Monthly publication - February 2001 Issue
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A couple of months ago I read a question on LRNASST that inspired writing a new column. A person wanted recommendations for software that would allow staff to correct students' papers without disfiguring them. I answered by explaining how to do this with MS Word. Shortly after I received messages off the listserv from people expressing their delight for learning this tip. Since some of you might benefit from this and other Word tips, I decided to add an "MS Word Tips" column to the newsletter. The column premiers this issue with the comments tip. Let me know if you find this useful.
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Management Strategies & Tips
By Frank L. Christ
Tip #8: Learning Center Web Sites
With the announcement of the awards [see below] in the LSCHE Learning Support Center Web Site Excellence program, this seems like an appropriate time to talk about web sites. If you don't have one, think seriously about developing one. Your web site gives you 365/24/7 campus visibility for your program announcements and descriptions as well as introducing staff through photos and short bios. In addition, you can offer interactive learning skills and styles diagnostics, publish printable handouts, and offer links to learning skills information and activities on the web. Most importantly, you can offer anytime dialoguing with your students, faculty, and administration through mailto icons.
If you have a web site, checkout the six awards winning sites and compare them with yours. Then, look ahead to entering the 2001 award program sponsored by LSCHE and the Winter Institute. Details are on the LSCHE web portal at: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu~/lsche/
By Lucy MacDonald, Chemeketa Community College
Here comes the test. Here comes the test. My, oh my here comes the test.
Most students along about midterm time show up for help with test taking skills and speed reading. The speed reading is because the test is tomorrow and they haven't read the textbook yet! The test taking is because the test is tomorrow and they haven't started studying yet! At this point, it is major panic time.
Although you can tell them what they should have done, during major panic, the best thing to do is to consolidate what they DO know and work on lowering the anxiety, which only makes things worse. The primary test anxiety technique is to be prepared for the test. Given that this is not going to happen at this time, they need to read all the summaries of the textbook chapters to be tested on and review their notes, preferably with someone who has good notes. I call this "note processing."
The group should get together and share notes, adding to their own notes from the others. No one pay attention one hundred percent of the time, but collectively students can put together a whole set of notes. Then they should make up test questions. Over the semester they can get pretty good at predicting test questions. Finally, they will need some anxiety lowering techniques such as relaxation activities, positive self talk, and visualizations.
Before you let them go, have them set up a textbook reading schedule for the next test!
First Annual Learning Center Awards
At the Winter Institute 2001 awards banquet held in the Phoenix area, the winners in the LSCHE 2000 Web Site Excellence Program were announced. The award winners represented both community college and university learning support centers from Arizona, Indiana, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Five judges, from Cochise College in Arizona, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and Western International University, selected the following winners:
Tutoring and Learning Resources Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
Academic Learning Centers at Union County College in New Jersey
Center for Academic Success at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge
Liberal Arts Learning Center at Purdue University
Learning Support and Tutoring Center at Pima College East Campus in Tucson
Learning Support Center at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona.
Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience
For information on the 20th annual conference on FYE, visit this web site:
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:
Rohnert Park, CA
Dr. Muriel S. Harris will be the keynote speaker for the Northern California Writing Centers Association
(NCWCA) annual conference. For more info visit:
2001 CCCC Convention
For more info on the Conference on College Composition and Communication visiting this web site:
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.
CRLA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
March 23rd and 24th
Sweet Briar, Virginia
Conference registration fee is $45 for professionals, $10 for students, and includes 3 meals and a reception. Hosted by Sweet Briar College.
Annual PA/NJ Conference
University of Pennsylvania
A conference for collaboration among student support administrators, learning center and writing center staffs and others to share our expertise ideas and resources, provide research data and trends, discuss new initiatives and best practices. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Arnold Mitchem, President of the Council for Opportunity in Education.
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 yearís keynote speakers are Dr. Al Gronowsky and Dr. John Chaffee . For more information visit the NTA's web site at:
Let us know about conferences not listed here by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions for life in the new millennium from the Dalai Lama:
In his column above, Frank stressed the importance of having a web site for your center. If you have a web site, or if you're thinking of developing one for your center or even for yourself, consider registering your own domain name. Having a special domain name (e.g. www.yourname.com) has many benefits including a more professional look, an easier to memorize name, and a less chance of mistyping an otherwise long web address.
Registering a domain name used to cost $35 per year, and you were only able to do it via one company. In October of 1998 the US Government allowed other companies to compete directly with Network Solutions, and the competition made the registration process much more affordable.
While Network Solutions still charges $35 per year for domain name registration, there are other places where you can get a much better deal. Recently I've discovered a company that offers the following:
The company's name is DirectNIC. Use the following link to visit its web site:
Let me know via the feedback section if you found this article useful. I have other web site development tips and tools to publish in future issues if there is enough interest in this topic.
An engaging experience in language and interface, the Plumb Design Visual Thesaurus is an artistic exploration that is also a learning tool. By clicking on words, you follow a thread of meaning, creating a spatial map of linguistic associations. To experience it, you will need a web browser that supports Java. Here is the address:
ICQ (I Seek You) is a free popular on-line communication utility. Once installed, ICQ lets you setup a contact list of other uses. The program will notify you when these people are on line, and you'll be able to chat with them, send them instant messages, and share files or URLs.
