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January 21, 2015

Spring 2015 TOTAL Workshops Available Now

VWCC has joined a consortium with BRCC, NRCC, WCC, and VHCC to maximize resources and offer as many TOTAL workshops to faculty as possible. The Spring 2015 TOTAL workshops are available now. For information about TOTAL Workshops, please go to: http://www.virginiawestern.edu/elit/total.php

Each workshop focuses on a single topic for your professional development plan. Registration is open. The schedule is:

Jan. 26, 2015  - Blackboard Basics - 2 weeks

Feb. 2, 2015 - Using Best Practices in Online Teaching - 4 weeks

Mar. 2, 2015 - Preparing Student Learning Objectives - 2 weeks

Apr. 6, 2015 - Implementing Open Educational Resources  - 3 weeks

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, e.g. VCCS: TOTAL Implementing Open Educational Resources Workshop
  5. Click on the BRCC section.
  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 1/21/2015.
  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 in eLearning & Instructional Technology (eLIT).

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.)

January 12, 2015

Retirement Announcement

Please join eLIT as we congratulate Ramona Coveny on her retirement from VWCC! In her nearly 30 years of service, Ramona Coveny has served many faculty, staff, and students and provided the direction and oversight of many programs in promoting student success. Friday, January 23 will be her last day on campus. Please take a minute to stop by and wish Ramona well as she begins a new chapter in her life.

Funds are being collected for special retirement gifts. If you would like to contribute towards these gifts, please deliver your cash or check (payable to Ramona Coveny) donation to eLIT office/Carrie Halpin at Business Science Building M312 or 313.

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 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

International Students Club Festival Today from 5:30-9:30

The International Students Club will hold a festival from 5:30-9:30 on November 21st in Whitman Auditorium celebrating the diverse cultures found on our campus. Students representing different countries will have booths set up with food and decorations. There will be music, costumes, and fun! Please stop by!

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 19, 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 3, 2014

Art Gallery Exhibit and Opening Reception

"A Sense of Place" (an exhibit running from November 5 until December 15) features 27 rural and urban scenes by Japanese artists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Pieces range from woodblock prints and sumi ink paintings to video clips from classic anime and video game backdrops. From the traditional to the contemporary, the exhibit explores the centrality and importance of the landscape and cityscape in the development of Japanese aesthetic and national identity. Visit the VWCC art gallery in the Humanities building to experience this fascinating exhibit. The opening reception (complete with Japanese snack foods) will be Wednesday, November 5th, from 5-7 pm.

 

October 28, 2014

Cherokee Storyteller on Friday, October 31st

Larry Jent, of Cherokee and Sac Fox heritage, is a scholar of Native American and Appalachian culture. He is a storyteller known for his insight and humor. He will be discussing telling stories and the intersection of  Native American and Appalachian culture on Friday, October 31st from 2-3 p.m. in Whitman Theater. Everyone is invited to attend!