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CSL Tutors Save the Day! a New Training Program

Posted by: Erin Blevins | September 19, 2019 | No Comment |

In the context of higher education, Chickering & Ehrmann (1996) wrote, “Learning is not a spectator sport. Students do not learn much just sitting in classes listening to teachers, memorizing pre-packaged assignments, and spitting out answers. They must talk about what they are learning, write reflectively about it, relate to past experiences, and apply it to their daily lives. They must make what they learn part of themselves.”

In that spirit, the Center for Student Learning adopted a new medium for our tutor training program this Fall. After one hour of lecture-style information provided for our tutors on topics ranging from privacy/ethics to effective communication to submitting timesheets, more than sixty of our new tutors were broken into groups and charged with the task of saving the College of Charleston from a significant weather event. The only way for our tutors to save the campus from extensive flooding was to use the knowledge they gained from new tutor training to solve riddles and decode puzzles that would open boxes with combination locks. Each box they opened represented a key campus location and provided new clues and challenges that would eventually lead them to securing the last location on campus – the CSL!

The project-based learning technique we used is a form of an escape room where participants are “locked” into a room and must “break out” in a pre-determined amount of time. Escape rooms and break-out activities have been popular in educational settings in the last few years and something that the College of Charleston is working to implement more regularly in classrooms. Jared Seay, Research Librarian and Media Services Coordinator, was awarded a grant from the Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Small Grants Program. Jared’s mission is to transform learning into “immersive scenarios,” as he calls them, that allow students to interact with course content through platforms such as escape rooms, break-out boxes, role play, and megagames. We reached out to Jared to learn how we could make this work for our tutor training, and he was instrumental in its success!  Developing the break-out scenario took a great deal of time and effort, but we think it paid off! The tutors were excited, engaged, and enjoyed the experience. The CSL plans to incorporate additional immersive scenarios into our ongoing training programs later this Fall!

Written by Abe Saunders, CSL

References:
Chickering, Arthur W. and Ehrmann Stephen C. (1996), “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever,” AAHE Bulletin, October, pp. 3-6

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AEX Step Challenge grows

Posted by: Erin Blevins | August 29, 2019 | No Comment |

This year marks the 4th installment of the AEX Step Challenge and thanks to the article, “Staff, Faculty Step it up for Health” in the College Today, participation has exploded to 92 participants representing 49 different departments across campus. Participants have been divided into 6 different flights so that they are competing against others who get approximately the same number of steps each week.  In addition to recording and submitting steps, they also participate in a variety of monthly health challenges.

Thanks to Michelle Futrell, Director, Center for Academic Performance and Persistence, for managing this Challenge!

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Stephanie Auwaerter was the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Staff Member Presidential Service Award.  She was presented with this prestigious award at the Annual Staff Celebration lunch in June for her collaborative efforts, engagement, and contributions throughout the campus community.

As the Director of Orientation in the Office of New Student Programs, Stephanie is responsible for planning and implementing student and family orientation, coordinating the orientation internship experience for CofC students and working on the various projects involving new students.

Read more about Stephanie Auwaerter in the College Today’s CofC Faces to Know.

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Spring Cougar Countdown

Posted by: Erin Blevins | April 20, 2019 | No Comment |

From cookouts to coffee and tutoring to yoga, Cougar Countdown organized by the Center for Student Learning offers something to help everyone feel calm and supported during finals.

Read the full article at The CollegeToday

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CofC Writing Lab Director Receives Achievement Award

Posted by: Erin Blevins | March 15, 2019 | No Comment |

photo of Dr. DevetThe recipient of the Southeastern Writing Center Association Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Bonnie Devet, English professor and director of Writing Lab in the Center for Student Learning in February.  This award recognizes the outstanding, sustained body of work of a writing center director and his or her contributions to the writing center community at large.

Read the full article at The CollegeToday.

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Green Zone Training

Posted by: Erin Blevins | February 3, 2019 | No Comment |

image of GreenZoneThe College of Charleston has more than 200 military veteran students on campus.  Green Zone training aims to help faculty and staff understand the unique experiences and perspectives that veterans bring to campus from their time in the service.  This training is organized by Veteran and Military Student Services.

Read the full article at The CollegeToday

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Cougar Countdown December 2018

Posted by: Erin Blevins | November 28, 2018 | No Comment |

Cougar Countdown begins Tuesday, 12/4 with its traditional kick-off events–Ask a Prof! and Cougar Cookout—and also the Charleston Bridge program- sponsored brunch on the Green to support the Bridge students on their first day of exams. The famous Moonlight Breakfast will also be held that night at 10 pm in Liberty Fresh Foods (this is a meal swipe event through dining services).  We will see the return of Pancakes with the President with President Osborne on Wed 12/5, and the ever-popular Stress Relief Fair featuring MANY huggable dogs, loads of stress-relieving activities, and healthy snacks. And of course daily coffee breaks, Zumba, yoga, and limited tutoring in the evening at the CSL! Check out the full list of events at http://cougarcountdown.cofc.edu/activities/index.php and make sure you like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CofCCountdown.

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How it works: “Advise Me” is a mobile texting platform that allows students to ask advising questions by texting in to the Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC). They will receive fact-based answers from the AAPC Peer Advisors. Students can text “adviseme” to 85511 with advising questions. Students are able to text in their questions anytime and can expect a response within 24 business hours (except during holiday breaks). Peer Advisors respond through an online Prevention Pays program from our AAPC office computers.

What kind of questions will be answered: This is a fact based advising texting service, meaning the questions can include but are not limited to learning about campus support services and resources, making appointments, asking about class schedules and prerequisite course, and interpreting Degree Works. Good questions for the Advise Me texting service could include “What time do I register for my classes,” “How many humanities credits do I need to graduate,” or “How do I declare my academic major.” If a question is not able to be answered over text and needs more in-depth explanation, students are encouraged to attend Quick Question Drop In (QQDI) Monday through Friday from 2pm to 4pm or make an appointment with their academic advisor.

Why created: The platform was created to help students who live on and off campus get answers to their quick advising questions. Student turnout for QQDI hours have been great! However, many students are still unable to make it during QQDI hours or our prior evening on campus hours for Mobile Academic Advising. We also learned about Prevention Pays from Rachael McNamara, who has trained CASAS’ Cougar Counseling Team to use this texting platform as well. They have seen much success with this platform and we hope to see the same! For these many reasons, the Peer Advising program in the AAPC has created the Advise Me text in service. Students can now get their advising questions answered without having to be present between specific hours of the day. Spread the word!

Any questions about this texting service can be directed to Silvia Youssef Hanna: hannas@cofc.edu

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Commuter News

Posted by: Erin Blevins | September 28, 2018 | No Comment |

There are new commuter lockers in the basement of the Lightsey Center.  They are located just past the B01 conference room.  There are 18 semester lockers and 15 daily lockers that commuter students can access at no cost.  In addition, the Commuter Student Lounge (CLB1) and the Commuter Student Break Room (CLB2) are both available.  In the break room, students will find a refrigerator, Keurig and microwave that is ready for use.  Questions concerning the lockers or break area can be directed to Jennifer Bradley in the Center for Excellence in Peer Education.

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Veteran and Military Student Center

Posted by: Erin Blevins | August 28, 2018 | No Comment |

 

The Veteran & Military Student Center opened its door to students on August 21 in the Lightsey Center Basement, Suite B24 (where Auxiliary Services was previously located). The new center serves as a place for veteran and military students to connect, relax, or study. It offers a large lounge area with couches, a television, and coffee makers with free coffee, as well as a separate computer lab and study area with six new computers.

The Veteran & Military Student Center is fully staffed and houses Jessica Wilkes, Program Director of Veteran & Military Student Services, Mat Garrison, Coordinator for Veteran, Military and ROTC Recruitment and Admissions, and Charles West, VA VITAL Coordinator. Jessica is the veteran and military student central point of contact. She can assist students with any questions they have, in addition to locating the appropriate resources and services they may need. Not only does she assist veteran/military students but she also assists faculty/staff with questions or concerns they may have regarding students. Mat is the first stop in the application process for veteran and military students that wish to attend the College of Charleston. He evaluates previous college credits and is the on-campus Joint Services Transcripts (JST) expert. In addition to admissions, he also works in conjunction with Jessica assisting students with any issues, questions, or concerns they have. He is now located in the Veteran & Military Student Center in Room B25.  Charles West is the campus VA VITAL Coordinator and his office is located in B26 within the new center. He assists students with signing up for VA healthcare, contacting providers, obtaining referrals, and provides counseling to veteran students.  Charles West’s office hours vary so contact the VMSS office regarding for his availability.

You can reach Jessica Wilkes at WilkesJJ@cofc.edu if you have any questions.

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