Friday, December 14, 2007

Spring 2008 Payment Deadlines

Pay in full or first installment - January 11
Second installment - February 21
Final installment - March 27

**Important Information about the Payment Plan, from Bursar's website:

Enrollment in the Payment Plan MUST be done online via PortalPay. Payment plans will not be arranged through the Bursar’s Office.

Satisfaction of the minimum payment requirement, whether by payment and/or financial aid, is required at the time of enrollment in the plan. Please click on the View Plan link through PortalPay for the available plan. By following the steps, you will be able to set up your plan, make payment and manage your payments for future installments.

University awarded aid and existing payments will be calculated in the payment plan for the applicable semester.

The plan will be automatically updated as payments and/or billing adjustments are made to your student account.

Minimum payment and the $15 installment fee are due at the time of enrollment in the plan.
Acceptance of the Payment Plan Agreement is required with this online process.


The agreement is confirmed with your electronic signature using the last four digits of your student ID number (not SSN).

A $15 late payment fee will be assessed for payments received after the due date for each installment.

There is no grace period for installment payments.

The minimum payment requirement for courses added after the initial installment payment must be paid within 24 hours of the added course. Unpaid classes will be subject to deletion.

For more information about payment methods and process, please visit the Bursar's Website at http://www.twu.edu/o-controller/cashiers/payment_methods%20summer%20and%20spring.htm.

Congratulations Graduates!

The Office of Lifelong Learning would like to say Congratulations to all the fall 2007 graduates! Your hard work has paid off, and we wish you the best for your future. Thank you for chosing Texas Woman's University!

TWU Library Blog

The TWU Library now has a blog. Check it out at http://twulibraryinformationbulletin.blogspot.com.

An RSS subscription feed is on the blog.

If you have questions about the blog, you can email it's administrator, Connie Maxwell at cmaxwell@mail.twu.edu

Friday, December 7, 2007

Colleague Student System Upgrade Notice

The Colleague Student System will NOT BE AVAILABLE due to system upgrades between Friday, December 7, 2007 4:00 pm and Wednesday, December 12, 2007 6:59 am.

Monday, November 26, 2007

National Distance Learning Week - A Look Ahead

After looking at our current numbers and services to students and faculty, you might be wondering where our distance education program is headed. If things continue as they are, the possibilities of continued success are high.

“The future for alternative delivery of education has never looked brighter for TWU. As technology improves and faculty continue to innovate, students will have opportunities to participate in quality educational programs that fit their lifestyle and academic needs,” said Assistant Vice President of Lifelong Learning, Mike Simmons.


Be on the lookout for more distance education degrees and courses, as well as services for our students and training opportunities for our instructors. TWU is a leader in the distance education realm, and that is a place we intend to stay. Thank you to all the administrators, staff and faculty who support, develop and teach distance education. Thank you to the students who give us the opportunity to do so.

National Distance Learning Week - Our Distance Educators

Did you know that teaching online is very different than teaching in a face-to-face (F2F) classroom? Online professors have a new set of challenges. Communication and interaction are carried out differently, and lectures and notes must be transmitted in new ways. Different, however, does not mean impossible.

Associate Provost, Dr. Victoria McGillin said, “Distance education poses new and exciting challenges for even the most experienced faculty. The very nature of how one structures courses, how one actively engages learners in a virtual environment and faculty role in balancing student online discussions call for the development of new pedagogical ‘muscles.’ Faculty at TWU are very fortunate to have a number of opportunities to stretch their own knowledge base and learn new skills through workshops and learning communities focusing on on-line teaching and learning. I encourage faculty to take advantage of these opportunities to further excel as academics.”

Instructors new to online teaching have many resources available to them to help them adjust to the new style. Even those professors who have been in the online environment a long time have many opportunities throughout the year to explore new online teaching techniques.

The Office of Lifelong Learning has offered seminars, instructional design support and training documents for faculty and adjuncts who teach online. The seminars and workshops are offered each semester to all the TWU campuses, ranging in subject from improved communication to promising practices. The Instructional Design Team of Lifelong Learning has created an online faculty course for those new to online teaching. Participants enrolled in the online course go through different modules of information illustrating promising practices for the online classroom. This course is also offered as a self-paced version for all faculty members each semester. Our distance educators also have opportunities to expand their pedagogical tools by attending technology and distance learning conferences such as Texas Blackboard Users Group, Educause, Texas Distance Learning Association, Blackboard World and Sloan-C to name a few.

This past spring semester, TWU distance educators had the opportunity to participate in an online training program called Quality Matters ™ or QM. QM is a peer-review process for online educators developed by MarylandOnline, Inc. It uses a rubric to assess the design of online courses to see if they meet certain criteria that promote quality, effectiveness and efficiency. To date, 37 TWU faculty members have participated in the QM Peer Reviewer Training.

Music and Drama Professor, Dr. Nancy Hadsell and QM certified instructor said, “Training in the use of the Quality Matters rubric and resources was extremely helpful in assisting me to upgrade my online course so that it meets what are being considered the highest standards for distance learning. The QM course was offered online, easy to complete, and invaluable in assisting me to achieve the Quality Matters approval for my distance learning course.”

