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Register for spring’s Teaching Innovation Forum

The Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation will host the Teaching Innovation Forum on February 20 in CUE 518 and 512.

The forum will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and includes a networking lunch, courtesy of AOI. WSU faculty will present on: “Teaching International Students,” “Backward Redesign of Courses,” “How to Engage Students Using the Experiential Learning Model,” and, “Teaching and Learning with Concept Maps.”

Please RSVP for the Teaching Innovation Forum.

Instructor photos to appear with class information in myWSU

WSU’s Enterprise Systems Group and the Office of the Provost are pleased to announce that starting this month, all instructor photos will display within class details in myWSU and the myWSU Campus Mobile app.

This new feature will provide a photo of the instructor for each course on the class detail page. The photo displayed is the same as the one used for Cougar Cards.

The displayed photos are intended to help students familiarize themselves with instructors. Student photos were activated in myWSU last year to foster familiarity between instructors and students.

Both instructors and students have the opportunity to restrict their photo and not have it displayed in myWSU. Instructors can make this change by selecting the Self Service menu, navigating to Campus Personal Information, then to the Instructor Contact Restriction page, and checking the box to restrict their photo. See the screenshots below for step-by-step instructions.

For technical assistance, please email

Navigation Path to Restrict Photos

Restrict Photo Page

Turnitin contract cancelled, faculty encouraged to use SafeAssign

WSU Faculty are encouraged to utilize SafeAssign, the tool within Blackboard that can prevent plagiarism and help teach students how to attribute sources.

The contract with Turnitin expired July 31, 2016. A Comparison of SafeAssign and Turnitin  is located here.

The Department of Academic Outreach and Innovation will host training sessions and webinars on SafeAssign in August and throughout the year. More about available trainings can be found here.

Faculty and students also have access to iThenticate, a tool used to verify originality in scholarly writing. For more about Academic Integrity at WSU please refer to the Provost’s blog of July 8.

PERSIST Training

WSU will host, “PERSIST: A Comprehensive Guide for Student Success in Higher Education,” training on April 14 in the Beasley Cougar Lounge. The sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

In Tri-Cities, faculty, advisors and administrators are invited to view the training remotely in CIC, room 125T.

The dial-in number for all sites for this event is: 5705395 +CP

If you are attending by phone, please call (509) 335-9445. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 05395.

You can locate this training live on the Web at: