Online Workshops Geared towards Adult Learners

Sponsored by Saint Joseph’s University Graduate Arts and Sciences and Adult Student Life

Enriching your library skills
Date: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

The library has so many quality resources that can provide you with the information
you need to write a great research paper. This session will help you wrap your mind
around the research process and what the library has to offer, especially online, to
Saint Joseph’s students.
Presented by Lisa Molinelli, MLS
Instruction and Outreach Specialist, Drexel Library

How to write a research paper
Date: Thursday, September 15
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Writing a research paper can be an intimidating process. This comprehensive session will show students some of the best practices for producing a successful research paper.
Presented by Todd Krug, Ph.D.
Director, Haub School of Business Cooperative Education Program
Affiliate Faculty, Professional and Liberal Studies

Register by September 8, 2011
For information and registration go to http://www.sju.edu/goca/workshop
or call the Office of Adult Student Life at 610-660-1074.

Blackboard Workshops Scheduled for August 2011

The following Blackboard (Bb) Workshops have been scheduled for August 2011.
There will be additional workshops scheduled for September 2011.

All Bb courses for Fall 2011 were made available on June 20th.
Spring 2011 courses will be available in Bb on October 24, 2011.

We will be upgrading Bb to the latest service pack (SP6) on August 14th.
Service Pack 6 includes fixes for bugs we encountered in Bb 9.1.
Below are some of the new features that are included in SP6.

Blackboard 9.1 – Getting Started:

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science 129.

August 15 1:00-2:30 Bb Basics
August 22 2:00-3:30 Bb Basics

Source: Al Labonis, Instructional Designer/Blackboard Administrator, ITDL

Blackboard Workshops Offered by ITDL in February

ITDL is offering the following workshops for Feb, more workshops to follow.

All workshops will be held in Science 129 (On the ground floor of the Science Building)

Workshops will be repeated on the following dates.

Please rsvp: labonis@sju.edu

Bb Getting Started

Feb 2 2011                  2:00-3:30

Feb 9 2011                  2:00-3:30

Feb 10 2011                10:00-11:30

Bb Grade Center

Feb 3 2011                  10:00-11:30

Feb 9 2011                  10:00-11:30

Blogs and Wiki

Feb 8 2011                10:00-11:30

Wimba

Feb 22 2011                  10:00-11:30

Wimba notes:

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors who need to communicate with their students online in real time.

Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Have a general knowledge of  how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.
  • Have a working knowledge of  how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

Blogs and Wiki notes:

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class.  You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students.  You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

* Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space

Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 – Getting Started

To begin preparing faculty members for the move to Bb 9.1, ITDL is offering workshops to introduce the new platform. This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Creating Content and Control Panel. Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform some of the basic operations in the new platform.

All workshops will be held in Science 129 (On the ground floor of the Science Building)

September 22, 2010       5:00-6:30         Bb Getting Started

October 4 2010              10:30-12:00      Bb Getting Started

October 12, 2010           10:30-12:00      Bb Getting Started

October 14, 2010            2:00-3:30         Bb Getting Started

October 19, 2010           10:30-12:00      Bb Getting Started

Please reply to labonis@sju.edu

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Learn Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

All workshops will be held in Science 129 (On the ground floor of the Science Building)

September 28, 2010      10:30-12:00       Bb Grade Center

September 29, 2010      5:00-6:30          Bb Grade Center

October 7, 2010            10:30-12:00      Bb Grade Center

October 20, 2010           5:00-6:30         Bb Grade Center

October 26, 2010           10:30-12:00      Bb Grade Center

Please reply to labonis@sju.edu

2010-11 Professional Enrichment Series for CAS Administrative Assistants

On Wednesday, September 15th, the College of Arts and Sciences Administrative Assistants’ Professional Enrichment Series began its 2010-11 activities with a lunch meeting in the Greaton Room. Group Facilitator Mary Feeney welcomed the participants to a new year and read the following message from Dean William Madges:

The Dean’s Office supports professional development because, as a Jesuit institution, we are committed to supporting each individual in the fullest development of herself and because we are committed to the magis–continually striving to take the very good things we currently do to higher levels of excellence. I applaud all who choose to participate in these sessions.

The following meeting schedule was announced for this academic year:

Sept. 15, 2010    “Welcome Back” meeting and lunch

Oct. 20, 2010     Tracking Changes for PC Users

Nov. 17, 2010     Tracking Changes for MAC Users

Dec. 2010          Meeting Date, Topic, and Location to be determined

Jan. 19, 2011     Mail Merge for PC Users

Feb. 16, 2011     Mail Merge for MAC Users

Mar. 16, 2011     Awards Ceremony – Submitting Information and Scripts

April, 2011         Meeting Date, Topic, and Location to be determined

A survey was distributed to assess the needs and interests of the members. Feedback from that survey will be used to complete the year’s schedule of training and guest speakers.