TWU’s distance education faculty members have many, varied opportunities to learn the latest in online pedagogy. As technology advances and the popularity of DE continues to grow, our faculty are using the most promising online teaching strategies to create educational programs and courses of the highest quality.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Distance Learner Demographics

Did you know that most students who take only distance education classes are female, live in the Metroplex area, are 31+ in age and are here to attend graduate school? Our distance learners are somewhat varied in regards to instructional method, location, age and academic level. *

“We are seeing two different types of students enrolling in TWU’s DE courses. The first group--students taking DE courses only--tend to be older, have jobs and family, and are seeking advanced degrees and skills. The second group consists of students who take a mixture of DE and face-to-face courses. These students are the traditional 18 to 20 year olds enrolled in undergraduate programs and take DE courses in order to gain some flexibility in their class schedules,” said Director of Distance Education, Dr. Lynda Murphy.

As noted Monday, students who are enrolled in DE Only account for the majority of the total DE enrollments. Fifty two percent of DE enrollments are students who are only taking distance education courses. The other 48 percent are students taking a mixture of distance education and face-to-face (F2F) courses.

Fifty-two percent of students enrolled in DE Only live in the Metroplex, followed by 22 percent who live in the Gulf Coast Region (Houston area), followed by our third largest group, out-of-state students, who account for 11 percent of the DE Only population. In the DE/ F2F combination group, the three largest populations live in the following regions: 79 percent live in the Metroplex, 12 percent live in the Gulf Coast region and two percent live in the Northwest Texas Region and Upper East Texas.


Age is another interesting trait to look at when studying our distance learner demographics. For students who are enrolled in DE Only, 948 of them are in the 31 to 40-year-old age bracket, followed by 937 who are 22 to 30 years of age. In the 41 to 50 age group there are 594, followed by 277 who are 51 and over. Students who are 21 years old and younger are not as highly represented in the DE Only category with only 26 enrolled. The DE/F2F combo is a very different story. The 22 to 30 year old students are the ones who most prefer this combination of learning with 1,282 of them. They are followed by the 21 and under group with 635. There are 401 combination learners who are in the 31 to 40 year old age group, followed by 203 who are 41 to 50 years of age. Finally, the 51 and over group is moderately represented with 80 students.

Seventy-seven percent or 2,156 of students enrolled in DE Only are graduate students. In the DE/F2F combo, the majority of those students, 1,949 or 75 percent, are undergraduates.

Our distance learners come from a variety of backgrounds and locations, and they are here for different goals. Distance Education appeals to the more non-traditional group of students, probably because of its flexibility and the fact that it can be done at home. Our age statistics show that even as they get older, more people are willing and able to pursue their academic goals thanks to distance education.

* All data referring to TWU distance education was taken from the Fall 2007Distance Education Snapshot Report. To request a copy of this report, please email DE@twu.edu.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

National Distance Learning Week - How We Serve our Unseen Students

Did you know that students taking only distance education (DE) courses may not be required to come to campus? Some DE courses do require limited face-to-face meetings for orientations or tests, but others do not. For our students who rarely, if ever, have come to campus it is the University’s goal to provide as many student services to them as possible through alternative means. This is where departmental support comes in.

Bursar Kathy Woods said, “The TWU Bursar’s office is committed to providing accurate, easily accessible and comprehensive tuition, fee, and payment information for our Distance Learning (DL) students. We strive to assure our DL students that they will receive the best service and value for their educational dollars. Virtual technology is a magnificent and useful tool in today’s demanding world. While DL students typically do not utilize on-campus services, it is imperative that the remote service we provide is an acceptable equivalent to that received by our face-to-face students. It is vitally important that we embrace and acknowledge our Distance Learners, to make them feel as much a part of the TWU community as our traditional students.”

Thankfully, most of the departments at TWU have made that same commitment of service to our distance learners, another of them being the TWU Library.

“TWU Libraries continue to increase the number of full text online resources for students with full text databases, ebooks and ejournals to support the online degree programs. Students email research questions to the Ask A Librarian service and the Interlibrary Loan service delivers documents to students via email,” said Stephany Compton, Distance Learning Librarian.

Over the past few years, the list of services available to distance learners has grown and will hopefully continue to do so. Here is a simplified list of the departments and services they provide that help our off-campus distance learners.

  • Admissions – myTWU and an online application
  • Registrar’s Office – Online registration and an alternative process for drops and adds
  • Student Life – Alternative process for withdrawals
  • Bursar’s Office – Online payment
  • Financial Aid – Online application and partnership with Lifelong Learning for emergency loans
  • Bookstore – Online ordering for textbooks and commencement materials
  • Library – electronic books, articles, databases and a distance learning librarian
  • Counseling Center – Online pamphlets and articles
  • Career Services – Online articles and email critique services
  • The Lasso – Online edition
  • Commuter Services – Plan events and provide communications to help our distance learners feel like a part of the community
  • Instructional Support Services – Blackboard Support, student technology trainings, live chat for the Help Desk, Help Desk Blog and the Ask TWU knowledgebase
  • Office of Lifelong Learning – Communication through distance learner blog, live chat and website for general distance education inquiries.
It has been said that “Teamwork doesn't tolerate the inconvenience of distance,” (author unknown). This statement is definitely true of our departments who serve our students who may or may not come to campus. It takes every department and every person to help our students succeed no matter where the departments or students are located. So far, TWU seems to be doing this very well as seen by our continued growth in overall enrollment and in distance education. We will continue to strive for the best. Thank you to everyone who helps make distance education a success at TWU.

Monday, November 12, 2007

National Distance Learning Week - DE Numbers Continue to Climb

Did you know that students taking only distance education courses accounted for 23 percent of TWU’s total enrollment this fall? 1 That’s up from 20 percent last fall.

At TWU, a distance education course or degree is defined as one in which 50 percent or more of the content is delivered through electronic means (Internet, televideo, etc.). As illustrated by the figure above, distance education is becoming increasingly popular among the student body.

Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Services Teresa Mauk said, "TWU's DE programs have been a major component in our enrollment growth. Degree programs and courses provide our students with the flexibility and convenience they want, while still maintaining the curriculum rigor for which TWU is known."

TWU has experienced a steady increase in the number of students who take online courses, a trend that colleges around the country are experiencing as well. The Sloan Consortium is an organization focused on the development and continued improvement of quality online programs. For fall 2006, it reported that nationally nearly 3.5 million students took at least one online course. That is up 10 percent from 2005.2

The popularity of distance education is evident at TWU as well, seen by our enrollment and addition of new distance education courses. This fall, 5,383 TWU students enrolled in a distance education course. Of those, 2,782 took distance education courses only. Those numbers reflect a 15 and 18 percent increase, respectively, from fall 2006. Also this fall, TWU offered 279 different distance education courses, up from 244 last fall. Many of these current courses had multiple sections for a total of 647 course sections taught via distance education. That number also reflects an increase from 544 total sections of DE courses from last fall.


Why are we seeing this increase in DE enrollment and courses? Assistant Vice President of Lifelong Learning Mike Simmons offers an explanation. He said, “The growth in distance education at TWU results from a unique combination of faculty commitment and student demand. These factors, combined with the strong support of Chancellor Stuart and Provost Gunning, allow TWU to be among the leaders in providing quality distance education for students.”

TWU currently offers 15 degrees which are considered part of distance education. All of them are offered either fully or predominately online. These degrees include:
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science
  • Master of Library Science
  • Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology
  • Mster of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Family Studies
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Science in Food Systems Administration (Nutrition & Food Sciences)
  • Master of Science in Education of the Deaf
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Master of Science in Health Studies
  • COTA to Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Studies Completion (upper division courses only)
  • Bachelor of General Studies Completion
  • RN-BS Online Program for Registered Nurses

Not only do students have the opportunity to enroll in one of these quality degrees, they can also utilize the same services that on-campus students do. Tomorrow’s article will focus on how distance learners who never come to campus are served so that they feel as much a part of the Pioneer community as every other student.

1 All data referring to TWU distance education was taken from the Fall 2007Distance Education Snapshot Report. To request a copy of this report, please email
DE@twu.edu.

2 Allen, I.E. and Seaman J. (2007) Online Nation; Five Years of Growth in Online Learning. The Sloan Consortium. Available online at
http://www.sloan-c.org/publications/survey/pdf/online_nation.pdf

Friday, November 9, 2007

Scholarship Opportunity

Looking for scholarship money for spring semester? Empowering Women as Leaders (EWL) is offering renewable scholarships. EWL award recipients will receive $750 every semester (up to $1500 per year) until graduation as long as the recipients remain in good standing. Additionally award recipients are matched with a mentor to assist with career planning and success. Below are eligibility highlights. If you meet all of the requirements listed below, please review the application for additional criterion. The applicaiton is avialable on the TWU Commuter Webiste at http://www.twu.edu/o-sl/studentcenter/commuter.html.

Deadline for application: Thursday NOV 15.

Eligibility requirements:
Must be undergraduate, enrolled in at least 12 hours
Must be at least 23 yrs old
Must live in the North Texas area & value having a mentor
Must not graduate before Spring 2009

Please note: Carolyn Pineda, EWL Chairmen and Founder, will be on the Denton TWU campus during Career Week presenting: “Ask the Recruiter: What Hiring Managers Look For” on Tuesday, November 13th from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in Student Union 110. Students will have an opportunity to hear 1st hand information from a panel of Recruiters and Career Professionals on What Hiring Managers Look For in their employees. The topics that will be covered include the importance of having good work ethics and having transferable skills, a professional image, career goals and direction, and paid/unpaid experience. Carolyn will be discussing the importance of having career goals and direction. Call Career Services at 940-898-2950 to sign up for this excellent opportunity.


For information regarding EWL visit
www.empoweringwomenasleaders.org .

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Resume Quick Tips

Resume Quick Tips
Monday, November 12, 2007
Student Union 2nd Floor Lobby
10am to 2pm


For more information about this and other events, contact:
Career Services
HDB 200
940-898-2950
www.twu.edu/o-cs

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Parking for distance learners

The Department of Public Safety wants to remind you that all students who park on campus during the week must have a TWU parking decal. Parking decals are enforced Monday thru Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday thru Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. students may parking in gray, black, blue, or auburn curbs with a valid parking permit. Handicapped restrictions are enforced at all times.

In order to accommodate those students who are taking only distance education courses, DPS has agreed to issue a complimentary, one-time (once a semester) temporary pass upon request. So if you are taking all of your classes at a distance and do not have a parking permit, drop by the DPS Office on your next trip to campus (click here for a campus map). DPS staff will check your name from a list provided by Lifelong Learning and ask to see a photo ID before issuing the pass. Remember that this is a one-time (once a semester) complimentary pass for those students who are enrolled in distance education classes only.

If you have further questions about this policy, please contact the TWU DPS at (940) 898-2911. This information is also available on the DE website at http://www.twu.edu/dl/Current_Students/parking.htm.

