Stay Connected with the College of Arts & Sciences!

The College of Arts and Sciences Facebook is a community page that belongs to all its constituents (students, faculty, staff and alumni).  Its goal is to keep all of us informed of what’s happening in the college.

Stay connected with the College of Arts & Sciences by visiting CAS Facebook!

Tell us that you like our page and add it to your favorite page!

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

Welcoming New Technical Manager, CAS

It is my great pleasure to announce that Karl Platzer has joined our staff as the new Technical Manager of the College of Arts and Sciences.  Karl has been in the Information Technology support field for over a decade and has extensive experience supporting educational institutions. When not at his keyboard, he is an avid pilot.

Please join me in welcoming Karl to Saint Joseph’s and the College of Arts and Sciences!

Karl’s SJU email address is kplatzer@sju.edu.  His office is located in Post 205, and he can be reached at x3445.

“When Was the Last Time You Cleaned Your Computer?”

It is important that you clean your computer periodically to ensure that it will function properly and have a long life. When you clean your computer you not only improve the physical appearance, but you also prolong the life of the computer.

The cleanliness of a computer says something about the user.  When students and other faculty and staff see a dirty computer, they immediately get a sense of unprofessionalism.  On the contrary, a clean computer will clearly say expertise.

If that’s not enough to convince you to clean your computer, think about this: The computer keyboard is often the most germ infected item in your home or office; often, it will contain more bacteria than your toilet seat. Cleaning it can help remove any dangerous bacteria.

Generally you should try to clean your computer every 3-6 months.

Visit http://www.computercleaningguide.com/ for step-by-step directions on how to clean your computer.  At the minimum, you want to clean you keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

Faculty Annual Report v.3 Now Online

We are pleased to inform you that Faculty Annual Reports v. 3 is now available online. Based on the input from our faculty users, many additional features have been added to FARO.

Last year, 156 tenured and tenure-track faculty (about 82%) in the College of Arts & Sciences submitted their 2009 annual report online. We hope even more faculty members will complete their 2010 faculty annual report online this academic year.

The deadline established by the Faculty Handbook for submission of the 2010 faculty annual report is Tuesday, February 15, 2011. However, faculty are encouraged to complete their 2010 faculty annual report at least two weeks before that deadline.  This will allow the chairpersons to complete their reviews of the reports with faculty and enable the Dean to meet shortly thereafter with all of the chairs in order to complete the review cycle in a timely fashion.

You can access the online Faculty Annual Report Online by doing the following:

1.    Login to MySJU.
2.    Click School Services/Faculty and Advisor.
3.    Click Faculty Annual Reports (the last item on the list).
4.    Click 2010 to start filling out the 2010 faculty annual report.

You will find it convenient to use Faculty Annual Reports throughout the remainder of this year to keep your 2010 annual report updated with your most recent activities and accomplishments –presentations, publications, etc.– rather than waiting until the end of the year to provide this information.   All information that was previously entered in your report will be retained in the database.

User information for the Faculty Annual Reports can be found at:

http://www.sju.edu/~szewczyk/

If you have any questions, please email Anne Szewczyk at szewczyk@sju.edu.

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.

Removing Incorrect Email Addresses from Zimbra’s Memory

Have you ever been frustrated by an incorrect email address that came up via the auto-fill feature in Zimbra? Below are step-by-step instructions on how to remove incorrect email addresses from Zimbra’s memory.

  1. Login to Zimbra.
  2. Click the Address Book tab across the top.
  3. On the left hand side, select Emailed Contacts.
  4. Click the first letter of the email address on the alphabet on top right to locate the incorrect email address.
  5. Check the box next to the incorrect email address.
  6. Click the delete button across the top.

HEOA and Copyright Resources for Faculty

As I announced in my email of July 7, 2010, Saint Joseph’s University has completed a detailed analysis of the implications of Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  In order to communicate compliance with the HEOA, a public website is now available at the following link:

http://www.sju.edu/about/heoa/

 

One important implication of the HEOA that has an impact on faculty is the need for a formal copyright policy.  I am happy to report that the SJU Copyright Policy, which was developed by faculty and staff from several offices on campus, can now be found on the HEOA web site at the following link:

http://www.sju.edu/about/heoa/copyright.html

Beginning immediately, the University is providing a number of processes and resources to assist its faculty in meeting the University’s copyright obligations under the HEOA.  The staff supporting the services and resources below will work together to ensure that our University both complies with the law and offers our faculty the extra services and support necessary to meet this new federally mandated requirement.

