Wilmington University launched its Online Student Association

On March 11, 2013, Wilmington University launched its Online Student Association.  Since the launch, many online students have participated in introductory discussion boards, networking, idea sharing, offering support and many opportunities within the organization.  The online student association is a way for online students to communicate with each other outside of the classroom setting.  The idea has taken off and is benefiting students in many ways.  The club is open to all Wilmington University students and is a great way to connect.  Check it out!

Watch this short video to learn more about the Online Student Association!

“We are excited to open up the Online Student Association,” said Kelly Clayton, the Online Student Navigator. “It opens a new pathway for our students who are taking classes from a distance to connect with the Wilmington University community.”

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Meet the Online Student Navigator

Kelly Clayton is the Online Student Navigator. Her goal is to support students taking online classes. Please feel free to contact her to ask questions, express concerns, and share ideas.

Join the Online Student Association to network with other students, faculty, and staff in a relaxed atmosphere outside of the classroom. Get your online learning readiness profile using SmarterMeasure.

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Email: navigator@wilmu.edu
Work Phone: 302-356-2454

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Connect with the Navigator
Our mission is to provide Wilmington University students with the resources and guidance needed to effectively complete their classes.

One-on-One Appointments can be scheduled around your availability. To request an appointment, please complete the form below. The Online Student Navigator will then contact you to set up an appointment.

Student of the Block Spring Block II – Christina Theil

Christina is working on her Masters in Administration of Justice with a concentration in Criminal Behavior. She has 3 classes left (including the one she is currently enrolled in) and her GPA is 3.89. She received her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. She also received a Paralegal Certificate with a concentration in Criminal Law from Widener University Legal Education Institute, where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Christina resides in Northern Virginia. She was just inducted into the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

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Wilmington University launched its Online Student Association

This Blackboard Organization has been created to serve as a virtual community for WU students that are taking online classes. Participants will have a chance to network with other students, faculty, and staff in a relaxed atmosphere outside of the classroom.

Watch this short video to learn more about the Online Student Association!

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You can interact from a distance by participating in various online activities:
Participate in a Discussion Board. You can enter to win a $25 Visa Gift Card by participating in the discussion board of the month!
Each month, students will have the opportunity to attend an online group meeting. The purpose of this meeting is for students to ask questions, express concerns, and share ideas. This meeting will be held using Blackboard Collaborate – a webinar tool similar to Skype.
Participate in a Wiki.
Read about previous students have been selected as Student of the Block. Also, learn how to apply to be the Student of the Block for an upcoming term.

Assignment Tips for Blackboard

Please take in some helpful tips regarding assignments and blackboard

  • Read all directions to the assignment and read carefully to meet assignment criteria
  • Some courses may only have one attempt per assignment.  If you have a problem uploading and are not able to attempt a second time, you will need to contact your instructor and ask to clear the first attempt
  • Do not submit your file as .odt or .pages file format.  Please save your document as recommended .rtf, .docx, or .doc file format to upload
  • Do not name your file with any periods in the naming convention.  It is a good idea to name your document with your last name and name of the assignment.  File names should not contain blank spaces or special characters.
  • If you have trouble submitting an assignment and the Browse my Computer buttons do not work, check to make sure you have java and JavaScript enabled on your computer.

Developing Your Online Learning Skills

How Do You Develop Online Learning Skills? Adult learners are finding the convenience and flexibility of online learning a match for their learning goals and busy lifestyles. This study was developed to provide perspective and to identify useful strategies that online learners can utilize for their online courses.
  • Develop a time-management strategy
  • Make the most of online discussions
  • Put knowledge to work through collaborations
  • Make questions useful to your learning
  • Stay Motivated
  • Communicate the instruction techniques that work
  • Make connections with fellow students

These techniques can promote a rich learning experience for students and provide a foundation for them to develop the necessary skills to succeed.

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Better Safe Assign, than Sorry.

Would you like to check your paper for plagiarism before your final submission? SafeAssign allows students to submit papers that are checked against comprehensive databases of source material. An originality report will then be generated in a time period ranging from a few minutes to 72 hours. Even if your instructor doesn’t use SafeAssign, find out how to enroll in our free course which offers an area for SafeAssign. Click this link to learn more about self-enrollment: http://www.wilmu.edu/blackboard/toolsresources/safeassign_ssc.aspx

After completing self-enrollment in our Blackboard course, DEPT.SSC.TUTORING – SSC Tutoring, you can navigate to the course menu and select SafeAssign; then you can select a numbered SafeAssignment to upload your paper. Check your paper for plagiarism- better to be safe than sorry! Only YOU can see your SafeAssign report. To gain more understanding about SafeAssign, click this link: http://www.wilmu.edu/blackboard/toolsresources/safeassign.aspx

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What’s Your Story?

