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April 18, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines information literacy as “the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.” These critical skills equip students to become independent lifelong learners. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #4: Request an embedded librarian for your course

A library staff member embedded in your Blackboard course can serve as a teaching assistant to help your students with research. The embedded librarian maintains research discussion forums and answers questions by email. This concept gives students help at their point of need and provides additional outreach to online students. Contact Dale Dulaney to get a guest library presentation or post, to get a librarian to join your class for a short period of time, or to get someone to join your class for an entire semester.

An article about Brown Library, written by Adjunct English Faculty and library staff member, Sandra Kelly, appears in the Spring 2014 edition of the VCCS Library System News: http://library.vccs.edu/reference/news.html

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

April 17, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

Information literacy is a core component of undergraduate instruction. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to promote information literacy. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #3: Request a LibGuide for your course

LibGuides are librarian-created websites that include resources from the library’s databases and book collections and reliable resources from the Internet. A library staff member will create a specific LibGuide for your class or for a particular topic; contact Dale Dulaney to request a custom guide. Or you can refer your students to existing LibGuides from the library’s website.

Library Contest!

Students, faculty, and staff --- Enter the library’s “How Many Books?” contest. Guess how many books in print are in the Circulating collection on the top floor of the Brown Library Building. The student and the faculty/staff member who makes the closest guess (without going over the actual number of books) will win a prize! Go to the top floor of the library and look at the Circulating collection; then submit a contest entry form at either the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk. The contest runs April 15 through April 19, 4:00pm. Winners will be notified on Monday, April 21.

Happy National Library Week!

April 14, 2014

National Library Week – Tip of the Day

Information literacy is an important key to student success. Brown Library wants to partner with faculty and staff to help our students select and use information effectively. Here’s one of the ways we can work together:

Tip #1: Require your students to use scholarly sources for their assignments.

The library has a variety of reliable sources for your students: books, journals and magazines in print; online databases with thousands of articles; eBooks, audiobooks, and online videos; and friendly, knowledgeable staff members to help your students access whatever they need.

Happy National Library Week!

April 11, 2014

Next Week is National Library Week!

April 13 - 19, 2014, is National Library Week, a nationwide celebration of libraries and library workers.

Come to Brown Library.

Search our online databases.

Read a book.

Hug a librarian (gently).

March 24, 2014

Important Update about Respondus LockDown Browser

A change has been made to how Respondus LockDown Browser locks students into an exam. Students were previously locked into an exam until they submitted it for grading. This will now be an optional exam setting for LockDown Browser, with the default set to "off". The new default setting will require students to submit a reason for exiting the exam early, which can then be viewed by the instructor. Here is how it works: http://www.respondus.com/products/lockdown-browser/studentexit.shtml

If you have questions about this new update, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu

VWCC TOTAL Workshops Announcement

NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) will offer the following TOTAL workshops in April:

Start Date Workshop Title Length of workshop
April 7 Using Best Practices in Online Teaching 4 weeks
Establishing Social Presence 3 weeks
Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback 4 weeks
Making Your Courses Accessible 4 weeks
Captioning Media 3 weeks

The TOTAL professional development workshops are intended for faculty who teach (or want to teach) blended and online courses.   Each workshop focuses on a single topic, so you can build an individualized professional development plan by selecting only the workshops you need.  We suggest taking one workshop at a time; all workshops are offered multiple times during the year.  See the TOTAL project website for workshop descriptions.

The workshops are facilitated online in Blackboard and involve reading/viewing of resource materials, application assignments, and interaction with colleagues.   Each workshop requires about 5 hours of work a week.  Assignments are due weekly (sometimes mid-weekly) and are graded.  If you complete all assignments and achieve an 80% or higher average, you receive a VCCS certificate of completion.

Registration is now open via Knowledge Center, and closes at noon on Friday, April 4.

Instructions for Accessing VCCS TOTAL Courses via the Knowledge Center:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
  2. Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
  3. Enter Keywords:  VCCS Total in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  4. Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll.
  5. Click on the specific section in which you would like to enroll.
  6. Click Enroll.  You will see that your status changes to “Enrolled.”  You will also see a statement confirming the date you enrolled:  e.g. You enrolled in this item on 1/13/2014.
  7. After enrolling, you will be able to see the course(s) in which you are enrolled in the Scheduled Training box located on My Homepage:  Home >> My Workspace >> My Homepage.

