Good Morning/Afternoon, and WELCOME to Wayne State University! I am here today to tell you more about the Learning Community program at Wayne State. Parents, you remember when you started school, and you went to the Orientations and presentations. It was a lot of information to take in all at once, but most of it was important for your transition to college, and some of that information was pretty crucial to your success. Well, today, I am going to talk to the future WSU students here, and give them some of that crucial information. Students, look to your left, and to your right. Who do you see? Sitting right next to you are two people that can help you be successful in college. You can start to build a community of support for yourself at WSU, right now, today!
So! Let’s talk about “Success”; tell me one word you think of when you think of a “Successful student”
The guiding principle for learning communities is success – your success as a student – helping you to adjust to college life and achieve academically. How do we help you succeed? Learning communities provide support – through study sessions, peer mentors, and building community. It is the responsibility of WSU faculty and staff to help you achieve your goals and help you be successful. But, there is also responsibility for you, the student. It is your responsibility to ask questions, to get involved, and to ask for help if you need it. In a learning community, students also support each other . You make friends, attend events and activities together, and you help foster the sense of community.
Students work together in learning teams, paired with a Peer Mentor and a faculty member from the department or major. A Peer mentor is an upper class WSU Student who has taken the course connected to the Learning Community or is in the same major. Faculty working with the Learning Community will develop customized course materials, and focus the specific direction of the learning community Most Learning Communities are focused around a course or major. Each Learning Community Peer Mentor will attend class with you, and set up meeting times for various events like study sessions, community service projects, trips around mid-town Detroit, WSU campus events, social events, etc. Each Learning Community is different, so these events will vary.
Learning Communities make a big university feel smaller and more accessible. There is a big difference between a high school of 1,000 or 2,000 students, and a college campus of over 35,000. Sometimes, making that transition from high school to college is a challenge—Learning Communities help to bridge that transition, and give you a group to connect with and be an active part of. Our research shows that WSU students who participate in Learning Communities get better grades. Each learning community has at least one faculty member and peer mentor assigned to it, for more 1-1 time with each student. As a part of an Learning Community, you will participate in activities on and around campus.
Describe each a little Please check the brochures/website for explanation of eligibility for each LC, and for more information on how to contact the Learning Community coordinator.
In your packet, please see the Learning Community folder and brochure that contains a brief description of the Fall 2009 Learning Communities. This will give you a better idea of options for next fall. Also, please know that the program is growing! The Learning Community Program at WSU started with just five communities in 2005, now we have over 35 to choose from. Our goal is to have everyone involved in a Learning Community; every incoming freshman student—we also include Learning Community opportunities for transfer students and graduate students as well. Is there a Learning Community for everyone? We have a wide variety of Learning Communities, and we hope that there is one available that interests you. Currently, there are 1500 students in Learning Communities, 1100 are freshmen. Please check our website for updates and additional information.
Our new website has LOTS of updated information about all the new Learning Communities, program information, etc. Check it out!
Explain what “central” means -- that is, computing services and resources that are “centrally provided” by C&IT to all students, faculty and staff. Whereas certain departments provide computers or software only for use by their own students.
Your AccessID is on your OneCard. You also can look it up yourself in the WSU Online Directory -- linked off wayne.edu and computing.wayne.edu Everyone is expected to use AccessID services in a responsible and respectful manner. Illegitimate uses (e.g., spam, illegal file sharing, exploiting machines, etc.) are strictly prohibited . Your temporary password is your 9-digit ID number, which ALSO is printed on your OneCard. Talk about taking the challenge question and response seriously -- only YOU know the answer to the question. WRT changing passwords: if you work as a student assistant on campus, you have to change your password every six months. Mention that even if the student has been in Pipeline as an applicant, now that they are an admitted student, they HAVE to log in again toa ctivate their WSU e-mail account in Wayne Connect and create a professional E-mail Name.
Can mention the additional apps in Wayne Connect: Task Management, Documents
Note: accessing Blackboard thru Pipeline does NOT create a situation in that your Bb session times out like Pipeline does. Testing has verified that Bb opens in a separate window and separate session. NO NEED TO BRING THIS UP ANY LONGER! IMPORTANT: Please mention to students that, at the end of the semester, they go through Pipeline to obtain their official FINAL GRADES.
Mention that the Software Clearinghouse website is secure – for using a credit card And also mention that EndNote is a FREE DOWNLOAD also – it is Bibliographic Management Software for research projects. For those who DO NOT HAVE a high-speed Internet connection at home, tell them they can download software at the Undergrad Library and either burn to CD or copy to a USB Flash Drive.
Point out that ONLY those with Windows computers must use Cicso Network Admission Control (NAC) Agent -- formerly called Clean Access Agent -- to keep the WSU Network secure.
WRT changing passwords. This is another opportunity to mention that, if you work as a student assistant on campus, you have to change your password every six months, like all e mployees. You also could point out where the link is to the WSU Policy on Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources – on the bottom of every page on C&IT’s Website at computing.wayne.edu.
Mention the PC Clinic’s reasonable rates for servicing and repairing personally owned computers.