The Learning Center Newsletter
Monthly publication - June 2000 Issue
Sponsored by AccuTrack
The Kellogg Institute For The Training & Certification Of Developmental Educators
When: June 24 - July 21, 2000
Where: Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
The Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators is the nation's oldest continuous advanced training program for developmental educators and learning skills specialists.
The program consists of two components:
For more information on the Kellogg Institute, visit this web site:
SouthWest Texas State University Technology Institute for Developmental Educators
When: July 23 - 28, 2000
Where: San Marcos, Texas
SWT-TIDE is 5 days of mentoring and hands-on practice to hone your technology skills. Designed by and for developmental educators, you will have an opportunity to learn new technology skills, complete technology projects, and enjoy a technology vacation.
Over 16 workshops are offered. Subjects include Word Processing, Databases, Spreadsheets, Multimedia Slideshows, Hypermedia, WWW pages, Creating On-line Courses, and other PC and Macintosh Topics.
For more info visit SWT-TIDE web site at:
The Winter Institute for Learning Assistance Professionals
When: January 2-6, 2001
Where: Phoenix, Arizona
Founded by Drs. Martha Maxwell and Frank Christ, the Winter Institute serve a small number of participants (60) who experience a highly interactive learning environment with nationally known mentors and facilitators. Each Winter Institute is part of a series of intensive programs of presentations, small group mentoring, Special Interest Group meetings (SIGs), and participant dialogue on a theme relating to some aspect of learning assistance.
The Winter Institutes are based on a teaching/learning philosophy created by Frank Christ. Winter Institutes are designed to provide participants with optimal learning experiences that can be translated into practical actions upon participants return to their institutions.
For detailed information visit the following web site:
By Maureen Connolly, Elmhurst College
Center staff members are versatile, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Share
these qualities through a submission to Academic
Exchange Quarterly, a peer-refereed journal.
fall issue has pertinent themes of critical thinking and distance learning.
your learning center has a major role in distance education, even directly
offering courses and/or academic support. Critical thinking encompasses
all academic areas and is often a goal in student support.
your knowledge with your peers. Deadline for the fall issue is July 5.
For more information go to:
By Dennis H. Congos, Certified Supplemental Instruction Trainer and SI Coordinator, University of Central Florida
The way to earn better grades is to; 1. refine, 2. master, and 3. apply the skills essential to learning. A first step in this 3-part process is awareness of the 9 essential tasks in learning. The Radial of Learning identifies the 9 essential tasks for earning excellent grades.
As a diagnostic tool, students can compare what they do for each task to what needs to be done and quickly see where changes in study skills need to occur. Specific suggestions are made under each task based on the efficient and successful learning skills of "A" students.
HOW TO USE THE RADIAL OF LEARNING TO ANALYZE STUDY SKILLS
Learners may analyze their study skills by writing down what they do under each step in the Radial of Learning. Next, learners and/or instructors can compare that with what "A" learners do as listed in the Radial of Learning. This comparison will reveal those areas where there are differences between what each learner is doing and what "A" learners do. Learners can then seek the specific kind of study skills help they need or learning skills instructors/staff can immediately provide the precise kinds of information and practice that learners need. There is no waiting for time consuming scoring and interpretation of complex diagnostic tests.
HOW TO DO EACH TASK
There are many ways to successfully perform each task in the Radial of Learning. Under each task are suggestions from "A" learners on how they do each task and earn A's.
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Manager of College Survival for Houghton Mifflin, Sandra Ayaz
leads a team of national education consultants specializing in student
success courses and retention efforts. Sandi and her team work diligently to
promote Becoming A Master Student and currently interact with over
3000 institutions across the United States and Canada.
Ayaz previously served the education community as Executive Director of
the Public Schools Enrichment Partnerships at Florida Gulf Coast
University, as an adjunct instructor at Edison Community College, and as
Assistant Director of the office of Minority Student Services at Florida
Atlantic University where she was
responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating retention programs
designed to assist the academic and personal success of undergraduate and
graduate students. She directly
monitored and coordinated programs including, but not limited to, tutorial, peer
counseling, academic scholarship, leadership, and book loan programs.
Dr. Ayaz also served as co-project director for the College Reach Out
Program (CROP), a postsecondary education enhancement program provided to
minority youth in consortium with local community colleges.
Ayaz received her academic training from Santa Fe Community College and Florida
Atlantic University earning a Bachelorís Degree, a Masterís degree in
English, and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Leadership.
She most recently completed a Doctoral Degree in Adult Education with a
special emphasis on the effects of accelerated learning and multiple modalities
sensitive instruction on kinesthetic learners and multicultural populations.
Ayaz is a member of the International Mentoring Association, the National
Association of Developmental Education, the College Reading and Learning
Association, and the American Association of Higher Education.
She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Theta Kappa
honour societies. Dr. Ayaz currently serves as President of the National
Tutoring Association. She has
received the Omega Psi Phi Distinguished Faculty Award, the Karl F. Ijams
Humanitarian Award, the FAU Student Affairs Distinguished Service Award, and the
State of Florida Davis Productivity Award.
Ayaz speaks nationally regarding tutoring, communications, multiculturalism,
leadership, and personal survival. She
is the author of Contemporary Sanguines:
The Metamorphosis of the Vampire Myth
in Literature and co-author of Hitching
A Ride to Success: A Roadmap For
Dr. Sandra Ayaz is married to her husband of nearly ten years, Mehmet Ayaz. In her spare time, Sandi enjoys entertaining and nurturing her pet rabbit named Elvis.
Congratulations to Sandi on her impressive record, and our deep thanks for her continued contributions to the learning assistance community.
