Thursday, April 30, 2009

Help With Technical Course Issues - ProfHelp

Faculty -

In order to expedite your requests for technical assistance, please keep these points in mind.

1. Log in to the Faculty Gateway site at to access the ProfHelp form when requesting technical assistance.

Because we use this ticketing system to track technical issues, ProfHelp staff will only be able to provide technical assistance if your request is submitted via this form. Emailed help requests will be returned to you asking that you submit your request via the proper system.

2. Do not submit your requests to the 24x7 helpdesk; that helpdesk is designed to provide assistance to students, and your ticket will simply be re-routed to ProfHelp, thus delaying the process.


Donna Welschmeyer
Associate Academic Dean

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring Grades Due May 7

Dear Faculty;

It's that time of the semester, Spring grades are due no later than Thursday, May 7, 2009.

Please follow the directions below to enter grades for your courses. If you have any questions regarding grades, please contact me (

Once you have submitted your grades, we will pull a daily report listing the grades and they will be entered into Banner for the students. Grades will not be viewable by the students until the day after they are entered.

If you have any students needing their grades earlier, please contact John Schmahl, or Roxanne Manske,

To submit final grades:

go to the online Grade Book here,

Login using your Blackboard Vista login credentials

Select the appropriate section

If you are missing any section(s) or have extra section(s) listed, please contact John Schmahl,

Enter the appropriate grade for each student, accepted grades are listed below

Remember, developmental courses (those with course numbers under 100) must use the developmental grades, see below

**All students on the grade roster must be given a grade, even if they have not participated in the section**

Enter a Last Date of Attendance for any students receiving a grade of “F”

Click “Update” and return to the menu to select the next section if needed

Approved grades

Standard courses (course numbers 100 and above, e.g., PSY 101)
F (must include last day of attendance)
I (must include incomplete contract)

Developmental courses (course number less than 100, e.g., MAT 060)
U/F (must include last day of attendance)
I (must include incomplete contract)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Missed the Webinar today!

Tired of your students overusing wikipedia? Would you like them to find more scholarly resources?

At our webinar this morning, Mary Cash shared some important and valuable information about library resources for you and your students. She also discussed some ideas for incorporating information literacy in your assignments and courses.

Visit the archive of this session and others at

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Webinar: Research and Writing Tools @ Our CCCOnline Library

Mary Cash, CCCOnline Library Specialist and Instructional Designer, will facilitate a webinar on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Tour the CCCOnline Online Library and our Research and Writing Toolkit. Explore online databases and other tools that can help students with their writing. Discuss strategies for encouraging learners to use available library and other scholarly sources of information and develop information literacy skills through coursework!

Access: Participants may enter at 9:30 AM. Access on 4/21/09 from the Elluminate Schedule: Or, use the following link to open the session from here:

E-See you there!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Have You Moved?

You have a lot of details to take care of when you move or otherwise chance your contact information. Please be sure that one of those details you take care of IMMEDIATELY includes providing us with your new contact information (address, telephone number, and email address)any time you make changes! We need your current contact information on file in case we need to contact you OR send you something via snail mail (such as desk copies and those all-important birthday greetings).

To change your contact information, please email Carol will send you the correct forms. Also, please note that if you get a PERA form from someone other than CCCOnline to use for your address change, even though it indicates that you can make your changes on that form and mail or fax it to PERA, please do not do so! They do not forward that information to us.

Send the form to Carol, and she will make sure that it is taken care of. Thanks!

Student Survey

The student survey will be available some time later today, April 13. Please encourage your students to complete the survey, which will be open until April 24. At that time, the student survey will close and the digital content survey will open.


Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Anti-Plagiarism Software

Interesting article on the efficacy of anti-plagiarism software programs -- talks about 2 studies that show both Turnitin and Safe Assign to be of limited use.

"If there's a value in these applications, there's a value in a very limited context," said Lang, director of the university's first-year composition program. "I think at one level we suspected that they wouldn't be as good as potentially advertised. … But we were surprised at just how many things were flagged that would never be labeled plagiarism in context."

The Texas Tech research showed that of 400 student papers flagged for further review, only two were found to be plagiarized.

From Barry Dahl via Twitter.

Lisa Cheney-Steen