Advising Assistance Center Update

Pictured left: Kelly Pannill, Caitlin Pollard, Jeremy Buckson.

The Advising Assistance Center, located in Scarborough Library 208, was in full swing this summer and fall, assisting over 400 students with issues ranging from completing Satisfactory Academic Progress paperwork to registering for courses.  The AAC hosted several workshops and programs this fall to assist students in preparing for their faculty advising appointments, including programs in our Residence Halls, sessions for Commuter students in the Rams Den, workshops for student athletes, and individual classroom visits.  If you would like to arrange for a presenter from the AAC to visit your class or group, please contact us at x5317 or advising@shepherd.ed.  We would love to work with your group!

This fall the AAC also debuted a new website, www.shepherd.edu/aacweb with information to assist students with their advising-related questions.  This site, in addition to the AAC’s Facebook, Twitter, and AIM presence is part of our continued effort to reach students where they are to provide the most efficient service. 

The AAC has also created the Advising Pre-Planning Worksheet (http://www.shepherd.edu/aacweb/Advising%20Preplanning%20worksheet.pdf).  This worksheet is designed to replace the advising worksheets previously included in the printed class schedules, and was designed to encourage students to consider key issues in their course planning, including their eligibility for Financial Aid, Holds, Repeated coursework, and other issues.  An initial trial of its use was undertaken this fall and the AAC continues to welcome feedback on the use of this new tool before expanding its use in the spring semester. 

This spring, the AAC staff will be expanding our student outreach efforts in order to assist even more students with their advising-related questions!  As a reminder, the AAC is open from 8am-7pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and from 8am-4:30pm Wednesdays and Fridays.  Walk-ins are welcome during these hours and additional hours are available by appointment.

Kelly Pannill
Academic Advisor
Advising Assistance Center
Shepherd University
Scarborough Library Room 208

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Adjunct Training Workshops Update

The Center for Teaching & Learning hosted an adjunct training workshop in December and January for newly hired part-time faculty. The workshops are designed to help new faculty learn more about Shepherd University students, policies and operations before entering the classroom. Faculty who attended received a $100 stipend from the CTL, as well as a customized technology training session, led by Lauryl Lewis, Instructional Technologist for Shepherd University. Special thanks to Dot Hively, Emily Gross, Barbara Byers, Rhonda Jackson, and the Bookstore and Rambler Card staff for speaking with attendees and representing the offices of Disability Support, Academic Support, Counseling, and Rambler Card. Faculty members who attended these sessions include: Katherine Croxton (HPERS), Judy York (MBA), Tom Semmes (ART), Anne Sherry (PSYCH), Jean Schwarz (MBA), Danielle Corsetto (ART), Carrie Miller (ASC), Mike Dudash (HPERS), James Percoco (EDUC), Audra Martenot (HPERS), Caitlin Barnhart (ART), John Serian (HPERS), Alyssa Meeks (SOCI), James Hesla (ART), and Kevin Tressler (ASC).

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Academic Support Center Update

 “If I didn’t have free tutoring, then I probably wouldn’t have passed my classes. Thank you for being generous to help students with tutoring. I’m very thankful” ~ ASC Tutee Fall 2012

“My tutor has worked through everything step by step with me, making sure that I not only have the answers, but that I understand how to complete the problems on my own. Extremely beneficial!” ~ ASC Tutee Fall 2012

54 – The total number of peer tutors we hired this semester!

Reading Comprehension Skills – A new tutoring subject that we added to our growing tutoring needs. This came at the request of our tutors and tutees!

6-7 pm – The additional tutoring hour that was requested in several evaluations to meet commuting, work, and course schedule demands.

2,314 - The total number of tutoring sessions held this semester!

Math – The most requested tutoring subject!

Our tutees continue to express their appreciation for our undergraduate tutoring services in meeting their academic needs. We are pleased we can serve committed students who utilizing tutoring services and that they are experiencing the benefits!

We hope you will encourage your students to utilize our tutoring services this semester so that they may experience the academic benefits that their peers have already!

Emily Gross
Director, Academic Support Center
Scarborough Library 103
(304) 876-5221

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Assessment Update

The 2012-2013 assessment cycle is now in the data collection phase.  Please see below for important dates for this cycle.


May 1 , 2012: Plans were due to the Center for Teaching and Learning for the 2012-2013 cycle
August 31, 2012: Plans for core curriculum course assessment were due, assessing at least two competencies using at least two measures for each.                                                                 
Fall 2012 - Fall 2013: Collect data within your department/unit
Fall 2013: Evaluate collected data and plan ways to improve programs and services
November 15, 2013:  Core Curriculum Reports due to the Center for Teaching and Learning.  The Higher Learning Commission requires a report showing assessment of our new core.  Your compliance with this deadline is much appreciated.
January 2014: Non-Core-Related Reports due to the Center for Teaching and Learning
On-going: Communicate and Celebrate Learning!

Would you like to learn WEAVE, our new assessment management software?  It is easy and efficient.  Call us at x5461 to schedule a quick 1:1 training session!

Standardized Assessments Coming Up!

Collegiate Learning Assessment Test (CLA) and National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Use of the nationally recognized Collegiate Learning Assessment test (CLA) continued this fall with 92 first-year students participating in the online exam. Designed to measure critical thinking, the exam is given to incoming freshmen each fall and graduating seniors each spring. Over time, these results chart the value-added by our institution and allow us to compare results with other schools state- and nationwide. Seniors will be tested in March 2013. Results from the most recent testing cycle will be available in August of 2013. Detailed reports of assessment results can be found on our website at: http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/standardized_assess_measures.html.

Freshmen and Seniors will be invited to take the NSSE this spring 2013 semester.

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AV Update

Audio/Visual Media Services continues to provide many forms of classroom support to faculty and students alike. The online work order process for requesting services ensures work orders are completed in a timely fashion and tracked accordingly based on a priority system. We are also pleased to have two part-time Audio/Visual staff on our team this year: Mr. Robert Tansill and Mr. Andrew Ford. To request Audio/Visual Media Services, please go to the following link: Audio Visual Service Request Website.





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Focus On Student Learning Update

Click here for our current FOSL schedule: http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/events.html
The Focus on Student Learning Series (FOSL) offers monthly discussions on a variety of topics related to student learning and development. Each session is recorded to DVD and is available for 4-day checkout at the Scarborough Library Public Service Desk. Ask for the specific topic under “FOSL Reserves”.

The following sessions were offered during the fall 2012 semester:
In September we explored the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning and talked about how to turn creative teaching ideas into a journal article or conference presentation and where to publish or present work in any field. An overview of the useful online resource MERLOT (MultiMedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) was given (http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm), as well as a listing of possible journals for publishing faculty scholarship: http://www.uww.edu/LEARN/journalsotl.php

In November we answered the question: What can Mendeley do for me? Mendeley is a free reference management software program with over 1.6 million users worldwide. It can be used for document/pdf. sharing, metadata discovery, citations and more and also incorporates social networking features. Library Systems Coordinator, Yanhong Wang, and biology professor, Dr. Ruth Conley are avid users of this software and introduced FOSL attendees to the many features it can perform.  Learn more here: http://www.mendeley.com/

In December, professor Monica Larson talked about “Putting Some Punch in your Powerpoints” while Dr. Laura Renninger highlighted Prezi, a creative new presentation format. Attendees received handy tips on animating slides, creating presenter notes, and making presentations more effective in a few simple steps.  Professor Larson also highlighted “Creative Commons.com” which allows one to find and use images and other licensed works in a copyright-approved manner: http://creativecommons.org/
This semester we’ll explore FOSL topics ranging from strategic planning to active learning. In March, we’ll host the 7th annual Celebration of Student Learning and hear from mini-grant recipients on the ways in which they’re utilizing grant funds to assess and enhance their programs. We always try to schedule programs that are suggested by you! Visit the FOSL page on our CTL website for the complete spring schedule and more information: http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/fosl.html.

