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.

Web Talks and Zoom Recording

The Wilmette Institute’s Web Talks program has grown significantly, so we already have Talks scheduled for practically every other weekend in 2018. All web talks are recorded, and can be accessed at this Web Talks playlist on YouTube. We have also acquired a Zoom subscription. Many of you will be familiar with Zoom’s online meeting service. It is easy to use, and all faculty members can get access to the Wilmette Institute’s Zoom account to host and record meetings (for faculty and/or learners), and to record video lectures and course introductions to be posted in Moodle.

Simply email for the Zoom password. Here’s a brief tutorial from Zoom on how to do the recording. If you need additional support, email Niki Daniels at We will also provide instructions for uploading your videos to the Wilmette Institute Google Suite. Email Addresses

If you haven’t done so yet, you can get your faculty email address by emailing Rob Stockman ( or Roger Neyman ( Why get a Wilmette Institute email address? To access the Wilmette Institute’s Google Suite—up and running, but still under construction—a cloud platform that hosts the Institute’s course materials, course policies and standards, course evaluation documents, course videos, and more.

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.

Updated Moodle Home Page (March 2018)

We’ve fixed the Moodle Home Page so learners can find their courses more easily. We’ve also added information on Web Talks, and a link to the WIlmette Institute’s YouTube Channel.