Monthly publication - January 2001 Issue
Happy new year, and welcome to the January 2001 issue of the Learning Center Newsletter.
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Management Strategies & Tips
By Frank L. Christ
Tip #7: Using the Web for Staff Orientation and Ongoing Training
Two major orientation and training tools are available for you and your learning center staff on the Internet. One is LSCHE, the only web portal that focuses exclusively on learning support centers in higher education; the other is the listserv LRNASST, the collegial network, that features an ongoing 24/7 dialogue among 1200 learning assistance professionals.
LSCHE, at http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/~lsche/ , contains a wealth of resources that can be reviewed at weekly staff meetings and semesterly staff retreats as a regular agenda item. Assign a staff member to preview a section of LSCHE and present it to your staff for their thoughts on what they found that may be useful for the center. Have an informal brainstorming session to determine what learning center questions or problems can be posted to LRNASST. for answers or solutions. Encourage all staff to subscribe to LRNASST. The directions for subscribing are on LSCHE and can be quickly found by using LSCHE's search box.
By Lucy MacDonald, Chemeketa Community College
Reading your textbook and your eyes reach the end of the page but you don't remember anything on that page? This is the eyeball reading syndrome: eyeballs reach the end of page, but brain is not yet in gear. Here's a tip on how to get the brain actively involved.
Please pass this announcement to people who might be interested. Thank you.
The United States Naval Academy Academic Center will be hiring two Reading and Study Skills Instructors. It is expected that the positions will be filled by June 2001 with a starting date in July 2001.
Both positions require a Master's degree in psychology, education, or a related field and demonstrable knowledge, skills and abilities to provide instruction in reading and study skills, develop lesson plans and instructional materials, and evaluate student performance. The Academic Center is seeking qualified applicants who have specialized experience with computer based learning labs and/or reading course development
For more information, please e-mail the Academic Center Director, Dr. Eric Bowman at email@example.com.
The Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, MD, was the site of the National Writing Centers Association's fifth conference on November 2-4. This gathering of over 500 writing, learning, and resource directors and tutors, writing instructors, and other educators was a testimony to the attendee's strong commitment to writing center pedagogy and research. One hundred and thirty-two presentations were made over the course of the conference, with topics ranging from basic writing center concerns, such as connecting the writing center to the mission and curriculum of colleges and universities, to the newer challenges of online tutoring. Nine concurrent sessions offered workshops, demonstrations, and panel presentations, while book publishers shared information about their current listings and newest software packages and programs.
In addition to the varied selection of presentations, the conference provided opportunities for attendees to meet and mingle. A cash bar reception in the hotel's ballroom followed Thursday's session; nibbling on appetizers, people had a chance to catch up with colleagues and make new acquaintances, all the while tapping their feet to the swing rhythm of Byron's Stay's band, "Physical Therapy." On Friday, attendees enjoyed a formal breakfast buffet, which was followed by the keynote speaker, Molly Wingate, whose presentation, "Writing Centers as Sites of Academic Culture," was warmly received. Later that morning, boxed lunches allowed attendees to wander among the poster sessions exhibited in the ballroom as well as sit at the tables provided for a leisurely conversation with colleagues from every corner of the USA as well as from South Africa, Morocco, Turkey, Canada, and the UK.
Many writing center directors are old friends, but see each other only at the NWCA conference, which is held every eighteen months; the Wyndham proved to be a good place for catching up. Others attendees who had known each other only through the profession's listserv, WCenter, got a chance to meet for the first time. "Our e-community is great," said one attendee, "but meeting each other f2f ["face-to-face," in writing center lingo] is a terrific experience." Another, describing the conference later, called it "informative, moving, exhilarating, relieving, exciting, provocative."
Yet another attendee summed up the feelings of many who participated in this year's event. It was a good conference, she said, "because the company of writing center people is always good, because of the opportunities to share and trade experiences and knowledge both formally and informally, because Molly gave a terrific keynote speech, and because it's tough to beat Baltimore in the lovely poignant autumn--and it's pretty difficult to beat Baltimore food."
Look for the next NWCA conference in the spring of 2002 (site and hosting regional organization still to be determined). The NWCA web site will have updates as the conference plans evolve: http://nwca.syr.edu.
How much of this stuff is true:
[Adapted from the Fortune Business Report, on the Web at http://fortune.com/fbr]
The World Factbook
The CIA World Factbook is a good resources for finding information about countries. For each featured country you can read vital statistics, see a map, and learn about its government, people, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues such as disputes and problems. The site is also a good source of trivia information such as each country's capital, currency, population, area, location, and boundaries.
You can find the CIA World Factbook at this address:
GuruNet, now called Atomica, is a powerful on-line information retrieval tool. You can think of GuruNet as an intelligent search engine that works from all your applications. Once installed, all you need to do is press down the Alt key and click on a word, and GuruNet's pop up window will appear with a wealth of information. This will work whether you are using your web browser, email program, WORD document, or any other Windows application.
kind of information displayed depend on the word searched. For example, if you
search on a city, you will get weather, maps, and local links. Search on a
company, and you will get news, a stock quote, stock chart, and financial
links. Search on a sports team, and you will get profile, links, and in
some cases scores. For most words, you get dictionary definition, acronyms,
encyclopedia entry, translation, and for some words a medical, legal, or
GuruNet can be a time-saver for research, writing, or trivia. If you are using a Mac or Unix computer, you can still use this tool through a search box on the company's web site. This also provies a good way to take it for a quick test-drive before downloading it.
To check it out, visit this web page:
The Western Association of Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) is an association of members who are interested in promoting access to higher education among economically and educationally disadvantages persons and persons with disabilities. For more info visit:
NADE National Conference
Each year the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) offers a national conference that attracts over 1,400 educators from across the U.S. In addition to nationally-known plenary speakers, nearly 200 concurrent sessions provide a comprehensive treatment of developmental education issues.
NTA 9th Annual Conference
The National Tutoring Association (NTA) conference provides the latest in tutor information, training, and the opportunity to network with other tutors and administrators. This year’s keynote speakers are Dr. Al Gronowsky and Dr. John Chaffee . For more information visit the NTA's web site at:
Time for Spring Cleaning!
This is a good time for cleaning up and organizing your computer files. Here are some suggestions.
A school teacher injured his back and had to wear a plaster cast around the upper part of his body. It fit under his shirt and was not noticeable at all.
On the first day of the term, still with the cast under his shirt, he found himself assigned to the toughest students in school. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, he opened the window as wide as possible and then busied himself with desk work.
When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he took the desk stapler and stapled the tie to his chest.
Discipline was not a problem from that day forth!
A creative writing class was asked to write a concise essay incorporating the following elements:
[From the Oraclehumor site.]
"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in
"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."
one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same
time, insight into and understanding of many things."
"Things which matter most must never be at the
mercy of things which matter least."
"It's only when we truly know and understand that we have limited time on
earth - that we have no way of knowing when our time is up - that we will begin
to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had."
"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly you are
doing the impossible."
is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you
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