If you have questions or need assistance regarding the Knowledge Center, please contact Sarah Miller, Heidi McClintic or Carly Johnson in Human Resources.  If you have any questions about the workshop format and content, please contact Carrie Halpin or Ramona Coveny in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

March 13, 2014

VWCC – OSHA New Chemical Labels and Safety Data Sheet Training

In accordance with new OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Act) standards regarding labeling of chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials, Virginia Western has released an online course available via the Knowledge Center titled “VWCC – OSHA New Labels and Safety Data Sheets Training (December 2013)”.  This course is designed to fulfill the OSHA requirement that all employees must be trained on the new labeling system and Safety Data Sheet standards.  This online course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This training is in accordance with new OSHA standards to conform to a world-wide means of identifying and labeling chemicals and hazardous substances. This brings the United States into a communication system consistent with other countries around the world. The new system is called the “Global Harmonized System (GHS)”, and all American employers and employees are to undergo this training for and comply with the conversion to the GHS over the next two years. However, employee training on this new standard must occur now.

IMPORTANT:  All current employees are required to complete this course as soon as possible.  Instructions for accessing and completing the training are below.  DO NOT USE FIREFOX/MOZILLA WHEN ACCESSING THE KNOWLEDGE CENTER.  YOU MUST USE INTERNET EXPLORER.

SUPERVISORS:  Please ensure all of your employees take this training course, especially those that do not have a VWCC Employee Email address.  All full-time and part-time (including student, non-student and Federal Work-Study) are required to take this online training.

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:  https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc
    1. All Full-Time employees have KC accounts already established.  If you are unsure of your Login ID and/or Password, please click the appropriate “Forgot….” link.
    2. Part-Time employees may or may not have a KC Login ID already established.  If you are unsure of your Login ID, please click the Forgot Login ID link.  If you are not able to find your Login ID, please do not create one.  Email one of the three Human Resources employees listed below who will search for your Login ID.  They will respond to you via email with either (1) your ID or (2) instructions on how to establish one.  This additional step will prevent duplicate KC Login IDs from being established.
  2. Click Learning Center
  3. Click Course Catalog
  4. Enter Keyword VWCC in the Search Text box. Click Search.
  5. The following course will appear: VWCC – OSHA New Labels and SDS Training (December 2013). Click on the course link.
  6. Click Enroll
  7. Click Enroll one more time (Suggested:  Leave Course Credit Option as Credit and Course Mode Option as Normal.)
  8. Click Access Item
  9. Another white internet page should display.  It may take a few moments for the course to start playing.  Please be patient.
  10. Once the training is complete, please click the X in the upper right-hand side of the screen.
  11. Click OK when you are asked “Are you sure you want to exit this course?”

After you have taken the course, to confirm that you have taken the course for credit:

  1. Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center:  https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc
  2. Click My Workspace
  3. Click My Transcript
  4. You can view all of the courses you have taken through the Knowledge Center under Learning History

If you have questions or need assistance, please EMAIL ONE OF THE FOLLOWING --- Heidi McClintic HMcClintic@virginiawestern.edu, Sarah Miller SAMiller@virginiawestern.edu, or Carly Johnson CJohnson@virginiawestern.edu, in Human Resources.

 

March 12, 2014

APPLY NOW – For Professional Development (DEADLINE MARCH 16, 2014

Virginia Western supports many professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (http://http://Virginia Western supports many professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz5WJEWbf5I&feature=youtu.be).).

Professional development activities include on-campus training, VCCS opportunities for conferences and grants (http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/), non-VCCS travel and training, and educational aid for courses offered both on campus and at other institutions.

The Professional Development Committee has worked hard to improve the professional development funding process for 2014-15. Changes to the process include simplification of the application, inclusion of an option for attending more costly national conferences, and an automated submission process. Professional development funding is available to all full-time faculty and staff through this application process.

To apply for funding, please click on the 2014-15 Professional Development Application.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 16, 2014.

March 11, 2014

APPLY NOW–For Professional Development (DEADLINE MARCH 16, 2014)

Virginia Western supports many professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (http://http://Virginia Western supports many professional development opportunities for faculty and staff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vz5WJEWbf5I&feature=youtu.be).).

Professional development activities include on-campus training, VCCS opportunities for conferences and grants (http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/), non-VCCS travel and training, and educational aid for courses offered both on campus and at other institutions.

The Professional Development Committee has worked hard to improve the professional development funding process for 2014-15. Changes to the process include simplification of the application, inclusion of an option for attending more costly national conferences, and an automated submission process. Professional development funding is available to all full-time faculty and staff through this application process.

To apply for funding, please click on the 2014-15 Professional Development Application.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 16, 2014.

March 10, 2014

Professional Development

In the information provided about professional development opportunities, we listed the link to the VCCS’s new webapage and the information that is provided there on professional development. There is current information located at that site on New Horizons, but many of the other links are still inactive. The link to the old VCCS webpage on professional development is http://old.vccs.edu/FacultyStaff/ProfessionalDevelopment.aspx. This will provide you with some historical information that may be helpful in completing your application. Please keep in mind that this site is being phased out and that in the future the new webpage at http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/ should be your resource. However in this time of transition, you may need to refer to both.

Dr. Elizabeth Wilmer
Interim Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs