Sakai Message Of The Day Archive

University Teaching Awards

There was likely an instructor who made a difference in your academic career as a student here at UNC. The University Committee on Teaching Awards strongly encourages you to nominate a deserving Faculty member or Graduate Teaching Assistant for distinguished teaching awards. Nominations are accepted year-round, however October 1 is the deadline for nominations to be announced in Spring 2018. See more details on University Teaching Awards.


Virtual Lab Course Request Form

Did you know you have access to free software that's available 24/7? Check out Virtual Lab to access software at no cost to you on your computer or mobile device! See details on our Teaching & Learning Blog.

Instructors -- you and your students are welcome to use Virtual Lab during class, however we ask that you submit the Virtual Lab Course Request Form due to licensing restrictions. Thank you!


Writing Center Handouts

Looking for quick advice on a common writing challenge? The UNC Writing Center has more than a hundred online handouts and videos created specifically for Carolina students. Here are the topics on their Tips and Tools page -- we recommend you check them out!


Attention Undergraduate Faculty

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Faculty-student interaction is key to undergraduate success.

Undergraduate Faculty: The Academic Progress Reporting period is now open for Fall 2017 in ConnectCarolina, and we encourage you to share feedback with your students by Tuesday, October 31. These reports are intended to encourage students to reflect on their academic performance and take action in a timely manner. See more information from The Office of Undergraduate Retention.


Learning Center Semester Kick Off

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Start off your semester wisely through the Learning Center's Semester Kick Off! Outline semester goals, create a balanced weekly routine, and complete a semester planner. Snacks and door prizes included.

Semester Kick Off [Registration]
Tues Aug 29
5pm - 7:30pm
SASB North Suite 0127


Not seeing your Sakai site?

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Check the Sites button in the top right corner of your Sakai screen if you are not seeing your Sakai site. You can easily "star" your favorite Sakai sites and organize how they are listed at the top of your screen. Check out our blog for more details!


Trying to create your course site but seeing this message? Want separate course sites?

The course creation process creates only one course site at a time. The above message means your roster is attached to another course site. This happens when checking multiple rosters during the course creation process. You must remove the extra roster from the current course site in order to create a new site for this roster.

Go to the created course site > Site Info > Edit Class Roster(s) > check roster to remove > Remove Selected

See course creation tutorial


Create Course Site

Are you teaching and need to create your course site? Go to Worksite Setup > New or check out our Create a Course Site tutorial for instructions! You must be listed as the course instructor in ConnectCarolina to create your Sakai site. Instructors with the TA role cannot create course sites. Contact your departmental course scheduler to list you as one of the following in ConnectCarolina:

NOTE: It may take up to 24 hours after being added in ConnectCarolina for the course roster to appear in Sakai.

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Caught a Phish?

Have you received an email attempting to get your login credentials or financial information? There was likely a sense of urgency in the email. You may have received a phishing email and should forward the email as an attachment to phish@unc.edu. Do not click on any links or open any attachments in the email. Please note that the University will never ask for your credentials by "clicking here" or ask you to provide your Onyen and password to verify an account or maintain a service. More information can be found on ITS Phish Alerts.

What is phishing? See the ITS video for tips on spotting phishing and spam emails: Phish for Fish


Discover the MRC

The MRC: A place to find reserves, watch films, reserve video camera equipment, and more!


SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Check out the SkillfUL Tech Workshops this month at the Undergraduate Library to learn a new tech skill! No registration required. All classes are held at NOON. 


Test Prep Resources at Learning Center

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Check out what test prep resources are available to you at the UNC Learning Center!

  1. Free online practice test or Princeton Review info session
  2. GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT class with The Princeton Review locally or online at discount
  3. Test Prep Library at SASB North Suite 0118
  4. Academic Coaches

Which slide grabs your attention?

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Check out our Teaching & Learning Blog for our PowerPoint design series on communicating more visually!

We cover basic principles of good PowerPoint design to not just make your slides more visually appealing but to ultimately help students better grasp the content of your lecture and therefore improve their learning experience. We invite not just instructors but students and staff members to see tips on enhancing your presentations!


Reuse Resources between Sites

Need to copy or move content in Resources from one Sakai site to another? Click on the Copy Content from My Other Sites link at the bottom of your Resources page to display content from your other sites! You must be on the main, top-level folder of your Sakai site Resources to view the link.

NOTE: You can also import content from tools between sites through Site Info > Import from Site.


Be a Peer Tutor & Get Course Credit

Want to Serve as a Peer Tutor for EE Course Credit in Fall 2017?

Find out more about EDUC 387, a hands-on learning experience that allows you to help your peers, gain leadership skills, brush up on course content, and build your resume. More information and an application can be found at the Learning Center.


Taking a class this summer?

Check out summer.unc.edu for information on attending Summer School at UNC. Find resources on transcripts, textbooks, transportation/parking, events, and other student services.


Final Grades in ConnectCarolina

Instructors -- Don't forget that final course grades must be entered and approved in ConnectCarolina! They are due 72 hours after your scheduled final exam time. Check the Registrar Schedule to know when your grades are due.

You can easily import your final grades from the Sakai Gradebook to ConnectCarolina using a readily-formatted spreadsheet:

New Gradebook: Import Grades > Export Final Grades for ConnectCarolina
Gradebook Classic: Course Grades > Export for ConnectCarolina [Download]


Finals Boot Camp: May 1-5

Need a productive and supportive study environment for finals? Come to the Writing and Learning Centers for five days of quiet space, snacks, and FOCUS. Drop-in academic coaching also available. May 1st through 5th -- come to any or all. Register here.


Final Exam Schedule & Excuses

Students - the end of semester is quickly approaching. Final Exams begin in about 1 week! Make sure you know your final exam schedule. If you qualify for an exam excuse, be sure to submit your request ASAP. Exam excuses are issued through Academic Advising, and you may need to see a dean and provide documentation. Exam excuses are commonly granted for the following reasons:

Note: Temporary grades of IN and AB factor into your GPA and can impact eligibility.


Important Testing Reminders

Taking an online exam in Sakai? Have your answers disappeared? Here's what you need to know:

  1. Confirm you have dedicated Internet access (wired or wireless)
  2. Use a computer with the Firefox browser
  3. DO NOT have multiple browser windows or tabs open - **this opens multiple Sakai sessions for you and can interfere with your answers and submission**
  4. Use Sakai’s built-in navigation (not browser buttons)
  5. You will time out after 60 minutes of inactivity

See more details


It's Midnight Marathon Time!

Undergrads - join the Writing and Learning Centers for an evening of productivity, snacks, and writing support at the Midnight Marathon! Feel free to drop in or stay for the whole session this Wednesday, April 19, from 6pm - 11pm at the Writing Center's SASB North location. Register here.


Faculty Elections: April 7-19

UNC Faculty -- The Faculty Council makes university-wide educational policies and it is time to vote in the Faculty Elections. All members of the Voting Faculty should have received a ballot email on April 7th with the subject line "Faculty Elections Ballot 2017" with a unique ballot link. Faculty have until April 19 to cast their ballot. More information can be found on the Office of Faculty Governance Elections webpage.


CFE Faculty Showcase Slides Available

UNC Faculty -- Did you miss the CFE Faculty Showcase that was held on March 24? Or did you want a copy of the information that was shared at the Showcase? We invite you to check out the Showcase Program page to see all presentation slides and handouts! Thanks to all the presenters for sharing your ideas!


Sakai Tip: Star Your Favorite Sites

Here's a Sakai tip! You can easily organize your favorite Sakai site tabs at the top of your Sakai screen by clicking on the Sites button in the top right corner, next to your name. Simply "star" the sites you want listed at the top. Click on the "Organize Favorites" tab to rearrange how they are listed. See more details on our Teaching & Learning Blog.


Learning Management Systems & Student Success

UNC Faculty & Staff -- Please join the discussion with Dr. Matt Bernacki from UNLV on Learning Management systems and Student Success this Tuesday, April 4, from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in Dey Hall, Toy Lounge. Dr. Bernacki will provide an overview of his research and discuss open questions and important applications for supporting students in higher ed. Dr. Bernacki is finding ways to:

Co-Sponsors:


SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Check out the upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops at the Undergraduate Library to learn a new tech skill! All sessions are in UL 124 (with the exception of the 3/29 workshop) and require registration.


CFE Faculty Showcase this Friday

UNC Faculty -- If you registered for the 6th Annual CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching, don't forget that the Showcase is this Friday, March 24, from 8am - 3:30pm at the Carolina Club! The full Showcase Program is available and we invite you to check it out. Drop in for a session throughout the day or stay for the whole event.

Keynote Address by Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire: "Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades: Metacognition is the Key!"


FREE Peer Tutoring Tue/Wed 6-9pm

Drop in for help on more than 100 of Carolina's toughest undergraduate courses! Take advantage of the Learning Center's free Peer Tutoring service every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6pm-9pm on the 2nd floor of Dey Hall. See which classes have tutoring offered here.

NEW! Check out the list of courses available for peer tutoring by appointment.


Virtual Lab

Looking for FREE software? Access ITS-Teaching & Learning apps anytime, anywhere, from your computer or mobile device on virtuallab.unc.edu. Some of the apps include:


Want to be on the Sakai Homepage?

Every few months we change out the picture on the Sakai homepage and it's about that time. We are launching a contest to find the next photo to be featured on the Sakai homepage! In order to be considered for the very next photo, we must receive your submission by this Friday, March 10, at 5pm. Please note any pictures we receive after this date or any not chosen this time around will still be considered for future homepage updates -- so keep sending them in! Find all the details on our blog!


Register Now for the CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching

UNC Faculty -- The 6th Annual CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching is this month! Check out the full Showcase program, which was just announced! The Showcase will be held on Friday, March 24 at the Carolina Club -- attend one session or the entire event. Session topics include:

Registration & details: cfe.unc.edu/showcase2017.


Major Madness

You’re invited to Major Madness, a major and career exploration event! Major Madness will take place on Thursday, March 2nd from 2-4pm in the Great Hall of the Union. Whether you are undecided and searching for the right fit or you’ve already chosen your major, this event provides you the opportunity to connect with departments across campus. Come learn more about Carolina’s many majors and the numerous research, departmental, and career opportunities available to you. No registration needed.

This event is hosted by Academic Advising and University Career Services.


SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Check out the upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops in March at the Undergraduate Library to learn a new tech skill! All sessions are in UL 124 (with the exception of the 3/29 workshop) and require registration.


Recipe for Résumé Success

How do you make your résumé stand out amongst a crowd? Join The Lab on 2/22 to discuss the key ingredients that make an effective résumé and how spicing it up with good design and creativity will help you catch the attention of prospective employers. Registration is required: bit.ly/register4lab


Visit the Writing & Learning Centers

The Writing Center offers free one-on-one or online support for any of your writing needs, as well as an internationally-renowned collection of helpful writing handouts.

The Learning Center provides students with free academic coaching, peer tutoring, workshops, coaching groups, and support for graduate school admissions tests.


SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Check out the remaining SkillfUL Tech Workshops this month at the Undergraduate Library to learn a new tech skill! All sessions are in UL 124 and require registration.


Attention Undergraduate Faculty

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Faculty-student interaction is key to undergraduate success.

Undergraduate Faculty: The Academic Progress Reporting period is now open for Spring 2017 in ConnectCarolina, and we encourage you to share feedback with your students by Monday, February 27. These reports are intended to encourage students to reflect on their academic performance and take action in a timely manner. See more information from The Office of Undergraduate Retention.


Register Now for the CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching

UNC Faculty -- The 6th Annual CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching is less than two months away! The Showcase will be held on Friday, March 24 at the Carolina Club. Session topics include:

Full program to be announced soon. Please register at your earliest convenience at cfe.unc.edu/showcase2017.


FREE Conference on Transforming the T&L Environment

We invite you to attend the Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment virtual conference, presented by Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Registration costs are waived for all UNC-CH faculty, staff, and students, courtesy of our team, ITS Teaching & Learning. All conference details, including how to access sessions, can be found on our Teaching & Learning Blog (Onyen login required).

Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment
Mon, Feb 13 - Fri, Feb 24
Six 1-hour, non-concurrent sessions each weekdayT
60 total sessions, all online


Not seeing the text box editor?

If you are not seeing the text box editor or having other display issues in Sakai, refresh the page or clear your browser cache! Web browsers will store images and other web content to speed up your browsing experience, so occasionally the browser cache needs to be cleared to show updates. Simply hold down your keyboard Shift key (if you are on a Mac, you may also need to hold down the Command key) as you click on your browser refresh button. You may need to completely clear your cache and close out your browser.


Not seeing your Sakai site?

Check the new Sites button in the top right corner of your Sakai screen if you are not seeing your Sakai site. You can easily "star" your favorite Sakai sites and organize how they are listed at the top of your screen. Check out our blog for more details!


Welcome to Sakai 11!

Sakai 11 is here! There are many new features and we invite you to check them out! See our blog for full details.

NOTE: If the layout is not displaying correctly or you have issues, please clear your browser cache by simultaneously holding down the Shift key on your keyboard and clicking on your browser refresh button.

Please let us know if you notice any bugs or strange behaviors by contacting the ITS Service Desk at help.unc.edu. Thank you!


Sakai 11 Upgrade Outage Dec 20 | 8am-5pm

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The Sakai 11 Upgrade is finally here! Please prepare for Sakai to be offline and inaccessible on Tuesday, December 20, from 8am until 5pm. This is the day after all final grades are due in ConnectCarolina, per University policy. Here is the Gradebook Checklist if you are finalizing grades by December 19.

Check out some of the new features coming in Sakai 11:

We hope you're as excited about the Sakai 11 Upgrade as we are!


Course Grade Tips

Here are important tips on calculating course grades in the Sakai Gradebook:

See more on our Final Gradebook Checklist.

Do you need assistance with your Gradebook? A Sakai expert will be in UL 034 thisTuesday! Register for the help session and stop by any time between 2pm and 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 13.


Take a Study Break with Puppies, Kittens, & Horses!

Academic Advising is bringing back the pups! Come take a paws from exams and meet certified therapy dogs to help de-stress from exam studying. They will be in the Student Union Great Hall Lobby this Thursday, December 8 (Reading Day), from 11am-4pm. Snacks are also provided!

After the puppies leave, stop by PASS in the Great Hall from 4-6pm for free food and interactive 'stress-less' activities. More PASS activities are happening that day from 9am-10pm across campus. Find out where.

But wait! Cats, dogs, and horses will also be at the Health Sciences Library, Room 527 on Dec 8-12! Here's the lineup:


Finals Boot Camp Starts 12/8

Join your peers and the Learning Center for any or all five days of supervised study to help you focus for finals. There will be plenty of snacks and an atmosphere to help you stay focused and productive.

Finals Boot Camp [Register!]
Thurs 12/8 | 12-8pm - Reading Day
Fri 12/9 | 12-5pm
Mon 12/12 | 12-5pm
Tues 12/13 | 12-5pm
Wed 12/14 | 12-5pm - Reading Day


Final Exam Schedule & Excuses

Students - the end of semester is quickly approaching. Final Exams begin the end of this week! Make sure you know your final exam schedule. If you qualify for an exam excuse, be sure to submit your request ASAP. Exam excuses are issued through Academic Advising, and you may need to see a dean and provide documentation. Exam excuses are commonly granted for the following reasons:

Note: Temporary grades of IN and AB factor into your GPA and can impact eligibility.


2017 CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching

UNC Faculty -- Please join us and the Center for Faculty Excellence at the 6th Annual CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching, which will take place on March 24, 2017 at the Carolina Club. This year we have announced a call for presentations! Are you or a colleague using an instructional method, resource, or technology that might interest other instructors on campus?

>> Let us know by this Wednesday, November 30 by submitting a proposal!


Tar Heel Tech Fair: Nov 28

Students -- ITS would like to invite you to join us and learn more about current technologies and I.T. services being offered on campus. Come play some games, eat free food, and get some swag!

Tar Heel Tech Fair
Mon Nov 28 | 10am - 2pm
The Pit


Midnight Marathon

Come to the Writing Center to buckle down and be productive. Writing coaches will be on hand from 6pm-11pm on Wednesday, November 30th for consultation, and there will be fun study breaks, snacks, prizes, and (most importantly!) a supportive atmosphere where you can get lots of writing done. Sign up her


Mobile CCI Printing

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Students - you can now print from your laptop, smartphone, and other mobile devices through CCI Printing! iOS users must install the Pharos Print app and Android and laptop users can print from mobileprint.unc.edu.


Game Plan for Finals!

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Come learn how to best use your Thanksgiving Break to study and prep for your finals. There will be planning tools from the Writing Center and support from Learning Center staff. Bring your laptops and study materials to create a plan to reach your end-of-semester academic goals, and also get free food. This is a great opportunity to finish your semester strong!

Use Thanksgiving Break to Your Advantage! [Register]
Wed Nov 16 | 5pm-7pm
Writing Center (0127 SASB North)


Be a Peer Tutor!

Want to serve as a peer tutor for course credit in Spring 2017? Find out more about EDUC 387, a hands-on learning experience that allows you to help your peers, gain leadership skills, brush up on course content, and build your resume. More information and an application can be found at the Learning Center.


