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December 2014: Faculty and staff milestones

Annemarie Buwalda, a faculty assistant in the law school, is celebrating 25 years at Wake Forest! See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for December 2014.

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E-learning at Wake Forest: A Q&A with Kyle Denlinger

kyle.denlinger.175x200The concept of learning is typically thought of as something that happens with strictly tangible objects— with books and papers in a brick-and-mortar building. But with the advent of educational technology, education that is translated through the internet— otherwise known as e-learning— is rapidly gaining pace, not necessarily as a complete replacement for conventional learning, but a supplement to it.

Q: Vision 2020: Charting a Course for Academic Computing at Wake Forest makes three overall recommendations regarding teaching and learning- to align resources, focus our efforts and commit to innovative learning spaces. Where and how does e-learning fit into that?

A: E-learning happens all the time both in and out of the classroom. Professors who deliver content electronically outside of class or who use collaborative or instructional technologies to enhance their face-to-face instruction are engaging their students in at least some form of e-learning. Students who supplement their learning by seeking out materials like YouTube videos or other openly-accessible educational resources are engaging in a kind of informal e-learning. It’s a reality that these technologies are changing how many of us teach and how all of our students learn.

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Open forum scheduled for ZSR Library dean search

The search committee for the new dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is hosting an open forum for all Wake Forest faculty and staff on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium.

In preparation for the gathering, please consider the following questions and  come prepared to share your thoughts.

  1. Which major highlights about our nationally-recognized ZSR Library should be emphasized in order to attract top-notch candidates to the position?
  2. What challenges and opportunities might the next dean face in her or his first three years in this role?
  3. What are the most important professional skills and personal attributes required to be considered a strong candidate?

For those unable to attend the forum, please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing wfuzsrdean@nullwfu.edu.

Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc

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ZSR’s digital publishing administrator Bill Kane is offering “Wake the eBooks: Audio Books, Ad Hoc” through the the PDC on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m.

The course will cover how Digital Publishing @ Wake can turn digital documents into highly accessible, highly consumable, and highly mobile-friendly “listen-able” texts — enhancing teaching, learning, and reading across the classroom, campus and community.

Audio samples are available online: “Talking Text: A Readspeaker + Tizra Test Document Collection.”

For more information, contact Bill Kane at kanewp@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-6181.

Open access: What is it? Why do we need it?

molly.keener.300x175By Sara Hendricks, Wake Forest News Office intern

Access to scholarship has traditionally been reserved for those who subscribe to academic journals or those who attend or work at an institution with subscriptions. A personal subscription can cost upwards of $1,000 per year. Library subscriptions run much higher, with ZSR’s most expensive journals costing tens of thousands of dollars.

But what if academic research could become more accessible, more immediate and less impenetrable? This is the goal of the open access movement, which aims to provide “free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment,” according to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Learn more about open access

In 2010, the Z. Smith Reynolds Library Librarians’ Assembly adopted an open access policy. However, it applies only to library faculty scholarship, not all faculty scholarship, so there’s room to grow.

Misperceptions that publishing in an open access journal is less prestigious than publishing in a traditional journal abound, but Scholarly Communication Librarian Molly Keener says some of the most respected journals are published open access.

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October 2014 faculty and staff milestones

Keith M. Wise, superintendent in Facilities & Campus Services, is celebrating 40 years at Wake Forest.

See the complete list of faculty and staff milestones for October 2014:

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September 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining and leaving the University in September 2014:

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September 2014 faculty milestones

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Chinese photo exhibition to debut at Wake Forest

Hope of Thick Rope invitationIn 2011, junior business and enterprise management major Ying’er Jin helped create a project in his home country of China called “Hope of Thick Rope,” an annual photography display and fundraising effort.

This year’s focus is on the social customs of the people of Gansu Province’s desert region and the efforts of students from Hangzhou to bring attention to the need for greening of the desert. The project has received national renown within China as it seeks to draw attention to rural China and the socio-economic disparity that exists within the country.

The Center for Global Programs and Studies and the  Z. Smith Reynolds Library are hosting an opening reception for faculty, staff and students on Monday, Sept. 29, from 4-5:30 p.m. to welcome the student representatives accompanying the exhibit.

The photographs will be on display in the library atrium through October 10.

July 2014 comings and goings

See a list of employees joining the University in July 2014.

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