The Learning Center Newsletter
Monthly publication - April 2000 Issue
Sponsored by AccuTrack
Once again this summer, Southwest Texas State University (SWT) in partnership with CRLA and NADE will be
offering the Second Annual Technology Institute for Developmental Educators, better known as SWT-TIDE.
Modeled after the highly successful Winter Institutes by Frank Christ, this 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.
For more information, including a list of mini-courses, mentors, and on-line registration visit this web site:
Or e-mail Dave Caverly at DC02@SWT.edu for an information packet. Registration is limited to 30, so reserve your place soon!
month we mentioned The
CRLA Monograph, Starting Up A Learning Assistance Center: Conversations with
CRLA Members Who Have Been There
and Done That. The monograph is edited by Frank Christ (University of Arizona), Karen Smith (Rutgers University), and Rick Sheets (Paradise Valley College). Some readers
wanted to know how they can get a copy. Well the monograph is available now from
H & H Publishing
Company, Inc. 1231 Kapp Drive, Clearwater, FL 33765. Telephone: 800-366-4079 or email
HHService@HHPublishing.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can see the monograph's table of contents and order a copy on-line by visiting the following site:
[Frank Christ, University of Arizona]
The National Writing Centers Association (NWCA) home page has a wealth of information for writing centers professionals. Sections include articles and links to Writing Center resources, a large list of Writing Centers on-line, a list of discussion groups, resources for writers, electronic and print journals, tutor stories, and even a section on starting a Writing Center.
The site is maintained by Bruce Pegg, director of
The Colgate University
Writing Center. If you'd like to contribute to any of these pages, or if you have any
suggestions for links or items to include, please contact Bruce Pegg at
You can browse the NWCA Home page at:
Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns, Skyline College
Dr. Marie-Elaine Burns is the Director of The Learning Center (TLC), the Student Support Services - TRIO
Program, and the Jump Start Program at Skyline College in San Bruno, California.
Our thanks to Dr. Burns for her continued contributions and for being our Person of the Month.
The Journal of College Reading and Learning (JCRL) is published semi-annually by the College Reading and Learning Association. The journal is a forum for current theory, research, practice, and policy related to post-secondary reading improvement and learning assistance. Preferred articles include linking theory, research, or policy to practice.
Research articles are welcomed. Manuscripts are particularly invited on the following topics: college reading, learning strategies and study skills, tutoring, critical thinking,
JCRL has about 1,200 subscribers. The next issue comes out in May. For more information contact the editor David Lemire by email email@example.com or visit the CRLA site at:
Conference: Frontiers in Tutoring
National Tutoring Association (NTA)
April 9-12, 2000
San Antonio, Texas
The NTA conference provides the latest in tutor information, training, and the opportunity to network with other tutors and administrators. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Al Gronowsky. For more information contact the Program Chair and Vice-President of NTA, Dr. Jennifer Hurd at (501) 279-4101 or e-mail:
or visit the NTA web site at:
The Computers and Writing Conference (CWC) is an annual, national conference focusing on the use of computer technology to facilitate the teaching and learning of writing specifically, but language arts in a broader sense. For more information visit the conference site at:
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) conference’s 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.
WINDOWS EXPLORER TIPS
The Explorer is a handy tool for managing the files on your computer. You can use the Explorer to launch applications, view documents, and to copy, delete, and rename files and folders. The following tips will make your use of the Explorer more powerful.
Starting Explorer Quickly
Showing File Details
The Explorer default view is not very exploring! To have the maximum amount of info, click on "View" in the explorer menu bar then select "Details". In this view the Explorer shows the file's name, size, type, and last modification date. You can even sort the files by any of these items. For example, to sort the files alphabetically by name, click on the "Name" bar. To reveres the sorting, click on the "Name" bar again,. To see the most recent files first, click on "Modified", and so on.
When in the Detailed view, the column you are reading may
not be wide enough to show the whole text. One way to fix that is to
resize the column to fit its widest entry by clicking on the vertical separator
line in the header and dragging it to the appropriate width, but wait, there is
an easier way. Instead of dragging the line, simply double click on it,
and the width of the column will be adjusted automatically! Again, all you need
is to hold the mouse pointer over the
vertical separator line at the right edge of the column's title, and when it
changes to a double-pointed arrow, double-click.
Viewing full path
You can have the Explorer show the full path of the highlighted file or folder in the Explorer's Window title bar. From the Explorer window, select View from the menu bar, then "Options" or "Folder Options". You will see an options box come up. Click the View tab, select "Display The Full MS-DOS Path In The Title Bar", and click OK.
There is another way to see the full path. From the "View" menu, select "Tool bars", then click on "Address Bar". This address bar shows the full path of the selected folder.
Some folders in the left pane of the Explorer window have a plus "+" sign next to them. This signifies that these folders have other folders in them. To view these "child folders", you can click on the plus sign with your mouse. This is called expanding a branch. But what if you want to expand all the branches at the same time? Simply select the parent folder, then press the asterisk key on your numeric keypad. The Explorer will expand all the branches automatically.
When you're finished, you can put all those branches back where they
belong. Click the minus sign (-) next to the parent branch, then
Viewing Parent Folder
If you're viewing a folder's contents and want to view the contents of it's parent folder (the one that contains the folder you're viewing), you can use your mouse to click up a level. But there is an easier way, simply use the "Back arrow" key on your keyboard. You will move up through the branches, and the Explorer will collapse the branch you are leaving. To move down, you guessed it, simply use the forward arrow key, and the Explorer will expand the branches. If you want to move up without collapsing the branches, simply use the "Back Space" key.
Now that you know how to navigate your way well in the Explorer Window, let's see some of the things you can do with it.
To create new folders, select "File" on the Explorer menu bar then "New", and click on "Folder". You can now type a new name for this folder.
To copy files to the new folder, simply navigate to the files, highlight them, then press "Ctrl" and "C" on your keyboard, or select "Edit"- "Copy" from the Explorer menu bar. Now navigate back to the new folder and press "Ctrl"-"V" on the keyboard or "Edit"-"Paste" from the menu bar to paste the selected files.
To delete a file or a folder, simply highlight it and press the "Delete" key on your keyboard.
To view the contents of a file, simply double click on it. Windows will launch the "associated" application automatically and load the selected file in it.
Searching for files
In the March issue of The Learning Center Newsletter, we explained in details how to use the Explorer Find utility to search for files. See that issue for details.
A linguistics professor was lecturing to her class one day. "In
"In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high."
"Success is 99 percent failure"
"The secret of getting ahead is getting
started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex
overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first
Frank Outlaw *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* If you think you are beaten, you are. If you think you dare not, you don't. If you like to win but think you can't, Its almost certain that you won't. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger woman or man, But sooner or later, those who win Are those who think they can. [Unknown] *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
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