Convert PDFs into editable Text files

Need to edit your PDF files? Saving your PDFs as Text files allows you to edit the text, making the document more interactive. You can copy and paste the content into a word processor, such as MS Word, and then highlight, underline, and edit the text. To convert the PDF:

Open PDF > File > Save As > Text


Last 2 SkillfUL Tech Workshops!

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Only two SkillfUL Tech Workshops remain this semester! All classes are held in UL 124 and require no prior knowledge.

NOTE: Attendants must register for workshops this semester.


Build Your Brand

Register now for The Lab's upcoming workshop, Build Your Brand! How do you tell your story in a compelling and purposeful way? At the workshop, you'll examine what goes into creating an impactful brand and provide steps to help you build your very own.

Build Your Brand [Registration required]
Wed Nov 9 | 7pm - 8:30pm
Carolina Union Suite 1506


Looking for free help on your papers?

Take advantage of the UNC Writing Center, where you can make an appointment or submit your draft online. See the following video to learn more about what the Writing Center offers.

"Every writer needs a reader." - Kim Abels, UNC Writing Center


2017 CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching

UNC Faculty -- The Center for Faculty Excellence and our ITS-Teaching & Learning team would like to invite you to the 6th Annual CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching, which will take place on March 24, 2017 at the Carolina Club! The showcase brings together faculty members from all over campus to celebrate teaching at Carolina. It’s an opportunity for instructors to learn from each other about promising teaching practices and to make new contacts with colleagues across disciplines.

This year we are announcing a call for presentations! Are you or a colleague using an instructional method, resource, or technology that might interest other instructors on campus? Let us know by November 30 by submitting a proposal!


Attention Undergraduate Faculty

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Faculty-student interaction is key to undergraduate success.

Undergraduate Faculty: The Academic Progress Reporting period is now open for Fall 2016 in ConnectCarolina, and we encourage you to share feedback with your students by Tuesday, October 18. These reports are intended to encourage students to reflect on their academic performance and take action in a timely manner. See more information from The Office of Undergraduate Retention.


October SkillfUL Tech Workshops

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Check out these upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops this month to learn a new tech skill. All classes are held in UL 124 and require no prior knowledge.

NOTE: Attendants must register for workshops this semester.

See the full schedule here.


Use Fall Break to Your Advantage!

Use the time before and during Fall Break to make a plan for the rest of your semester! Join the Writing and Learning Centers from 5pm-7pm on Tuesday, October 11th to get your academic life in order while enjoying free snacks. Register here.


BIG NEWS: Sakai 11 Upgrade Dec 20

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We have a very big announcement. We are upgrading to Sakai 11 on December 20!

Please prepare for Sakai to be offline on Tuesday, December 20, as we must take the system offline to apply the upgrade. This outage will occur after Fall 2016 grades are due in ConnectCarolina.

Sakai 11 brings many new enhancements and features, some of which are outlined below. Check out our T&L Blog for more details!

We hope you're as excited about the Sakai 11 Upgrade as we are! Stay tuned for more details!


TAs & Grading

Are your Teaching Assistants unable to view student submissions and enter grades? Make sure TAs are added through ConnectCarolina! This is due to FERPA regulations.

See TA Access and Permissions


Makerspace at Kenan Science Library

Curious about 3D printing, 3D design, or just want to make stuff? Check out the Research Hub at Kenan Science Library! They have workshops nearly every weekday throughout the semester on fun, hands-on projects. All workshops are in Venable Hall Room G301. Here are just some of the workshop topics offered:

Also consider being part of the 8-foot UNC Periodic Table of Elements! See more information from Makerspace and a quick time lapse video of installed elements so far. Only about 10 unclaimed elements remain!


Now Available -- Adobe Creative Cloud

Students: Did you know you can sign up for the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications, including Photoshop, Acrobat and Illustrator, at no additional cost to you?!

Instructional faculty and staff: You too can apply for an Adobe Creative Cloud license.

To acquire a license, visit adobe.unc.edu. Also come celebrate Carolina's partnership with Adobe on 9/27, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the Pit.


Learn a New Skill at SkillfUL Tech Workshops

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SkillfUL Tech Workshops in the Undergraduate Library have started back up! Check out these upcoming workshops to learn a new tech skill. All classes are held in UL 124 and require no prior knowledge.

NOTE: Attendants must register for workshops this semester.

See the full schedule here.


FREE Peer Tutoring Tue/Wed 6-9pm, Dey Hall

Drop in for help on more than 100 of Carolina's toughest undergraduate courses! Take advantage of the Learning Center's free Peer Tutoring service every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6pm-9pm on the 2nd floor of Dey Hall or make an appointment (new!). See which classes have tutoring offered here.


Sept 6 Deadline: TODAY is the last day!

Students, there are several deadlines to be aware of today, September 6. Today is the last day to:

Get more details through the University Registrar.


Want to remove old course sites from view?

You can customize your Sakai tabs or completely remove them from your view (still available in Worksite Setup) through My Workspace > Preferences. Drag and drop site tabs within the 3 columns to position exactly where you want them listed.

Favorite Sites: Tabs visible along top of screen
Active Sites: Tabs visible in "More Sites" drop-down menu
Archived Sites: Sites hidden from top screen (available in Worksite Setup)

See this video explaining these steps.


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Students not seeing your course sites?

Students -- If you are not seeing your course sites, your instructors may not have created or published them yet.

Instructors -- Be sure to publish your site to give students access. Simply click on the (Publish Now) button in the top left corner of your course site or go to Site Info > Manage Access.

Need to create your course site? See this tutorial.


E-Research Tools

Need to look up academic journals and articles for your research papers and projects? Use E-Research Tools to find articles, e-journals, and guides, provided by University Libraries.


Course Grade Tips

Here are important tips on calculating course grades in the Sakai Gradebook:

See more on our Final Gradebook Checklist.


July SkillfUL Tech Workshops

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Only three SkillfUL Tech Workshops remain this summer! All classes meet in Room 124 in the Undergraduate Library from 12pm - 1pm.

See the summer schedule here. No registration or prior knowledge required.


Beware of Phishing Emails

There are several phishing emails being sent to UNC employees and students, including those that appear to be from the Help Desk and ConnectCarolina. None of these are legitimate. DO NOT click on any links in these emails. We recommend you check its.unc.edu/phish-alerts to view reported and confirmed phish attempts.

What is phishing? See this ITS video for tips on spotting phishing and spam emails: Phish for Fish


Create an ePortfolio with WordPress

Trying to put an ePortfolio together? Consider attending the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop on Creating an ePortfolio with WordPress on Monday, June 27. All SkillfUL classes this summer are held from 12pm - 1pm in the House Undergraduate Library, Room 124.

See the full summer schedule here. No registration or prior knowledge required.


 

Use Firefox

For optimum performance, our recommended browser for both PC and Mac users is Firefox.

Other browsers such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Opera may cause unexpected behaviors and errors.

 


Create Your First Webpage with HTML and CSS

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SkillfUL Tech Workshops are back! The first workshop to kick off the summer series is Create Your First Webpage with HTML and CSS to be held on Monday, June 20. All classes will meet in Room 124 in the Undergraduate Library from 12pm - 1pm.

See the summer schedule here. No registration or prior knowledge required.


Library Reserves tool now called Course Reserves

A new, more convenient Library Reserves system was made available in the Spring. Please note that the Sakai tool has been renamed to Course Reserves (formerly called Library/Reserves).

For Faculty:
You can submit reserve requests online, without having to email the library a special form. The new system allows you to add, remove, and edit your reserve material directly.

For Students:
All libraries with reserves now use the new system, for both electronic and physical reserve materials -- only one place to find all your course reserves.

See this 5-minute intro video.

If you have any questions, please contact reserve_reading@unc.edu or hsl-reserves@listserv.unc.edu.


Citation Builder

Having trouble putting together your list of resources for your research paper? Use the University Libraries' Citation Builder to quickly build citations following citation manuals.


Lynda.com available to All UNC users

Want to learn new software or gain creative or business skills for professional or personal development? Lynda.com is a learning company with thousands of online tutorials to help anyone learn new skills, with subjects including Animation, Audio, Business, Design, Developer, Photography, Video, Web, and much more! Lynda.com is available to the entire UNC community through Software Acquisition. Students can also access Lynda.com on Virtual Lab.


Need to watch a film for class?

Check out the Media Resources Center!


Video Creation for Teaching and Learning

Do the words codec, compression, screencast, and render scare you? This Center for Faculty workshop will help move you beyond the jargon to take a holistic approach to instructional video creation. Starting with your teaching and learning goals, you will learn how to plan projects with realistic expectations and outcomes. Through hands-on activities, the CFE will guide you through the complete process of video production, examining content format choices while introducing recording, production, and delivery options.