Friday, November 2, 2007

National Distance Learning Week Appreciation Reception

National Distance Learning Week
November 12 - 16

Please join the Office of Lifelong Learning for an Appreciation Reception, honoring YOU - all the students who make distance education a success here at TWU.

Tuesday, November 13
2 – 3:30 p.m.
ACT 2 Lobby, Denton Campus

Also, be on the lookout for a daily article posted on this blog about distance education at our University during National Distance Learning Week.

National Distance Learning Week is sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association. Click here to learn more.
http://www.ndlw.org/

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Career Day Success Tips

Career Services will host a seminar to assist students with preparing for Career Days/Job Fairs:

Career Day Success Tips
Thursday, November 1
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Student Union 110

Students interested in attending should call Career Services at 940-898-2950 to sign up. Door prizes will be awarded!!

Visit
http://www.twu.edu/o-cs/CareerDays_Students.htm for more details regarding the Professional Career Expo and Education Career Day scheduled for November 15 and 16.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Employment Information Session - Location Change!

Learn about employment opportunities and internships with Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Bright Horizons has opportunities and career paths for teaching and leadership positions, including Regional Managers, Center Directors, Assistant Directors, Program Coordinators, Teachers, & Associate Teachers. Internships are also available. Visit www.brighthorizons.com for additional information.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Campus Information Session
Thursday, October 25th
2:30 – 4:00 p.m., MCL 812

Call Career Services at 940-898-2950 to sign up to attend.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Student Technology Empowerment Program

STEP is our student technology training program, a peer-to-peer group specifically designed to help students with whatever technology needs they may have.

Our contests are still going on. The first is for a 512MB STEP flash drive. Our bulletin board has been updated for October, and the list of questions will be available on the web site this week. Correctly answer them and bring the list to our party on Halloween. All complete lists will be eligible for the drawing. The second contest is for a snazzy prize pack also to be given away at the Halloween party. To participate, you must come to each session and get that day's clue. Completed puzzles will be collected at the party and entered in the drawing for the prize package. Also, we have classes this week! An introduction to Excel 2007 will be offered Monday at 6 pm in MCL 506, and then Tuesday at 11 am in ACT 603 and 6 pm in MCL 506 again. Each class will be between 45 minutes and an hour. Call 3288 for more information and to reserve a spot!

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Phishing - If you have ever received an email asking you to confirm your account, especially from companies like PayPal or Bank of America, chances are it was a phishing scam for your personal data. In the Information Age, your name, address, and account numbers can be more valuable than money. Come to this presentation to learn how to spot a scam and how to protect yourself.

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Spam Protection - What is spam? (The electronic kind, that is) How did that um, adult content get into your email inbox? This presentation gives you the inside scoop on why you have messages from people you've never met, and what to do about it.

Our presentations are at 12:30 in the Student Union, finished in plenty of time for class at 1. We are in room 207 this week. Bring your lunch and learn about technology. As always, our handouts are available on our website at https://portal.twu.edu/step if you are unable to attend.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Student Technology Empowerment Program

STEP is our student technology training program, a peer-to-peer group specifically designed to help students with whatever technology needs they may have.

Our contests are still going on. The first is for a 512MB STEP flash drive. Our bulletin board has been updated for October, and the list of questions will be available on the web site this week. Correctly answer them and bring the list to our party on Halloween. All complete lists will be eligible for the drawing. The second contest is for a snazzy prize pack also to be given away at the Halloween party. To participate, you must come to each session and get that day's clue. Completed puzzles will be collected at the party and entered in the drawing for the prize package.

Tuesday, Oct. 16: Computer Infections: Virus Protection - Viruses can be spread without your knowledge, so it's best to be forewarned with as much information as possible. This presentation will help you protect your computer as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

Wednesday, Oct. 17: Spyware - Hiding under a variety of names (mal-ware, adware, hijackware), spyware is as much of a threat as viruses. Different protection is required, however, so come to this presentation to find out how to cover all your bases.

Our presentations are at 12:30 in the Student Union, finished in plenty of time for class at 1. We are in room 207 this week. Bring your lunch and learn about technology. As always, our handouts are available on our website at https://portal.twu.edu/step if you are unable to attend.

Employer Information Session

Learn about employment opportunities and internships with Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Bright Horizons has opportunities and career paths for teaching and leadership positions, including Regional Managers, Center Directors, Assistant Directors, Program Coordinators, Teachers, & Associate Teachers. Internships are also available. Visit www.brighthorizons.com for additional information.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Campus Information Session
Thursday, October 25th
2:30 – 4:00 p.m., MCL 812

Call Career Services at 940-898-2950 to sign up to attend.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Attention! Technical Outages, Sunday, October 14

On Sunday, October 14 the following systems will be taken offline from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in order to perform system maintenance on our storage infrastructure equipment. The systems will include (but not limited to):

* Blackboard
* WWW web site
* Portal
* Finance
* Human resources
* Student records, registration, admissions, billing, etc.
* X: drive
* Video conferencing
* Internet access
* Razors Edge
* Credit card processing

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. More announcements will be made if the technology outage continues.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

“So You Need to Pick a Major?!”

The Office of Career Services would like to announce the Spring 2008 semester offering of The Psychology of Career Exploration & Development, a 3-hour elective course offered by Career Services through the Psychology Department. The course assists students with exploring careers, selecting a major, developing career planning skills and includes an introduction to the job search process.

