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.
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!
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 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).
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
NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) will offer the following TOTAL workshops in April:
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||Using Best Practices in Online Teaching
|Establishing Social Presence
|Designing Rubrics and Providing Feedback
|Making Your Courses Accessible
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:
- Login to the VWCC Knowledge Center: https://covkc.virginia.gov/vwcc/
- Go to Learning Center >> Course Catalog
- Enter Keywords: VCCS Total in the Search Text box. Click Search.
- Click on the course link of the course in which you would like to enroll.
- Click on the specific section in which you would like to enroll.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
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