The Learning Center Newsletter
Monthly publication - July 2000 Issue
Sponsored by AccuTrack
Welcome to LCN
I would like to welcome you to the July issue of the Learning Center Newsletter. We hope you had a good Independence Day holiday and enjoying your summer.
We are happy to see the number of subscribers steadily increasing. Currently, we have close to 200 direct subscribers. In addition, there are many others who read the newsletter on the web. Since we have all previous issues archived on our web site, new visitors and subscribers will be reviewing older issues as well.
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Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction is an
academic assistance program that increases student performance and retention. SI targets traditionally difficult academic courses with high rate of poor grades and withdrawals, and provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer-facilitated sessions. Goals of SI include improving student grades in targeted difficult courses, reducing the attrition rate within those courses, and
increasing the eventual graduation rates of students.
So what are the
benefits of SI? Statistics show that students participating in SI earn higher mean final course grades and withdraw at a lower rate than students who do not participate. In addition, students participating in SI persist at the institution at higher rates than students who do not participate.
Writing Resources on the Net
The Merriam-Webster Online Language Center: Features an online dictionary, thesaurus, and Word Games. You can also subscribe to get the Word of the Day e-mailed to you every morning.
Britannica.com includes the complete, updated Encyclopedia Britannica, the oldest and largest general reference in the English language. Selected articles from more than 70 of the world's top magazines--including Newsweek, Discover, and The Economist--provide additional feature and current-events coverage.
Quick Grammar Guide: For a short guide on using commas, semi-colons, colons, apostrophes, and more visit the Lycoming College ARC. You will find links at the bottom of their home page to guides on these subjects. The address is:
Guide to Grammar and Writing: An excellent and extensive guide on everything you wanted to know about writing including sentence parts, punctuation rules, notorious confusables, words to avoid, capitalization, abbreviations, vocabulary builders and spelling rules. Includes examples and quizzes to help you master the different subjects.
The above site is brought to you by Capital Community College, Hartford, CT. CCTC also offers a Guide For Writing Research Papers based on APA style, and a Guide for Writing Research Papers based on MLA documentation.
MLA Official Site: The Modern Language Association web site has a useful FAQ section that answers questions such as: how many spaces should I leave after a period and why use brackets around URLs. The site has other information on MLA publications, annual conference, and history.
Internet Resource of the Month
Have a problem with your sound card? Need to learn how to create your own web pages? or perhaps you need a recommendation on a digital camera or a new projector? Check out EDTECH, a moderated discussion list (listserv) created to bring together people in the field of educational technology to share ideas and information.
Founded in February of 1989, EDTECH has hosted a lively, ongoing discussion among leaders in the field on all aspects of the problems and triumphs associated with merging technology and education.
EDTECH discussion topics include:
To view EDTECH archives, and for subscription information, visit this web page:
Publication of the Month
The Writing Center Journal (WCJ)
The Writing Center Journal, edited by Al DeCiccio from Wheelock College and Joan Mullin from the University of Toledo, offers in its two issues per year articles on writing center theory and research. The two issues are usually published January and July and go to about 1,000 readers. Readership includes writing centers workers from grade school through the university, those involved in running writing programs or writing across the curriculum programs, teachers, compositionists, and literary theorists.
The cost for a subscription is $10 per year in the US. $15 per year Canada and Overseas. Back issues are $5 each.
WCJ accepts manuscripts that research and interrogate theories, practices, and administration of writing centers and writing center work, including outreach, writing across the curriculum, and educational reform. Manuscripts should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words. Submission and subscription information is available on the NWCA site:
For more info, email Al DeCiccio at email@example.com
InoculateIT Personal Edition
InoculateIT Personal Edition (IPE) is complete virus protection software for Windows 98/95 PCs, Windows NT Workstation and Windows 2000 Professional. IPE is certified by the International Computer Security Association - an independent third party tester of virus softwarse. InoculateIT PE automatically detects and cleans conventional file and boot sector viruses as well as macro viruses that infect Office 95, Office 98, and Office 2000 Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint files, and Access databases. It provides excellent protection against Internet and email-borne viruses, protecting your PC from infected files downloaded from web sites around the world, and from infected attachments sent to you via email.
Amazingly, Computer Associates (CA), the developer of IPE, is offering it for FREE as a service for PC users. In addition to free virus protection, CA also will provide free signature updates to ensure that your PC will be resistant to future viruses.
To download your copy of InoculateIT, visit its web site at:
National Conference on Student Retention
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.
TRIO Annual Conference
The 19th Annual Conference of The Council for Opportunity in Education will be held in the Hilton Washington and Towers September 17-20. For more info visit the conference web 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:
NACADA National Conference
The theme of the 24th national conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) is "Advising in the 21st Century: radition, Innovation, and Vision". Keynote speakers are Dr. Susan Komives and Dr. Wes Habley. For detailed information visit the conference web site at:
National Conference on Retaining Students of Color: A
Higher Education Initiative
This conference will take place in the Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, contact Mike Thomas at 313-845-9690.
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.
Windows Tips of the Month
Start programs each time Windows starts
If you use an application often, you can have
Windows open it up automatically each time you start your computer. For
example, you can have Windows open up your email program and word processor
automatically each time you start your computer. Here are the steps on how
to do this (taken from Windows Help):
Disable Start up programs temporarily
The above tip shows you how to make Windows start programs each time you start your computer. But what if you don't want these programs to start during a certain boot-up. For example, if you are troubleshooting your PC or if you want to do something quick and don't want to wait for these applications to be opened. To by-pass the programs in the Startup folder, all you have to do is wait until you see the Windows logo on screen, then press and hold the Shift key until Windows finishes loading. Windows will not open the applications in the Startup folder.
On the Lighter Side
A teacher forwarded this list of comments from test papers, essays, etc., submitted to science and health teachers by elementary, junior high, high school, and college students. As she noted, "It is truly astonishing what weird science our young scholars can create under the pressures of time and grades."
"It is a great nuisance that knowledge can only be
acquired by hard work."
"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics."
"Manís mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension."
"The teacher, if indeed wise, does
not bid you enter the house of their wisdom, but leads you to the threshold of
your own mind."
"Your living is determined not so much by what life
brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens
to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
"The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes
to do, but in liking what one has to do"
"I think I began learning long ago that those who are
happiest are those who do the most for others."
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About the Authors
This newsletter is produced by Mon Nasser from Engineerica Systems, Inc. My thanks to Al DeCiccio for contributing to this issue.
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