Video Creation for Teaching and Learning - Faculty only
Option 1: Mon May 23 | 1pm - 3pm
Option 2: Wed May 25 | 10am - 12pm
304 Wilson Library


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Join the STEM Hub @ The Learning Center for their Carolina Women in STEM summer seminar series.

You'll receive a copy of Mindset, by Carol Dweck, which will serve as the basis for discussion. You will also receive a certificate of completion after attending all of the sessions.

WHEN: Wednesdays, May 18 & 25, June 1 & 8 | 2pm - 3:30pm

WHERE: Bingham Hall 301

Apply soon - space is limited!

Questions? Contact: Jackie Stone - jacsto@email.unc.edu


Create Course Site

Need to create your course site? Check out our Create a Course Site tutorial for instructions! You must be listed as the course instructor in ConnectCarolina to create your Sakai site. Instructors with the TA role cannot create course sites. Contact your departmental course scheduler to list you as one of the following in ConnectCarolina:

NOTE: It may take up to 24 hours after being added in ConnectCarolina for the course roster to appear in Sakai.


Congratulations, Graduates!

University Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 8 @ 9am
Kenan Stadium

commencement.unc.edu | live stream


Get Sakai Help in the UL TODAY!

Instructors--have any last-minute Sakai questions before the semester ends? Stop by the House Undergraduate Library today between 2pm and 3:30pm in room 034 to meet with a Sakai expert! Get help on:

Please register for the event to ensure a consultant will be available to meet with you.


Are you ready for Finals?

Join your peers for any or all of 5 days of supervised study to help you focus and prepare for finals. The Learning Center will provide quiet spaces, camaraderie, discipline, abundant snacks, and more! Come to any or all sessions in 0127 SASB North (Writing Center).

Finals Boot Camp [Register!]
Thurs Apr 28 | 12pm-8pm
Fri Apr 29 | 12pm-5pm
Mon May 2 | 12pm-8pm
Tues May 3 | 12pm-8pm
Wed May 4 | 12pm-5pm

Note: You do not have to stay for the entirety of the session for which you sign up.


The pups are back!

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Academic Advising is bringing back the pups! Come take a paws from exams and meet certified therapy dogs to help de-stress from exam studying. Snacks are also provided!

Exam Paws
Thurs 4/28 (Reading Day)
11am-4pm
Student Union Great Hall Lobby


Is it taking too long to create Sakai Tests?

Instructors -- here is a *huge time-saver* you may not have known about creating assessments in the Sakai Tests & Quizzes tool. Did you know you can quickly bulk-upload your test questions? It's a simple copy and paste method!

Check out our blog to learn more!


Writing Center Midnight Marathon

Join the Writing Center at their Midnight Marathon for a final push on your semester papers! Sign up for 20-minute consultations in person starting at 8pm this Sunday at the Writing Center in SASB North. The Writing Center coaches and staff will provide short coaching sessions, fun activities, and snacks to help you settle in and make serious progress on your final papers. Space is limited so register soon to let the Writing Center know you plan to attend!

Midnight Marathon [Registration]
Sunday, April 24
8pm - 11:30pm
127 SASB North


Book a Group Study Room

Need to reserve a study room? You can reserve study spaces yourself from the following locations through University Libraries:


Brainstorming Tips from the Writing Center

What should you do if your paper is supposed to be 7 pages long, but you've only got 3? Here are some brainstorming tips!

For more writing tips or to make an appointment, visit the Writing Center!


Attention Rising Seniors

Rising Seniors--do you have any questions about Senior Year? Come see Academic Advising this Wednesday, April 13, from 11am until 2pm in front of Wilson Library. Come chat and ask questions, and enjoy some free cold lemonade as well!


New Makerspace at Kenan Science Library

Curious about 3D printing? Join the Research Hub at the Kenan Science Library as they host a launch party for the newest Makerspace on campus! Demonstrations and workshops will be held that day where you will be given the tools and space to turn metal, wood, electronics, and fabric into art, fun, and solutions for scientific and technical challenges. Please register for the workshops.

April 12 | Kenan Science Library | Venable G301

9:30am - 11:00am - Design Thinking Crash Course
12:00pm - 1:00pm - Modular Origami
4:30pm - 6:30pm - Come Make and Fly A Kite!
6:30pm - 7:30pm - Musical Circuit Series Demo (electronic music)
7:00pm - 8:00 pm - Sewing with Circuits (wearable electronics!)

Also consider being part of the 8-foot UNC Periodic Table of Elements! See more information from Makerspace and a quick time lapse video of installed elements so far.


Be a Peer Tutor!

Want to become a Peer Tutor for course credit? Apply with the Learning Center and enroll in EDUC 387. Prior tutoring experience is not required, and training is provided during the first two weeks and over the course of the semester. As a peer tutor, you:

Don't forget peer tutoring is offered every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6-9pm on the 2nd floor of Dey Hall on more than 100 of Carolina's toughest undergraduate courses! See classes offered here.


Final Exam Excuse Deadline: April 27

Students--believe it or not, but Final Exams begin in 3 weeks! Certain circumstances usually warrant the rescheduling of a final exam. Exam excuses are issued through Academic Advising through Wednesday, April 27, and students may need to see a dean and provide documentation. Exam excuses are commonly granted for the following reasons:

Note: Temporary grades of IN and AB factor into your GPA and can impact eligibility.


STEM Coaching Group, Tuesdays 3-4pm

Students, be your best academic self! The Learning Center's STEM Coaching Group meets Tuesdays from 3-4pm in SASB North 0127 (Writing Center Café) to help you with the following. Consider registering--there are 4 meetings left!


Campus Study Spaces

Students--looking for a study space that is Absolutely Quiet, Open Late, Reservable, or for Group Study? Check out the University Libraries' Places to Study list to find your perfect place to study!


Inclusive Teaching Workshops

Instructors -- Join the Center for Faculty Excellence and the College of Arts and Sciences in their two-part Inclusive Teaching Workshop to meet with a community of educators who are passionate about diversity and inclusion. The workshop will be led by:

Participants who complete both sessions will receive a certificate. Please register for the sessions, which are held in Wilson Library Room 304:

Part 1: Thurs 3/31 | 12-1:30pm (lunch provided)
Explore the following questions, examine scholarship around these areas, and provide you with solutions to try in your own classroom.

Part 2: Tues 4/19 | 1:30-3pm
Learn together about the implicit bias that both students and professors bring to a classroom and solutions to counteract these biases.


Create More Effective Slides for Presentations

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Are you working on a presentation or lecture? Do you currently use a lot of bullet points and text on your slides? Consider attending the very last SkillfUL Tech Workshop of this semester to learn how to create more effective slides for your presentations! This workshop will be led by our very own Kerry O'Sullivan in ITS-Teaching & Learning!

Presentations that Impress: Create Beautiful and Effective Slides
Wed 3/30 | 10am-11am
UL 124


Want Help on a Paper?

Did you know that you don't need to have started your paper to work with a writing coach? The UNC Writing Center can help at any stage of the process, with anything you're composing, including PowerPoints, blog posts, videos, and podcasts. You'll be surprised how much progress you can make in just 45 minutes! Book your appointment with the Writing Center--your future self will thank you.


Reflection on Student Learning & Your Teaching

Grad Students and Post Docs--We are approaching the end of the semester. Now is the time to reflect on key elements of your teaching and make plans for the next time you teach. Consider these questions:

The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting two sessions on Reflection on Student Learning and Your Teaching at the Davis Library Research Hub (2nd floor) to discuss those questions. Consider attending!


Upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops

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There are only three SkillfUL Tech Workshops left this semester! Check out the two upcoming workshops:

Create an Academic Poster in InDesign
Wed 3/23 | 10am-11am
UL 124

Design a Flyer in Photoshop
Mon 3/28 | 6pm-7pm
UL 124

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule here.


Spring Break To-Do List


                  CC image on flickr
 

 

   Have some free time this week while classes are not in session? Check off these items on your to-do list!

Students

Faculty

We wish everyone a safe and relaxing Spring Break!


Studying for a standardized test?

Get help with Test Prep!


Upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops

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Check out these upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops! They are in the House Undergraduate Library, Room 124.

Digital Photography Basics
Take better photos with your phone and perfect them in Photoshop
Mon 3/7 | 5:30pm-7pm

Build an Infographic in Illustrator
Thurs 3/10 | 10am-11am

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule here.


