At Wilmington University, ensuring that online students have the technical resources they need to be successful is a priority. We’ve instituted a number of support programs targeted toward technical support of our students, including:
And all matriculating students, online or on campus, with less than 15 credits must take FYE – First Year Experience, a seminar designed to introduce students to college level expectations and experiences. Kelly Clayton, Online Student Navigator at Wilmington University, says, “Part of FYE’s goal is to give the student an overview of the technology tools they need for success in Wilmington University’s online programs.”
Clayton says most tech questions that she fields are simple issues regarding web browsers and problems within specific courses, such as assignment submissions.
Students who need help with Microsoft software applications can visit Wilmington University’s Student Success Center – online. If you need to brush up on your Excel, PowerPoint or Word skills, you can view a video tutorial or check their calendar for online workshops: http://www.wilmu.edu/ssc/workandsems.aspx
Students needing technical support for Blackboard, WebCampus, email, or other technology systems, please contact The University Information Center (UIC):
Bring Your Own Device(BYOD) is an industry and educational buzz phrase that’s been getting a lot of attention lately. Businesses and educational institutions have modified their rigid technological requirements in favor of a more relaxed acceptance of employees and students using their own technology in the workplace and classroom.
For online students, using your own technology is nothing new. And students that choose to attend classes completely online must rely completely on their own ability to manage technology.
Faced with a dizzying array of technology tools, laptops to desktops, tablets and smartphones, how do online students decide which tools will work best for them?
Sometimes students don’t make any new choices, but simply use their home computing system without investing or changing technology when they enroll in an online course. And that’s fine.
Wilmington University’s recommendations for students interested in online education are very basic:
convenient internet access
online research capability
computing skills that include proficiency with Microsoft products, including Word and PowerPoint
Wilmington University also recommends the use of certain internet browsers.
For the student interested in buying new devices or software, your status as a Wilmington University student entitles you to educational discounts at Dell, Apple, and JourneyEd. Com. You can find student purchasing information on this page.
Is BYOD liberating or nerve wracking? When you are buying technology, do you consider your needs as an online student?
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
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.
Writing in APA format can be challenging. To assist you, the Student Success Center has compiled these Writing Resources that may help you improve your writing skills. They will help you to learn the APA format, view the guidelines in which a paper is graded, and become informed of the trappings of plagiarism.
Kim Ainsworth, a Homeland Security professional, employed by the Federal Government spoke recently at Wilmington University. She discussed the promising job outlook for employment with the government, as well as her experience working in the Department of Homeland Security.
Register for an online career planning workshop (accessible through Blackboard) to have your resume critiqued by the Wilmington University Career Services Office. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register today! The deadline to sign up is February 22
Online Job Search Strategies Workshop
Looking for a new job? Need help searching? Register for this online workshop to review up to date tips and techniques! Please register at email@example.com. Service available from March 7-21.
Access FREE online webinars at TalentMarks.com! Just create a username and password and you will have access to great webinars from the experts in Career Development!
This Resource Guide details the many types of materials available in the library’s collection. Wilmington University librarians hand-selected subject-specific databases, Web sites, books, and other sources for each discipline.
Since its launch, the Library’s LibGuides site has continued to expand. Now a total of twenty-five guides on a variety of topics, including course-specific guides, are available. Wilmington University Library LibGuides cover all major areas including Business, Education, Health & Nursing, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Technology.
View the Wilmington University Library LibGuides site now!
Imagine a system that collects information about students in order to make useful suggestions regarding course schedules, instructors, and services. Here are a few examples of how this system could benefit students:
New Students receives a link to the online orientation
A student with a high GPA receives a link to the honors program; a student with low grades will be pointed to tutoring services.
Based on the pattern of classes you’ve taken in the past, a class schedule will be created – already screened for prerequisites. They also don’t have a time conflict with when a work schedule.
There is a recently developed technology system called Sherpa which does just this. With more information about students, the suggestions could get more specific. What do you think about this type of technology? Is it a great new convenience or is data mining student information inappropriate?
This blog is for Wilmington University students. It has information on student services, academic resources, and tips to help students achieve their educational goals.