June 2016 Faculty Resources Update

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July 2016

Need help prepping for your semester?

Coulter Faculty Commons – HL 156

Whether you are creating a new course, re-using previous content, teaching online, or face-to-face we all need to be ready for the first day of the semester.  Spend the day getting ready for the Fall 2016 semester.  Bring your course materials and your computer to the CFC on August 16th.  The CFC will guide you to complete some of the necessary tasks we all need to get done before the semester starts.

We will work with you on:

  • Your syllabus
  • Blackboard format and frameworks
  • Planning Day 1
  • Welcome letter/announcement

Faculty interested in joining the event should e-mail Steve Lebeau

Fall 2016
Sample Syllabus

The syllabus and schedule samples are now available on the Coulter Faculty Commons website. 

Enjoy preparing for the Fall semester.  Please contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Blackboard News

Blackboard Support

The Blackboard Support model has been revised:

More Information?


Google Expeditions

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The CFC Educational Technology Team completed the pilot on the Google Expeditions virtual reality system. 

Link for more information


Video Resources for Online Courses

Panopto is the best solution for hosting and streaming your content.

If you are looking to add other video resources to your online or hybrid course, the CFC is working to document the need for services and would appreciate feedback.

Want more information about streaming video resources?

If you would like to give us immediate feedback about steaming video we have a 2 minute survey by clicking the button below.

GA Conference on Critical Thinking

The General Administration of UNC is hosting a system meeting and exploration of methods of fostering and assessing authentic critical thinking for our students.

There is a call for a registration of a team of 12-15 from each member campus. The CFC is helping to facilitate the gathering of interested members of the faculty and staff to represent the campus and report back to the university.

Save the Date: October 20-21, 2016

If you are interested in being a part of this work, please contact the CFC by emailing Jonathan Wade.

For more information:

A New Launch Page at mywcu.wcu.edu

myWCU is Western Carolina University's new secure, web-based resource portal for Applicants, Students, Faculty and Staff.  myWCU will make accomplishing tasks and finding information such as dates and deadlines, financial aid information, registration, housing, academic resources and student records, CatCard balances, timesheets/ leave reports easier. A key feature of myWCU will be single sign-on access to many resources.  myWCU replaces the existing online tool, My Cat. 

myWCU launched successfully on May 28, 2016.  We are always open for feedback for improving the site and the interface.

Get Your Classroom Support In Line

During the summer, Instructional Computing will reimage all IT supported Demonstration and Electronic Classrooms to prepare for fall semester 2016.

Please request any Curriculum-specific Software for the Fall

Want to see the Standard Installation?

Standard Software List

Please note, if you do not request software by July 15, 2016 we cannot guarantee it will be installed at the start of the Fall Semester. Previously requested software will need to be submitted again for Fall 2016.

Learning is easier when learners understand what goal they are trying to achieve, the purpose of achieving the goal, and the specific attributes of success.

Chappuis, & Stiggins, (2002).