Monthly publication - March 2001 Issue
Welcome to the LCN
We got some more feedback from readers rating the LCN. If you remember we included a ratings card in the January issue and published the results in the February issue. The new feedback is consistent with previous one with readers affirming their interest in the management tips, student study skills, and Internet resources columns. New respondents also told us they appreciate the computer tips column.
In my "Domain Registration" column in the February issue, I mentioned "studyhelp.org" as an example of a domain name you can register. On February 9 someone did register this domain name. This might have been coincidental, but the lesson here is if you have a good domain name in mind for professional or personal use and it is still available, grab it before someone else does.
By the way, no one commented on the "Domain Registration" column last issue. I asked readers to let me know if they liked the column and if they would like to see more tips on creating and running web sites. Since no one seems to be interested in this topic we will not be adding a regular "Web Site Tips" column to the newsletter.
We are pleased to include a book review by Martha Maxwell this issue. Martha publishes her book reviews on LRNASST. I contacted her and she kindly gave us permission to republish some of these reviews in this newsletter.
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Management Strategies & Tips
By Frank L. Christ
Tip #9: Getting Involved in Online Teaching/Learning
The window of opportunity is open for learning support center administrators and for learning skills specialists to get involved in online education. Here are five suggestions to consider:
By Martha Maxwell, Former Director of Student Learning Center, Retired UC BerkeleyBook: Practical Approaches to Using Learning Styles in Higher Education. Author: Rita Stafford Dunn (Editor), Shirley A. Griggs (Editor) Publisher: Bergin & Garvey. Pages: 280. Price: $64.50. Order: Phone: (203) 226-3571 or click here to order from Amazon.com.
You'll find a gold mine of information about how learning and
teaching styles that affect college students' performance in this book including
a "road map" to help you accommodate students' learning style strengths by comparing the major theories of
learning styles, the instruments used to measure them, their research and applications and how to evaluate program
Typically about 60% of teachers have analytical learning preferences and it may be hard for them to think of other ways to present course information to the 40% of the students who have global learning preferences Many examples of how to structure learning situations to meet different student needs are described so you are sure to find ideas that you can use to help student maximize their learning.
In addition, there are two syllabi from an education course illustrating the differences in teaching the same course to students who have analytic learning preferences and to those with those who have global preferences.
The Appendix contains two bibliographies - one of award
winning research on the LSI and second, an annotated bibliography of LSI doctoral dissertations on college students.
Numerous studies show students achieve higher grades and have better attitudes toward school when they study under
conditions that are congruent rather than incongruent with their learning styles.
So where can you find:
The answer is in previous Learning Center Newsletter issues. Visit the Topic Index to quickly find the above articles by clicking on this link:
Person of the Month
Dr. Jennifer L. Hurd, Academic Resources Coordinator, Student Support Services Assistant Professor, Harding University
You probably know Jennifer from her involvement in the National Tutoring Association (NTA). Jennifer is the NTA President Elect, current vice-president, and this year's conference Program Chair and Awards Chair. She also represented the NTA at other conferences in the past including CRLA in November.
Jennifer's got her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading) in 1992 from Memphis State University. Her dissertation, An Evaluation of Course Length, Curriculum, and Testing Strategies as Variables in a College Developmental Reading Program, was named runner-up for National Research Award in NADE's 1993 Conference.
Dr. Hurd has had a busy career in education.
In addition to her NTA work, Jennifer has been heavily involved in professional organizations, including:
Jennifer also has a number of publications including Freshman Seminar at ASU-Beebe, Instructor's Manual for College Reading and Learning, 3rd Edition West Publishing Company 1993, Instructor's Manual for Reading Enhancement and Development, 4th Edition West Publishing Company 1992. She also served on the ACCUPLACER Test Development Team College Board 1994-1995
Her recognitions include ArkADE Developmental Educator of the Year in 1996 and 1992, and a nomination for the Excellence in Teaching Award in SRCE Conference.
Our warmest congratulations to Jennifer on her many accomplishments, and thanks for being our March Person of the Month.
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 year’s 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 email@example.com
Tracking Software Usage
If you need to track software usage at your lab, consider AccuTrack Computer Lab edition. Version 4.4 of this software has just been released and has the following capabilities:
For a free evaluation of AccuTrack Computer Lab edition, visit this web page:
Review of LSCHE
Susan Marcus Palau
Internet Resource of the Month
Learning To Learn
Learning to Learn is for learners, teachers, and researchers. It teaches the value of self-awareness as a critical part of learning.
You will find a ton of material on this site, including modules on Consciousness, Metacognition, Learning Styles, Memory, Language, reading, Writing, Problem Solving, Creativity, and The Biology of Learning. The site also has several discussion lists and a live chat area. If these are not enough, you can browse the Resources section for links to other sites with similar content.
