interactions.  

Monday Morning Mentor
Join Justina Brown in the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment for short, weekly video presentations on such topics as earning trust in online courses, mid-career professional advancement, mini-lectures for student engagement, and much more.  Connect and collaborate with peers after each presentation over coffee or tea.

Monday mornings throughout Spring Quarter,
Haggard Hall 154 (Faculty Drop-in Center).

Each Monday, a new online teaching strategy video is made available and accessible for seven days. Even if you cannot join us, you can watch the videos on your own via the link on the Monday Morning Mentor Canvas site (click "Join this Course").

Empowering Technologies Series
Developed by the ATUS Teaching, Learning, & Technology team, this new workshop series focuses on utilizing the seven key areas of “Empowering Tech” strategies to function as action-oriented citizens in our technology-centered world. These include: Identity, Security, Print, Audio, Video, Social Media, Critical Information Assessment. This curriculum will be offered as professional development opportunities throughout the year or can be requested as a session for a class, program, or department.

This quarter, the Empowering Technology series presents:

Writers Unblock with Markdown Text​
Markdown is an easy way to write text that is uniquely suited to sharing your writing through a variety of web and social media driven  platforms. Because Markdown is simply text, the resulting files are small, portable, cross-platform and able to be edited using any number of free and open source text editors. Join Kevin Dixey for this session, part of the  “Empowering Technologies” series, where you will learn about ideas and tools to better  organize for positive change.

Protecting Yourself in the Social Media Jungle​
Tools like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram offer us  powerful ways to stay in contact with people and communicate ideas. Unfortunately,  they can also leave us vulnerable to breeches of data if we are not careful.  Join us for some straight forward and simple strategies to get the most out of our  social media while keeping our data and identity safe. Join Kevin Dixey for  this session, part of the “Empowering Technologies” series, where you will learn about ideas and tools to better organize for positive change.

Exciting new webinar
Spring 2018 brings a new webinar viewing in the Faculty Drop-in Center:  

Collaborative Learning Approaches that Support Neurodiverse Students
What strategies can you leverage to establish a  classroom environment where ALL students feel comfortable contributing to  collaborative learning activities? Join us as we tune in to watch this webinar,  led by Flower Darby, senior instructional designer and faculty at  Northern Arizona University, for strategies to increase effectiveness of group  activities and decrease the headaches and problems experienced when you are not  able to adequately anticipate and plan for students' mental, emotional, and  social challenges. After the live event, WWU will have access to this  recording and supplemental materials for one year.

Please drop in to watch with us.


Presentations and Workshops
Every quarter, ATUS and CIIA offer several workshops, demonstrations, and presentations on relevant instructional strategies and technologies, often partnering with University partners such as Extended Education, Western Libraries, and the Learning Commons.  Our professional development schedule has something for everyone!

Professional Development Schedule

For more information, please feel free to contact Justina Brown at Justina.Brown@wwu.edu or 360-650-7210 for more information.