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B-Term 2021 Academic Technology Updates 

Filed in News by on October 11, 2021 0 Comments

B-Term is approaching and the ATC team is already preparing for the new term. We’re here to help facilitate delivery of academic content on-campus or remotely. If you have any questions about using the instructional technology tools available at WPI, please reach out to us or attend one of our workshops!  Summary  Canvas Updates and Support Video Publishing, […]

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Goodbye Ensemble, Hello Echo360

Goodbye Ensemble, Hello Echo360

Ensemble is a video content management system at WPI. It has been in used since 2012 and will be sunsetted at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. New videos will be accepted into Ensemble until December 16th, 2021. After that point, existing Ensemble videos will be migrated to Echo360. This post explains how to […]

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Compelling Reasons to Caption Video

Compelling Reasons to Caption Video

“When  students are able to access their accommodations, without barriers,  this is a wonderful thing,” says Amy Curran, Director of Accessibility Services at WPI. In the education field, an accommodation refers to a modification that has been put in place in order to enable students to access the curriculum in both an in-person and virtual classroom setting.  […]

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Flexibility Options in Canvas

Flexibility Options in Canvas

In response to recent discussions about how to extend flexibility options to students in Canvas, I thought it would be helpful to provide to draft up an FAQ guide for instructors… Q: Am I required to post a due date when adding an assignment? A: No! Canvas provides a due date field, but it is not […]

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Lecture Capture by Default in A/B/F classes

Filed in Miscellaneous by on September 17, 2021 0 Comments
Lecture Capture by Default in A/B/F classes

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS POST IS NOW CONSIDERED ARCHIVED. THIS “LECTURE CAPTURE BY DEFAULT” FORMAT EXPIRED 5/10/22 AND WPI IS NOW BACK TO AN OPT-IN/BY-REQUEST LECTURE CAPTURE PROCESS. INSTRUCTORS CAN REQUEST LECTURE CAPTURE USING THE REQUEST FORM. In response to the recent email sent out by John McNeill and Reeta Rao, CERT Academic Liaisons, and with […]

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Zoom-capable Classrooms

Filed in In the Classroom, Tools for Teaching by on September 10, 2021 0 Comments

In support of students who might need to be remote for a class period, the ATC has installed Zoom AV in all traditional classrooms. This AV setup will capture in-room discussion and video so that remote students and guest speakers can hear and see what is happening in the classroom. Not sure whether you should […]

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Welcome back! Another A-Term “Academic Technology Center Update”

Welcome back! Another A-Term “Academic Technology Center Update”

Welcome back everyone! The Academic Technology Center has been busy all summer with training and new tech tools to ease the transition for Fall. As always, we’re here to support you every step of the way.  We just had our annual New Faculty Orientation this week, it was great to connect with all the amazing […]

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Sharing Echo360 videos with a Link

Filed in Miscellaneous by on August 16, 2021 0 Comments
Sharing Echo360 videos with a Link

This blog post explains how to create a link for Echo360 videos and share in either in or out of the WPI community. The first step is to go to your library in Echo360. You can access your library either through Canvas or by visiting https://echo360.org and logging in with your WPI email address. In […]

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Technology Tools for Teaching & Learning

Filed in Miscellaneous by on August 3, 2021 0 Comments
Technology Tools for Teaching & Learning

ECHO 360 Can be scheduled to automatically start/stop for classroom capture and can provide live stream if requested. Allows students to re-watch a recorded lecture to gain clarity when they don’t feel comfortable announcing in front of their peers that they are confused about the content. Supports students whose primary language is not English because […]

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ECE Professor Boosts Engagement with Creative Videos

ECE Professor Boosts Engagement with Creative Videos

Maqsood Mughal’s expertise with Open Broadcaster Suite (OBS), an open source software for creating and streaming videos, has been well-earned. After first hearing about the software during a KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network) workshop in 2019, it again flew across his radar in 2020, during the Online Pedagogy Workshop. “Last summer, I took this online […]

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