Learning to Learn is produced by the Centre
for Academic and Adaptive Technology at the University of Toronto. Use
the following link to visit the site:
Do you wake up at night wondering how many square inches there are in a hectare or how many grams are in a slug? Now you can find out. This flexible unit-conversion utility offers a modifiable, Web-updatable knowledge base for unit conversions. Simply select the desired units of measurement from the extensive list provided or input your own, then type in the number to convert, and the answer is displayed as you type.
To download Versaverter, visit this web site:
Windows Tips of the Month
Copying and Moving
As you know, copying in Windows world means making a duplicate in another location while keeping the original, while moving means making a duplicate in another location while deleting the original. You can copy and move files, folders, shortcuts, and even icons on the desktop. Note that when you move a file between locations on the same drive, the file isn't really removed from its location on the hard drive, instead windows simply changes its reference. This is why moving large files between folders is so quick.
There are several methods for copying and moving items in Windows:
1) Regular Drag and Drop: Hold down Shift as you drag and drop an icon to move that item; or hold down Ctrl to copy it.
2) Special Drag and Drop: To move or copy an icon, right-click and drag an icon (or selection of icons) to the desired destination, release the mouse button, and select Move Here, Copy Here, or even Create Shortcut.
3) Keyboard: Select the items and hit Ctrl-C to copy them, or Ctrl-X to move them. Navigate to the new location and press Ctrl-V to paste.
4) Application Menu: If you are in application like Windows explorer, you can do the above with the application menu: Edit-Copy or Edit-Cut to move copy or move, then Edit-Paste. Most applications even have buttons to the tool bar for these actions.
5) Right Click Menu: In most situations you can select an item and click on it with the RIGHT mouse button. A pop-up menu will show up, and you'll be able to select "Copy" or "Cut" from it. Right click on another area and select paste to copy or move the item.
By the way, if you are using method 1 above and forgot whether the shift key copies or moves the item, pay close attention to the mouse cursor. If you see a small box with a plus sign, then you are copying the item, other wise you are moving it.
MS Word Tip of the Month
Ever had a need to delete the first letter, word, or words from the begging of each line in a section of a document? For example, let's say you copied an article from an email message, but this article was forwarded several time, and each line begins with the ">>>" characters. Of course you can move the cursor to the beginning of each line and press delete several times to delete the annoying characters. However, there is a much quicker way: highlight these extra characters and simply hit the "Delete" key! How do you highlight characters vertically? Simply hold the ALT key down and use the mouse to move down vertically and highlight the extra characters. When all the lines are highlighted, click on "Delete" and you're done.
Example of vertical selection in MS Word
If I Had My Life to Live Over
By Erma Bombeck (Written after she found out she had a terminal disease.)
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."
There would have been more "I love you's.". More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute ... look at it and really see it ... live it ... and never give it back.
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses today! Take time to tell a loved one how much you love them, do something nice for yourself, and stop to give God thanks for all of it.
For more Erma Bombeck quotes and links, visit:
On the Lighter Side
Who I Am
It was the final examination for an introductory English course at the local university. The examination was two hours long, and exam booklets were provided. The professor was very strict and told the class that any exam that was not on his desk in exactly two hours would not be accepted and the student would fail. A half hour into the exam, a student came rushing in and asked the professor for an exam booklet.
"You're not going to have time to finish this," the professor stated sarcastically as he handed the student a booklet.
"Yes I will," replied the student. He then took a seat and began writing. After two hours, the professor called for the exams, and the students filed up and handed them in. All except the late student, who continued writing. A half hour later, the last student came up to the professor who was sitting at his desk preparing for his next class. He attempted to put his exam on the stack of exam booklets already there.
"No you don't, I'm not going to accept that. It's late." The student looked incredulous and angry.
"Do you know WHO I am?"
"No, as a matter of fact I don't," replied the professor.
"DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" the student asked again.
"No, and I don't care." replied the professor sarcastically.
"Good," replied the student, who quickly lifted the stack of completed exams, stuffed his in the middle, and walked out of the room.
what talents you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang
there except those that sang best."
must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever
cost, must be attained."
the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely
simple, that's creativity."
of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success
when they gave up."
is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness."-
"There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be
done at all."
what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten."
"It is amazing what you can
accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." -
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This newsletter is sponsored by AccuTrack and edited by Mon Nasser from Engineerica Systems, Inc. My thanks to this month's contributors: Frank Christ, Lucy MacDonald, Martha Maxwell, and Susan Marcus Palau.
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