CTL Recent Changes & Additions

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

Personnel Changes

  • Gary Kaplan, MS, AHIP, has recently been promoted to Scholarly Communications Librarian. One of Gar’s key roles in this new position will be supporting the training initiatives for LabArchives, the recently acquired electronic lab notebook tool.
  • Kelsey Duinkerken, MSI, our Special Collections and Digital Services Librarian, will have additional responsibility for the Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC). We expect continued growth in the JDC as our institution has grown considerably in the past few years.
  • Pam Walter, MFA, joins the Center for Teaching and Learning as Academic Science Writing Specialist. Pam will allow us to meet the growing need for publication support. She also brings more than 20 years of teaching, writing, and communication coaching experience to our team.

New Name for Writing Center

We’re also announcing a name change for our Writing Center to emphasize their focus on professional writing and publication, which differs from the course-related writing support provided by the Student Writing Center. The CTL’s team will now be the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication. Jennifer, Pam and Julie welcome all Jefferson faculty, staff, and students looking for help with professional writing and preparing for conference presentations.

One Button Studio

Finally, later this Spring the newly completed One Button Studio will open. The studio provides easy--literally one button--high quality video recording to your USB drive. Equipped with the necessary video projection and recording tools, the studio includes a large monitor if you’re presenting slides or other online content, a green-screen if you want to later edit the file and drop in a background of your choosing, or a Learning Glass light board. The Learning Glass allows you to create short instructional videos, similar to the popular Kahn Academy recordings.

We’re currently training the support staff to help first-time users. Even though there is a single button to start the recording process, we want someone to help you select between the monitor, green screen or Learning Glass options for a good experience. After that, it really can be self-service. The One Button Studio can be reserved in advance and will be open to all Jefferson faculty, staff, and students. Look for our ribbon cutting ceremony announcement later this Spring.