Offered: Tues/Thurs from 2:30 to 3:50PM
Prerequisite: 2nd Semester Freshman or beyond
Course Code: 80970
You must enter the code for this course in the ‘Express Registration’ section of the registration process. The course prefix is PSY, the course number is 4913, and the section is 01.

For questions or more information, please call Bethany Coats, instructor of this course and TWU Career Counselor, at 940-898-2972.

Internet Research Validation Presentation Wednesday, October 3

Wednesday, Oct. 3: Internet Research Validation - Once you know how to search, what do you do with that information? Is it trustworthy? Can you cite it? These tips help you weed fact from fiction in the vast world of cyberspace.

The presentation is at 12:30 in the Student Union, finished in plenty of time for class at 1. The training will be held in room 207. Bring your lunch and learn about technology. As always, handouts are available at https://portal.twu.edu/step if you are unable to attend.

Presented by S.T.E.P.
(Student Technology Empowerment Program)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

GA Trainings - PowerPoint

PowerPoint
Wednesday, October 10th; 1-2pm; Location - TBA
Thursday, October 18th; 10 -11am; Location - TBA
Friday, October 26th, 2 - 3pm (online)


Seating is limited! Please RSVP to Julie Brown at jbrown3@twu.edu or 940-898-3409. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. the day before each training.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sept. 18 & 19 - Student Technology Empowerment Program

Tuesday, Sep. 18: TWU Technology - Everything you always needed to know about technology at TWU and didn't know to ask.

Wednesday, Sep. 19: Online Course Preparation - Before you sign up for an online course, you and your computer need to have a heart-to-heart. Are you both ready, willing and able? Come find out!

Our presentations are at 12:30 in the Student Union, room 113, finished in plenty of time for class at 1. Bring your lunch and learn about technology. As always, our handouts are available on our website at https://portal.twu.edu/step if you are unable to attend.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

National Career Week

National Career Week is November 12 - 16
Here's what's going on around campus for you!

Professional Dining Etiquette
Monday, November 12th
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Hubbard Hall Banquet Room
Co-sponsor: Center for Student Development
**Space is Limited! Pay to reserve your formal meal by 11/2/07. $5 for TWU students and $15 for guests.

Ask the Recruiter: What Hiring Managers Look For
Tuesday, November 13th
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 110

Effective Interviewing Techniques
Wednesday, November 14th
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 110

Fall 2007 Career Seminars

Brought to you by Career Services....

**You could win a grand prize of up to $500!! - For each Career Services Seminar you attend by October 10, 2007 your name will be entered into the drawing. The grand prize will be awarded at the October 10th "Dress to Impress" Seminar. You must be present to win.

Developing a Winning Resume & Vita
Wednesday, September 19
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 110

Dress to Impress: Developing Your Professional Wardrobe
Wednesday, October 10th
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 207

Smart Money Management: Before & After Graduation
Wednesday, October 24th
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 110

Using the Internet in Your Job Search
Tuesday, October 30th
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Student Union 110

Career Day Success Tips
Thursday, November 1st
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Student Union 110

Monday, September 10, 2007

Need help writing your resume or vita?

Need help with your resume? Let Career Services help you! Distance Learners can email their resume to careers@twu.edu, and one of the Career Services staff members will critique it.

Or, if you are able to come to campus, come to the Developing a Winning Resume and Vita workshop.

Wednesday, Sept. 19th
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Student Union 110

Students interested in participating should call Career Services at 81-2950 to sign up. Door Prizes will be awarded!!

Visit http://www.twu.edu/o-cs/CareerWorkshops.htm for a complete list of the Fall Career Seminars.

Internship/Cooperative Education Opportunities

If you are nearing the end of your time here at TWU are interested in an internship to gain valuable experience, get in touch with the Internships/Cooperative Education Program in Career Services. If you are not able to come to campus, email or call Melissa Schneider, Coordinator of Internships/Cooperative Education at mschneider@mail.twu.edu or (940) 898-2950.

If you are close to campus or are ever on campus come by the Internship/Cooperative Education Information Table that will be set-up throughout the fall. Here are the dates and locations.

September
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Union - 2nd Floor Lobby

October
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Union - 2nd Floor Lobby

Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Union - 2nd Floor Lobby

November
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Student Union - 2nd Floor Lobby.

Also, visit the Internship/Cooperative Education Program website at http://www.twu.edu/o-cs/Internship-Co-opHome.htm to learn more about how you can be involved in an internship.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Fall 2007 Career Days

October 1
11 AM - 2 PM
Nursing Career Day, Houston Campus

October 15
10 AM - 1 PM
Nursing Career Day, Parkland Campus

November 15
11 AM - 2 PM
Professional Career Expo, Denton Campus - Hubbard Hall

November 16
9 AM - 1 PM
Education Career Day (Joint with UNT)
Denton Campus - Hubbard Hall

Drop and Withdrawal dates

September 12 - Last day to drop a class, but not withdrawal from the University, and receive a refund

September 25 - Last day to withdraw from the University, dropping all classes, and receive at least 25% of refundable tuition and fees; 5 p.m.

October 5 - Last day to drop a class without academic penalty; 5 p.m.

November 1 - Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University; 5 p.m.

Student ID Fee

Please be aware that all students pay the $15 Student Identification Card Fee every semester. This does not mean you are issued a new ID each semester. You are issued a card your first semester. The fee pays for the student ID computer system.

