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Journal Citation Reports 2018 Update

If you want to see which articles, institutions, and regions contributed to a Journal Impact Factor (JIF), you can check the new journal profile pages in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 2018 release. Take a video tour. By providing contextual data, Clarivate Analytics, the producer of JCR, is responding to irresponsible uses of the JIF, a journal level metric, to evaluate individual articles or researchers. Authors can use this information to identify which journals to publish their research in. Some predatory journals incorrectly claim to have Journal Impact Factors (JIF), but you can use JCR to verify your choice before submitting your manuscript.

Sign up for the Fall Writing Retreat

Need to make writing a priority but can’t find the time? Our Fall Writing Retreat can help you meet your writing and publishing goals. The 2-day retreat, sponsored by the CTL's Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication, will be held on the weekend of September 8-9 at Scott Library. It is open to Jefferson faculty, fellows, postdocs, and other researchers writing for publication. You’ll be left alone to write, but you’ll also have writing consultants on hand to give feedback or guidance if you need them. Questions? Contact Jennifer Wilson (jennifer.wilson@jefferson.edu) or Pam Walter (pamela.walter@jefferson.edu).

View details and register

 

Grammarly: Premium Version Available for Jefferson Users

Grammarly benefits you in three ways when you upload documents to this handy editing tool. First, it allows you to check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Second, it reports any noticeable error patterns so you can learn not to make them. Finally, if you turn the plagiarism feature on, you can see any part of the document that reads too much like another found in the Grammarly database of “16 billion web pages and ProQuest's databases.”

 All Jefferson students, faculty, and staff with jefferson.edu email accounts can sign up for the premium version (or upgrade to it from the free version). 

NVivo Software Now Available via Jefferson Site License

NVivo is software that organizes and analyzes qualitative data. It is primarily used by qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required. Previously, NVivo was only available on two computers on the 3rd floor of Scott Library. We now have a site license for the software, allowing access from any computer using your university campus key and password.

 

One Button Studio: DIY Video Recording in Scott

Room 411 Scott is now a One Button Studio open free of charge to all Jefferson faculty, staff, and students by reservation. The One Button Studio is a simplified video recording setup that can be used without any previous video production experience. The design of the studio allows you to create high-quality, polished video projects without prior knowledge of lights and cameras. You only need to bring your flash drive with you and push a single button.

Learn@TJU App: Enhanced for Residents

The free Learn@TJU app, introduced in 2016, gave Jefferson students, faculty, and staff convenient mobile access to TJU campus and academic resources–including links to key web sites, calendars, contact information, and news. Updates to the app have included social media integration, emergency contact information, and the introduction of role-based personas for navigating the content. The latest version of the app features a new Resident persona, allowing users to focus on content curated specifically for Jefferson residents.

10th Annual Faculty Days Program, June 5th

The 10th Annual Faculty Days Program, Jefferson's end-of-year tradition of collegial sharing of best practices in teaching and learning, will take place on Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, from 9 am to 5 pm, on the East Falls Campus: the DEC Field Center, 4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.

This year's theme is New Frontiers in Collaboration. Topics discussed will focus on collaboration, teaching across disciplines, student engagement, pedagogies in practice, and general teaching & learning.

Customized Consulting to Help Your Writing Teams

The CTL Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (formerly, The Writing Center) already offers researchers at Jefferson on-demand support for their research writing. Now we are introducing a service to help research teams improve their group writing efforts.

CTL Recent Changes & Additions

Jefferson’s Center for Teaching & Learning and Scott Memorial Library would like to share some recent additions with you:

New EMS Web App to Manage Center City Campus Room Reservations

In an effort to streamline Jefferson’s self-service Center City campus room reservations, Jefferson will launch a new app in April. Staff and faculty from throughout the Jefferson enterprise will be able to manage Center City room reservations and event details online using the EMS Web App starting April 16, 2018.

F1000Workspace 60-day Reactivations

F1000 accounts created through the Scott Library’s subscription have a 60-day roaming counter. To preserve full functionality, reset the counter by signing in from on campus, or from off campus through the library’s link to F1000.