Evaluation of Teaching

Instructors--Consider giving midsemester evaluations, as they are a valuable strategy for:

The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting two workshops at the Davis Library Research Hub (2nd floor) to discuss the Evaluation of Teaching:

Option 1 [Register]       |    Option 2 [Register]
Wed 3/9 | 12-1:30pm     |    Thurs 3/10 | 12:30-2pm


Major Madness

major madness flyer

Wondering what your major can do for you? Find out at the Major Madness event on Wednesday, March 2, from 2pm until 4pm in the Great Hall. Explore new majors and minors, and enjoy a casual atmosphere to mingle with professors from many campus departments. This event is hosted by Academic Advising and University Career Services, who will be there to answer your questions on potential majors and careers.


How do you use Davis Library?

Davis Library is _______________.

How do you use Davis Library? What would make it a better place? UNC Undergrads, share your thoughts this Wednesday with University Libraries and get free pizza.

Davis Experience Workshop [Register]
Wed 3/2
5:30-7pm
Davis Library Room 214


Free Software on Virtual Lab

Looking for FREE software? Access ITS-TL-Systems apps anytime, anywhere, from your computer or mobile device on virtuallab.unc.edu. Some of the apps include:


Midterm Madness Study Camp

Join your peers for up to four nights of supervised study to stay focused. Learning Center staff will be on hand to keep you motivated and provide optional academic coaching. Free snacks are included.

Midterm Madness Study Camp [Registration]
SASB North Suite 0127
March 2, 3, 7, 8
5pm-8pm


Upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops

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Check out these upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops! They are in the House Undergraduate Library, Room 124.

Build a UNC-branded Website: Use the Heelium WordPress Theme
Wed, Feb 17 | 10am-11am
With ITS Digital Services staff

Build your Resume in InDesign
Mon, Feb 22 | 6pm-7pm
With UNC Career Services staff

Make Sense of Data with Excel
Thurs, Feb 25 | 10am-11am
With UNC Libraries' Research Hub staff

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule here.


Snowed in? Have Class Online!

Don't let the inclement weather disrupt your schedule. See our T&L Blog for details on having class and meetings online.


          Photo by UNC Student Nancy Le


Lessons Workshop Feb 17

The Lessons tool is a one-stop shop for all your course materials. Register for our Lessons Workshop on Wednesday, February 17, from 1pm-2pm in Health Sciences Library Room 307 to learn how you can:


New Library Reserves System now in Sakai

A new, more convenient Library Reserves system is now available! Take this survey to let University Libraries know about your experience with the new tool.

For Faculty:
You can submit reserve requests online, without having to email the library a special form. The new system allows you to add, remove, and edit your reserve material directly.

For Students:
All libraries with reserves now use the new system, for both electronic and physical reserve materials -- only one place to find all your course reserves.

See this 5-minute intro video.

If you have any questions, please contact reserve_reading@unc.edu or hsl-reserves@listserv.unc.edu.


The Art of Networking: Create a Business Card

The Lab from Communications & Creative Services and University Libraries are bringing the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop on exploring the basics of networking and the dos and don'ts of business card design. You'll also have a hands-on learning opportunity to discover how Adobe InDesign can be used as a tool for creating your very own business card.

The Art of Networking: Create a Business Card [Registration Required]
Thurs 2/11 | 7pm-8:30pm
UL 124

See the full SkillfUL Tech Workshop schedule here.


Turn Off Forum Notifications

You can opt to not receive email notifications when a new message has been posted to a Forum.

Course tab > Forums > Watch > No notification > Save

 


Upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Check out these upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops! They are in the House Undergraduate Library Room 124.

Add Style to your Website with CSS
Monday, Feb 1 | 6pm-7pm

Create an e-Portfolio with WordPress
Thursday, Feb 4 | 10am-11am
Monday, Feb 8 | 6pm-7pm

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule here.


Organize Site Menu

Instructors, you can organize your Sakai site menu through Page Order by removing tools you are not using, hiding tools from student view, renaming tools, and reordering the list of tools. Go to Site Info > Page Order and click Save for any changes. To reorder tools, click and drag the tool to reposition it.

Rename tool
(Un)hide tool
Lock tool
Delete tool

Learn about Photoshop and HTML

Want to learn about Photoshop or coding in HTML? SkillfUL Tech Workshops are back in session and begin this week! All workshops are in the House Undergraduate Library Room 124--check out the first two:

Code your First Webpage in HTML
Monday, January 25
6pm - 7pm

Design a Flyer in Photoshop
Thursday, January 28
10am - 11am

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Be a Peer Tutor!

The Learning Center is looking for peer tutors! As a peer tutor, you:

Apply to be a peer tutor here.


Congratulations, Graduates!

University Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, December 13 @ 2pm
Dean E. Smith Center

commencement.unc.edu | live stream


Are you ready for Final Exams?

The Learning Center is holding three more supervised study sessions for their Finals Boot Camp to help you prepare for finals! You will find quiet study spaces, help from the Learning Center staff, and food to stay energized.

Finals Boot Camp [Register]
SASB North, Room 0127
M-W 12/7-12/9
12pm-5pm

Also check out the Learning Center's Final Exam Planning Tools to help you do your best!


Guess who's back...

Academic Advising is bringing back the pups! Come take a paws from exams and meet certified therapy dogs to help de-stress from exam studying. Snacks are also provided!

Exam Paws
Thurs 12/3 (Reading Day)
11am-4pm
Student Union, Great Hall Lobby


Notify Students of Graded Assignments

Instructors, your students like receiving email notifications when their assignments have been graded. You can auto-notify students by email when you have released their graded Assignments. Select "Send notification email to student when the grade is released" under Release Grade Notification Email Options when creating or editing an Assignment. Be sure to save by clicking on Post.


Final Exam Schedule

Students -- Final Exams begin the week after you get back from Thanksgiving Break, so make sure you know your final exam schedule! You can check out the official schedule from the University Registrar.


Town Hall facilitated by Clarence Page: Nov 19

Chancellor Carol Folt is hosting a Town Hall this Thursday to provide the campus community with an opportunity to share perspectives on how to make Carolina more inclusive. Pulitzer Prize Winner Clarence Page will facilitate the Town Hall on race and inclusion. The entire campus community is encouraged to attend, and students, faculty, and staff with a UNC One Card will be admitted first.

Town Hall
Thurs 11/19 | 5:30-7:30pm
Memorial Hall

Live stream of event: With closed captioning | Without closed captioning


Have you seen Phillips 335 lately?

In the video below, Gina Bradford, Classroom Hotline Manager, and Father Michael Antonacci, a Physics TA, describe upgrades implemented in Phillips Hall Room 335 and the positive impacts they have made on the student learning experience. The upgrade included updating back-end equipment, putting technology on the network, and seating with peer-to-peer learning and collaboration in mind.

See our Teaching & Learning Blog for more details!


Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences

Are you curious about research in Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Anthropology, and other disciplines in the social sciences? Come hear from faculty members, student researchers, and OUR staff about their experiences, advice, and guidance on Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences!

Undergraduate Research in the Social Sciences
Hamilton Hall, Room 271
Thursday, November 5
5pm - 6:30pm


CFE Faculty Showcase: Nov 13

UNC Faculty--the 5th CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching at Carolina is next Friday! Register for this event now to learn about the exciting work your colleagues are doing to advance the University's instructional mission. Register and check out the full agenda on the Center for Faculty website.

CFE Faculty Showcase [Register]
Friday, November 13
8:45am - 2:45pm (lunch provided)
The Carolina Club


Explore UNC Majors Oct 26 - Nov 11

Students--want to learn more about math, science, public health, and allied health majors? Academic Advising is teaming up with Faculty members to bring you the Major Exploration Workshop Series!


SACC Safety Tips

With the upcoming Halloween weekend, the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor wanted to share with the Carolina community tips on staying safe. Please see the following video for "Safety Tips from the SACC."

For more information, visit safe.unc.edu.


Free Speech in Higher Ed Symposium Oct 30

You're invited to attend the Law School's First Amendment Law Review on "Free Speech in Higher Education" this Friday, October 30, from 8:30am - 5:30pm. The importance of balancing student expression, academic freedom, and the practical challenges of maintaining a safe campus environment will be discussed with three panels:

Be sure to register for the event.


This week's SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Want to learn about Adobe InDesign? Check out this week's SkillfUL Tech Workshops at the Undergraduate Library, Room 124!

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


CCI Printer Map - New location at Stone Center!

Did you know there's a map of CCI Printers on campus with live status updates? Get up-to-date alerts on how busy printing is at each location and find out where exactly each printer is located. There are nearly 60 printers on campus with a new location at the Stone Center!


