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Welcome to WSU!

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the WSU family.

You will find resources on this page that will answer some of your questions about teaching at Winona State as well as where to go when you need help with your courses, your classroom, or your computer.

How do I host my courses?

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D2L Brightspace
Winona State is a D2L Brightspace university. Brightspace is a fully-functional learning management system, including discussions, content management, quizzing, drop boxes, grade book, and much more.

Course shells are automatic created for each semester and faculty load their desired materials into each shell. Materials can be created directly in Brightspace or, in some cases, imported as Word docs, Powerpoint decks, videos, and more. Brightspace supports face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning.

Here are a couple articles from the WSU Knowledge Base to get you started:

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Microsoft Teams
Some faculty choose to host portions of their courses in Microsoft Teams. While Teams does not support some learning management system functions like a grade book, it is excellent for discussions, file sharing, and team assignments.

A Teams site is create for the course and the enrollment list is imported into the Teams site. You can then conduct your course through Microsoft Teams or in Teams in concert with Brightspace.

You can find a lot more information on Microsoft Teams in the following article:

Have questions?

Help is at your fingertips. Check out the resource list in the right column of this article. Help is available face to face, over the phone, by email, or in Zoom.

How do I prep for the new semester?

Get your checklist here

Check out the article entitled Prepare for the first week of classes in the WSU Knowledge Base.

Where do I record and store videos?

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Video storage
Kaltura MediaSpace is a suite of tools for creating, publishing, streaming, and sharing media files on the Web. It functions much like YouTube, but without the commercials. The Minnesota State system office covers the cost of MediaSpace and it is available to everyone on campus. You access your personal MediaSpace account and all the MediaSpace tools using your Web browser. You can upload video, audio, and image files to your personal, private MediaSpace account and organize your media into playlists and channels.

Video creation and capture
You can create video and audio media using a variety of tools.

  • Kaltura Capture is included in the MediaSpace toolset and can be used to capture any combination of your voice, screen activity, and webcam. Media is uploaded directly into MediaSpace from Capture.
  • Zoom can record your meetings and, if you record to the cloud, automatically upload the media into your MediaSpace account. (More on Zoom in a minute.)

Inserting your media into your Brightspace course
Including media from MediaSpace in your Brightspace course is a breeze. Check out the article on adding MediaSpace content to your course in the Knowledge Base.

Want more information?
Check out Kaltura MediaSpace article in the Knowledge Base or use the contact info in the right column of this article to find a live person.

How do I meet virtually with students and coworkers?

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Zoom
Zoom is a full-featured web conferencing tool that can be used on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. It supports video and audio over the Internet, document and screen sharing, and more. Meeting hosts can create meeting sites, provide access to those rooms through a URL, and then use the tools available in the room to facilitate engaging online meetings with anyone in the world via a web browser. WSU employees can create and host Zoom meetings. WSU students can create and host their own Zoom rooms for 1:1 or group meetings.

More information on Zoom
There is a plethora of information in the Zoom article in the Knowledge Base or dial up help from the list in the right column.


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Teams Microsoft Teams is an application that supports group work. Every Teams site supports text, voice, and video messaging. You can easily communicate with members of specific teams and with others at WSU and in the system using integrated text messaging and a built-in conferencing app.

Want more?

There is much more information on Microsoft Teams in the WSU Knowledge Base.

Where do I start when I am doing research?

Let's start with the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research

IPAR serves the Winona State University community by discovering, interpreting, and providing information. This information is used to enhance institutional effectiveness and facilitate knowlegde-based decision making across the campus.

You can get more information on IPAR from the WSU website.

Collecting your own research data
WSU endorses Qualtrics as our go-to data collection tool. Qualtrics is a full-featured, web-based tool for creating and conducting online surveys. This tool is both easy to use and extremely powerful. Qualtrics enables users to do many kinds of online data collection and analysis including market research, customer satisfaction, and course evaluations.