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First-Year Experience & Common Reading Program Update

As most of you know, I retired on January 9th. My life has been immensely enriched by the people at Shepherd, including Dr. Laura Renninger, Dean, and my officemates in the Center for Teaching and Learning. I will miss the activity, concern for students’ success, support and learning that occurs here. Most of all I will miss the people. They are Shepherd’s most valuable asset and have become my extended family. I wish everyone good health, prosperity and joyous lives.

Judi McIntyre



Enjoy the slideshow of Judi's Retirement Party!


FYEX Program Update - Introducing Ms. Shannon Holliday!

Many of you know Shannon as that smiling face or friendly, calm, helpful voice on the phone when you contact the Center for Teaching and Learning.  You may not know that she has been here at Shepherd for quite a while!  She graduated with a BA in English in 2000 and is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Shepherd’s CSDA Program.  She has served as the Center for Teaching and Learning Project Coordinator since 2005, juggling everything from PR to budgeting to managing all the important details of the daily operations of the Center. 

We endearingly refer to her as the heart of the CTL.
This spring Shannon is taking on an additional role as Clinical Faculty Member and Coordinator for Students in Transition.  For the past two semesters, Shannon has been teaching the FYEX 102 course for transfer students.  In her new role she will be overseeing the FYEX Program (including Common Reading) and initiating some new ideas to help other groups of students in transition – including sophomores, juniors, seniors, non-traditional students and transfer students – all of whom struggle with unique challenges.  This is an area Shannon is very passionate about.
Over the years, Shannon has worked closely with Judi McIntyre and we expect the transition to be close to seamless as we absorb Judi’s duties in house.  And, no worries: If you call the CTL, you will still reach that friendly, calm, helpful voice.  Please join me in welcoming Shannon in this new role and offering her your support.

Please remember that the FYEX Instructional Resource page is open to all instructors: http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/firstyearexperience.html. Tips and other useful information are continually added to the website!

Common Reading Update

The Common Reading/One Book, One Community program is a year-long effort.  This spring we have several more events planned including the film “Something the Lord Made,” co-sponsored with the Shepherdstown Film Society on Feburary 8th, at 7:00pm in Reynolds Hall.  A post-film discussion will be led by Dr. Heidi Hanrahan.  On March 20th, a bus trip is planned to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the site of where the cells from Henrietta Lacks were taken during her uterine cancer treatment and where HeLa cells began. The trip will also include a visit to the Reginald Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.  Ms. Wendy Mopsick, a community member and part of the Common Reading Selection Committee, has organized the trip.  In late March or early April there will be a panel discussion led by Dr. Colleen Nolan, Dean of Natural Sciences and Math, on bioethics.  Other events may be added as the semester progresses. Voting for the 2013-2014 Common Reading will begin on February 1st. Watch the Shepherd University homepage for a link to vote. The winner will be announced on April 1st. Visit the Common Reading website for more information: http://www.shepherd.edu/commonreading/.

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Instructional Tech Update

We have been quite busy in the Instructional Technology office. We are in the midst of updating Sakai . We have been meeting with colleagues at the American Public University System (APUS), our new host and vendor, to set up a system that improves upon many issues. We are very excited about this venture and we hope to have our new update by the end of semester.  More news on this to come...

We recently introduced our new EduTech Center located in Scarborough Library #350. This center is technology enriched and can aid faculty and students in preparing their teaching and learning environment. There are many technologies such as a SMART Board, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, camera equipment. In addition, we have acquired a Lynda.com site that will help you learn any software program. This site is only available in the EduTech Center. Please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at x5461 if you would like information on how to connect in to Lynda.com and we will get you set.

Please click here for more information about the EduTech Center: http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/instructional_tech/index.html


Teaching Classes Online

Some of you may be gearing up to teach an online course for the first time, and could be experiencing some apprehension. Never fear! We can help you eliminate any concerns with several tips to help you create an effective online learning experience. Feel free to make an appointment with Lauryl Lewis (x5059) to discuss your specific needs and explore some options for enhancing your online classroom. The following link can help you get started:  http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/instructional_tech/asychronous-discussions.mov.