NADE and CRLA
2000: Teaching and Learning: Issues in Higher Education
Visit the following web site for more info:
National Conference on Student Retention
Nearly 1,000 representatives from over 800 colleges and universities attended last year's conference. This year the conference offers more than 100 workshops in five tracks. Identify the latest strategies for retention success, and review successful practices for recruitment and financial aid.
NCLCA Fifteenth Annual Conference
The National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), founded in 1985, is a
The Featured Speakers of this year's conference, "Guiding Success: Learning Center Strategies for a New Age", are Martha Casazza & Sharon Silverman.
For more information browse this web site:
NWCA 5th National Conference
The National Writing Centers Association (NWCA) conferenceís goal is to provide a setting where all those who work in writing centers can exchange ideas and information. For more information visit the conference web site at:
CRLA 33rd Annual Conference
The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) conference, "Research, Practice, Reflection for a new generation" key note speaker is Gary Soto. Luncheon Speaker-Robert Sherfield.
Keep your PC running at peak performance
Windows include some great utilities for keeping your PC optimized. These include ScanDisk, Disk Defragmenter, and Disk Cleanup. We will look at each one of these and show you how to automate their use.
To access these utilities, use the Windows "Start" button, and point to Program, Accessories, System Tools, then the utility name.
Use ScanDisk to check for and fix errors on your hard drive. Start by selecting the drives you want to test. Select more than one drive by keeping the <Ctrl> key down while clicking on the drive names in the selection window. Next select type of test. The "Standard" test is a quick test of directory structure, while the thorough test adds a hard drive surface scan and may take hours to complete. Using programs on your computer will interrupt the test and cause it to start over, so only run the thorough test when you will not be using your computer for a long while such as overnight.
Make sure the check box "Automatically fix errors" is checked. Otherwise the program will stop when it encounters an error and wait for you to instruct it on how to handle it. Since in most cases you want to run the check while you're away from your computer, you will need to check this box and have errors fixed automatically.
When you're ready click on the "Start" button.
Use Disk Cleanup to free up hard drive space. Disk Cleanup will identify and remove temporary files, Internet cache files, and other unnecessary program files that you can safely delete.
When you launch Disk Cleanup a dialog box will allow you to select the drive. Click on "OK" and Windows will search the selected drive and display a list of files it can delete. You have the option of checking which type of files to delete (e.g. Internet temp files, Recycle bin, Windows Temp files, etc.). Each time you check or uncheck a selection, Windows will calculate the amount of space you will gain by deleting the selected files.
When you're ready to proceed, click on "OK" to remove the files.
Using Disk Defragmenter regularly will speed up access to your files. As you delete and add new files to your hard drive, the new files become fragmented. Here is a simplified example on how this might happen. Let's say you delete 100 KB file, and this file was physically located at the beginning of the hard drive. A little later you install a new file that is 300 KB in size. Windows will copy the first 100 KB into the empty area where the deleted file used to exist, and the other 200 KB in another empty area on the hard drive. So now a fragment of the new 300 KB file physically resides at the beginning of the hard drive, while the rest resides somewhere else. To read this file, the hard drive heads must move around different areas of the disk hunting for the different fragments, and that slows down performance.
To rearrange your file segments so they reside next to each other, run Disk Defragmenter and select the drive. Click on "OK". You will see a progress window. Click on "Show Details" to see a graphical map of your file clusters and how Disk Defragmenter in moving them around. Warning, this map can be mesmerizing and you may find yourself spending a lot of time staring into it!
If you have a large hard drive and it has been a while since you defragmented it, the process may take a long time. You can use your computer while the defragmenter is running, however, your computer will be slow and the defragmentation process will start over every time you disturb the files. Thus it's better to run Disk Defragmenter before going to lunch or other long breaks.
Automating house keeping tasks
To keep your system at peek performance, you should run the above utilities periodically. As we mentioned above, ScanDisk and Disk Defragmenter may take a long time to finish, and it's best not to use your computer while running them. So how can you run these tasks without interrupting your work? The answer is to run them during your off hours, say at midnight for example.
Luckily, you don't have to stay up till midnight to start these tasks. Windows has a utility that will schedule these maintenance tasks while you are away. To run this utility, use the Windows "Start" button, Program, Accessories, System Tools, then "Maintenance Wizard".
The Maintenance Wizard will let you select the maintenance utilities discussed above, and select the days of the week and time to run them. For example, you can set the wizard to run ScanDisk midnight on Mondays and Wednesdays, and run Disk Defragmenter midnight on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Obviously, you will need to leave your computer on during the scheduled times to enable Windows to run the scheduled tasks. If you don't like to do that often, then schedule all your maintenance tasks for one night a week. For example, schedule Clean Disk at midnight, ScanDisk at 1 AM, and Disk Defragmenter at 3:00 AM on Tuesday morning, and leave your computer on Monday night / Tuesday morning. Switch your screen saver off so it does not interrupt the maintenance process, and simply switch your monitor off before leaving.
One day a little girl came home from school, and said to her mother, "Mommy, today in school I was punished for something that I didn't do."
It's all in the punctuation
A English professor wrote the sentence "Woman without her man is nothing"
on the blackboard and directed her students to correct it.
"I try not to let my schooling interfere with my education."
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*"I learned three important things in college---to use a library, to memorize quickly and visually, and to drop asleep at any time given a horizontal surface and fifteen minutes."
Agnes de Mille
*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*"Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you."
"There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."
John F. Kennedy
"Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him."
Booker T. Washington
"In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
"The shortest way to do many things is to do one thing at a time."
"No one can make you inferior without your consent."
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This newsletter is produced by Mon Nasser from Engineerica Systems, Inc. My thanks to Dennis H. Congos and Maureen Connolly for contributing to this issue, and to Sandi Ayaz, our June Person of the Month.
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