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September 29, 2014

TOTAL Workshop Credits vs. VaBUG Conference

VaBUG Conference: Free Registration!

The fifth annual Virginia Blackboard User Group (VaBUG) conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Roanoke, VA at the Holiday Inn at Valley View. The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In addition, representatives from Blackboard will be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate new and upcoming features, and receive your feedback regarding your experiences with Blackboard.

Based on how many sessions you attend, VWCC faculty will receive one-week or 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).

The conference will once again have free registration, so that is even more reason to mark your calendar now. Your conference registration includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, keynote speaker, and access to all concurrent sessions. The concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes (this includes time for questions and answers). Sessions will be organized along the following tracks:

  • Blackboard administration
  • Instructional design
  • Faculty best practices
  • K-12 best practices

More information, please visit their site: http://vabug.org/

VaBUG Conference: Free Registration!

The fifth annual Virginia Blackboard User Group (VaBUG) conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Roanoke, VA at the Holiday Inn at Valley View. The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In addition, representatives from Blackboard will be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate new and upcoming features, and receive your feedback regarding your experiences with Blackboard.

Based on how many sessions you attend, VWCC faculty will receive one-week or 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).

The conference will once again have free registration, so that is even more reason to mark your calendar now. Your conference registration includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, keynote speaker, and access to all concurrent sessions. The concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes (this includes time for questions and answers). Sessions will be organized along the following tracks:

  • Blackboard administration
  • Instructional design
  • Faculty best practices
  • K-12 best practices

More information, please visit their site: http://vabug.org/

September 26, 2014

What Does a Banned Book Look Like?

Did you know that September 21 – 27 is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week?

This week celebrates the freedom we have to express our opinions – even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings attention to the challenges that have been presented to this freedom by celebrating the books that have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country.

Brown Library has many of these books which have been challenged and banned, including:

  • Isabel Allende— House of Spirits (print only)

  • Maya Angelou— I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (print only)

  • Suzanne Collins— Hunger Games (eAudio only)

  • Robert Cormier— Chocolate War (eAudio only)

  • Barbara Ehrenreich— Nickle and Dimed (print only)

  • Aldous Huxley— Brave New World (eAudio, print)

  • Harper Lee— To Kill a Mockingbird (print only)

  • Lois Lowry— The Giver (eAudio only)

  • Mark Mathabane— Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth’s coming of age in Apartheid South Africa (print only)

  • Toni Morrison— Beloved (eBook, print)

  • Toni Morrison— Bluest Eye (print only)

  • Toni Morrison— Song of Solomon (eBook, print)

  • Stephenie Myer— Twilight (eAudio only)

  • Philip Pullman— His Dark Materials series (eAudio only)

  • JD Salinger— Catcher in the Rye (print only)

  • John Steinbeck— Of Mice and Men (eAudio, print)

  • Mark Twain— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (eBook, eAudio, print)

  • Jeanette Walls— Glass Castle (print only)

  • Alice Walker— Color Purple (print only)

  • Richard Wright— Native Son (print only)

Come to the top floor of Brown Library, and check one out today!

Mon-Thur: 8am-8pm, Fri: 8am-5pm, Sat: 9am-1pm, Sun: Closed

September 24, 2014

Want to Read a Banned Book?

Did you know that September 21 – 27 is the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week?

This week celebrates the freedom we have to express our opinions – even if the opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. Banned Books Week brings attention to the challenges that have been presented to this freedom by celebrating the books that have been attempted to be banned in libraries across the country.

Brown Library has many of these books which have been challenged and banned, including:

  • Isabel Allende— House of Spirits (print only)

  • Maya Angelou— I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (print only)

  • Suzanne Collins— Hunger Games (eAudio only)

  • Robert Cormier— Chocolate War (eAudio only)

  • Barbara Ehrenreich— Nickle and Dimed (print only)

  • Aldous Huxley— Brave New World (eAudio, print)

  • Harper Lee— To Kill a Mockingbird (print only)

  • Lois Lowry— The Giver (eAudio only)

  • Mark Mathabane— Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth’s coming of age in Apartheid South Africa (print only)

  • Toni Morrison— Beloved (eBook, print)

  • Toni Morrison— Bluest Eye (print only)

  • Toni Morrison— Song of Solomon (eBook, print)

  • Stephenie Myer— Twilight (eAudio only)

  • Philip Pullman— His Dark Materials series (eAudio only)

  • JD Salinger— Catcher in the Rye (print only)

  • John Steinbeck— Of Mice and Men (eAudio, print)

  • Mark Twain— Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (eBook, eAudio, print)

  • Jeanette Walls— Glass Castle (print only)

  • Alice Walker— Color Purple (print only)

  • Richard Wright— Native Son (print only)

Come to the top floor of Brown Library, and check one out today!

Mon-Thur: 8am-8pm, Fri: 8am-5pm, Sat: 9am-1pm, Sun: Closed

September 10, 2014

Asian Studies Book Collection on Display in Brown Library

Brown Library is currently displaying the beautiful new books provided through the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures-Asian Studies Grant. This collection was acquired thanks to Virginia Western’s participation with UVA in a program called, “Understanding the Non-West: Strengthening Global Humanities at Virginia’s Community Colleges.” The goal is to boost global humanities in Virginia’s community colleges and enrich appreciation for the cultural traditions, literature, and cinema of India, China, Japan, Eastern Asia, and Russia.

