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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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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Blackboard Tips 101

Hiding old courses in Blackboard

If you have too many courses listed on your Blackboard Welcome Page and would like to hide the old ones, here’s how you can create a custom view of the courses in your account by using the “pencil” icon.

 

Look for the pencil icon at the top-right corner of the My Courses list or in the Courses tab. Click the pencil to toggle the checkboxes to customize your view. If you want to display “hidden” courses again, use the pencil icon to bring them back. Make sure you uncheck the “Announcements” box, also, or those will still be there and not connected to their course.

 

Logging off of Blackboard

Did you know that if you just close your access to Blackboard by clicking that little “X”, that you are not logged off the system? This could have serious implications if you are on a public computer or someone else uses yours. Always click on “logout” to make you Blackboard account is protected.

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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National Distance Learning Week ! November 8th-12th 2010

During the week of November 8-12, Wilmington University along with other schools around the nation celebrate National Distance Learning Week by showcasing their programs for current and prospective students. Read more below about Wilmington University’s endeavors to celebrate NDLW.

Wilmington University Online students were encouraged to log on to Facebook and enter the Where’s Wiley Photo Competition. Check out the submissions below and click here to find out if your favorite picture won!

Wilmington University Online students and faculty were surveyed to find out what they enjoy most about online learning or teaching. Below is a sample of their responses:

  • The flexibility of completing my work around my busy life. With online learning there is no excuse that one cannot complete their degree.
  • I learn more when I take online classes than going to school.
  • Direct, quick and fast way to learn.
  • It has flexible times and saves a lot of gas money.
  • I have met many interesting students from across the country. Students also get an opportunity to relate their experiences to the coursework.
  • The use of different technology to communicate during the semester. I really enjoyed his weekly messages to the class that he posted on YouTube.
  • I travel often for work; so online courses offer me the ability to stay in college while I advance my career.
  • Not fighting for parking on-site.

Did you know there are Wilmington University students in Hawaii? In fact, students are taking classes in 415 different zip codes across the US! Each red marker on the map below represents one of these zip codes.

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Check out this video for other interesting facts about Wilmington University Online that may surprise you.

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?

Integrating Facebook into Classroom Instruction

Should Facebook be integrated into classroom instruction? Does it improve communication between students and instructors? On the hand, is it too much of an intrusion into students’ personal and social lives for educators to be using it as an educational method? Is it just too much of a distraction from learning? Gain a broader perspective of this topic by reading this article on 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom.

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