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Welcome back WPI Faculty!

Welcome back WPI Faculty!

Hope everyone’s first week is going smoothly!  Last Wednesday TTL was able to meet with new faculty members at WPI and give them an overview of the services we offer from Technology for Teaching and Learning @ the ATC.   It got me thinking that we should give the same refresher to our returning faculty! Such is the […]

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myWPI New Feature Spotlight for Instructors: Qwickly

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on August 19, 2015 0 Comments
myWPI New Feature Spotlight for Instructors: Qwickly

We’ve introduced a new tool to myWPI this summer called Qwickly. Qwickly is a tool that brings commonly used (and often buried) functions of myWPI to a simple to use module on your Home screen. Qwickly has four main features: Course Availability, Post Announcement, Send Email, and Needs Grading.   Before Qwickly, you had to […]

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“Spring” Cleaning: Clean up your myWPI home screen

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on August 3, 2015 0 Comments
“Spring” Cleaning: Clean up your myWPI home screen

It’s far from Spring, but in my 10 years experience in higher ed, there’s often not much time in the Spring for self-improvement.  I’ve found it’s helpful to take the short summer break to clean things up in preparation for the inevitably hectic Fall semester!  It’s important to create good feng shui in the main entry or foyer […]

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Spotlight on Student Engagement: Blackboard’s Retention Center

Spotlight on Student Engagement:  Blackboard’s Retention Center

Have you wanted a simple way to track student performance in your course and identify students at risk? Then Retention Center in myWPI might be a useful tool for you. The Retention Center can monitor in real-time if students are at academic risk in your course based on criteria you define.   There are 4 […]

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How are clickers being used on campus? And who is using them?

Filed in In the Classroom by on February 18, 2015 0 Comments
How are clickers being used on campus? And who is using them?

Are you curious as to who uses clickers on campus? How are they using clickers? What insights can they give to new users just getting started? Below you’ll find WPI professors who have been using clickers successfully and consistently. They’ve been asked 4 questions to help give an idea of how they are using clickers. […]

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Best Practices: Taking a Test in Blackboard

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on February 11, 2015 0 Comments

I’ve written up a short but sweet ‘Best Practices’ document for students to review prior to taking a quiz or test in Blackboard. Please feel free to use this (or parts of this) in preparing instructions for a test, or include a link to this post in your myWPI course.   Taking a test or […]

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Announcing New Features in myWPI!

Filed in LMS, Tools for Teaching by on January 9, 2015 0 Comments
Announcing New Features in myWPI!

Welcome back everyone! Over the past week the hosting group and the ATC completed a software upgrade to myWPI. Throughout the month of December, we performed extensive testing on the upgrade and don’t anticipate any problems. However, if you do notice anything out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to contact the Helpdesk at ext. […]

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The app that we’ve all been waiting for is here! Echo360 for Tablets!!

The app that we’ve all been waiting for is here! Echo360 for Tablets!!

Over the past few years, the ATC has fielded requests from many instructors concerning how they might record annotated videos using their tablets. And have them publish to their myWPI site using Echo360, our lecture capturing system. For the earlier, we always recommended the iPad app “Explain Everything.” However, for the latter, we never had a great […]

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Check out these 3 great features of PDF Annotator!

Check out these 3 great features of PDF Annotator!

On the classroom podiums you will find 2 programs that will allow you to mark up PDFs as well as Powerpoint presentations and other files – Smart Notebook and PDF Annotator. Alright! So lets start with why I’m focusing on PDF Annotator and not Smart Notebook. At some point in the near future WPI will […]

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Compatibility Mode and myWPI

Compatibility Mode and myWPI

If you’re an Internet Explorer 11 user, you may have noticed that myWPI has the occasional tendency to look, well, odd. If you’re seeing errors like these scrollbars, or perhaps encountering other errors in Internet Explorer where things aren’t displaying or working correctly, you may need to turn off Compatibility Mode! Compatibility mode is a […]

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