Winter Teaching & Learning Support

WWU's rose garden in winter

Winter is a perfect time to level up your teaching and learning skills with new professional development opportunities from ATUS and the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment. Consider exploring the following learning opportunities, and reach out if you need assistance (see How to Get Help).

Learning Opportunities

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

  • Re-envisioning Writing Assignments in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Fri., 1/27 1-2PM) - Perhaps you have heard the buzz about AI and programs like Chat GPT. How can you address automatic writing tools as plagiarism in your courses? How can you AI-proof your assignments? Join us for ideas, resources, and a discussion about these fascinating and concerning technologies.
  • Webinar: Advocacy, Allyship, & Antiracism: Empowering Change for Inclusion & Equity (Tues., 1/31 Noon-1PM) - In this webinar, participants will apply allyship, advocacy, and antiracism to programs, initiatives, and everyday interactions within their community for greater inclusion and equity. Participants will also learn foundational knowledge and strategies to overcome barriers to change. Register to watch live or the recording.
  • Promoting Accountability for Participation and Engagement (Fri., 2/17 10-11AM) - Are you concerned about student disengagement? Join the ATUS/CIIA instructional tech/design team to explore strategies to help keep students on task and motivated to learn. Using performance indicators and analytics available in Canvas, Panopto, and Zoom can inform your teaching practices and help you keep students accountable.
  • Developing Accessible Courses from Any Starting Point (Thurs., 3/9 10-11AM) - Providing students with opportunities for equal access and success by building accessible course materials from the ground up can be daunting. Rather than wait for the right time, start with key areas you can improve now. Tune in to this session to explore some ideas--anything from formatting pages and PDFs to captioning videos in Panopto, using accessibility checkers in Canvas, or enabling live annotation in Zoom--and see the positive response!

Monday Morning Mentor

Presented by respected academic peers, the Monday Morning Mentor webinar series covers timely and relevant topics in only 20 minutes—long enough to provide actionable insights, but short enough to fit anyone’s schedule.

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

  • Jan. 23, 2023 What Is the Best Teaching Advice I Ever Received?
  • Jan. 30, 2023 How Can I Structure Class Discussions to Maximize Student Engagement?
  • Feb. 6, 2023 How Can I Write a Course Syllabus That's Worth Reading?
  • Feb. 13, 2023 How Can I Engage Students During a Synchronous Online Class?
  • Feb. 20, 2023 Beyond Syllabus Policies: What Strategies Help Students Take Responsibility for Learning?
  • Feb. 27, 2023 What Are 7 Ways to Assess Students in an Ungraded Classroom?
  • Mar. 6, 2023 What Can Engagement in Games Teach Me About Engagement in My Courses?
  • Mar. 13, 2023 How Can I Create a Meaningful Service-Learning Project for my Online Class?
  • Mar. 20, 2023 How Can I Grade in Less Time with Greater Impact?
  • Mar. 27, 2023 What Are 5 Ways H5P Tools Can Help Students Retain Course Content?


DIY Learning Options

Top Tech Things To Know (Winter 2023)

  1. Common Canvas gotchas
    • Students cannot see modules? Make sure module content is published.
    • Added students cannot see your course? Western’s Banner system takes 4 to 6 business hours to transmit updates to Canvas courses. If it has been more than one day, have them contact
    • Need to give students early course access? Specify a Start Date AND an End Date or else your course will not conclude after the term.
    • Know how to customize your notifications? Set preferences for both your account and for each class (students, too!).
    • Waitlisted student need access? Except in limited circumstances, institutional policy disallows adding students to CRN Canvas courses manually. Complete the Add Waitlisted Student to Canvas Course form to get Registrar approval.
  2. Zoom's best updates yet (Update your Zoom software for the best experience!)
  3. Panopto Options
  4. Socrative Polling (licenses available)
    • Shared Libraries allow you to create collections of quizzes you can share with and collaborate on with colleagues.  

Key Resources for Students



Sunday, January 15, 2023 - 9:46am