Center for Academic Excellence – Fall 2014 Updates

CAEBlogOn behalf of everyone working with the Center for Academic Excellence, welcome back to campus everyone! And for those of you who are new, we look forward to meeting and serving you over the course of the next several years!

The C.A.E. is slated to  resume services on September 8th. As in years past, we will be hosting the Writing Learning Center, AOP tutoring, International Student & Scholar Services tutoring, and other educational services.

In addition to these services, the C.A.E. will also be sponsoring an expanded number of workshops this year, including:

  • Library instruction for transfer students
  • Library instruction for international students
  • Time management
  • Resource evaluation
  • Annotated bibliographies…

…and many more. You’ll be hearing more about our workshop offerings, including dates and times, very shortly.

Also, save the date! The C.A.E. Open House will be returning to the main floor of the Milne Library on September 24th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. We’ll be sharing information about various tutoring and learning centers, and recognizing all the hard work done by your peer tutors across campus.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

Mark Your Calendar Now…

PlagiarismStudents plagiarize for many reasons. While some are simply trying to get through a course as easily as possible, others procrastinate and panic, taking a few short cuts to get the assignment done. Some students think that text on a “group-developed” web page like Wikipedia does not have to be cited because it is “common knowledge” (not true!).  Others genuinely do not understand how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly.

In this workshop taught by librarians, students will:

  1. discuss how copyright laws and plagiarism rules apply to using material from the web
  2. learn how citing correctly can help avoid unintentional plagiarism
  3. learn how to write a paragraph that successfully and clearly distinguishes paraphrases and quotes from original ideas and language

FALL 2014 WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, September 10, 4:30-5:20   Room: Milne 121
Tuesday, September 16,   3:30-4:20   Room: Milne 104
Thursday, September 18,   6:00-6:50   Room: Milne 121
Wednesday, September 24,   7:00-7:50 Room: Milne 104
Friday, September 26, 2:30-3:20   Room: Milne 104
Monday, September 29, 4:00-4:50   Room: Milne 104
Wednesday, October 1, 6:00-6:50   Room: Milne 104
Tuesday, October 7, 3:30-4:20   Room: Milne 105
Thursday, October 9, 5:00-5:50   Room: Milne 104
Wednesday, October 15 5:00-5:50   Room: Milne 104
Monday, October 20   4:00-4:50   Room: Milne 104
Thursday, October 23   7:00-7:50   Room: Milne 104

There is no pre-registration. Students can just come to the listed classroom at the times above.

Open SUNY Textbooks: New Release!

OST.Instruction in Functional Assessment
Open SUNY Textbooks: New Release! Instruction in Functional Assessment by Marcie Desrochers and Moira Fallon

Instruction in Functional Assessment by Marcie Desrochers and Moira Fallon is the latest publication of Open SUNY Textbooks. Open textbooks help reduce the cost of textbooks and higher education, and Open SUNY Textbooks is an innovative program led by SUNY Libraries and Faculty.

Instruction in Functional Assessment provides students and instructors a foundational understanding of functional assessment procedures. This text includes case studies, role-plays, and assignments to support hands-on application of the material, and resources for instructors in evaluating students’ performance. Available open & free on opensuny.org as an interactive PDF and EPUB ebook.

Dr. Marcie Desrochers
Dr. Marcie Desrochers is an Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Marcie Desrochers is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. Desrochers has conducted research on teaching functional assessment and evaluating the effectiveness of a computer simulation program called Simulations in Developmental Disabilities. She also has extensive experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and supervising students and practitioners in the field.

Dr. Moira Fallon
Dr. Moira Fallon is a Professor in the Department of Education and Human Development

Dr. Moira Fallon is a Professor in the Department of Education and Human Development at The College at Brockport, State University of New York and has over thirty years of experience in the field of special education in public schools. She holds certifications from several states in learning disabilities, behavior disabilities, early intervention, and assistive technology. Dr. Fallon has published widely in issues of inclusion and advocacy for individuals with disabilities, and has been a leader in developing learning communities, promoting school leaders for continuous improvement, and identifying research-based, supportive resources for improving professional skills.

Milne Library is proud to support this new Open Textbook! Be sure to check out the list of forthcoming titles scheduled for publication in 2015. Students, ask your professor if they will consider adopting an open textbook!

Many other organizations are also developing open textbooks. If your subject area is not covered in the Open SUNY Textbooks catalog, check out:

 

 

 

Welcome back! Here’s what’s new @ Milne!

WhatsNewAs always, we’ve made some changes around the library over the summer. Here are some highlights!

Expanded Lower Level study area

We have expanded our seating on the Lower Level along windows — including new tables that all have access to power and comfortable seating.

Based upon student feedback during last year’s study space assessment, we have incorporated different table sizes to facilitate group study and independent study.

Updated Upper Level study area

The open study area on the north side of the Upper Level is primed for new furniture and more comfortable seating. The furniture is scheduled for delivery the first week of class. We apologize for the delay and really appreciate your patience while the new furniture is installed!

We think you’ll like the changes, as these new tables will be powered during the Fall semester — providing more options for students to charge their laptops.

Expanded Tech Help services

Milne Library is partnering with CIT to expand our Tech Help services in the library. Our Tech Help students will now be CIT-trained and managed, allowing them to provide additional services in the Library, such as:

  • Setting up your mobile device on Geneseo’s network
  • Academic software installation
  • Connecting to Geneseo services
  • VPN setup
  • Virtual Lab setup

Kindle Textbooks on Reserve

We are piloting a new way of providing affordable access to textbooks. Starting this semester, we will be circulating selected textbooks on Kindle Fire HD tablets. The Kindles can be checked out for 4 hours and include the following textbooks:

New netbooks & more graphing calculators available

We are now circulating 10 new netbooks. These are much faster Windows 8 devices with touchscreen navigation. In addition, we’ve added 6 more TI-89 Titanium graphing calculators to our inventory, giving us 10 available for checkout at the Service Desk.