Faculty Resources Update

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Do Androids Dream of the CFC?

If you have upgraded your Smartphone and have an Android phone in a drawer - We can use it!

The CFC Educational Technology Innovations Team is inviting faculty collaboration in to explore pedagogies related to low-cost virtual reality, simple and ubiquitous coding, and other digital "Making."

Specifically, as a (admittedly unfunded) part of the Google Expeditions Beta, we are working to build a classroom set of Google Cardboard demonstrators to aid in this project and need working Android phones for the work. We'll wipe them and reformat them before use. We'll even come and get them from your office.  

If you have any interest in this project, or have a phone to donate, contact Jonathan Wade.


Blackboard News

Upcoming Outage - August 15 - 16, 2016

Blackboard will be down from Monday, August 15 at 5:00PM through Tuesday, August 16 at 5:00PM for patching and upgrades.

Graduating Seniors and Access to Blackboard

Please let your graduating seniors know that they will retain access to Blackboard through December 2016. If they have any assignments or projects that they would like to keep, the Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 semesters are a good time to get logged in and retrieve these items. If they have any questions, please have the students email us at lmssupport@wcu.edu.

Have You Migrated Your Video Content to Panopto Yet?

The FPA Media Server is being retired on May 30, 2016. If you are currently using video resources in your online courses, it is likely that you need to migrate your video content to Panopto, WCU's new video hosting solution, before that date, if you have not already done so.

Please feel free to contact Johnny Penley in the Coulter Faculty Commons for more information.



myWCU will become fully active and accessible at myWCU.wcu.edu on May 28, 2016.


Coming Soon: myWCU

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. 

Bookmark this link and watch for further information – myWCU.


New Support Options for Qualtrics

To create a Qualtrics account, go to wcu.qualtrics.com and log in with your WCU email user name and password.

For account access issues, contact the IT Help Desk at 828-227-7487 or ithelp@wcu.edu.

For survey design questions contact Qualtrics Customer Support at 800-340-9194 or www.qualtrics.com/contact-support or search the excellent help files at www.qualtrics.com/university.

For assistance analyzing survey results, contact Yanju Li at Research Administration 828-227-3177 or yanjuli@wcu.edu.

During the transition to this new support model, please feel free to contact John Hawes at 828-227-2763 or jhawes@wcu.edu for assistance.


Upcoming Events

Do you need time to write in an environment with few distractions and supportive colleagues?  Then this is for you!

We offer a Week of Intensive Writing (9am to 2:45, Monday to Friday, June 6th to June 10th).

Bring your writing projects and ideas for a week where you can focus on writing productivity.  We will work to establish reasonable writing goals and rewarding ourselves for meeting them. 

To register please send an email to Steve LeBeau at salebeau@email.wcu.edu

How do we facilitate difficult classroom discussions?

Please join us for one of the following sessions to develop tools needed to promote healthy, civil, and open classroom conversations about difficult issues.

Monday, May 2, 3:30-5pm – UC Cardinal Room

Wednesday, May 4, 12noon-1:30 – UC Cardinal Room

Thursday, May 5, 9:30-11am – UC Cardinal Room