Dare to Care: Students and Suicide Prevention

The Arlen Specter Center for Public Service presents Dare to Care: Students and Suicide Prevention, The Lawrence Katz Memorial Lecture, on Monday, March 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Kanbar Performance Space on the East Falls campus. The program will be moderated by Maiken Scott, host of WHYY’s The Pulse, and the panel includes:

New CTL Book Groups for Spring 2018

The Center for Teaching & Learning at Center City is hosting two new reading groups this spring:

CTL Spring 2018 Workshops

Download the list of Spring 2018 Workshops from The Center for Teaching & Learning. The programs cover teaching & learning topics, academic research skills, writing for publication, and so much more.

The Cost of Library Subscriptions: Why Open Access Matters

As the new academic year gets into full swing, take a moment to think about the economics of publishing. Where does the academic literature you depend on for your research come from and how much does it cost? Consider these staggering numbers from a recent Science article:

Faculty & Students Invited to Participate in Annual Nexus Maximus Event

Thomas Jefferson University is presenting an opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues — fellow faculty, students, and industry partners — to develop new innovations for refugee challenges through the annual Nexus Maximus event, bringing together a broad range of disciplines to work in teams on big problems and opportunities. Both students and faculty are invited to participate in the 2017 Nexus Maximus event which will take place on the East Falls Campus of TJU (Philadelphia University campus) from September 8 – 11.  LEARN MORE

CTL Introduces After 5:00 Workshop Series

Do you find it difficult to attend a workshop during the day? The Center for Teaching & Learning is introducing 5 workshops in the After 5:00 Series for your convenience. After 5:00 Series workshops begin at 5:30 and most are scheduled to conclude by 6:30 pm. They address issues at the center of teaching and learning across all environments, including creating a learner-centered classroom, facilitating robust class discussions, and crafting more engaging lectures. This series may be of special interest to individuals new to teaching or considering teaching as a profession. Participants are invited to attend all of the sessions or select the workshop(s) of most interest:

Fall 2017 Workshops

The Center for Teaching & Learning offers programs on teaching & learning topics, academic research skills, writing for publication, and so much more. CTL training is FREE to all Jefferson, Methodist, Abington, and Aria faculty, staff, and students. Visit the CTL Training Sessions page to browse the complete list of CTL programs by topic area.

Earn Micro-Credentials With CTL Workshop Tracks

Attend the required number of workshops in one of the six new Workshop Tracks to earn a Center for Teaching & Learning micro-credential (which we’re calling a “Scottie,” in honor of Scott Memorial Library). Completion of a credential is not required, however, and participants are invited to attend any individual session(s) of interest across these tracks.

Join Us For Camp EdVenture, 8/4

Come join us for an interactive day of exploring course design, active learning, and assessment ideas to bring back to your classroom. This will be a place to stretch your imagination, consider new and engaging techniques, and learn more about the power of technologies that support the learner experience.

Share Your Classroom Tips at Faculty Day!

The Center for Teaching & Learning at Thomas Jefferson University and the Center for Teaching Innovation & Nexus Learning at Philadelphia University plan to collect video contributions from faculty at both campuses. Please consider lending your expertise by contributing a teaching tip, strategy, or technique. You are invited to record a brief (no more than 2-minutes) message at the pop-up recording booth at Faculty Day on Tuesday, June 6th. These short videos will be included in a Digital Teaching Inventory that will be housed within the Jefferson Digital Commons.

9th Annual Jefferson Faculty Days, June 6th

Jefferson Faculty Days is a one-day program consisting of presentations by and for Jefferson and Philadelphia University faculty who will share their knowledge, insight, techniques and tips—all designed to improve teaching and learning across our varied curricula.

