B-Term Academic Technology Center Newsletter
Department(s):Academic Technology Center
Welcome Fall! Can you believe A-Term is almost over? The ATC team is here to help you with B-Term prep. If you have any questions about using the instructional technology tools available at WPI, please reach out to us or schedule a consultation with one of our Academic Technology experts!
Gradescope supports online assignments, paper-based assignments, assignments combining online and in-class, and cuts down grading time for science, math, and programming assignments. You can find more information about remote assessment in this FAQ Guide.
Getting Started with Gradescope
Gradescope Workshops and WPI Learning Community
The Gradescope team hosts regular online workshops. A workshop is a great way to get a quick walkthrough of the platform and learn how to get the most out of Gradescope.
The Technology for Teaching and Learning team set up a Teams Learning Community for those interested in using Gradescope. You can join the team to learn more and to access documentation on Gradescope directly in our Team notebook.
Incorporating Course Flexibility in B-Term
Still thinking about your course and how you can support your students who might need more flexibility in B-Term? Wondering about “blended,” “flipped” or other teaching approaches? We’re here to help!
Check out this infographic overview and consider consulting with one of our Instructional Designers to help identify what asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning activities you might consider incorporating into your course using either Echo360 or Zoom.
Feel free to reach out anytime to schedule a consultation with the Technology for Teaching and Learning team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2023 Courses now in Canvas
C23, D23, and S23 courses are now available for you to begin preparations for the Spring term. If you do not see your course yet, please confirm that you are listed as the instructor on record in Workday. If you see the course in Workday, reach out to us at email@example.com. If you do not see the course in Workday yet, please reach out to your department for assistance.
Waitlisted and Unenrolled Students
Need to give a student access to your Canvas site before they are officially added to your Workday roster? Please follow these instructions to use the “Manually Added Student” option in Canvas.
New Quizzing Tool (Beta Testing)
Looking for your upcoming courses?
If you do not see your course on your Dashboard, check in Courses > All Courses and then click the “star” icon to favorite it. (If you want to clean up your Dashboard, click the “star” de-select a course to remove it.) If you see a course on Workday but not on Canvas, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the TTL website’s new look!
Our ATC-TTL blog got a much-needed redesign! Now it’s easier to find the documentation, support, and training you need. Our dedicated team is always researching, recording, or writing something new to help you seamlessly integrate technology into your teaching.
Bookmark our site if you haven’t yet: http://wp.wpi.edu/atc-ttl/
Upcoming Workshops & Office Hours
Zoom-compatible hardware is available in all classrooms on campus, so you can reach your students remotely from any computer.
If you’d like to learn more about Zoom or have any questions, e-mail Jolene Cotnoir (email@example.com) to schedule a one-on-one training session that fits your schedule.
For basic Zoom training and other topics, check out our videos on Zoom.
Echo360 is the lecture capture system used in classrooms at WPI. To understand how it works, please attend one of the following workshops:
Echo360 – Introduction
10:00am – Tuesday, October 18
1:30pm – Friday, October 21
10:00am – Friday, October 21
Any specific questions about Echo360 or special training requests? Email Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unity Hall AV Training
Join ATC TTL staff on Thursday, October 20th for drop-in AV training in one of the new classrooms in our newest academic building. Stop by Room 405 any time between 1pm-3pm. Pre-registration not required.
To learn more about the AV in these classrooms, visit Using the Classroom AV in Unity Hall in the Hub.
Poll Everywhere, Qualtrics, and Gradescope
On Demand and Micro-Trainings
We’ve recorded and collected our best workshops, and other “micro-training” sessions where you can learn a topic on Canvas, Echo360, or Zoom in 10 minutes or less!
On Demand Trainings - Full 45-minute training session recordings
Micro-Trainings – individual Canvas, Echo360, Zoom topics, learn in 10 minutes or less
Don’t see a micro or regular training session that you are looking for? Contact us at email@example.com to schedule a 1-on-1 session that works with your schedule.
