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Announcements and Updates

  • 8/30/2021: Latest Zoom Client update is 5.7.6. Please be sure to keep your Zoom up to date.
  • 06-17-2021: D2L Brightspace Upgraded to 20.21.06 Evaluated rubrics can be detached and the order of criterion groups can be changed. Copy of outgoing email message saved to Sent Mail automatically. See student and faculty release notes for more information.
  • 05-24-2021: Mac Users: WSU is now ready for macOS Big Sur. You can update to macOS Big Sur from the Mac App Store, from the System Preferences Software Update pane, or you can contact Tech Support for assistance running the update. If you would like to erase and reset your WSU Mac before installing Big Sur, please visit Tech Support.
  • 05-20-2021: D2L Brightspace Upgraded to 20.21.05 Delete a rubric criterion row and the new copy a criterion row commands now appear under the ellipsis next to the criterion name. Teachers can now print rubrics from Preview. Students can also print blank and evaluated rubrics. See student and faculty release notes for more information.
  • 04-30-2021: Zoom Client Minor Update to 5.6.5 - This is a minor bugfix update for the Windows client. Review the release notes and instructions for updating your Zoom client.
  • 04-26-2021: Zoom Client Minor Update to 5.6.4 - This is a minor feature and bugfix update. New Immersive View option allows hosts to arrange video images on a custom background. Review the release notes and instructions for updating your Zoom client.
  • 04-19-2021: Zoom Client Minor Update to 5.6.3 - This is a minor feature and bugfix update. New vanishing pen feature, improved quality of system sound while sharing, expanded emojis for reactions. Review the release notes and instructions for updating your Zoom client.
  • 05-20-2021: D2L Brightspace Upgraded to 20.21.04 Improvements to the persistent accommodation feature in Quizzes, Classlist, and User Progress; URL links in content no open a new window by default. See student and faculty release notes for more information.
  • 03-29-2021: Zoom Client Minor Update to 5.6.1 - This is a minor bugfix update. Review the release notes and instructions for updating your Zoom client.
For older announcements and updates, check the News Archive.

Welcome to WSU

Getting a New Laptop?

Pro Tip - Looking Good on Zoom

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Before the meeting

  1. Find a stable spot for your laptop or phone, other than your lap, so your camera doesn't jiggle.
  2. Preferably sit without a window behind you so we can see your face and so the camera can focus well without the shifts between the bright window and you when you move.
  3. Tell your meeting organizer if there is a reason why you can’t be recorded.
  4. Feel free to arrive early to check your audio and video before the official meeting starts.
  5. Comb your hair to look awake and brush your teeth to wake up your smile before the meeting.
  6. Keep your earbuds with a microphone nearby since they help reduce background noise.

During the meeting

  1. Mute when you are not speaking.
  2. Turning your video off and just using audio will conserve bandwidth on your network for others (e.g., roommates, family) to use.
  3. Using lots of hand gestures in front of the camera will slow down the video.
  4. Use chat to ask questions.
  5. Give a thumbs up when asked if you can hear.
  6. Silence your phone.
  7. Speak a little more slowly than usual for more clarity.

For more information, see Video conferencing tips and tricks

Faculty Spring Wrap Up

If you used Brightspace to support any of your courses this term:

  1. Release your final course grades. If you want your students to see their final grades in Brightspace, you must release them. Remember, these are not official grades and you still need to submit those using the Minnesota State Faculty eServices online form.
  2. Prepare final course grades for Minnesota State import. If you want to import your final course grades from Brightspace to the Minnesota State eServices site, rather than entering them manually, you must first convert them into an approved letter format.
  3. Back up your courses. Now is a great time to create a backup copy of this semester's courses.

For more information, see Prepare for the end of an academic term

Teacher's Corner

Consider setting up some custom student support for your courses. TLT will work with you to find the best tools for your specific activities and ensure that these tools are supported fully throughout the term. We also deliver effective and timely technology training for your students designed to meet the specifications of your activity, removing that responsibility from your shoulders. This might include online training, hands-on training sessions held either during or outside class time, just-in-time technical support or some combination of training options.

For more information, see Custom student support

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