New CTL Book Groups for Spring 2017

The Center for Teaching & Learning will facilitate two new book groups this spring on Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology by Michele Miller (Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00 - facilitated by Mary Gozza Cohen, PhD) and Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses by Dee Fink (9:00 am–10:00 am - facilitated by Julie Philips, PhD). The CTL will provide a free copy of the text for participants who can commit to attend a majority of the meetings, and we will provide you with your choice of a paperback or an e-book. For others who may be interested, but not able to commit to a majority of the sessions, Scott Library has e-copies of the texts in the collection (see linked titles above) that may be accessed by TJU community members.

CTL Spring 2017 Workshops

Download the list of Spring 2017 Workshops from The Center for Teaching & Learning. The programs cover teaching & learning topics, academic research skills, writing for publication, and so much more. CTL training is FREE to all Jefferson, Methodist, Abington, Aria, and PhilaU faculty, staff, and students. Visit the CTL Training Sessions page to browse the complete list of CTL programs by topic area, including the new Wednesday sessions on Education Technology. Registration links are available under specific workshop descriptions.

Timely Educational Technology Training: Wednesdays in 2017

The Center for Teaching & Learning is launching a new series of weekly sessions to support four key educational technologies--Blackboard Learn, Collaborate, Lecture Recording and NearPod. Every Wednesday we'll offer one-hour sessions on each of these products and the order of the sessions will vary each week. All sessions will be held in Scott, Room 405 and registration is required. For more information, contact: Edward.Everett@jefferson.edu

Jefferson Faculty: Select the Right Journal for Your Manuscript With a Journal Title Report

Are you trying to determine what journal is best for your manuscript? Are you unsure of the legitimacy of the journal title you are considering? Would a succinct journal report help you pick the right journal?

What Determines Impact in Today’s Publishing World?

The rapid increase in the number of open access and subscription-based journals can make it hard for researchers to select which one is right for publishing their research. Adding to their decision-making angst, researchers want to publish in journals that will get their work noticed by respected peers and cited in the literature. In short, they not only want to publish their work, they want to do so in a way that maximizes its impact.

Postdocs and Grad Students Rock the Talk: Presentation on 10/10

All are welcome to the first “Postdocs and Grad Students Rock the Talk” seminar where Travis Eisemann will present “Making Your Own Penicillin after the Zombie Apocalypse”. The seminar, scheduled for Monday, October 10, at 1:00 pm in JAH 407, is part of a new series sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Center for Teaching and Learning. The series offers postdocs and graduate students an opportunity to enhance their oral communication skills and expand their teaching portfolio by presenting a 30- to 60-minute “how-to” presentation. Presenters receive support preparing the talk from Center for Teaching and Learning staff and feedback from the audience.

Learn How Nearpod Can Increase Student Engagement

Nearpod is a presentation platform that allows students in a classroom to interact with content in real time. Thomas Jefferson University has recently purchased premium site licenses for its faculty members and Nearpod is offering an exclusive webinar to introduce TJU faculty to this useful tool for engaging an audience and aiding content mastery. Webinar topics will include:

RefWorks Update

RefWorks, the popular reference management software supported by the Scott Memorial Library, introduced a new version. At this time, we recommend that new users create an account in the Old (Legacy) version instead. Users who have already migrated to the New (ProQuest) version may continue to use that. Please contact AskaLibrarian@jefferson.edu with any questions – consultations are free for Jeffersonians. Learn more

Writing Café Re-Opens Friday, October 7

If you’ve started the semester with plans to publish, the Writing Café offers you the time and place to achieve that goal. Writing Café, open every Friday this fall semester from 9am to 11am in Scott Memorial Library room 200A, is a quiet space where writers can gather to work on individual writing projects. Drop in anytime and stay as long as you like. All you need to bring is your laptop (or just a pad of paper).

CTL Announces Workshops for 16/17 Academic Year

The Center for Teaching & Learning has posted a full slate of workshops for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. The programs, including several new offerings this year, begin in August and cover teaching & learning topics, educational technologies, Blackboard Learn, academic research skills, writing for publication, and so much more.

