A-Term Academic Technology News and Reminders

What’s New? 



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 

If you don't yet have a Gradescope account, you can create one on their homepage. We recommend using these short videos and the searchable Help Center as you get started.  

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 A-Term 

Still thinking about your course and how you can support your students who might need more flexibility in A-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 atc-ttl@wpi.edu


Canvas Updates 

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) 

Canvas is revamping the entire Quizzing tool for 2023! Get a first look at the new tool in this video. Want to learn more about it? Book a Coffee & Canvas session with Lindsey Van Gieson.


Looking for your A-Term 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 canvashelp@wpi.edu.  


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 


Canvas Back to Basics (Pre-registration not required) 

Tuesday, August 23rd  


Canvas Back to Basics (Pre-registration not required) 

Wednesday, August 24th  


Canvas Office Hours 

Want to do a deep dive into a specific Canvas tool? Want to try something new? Book a Coffee & Canvas session with Lindsey Van Gieson (lftapper@wpi.edu) that fits your schedule. 



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 (jcotnoir@wpi.edu) 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 – Zoom in WPI Classrooms 

1:00pm – August 16 (Olin Hall 109) 

1:00pm – August 23 (Unity Hall 420) 

Echo360 - Transcripts and Captions 

1:00pm – Thursday, August 18 

Echo360 – Q & A 

11am – Monday, August 22 

Any specific questions about Echo360 or special training requests? Email Sophie at sburke@wpi.edu


Unity Hall AV Training 

Join ATC TTL staff on Tuesday, August 23rd for drop-in AV training in one of the new classrooms in our newest academic building. Stop by Room 405 any time between noon-1:30pm. Pre-registration not required. 

To learn more about the AV in these classrooms, visit Using the Classroom AV in Unity Hall in the Hub. 


Instructional Design  

Open office hours on Mondays 3-4pm, Wednesdays 9-10am, and Fridays 11:30am-12:30pm using this Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/393623552 


Poll Everywhere, Qualtrics, and Gradescope 

If you would like to meet for 30 minutes with Mike Hamilton (mjham@wpi.edu) via Zoom for a consult or training on Poll Everywhere, Gradescope, or Qualtrics you can book online or email Mike. 


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 atc-ttl@wpi.edu 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 canvashelp@wpi.edu. 

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? 


Web Conferencing 

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 jcotnoir@wpi.edu.  


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.  

Microphone Requests  

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 will still be playable from Ensemble until the end of the 2021/22 academic year. The next phase of the migration process involves porting Ensemble video files to Echo360. 

In the meantime, if you want to get started learning about Echo360, check out the resources here or email atc-ttl@wpi.edu

For more information or to schedule training on Echo360, contact atc-ttl@wpi.edu


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: 


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! 


Contact Us 

Got a question or a problem? E-mail atc-ttl@wpi.edu and we'll help find a solution! 

Hours: 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.