Here is the fee definition from the Bursar's Office website:

"Student Identification Card - A $15.00 fee to cover the cost of the student identification card system is required of all students who register for each fall semester, spring semester, and each summer term. There is a $10.00 replacement fee for lost, stolen, or discarded cards."

Virtual Student Services Center

Every student has access to Blackboard, and within Blackboard is the Virtual Student Services Center. You will see a tab for it at the top of the welcome page. Here you will find links to academic support units (Financial Aid, the Bursar's Office, Distance Education, Library, Graduate School, etc.) along with Student Life and Student Development offices (Career Services, Disability Support Services, SGA, Greek Life, etc.) You will also find links to local news, weather and traffic for the DFW and Houston area.

This page is provided to you as a one-stop-shop for any department or office you might need to contact. Don't see the information you need on there? Contact Distance Education at amabry@twu.edu to make a suggestion for more content.

Limit on Dropping Undergraduate Courses

From Dr. Judith Bean, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies

"Students may drop a course without penalty before the census day of each regular semester. However, after the census date, freshman enrolling in Fall 2007 or later (at TWU or any Texas public higher education institution), are allowed only 6 unexcused drops during their undergraduate academic careers. Drops after the census day will count toward the 6-drop limit unless they are supported by timely, appropriate documentation and excused by the university review process. Drops forms are available in the Registrar’s Office and require the signature of the student, instructor, and academic advisor. This policy is based on a new state law; see http://www.twu.edu/ugs/Dropped%20Courses.htm. This does not apply when students drop all classes for the semester, withdrawing from the university."

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Graduate and Student Assistant Blackboard Trainings

The Office of Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce Graduate and Student Assistant Blackboard Trainings for the fall 2007 semester.

These trainings will help assistants better support faculty and provide peer interaction in Distance Education courses. The Blackboard Basics session will introduce some of the basic tools of Blackboard, including how to add content. The Blackboard Advanced session will be the “next step” tools and techniques for working with Blackboard in DE courses.

Blackboard Basics
Thursday, August 30th – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ACT 503
Friday, August 31st - 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Online

Blackboard Advanced
Wednesday, September 5th - 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. ACT 503
Thursday, September 6th - 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. ACT 503
Friday, September 7th - 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Online


GAs and SAs should register soon! Each class only holds 16. Register with Julie Brown at jbrown3@twu.edu or 940.898.3409. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. the day before each training.

If you are a GA or SA who would like to participate and have questions, contact Jeanna Harwood, Graduate Assistant for Lifelong Learning at jharwood@twu.edu.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

TWU Helpdesk Blog

The TWU Helpdesk has a blog! Check it out at http://helpdesktwu.blogspot.com/

You'll find interesting information about new technology and announcements for TWU.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Paying for School

For Fall 2007 payment deadlines, please see the blog entry for May 29. Also you should refer to the Bursar’s website more information on tuition, fees, payment processes and your financial obligation:

http://www.twu.edu/o-controller/cashiers/tab4_cashier_bursar.html

Thursday, August 2, 2007

NEW! Ask TWU knowledgebase

Do you have a question about TWU or do you wonder how a certain process works? Try out the new Ask TWU. Ask TWU is a knowledge base where you simply type in any question you have about the University and the related answer will be returned to you. If the knowledge base does not have an answer to the question you ask, your question is added to a list of new questions to be answered and entered into the knowledge base. You also have the option to have your question emailed to the appropriate department. Give it a try! You can find the Ask TWU button on the TWU home page at http://www.twu.edu/ or on the Distance Education homepage at http://www.twu.edu/dl.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Student Technology Empowerment Program (STEP)

STEP is pleased to announce the introduction of hands-on courses to our repertoire. We will concentrate on one topic per week, beginning with Microsoft Word, moving to PowerPoint, then finishing with Excel. The last week of Summer II we will leave open to student requests.

Our classes will be offered at 11:30 and 1:00 Tuesday - Thursday, and will last approximately one hour. The room will change between ACT 503 and ACT 603 - look for calendars around campus or on our website, https://portal.twu.edu/step for that day's information.

These classes will focus on introductory levels. When fall begins, we'll expand our curriculum and offer more advanced courses gradually. We do ask for advance registration as the classrooms have a limited number of seats - reservations can be made in person at the TRC (second floor of MCL) or over the phone by calling 940-898-3439. When fall comes, we will also offer online registration.

If you are not able to come to campus for the trainings, all the materials will be posted on the STEP website. If you need any other information, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Fall 2007 & Spring/Summer 2008 Career Days

Fall 2007

Nursing Career Day - Houston Campus - Monday, October 1; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nursing Career Day - Parkland Campus - Monday, October 15; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Professional Career Expo - Denton Campus; Hubbard Hall - Thursday, November 15; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Education Career Day (Joint with UNT) - TWU Denton Campus; Hubbard Hall - Friday, November 16; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Spring 2008

Health Professionals' Career Day - Houston Campus - Monday, February 4; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nursing Career Day - Parkland Campus - Monday, March 3; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Professional Career Expo - Denton Campus; Hubbard Hall - Friday, March 7; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Health Professionals' Career Day - Presbyterian Campus - Tuesday, April 8; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Education Career Day (Joint with UNT) - UNT Campus; Coliseum - Friday, April 11;
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Summer 2008

PT Career Day - Houston Campus - Monday, July 28; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Falls 2007 Late Registration, Drops and Withdrawals

August 27 - First day of fall classes; Late registration period ($25 late fee assessed) 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Payments will NOT be accepted by phone.
August 30 - Last day to register or add a class. All late registrations and added classes that have not been paid for by 5 p.m. August 30, WILL BE DELETED, and may not be reinstated.
September 12 - Last day to drop a class, but not withdrawal from the University, and receive a refund.
September 25 - Last day to withdraw from the University, dropping all classes, and receive at least 25 % of refundable tuition and fees; 5 p.m.
October 5 - Last day to drop a class without academic penalty, 5 p.m.
November 1 - Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University, 5 p.m.