8th Annual TJU Faculty Days

The 8th Annual Thomas Jefferson University Faculty Days were held on Tuesday, June 14th and Wednesday, June 15th in Jefferson Alumni Hall. This event features presentations by and for Jefferson faculty, to share knowledge, insight, techniques, and tips designed to improve teaching and learning and to foster innovation across our varied curricula. The Center for Teaching & Learning was well represented this year with several posters and presentations by CTL staff and three awards recognizing individual service to TJU colleges and programs.

CTL Staff 2016 TJU Award Recipients

The Center for Teaching & Learning is proud to announce that three of our staff members received awards, including two of the Outstanding Service Recognition Awards presented by individual colleges, at Thomas Jefferson University’s Annual Awards Ceremony held on June 15th. “The Outstanding Service Recognition Awards recognizes a Jefferson employee who has rendered exceptional service to the college and its students by demonstrating flexibility, problem solving, attention to the needs of students and other constituents, and going above and beyond the call of duty.” Tony Frisby, Director of the CTL and Scott Memorial Library was the recipient of the Jefferson College of Health Professions award and Kathy Day, Instructional Design Specialist, was recognized by the Jefferson College of Nursing.

The Writing Café Is Closed for the Summer

The Writing Café has closed for the summer. Faculty and staff can contact the CTL Writing Center anytime for assistance meeting writing and publishing goals or with suggestions for the Writing Café. Contact Jennifer Wilson at (215) 503-0441 or jennifer.wilson@jefferson.edu. Students seeking assistance with assignments should contact Jim Dyksen at the Student Writing Center at (215) 503-2787.

Atomic Learning: Free Online Tech Training 24/7

Atomic Learning is a new online training option for Jefferson faculty, staff and students. Now you can access training on Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Blackboard, and much more, 24/7 via Blackboard. Courses cover over 250 software applications, as well as career skills, including: APA Style, Excel, Outlook, Prezi, SPSS and Twitter. View a list of the brief “how-to” topics and the in-depth workshops offered.

Respondus and Secure Exam Browser Ending 6/30

Attention Faculty: The Center for Teaching and Learning is not renewing the contract for Respondus 4.0 (test bank software) and Secure Exam Browser as of June 30, 2016. The utilization of these products is too low to warrant their expense since most colleges and programs have adopted ExamSoft. If you use Blackboard to deliver your assessments and want to be sure you have all your content optimized for the loss of Respondus on June 30th, contact Kathy Day at kathleen.day@jefferson.edu as soon as possible.

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Login Benefits

The Chronicle of Higher Education is the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Did you know that our institutional subscription to the Chronicle includes off-campus access, a daily newsletter, and mobile access (including an iPad app) if you register for a personal account using your campus email account?

Active Learning Space Symposium: Save the Date (8/12/16) and Call for Papers (6/10/16)

The Active Learning Space Symposium, to be held at Philadelphia University on Friday, August 12, 2016, will bring together thought leaders in design, implementation and assessment and will focus on how the built environment and technologies in a learning space can support, nurture, and optimize active learning. This one-day event is open to anyone interested in active learning spaces, regardless of experience.

CTL Welcomes Dr. Mary Gozza-Cohen

Mary Gozza-Cohen, PhD, joined the Center for Teaching and Learning as an Instructional Design Specialist on April 4, 2016. Dr. Gozza-Cohen earned a doctorate from the University at Albany/SUNY in Educational Psychology and her research interests primarily involve online teaching and learning, technology integration, and Universal Design for Learning in higher education.

New Resources in Magna Learning Commons

Magna Learning Commons, a library of online seminars for faculty and administrators, is available through the Center for Teaching and Learning Organization in Blackboard Learn. Check out the following recently-added programs:

CTL Open Access Hours

Come to the Center for Teaching and Learning Open Access Hours for help with your course syllabus, assignment design, or technology questions. CTL members will be available for real-time assistance on Wednesday afternoons between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

CTL Program on Communication Anxiety at Leadership LIVE

In a recent session titled “Embracing Glossophobia – The First Step to Controlling Communication Anxiety”, Jefferson students learned skills for effective, engaging public speaking from Julie Phillips, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning. During the interactive session, Julie focused on communicating in different contexts and discussed ways to overcome public speaking fears while encouraging students to explore their personal communication habits and practice techniques for improved public speaking. The more than 50 students in attendance responded with enthusiasm, with some noting that the session helped them learn a critical skill for success in health care.

