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Upcoming Improvements to DePaul Labs and Classrooms

DePaul's information Services just shared an important update with faculty and staff:

Windows 10/Office 2016 and macOS High Sierra

Information Services will be updating all Windows lab and classroom computers to Windows 10 and Office 2016, and macOS High Sierra. To prepare for this change, please verify that any software you need is compatible with Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra. You can find a list of software titles and versions that will be available in DePaul’s lab and classroom computers on the IS website.

Classroom Computer Logons

Podium computers in the DePaul classrooms will require users to log in with their CampusConnect user name and password. This change to the current experience is being made to improve the security and usability of the podium computers.

VHS Combo players

VHS Combo players will be removed from most DePaul classrooms. This change is being made because manufacturers no longer make VHS Combo players. It is highly recommended that faculty move to digital media where possible (DVD, YouTube, etc.). A few classrooms on both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses will still be equipped with VHS Combo players. For rooms without the combo players, all DVD/digital media will now be played through the podium computer. If VHS media needs to be played regularly, faculty will need to request a room equipped with a combo player from their department class scheduler, who will in turn make arrangements with Academic Space & Scheduling. You can find additional details on this change here, including:

  • Alternatives to presenting existing content via VHS
  • How to request a VHS combo player
  • How to find or schedule classes in locations containing VHS players
  • Resources provided by the Library and other relevant information

Tech Tuesdays Guest Presentation: Hui Lin

Hui Lin, recipient of the College of Business’ “Excellence in Online Teaching Award,” will share her experience and advice in teaching online. The course she won the award for is ACC535: Accounting Information Systems, which she developed as part of DePaul’s DOTS (DePaul Online Teaching Series) faculty development program.

Hui is an Associate Professor in the School of Accountancy & MIS, and Associate Director for Regional Initiatives (China). In this lively presentation she will demonstrate how she teaches a rigorous online course that “emphasizes critical thinking beyond memorizing vocabulary, facts, skills or procedures.”

Date: May 29, 2018
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: DPC 7406 (7th Floor of the DePaul Center)

You can RSVP on the Tech Tuesdays webpage.

DePaul CLassroom Technology Changes

Each summer, in preparation for the start of autumn quarter, Information Services updates software on classroom and lab Macs and PCs. These changes consist of general updates, security patches, and, if applicable, version updates. Details of these updates are available on the Information Services website here.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, computer classrooms and labs will use Windows 10 and Office 2016, and macOS High Sierra.

YouSeeU / Virtual Classroom


DePaul no longer supports Blackboard Collaborate (known as Online Rooms). The change in support was announced about a year ago, but Online Rooms was still available in D2L until very recently. Online Rooms has been replaced by a built-in-tool called YouSeeU (known as Virtual Classroom in D2L).

Instructions on use of Virtual Classroom can be found here.

FITS has two upcoming virtual training sessions, if you’d like a little more hands-on experience with the tool:

Some quick notes on the Virtual Classroom
The maximum session time is 90 minutes. Typically, a two hour class session would use two 90-minute rooms, one for before class and the first hour, and then after a break, the second room would open for the next session, with additional time afterward available for questions.
You can schedule rooms ahead of time, just as with Blackboard Collaborate, but you cannot get into the room before it opens to preload content.

If you want to share your screen, there is a small download that you will need to do first. And you should be sure you’re using the Chrome browser to share your screen (since this tool runs on HTML5, only Chrome is supporting it right now).


Driehaus College of Business Excellence in Online Teaching Award

The Driehaus College of Business Online Experience Committee is pleased to welcome nominations for the 2018 Excellence in Online Teaching Award. This award is designed to recognize part-time and full-time business faculty who have demonstrated excellence in online teaching through one or more of the following:

  • Development of Course Content
  • Assessment of student learning in an online environment
  • Content Delivery
  • Distinctive Pedagogical Features

  1. Full-time and Part-time faculty, self-nominated or nominated by a colleague.
  2. Taught a fully online course for the Driehaus College of Business or Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  3. Taught at least three sections of online coursework over the past three calendar years.

Nomination Process:
To be considered for this award, submit the following to James Moore, Director of Online Learning, at (ex officio) prior to 9:00am on April 1, 2018:

  1. Copy of course syllabi
  2. 500-word narrative highlighting the reasons why the nominee should be considered for the award
  3. Examples of unique online course materials you have used over time, focused on: feedback & coaching, development of course content, assessment, content delivery, distinctive pedagogical features

  • Other applicable materials (online teaching evaluation, letter of support, etc.)

The awardee will receive a plaque and college-wide recognition.
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