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July 30, 2014

New Software License for Respondus and Studymate

New License as of the end of July now available in Blackboard. To find the new license information: Go to Blackboard > Teach tab > Faculty/Staff Instructional Software > Respondus or Studymate > Download and Install. Please make sure to update your license and password if you are using Respondus or Studymate on campus or at home. The new password is valid through July 31, 2015. For questions, please contact eLIT@virginiawestern.edu

Summer 2013 Blackboard Course Deletion

It is now time to remove all Summer 2013 courses and before. All Summer 2013 (and prior) courses will be removed from the production Blackboard environment on August 15, 2014.

The criteria for removal at this stage:

  1. Course ID ending in "SU13"
  2. Or created before May 1, 2013

Procedure:

  • On July 30, title of courses is changed to include "Will delete August 15, 2014" and courses are made unavailable on Blackboard.
  • All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure) by VCCS ITS.
  • August 15, 2014 (and following) - all flagged courses will be removed from production.

Courses that are “deleted” will no longer be accessible to the instructor for access on Blackboard. The current VCCS policy allows courses to be accessible to instructors on Blackboard for three previous semesters and then the courses can be restored only by a Blackboard administrator. This is done by instructor request. So if you should need course content from an earlier semester, it can be restored.

If you have any questions, please contact the department of eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT) at eLIT@virginiawestern.edu

July 28, 2014

Recipe for a Healthier Heart – CommonHealth

"CommonHealth’s current health campaign, Recipe for a Healthier Heart, includes tips on managing stress. Dr. Mike Evans has some great information in his short video The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Stress.  Click Here to watch."

Don't forget - free employee chair massages on Tuesday, July 29th from 11:45-1:15 in the Natural Science Center!

Free Employee Chair Massages!

Stress is a very common problem. Too much stress on a continuous basis can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Managing your stress is key to being healthy. The CommonHealth Committee wants to help you reduce your stress by sponsoring an event that will provide you a free chair massage!

Eleven (11) students from Miller-Motte Clinical Technical College will be at the college offering chair massages on:

Tuesday, July 29th

11:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Natural Science Center

The students will provide 10 minute chair massages to employees on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss your chance to unwind and de-stress!

Visit http://www.gentle-stress-relief.com/how-does-stress-affect-health.html to learn more about what causes stress, the harmful effects of stress, and a variety of possible solutions for much needed stress relief!

VWCC Employment Opportunity

Human Resources is currently accepting applications for the following position:

  • Donor Relations Coordinator
    • Deadline:  08/04/2014 by 5pm (EST)

For more details about our application process and/or to complete the online application, please visit our website:  www.virginiawestern.edu/hr and select "CAREER OPENINGS".  Feel free to contact HR, 857.7282, with any questions.

July 23, 2014

Free Employee Chair Massages!

Stress is a very common problem. Too much stress on a continuous basis can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Managing your stress is key to being healthy. The CommonHealth Committee wants to help you reduce your stress by sponsoring an event that will provide you a free chair massage!

Eleven (11) students from Miller-Motte Clinical Technical College will be at the college offering chair massages on:

Tuesday, July 29th

11:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Natural Science Center

The students will provide 10 minute chair massages to employees on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss your chance to unwind and de-stress!

Visit http://www.gentle-stress-relief.com/how-does-stress-affect-health.html to learn more about what causes stress, the harmful effects of stress, and a variety of possible solutions for much needed stress relief!

July 21, 2014

2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The eLIT department and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative are co-sponsoring the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference, a free one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff. The Mini-Conference will include a full day of sessions delivered by outside professionals on a broad range of topics: Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard IM, Flipping the Classroom, Atomic Learning, Blackboard Learn Roadmap, and Instructional Technology for Adult Learners (Plus 50 learners). A complete conference agenda can be found here: http://vwccelit.blogspot.com/ Read the rest of this entry »

Free Employee Chair Massages!

Stress is a very common problem. Too much stress on a continuous basis can be detrimental to your physical and mental health. Managing your stress is key to being healthy. The CommonHealth Committee wants to help you reduce your stress by sponsoring an event that will provide you a free chair massage!

Eleven (11) students from Miller-Motte Clinical Technical College will be at the college offering chair massages on:

Tuesday, July 29th

11:45 to 1:15 p.m.

Natural Science Center

The students will provide 10 minute chair massages to employees on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss your chance to unwind and de-stress!

Visit http://www.gentle-stress-relief.com/how-does-stress-affect-health.html to learn more about what causes stress, the harmful effects of stress, and a variety of possible solutions for much needed stress relief!

 

July 16, 2014

2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The eLIT department and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative are co-sponsoring the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference, a free one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff. The Mini-Conference will include a full day of sessions delivered by outside professionals on a broad range of topics: Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard IM, Flipping the Classroom, Atomic Learning, Blackboard Learn Roadmap, and Instructional Technology for Adult Learners (Plus 50 learners). A complete conference agenda can be found here: http://vwccelit.blogspot.com/

VWCC faculty who complete the full-day mini-conference will receive a certificate equivalent to the completion of two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

For faculty anticipated to teach only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

Time: Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/kzff635
Conference Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/lnzsekm

July 14, 2014

2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference

The eLIT department and the VWCC Plus 50 Initiative are co-sponsoring the 2014 Instructional Technology Mini-Conference, a free one-day conference and professional development opportunity for all Virginia Western faculty and staff. The Mini-Conference will include a full day of sessions delivered by outside professionals on a broad range of topics: Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard IM, Flipping the Classroom, Atomic Learning, Blackboard Learn Roadmap, and Instructional Technology for Adult Learners (Plus 50 learners). A complete conference agenda can be found here: http://vwccelit.blogspot.com/

VWCC faculty who complete the full-day mini-conference will receive a certificate equivalent to the completion of two-weeks of TOTAL workshop credits. These credits will contribute to satisfying the “Professional Development Objectives for Faculty Teaching Hybrid and Online Courses” as outlined in the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

For faculty anticipated to teach only on-campus courses, these credits will also be considered “appropriate training in teaching with technology” that will contribute to meeting professional development objectives in the teaching domain of the new Faculty Evaluation and Development Plan (see page 9).

Time: Friday, July 25, 2014 from 8am to 4:15pm
Location: HP Multipurpose Room
Registration is now open at: http://tinyurl.com/kzff635
Conference Flyer: http://tinyurl.com/lnzsekm