In addition to chatting with your friends and colleagues, ICQ allows you to find a random chat partner. This can be a great past time for those who like to chat with strangers from all over the world. The program will also allow you to join an existing chat room or even create your own.
ICQ has been around for a few years now and offers an impressive list of features. The latest update (version 2000b), adds the ability to participate in PC-to-PC and PC-to-Phone calls. You can also send voice messages or send wireless text messages to pagers and cell phones. This latest version also integrates with MS Outlook.
So how popular is ICQ? According to a Media Metrix's April 2000 Digital Media Report, more than 9 million people use ICQ each day! I guess this is why AOL paid $287 million for the company when it acquired it in June of 1998. This fee went to the four ICQ founders - all under 29 years old at that time.
You can download ICQ from this web site:
Hidden Windows Utilities
Windows include some very useful but little publicized utilities intended for advanced users. To use them, you launch the utility by typing its name in the Windows Run box. Warning: Some of the utilities here are so powerful that misusing them will render your computer nonfunctional. If you're not sure, don't do it!
msconfig: The System Configuration Utility provides detailed information about your Windows setup, including system.ini file, win.ini file, and the startup setup. The later is very useful in identifying the programs Windows launches every time you start your system. You can even remove these files from the startup sequence by simply unchecking their box. When I ran this on my computer I discovered and disabled several useless programs taking up valuable memory and startup time.
drwatson: Dr. Watson is a troubleshooting utility that existed in Windows 3.1 and was updated for Windows 95 and later. When you launch this utility, it will add an icon to your windows taskbar. Whenever you have a problem with your system, click on this icon Dr. Watson will take a snapshot of your system and run a full diagnostic. When finished collecting info, you can select "Advanced View" from the view menu, and you'll be able to view information on your Windows version, running tasks, drivers, hooks, and other technical information.
sfc: The System File Checker verifies the integrity of your system by scanning for altered system files. If it finds a problem, it will prompt you for restoring the original file from the Windows disc. You can also use this utility to selectively restore a system file. Note: This utility exists in Windows 98 but not in Windows 2000.
scanregw: The Registry Checker checks your registry and makes a back up copy. Included with Windows 98 and not 2000.
regedit: The Registry Editor is a powerful tool for changing settings in your Windows registry. The registry contains information about how your computer runs. Again, if you don't know what you're doing, don't use this utility See the Windows help for information on how to backup and restore your registry file.
MS Word Tip of the Month
Inserting comments in documents
To insert comments in a document, simply highlight the section and select Insert-Comment from the menu. The selection will be highlighted and the comment will appear as a text tip when the mouse is placed over the highlighted text. Users can also select View-Comments from Word menu to open a comment pane. You can even insert a voice comment if you like.
If you use this feature often, you might want to a toolbar with the "Comment" icon on it. Click View-Toolbars-Reviewing and you'll have this toolbar. If you are a keyboard person, you can insert the comment by highlighting the selection and using the shortcut ALT+CTRL+M.
AccuTrack is powerful software developed specially for learning centers. Benefits includes attendance tracking, appointments management, traffic analysis, and much more. Version 6.0 of AccuTrack was released on January 19, 2001. The latest version adds many new features and enhancements including:
In celebration of V6 we are offering the new version for last year's prices! Hurry, this offer is only valid for orders received by February 28, 2001. See AccuTrack's web site for the details and download a free 30-day evaluation version today. The address is:
Please pass this announcement to those who might be interested. Thank you.
State University - Academic
Reading Program/Assistant Professor of Education, Nine-month position.
August 20, 2001
Plan and implement a full range of reading services for college students:
1) revising and developing materials for reading programs and existing reading
and study skills courses and individual services, 2) developing new courses, and
serving student support reading needs through developing and coordinating the
university reading program at all levels, and 3) teaching study skills courses,
as well as reading methods courses in the College of Education Literacy Program.
Masterís Degree in reading
literacy, reading, or a closely related
field. Must demonstrate excellent instructional, communication, administrative,
and supervisory skills.
Doctorate in reading literacy, reading, education with a specialization
in reading, or a closely-related field. (Doctorate necessary for director to
hold rank of assistant professor.) Experience teaching reading at post secondary
level; secondary education experience considered. Experience with
computer-assisted instruction and instruction for adults with learning
Commensurate with education and experience. Competitive benefit package.
letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and
one-page statement of position on the role of a university reading program to:
Reading Program Search
Campus Box 8107
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83209-8107
Review of applications will begin
January 8, 2001 and will continue until position is filled. For further
information, contact Idaho State University:
Idaho State University is an AA/EEO employer.
Top 15 best things to say if you get caught sleeping at your desk:
a better master than duty."
put off till tomorrow that which you can do today."
our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
"Snowflakes are one of nature's
most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick
do what is right. This will surprise some people and astonish the
confidence, you can reach truly amazing heights; without confidence, even the
simplest accomplishments are beyond your grasp."
the educated are free."
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