Stay connected with CarolinaGO

Have Carolina information at your fingertips through the CarolinaGO app! Stay connected with all things Carolina by downloading the app on your smartphone or tablet. You can instantly connect to the following and much more--

If you are still seeing the old version, here are instructions on getting the new look.


Upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Want to learn about Adobe Photoshop or InDesign? Check out this week's SkillfUL Tech Workshops at the Undergraduate Library, Room 124!

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Upcoming events at the Research Hub

Check out upcoming events at the Research Hub in Davis Library Room 247!

See the full Research Hub schedule.


Campus Survey: Web Conferencing Technology

To help the Carolina IT community learn more about how web/video conferencing tools are used by faculty, staff, and students, the Web Conferencing Committee asks you to take a short 5-10 minute survey to provide your feedback. Please complete this survey by Monday, October 19th.

The UNC-CH Web Conferencing Committee is comprised of IT staff members from Information Technology Services, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University's professional schools. The purpose of this survey is to identify the web conferencing tools currently in use, the level of user satisfaction associated with these tools, and how the use of these tools is currently being supported. The results of this survey will be shared with the CIO's Office.

For more information regarding this survey or the Web Conferencing Committee's work, please contact Brian Fodrey (fodrey@sog.unc.edu).


Papers due? Tests piling up?

Midterm Madness Study Camp will keep you on the ball! Join the Learning Center at their Midterm Madness Study Camp October 5-8 in SASB North, Suite 0127, any time from 5pm-8pm for:


Build an Infographic with Illustrator

Want to learn about Adobe Illustrator? Check out the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop at the Undergraduate Library and learn how to Build an Infographic with Illustrator! The workshop will be held this Thursday, 10/8, from 10am-11am in UL 124.

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Undergraduate Research in the Humanities

Are you curious about research in English, History, Communications, and other disciplines in the humanities? Come hear from faculty members, student researchers, and OUR staff about their experiences, advice, and guidance on Undergraduate Research in the Humanities! Join the Office for Undergraduate Research on Wednesday, October 7, from 5pm-6:30pm in Greenlaw Hall 223 (Donovan Lounge).


CFE Faculty Showcase: Nov 13

Registration is now open for the 5th CFE Faculty Showcase on Teaching at Carolina!

Learn about some of the exciting work Carolina Faculty members are doing in classrooms across campus to advance the University's instructional mission. See full details from the Center for Faculty Excellence. The Faculty Showcase will be held on Friday, November 13, from 8:45am-2:45pm at The Carolina Club.


Upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Interested in Adobe Illustrator or WordPress? Check out these upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops!

All workshops are held in the Undergraduate Library, Room 124. See the full schedule for this semester.


Graduating in December?

Graduating Seniors--Today is the last day to apply for graduation in December! If you expect to have all requirements completed by the last day of this term, you must go to ConnectCarolina TODAY to apply! See more details from Academic Advising and the Registrar's Office.


Retouch and Manipulate Photos with Photoshop

Want to learn how to Photoshop your pictures? Check out the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop at the Undergraduate Library and learn how to Retouch and Manipulate Photos! The workshop will be held this Thursday, 9/24, from 10am-11am in UL 124.

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


ArcGIS Workshop

Interested in learning about ArcGIS? The Research Hub @ Davis Library is hosting an ArcGIS Workshop to give an overview of ArcGIS software to beginners! Data resources from UNC Libraries will be introduced, and the core functionality of the software will be demonstrated and explored with hands-on exercises. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 22, from 5pm-6pm.

See a full listing of Hub events.


New Faculty Orientation Sept 18

Are you a new Faculty member? We highly recommend you attend the CFE Orientation for Faculty New to Carolina this Friday, September 18, from 10am-1:30pm to learn about campus resources available for you. See the schedule and register for the event here.


Design a Flyer with Photoshop

Interested in using Photoshop? Check out the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop at the Undergraduate Library and learn how to Design a Flyer with Photoshop! The workshop will be held this Thursday, 9/17, from 10am-11am in UL 124.

This workshop will also be held on Tuesday, 10/20, from 6pm-7pm in UL 124.

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Study Abroad Fair this Friday!

Thinking about studying abroad? Stop by the Study Abroad Fair this Friday between 10am-3pm in the Student Union Great Hall! Representatives from all over the world, study abroad staff, and past study abroad students will be there to answer all your questions about studying almost anywhere in the world.


Come to the Learning Center!

The Learning Center offers a range of free services to help any student succeed at Carolina. Make an appointment and find out more at learningcenter.unc.edu!


Code your First Webpage with HTML

Check out the first SkillfUL Tech Workshop this semester at the Undergraduate Library and learn how to Code your First Webpage with HTML! The workshop will be held this Thursday, 9/3, from 10-11am in UL 124.

This workshop will also be held on Tuesday, 9/15, from 6-7pm in UL 124.

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Paste copied Resources into Folders

If you are copying or moving content between folders in your Resources, be sure to click on the Paste icon next to the folder into which you want to copy items! You can also click on the folder's Actions menu > Paste copied items. Otherwise, your content will not be copied into the new location.


Semester Kickoff at the Learning Center

Want to increase your academic/life balance? Join the Learning Center for their Semester Kickoff, where you will outline your semester goals, create a weekly routine for yourself, and learn how to maximize your time. Be your best this semester! Snacks and door prizes included.

Wed, Aug 26 | 5-7pm | SASB North 0127 - Register here!


Students not seeing your Syllabus?

If you are using the Syllabus tool, students will not see your syllabus items until the light bulb is lit. Simply click on the light bulb to publish your syllabus!


Students can't access your site?

Make sure to publish your site to give students access. Simply click on the (Publish Now) button in the top left corner of your course site or go to Site Info > Manage Access.


Thesis Statement Tips from the Writing center

Are you working on your thesis statement? Ask yourself these questions or make an appointment with the Writing Center for more writing tips!

If you are writing a paper that makes an argument, does your thesis:

See the Writing Center's handout on thesis statements to help strengthen yours!


View Grades as a Student

Instructors--need to verify what your students are seeing in the Gradebook? You can view the Gradebook as a specific student in your class by selecting the student in your Gradebook and clicking on the student's View of Grades link.

Gradebook > All Grades > Student's name > Student's View of Grades

Learn more on our blog!


Design a Flyer with Photoshop

Come learn how to Design a Flyer with Photoshop at the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop in the Undergraduate Library! The workshop will be held on Monday, July 20, from 12-1pm in UL 124.

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Create an E-Portfolio with WordPress

Come learn how to Create an E-Portfolio with WordPress at the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop in the Undergraduate Library! The workshop will be held on Monday, July 13, from 12-1pm in UL 124.

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Style your Web Page with CSS

Come learn how to Style your Web Page with CSS at the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop in the Undergraduate Library! The workshop will be held on Monday, July 6, from 12pm - 1pm in UL 124.

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Need to Cancel Your Summer Classes?

Cancellation of enrollment is, in effect, the same as not having registration at all. No entry is made on your record and no tuition and fees are charged. You may cancel your registration prior to the first day of class or on/after the first day of class ONLY if you have not attended class. See more details from Academic Advising.


Study smarter, not harder!

Enroll now for the Learning Center's FREE Study Smarter Workshop to learn how to diversify study methods, improve efficiency, and remember more. Your own course materials are incorporated into this one-hour workshop!

Summer Session I: Wed 6/10 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | UL 205

Summer Session II: Wed 7/1 | 3pm - 4pm | UL 124


 

Improve Reading Speed & Comprehension

Enroll now for the Learning Center's FREE Reading Skills Workshops to improve reading speed, comprehension, and retention! Students' own reading materials are incorporated into each workshop.

NOTE: Location TBA


Navigating the Research University

Students--enhance your academic experience at UNC and learn about resources, supports, and services available to you through the EDUC 130 course: Navigating the Research University! Through this 1 credit, graded course, students will learn about motivation, resiliency, and self-advocacy and reflect on their current work toward academic success and graduation.

*Highly recommended for transfer, new, and undeclared students


Welcome to Sakai 10!

Sakai 10 is here! There are several new features now available in Sakai--check out highlights below! You can see an extensive list of new features on our Teaching & Learning Blog.

Please contact help.unc.edu if you notice any issues so that we may resolve them as quickly as possible. Our goal is to continuously work on improving the system. Thank you!

NOTE: Users may need to clear their browser cache to see all updates.


Sakai 10 Upgrade Outage: May 11

We're upgrading to Sakai 10! The Sakai 10 Upgrade will bring several new enhancements, including Extra Credit, Group Assignments, Drag-and-Drop file uploads, and a Resources Recycle Bin!

Please plan for the Sakai system to be offline on Monday, May 11, from 5AM until 5PM as we apply the upgrade. Thank you!


Congratulations, Graduates!

University Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 10 @ 9AM
Kenan Stadium

commencement.unc.edu


Sakai Update - April 27

[Update 4/27, 3:43PM - Formal Notice sent to faculty and staff]

Faculty and staff,

Last night after making configuration changes and restarting the system, Sakai returned to regular operation. These changes were made based on an ITS review of issues, as well as engaging emergency assistance from Oracle, our database support vendor.

Around 11:00AM today, we observed that the system was again lagging. We felt an important and immediate step to take was to make additional configuration changes and once again restart the system, which resulted in an outage from 12:28-12:46PM this afternoon. We had to make the difficult decision to impact those students who were taking exams to solve the issue for the larger population. As a result, we are seeing significantly improved performance. We are encouraging any students, staff or faculty who experience issues with Sakai to report them by calling 962-HELP. This is the single most important tool we have for hearing user problems and identifying trends early.

We believe that much of the reason for the system contention has grown out of end-of-semester activity. I know that this has been disruptive and understand the importance of having Sakai up and running, especially at this critical time of year. I have engaged all members of our team and our vendor resources to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

We will continue to update the campus community as information becomes available. Regular updates are being posted to the ITS website (its.unc.edu).

Sincerely,

Chris Kielt
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO

 

See formal notice sent to students and other updates on ITS Website.

Follow ITS on Twitter [@UNCTarHeelTech | @UNC_TLI] for more updates.


Message on Sakai Outage - April 26

[Update 4/27, 12:30AM - Formal Notice sent to faculty and staff]

Faculty and staff,

On Sunday afternoon at around 2:30PM Sakai began experiencing significant performance issues with intermittent outages. ITS began work shortly thereafter to address and fix the issue. Issues appear to be resolved as of Sunday evening at 10:45PM. We will continue to monitor closely through the night and Monday.

ITS consulted with top system administrators from Oracle, our database vendor. We opened a critical support ticket at approximately 6:00PM and although identifying issues was difficult given the volume and diversity of activity on Sakai, we were able to determine possible solutions. With configuration changes in place at approximately 10:00PM, we restarted the system. As of 12:30AM Monday morning, Sakai remains operational.

We are acutely aware that the timing of this unplanned outage is an inconvenient and stressful experience for both our faculty and students. We are deeply sorry for the disruption. We take such events with the utmost seriousness and will continue to monitor these circumstances.

Regards,
Chris Kielt
Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & CIO

 

Check ITS Website and Twitter [@UNCTarHeelTech | @UNC_TLI] for updates.


"Paws" for a Study Break!

Feeling overwhelmed by finals? "Paws" and take a study break with some therapy dogs to help you relax and prepare for finals. Join Academic Advising this Wednesday, April 29th, between 10am and 4pm in Union Room 2518 A&B to meet some therapy dogs!


Are you ready for Final Exams?

Join the Learning Center at their Finals Boot Camp to help you prepare for finals! Look for quiet study spaces, help from the Learning Center staff, camaraderie, and snacks!

Finals Boot Camp [Register]
SASB North, Room 0127
April 27-29: 12-8pm
April 30-May 1: 12-5pm

Also check out the Learning Center's Final Exam Planning Tools to help you do your best!


Have a Final Exam Excuse?

Final Exams begin next week! Certain circumstances usually warrant the rescheduling of a final exam, such as the following reasons. Students must contact Academic Advising by this Friday, April 24, and may need to see a dean and provide documentation for exam excuses.

Note: Temporary grades of IN and AB factor into your GPA and can impact eligibility.


Writing Center Writing Marathon

The Writing Center is hosting its end-of semester Writing Marathon this Wednesday where tutors will be available for short questions and 25-minute consultations. There will also be food, raffles, and hourly study breaks. Whether you are finishing last papers of the semester or just need a comfortable place to study, sign up for this event! Space is limited.

Writing Marathon
Wed 4/22 | 5pm - 10pm
SASB North, Room 0127


Be a Fall 2015 Peer Tutor!

The UNC Learning Center is recruiting Peer Tutor applications for Fall 2015. Peer Tutors enroll in EDUC 387, a 3-hour credit course, and have the opportunity to:

  1. Build a better resume
  2. Earn credit hours
  3. Review content knowledge for professional exams, such as the GRE, GMAT, & MCAT
  4. Expand leadership skills
  5. Gain knowledge of teaching and learning

Prospective peer tutors must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and a strong command of content knowledge. Prior teaching or tutoring experience is not required as training is provided.

Applications are due August 15, 2015.


Introduction to Flipping Your Class

Are you interested in flipping your classroom? If you have replaced any of your lecture time with an in-class activity, you have begun the process of flipping your classroom. Check out the CFE's Introduction to Flipping Your Class page for details on:


Register now for Summer School classes! Go to summer.unc.edu to check out course descriptions and access their YouTube channel to hear what some instructors say about their courses.

In the summer, you can:


Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault

UNC is one of many campuses across the nation participating in the Association of American Universities' Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault. All students should have received the "Invitation to take part in a Campus Climate Survey" email, which includes a link to the voluntary survey. Students can receive a gift card or be entered to win a cash prize for taking the survey.

Results will be used to guide efforts to continue to encourage a healthy, safe, and nondiscriminatory environment at UNC, as noted by Chancellor Carol Folt. See a message from Vice Chancellors Felicia Washington and Winston Crisp about the survey and Sexual Assault Awareness Month on unc.edu.

Find more information on safe.unc.edu.


SkillfUL Tech Workshops - only 2 left!

Only two SkillfUL Tech Workshops remain this semester! All workshops are in UL 124. See the full schedule here.

Create a Custom Invitation with InDesign
Tues 4/7 | 7pm - 8pm

WordPress: Brand Yourself with an ePortfolio
Wed 4/15 | 7pm - 8pm


First-Year Group Advising Appointments

Still have your First-Year Academic Advising hold? Grab a friend and sign up for a First-Year Group Advising Appointment! Academic Advisors and Advising Peers will help you:

NOTE: Only 400 seats available. Bring your computer.


Reflection on Student Learning and Your Teaching

The end of the semester is approaching. Now is the time to reflect on key elements of your teaching and make plans for the next time you teach. The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting the Reflection on Student Learning and Your Teaching Workshop for you to consider:

Option 1: Wed 4/1 | 12pm - 1:30pm | Davis Library Research Hub
Option 2: Thurs 4/2 | 12:30pm - 2pm | Davis Library Research Hub

*Graduate Students and Post Docs only.


Upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops

Check out these upcoming SkillfUL Tech Workshops at the Undergraduate Library! All workshops are in UL 124. See the full schedule here.

Design a Flyer with Photoshop
Tues, Mar 24 | 7pm - 8pm

InDesign II: Produce a Report
Thurs, Mar 26 | 10am - 11am

Retouch & Manipulate Images with Photoshop
Tues, Mar 31 | 7pm - 8pm


CFE Summer Writing Group Program

The Center for Faculty Excellence is bringing back the Summer Writing Group Program, which brings together Faculty members from all disciplines and career stages to spur productivity and build cross-disciplinary connections. The groups offer a framework of mutual support and friendly accountability that help Faculty set and meet writing goals!

Summer Writing Groups Orientation Meeting - Register today!
504 Wilson Library
Wednesday, May 6
12pm - 2pm - (lunch provided)


Create an Academic Poster

Come learn how to Create an Academic Poster with InDesign at this week's SkillfUL Tech Workshop!

Thursday, March 19
10am - 11am
UL 124

SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Careers in Higher Education Administration Panel

Love UNC and being part of a campus community? Administrators from across the university will share information about their career paths into and through higher education, the rewards and challenges of their work, and insight for those seeking to move into their first or next full-time role on a college campus. All staff and students are welcome!

The panel will take place on Wednesday, March 18, from 12-1pm in the Carolina Union, Room 2420. Lunch will be provided. Register here.

Panelists:


Build an Infographic

Come learn how to Build an Infographic at the Illustrator II SkillfUL Tech Workshop this Thursday!

Thursday, March 5
10am - 11am
UL 124

These SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Course Drop Deadline: March 4

The last day to drop a course is Wednesday, March 4! Last semester, the University instituted a new course drop policy for First-Year Undergraduate students; previously enrolled students remain under the old drop policies. See how the policy affects you here.


BioCell Study Groups

Taking Biology 101? Consider joining a collaborative learning group for Bio 101! The learning groups focus on current lecture content and establish productive and efficient study skills for the course. They also discuss and apply test prep strategies, tools for reading efficiency, and active learning techniques throughout the semester. Register here!

