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?
How do you take notes these days? Can you type faster than you can write with pen and paper? If you’re using your laptop to type notes during lectures or meetings, you may want to rethink that practice. The Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/taking-notes-by-hand-benefits-recall-researchers-find/51411) recently reported on a new study of note taking practices. This study shows that students have a much higher rate of knowledge retention and comprehension when handwriting notes rather than typing.
“When I type notes, I find that I’m not really listening and comprehending the information. It seems it goes in one ear and out the other while transcribing what the speaker is saying,” said Adam Voyton, Instructional Technology Project Specialist at Wilmington University’s Educational Technology Department.
There’s a scientific basis for Voyton’s impression. An experiment conducted by Jean-Luc Velay at the University of Marseille (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/110119095458.htm) demonstrated that the brain uses different areas when writing longhand as opposed to typing. Writing by hand engages the sensorimotor memory part of our brain that helps us recognize letters.
The report in the Chronicle of Higher Education states that even though note taking on a computer results in more detailed transcribed notes, long hand note takers have more conceptual understanding of the material, and in some cases, even more factual recall.
But fans of technology shouldn’t despair. Instead of a pencil, why not break out a stylus pen and take notes on a tablet? You’ll have the best of both worlds – the advantage of notes taken electronically combined with the higher brain retentive action of long hand writing.
Did you know that Spring Semester classes will start on Monday, January 9,2012? check out more important dates on the Academic CalendarVirtual 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
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.
Register for an online career planning workshop (accessible through Blackboard) to have your resume critiqued by the Wilmington University Career Services Office. Please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Service available from March 7-21.
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