CTL’s Martha Ankeny receives Interprofessional Education Award

Martha Ankeny, Director of Learning Initiatives for the Center for Teaching & Learning, was selected as this year’s recipient of the James B. Erdmann Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice for Administrator/Staff. This award is given to an administrator or staff member of TJU or TJUH whose leadership efforts and work to advance interprofessional education and collaborative practice have impacted colleagues, staff, students and patients. Martha serves on the JCIPE Curriculum Committee as well as on the JCIPE semi-annual conference planning committee. Congratulations, Martha.

Collaborate--Blackboard's Virtual Classroom: New Workshop 3/16

The CTL is offering a new workshop on Collaborate, Blackboard’s Virtual Classroom.

Talk and Luncheon to Celebrate Fair Use Week 2016

The Fair Use doctrine establishes essential limitations and exceptions to copyright, allowing the use of copyrighted materials without permission from the copyright holder under certain circumstances. Fair use is a flexible doctrine, allowing copyright to adapt to new technologies and it facilitates balance in copyright law, promoting further progress and accommodating freedom of speech and expression. While fair use is employed on a daily basis by students, faculty, librarians, journalists, and all users of copyrighted material, Fair Use Week 2016 (February 22-26) is a time to promote and discuss the opportunities presented, celebrate successful stories and explain the doctrine. 

Tips For Meeting Your Writing Goals In 2016

If you listed “write more” or “publish more” on your list of New Year’s resolutions, keep reading.

The Learning Teacher: CTL Reading Club for Spring 2016

The CTL Reading Club is an opportunity to discuss the trends and research related to the practice of teaching and learning with your colleagues in the Jefferson community. The goal is to promote professional development, discussion, and reflection while forming a network of like-minded peers. By focusing on articles, chapters, and excerpts from publications–rather than an entire text–participants may attend just those sessions that pique interest or curiosity. In Spring 2016 the Club will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month from January through May.

All sessions will take place in Room 200A, Scott Memorial Library. For more information: Contact Dr. Julie Phillips, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning (Julie.Phillips@jefferson.edu or 215-503-4990).

Writing Cafe Makes Things Happen

For all faculty and staff seeking to meet writing goals, the Writing Café is for you. The Writing Café provides you the chance to prioritize your writing each week.  Open every Tuesday from 9 to 10 am and 2 to 3 pm (note new times!) in Room 200A of Scott Memorial Library.

Learn more.

Evidence-Based Teaching in Higher Education: Online Seminar, 12/1
  • Title: Evidence-Based Teaching in Higher Education: Strategies to Improve Student Learning
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 2:00 PM | 40 Minutes
  • Location: Scott, 200A
  • Register for this workshop
Dr. Frisby Selected as Mentor for NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program

NLM/AAHSL Press Release:

Anthony J Frisby, PhD (Director, Center for Teaching and Learning & Scott Memorial Library) has been selected as a mentor in the 2015-2016 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The Program prepares emerging leaders for director positions in academic health sciences libraries through a year-long mentoring relationship with a director of another library and a curriculum focused on developing leadership knowledge critical to enhancing the value of libraries in their institutions. Dr. Frisby will be one of ten fellows and mentors from academic health sciences libraries across the U.S. who will begin their program in November. Since the program began in 2002, twenty-seven fellow graduates have assumed director positions. More information about the program is available at https://aahsl.memberclicks.net/leadership-fellows-program.

iCE in the News

CTL and Jefferson Marketing staff members have been spreading the word about The Interactive Curricula Experience Platform & App (iCE) through web publications and social media. The September 15th issue of eCampus News includes a lengthy piece--iCE + iPad= curricular superstar--about the e-learning platform, developed with Digital Wave, that was launched this summer at Jefferson. iCE allows for multidisciplinary collaboration on course development throughout the University and delivers content to students through an intuitively-designed iPad application. In addition, Digital Wave and Jefferson have entered a licensing agreement to bring the interactive platform to market.

