Online Teaching Workshop

Thanks to all who attended this month’s  Online Faculty Teaching Workshop, held on April 19, 2012.  Fran DiSanti gave an overview of the soon to be organized office of Academic Technology and Distributed Learning (ATDL) – merging the DLC and ITDL.  This new area will offer faculty a variety of multimedia, digital and web-based resources to enhance their course design .  It will also be staffed with additional Instructional Designers to assist in course development. Stay tuned for more information once this Center is officially announced.

Steve Porth then  led a discussion on Teacher Driven vs. Content Driven Instruction, sharing his online teaching strategies and best practices for engaging students in the online environment.  Some of these best practices include:

  1. Being consistent. Structure course modules in the same format so students know what to expect.
  2. Being responsive.  Answer students’ questions in a timely matter.  Respond and direct threaded discussions, so students know you are involved in it.
  3. Being clear. Steve holds synchronous Wimba sessions at the beginning of each course, and weekly throughout it, to clarify the course expectations and material.

To view a recording of the entire session, click : Online Teaching Workshop April 19, 2012.

To access the materials from this presentation, visit the HSB On-line Course Best Practices Blackboard site > Contributions folder > Online Teaching Workshop 04-19-12.  If you are not enrolled in this course, please email Peggy Allen or Jeannine Shantz to request enrollment.


A reminder that Drexel Library offers RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and database manager.  This tool allows you to create a personal online bibliographic database, import references from SJU’s databases and automatically format your papers and bibliographies.

A handout on the basics of using RefWorks is available here.

For additional information and to create your own Refworks account, please visit:

WSTR Stock Market Challenge

Once again, the Wall Street Trading Room, in conjunction with the SJU College Chapter of Global Association of Risk Professionals, recognizes the top SJU student performers in the Hawk Portfolio Competition. Participants practice investing in a fun, risk-free way, while learning about the various Wall Street Trading Room resources.  Approximately 220 students competed in this simulation game during the Spring semester.

The competition, which is open to all SJU students, runs for approximately 12 weeks each semester. Competitors receive $200,000 of starting cash equity. Transactions cost $10 and minimum purchase price per share is set at $5. Only stock purchases and short sales are available to competitors.

Each week the top three competitors are listed in the Wall Street Trading Room.  At the end of the competition, students met for a wrap-up party where the top 10 winners were invited to speak about their strategy.  The top 10 performers received a t-shirt and certificate for their efforts.

Spring 2012 top performers included:

For more information visit: