Winter 2019 Events

Professional Development Opportunities with ATUS - Winter 2019

Academic Technology & User Services will be providing many new and exciting professional development opportunities for Western faculty, staff, and students on such topics as grading strategies, accessibility tips in Canvas, and strategies for reducing job stress.  

Please join us this Winter 2019 for a variety of exciting new professional development opportunities! See our Events page for details.

The ATUS Faculty Drop-In Center

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!

This quarter, the ATUS presents:

Making the Grade: Ensuring Graded Assessments Do What You Intend
Join CIIA/ATUS instructional designer, Justina Brown as she shares tips and tricks for making grades accurately reflect syllabus requirements and student learning, while making the grading process safe and sane for instructors. Based on attendees interests, she can also discuss the benefits and challenges of rubrics, the joys of SpeedGrader, and some fun ways to tweak assignments to meet the learning goals for your classes.

Liberating Yourself from the Classroom with Screencast-O-Matic ​
Explore how you can use Screencast-O-Matic’s powerful set of tools to open up the possibilities for delivering content to your students. ATUS instructional designer, Kevin Dixey, will show you the intuitive user interface for recording your screen with audio and easy ways to share these videos online. Screencast-O-Matic might just become one of your favorite classroom (and office) tools!

The ABCs of Making Your Canvas Course Accessible​
Accessibility is essential for educators and institutions wanting to fulfill their commitment to providing high quality content for all people. Join ATUS instructional designer Kevin Dixey to learn some easy-to-implement techniques for making your Canvas class open to all learners

Join us for a new webinar!
Winter 2019 brings a new webinar viewing in the Faculty Drop-in Center:  

Grading Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity and Rigor​
Struggling with how to make online quizzes more secure as well as accessible? Join us for this webinar with optional follow-up Q&A presented by Flower Darby, Senior Instructional Designer at Northern Arizona University. Through grading methods such as Specifications Grading—a technique that uses a two-level grading rubric rather than the traditional point system, faculty can raise the standard for student work, while also increasing motivation, promoting academic integrity, and allowing diverse learners to succeed, all while making assessment less stressful for everyone.

Please drop in to watch with us.

Monday Morning Mentor
The CIIA and Extended Education continue this quarter to offer Monday Morning Mentor.  Join us for the video, coffee/tea & discussion. Each Monday, a new online teaching strategy video is made available and accessible for seven days. 

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

Each Monday, a new online teaching strategy video is made available. 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").

Professional Development Schedule

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