We will be offering a professional development opportunity in Summer 2013. We have created a quick “course” you may take to help fully prepare you for the online teaching experience.  The course will take place from May 20 - June 28. Please contact me at llewis@shepherd.edu to reserve a spot in the course. These spots fill up fast and it is first come first serve.

Techshop Series

The CTL has developed a series of workshops designed to train faculty and staff in various technologies. Offered every other Tuesday and Wednesday, Techshops are designed to increase technology usage, awareness, and knowledge on campus. This program coincides with the university’s strategic plan to implement 21st century technologies into the campus culture. Techshops train faculty and staff on various technologies to augment their classroom and work area, including SAKAI, Microsoft Office, SMART Technologies, Turnitin, blogging and the Sakai discussion forum tool. These hands-on workshops can help you learn something new and easily applicable in under an hour. Please see the techshop schedule for spring 2013:

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Mini Grants

Each year we award a limited number of grants (up to $1,000) to individuals, departments and support units for assessing student learning and curriculum/program development. Recipients are required to share their projects at a "Celebration of Student Learning" workshop each March and a one-page summary detailing the results of the project are due upon completion of the project.

Many different kinds of activities are funded annually, depending on the needs and interests of individual programs and availability of funding from the CTL budget; this academic year, over $6000 in grant funding has been awarded.

Departmental assessment retreats for History, Nursing, CME, Psychology, and English/Modern Languages were funded; Biology and Environmental Science received a grant to coordinate graduate school information sessions with their students; the Student Success Committee received funding to conduct student focus groups; the office of Financial Aid received funding to purchase a Kindle Fire as an incentive for students to complete their annual survey; the Art department received two grants in support of their Portfolio Review Day and to bring working artist professionals in to speak with students; and Dr. Christy Wenger received partial funding to attend the 64th Annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. See the Focus on Student Learning section of this newsletter for information about the upcoming Celebration of Student Learning, where grant recipients will present on the ways in which funding was used.

The Center for Teaching & Learning will accept mini-grant applications for the 2013-2014 academic year beginning on July 1, 2013. Application information can be found on the CTL website at: http://www.shepherd.edu/ctl/minigrants_faculty_staff.html.


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New Faculty Learning Communities

Faculty new to Shepherd are required to take part in a two-year program called the New Faculty Learning Community. Information is provided on a variety of topics and faculty get the chance to share ideas, ask questions and meet fellow faculty members from across disciplines.

In the fall, first-year faculty attended the following NFLC 101 sessions:

September: “Balancing Teaching and Professional Development” and “Professional Ethics/IRB Information”

October: “Library Tour & Tips”

November: film “Declining by Degrees”

This spring, they will attend NFLC 101 sessions on the following topics:

January: Grants

February: Effective Time Management for Busy Professors

March: Technology Smorgasbord

April: Finale Luncheon with President Shipley

In the fall, second year faculty members attended NFLC 102 sessions on:

September: Advising

October: Advising, cont.

November: Survival Strategies for Junior Faculty/Committee Basics

December: Technology Training – EduTech Classroom

Spring NFLC 102 topics will cover more active learning strategies and pre-tenure (third-year review) portfolio workshops.

NFLC 101 members: Jason Ottley, Cydne Perry, Sher Hendrickson-Lambert, Jennifer L. Penland, Aart Holtslag, Jordan Mader, Matthew Foulds, Rhonda Hovatter, Robert Tudor, Matthew Kushin, David Modler, Michael Groves, Jacquelyn Cole, LeAnn Johnson, Kelly Pannill, Rhonda Donaldson, and Bonnie Parker
NFLC 102 members: Belinda Mitchell, Chris Coltrin, Christian Benefiel, Christopher Lovelace, Christy Wenger, Cynthia Vance, Gregory Place, Jared Androzzi, Laura Porter, Ralph Wojtowicz, Scott Hippensteel, Sytil Murphy, and Yu-Hsuan Liao.


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