Blackboard 9.1 Workshops Scheduled for August 2010

Introduction to Blackboard 9.1 – Getting Started:

All of our faculty’s Bb courses from previous semesters have been imported into Bb9.1.

Any faculty teaching over the summer will continue using Bb7.3

To begin preparing faculty members for the move to Bb 9.1, ITDL is offering workshops to introduce the new platform.

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Creating Content and Control; Panel.Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform some of the basic operations in the new platform.

The Bb9 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science 129.

August 4 2;00-3:30 Getting Started

August 5 10:00-11:30 Getting Started

August 5 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

August 17 10:00-11:30 Getting Started

August 18 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

August 19 10:00-11:30 Getting Started

August 24 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

August 25 10:00-11:30 Getting Started

August 26 2:00-3:30 Getting Started

The Bb9 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Science 129.

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Learn Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool. The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students. Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

August 17 2:00-3:30 Grade Center

August 18 10:00-11:30 Grade Center

August 24 10:00-11:30 Grade Center

August 25 2:00-3:30 Grade Center

August 31 10:00-11:30 Grade Center

Please reply to labonis@sju.edu

Additional workshops will be scheduled.

New Procedure for the Assignment of Faculty Advisers to Incoming First-Year Students

After consultation with the Registrar’s Office, a new procedure was developed that enables departmental administrative assistants to input information about faculty adviser assignments for their respective majors directly via native Banner.  This makes our organization more efficient by removing two steps from the previous process; namely, removing the sending of spreadsheets to the Dean’s office, which then sends them to the Registrar’s office.  For the programs that have over 100 incoming first-year students, the administrative assistants can still make spreadsheets that can then be sent directly to the Registrar’s office for further processing.  The Dean’s Office will continue to handle all Undeclared Majors and students who change majors.

The step-by-step instruction guide as well as the training video can  be downloaded from the castech folder in the CAS Administrative Assistants Blackboard course.

Classroom Technology Instructional Videos

Are you unfamiliar with the technology in your assigned room and would like a demonstration, but simply can’t find the time to visit the classroom until your first day of class?

If you have been assigned a classroom in Post Hall, you’re in luck. As of right now, instructional videos demonstrating the technology in the Post Hall classrooms are now available online at http://www.sju.edu/int/academics/cas/resources/castech/posthall.html#classroomtechnologyinstructionalvideos

Excel and PowerPoint Training for CAS Administrative Assistants

On March 17, Ben Jezierski, Training Coordinator of Information Technology, conducted a workshop for CAS administrative assistants entitled “Creating Charts with Microsoft Excel” for Mac Users. On March 24 and 25, Ben conducted a two-session workshop entitled “ Introduction to PowerPoint.” These sessions were the most recent offerings in the CAS Administrative Assistants’ Professional Enrichment Series.

In the Excel chart workshop, the four most commonly used charts were covered: pie, bar, column, and line charts. After a discussion of two important preliminary tasks–arranging data correctly in a spreadsheet and selecting the most appropriate kind of chart to display the data– participants gained hands-on experience in creating charts and graphs and formatting them to clearly present information.

In the PowerPoint workshops, users learned:

  • Getting started with PowerPoint
  • Creating a presentation
  • Formatting text on slides
  • Adding graphical objects to a presentation
  • Modifying Objects
  • Adding tables to a presentation
  • Inserting charts to a presentation
  • Preparing to deliver a presentation

Handouts from the workshop are available on the CAS Administrative Assistants’ Blackboard site on MySJU. One of the attendees commented, “Ben was informative, helpful and explained the topics in a clear, concise manner. I felt it was very beneficial and practical.”

This is the final technology workshop for administrative assistants for this academic year. Planning is now underway for next year’s series. Topic suggestions from our administrative assistants are welcome and should be directed to Lorraine Hannon.

Sharpening Skills on Snap-It

On January 28, Amanda Sciarra, Assistant Director of Information Systems, conducted a workshop entitled “SNAP-IT: A Web Based Report Writer.” Two program directors and seven administrative assistants in the College of Arts & Sciences participated. This workshop is part of the CAS Administrative Assistants’ Professional Enrichment Series.

Snap-It is an ad hoc, web-based report writer and easy to use tool to access and download information from Banner. It is accessible from any computer connected to the Internet. With Snap-It, one can:

  • Generate reports to the computer screen
  • Download formatted text files
  • Create personalized, targeted Email messages

Both program directors and administrative assistants will find Snap-It useful in compiling current information on departmental majors and minors, preparing customized lists using specific criteria such as grade-point average, and creating student e-mail groups.