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February 16, 2015

Webinar: Atomic Learning @ VWCC for Faculty and Staff

Atomic Learning can help move you and your students from awkward to awesome when using technology.  This resource is available to all staff, faculty and students at Virginia Western and covers over 270 applications.

We have scheduled an online webinar about how to use Atomic Learning for faculty and staff on Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50 (Will be delivered by Atomic Learning Staff). The webinar is about 50 minutes. We have reserved HR Training Room (F002). You are welcome to join us together to attend the webinar or you can access it online from your office or home.

Webinar Topic: Atomic Learning @ VWCC
Time: Thursday, Feb. 19 from 12 to 12:50
Location: HR Training Room (F002)

Or Access the webinar online at:

1. Please join my meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/524436189

2. Join the conference call:
Dial-in Number: 1-888-205-5513
Guest Passcode: 564384
Meeting ID: 524-436-189

Training Outline:
In this training, we will go over the Atomic Learning site, as well bringing the tutorials into your Blackboard courses.

  • Logging Into Atomic Learning
  • Overview of Searching
  • Overview of Series Page
  • Sharing outside of Blackboard
  • Implementing  Atomic Learning into Blackboard
    • Adding Atomic Learning Module to a Blackboard Course
    • Adding Atomic Learning to Content Area
    • Adding Atomic Learning using Mashup Tool

February 13, 2015

Change in Hours for Departments Housed in Brown Library

Brown Library’s hours are changing. Please note the following new hours that began on Thursday, February 12:

Writing Center (ground floor of library building)
Monday—Thursday: 9-6
Friday: 9-2
Saturday: Closed

Please note the following new hours that will begin on Monday, February 16:

Science Center (ground floor)
Tuesday and Thursday: 12-4
Wednesday: 8-12

Link Learning Commons (main floor of library building)
Monday—Thursday: 8-6
Friday: 8-2
Saturday: 9-1

Math Center (main floor)
Monday—Thursday: 9-6
Friday: 9-2
Saturday: 9-1

Library Services (top floor of library building)
Monday—Thursday: 8-6
Friday: 8-2
Saturday: 9-1

February 12, 2015

Change in Hours for Departments Housed in Brown Library

Brown Library’s hours are changing. Please note the following new hours that will begin on Thursday, February 12:

Writing Center (ground floor of library building)
Monday—Thursday: 9-6
Friday: 9-2
Saturday: Closed

Please note the following new hours that will begin on Monday, February 16:

Science Center (ground floor)
Tuesday and Thursday: 12-4
Wednesday: 8-12

Link Learning Commons (main floor of library building)
Monday—Thursday: 8-6
Friday: 8-2
Saturday: 9-1

Math Center (main floor)
Monday—Thursday: 9-6
Friday: 9-2
Saturday: 9-1

Library Services (top floor of library building)
Monday—Thursday: 8-6
Friday: 8-2
Saturday: 9-1

January 26, 2015

Free Conference: 2015 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (at Virginia Tech)

The 7th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Ultimately, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education. Conference website: http://www.cider.vt.edu/conference/

When: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 4-6, 2015
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center
Who: Faculty, Administrators and Students

Free Conference Registration: http://www.cideronline.org/confRegistration/

January 15, 2015

STAFF SENATE MEETING – NEXT THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND

NEXT STAFF SENATE MEETING – THURSDAY, JANUARY 22ND

The next Staff Senate Meeting will be Thursday, January 22nd from 10:00am – 11:00am in the HR Training Room (F02).

Prior meeting minutes may be found on VWConnect through this link: https://vwconnect.vw.edu/sites/governance/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fsites%2Fgovernance%2FShared%20Documents%2FStaff%20Senate

At least one person from each office/department is asked to attend, but ALL full and part-time classified staff are eligible and encouraged to be a part of Staff Senate. Staff Senate is supported by the college’s administration.

Agenda items may be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 21st to Valerie McKnight (vmcknight@virginiawestern.edu.)

December 3, 2014

Fall 2013 Course Deletion

All Fall 2013 (and prior) courses will be removed from Blackboard on December 15, 2014. Blackboard is not designed as a permanent historical archive of course activity. It is a production system for current classes. Keeping old courses can have a negative effect on the performance of the system for current courses and current students. This is why all courses are constantly archived and then eventually removed.

The criteria for removal at this stage:

  1. Course ID ending in "FA13"
  2. Or created before August 1, 2013

Procedure:

  • On December 3, title of courses is changed to include "Will delete December 15, 2014" and courses are made unavailable on Blackboard.
  • All courses are archived (this is an ongoing standard procedure) by VCCS ITS.
  • December 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 in Blackboard. The current VCCS policy allows courses to be accessible to instructors in 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 requires an exception, for example for an uncopyable cartridge-based course that students still require access to, please contact Carrie Halpin at CHalpin@virginiawestern.edu including the course id *and reason*.

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

November 25, 2014

Fralin Center Dental Renovation Demolition Work

Construction work has started on the renovations to the 1st Floor dental materials lab area at the west end of the Fralin Center.  The contractor will be performing some noise-generating demolition work on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11/25 & 11/26, with additional noisy demolition work to be conducted after-hours during the following two weeks.  While undesirable, this noisy work must be done now so that they can construct the needed renovations.  Please avoid this area as much as possible on Tuesday and Wednesday, and know that your patience and understanding over the next few weeks are greatly appreciated as these improvements are being made.  Please contact Reggie Walker in Facilities Planning and Development (RWalker@virginiawestern.edu) if you have any questions / concerns regarding this work.

November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Break Hours at the Library

Brown Library has modified its hours of operation for the Thanksgiving holiday break.

  • Saturday, November 22nd: 9am-4pm
  • Monday, November 24th: 8am-8pm
  • Tuesday, November 25th: 8am-5pm
  • Wednesday, November 26th: 8am-12pm
  • Thursday, November 27th—Sunday, November 30th: Closed

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access professional assistance, online library resources, and computers for doing class work or research. Check out these alternatives:

Computer Labs on Campus

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases and the Library Catalog

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Area Libraries

November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Break Hours at the Library

Brown Library has modified its hours of operation for the Thanksgiving holiday break.

  • Saturday, November 22nd: 9am-4pm
  • Monday, November 24th: 8am-8pm
  • Tuesday, November 25th: 8am-5pm
  • Wednesday, November 26th: 8am-12pm
  • Thursday, November 27th—Sunday, November 30th: Closed

Remember, even when the library is closed, you can still access professional assistance, online library resources, and computers for doing class work or research. Check out these alternatives:

Computer Labs on Campus

Off-Campus Access to Research Databases and the Library Catalog

Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Area Libraries

November 20, 2014

Link Labs closed Nov 25th – Nov 30th

Link Lab - B17 and Link Lab - M302 are closed November 25th through November 30th for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Regular hours in the Link Labs will resume on Monday, December 1st. Those hours are:

  • Link Lab - B17:

    • Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Link Lab - M302:

    • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Link Labs staff wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving break. We look forward to assisting you when you return to class on Monday, December 1st.