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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Useful Articles From Around The Web

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:

Welcome to Fall Semester!

This eNewsletter contains information on student services, academic resources, and tips to help you achieve your educational goals.

This edition features the following articles:

From Wilmington University: From around the web:

If you have any feedback or ideas regarding content for future editions, please email navigator@wilmu.edu. We read each and every piece of feedback we receive

Blackboard 9.1 Known Issues and Resolutions

At the start of the summer semester of 2011, we upgraded the Blackboard system to version 9.1.

 

Below is a list of currently known issues relevant to students. Click here if you would like to see the complete list.

 

Area

Issue

Resolution/ Workaround

Browser Compatibility Issues with Internet Explorer 8 and Blackboard Using Internet Explorer 8 with Blackboard will cause problems for students attempting to submit tests or use the file upload feature. To avoid these issues it is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox.
Digital Dropbox Removed from version 9 Faculty should use assignment manager for file uploads.
External links – now called URL URL link may not open for students in IE. Please use the Option, “Open in New Window”
Homepage Removed from version 9 Faculty can encourage the use of a blog , if an avatar is added under personal information then a photo is shared in blog.
Tools – Course Menu Tool not available in course menu The “tools” area was removed after upgrade. All current and future courses will have the tools area as a default option.

Blackboard 9.1 Known Issues

At the start of the summer semester of 2011, we upgraded the Blackboard system to version 9.1. Below is a list of currently known issues relevant to students. Click here if you would like to see the complete list.

Area

Issue

Resolution/ Workaround

Browser Compatibility Issues with Internet Explorer 8 and Blackboard Using Internet Explorer 8 with Blackboard will cause problems for students attempting to submit tests or use the file upload feature. To avoid these issues it is suggested to use Mozilla Firefox http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/ie.html or change to the “compatibility mode” in IE8 (Tools > compatibility mode” in IE8 (Tools > Compatibility View Settings > Check ‘Display all websites in Compatibility View’ > Close. You will need to close IE8 and reopen the browser before the change takes effect.)
Copy and Paste Copy and pasting text from Word to a Bb text editor or discussion post causes formatting problems in Blackboard. Blackboard offers a Paste from Word Mash Up Tool. Click this link for the video tutorial.
Digital Dropbox Removed from version 9 Faculty should use assignment manager for file uploads.
External links – now called URL URL link may not open for students in IE. Please use the Option, “Open in New Window”
Grade Center System errors occur when trying to access submitted assignments Some columns defaulted back to NO CATEGORY. Once the category is changed to assignment, etc., the submitted assignments are accessible.
Grade Center Can’t view column information Quick Column Information – can access in Internet Explorer but not Firefox.
Grade Center System error occurs when trying to access certain areas of Grade Center Change the ordering of one column temporarily to force a re-organization of Grade Center. Sometimes this will resolve an issue causing a system error.
Homepage Removed from version 9 Faculty can encourage the use of a blog , if an avatar is added under personal information then a photo is shared in blog.
Tools – Course Menu Tool not available in course menu The “tools” area was removed after upgrade (was in lower box below course menu in version 8). Faculty can make a Tools menu item for courses prior to SU 2011. All current and future courses will have the tools area as a default option in the snapshot course.
YouTube Mashup tool If you choose to pick the Embed Video player option, Firefox will not display video properly Keep the default “thumbnail view” for the YouTube player option.

Enter the Video Contest for a Chance to Win

The Online Learning Department in collaboration with the Student Life Department, is hosting a video contest to give all Wilmington University students the opportunity to share what they like about Wilmington University campus life or online classes.

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How to Enter

Creating your own entry is simple. Just use your phone or camcorder to film a short video clip which answers one of the following questions:
  1. What 5 words would you use to describe what you like about campus life at Wilmington University?
  2. What 5 words would you use to describe what you like about online classes at Wilmington University?
When you finish recording, upload your short movie to our entry upload form at the following web page: Wilmu.edu/onlinelearning/videocontest.aspx. The deadline to submit your entry is Memorial Day which is on Monday, May 28, 2012.

Example Videos

Check out these example videos we put together for some inspiration in creating your own 5 words entry!

Campus Life Examples

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Online Classes Examples

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We look forward to having you participate in this student activity! If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Kelly Clayton at kelly.t.clayton@wilmu.edu.

Sincerely,

Faculty Spotlight on Dr. Lucia Nemeth

Dr. Lucia Nemeth is an adjunct Wilmington University Online professor of English and Business. Dr. Nemeth grew up in Pennsylvania and received her B.A. in English from Haverford College. In 2007, she received her M.B.A from Wilmington University (then College), as well as her Doctorate, also in Education.

We’d like to thank Dr. Nemeth for her dedication to teaching and her enthusiasm for Wilmington University Online. Click here to view the entire Faculty Spotlight article.

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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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