Category Archives: Student Resources

Tech Support and Online Students

techsupport cut outAt 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:

  1. An online orientation course, DIS 095, with links and tools to technical support in the course.
  2. Blackboard How-to Videos
  3. Access to the University Information Center, which offers a toll free phone number for tech support.

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): Online Students on the Front Lines

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.

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What device do you bring to the table?

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
  • email
  • 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?

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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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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Research, Plagiarism, and APA Resources

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.

Wilmington University Quick Guide to APA Style

Need to brush up on how to write an APA formatted paper, or never learned the APA format at all? This guide will help you get started.

APA Paper Template

Use this Microsoft Word Template as a jumping off point for your next research paper.

APA Citation Guides

Another great place to find the right way to format the reference page of your next paper in APA format.

Son of Citation Machine

Use this citation generator to properly cite resources for your next research paper.

Plagiarism and APA

Download this PDF document that covers plagiarism, APA writing, and some very useful writing tools.

Zotero.org

Collect, Research, Cite, and Organize your references using this online web application.

Electronic Reference Formats

This site provides formatting directions for referencing electronic sources in specific subjects such as history, science, social science, etc.

Career Services Office

The Career Services office is a free resource that exists to help students and alumni learn about their chosen career fields and to develop career plans.

To stay informed of career happenings, check us out on the web at www.wilmu.edu/careerservices.

Explore career fields related to your degree – click here to view the Wilmington University Major and Minor Booklet.

View the Occupational Outlook Handbook to gain information such as earnings, job forecasts, training, and much more are included to assist you in linking your degree with a major.

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Career Central – Your gateway to the best entry-level jobs on the Internet

College Central is a powerful online tool for students and alumni to maintain a resume and find jobs. Click here to register now. There are many reasons to sign up:

  • Search for jobs posted exclusively for Wilmington University students.
  • Build a résumé with Résumé Builder or upload a résumé so it can be searched by employers.
  • Receive e-mails about programs, services and job-related topics.
  • Gain access to announcements, upcoming events, career advice documents, career advice videos, and career articles from over 125 authors.
  • Build an online portfolio in Career Portfolio CentralSM to support your résumé and demonstrate your best work to employers.

Online Career Development Workshops

Online Interviewing  Workshop

Register for an online career planning workshop (accessible through Blackboard) to have your resume critiqued by the Wilmington University Career Services Office. Please email careerservices@wlmu.edu 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 careerservices@wilmu.edu. Service available from March 7-21.

Online Webinars

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!

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Library Guides at Wilmington University Library

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!

http://libguides.wilmu.edu

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New College Software Seeks to Personalize Recommendations

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?