Choosing and Using Group Activities in the College Classroom: Online Seminar 10/13

·         Title: Choosing and Using Group Activities in the College Classroom

·         Date/Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | 12:00PM EST | 40 Minutes

·         Location: Scott, Room 200A

·         Register for this workshop

CTL Training Sessions for 2015/2016

The Center for Teaching & Learning offers workshops for Jefferson faculty, staff, and students on Blackboard Learn, instructional technology, writing for publication, and other teaching and learning topics.

Download a list of offerings for academic year 2015-2016. To see the full list of scheduled and on-demand workshops, and to register online, visit the CTL Training page.

Make Time for Writing This Fall

Does “write more” keep getting pushed to the bottom of your to do list? Are you paralyzed by the amount of work needed to publish your research? Do you have a half-finished manuscript gathering dust on your desk? The Writing Café in Room 200A of Scott Memorial Library provides you a chance every Tuesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. to prioritize your writing. Put the Writing Café on your calendar, start showing up, and watch your writing projects flourish.

Important News for ExamSoft Users!

Students and faculty can now use their Campus Key and Campus Key password to access ExamSoft. This affords both heightened security and the convenience of a single sign-on. As part of this project your URL for the ExamSoft website has also changed. Look for an email supplying you with the new URL specific to your college. Be sure to change your bookmark for easy access.

The Learning Teacher: CTL Reading Club

The CTL Reading Club is an opportunity to discuss the trends and research related to the practice of teaching and learning with your colleagues in the Jefferson community. The goal is to promote professional development, discussion, and reflection while forming a network of like-minded peers. By focusing on articles, chapters, and excerpts from publications–rather than an entire text–participants may attend just those sessions that pique interest or curiosity. The CTL Reading Club will meet from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month from September through May. (See topics below.)

All sessions will take place in Room 200A, Scott Memorial Library. For more information: Contact Dr. Julie Phillips, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning (Julie.Phillips@jefferson.edu or 215-503-4990).

Kathy Day is Jefferson's ExamSoft Ambassador

ExamSoft is an iPad-based testing solution that supports the entire testing process from exam creation, administration and delivery to scoring and analysis. Use of ExamSoft on the Jefferson campus has been growing and CTL Senior Instructional Designer, Kathy Day, has recently been designated an "ExamSoft Ambassador."

Welcome to the New Scott Library Website!

A new Scott Memorial Library website was officially launched on Tuesday, August 18th. The site has been reorganized and simplified and it uses styles and visual elements found on the other Jefferson campus sites. Learn More...

Thomas Jefferson University Launches Interactive Curricula Experience

New Curriculum Platform uses iPads to Meet Students Where They Are – On Mobile Devices

PHILADELPHIA – August 11, 2015 – The Center for Teaching and Learning at Thomas Jefferson University announced the launch of its Interactive Curricula Experience Platform & App – or iCE. This new, web-based platform allows for multidisciplinary collaboration on course development throughout the University and delivers content to students through an intuitively-designed iPad application. Faculty members from each of Jefferson’s six colleges are already building modules and courses on iCE in preparation for the Fall 2016 semester.

New Journal: Pedagogy in Health Promotion

Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PHP), a new journal publication from the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), is now available at Jefferson. PHP "advances pedagogy through contributions in areas such as curriculum and course/program design, assessment, and administration relevant to teaching and learning. The quarterly journal includes works addressing the art and science of teaching and learning, and how it contributes to the formation and ongoing development of the health promotion professional working in any site and with a range of populations."

Congratulations, Dr. Frisby!

The CTL is proud to announce that Tony Frisby, Ph. D., Director, Center for Teaching and Learning & Scott Memorial Library, was a 2015 recipient of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education. The award is given to faculty who: 1) demonstrate superior effectiveness as a teacher and devote significant time/effort to teaching over a sustained period of time, or 2) demonstrate major contributions to an educational course, clerkship or program of training.

