Turnitin Training

As the new semester is now underway, Turnitin would like to invite you to join one of their  online training sessions which are offered twice per day. The training session is very beneficial for new users, and also serves as a great refresher for current users.

Please find a link to the training schedule below: 
http://turnitin.com/resources/documentation/turnitin/training/tii_daily_training.pdf

In addition, there are  self-guided videos available; go to http://turnitin.com/static/support.html

For those instructors using Safe Assign
SafeAssign is a service integrated in Blackboard.  When creating an assignment in Blackboard, an instructor can choose to make the assignment a SafeAssign assignment, which will automatically submit it for plagiarism checking, and generate a report for the instructor.  Questions on using SafeAssign should be directed to Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu

Twitter

Thinking about a new technology for your classes this year?  Consider Twitter, one of the Web 2.0 services available. Twitter is a free micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others’ updates, known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to other users – labeled followers – who have subscribed to them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website.  (Wikipedia)

Several ways to integrate Twitter in academia are given here: http://academhack.outsidethetext.com/home/2008/twitter-for-academia/

Additional Twitter sites of interest:
Saint Joseph’s University: http://twitter.com/saintjosephs
Higher Education: http://twitter.com/higheredu
Educause: Twitter and Higher ED: http://www.educause.edu/blog/markmorton/TwitterandHigherEd/174776

Zimbra Rollout

The university’s new email and calendar client, Zimbra, began its official rollout to employees in July.  Information Technology will schedule a time with each department to migrate them to the new platform.  Full campus integration is planned by January 2010.

Zimbra Information sessions are available this summer on the following dates:

Tuesday, July 21: 3:00 – 4:30 PM  in  MV 107
Wednesday, July 29: 1:00 – 2:30 PM  in  MV 107

To help with logistics, if you plan to attend any of these sessions, please RSVP at http://it.sju.edu/zimbra/session-rsvp.php

For more information about Zimbra, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the SJU Zimbra Blog at: http://www.sju.edu/blogs/zimbra/