News and Training

This page is a 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.

January 2020 Update
Faculty Bio Submissions and email addresses

Seventy-one (71) new faculty bios have been published (as at January 21, 2020). This article appeared in the Institute’s September eNewsletter: Faculty Update: A Fresh Look at WI Faculty. The new bios will apply to all faculty, whether their course(s) are part of the university initiative or not. If you haven’t done so, please complete this Faculty Bios Submission Form:

Notes on completing form.

1. What to do if the course you taught isn’t listed: Type it into the comments box below and we’ll add it. Please limit courses to the last 3 or 4 years.
2. How many university lecture topics to include: No more than 5 or 6.
3. What if you can’t fill in a required field: Just enter a zero.
4. You can get your faculty email address by emailing Niki Daniels ( Why get a Wilmette Institute email address? To access the Wilmette Institute’s Google Suite—a cloud platform that hosts the Institute’s course materials, course policies and standards, course evaluation documents, course videos, and more.

Notes on email addresses.

The Institute’s email addresses are provided by Gmail, through its Google Suite account, and so are accessed through the Gmail portal ( Faculty who already have a gmail address will find it easy to access their email on a computer or smartphone. For faculty who do not have a Gmail address, we are providing instructions (in video form, and plain text) below on how to autoforward your WI emails to any email address you choose, and how to copy contacts from your personal Gmail address to your WI email account (New, added 9/15/19).

Turn on automatic forwarding

  1. On your computer, open Gmail using the account you want to forward messages from (i.e. your email account).
  2. In the top right, click Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. In the “Forwarding” section, click Add a forwarding address.
  6. Enter the email address you want to forward messages to.
  7. Click Next and then Proceed and then OK.
  8. A verification message will be sent to that address. Click the verification link in that message.
  9. Go back to the settings page for the Gmail account you want to forward messages from, and refresh your browser.
  10. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  11. In the “Forwarding” section, select Forward a copy of incoming mail to.
  12. Choose what you want to happen with the Gmail copy of your emails. We recommend Keep Gmail’s copy in the Inbox.
  13. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Note: When your new messages are forwarded, messages from spam will not be included.

This Lifewire blog post about How to Forward Gmail may also be helpful to you.

How to copy contacts from your personal Gmail address to your WI email account. 

Step 1: Export existing Gmail contacts. First, make sure you are logged in to the account you will be exporting from, and logged out of all other Google accounts.

  1. Screenshot showing where Export and Impoirt buttons are located on Contacts pageOn your computer, go to Google Contacts
  2. On the left, click More and then Export.
    On some accounts you will not see “More,” just “Export” (under “Import”)
  3. Select which contacts to export.
  4. Select Google CSV.
  5. Click Export.
  6. At the top right, click your profile picture and then  Sign out.

Step 2: Import the file

  1. On your computer, go to Google Contacts, then sign in with your Gmail account.
  2. On the left, click More and then Import.
    On some accounts you will not see “More,” just “Export” (under “Import”)
  3. Click Select File.
  4. Choose your file.
  5. Click Import.

If you forget your password: email the Registrar ( and ask for your password to be reset. You will have 48 hours to click the link in the automated password reset email and create your new password.

Moodle News (new, October 2019)

Demonstration Quiz. Below is an excerpt from a quiz currently being used in the course Racism in America: The Most Vital and Challenging Issue. All of the answers to this quiz can be found in this UN Report on Racism, Section IV. A. Link.

To see the full quiz, and to watch a tutorial video showing how to add your own quiz to a course in Moodle, log in to Moodle and visit Unit 4 of the Wilmette Insitute Faculty course, which should appear in the Left hand navigation column under “My Courses.”

August 2019 News. With the Wilmette Institute’s August 2019 upgrade to Moodle 3.7, faculty and administrators can now send private replies to students (and to each other). Both students and faculty are now also able to log in to Moodle using their Google/Gmail or Facebook accounts. READ MORE>>

Web Talks and Zoom Recording

The Wilmette Institute’s Web Talks program continues to grow. All web talks are recorded, and can be accessed at this Web Talks playlist on YouTube. We now have two separate Zoom host accounts. 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 the Registrar at, or schedule an appointment with her using the Office Hours/Calendly app).