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VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17

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This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL (http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2541/) to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit go.wfu.edu/vericite. If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email LMSTeam@nullwfu.edu.

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (http://pdc.wfu.edu/?q=sakai).

Tobacco cessation classes to be offered

This is a guest post from Human Resources:Tobacco Cessation Program

From July 19 through Sept. 6, Wake Forest will sponsor tobacco cessation classes in partnership with the Forsyth County Department of Health and American Lung Association. This free program will provide education, resources, and support for full- and part-time faculty and staff, as well as temporary employees. Faculty and staff may register for the hour-long classes, which will be held in Reynolda Hall, Room 301 on Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Noon.

Participants should consult their physician prior to beginning the classes, and they may choose to combine the program with tobacco cessation medications. Wake Forest medical plan participants have access to FDA-approved prescription tobacco cessation drugs and over-the-counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy drugs (with a prescription). Generic drugs are covered without a copayment for two 90-day supplies.

Contact Human Resources at AskHR@nullwfu.edu or (336) 758-4700 for more information.

10 tech tools for teaching

Come join us for a 30 minute “highlight reel” exploring faculty use cases for technologies used in teaching around campus. We will see how faculty are using tools like Sakai, Google, WebEx, VoiceThread, and other collaborative technologies in our classrooms. The class will be interactive. Please bring your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Registration will assist us in obtaining an accurate head count prior to the event: http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2661/

Locations

June 15: Greene Hall
June 15: Carswell Hall
June 16: Winston Hall
June 16: Salem Hall
June 29: Scales Fine Arts Center
June 29: Worrell Hall
June 30: Tribble Hall
June 30: Kirby Hall
July 12: Olin Hall
July 12: Winston Hall
July 13: Greene Hall
July 13: Scales Fine Arts Center
July 19: Wingate Hall
July 19: Greene Hall
July 20: Tribble Hall
July 20: Salem Hall

Suicide prevention training blitz begins April 11

This is a guest post from the Wake Forest University Counseling Center:

From April 11 to April 15, the Wake Forest University Counseling Center will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Training each day in hopes of training over 250 people during the week.  Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come learn how to identify and help members of our community who are most in need of mental health services.

Wake Forest University Counseling Center (UCC) staff are trained in suicide prevention and utilize the evidence-based CampusConnect:  A Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers from Syracuse University. UCC staff train members of the WFU community (faculty, staff, & students) to recognize and respond to individuals who may be struggling with mental health concerns and suicidal thoughts/behaviors. This training will equip you to understand signs of depression and possible suicidality and have preliminary conversations with a person about what you observe while managing your own anxiety and discomfort with the topic, culminating with skills on making a referral to appropriate professionals.

Click here to register for the training.

University Police offers lunch/learn series to campus community

The University Police Department in February will begin offering to the campus community the Citizen Police Academy Lunch & Learn series.  The department has designed the 10-part series to offer students, faculty and staff a close-up view of the department and its officers.

Registration is available through the Professional Development Center.

Each session will be held in Reynolda Hall’s Heritage Room from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  The series begins on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and will be held on a succession of Wednesdays (except for the week of Spring Break).

Several different members of the police department will participate and make presentations during the series, including Chief Regina Lawson and two new senior leaders in the department–Major Derri Stormer and Capt. Joe Dixon.

“The overall goal of the academy is to improve police and community interaction,” according to Sgt. Lesia Finney, the series’ coordinator. “Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with University Police.”

Topics to be presented include executive staff responsibilities, records and technology, administration/financial budget, rape aggression defense (RAD), community oriented policing, events/security, detectives division, communications 911 center/emergency manager, and patrol division.

Those who attend six of the 10 sessions will receive a graduation certificate.

While snacks will be served, attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Join the IS Learning Team for some fun classes in 2016

This is a guest post from Information Systems:

It’s a new year, with new learning opportunities just for you! Plan to join the IS Learning Team for one or more classes covering current hot topics in the technology world. A number of classes are available at the University Corporate Center and on the Reynolda campus to accommodate you.

If you are interested in a specific technology, but have a busy calendar, webinars are for you. Webinars make learning easy and convenient, without traveling to a classroom. Just take 15 minutes, sit back, and learn in your own setting.

Register to attend any or all of these!

Remember, the IS Learning Team constantly adds and updates their class offerings, covering new and exciting topics. To stay on top of all that the IS Learning Team has to offer, bookmark the IS Learning Calendar for an at-a-glance look or visit the Professional Development Center. If you have a question about this message or learning opportunities, please contact us at is-learning@nullwfu.edu.

Sakai workshops offered in January

The Sakai Learning Management System Team will be hosting Spring semester workshops in January. The Sakai Workshops are listed here. Registration is through the Professional Development Center.

The LMS Team welcomes instructors preparing spring course sites to the Sakai Workshop. Instructors new to Sakai and seasoned users are encouraged to attend.

Clery Act training to be presented in January

The University will present Clery Act compliance training on Jan. 11 at Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s auditorium.

The basic class will be held from 9—11 a.m.  An advanced class will be held from 1:15-4 p.m.

Training will be provided by D. Stafford and Associates for individuals designated by federal law (Clery Act) as Campus Security Authorities (CSA).

Registration for the training is being held through the Professional Development Center (PDC).  The sessions are entitled Basic Campus Security Authority Course and Advanced Clery Act Training. Details about the training is included at the PDC web site.

The training covers the requirements of the federal law regarding Campus Security Authorities and the Violence Against Women Act.

CSAs include a wide variety of employees at the University, including advisors to registered student organizations.  Former advisors are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students if they have not, already, informed the office they have ceased their advising responsibilities. The number to call is 758-4075.  They are also asked to contact the University Police Department at 758-6066 or send a message to mccullek@nullwfu.edu.

The University is encouraging both new and experienced Campus Security Authorities to enroll this month for January’s training sessions.

Flu shots scheduled for October

Wake Forest is sponsoring free flu shots for all faculty, staff and retirees. Spouses, same-sex domestic partners and dependent children enrolled in the University’s Blue Cross Blue Shield medical plan are also welcome, but not required to register.  All are asked to bring their Blue Cross Blue Shield card to verify coverage.  It is also suggested that people check with their primary care physician to see if the flu shot is right for them.

To register for a free flu shot, visit the Professional Development Center website. Shots are offered at various times from Oct. 5-14.