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information technology services: March 31, 2014

2014 Active Learning Event

On Wednesday 3/19, ITS hosted an event to continue the dialogue surrounding active learning and it's continued growth on our campus. The day long event highlighted the work of our 2013 Active Learning Fellows and featured charretes designed to obtain feedback on ways to further improve learning spaces designed to support active learning. Ten of the twelve Active Learning faculty fellows shared stories about their redesigned courses and student assessment data was shared highlighting the positive impact and motivation resulting from the active learning environment. A call for applicants for the next round of faculty fellows was announced. Click here for more details.

A video featuring the timeline of the first year of the active learning initiative at CWRU was presented (here).

iTunes U Course promises to inspire leaders worldwide

Distinguished University Professor Dr. Richard Boyatzis continues to expand his global reach through his wildly popular MOOC, Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence. His MOOC, available through Coursera, is now also available through iTunes U. To access the iTunes U course, go to:

If you have an IOS device, go to the iTunes app, then to the iTunes store and click on iTunes U to find the course. If you are viewing it from a browser, you will need to access it from Chrome or Firefox.

He will launch his third run of his course of the same title on Coursera starting May 5. As of  March 24, there were over 196,000 enrolled (of which over 127,000 have been active) from 205 countries.

Wireless Network Improvements Continue

Wireless improvements to upgrade and expand coverage continue across campus. The most recent buildings completed are: Rockefeller Building, A.W. Smith Building and Clapp Hall. The next spaces scheduled to be completed are: Millis Science Center, Robbins Building, Biomedical Research Building and the Quad. Use the maps or tables at to view the project status of the buildings or areas you use most. Details in the list are updated regularly.

Changes to has recently changed its navigation bar to simplify the process of finding courses and learning tools.

Hover over or click Browse the library to explore available courses and software tutorials by subject and topic. Or, using the search tool, look up your favorite course author by first or last name.

My courses adds immediate access to user playlists, course history, course recommendations, bookmarks and certificates of completion.

Quickly customize your experience by accessing the new global preferences menu. Hover over your user name (upper right) to access account, profile and preferences settings.

Administrators may now view reports, renew licenses, and access the Resource Center in an updated Administration menu.

Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Dr. Mike Kenney, Faculty Support and Academic Technology Leader, has been nominated for the 2014 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for his efforts teaching Chemistry. This year 43 undergraduate teaching faculty were nominated for the Wittke Award.

Tech Tips: Scheduling Made Easy

Is your schedule suffering because you’re overwhelmed by email?  What if you could easily schedule meetings while you read your email?  Using Gmail and Google Calendar, now you can with one quick click.  Read up on how to here.

in this issue:

  • 2014 Active Learning Event
  • iTunes U Course promises to inspire leaders worldwide
  • Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Changes to
  • Become an Adobe Campus Leader
  • Tech Tips
  • New and updated on the Software Center
  • Upcoming CAPS training
  • New on
  • Top 5 courses at CWRU

March 31, 2014

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New and updated on the Software Center

  • Minitab Version 17

    Windows, only. Free.

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Upcoming CAPS training

ITS Training will provide the following CAPS courses in April:

New on

Check out's newest titles today to discover informative, educational content that can help you improve your business skills, learn design concepts and get inspired!

The latest additions to the library include:

  • Customer Service Fundamentals
  • Up and Running with Office Web Apps
  • Solving Business Problems
  • Web Design Fundamentals
  • Creating Accessible PDFs

The service is provided free to CWRU students, faculty and staff. Try it now!

Top 5 courses at CWRU

The top 5 courses at CWRU during March were:

  1. SolidWorks 2014 Essential Training
  2. iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training
  3. How to Use
  4. Excel 2010: Pivot Tables in Depth
  5. SolidWorks 2012 Essential Training


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