Withdrawal Dates and Percentages (of refundable charges)
August 27-31 - 80%
September 1-10 - 70%
September 11-17 - 50%
September 18-24 - 25%

Fall 2007 Payment Deadlines, Options and Locations

Deadlines
August 24, 5 p.m. - Full payment OR minimum payment due. CLASSES WILL BE DELETED if minimum payment AND enrollment in the payment plan have not been made. If classes are deleted due to non-payment or failure to enroll in the payment plan, students must re-register during late registration. Courses will be subject to availability. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND CLASS if Payment and Payment Plan Enrollment (if applicable) have not been made.

September 20, 5 p.m. - Second Installment Pyment Due

October 25, 5 p.m. - Final Installment Payment Due

Payment Options
Full Payment Option
Payment in FULL must be received before the payment deadline prior to the beginning of classes.

Installment Payment Option
Payment of at least 50 percent and the "signed" acceptance of an installment agreement reflecting the terms and conditions of the plan must be completed by the payment deadline date.

NOTE: This option is availalbe for FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS ONLY. Full payment is required prior to the beginning of classes for all summer terms.

Locations
Monday, August 20th thru Thursday, August 30th payments must be made online or in person at one or our three campus locations.

Online payments can be made with MasterCard, Visa, Discover or WebCheck by accessing Pioneer Portal>Financial>Portal Pay (Pay your bill online) OR Pioneer Portal> Register for Classes>Students>Financial Information>Pay My Bill

Friday, May 25, 2007

Introducing - Julie


Howdy ya’ll! My name is Julie and I am a born and raised Texan. I do not consider myself too ‘country’ although my co-workers do make fun of me for eattin’ my southern grits for breakfast. I have worked at TWU in the Office of Lifelong Learning for 2 years now and have recently become the Senior Administrative Assistant in our office.

I am not a computer geek and will not try to impress you with tools and systems that I know (you probably know more than I do). I do however love to talk to people and I hope that has been a helpful trait to doing my job efficiently. I primarily interact with students either by email or live chat sessions to provide answers, resources and contact information. I am also the ‘paper nazi’ in the office and have been trying to get as much paper as possible recycled from our department.

I moved to Denton for school but plan to stay for a while after getting my degree. I love the talent and art that comes from the diverse group of people that live here and I also enjoy the laid back but spunky atmosphere. I enjoy (but absolutely do not pledge perfection at) golf, pottery, swimming, photography, biking (I have been trying to enlist Keith as my trainer for my next race) among all the other random pastimes that I get myself into and decide are my new favorites.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Another Bibliography Resource

http://www.zotero.org/

Thanks to Stephany our Distance Learning Librarian for pointing this one out! This bibliography builder runs through Firefox and must be downloaded to use. If you visit the "Documentation" tab, there are some great links to information for the first-time user such as a Quickstart Guide and Screencast Tutorials.

Happy writing!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Introducing - Lynda


My name is Lynda, and I’m the Director of Distance Education. I coordinate TWU’s distance education activities and work with all of the wonderful people listed below. I was hired by the TWU Graduate School in 1993. Before that, I worked for 10 years at Navarro College in student services and served as an adjunct instructor in their fine arts program.

I started working with TWU’s distance education program in 1994 when it was coordinated by the Dean of the Graduate School, my supervisor. In 2000, TWU’s distance education unit was officially moved from the Graduate School to the Office of Lifelong Learning, where it remains today. Our DE program, which began with approximately 200 students in 1994, has grown dramatically. We now have around 5,000 students who enroll in our online courses each semester.

My favorite website is Google.com—I google everything! I love electronic “toys” like cell phones, PDA’s, iPods, etc., and I’m addicted to surfing on the Internet. I’m fond of 18th century music, but I’m also a huge Beatles fan. I have a feline companion named Missy, who will turn 17 in September.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Bibliography Resource

As suggested by one of our comments (Thanks, Benjamin!) here is another resource for making your bibliographies online. It's http://www.bibme.org/.

You can search within different media, including film. Once your source comes up, you simply select it, add in a few specifics and it's added to your bibliography. You can even select from different formats: MLA, APA, and Chicago. It looks very easy to use.

If you have ever used it, let us know what you think or share some other web resources that you use for your projects.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Introducing - Mike


Hello bloggers and bloggees. I'm Mike and I must be one of the "superiors" as Allison calls us. I have the unique opportunity to lead the crew in Lifelong Learning. I've been at TWU six years now. Hard to believe! I'm a blogger with several active blogs on various topics. I teach as an adjunct in the History and Government department at TWU and in my spare time I'm completing my doctoral dissertation from UTA in Public Administration and Urban Affairs. Enough about me...hope you enjoy the blogs and be sure to check out the e-learning blog that I post http://dltwu.blogspot.com/ which contains miscellaneous and various items related to e-learning.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Introducing - Alli


Hi, I’m Alli (full name Allison). Yes, sometimes (many times) Allison and I get each other’s phone calls and messages, but we are both flexible, so it hasn’t been a problem. ;) I, like Keith, work primarily with faculty. My job title has change a couple of times, but I have been assisting faculty with their online courses since December 2003. Before working for Lifelong Learning, I worked at the library at TWU. Even then, I was still working in Distance Education. I helped online faculty with their reading lists and distance students with their research and article requests. I have a Master’s degree in Library Science from TWU.