You can get more information on Qualtrics from the WSU Knowledge Base.

Where do I go with course enrollment questions?

The Warrior Hub has the knowledge
The Warrior Hub is a one-stop shop for students' financial aid, records, registration, and account services.

As a teacher, you can use the Warrior Hub to check on student enrollment status or allow students to join your course when it is full or it is after the start date. (At WSU, granting permission for a student to join a full class or join after the start date is called giving the student a "blue card.")

How do I contact the Warrior Hub?

Want more information on the Warrior Hub? Check out https://www.winona.edu/warrior-hub/.

And what if my students need training on some specific software or hardware for my class?

The DLC to the rescue!
The Digital Learning Commons (DLC) will design custom training for your students based on your specifications. Simply tell the DLC what you want and when you need it, and they will visit your class and train your students for you. (Be sure to give them sufficient lead time to create the materials and lessons you need.)

Contacting the Digital Learning Commons

DLC's contact information can be found in the right column of this page.

What if I have other questions?

If you have ANY questions at all and don't know where to go, give TLT a holler. They might not have the answer, but they are more than happy to find the answer for you.

You can find the contact information for TLT in the right column of this page.

Getting help

If you have questions or problems and you need answers, there are people at WSU ready and waiting to assist you in any way possible.

At Winona State University, students and employees can find technical support around every corner. From walk-in and phone support to our online help desk options and accessible documentation, WSU Information Technology Services (ITS) is always here to help you. Organized into two teams, the Technical Support Center helps resolve your technical problems and Teaching, Learning, and Technology helps you learn how to use all the technology available here at Winona State University.

Walk-in support

Just walk up to these help desks for face-to-face technology-related support during the following hours of operation:

Technical Support Center

  • Location: Somsen Hall 207 on the Winona campus
  • Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday during the school year
  • Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Friday during the summer.
  • Services: Hardware repair, software and service problems, purchasing

Professional Development Center

  • Location: Maxwell Hall 130 on the Winona campus
  • Hours: By appointment only during pandemic
  • Services: Employee technology usage questions, instructional design support, classroom and event AV assistance, digital signage support

Digital Learning Commons

  • Location: Darrell W. Krueger Library 105 on the Winona campus
  • Hours: 7:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday-Thursday (until 5:00 om on Friday), 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sunday during the school year
  • Hours: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday, 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sunday during the summer
  • Available on Zoom during working hours
  • Services: Technology usage questions, printing support, student training

Coffman Center in Rochester

  • Location: Coffman Center 122 on the Rochester campus
  • Hours: By appointment only during pandemic
  • Services: Hardware repair, software and service problems, classroom and event AV assistance, digital signage support

Zoom support

Receive just-in-time, live support online in Zoom during the following hours of operation. Only those signed in to Zoom using their StarID credentials will be able to join these sessions.

TLT Zoom Room

  • Meeting link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/my/wsutlt
  • Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
  • Services: Employee technology usage questions, instructional design support, classroom and event AV assistance, digital signage support

DLC Zoom Room

  • Meeting link: https://minnstate.zoom.us/my/wsudlc
  • Hours: 7:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday-Thursday (until 5:00 om on Friday), 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Sunday
  • Services: Student technology usage questions, printing support, student training

Phone and email support

Phone

  • 507-457-5240

Email

Online self-service help

Use the following online self-service resources to help answer your technology-related questions:

  • WSU Technology Knowledge Base - The home page of this knowledge base wiki. Search it to find online articles and documentation about all of the technology available at Winona State University.
  • DLC Get Started Video Series - Visit this wiki article to access a series of helpful videos for students on how to get started using some of our more common tools and services.
  • At-a-Glance Technology Guides - Visit this wiki article for a list of handy Technology Guides for students and employees, organized for easy access to help at a glance.
  • FAQ - Visit this wiki article for a list of the most frequently asked technical questions.
  • Keep Teaching Manual - Visit this wiki article to access specific information about teaching during the pandemic.

 

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