Canvas Requests, Tech Support & Reporting Issues
Canvas is WPI's official course website system to deploy learning materials, assessments, discussions, and grades. If you have a course that exists in Workday, a site will be generated automatically for you within Canvas.
Need changes to your site? Use our form for all Canvas modification requests: https://www.wpi.edu/+canvasrequest
Got a Canvas question or need to report an issue? We’re here to help!
Weekdays 8-5, our team is answering questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have 24/7 tech support for Faculty and TAs, just click on “Help” in the left-hand menu of Canvas to call, chat, or email Canvas.
Did you know...
we have a Canvas blog sharing Canvas updates and tech tips?
Zoom is WPI’s web conferencing tool accessible from https://wpi.zoom.us.
In addition to screen sharing, video, and audio, Zoom has a robust suite of collaboration tools to allow you to engage with your class in-person and online simultaneously.
Echo360 and Canvas allow automatic deployment of classroom lecture videos and Zoom recordings into your Canvas site!
To learn more about using Zoom to engage with your students, check out the workshops above, or contact Jolene Cotnoir at email@example.com.
Video Publishing & Sharing Options
Echo360 vs. Zoom from the Classroom
Each classroom at WPI is now equipped with Echo360 Lecture Capture and gooseneck microphones on the podium, thanks to our amazing AV Services team. But is Echo360 the tool you need? How does it differ from Zoom? Do I have to be in a classroom to record? Start here with our Recording Lectures FAQ post and this comparison chart.
Even if you record using Zoom in a classroom, you can still use Echo360 by setting up an automatic connection between your Zoom recordings and Echo360. This connection enables your Zoom recordings to be stored in your Echo360 library on a more permanent basis than is currently possible with Zoom, as Zoom recordings are deleted after 100 days.
Lecture Capture-Zoom Integration
Learn how to set up the automatic ingest of your Zoom cloud recordings in this Echo360-Zoom Connection blog post.
Request Echo360 Lecture Capture
Lecture Capture is back to opt-in this academic year. To request Echo360 lecture capture, please fill out the opt-in/request form.
If you would like to request a wireless lavaliere microphone, please fill out this request form and the ATC will prepare one for you and follow-up via email when it is ready to be picked up.
Storing Videos & Lectures
Are you maxing out your Canvas storage? Learn more about options for streaming your lectures and uploading video or other media that connect into Canvas for a seamless experience for you and your students.
Please Note: Ensemble Video is no longer supported at WPI. Ensemble video content has been migrated over to the Echo360 server. If you believe you had content in Ensemble but are not seeing it in your Echo360 video library, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to schedule training on Echo360, contact email@example.com.
Classroom Engagement & Research Survey Tools
Poll Everywhere is a web-based polling solution where students use their phone, tablets, and laptops to answer questions used for lecture engagement. You can even use it in Zoom! If you do not currently have access to Poll Everywhere, please use the Polling Request form.
A couple quick poll everywhere reminders for existing users:
Instructions for your students if you are connecting to Canvas
Will your students be creating surveys and collecting data?
WPI has a site license for the fully featured Qualtrics suite. No need to use "free" online services for your surveys!
Interested in enhancing your online class discussions?
WPI has a free license to use FlipGrid, which allows for video discussion boards that can be enabled directly within Canvas. Learn more about FlipGrid.
Engagement through social annotation with Perusall
Perusall is a tool integrated into Canvas that facilitates student engagement with reading assignments through social annotation and reflection. Interested in learning more? Check out this overview of Perusall. Have you tried Perusall in your class? Let us know what you think!
Got a question or a problem? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help find a solution!
The Technology for Teaching and Learning team is available M-F, 8am-5pm.
Please check out our other resources:
Canvas Blog - Get important Canvas updates, new features, and help resources
TTL Blog - Academic technology resources, workshops, and discover new tech tools
Follow us on Twitter: @atc_ttl
Check out the ATC’s Accessibility & UDL in Canvas site for more ways to make your course site & videos accessible to all users.