I am not a native Texan, in fact, I never meant to stay. I moved to Denton to work on my master’s degree (the program is completely online now!). I meet a local boy, who wouldn’t live anywhere else, we got married, and here I am. I was an army brat, used to moving around a lot, but I like it here, so I am happy to stay.

I’m a techno geek, so anything to do with new gadgets and gizmos is of interest to me. I’m one of those people who was impatiently waiting for the release of Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista. I always want the latest tech toys. My cell phone is a RAZR, my PDA is a LifeDrive and I have an Apple iPod Nano (red), which I justified the purchase of because it is 8 GB where my iPod Mini (pink) was only 4 GB. I’m currently test driving an IBM Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet PC. It has both a keyboard and a slate, and it is really light weight.

Other than exploring the latest technology, I am an avid reader. You rarely find me without a book. I tend to lean towards romance novels and science fiction/fantasy with a romantic twist. I also enjoy playing the Sims 2 and City of Heroes. It must have something to do with controlling the lives of others!

Enjoy your time at TWU!
Alli

Monday, May 7, 2007

Introducing - Keith



Hi, I am Keith and I work with faculty to create online courses. I have four degrees from four different institutions but don't hold that against me. I have been at TWU since November 2006 but I have worked with students and technology far longer than that. I was the Director of the Texas Center for Educational Technology at UNT before coming to TWU. I worked there for almost 8 years before taking this position.

Since I work with faculty to develop online courses, I have a lot of favorite web tools. Here are some that I also think are helpful for students. Be sure and read the fine print carefully on most of the sites so you know what the terms and conditions happen to be for a particular site.

http://www.bookfinder.com/ allows you to search multiple sites for textbooks and compare prices
http://www.mynoteit.com/ is an organizational tool just for university students. It allows you to create online class groups, to share and search your class notes, to use an online calendar to plan your assignments, and create a task list.
http://ottobib.com/ allows you to create reference sections by inserting the ISBN number and getting the citation style you need.
http://zoho.com/ provides access to Writer, Sheet, Show, Wiki, Projects, Planner, and Chat. All of these products are designed to make it easier to share documents.
http://del.icio.us/ a social bookmarking site that allows you to have all of your bookmarks in one location and to share them with others.
http://www.pdfonline.com/ create PDFs online
https://www.coventi.com/main.aspx is another tool used to share documents using a wiki style format

OK, that's enough for now. All you need to do is learn to use google to locate all kinds of free tools that may make your life easier.

You might not know that I am a hardcore "roadie" - no, I don't work for a band! I ride road bicycles like you might see in the Tour (you know, the one over in France). I am one of those fools you see riding in bright colored clothing around town or along the highway. I have a Trek 5500 with a Dura Ace groupo that I love. If you see bikers along the road, look for a graphite Trek and a red helmet. Give me plenty of room - please. Anytime a bike and a car meets - the car always wins and the cyclist always loses.

Happy riding,
Keith

Friday, May 4, 2007

Introducing - Me


As I said yesterday, I want to start things off with office introductions. I'd thought I'd start with myself. My name is Allison and I am the Coordinator of DE (Distance Education)Communication. I've been here for 2 1/2 years. I came to this area to attend graduate school at the University of North Texas, which is also in Denton. I finished up in December (yea!) and graduated with a Master's of Journalism degree. I earned my undergraduate degree in Communications from Tarleton State University - Go Texans!

This is a more "professional" picture of me and I really don't feel it portrays my true personality. I'm a little more animated than this picture portrays.

My favorite websites are Google and Dictionary.com. Having a Journalism degree does not guarantee one a large vocabulary so that last website comes in handy quite a bit.

My hobbies include cooking, anything creative or crafty, church activities and hanging out with my family and friends. I LOVE movies, my favorite one of all time being The Sound of Music.

To summarize what I do, I come up with communication plans for any internal, university-wide communications (announcements, event sign-ups, PR, etc.) as it pertains to distance learners and faculty who use our online tool - Blackboard. My favorite part of my job is helping people who call me in need of something and knowing that when I get off the phone with them or leave their office, I have solved their problem.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Welcome to the TWU Connection

Hi! My name is Allison. I am the creator and keeper of this blog. I'm new to the whole blog thing so please bear with me as I learn what I'm doing. As of today, I'm not promising a set schedule of posts, but I'm shooting for once a week.

This blog is for all of the TWU students that rarely if ever come to campus. I'm not talking about those who skip class; I'm talking about those who take what we currently refer to as Distance Education classes. For us, that means online and televideo courses. Some of you never have to come to campus (some of you can't because...you don't live here); others have to come a few times a semester. Whatever your situation or story, as a TWU student, this blog is for you. It will be used to post important information and some that is just for fun. As the title infers, we want you to be connected to TWU even if you never step one little toe on campus.

Please feel free to get a conversation going and by all means, ask questions about what's going on at TWU. I want to know what's on your mind! Everything I post will relate to Distance Ed. I do know that my next several posts will be introductions - a more detailed one about myself and my fellow co-workers and superiors who are here to serve YOU!