Copyright Clearance Center:  The University has recently purchased a campus-wide academic license from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). The CCC license provides comprehensive copyright coverage for faculty, researchers, and staff members so they can teach and collaborate freely while respecting the intellectual property of others. The license allows faculty teaching in the traditional classroom, in the online programs, or in a blended environment to access a broad range of periodical literature that is copyright cleared. CCC has broad, but not total coverage.

For information about using the CCC services, please contact Copyright and Compliance Officer Mary Ann McMenamin, ATDL, mstrecke@sju.edu, #3257 or Anne Krakow, Drexel Library, akrakow@sju.edu #1906

Library Resources: Drexel Library purchases over 100 subscriptions for electronic journals and resource databases. The majority of journals and resources within these databases entitle an instructor to access and use the materials in courses.  Some of the larger, more comprehensive databases include: Academic Search Premier, ABI/Inform, ERIC, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, ProQuest, etc.  Assistance in finding e-journal articles in the Library can be found at the guide: Finding an article.  The Library has broad, but not total coverage.  The vast majority of these e-journals can be used without concern, but there are some exceptions.

Library eReserves: The Library will be implementing an eReserves system this fall. eReserves are materials made available online by the Library for a particular course.  Due to copyright restrictions for duplication of electronic documents, the Library will use the Millennium catalog system to acquire approval for eReserves.  Once processed, the electronic reserve material will be available through the Drexel Library’s online catalog, which can be linked to your Blackboard course.   More information on the processing of eReserves will be available as we approach the fall semester.

For information about using any of the Library services, especially as it applies to the face-to-face traditional classroom, please contact Anne Krakow, Drexel Library, akrakow@sju.edu #1906

University Press: The University Press will continue to compile and print coursepacks of materials and supplemental readings for a particular course with the provision that the use of the content complies with the SJU Copyright Policy.  To that end, University Press staff will be prepared to assist faculty in acquiring the permissions they will need to produce and distribute these packs to students.

For information about using the University Press for coursepack services, please contact Tom Malone, University Press, malone@sju.edu #2622

Academic Technology and Distributed Learning (ATDL): The ATDL will provide the expertise necessary to incorporate a variety of media and materials within the University’s online courses. Through the services of the Copyright and Compliance Officer Mary Ann McMeniman, and in coordination with their Instructional Design Specialists, the ATDL staff will secure the rights necessary to use materials (chapters, video, music, etc.) within the online environment.

For information about the SJU Copyright Policy as it applies to all online courses, please contact Copyright and Compliance Officer Mary Ann McMenamin, ATDL, mstrecke@sju.edu, #3257

Information Technology and Distributed Learning (ITDL): The staff of the ITDL provide the expertise to incorporate a variety of media within courses taught in the classroom.  They also manage the Blackboard course management system in support of both the traditional and online environments.  The ITDL staff are prepared to answer questions about the legality of incorporating any copyrighted print, DVD, video, music and sound resources in courses.

For information about using media in the face-to-face classroom or on Blackboard, please contact Andy Starr, ITDL, astarr@sju.edu,  #1769

As I indicated last week, I realize the significant impact that copyright compliance will have on our campus. Whereas I believe these initial resources and contacts will substantially support faculty in preparing for the fall and subsequent semesters, even more support services and training will be needed.  Going forward, the Copyright Policy Committee will continue their work in identifying and developing training resources for the entire university community.  To that end, I am happy to report that Saint Joseph’s University has been given formal permission to use an excellent copyright resource developed by the library staff at Stanford University.  That resource, which also addresses fair use, can be found at the following link:

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/index.html

While this website provides a valuable resource, Saint Joseph’s University, obviously, does not maintain it nor can we assure that all information on it is accurate, up to date or is able to provide a definitive outcome in a given circumstance.  To that end, questions of specific legal concern that are not addressed or resolved by the resources available to you should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel at mschimel@sju.edu, #3140.

Please contact me if you have any further questions. Thank you for your compliance with these regulations.

Brice Wachterhauser

Provost

Permission to blog this article obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs on July 26, 2010.