News and Training

This page is a new resource for Wilmette Institute Faculty. Here you will find training materials, meeting and event announcements, and information on what’s new in Moodle. You can also find information and recordings from previous Faculty Meetings on the Faculty Meetings page.

Four New Departments, and Four Department Heads (article)

Dr. Mikhail Sergeev

Dr. Mikhail Sergeev, Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Theology

Dr. Susan Maneck

Dr. Susan Maneck, Department of Bahá’í History and Texts

Mr. Vasu Mohan

Mr. Vasu Mohan, Department for Application of the Bahá’í Teachings

Mrs. Susanne Alexander

Mrs. Susanne Alexander, Department of Relationships, Marriage, Parenting, and Family


 GoToWebinar Training

First, we want to thank the many faculty who have worked hard to improve courses by adding videos. If you are already making videos for your university or college course and have your own videorecording software, this is not for you. If not, this Webinar Recording Slide Show (PDF) will show you how to use the Wilmette Institute’s GoToWebinar account to make videos for your course.

For an example of how GoToWebinar can be used, see Druzelle Cederquist’s video series on Storytelling. Most of the videos you make will be kept unlisted, for viewing by course participants only, but some may be useful for a wider audience, and can be made public as a free resource for the Wilmette Institute’s online learning community. Examples of these videos are on the Deepen Webinars page. Faculty-made videos are also very useful in promoting your courses. Excerpts of your videos can be used to announce and promote an upcoming course. An example is this video featuring Susanne Alexander, talking about the course Are We Ready for Marriage?

Moodle News

The recent Moodle upgrade means that Learners will have easier access to Wilmette Institute courses from their mobile devices. We will soon be posting a set of instructions on how to access Moodle using the Moodle mobile apps.

You will notice that Moodle looks a lot different, and the Moodle editor seems to have less functionality. The lack of functionality actually helps to make our courses more uniform, and ultimately more accessible to learners with disabilities. Stay tuned for tips on Accessibility and Usability which our staff have been learning from Quality Matters courses.