Spring Teaching & Learning Support

Spring at Western

Welcome to spring! We want to share with you some ways ATUS can continue to support your teaching and learning.

Latest Tech News

  • Web Conferencing: Zoom and Teams remain as our options for synchronous classes, events, and meetings.
  • Video Management:
    • Panopto is our supported media management tool. See Panopto 101.
    • We are moving away from Screencast-O-Matic, but users will be able to continue the transition to Panopto over this coming year.
    • Zoom cloud recordings will be saved for two years to match archive policies; however, both Zoom and Screencast-O-Matic recordings can be moved to your Panopto account, then edited, shared, archived, and so much more--and Panopto's integration with Canvas has some really useful options.

"Live" Learning Opportunities

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

  • Tech Happy Hour Fridays (Fridays Apr. 9-May 21, 3-4 PM) - Join us for conversations on a new topic each week including strategies for video migration, captioning, editing, and new features in Canvas, Zoom, Teams, Panopto, and more.
  • Alternative Assessment Webinar (Tues. Apr. 13, 10-11AM) - Explore grading and assessment forms that increase student agency and engagement in and with the process. These approaches include contract grading, specifications grading, ungrading, student self-assessment, and others.
  • Panopto Round-up Series by ATUS (four dates) - Join us to learn about both entry-level and advanced features.
    • Panopto: Catching Up- Basic setup, sharing options, captions, permissions, bookmarking, notes, student recording and video submissions. Offered twice:
      • Mon., April 12 @ 10-11AM
      • Tues., April 20 @ 9-10 AM
    • Panopto: Next Level- Editing, strategies for creating a video library, adding streams (PDFs, web pages, and YouTube clips), using quizzes and connecting with Canvas, and mastering the Panopto desktop app. Offered twice:
      • Date: Wed., May 12 @ 10-11 AM
      • Date: Thurs., May 20 @ 9-10 AM
  • Exploring Models of Delivery: Online, Synchronous, Asynchronous... and HyFlex?(Tues. May 4, 1-2 PM) - Visit with ATUS, CIIA, and OCE instructional designers & technologists, along with the Registrar's Office, to look at some options for course delivery as Western plans for a transition to on-campus courses.
  • 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.

DIY Learning Opportunities

Key Resources for Students

Top 7 Zoom Things To Know

  1. Ask Students toActivate & Confirm Zoom for Western: Usingtheir WWU-provided Zoom account to log in may be required for some Zoom meetings.
  2. Update Zoom Softwarevia Webor byUsing 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 aboutAuthentication & 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 newZoom Virtual Background:CIIA students created a collection of open licensed WWU/local photos designed to be virtual backgrounds if your computer allows. See alsoAlumniandDesign Systemfor other options.
  7. Stop fumbling! (Learn Shortcuts): Practice makes perfect but it can be useful to learn just a few keyboard shortcuts.


Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:00am