In this edition of Tech Update, find the latest Northeastern tech news, guidance and resources to improve internal communications and teaching on Canvas, and tips for a better Teams experience.

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Marcus P. Robinson
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Sites at Northeastern

A free, easy-to-use website and blog builder hosted within the Northeastern domain, Sites at Northeastern empowers the university community with tools and templates for creating their own websites. Students can use templates to highlight their course work, co-op activities, or club or student organization. Faculty can share research and academic pursuits, feature a research lab and its work, promote events, causes, or organizations, and more. Sites at Northeastern is designed to be self-service, but for additional help with building, maintaining, or promoting your site, as well as best practices to ensure digital accessibility, request a consultation with the Web Solutions team.

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Sports Performance Program Wins Big with Microsoft 365

Down two athletic trainers during the height of the pandemic, Mike McKenney, associate director of sports performance–medical compliance in Sports Performance, fast-tracked the use of Microsoft 365 tools, specifically Microsoft Teams, across all of Athletics to streamline information sharing with student-athletes, coaches, and staff. The program’s use of the M365 suite can serve as a road map for departments similarly aiming to strengthen their internal communications.

Learn how McKenney leveraged M365 to improve communications >

Resources for Teaching Large Classes on Canvas

Are you preparing to teach a class that would be considered large? A collection of teaching and technology tips has been curated by Academic Technologies and the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research to support four common lines of thinking about large-class instruction:

  • Preparation: Planning the streamlined large class.
  • Engaging Students: Making the large class active and inclusive.
  • Assessing for Learning: Grading and feedback in the large class. 
  • Flipping the Large Class: Making the most of in-class time.

Read FAQ: Teach large classes using Canvas and integrated tools to learn more.

Adding LinkedIn Learning Content into Canvas

LinkedIn Learning provides more than 17,500 expertly produced courses across business, creative, and technical categories. The new LinkedIn Learning integration with Canvas allows faculty to:

  • Search, preview, and filter LinkedIn Learning content.
  • Embed LinkedIn Learning videos or courses directly into Canvas pages.
  • Create assignments to gain visibility into students who have completed course content.

Learn how to seamlessly add LinkedIn Learning to your Canvas courses >

Enhanced 911 Emergency System

Working diligently to meet e-911 regulations set forth by the Federal Communications Commission, Northeastern urges campus members with a Teams calling license to update their location and learn how to make an emergency call within Teams. 

Check if you have a calling license and learn more about e-911 and Teams >

MS Teams Tip

Microsoft Teams’ highly visible search bar is a user favorite, but did you know that it can be used for more than just searching? Type “/” for the bar to return stand-alone commands, such as “Set your status to busy” or “See your saved list.” Type “@” to return Apps commands, such as @Praise, or to quickly access available apps that enhance your Teams installation.

Learn more about using commands for common tasks in Teams >

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