It’s Canvas

We are excited to announce that Widener University has signed on with Instructure to use Canvas LMS as our University standard. [Trigger confetti!]

We are confident in this decision because so many of you helped to make it. Faculty Council TIRC guided our selection process, and then dozens of faculty members attended product demonstrations or experimented with trial versions of the finalists. The feedback was consistent: both our instructors and our project team consistently agreed that Canvas was the best platform for us.

What now?

Much of the summer will be spent bringing Canvas to life for Widener. We will need to work out all the technical processes for integrating with our administrative systems, design its initial look and feel, and develop our in-house technical expertise. Consequently, only a small number of courses will use Canvas for the Fall 2017 semester. The coming academic year will be filled with activities to support migration of courses from Campus Cruiser and WebStudy.

For more information…

We know you will have many questions, only some of which we have the answers for today. Project leader Joanne Caione-Keating posted some initial information on permanent pages here (https://itsnews.widener.edu/canvas). Please bookmark the location and return there often for updates. In the meantime, you can email your questions to the project team at the address canvasteam@widener.edu.

CampusCruiser Email Cutover to Office 365 is Complete

We are excited and happy to report the cutover of CampusCruiser email to Office 365 is complete. If you’re a student, we hope this post will help clarify a few things about working with your new account.

To view your previous messages, go to “Archived Cruiser Email” (This link will only be available until December 31, 2017).  If you want to move these messages to your Office 365 account you can configure a connected account.

  • When logging into CampusCruiser you will be redirected to the “Widener Sign In” page.
  • After successfully signing in, you will be directed back to CampusCruiser.
  • Hover over MyCruiser in the menu bar and choose “Archived Cruiser Email”.  This will display your inbox as it was on June 4th.

Starting June 5th, your email address is now your LoginID@widener.edu. Please remember to update your contacts and website accounts (banking, Amazon, iCloud, etc.) with your new email address. We also suggest you add an auto-reply to your account to let your contacts know your email has changed. Instructions to add an auto-reply: https://widenerits.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/campuscruiser_add_autoreply.pdf.

There are a number of optional things that you may want to do now, such as:

  • Set up your mobile device for Office 365/WUmail.
  • Set up a connected account to import your Cruiser email.
  • Download Office 2016 Suite (PC or Mac).
  • Create a Read-Only archive of your CampusCruiser Email Account.
  • Export and Import your contacts into Office 365/WUmail.
  • Export and Import your Calendar into Office 365/WUmail.

Documentation for all of these tasks is online at https://itsnews.widener.edu/2017/03/30/office365emailmigration/ – StudentView1357-06072017

Finally, we recommend the Lynda.com video playlist called Office 365 Basics. Viewing this training at https://lynda.widener.edu will help make your transition as smooth as possible.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact the helpdesk for your campus or call 610-499-1047.

Congratulations, Casey!

CaseyGraduationCongratulations are in order for Casey Croson, Classroom Support Technologist in the ITS Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT) group!

On May 19th, Casey graduated with a Master’s of Education in Instructional Technology. His personal interest is “the gamification of learning.” Casey also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. In fact, he originally came to Philadelphia back in 2013 to do a one-month study at the Pig Iron Theatre for Mask, Mime, and Physical Movement (or as he refers to it, “Clown School!”) After returning home to Norfolk, Casey decided to take a chance and pursue opportunities in the Philly area. He has been here ever since and says his decision has worked out well!

Allow us to introduce…Jeremy Wheeler

Jeremy Wheeler is the new classroom support technologist with Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT).

JWpicWorking alongside Rick Orme and Casey Croson, Jeremy is on the team that keeps the AV and other multimedia technologies in Widener’s formal and informal learning spaces in working order. He just moved to the Delaware County area from Syracuse, NY, where he was employed as a technician in the field of AV integration.

Jeremy is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, where he majored in Music Recording Technology and Music Theory/Composition. His passions include writing and listening to music, building new PCs, and reading bad fantasy/sci-fi novels. Jeremy says that he “already enjoys the friendly environment from all at Widener and hopes to stay for quite a while.” We agree with that and are thrilled to have him on our team!

Ransomware outbreak and opinion

Many news articles over the past weekend drew attention to ransomware known as “WannaCry” and the global impact it is having.

While the damage to some users is severe, the systems that it has affected are older and unpatched. Microsoft released a security update for this flaw in March 2017, and the systems here at Widener are set to automatically update.  As a result, we’ve received no reports of this malware impacting our systems.

Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer wrote a blog post about the event and offers some wisdom around security and the responsibilities of organizations to prevent the proliferation of hacking tools.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2017/05/14/need-urgent-collective-action-keep-people-safe-online-lessons-last-weeks-cyberattack/

Please remember to regularly update your personal computers and handheld devices.  If you need assistance, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 1047, or at helpdesk@widener.edu.

 

Cruiser Email Migration: Top Trending Questions

Q1: Will my @mail.widener.edu email still be delivered after June 5th?
Yes, your @mail.widener.edu will be forwarded to your @widener.edu address.

Q2: When will my @mail.widener.edu account stop receiving email?
Email sent to @mail.widener.edu will be forwarded through at least May 2018. ITS suggests that you inform your contacts soon after the conversion on June 5th of your new address. This can be done by adding an auto-reply in your CampusCruiser account.

Q3: I have more than 2000 messages in my folder, how can I copy the rest of my email to Office 365?
Simply open a ticket with ITS to schedule migration of your remaining mail to Office 365.

Q4: Will I have access to my email in CampusCruiser after June 5th?
Yes, email in your CampusCruiser inbox prior to the migration can be found in the Archived Cruiser Email link under the My Cruiser dropdown. Email delivered after the migration will only be available in Office 365.

Q5: Will there be training for Faculty, Staff, and Students?
Currently you can login to Lynda.widener.edu and access online training from the Office 365 Basics playlist. Stay tuned for information about future in-person workshops.

Q6: How will I get to my classes after June 5th?
At this time only your email is changing. Access to classes will stay the same.

Q7: Will I be able to email from my class?
Yes, the email will be sent to everyone’s @widener.edu address, but otherwise will work just like it does today.