This special collection is on display and available for check-out on the top floor of the Brown Library Building:

Mon-Thurs: 8am-8pm

Fri: 8am-5pm

Sat: 9am-1pm

September 9, 2014

Free Professional Development Oppotunity: VaBug Conference

This is a free professional development opportunity for our faculty and staff.

The fifth annual Virginia Blackboard User Group (VaBUG) conference will take place on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Roanoke, VA at the Holiday Inn at Valley View. The conference will once again have free registration, so that is even more reason to mark your calendar now. Your conference registration includes a continental breakfast, catered lunch, keynote speaker, and access to all concurrent sessions.

The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In addition, representatives from Blackboard will be on hand to answer your questions, demonstrate new and upcoming features, and receive your feedback regarding your experiences with Blackboard.

Call for Proposals: The conference theme this year is "Broadening Educational Horizons", so we are looking for sessions that focus on using Blackboard to better reach learners and expand the reach of learners' knowledge. The concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes (this includes time for questions and answers). Sessions will be organized along the following tracks:

  • Blackboard administration
  • Instructional design
  • Faculty best practices
  • K-12 best practices

More information, please visit their site: http://vabug.org/

Please consider to participate, and pass this message along to someone you feel may be interested in participating.

September 3, 2014

Looking For Your Keys?

Your keys to academic success are located on all three floors of Brown Library.

BROWN LIBRARY, GROUND FLOOR: Go to the ground floor for the Testing Center (Virginia Placement Test/VPT for English & math, make-up tests, and proctored exams), the walk-in Writing Center (help with papers for any class), and the Link Lab (computers for student use).

BROWN LIBRARY, MAIN FLOOR: Go to the main floor Academic Link for free tutoring/academic success programs, such as one-on-one and group tutoring programs and the walk-in Math Center. Computers and study rooms are also available for your use.

BROWN LIBRARY, TOP FLOOR: Go to the top floor for Library Services. There you will find quiet, comfortable study areas. You will also find print resources (books, magazines, newspapers, and journals) and access to library databases and other electronic resources and guides.

You need your keys to “Get There.” Let Brown Library help you on your journey.

August 28, 2014

2014 VaBug Conference Announced! Call for Proposal Open!!

TIME TO REGISTER!

The Virginia Blackboard Users Group (VaBUG) announces its fifth annual conference, to be held at the Holiday Inn at Valley View in Roanoke, VA on Friday, October 24, 2014!

The conference will once again have free registration.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS!

The VaBUG Conference Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2014 Annual Conference.
The VaBUG conference is a great opportunity for Blackboard users to discover, discuss, learn, and share best practices. In order to afford its members the best possible personal and professional development opportunities, they are asking instructors, administrators, staff members, and any other interested members to submit proposals for concurrent sessions for this year’s conference. What exciting ways have you been utilizing Blackboard in the past year?
The concurrent sessions will be scheduled for 50 minutes (this includes time for questions and answers). Sessions will be organized along the following tracks:

  • Blackboard administration
  • Instructional design
  • Faculty best practices
  • K-12 best practices

Please consider participating as a presenter, and pass this message along to someone you feel may be interested in participating.

For more information, please visit their site at http://vabug.org

August 27, 2014

Get a Good Start!

Get a good start to the academic year by taking advantage of the free resources and services available for you on each floor of the Brown Library building:

BROWN LIBRARY, GROUND FLOOR (GF) = the Testing Center, the walk-in Writing Center, and the Link Lab in room B17. Go to the ground floor to take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) for English & math, as well as make-up tests, and proctored exams for all asynchronous distance learning courses. The Writing Center provides assistance with papers for any class. The Link Lab-B17 computers are available for student use.

BROWN LIBRARY, MAIN FLOOR (1) = The Academic Link. This floor, known as the Link Learning Commons, is home to VWCC’s tutoring/academic success programs such as one-on-one and group tutoring programs and the walk-in Math Center. Computers and study rooms are available for collaborative active learning.

BROWN LIBRARY, TOP FLOOR (2) = Library Services, a “quiet floor” that is perfect for reading and quiet study. Five study rooms are available for currently-enrolled students to use. Traditional print resources (books, magazines, newspapers, and journals) are also available on this floor, along with access to library databases and other electronic resources and guides.

Remember: “Start strong, finish strong.” Come see us soon!

August 25, 2014

VCCS Paul Lee Professional Development Mini-Grant Opportunities

The VCCS offers two types of grants.

The first is the Paul Lee Professional Development Grant, where a combination of time and expenses is possible, with maximum funding for time at eight credits. Most time is funded at four credits.

The second is the Paul Lee Workshop Mini-Grant with a maximum award of $1,500.

For detailed information see the link below.

Note, the application deadline is November 1, 2014 for spring projects.

http://www.vccs.edu/careers/office-of-professional-development/opd-grants-program/

If you have questions, need assistance please do not hesitate to contact Marilyn Herbert-Ashton (mherbert-ashton@virginiawestern.edu).
Please note that all requests for external funding must go through the Grants Office.

For additional information about grants and funding please visit the Grants Development web page at http://virginiawestern.edu/grants/  or VW Connect at https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/ia/grants/default.aspx.