The Wilmington University Relations Department is looking for online students who would like to share their unique Wilmington University online learning experience in a short video piece. We are looking for individuals who live within one hour of the New Castle campus. University Relations can arrange to travel to you! This is a great opportunity for current students to share about your experiences communicating with your instructors and classmates and using Wilmington University’s online technology (Blackboard, webcams, email, etc.) Please email your response to navigator@wilmu.edu by Monday, 9/24/12 and give us a brief summary of your story. If you’re selected, we will contact you to arrange to meet for the video shoot. We look forward to your responses!

 

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Campus Updates

Important Dates for Summer 2012

Summer Block 2 classes begin on Monday, July 9th 2012. Check out more important dates on the Wilmington University Academic Calendar. Remember that online courses begin on a Monday and end on a Sunday.

Did you Know?

Wilmington University currently has 3,698 students taking at least one online course?! Online courses allow you to squeeze that extra class in without having to travel to campus or enjoy all of your courses in the most flexible format available.

Please visit our library website often

The goal of the Library is to provide students with the resources and skills necessary to become self-directed life-long learners. There is much more available than you might realize when it comes to research materials and it is all at your fingertips. Did you know you can receive individual assistance directly from a librarian at Wilmington University? did you know you have access to over 5,000 e-books as a student? the materials available are endless and you may never have to leave our library website for your research!

Be sure to utilize our student success center!

This web page details many things including our online tutoring also known as smart thinking. There are many great tips about using an APA template and other resources necessary to achieve your goals!

Student Body Grows to 15,000

Do you want to know how to use Facebook effectively? Click on the below link for the tutorial It is very informational and helpful!

Facebook Education

There are tools available in Blackboard for every course. Please take time to get to know what help is available because the more you know, the better your experience for every course will be.

Blackboard tools

This is a great way to learn for the first time or enhance your skills on many different kinds of software we sue every day. The layout is very organized and it is easy to find the specific information you are looking for.

Free help

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Useful Web Sites

Amazon Prime shipping benefits free for 6 months

Take advantage of this special offer exclusively for students to get FREE 2-day. Shipping from items purchased on Amazon.com

Tricks for students conducting research

By pressing Ctrl+F (on a PC) on your keyboard, you can type in a word to find all the instances of that word on the web page you are on.

Improve your focus while studying with this free white noise generator

This tool can help to improve your focus the next time you need to get down to business at writing a term paper.

Ways to backup your computer files

For anyone that has had a computer crash, you know the importance of backing up your files.

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Campus Updates

Important dates for Spring 2012

Did you know that Spring Semester classes will start on Monday, January 9,2012? check out more important dates on the Academic Calendar Virtual Career Fair. You dont even have to leave your home to attend this event! All jobs are posted online to review from your own computer.

Tips for scheduling your time

Feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? read these strategies on how to manage your time more effectively.

Check your web browser’s compatibility with Blackboard

This web page determines the capabilities of your web browser that are necessary for your Blackboard courses to work properly

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With the Fall Semester finally coming to a close, it’s time to get ready for the holidays and prepare to set foot in a brand new year. Finish off the 2011 year by reading this eNewsletter, which contains information on student services and academic resources to help you in completing your educational goals.

We hope that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday break. See you online in 2012! The Online Learning Team navigator@wilmu.edu

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Improve Your Study Skills

Studying can be a very challenging. Not only do you have to find the time to study without distractions, but you also have to focus your mind to concentrate on the subject matter (coffee tends to help). Here are some helpful study tips when you are reading a textbook:
  • First, break the chapter down into an outline in your own words. Then, underline the most important elements.
  • Show the relationships each of the statements have to each other when arranging your notes.
  • If there’s a summary in your textbook at the end of a section, read it first, then keep the points that it emphasizes in mind as you read through the section from the beginning.
  • To reinforce your memory of the new vocabulary words in each chapter, try to incorporate them into your everyday conversations.

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Learn how to Cite Properly

Have you ever been in such a hurry to finish a paper by a tight deadline that you forgot to quote a piece of work you used? You are not alone. Fortunately, Wilmington University now offers SafeAssign: a service specifically designed for students to: