C-Term Academic Technology Reminders

Happy New Year! We’ve already been busy with prep for C-Term, as classes start this Wednesday, Jan 10 despite following a Monday schedule 😊 As always, the ATC team is here to help you with your course preparations, whether it be in the classroom or otherwise. Please feel to reach out to us to schedule a consultation with one of our Academic Technology experts at atc-ttl@wpi.edu. 

Request Forms 

Request Canvas sites to be merged, users added, new sites created, or content copied from a previous term:
Canvas Site Modifications and Requests form 

Request automatic Echo360 Lecture Capture for the term:
Echo360 Opt-in form 

Request a wireless microphone to use in the classroom:
Microphone Request form 


What’s New? 

Canvas Updates 

New Canvas Self-Service Request Form 

Did you know you can instantly add users and merge cross-listed course sections in just a few easy clicks? It’s in the same place as the old form: https://www.wpi.edu/+canvasrequest 

To use the self-service component of the form, you will need to authorize The Hub to access Canvas on your behalf by clicking “Authorize” when prompted. This should only happen the first time you use the form.  

Watch a quick video on how the Self-Service form works or use the written instructions. 

Note: Course Copies and Creating New Course sites will continue to be sent as requests to the ATC. If you run into any issues, you will always be able to submit the form “the old-fashioned way.” If you have any questions or concerns, email us at canvashelp@wpi.edu  


Add Unenrolled and Waitlisted Students to your Canvas Course
Need to give a student access to your Canvas site that is not enrolled in your class, or is currently waitlisted? Please follow these instructions to use the “Manually Added Student” option in Canvas. 


New Feature Announcement: Canvas Quizzing 

Canvas has revamped its Quiz tool! Get a first look at the new tool in this video. WPI will be doing a formal rollout later this year (2024) as Canvas develops advanced functionality for this new tool. The existing Quiz tool will continue to be available in your course site and there is no planned phase-out date at this time.  

Want to try it out now? Check out this site to learn how to begin using it in your course site. 


Announcements and Discussions Redesign
Canvas is working to redesign the Announcements and Discussions interface. Want to preview it in your Canvas site? You can enable it under Settings > Feature Options. More information on the redesign. 

Want a demo on using the new Quizzes or Discussions tools? Book a Coffee & Canvas session with Lindsey Van Gieson or email her at lftapper@wpi.edu.  


Echo360 Updates 

Sharing and Publishing Videos 

You may notice some changes in Echo360 in how to share videos to your Canvas course site. Echo deployed a few changes over the break to improve the accessibility and consistency of the interface. Some options that you have seen under the “Share” button now (for example, Share to Class or Collection) have a new home under Details > Publishing. 

More information on Sharing & Publishing Videos in Echo360 

Embedding or Generating Links to Echo Videos in Canvas 

We’ll have a full write up on these changes on our blog. If you have any other questions or need help, please email us at atc-ttl@wpi.edu 


Course Site & Video Content Retention Policy 

ATC will continue to remove all course and video content created in 2016 from our servers. Per the LMS Policies approved by Faculty Governance in 2016 and revised in 2022, Canvas course & Echo360 lecture capture content is retained at WPI for 6 years. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact atc-ttl@wpi.edu.


Academic Technology Tools: Support 

Canvas LMS 

Canvas is WPI’s official course website system to deploy learning materials, assessments, discussions, and grades.  

Request a Canvas Site 

If you have a course that exists in Workday, a site will be generated automatically for you within Canvas. If you don’t see it on your Dashboard, click on Courses > All Courses to find it. If you need a non-academic or project course site, fill out our form to request one. 

Canvas Tech Support 

Need to report an issue with Canvas? Weekdays from 8-5, you can reach us at canvashelp@wpi.edu or click “Help” in the left-hand menu of Canvas. 

Working off hours? We subscribe to 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.  