Jennifer Wilson Earns ELS Certification

Jennifer Wilson, our Writing Center medical writer and editor, is now a certified Editor in the Life Sciences (ELS).

Blackboard Support Update

The Center for Teaching and Learning provides support for Blackboard, Jefferson's Learning Management System (LMS). Congratulations to Edward Everett, CTL Instructional Support Specialist, who recently completed the course work and certification to be a Blackboard course administrator. Ed is now able to provide the complete range of course and community related functions in Blackboard.

CTL Support for Blended Learning

EDUCAUSE, an organization at the front of innovation in teaching and learning in the digital environment, recently recognized Ivy Tan (CTL Instructional Design Specialist) as a Blended Learning Designer. To earn the credential, Tan completed a five-week blended-learning seminar facilitated by the University of Central Florida and then submitted an e-portfolio for review by a team of national experts.

Request Materials Now for Fall 2015 Courses

Dear Faculty and Course Coordinators,
It’s time to submit your course material requests for Fall 2015. To facilitate our ability to secure your requested materials, we are asking for your submissions by May 29, 2015.

Writing Café Summer Hours

Does “write more” keep getting pushed to the bottom of your to do list? Are you paralyzed by the amount of work needed to publish your research? Do you have a half-finished manuscript gathering dust on your desk? The Writing Café in Room 200A of Scott Memorial Library provides you a chance every Tuesday from 8 to 10:00 a.m. to prioritize your writing. Put the Writing Café on your calendar, start showing up, and watch your writing projects flourish.

Introducing iCE (Interactive Curricula Experience) for Fall 2015 Courses

The Center for Teaching & Learning presents iCE: interactive Curricula Experience Platform & App. A web-based platform and iPad app, iCE delivers faculty-generated content directly to students’ iPads, laptops, or desktops for a connected learning experience. Faculty wishing to learn more, or to adopt, this interactive technology for storing, sharing and organizing instructional content must attend a workshop introducing the iCE Builder interface and student app, so they can prepare content for the Fall 2015 semester.

CTL Announces Faculty Book Club

The Center for Teaching & Learning announces its first book selection for a new faculty book group to encourage conversation about teaching and learning at Thomas Jefferson University--Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning by J. A. Bowen (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012).

Follett Faculty Discover: Find Resources for Your Course

Dear Jefferson Faculty,

We are excited to share a new resource made available by our new bookstore operator, Follett.  Beginning in January 2015, students will be able to order books and related course materials that you have selected for use in your course. For this semester, Follett will be using the course material requests you’ve already sent to the Bookstore.  For the Fall 2015 semester, you will be able to use this convenient tool to select your textbooks and any other related course resources you want to include. In January we will send out additional information on available workshops to learn how to use Follett Faculty Discover.

F1000 Mobile App

Faculty of 1000 launched a mobile app for its F1000Prime service. It’s free to Jeffersonians: register for an account, then use the same login credentials after downloading the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

F1000Prime provides recommendations and reviews from top faculty of the best research articles in biology and medicine.

New Professional Development Resources from Magna Learning Commons

Magna Learning Commons, a library of online seminars for faculty and administrators, is now available through the Center for Teaching and Learning Organization in Blackboard Learn. You can access this resource whenever and wherever you are. Watch seminars at home, at work, in a group, on a tablet, or even on a smartphone. The vendor’s site works best with Internet Explorer or Google Chrome (Mac or PC). These resources also work on the iPad.

Join a CTL Learning Community

The Center for Teaching and Learning is partnering with the Institutional Faculty Development Committee to promote five learning communities this year. All learning communities are open to any faculty, staff or students interested in the topic and each community will set its own agenda and meeting style. For example, the Online Learning community group meets every other month and, much like a journal club, selects one or two papers for the group to read and then meets over lunch to discuss the papers.

JournalGuide Verifies That Journals Are Legitimate

JournalGuide helps researchers find the best journal for their manuscript. Now the free online database has added a verification service to make it easier to evaluate whether journals are not only suitable, but also trustworthy.