News Articles

Connecting Webster

Redesign of Connections Internal Portal in Spring 2021

November 11, 2020

The Informational Technology Team is happy to announce that Webster University will transition to a new portal in the Spring of 2021. This will be a redesign of our existing portal, Connections. The new portal aims to facilitate communication, collaboration, and information sharing, and will host much of the inward-facing information that currently lives on the external webster.edu site.

tags: academics, faculty, online learning, webster today, students, information technology

Zoom

Zoom Now Under Webster's Acceptable Use Policy

November 05, 2020

Zoom has rapidly become a critical technology for Webster students and employees in our shift to virtual/hybrid learning activities and remote operations. While we are glad to see that Zoom is being used across the Webster community, please be mindful that the use of available videoconferencing technologies, including Zoom and Microsoft Teams, is subject to both the Acceptable Use Policy of the University as well as the Acceptable Use Policy of the service providers.

tags: academics, faculty, webster today, information technology, online learning, faculty

 early term progress survey

Student Success Portal: Fall 2 early term progress survey launches Oct. 30

October 27, 2020

The Fall 2, 2020, Early Term Progress Survey launches Friday, Oct. 30, and is open for 10 days, closing Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 p.m. CDT. This survey is distributed to all graduate and undergraduate Fall 2 term courses throughout the United States and at the Leiden and Uzbekistan campuses.

tags: academics, announcement, faculty, online learning, webster today, student success portal, starfish, academic resource center, advising

Starfish

Ellard, McCool Webinar on Starfish Success Nov. 5

October 26, 2020

On Nov. 5, at 1 p.m., in partnership with Hobsons, Erica Ellard, director of the Academic Resource Center, and Kyle McCool, senior director, Academic Advising, are presenting a webinar about Webster University’s experience with and implementation of Starfish. The webinar will take a look at the challenges and successes that the Webster University team encountered. Hear how they embraced a university-wide implementation of Starfish.

tags: starfish, student success portal, academics, employee news, faculty, webster today, online learning, employee news

incomplete grades

Incomplete Grade Guidance for Fall 1, 2020

October 13, 2020

Effective on June 1, 2020, the allowable timeframe for grades of Incompletes has changed to two terms following the course end date. Grades of Incomplete are an option that faculty may select to allow students to complete their work if the situation is appropriate. Per catalog policy, appropriate situations are those “where the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling.”

tags: academics, employee news, faculty, webster life, webster today, online learning, academic resource center, arc, students

Dixon

School of Communications Internship Program Implements New Success Plans using Starfish

October 12, 2020

Trezette Dixon, director, School of Communications Internship Program, has set up the Success Plans for students who want to do internships during the pandemic. This is a five-part plan that provides a task-oriented "To Do" List to guide students through the internship preparation, search, and acquisition process and ultimately lead to the internship class, MDST 4950 majors in the School of Communications concurrently with their internship experience.

tags: employee news, school of communications, career planning and development center, webster life, webster today, students, online learning, starfish, student success portal

Starfish

New Student Features Launching in Starfish Oct.19

October 09, 2020

The Student Success Portal, powered by Starfish, will launch some exciting new students' features on Oct. 19. Some features included a redesigned Dashboard, a calendar section that includes students’ course schedules and a notifications section that will include all of a student’s tracking items – with or without due dates.

tags: academics, webster today, student success portal, starfish, college of arts and sciences, college of fine arts, employee news, extended campus, faculty, online learning, school of business and technology, school of communications, school of education

Zoom 101

Zoom 101: Security Features for Zoom Meetings

September 29, 2020

Please join the Informational Technology team on Oct. 1, Oct. 2 or Oct. 5 for a special session where we will provide an overview of security features available for Zoom meetings. Attending a session is strongly encouraged for anyone who hosts or may host a meeting with participants outside of Webster University, including vendors. Attending this session will allow you to become familiar with Zoom security settings that can help you limit and react to any possible meeting disruptions.

tags: faculty, information technology, online learning, webster today

Department of Teacher Education

Department of Teacher Education To Host Virtual Conference on Special Education

September 25, 2020

Webster University’s Department of Teacher Education is celebrating 25 years of offering the Special Education Program for Students with Severe Developmental Disabilities and Autism. The department is offering a free virtual conference entitled “Reaching and Teaching All Learners During a Global Pandemic: It Takes a Village."The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

tags: online learning, community engagement, faculty, school of education, webster life, webster today

 Teaching in a Time of Crisis

School of Education's 'Teaching in a Time of Crisis' Assists Teachers with Virtual Learning

September 24, 2020

The School of Education faculty has created a web page to provide information and resources related to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Teaching in a Time of Crisis" Spark page is continually updated with informative content for teachers, education students, community members and school districts.

tags: faculty, online learning, academics, school of education, webster today

Student success portal

Student Success Portal Fall and Fall 1 Early Term Progress Survey Launches Sept. 4

September 01, 2020

The Fall and Fall 1, 2020, Early Term Progress Survey launches Friday, Sept. 4, and is open for 10 days, closing Monday, Sept. 14, at 11 p.m. CDT. This survey is distributed to all graduate and undergraduate Fall semester and Fall 1 term courses throughout the United States and at the Leiden and Uzbekistan campuses.

tags: academics, faculty, online learning, student success portal, starfish, academic resource center, advising, webster today

ARC

Maintaining Academic Integrity at Webster University

September 01, 2020

Academic work is challenging. As students, you are expected to manage classes, demonstrate critical thinking, and be responsible for your own learning. In addition, you are expected to maintain academic integrity as a college student. Part of maintaining academic integrity is utilizing the resources available to you as a student at Webster University. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) will host an online Academic Integrity Week Sept. 8-11.

tags: academics, webster life, online learning, academic resource center, students, writing center, webster today

Zoom

Information Technology Announces Beta Launch for Zoom

August 05, 2020

The Information Technology department recently announced that Webster University will launch Zoom as the new web conferencing solution. We have worked hard to make sure this option is available to you for the Fall 2020 semester. The Information Technology department is excited to announce a beta launch for faculty and staff, and access is now available. During this beta launch period, support will be limited and is intended to collect some early feedback on faculty and staff experience with the tool.

tags: academics, employee news, faculty, webster today, information technology, online learning, extended campus, global

incomplete grades

Incomplete Grade Guidance for Summer 2020

July 23, 2020

Effective June 1, 2020, the allowable timeframe for grades of Incompletes has changed to two terms following the course end date. Grades of Incomplete are an option that faculty may select to allow students to complete their work if the situation is appropriate. Per catalog policy, appropriate situations are those “where the student has satisfactorily completed major components of the course and has the ability to finish the remaining work without re-enrolling.”

tags: academics, employee news, faculty, webster life, webster today, online learning, academic resource center, arc, students