Need a site modification like course copy, section merge, or adding a user? Use this form: https://www.wpi.edu/+canvasrequest  

Zoom Meetings and Zoom Phone 

Zoom is WPI’s web conferencing and telecommunications tool accessible from https://wpi.zoom.us.  

In addition to screen sharing, video, and audio, Zoom Meetings have 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 Meeting recordings into your Canvas site! 

To learn more about using Zoom Meetings to engage with your students, check out the workshops above, or contact Jolene Cotnoir at jcotnoir@wpi.edu.  

Echo360 Lecture Capture 

Echo360 is WPI’s lecture capturing tool available in every classroom or from accessing https://www.echo360.org from any computer with your WPI login credentials.  

How does Echo360 differ from Zoom? Start here with our Recording Lectures FAQ post and this comparison chart to learn more about each tool. 

Request Echo360 Lecture Capture 

To request Echo360 lecture capture, please fill out the opt-in/request form. Lecture Capture recordings and live streams are not automatically enabled for your class. 

Request a Microphone
Each classroom is equipped with a gooseneck microphone on the podium. 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. 


Video Storage Options 

Are you maxing out your Canvas file storage? We can help! 

Learn more about options for streaming your lectures and uploading videos or other media that connect into Canvas for a seamless experience for you and your students. 

Store your Zoom recordings in Echo360 

If you record using Zoom in a classroom, you can store your recordings in Echo360 automatically by setting up a connection between Echo360 and Zoom.  

Please Note: Recordings stored in Zoom are deleted after 100 days, so we strongly recommend enabling this feature if you will be using Zoom for your classes. 

To enable this connection, please use the following instructions: Echo360-Zoom Connection  

For more information or to request training on Echo360 or about storing video and media email echocapture@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!   

Poll Everywhere is now accessible for faculty and students to login using WPI credentials. Simply go to https://www.polleverywhere.com and log in with your WPI email address and password to get started.  

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!   

Looking for another way to efficiently assess and grade STEM work? 

WPI now has a license for Gradescope. Gradescope is a browser-based tool that supports online, paper-based, and blended assignments, and cuts down grading time for science, math, and programming assessments. You can find more information in this FAQ Guide. 

If you don’t have a Gradescope account, you can create one on their homepage. We recommend using these short videos and the searchable Help Center to get started. The Gradescope team also hosts regular online workshops 

Join our WPI Learning Community for Gradescope to learn more and to access documentation in our Team notebook.    

Interested in enhancing your online class discussions?
WPI has a free license to use Flip (formerly Flipgrid), which allows for video discussion boards that can be enabled directly within Canvas. Log in with your WPI account. Learn more about Flip.  


Consultations & ATC-TTL Office Hours 

If you’re looking to brush up on an old topic, or learn something new, the ATC-TTL team is here to help! Check out our consultation and training options below.  



Book a Coffee & Canvas session with Lindsey Van Gieson (lftapper@wpi.edu) to learn how to better utilize Canvas and other edtech tools for a variety of teaching approaches. 

For self-service Canvas training, check out the ATC’s video repository. 



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 

Learn more about the Zoom Phone Unified Communications project. 



E-mail us at echocapture@wpi.edu to schedule a one-on-one training to learn more about using Echo360. 

For basic Echo360 training, check out our online resources (requires WPI login). 


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. 


Pre-Recorded Workshops & Micro-Trainings 

Want to work at your own pace? We have pre-recorded workshops available, as well as micro-training sessions where you can learn something new about 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 


Contact Us

E-mailatc-ttl@wpi.edu for any questions and we can help point you in the right direction. The Technology for Teaching and Learning (TTL) team is available M-F, 8am-5pm. 

Self-Service Resources:
Canvas Blog - Get important Canvas updates, new features, and help resources.
TTL Blog -All academic technology resources, workshops, and new tech tools.
Course Development in Canvas – Need a refresher? Looking for best practices? This site reviews how to build your course site whether you’re teaching face-to-face, online, and everything in-between.
Accessibility & UDL in Canvas – Learn ways to make your course site & videos accessible for all users.