When: Thursdays 4-5pm (Hogan) | 5-6pm (DeSaix)
Where: Writing Center Café (SASB North, Basement)


Write Night Tutoring Sessions

The Writing Center holds Drop-in Tutoring Sessions at the UL on Wednesday nights! Look for the Write Night sign and clipboard starting at 9am on Wednesdays in UL 130 to sign up for 25-minute sessions.

Write Nights
Wednesdays | 5-8pm
Undergraduate Library | Room 130


Test Prep Tuesdays: Study & Coaching Group

Join a free collaborative test prep group for Carolina students! This group provides a structured time and space for test prep study, coaching, strategy development, review, and study planning. New attendees are always welcome. Register here to prepare for the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, DAT, PCAT, OAT, and more!

When: Tuesdays from 4-6pm; all Spring semester
Where: Dey Hall 204

Questions? Contact Marc Howlett at mhowlett@live.unc.edu.


Prepare Photos for Publications and Presentations

Come learn how to Prepare Photos for Publications and Presentations in Adobe Photoshop at the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop!

Thursday, 2/5
10am - 11am
UL 124

These SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


May Graduation Application Deadline: Feb 20

Graduating Seniors--don't forget to apply for graduation! The deadline to apply for May graduation is February 20. On ConnectCarolina, select "Apply for Graduation" from the Academics tab in your Student Center. See more details from Academic Advising.


Advanced HTML & CSS

Come learn Advanced HTML & CSS at the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop! It is recommended that you have a basic knowledge of HTML & CSS before attending this workshop.

Tuesday, 2/3
7pm - 8pm
UL 124

These SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


CFE February Events

Check out some events the Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting this month!

Managing Your Time Effectively
Feb 11 | 12-1:30pm | 318 Wilson Library

Learning Goals & Assessment
Option 1: Feb 11 | 12-1:30pm | Davis Library Research Hub
Option 2: Feb 12 | 12:30-2pm | Davis Library Research Hub

Strengthening Mid-Career Faculty Development
Feb 27 | 12-1:30pm | 318 Wilson Library


Come to the Learning Center!

The Learning Center offers a range of free services to help you succeed at Carolina:

Register for an event today!


Design a Flyer with Photoshop

Come learn how to design a flyer with Photoshop at the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop!

Thursday, 1/29
10am - 11am
UL 124

These SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


CSS I: Add Style to Your Website

Come learn how to improve the look of your web page with CSS at the next SkillfUL Tech Workshop!

Tuesday, 1/27
7pm - 8pm
UL 124

These SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Print Anywhere with CCI

Students are given a printing allotment each semester through the CCI Printing Program and can send print jobs from their laptops to any of the 35+ campus locations! See all the details on CCI Printing, including a live-status map of printer locations.


Peer Tutoring from the Learning Center

Students, need some assistance in your classes? Consider Peer Tutoring! No appointments are necessary to work with a Learning Center Peer Tutor on one of over a hundred courses! Peer Tutors are at the top of their class and receive extensive training and ongoing support from Learning Center Staff.

Peer Tutoring - begins Wed, Jan 21
Tuesdays & Wednesdays | 6-9pm
Dey Hall

*Staff will greet you at the main entrance of Dey Hall's 2nd floor and direct you to a course-specific tutor.


Code Your First Web Page

Interested in learning about HTML? Attend the first SkillfUL Tech Workshop of the semester on Coding your first Web Page with HTML!

Tuesday, 1/20
7pm - 8pm
UL 124

These SkillfUL Tech Workshops are free and require no registration. See the full schedule.


Improve Reading Speed & Comprehension

Enroll now for the Learning Center's free workshops and mini courses to improve reading speed, comprehension, and retention! Start dates are January 15, 21, & 26-29.

Speed Reading & Comprehension:


Teaching a cross-listed course but only seeing one roster?

Cross-listed courses will display as one roster in Sakai, taking the course ID of the sponsoring department. We recommend comparing site participants in Site Info to your rosters in ConnectCarolina to verify all users were added. Note that it may take up to 24 hours for the Sakai roster to update.


Not seeing all your course sites?

Need to create separate course sites but you selected multiple course sections when creating your course site? You can easily remove rosters through Site Info > Edit Class Roster(s).

To see more tutorials on rosters, please see our Roster FAQs.


LearnIT Online & Microsoft IT Academy

Software Acquisition has made available online training resources and tutorials to assist UNC faculty, staff, and students with programs such as SAS, SPSS, Maple, and Microsoft IT Academy. LearnIT Online is a repository of links to online learning for the majority of Software Acquisition's licensed software. Microsoft IT Academy is an e-Learning site that provides over 2000 online courses in developing technical skills and professional development.


Navigating the Research University

Students--enhance your academic experience at UNC and learn about resources, supports, and services available to you through the EDUC 130 course: Navigating the Research University! Through this 1 credit, graded course, students will learn about motivation, resiliency, and self-advocacy and reflect on their current work toward academic success and graduation.

*Highly recommended for transfer, new, and undeclared students


Congratulations, Graduates!

University Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, December 14 @ 2pm
Dean E. Smith Center

commencement.unc.edu


Are you ready for Final Exams?

Join the Learning Center at their Finals Boot Camp to help you prepare for finals! Look for quiet study spaces, help from the Learning Center staff, camaraderie, and snacks!

Finals Boot Camp [Register]
SASB North, Room 0127
Dec 3: 5-8pm
Dec 4: 12-8pm
Dec 5: 11am-4pm
Dec 8-10: 12-5pm

Also check out the Learning Center's Final Exam Planning Tools to help you do your best!


The dogs are back! The end of the semester can be very stressful, so join Academic Advising this Thursday for a fun, relaxing session with certified therapy dogs!

Exam Paws
Student Union, Great Hall Lobby
Thurs, Dec 4 (Reading Day)
11am - 4pm


Writing Marathon


                     Image courtesy of Alan Cleaver

Working on your last papers of the semester? Writing up your research results? Come work on your writing in the Writing Center and get quick help from the tutors! There will be food, prizes, and fun study breaks!

Writing Marathon
Writing Center (SASB North, Lower Level)
Monday, December 1
5pm - 11pm


Convert PDFs into editable Text files

Need to edit your PDF files? Saving your PDFs as Text files allows you to edit the text, making the document more interactive. You can copy and paste the content into a word processor, such as MS Word, and then highlight, underline, and edit the text. To convert the PDF:

Open PDF > File > Save As > Text


Save often and keep backup copies! Did you know that you have 2 GB of storage in Sakai? You can save your work in your My Workspace tab > Resources!


Carolina's New Mobile App

Head out to the Student Union NOW till 2pm to learn about the new UNC mobile app, CarolinaGO! This mobile app was a partnership between students and Information Technology Services to inform the campus of everything there is to know at UNC.

Here are a few things to check out:

  • Emergency Updates & Contacts
  • Bus Tracker
  • UNC Directory
  • Campus Events
  • Dining options
  • Virtual Pit - interactive map of organizations in the Pit
   


SkillfUL Tech Drop-In Workshop

The Undergraduate Library is bringing in one more skillfUL Tech Workshop this semester! Drop in any time this Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm in UL 124 to get help on any project using an HTML template or on WordPress! Come by if you have questions regarding:

Contact Caroline Hallam at cborden@live.unc.edu if you have questions.


Explore UNC Majors Oct 27 - Nov 7

Students--ever wonder what life would be like as a certain major? Academic Advising is teaming up with Faculty members to bring you the Major Exploration Workshop Series!


Intro to Photo Editing with Photoshop

Interested in Photoshop? Check out the next SkillfUL tech workshop for an Introduction to Photo Editing with Photoshop!

Tuesday, 10/21
7pm - 8pm
UL 124

The House Undergraduate Library is hosting a series of free drop-in workshops on technology throughout the semester, so feel free to attend sessions that interest you. No registration required.


National Cyber Security Awareness

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Check out its.unc.edu/ncsam for information on cyber security, made available by Information Technology Services:

Cybersecurity begins with a simple message everyone using the Internet can adopt: Stop. Think. Connect.


Get Help from the Writing Center

The Writing Center provides writing assistance for UNC students, faculty, and staff on any writing project at any point in the writing process. They can help you become more skillful, flexible writers!

Writing Center Tutors can teach:

Watch this video to learn more! "What's the most important thing you've learned from the Writing Center?"


Student Success Workshops

Come learn about resources, approaches, and policies from campus partners that help YOU be your most successful here at UNC! Attend one of these workshops, offered by Academic Advising:

Refreshments provided. No RSVP required.


Style your WordPress with Plugins

Does your WordPress site need a makeover? Check out the next SkillfUL tech workshop on Styling your WordPress with Plugins!

Tuesday, 10/7
3:30pm - 4:30pm
UL 124

The House Undergraduate Library is hosting a series of free drop-in workshops on technology throughout the semester, so feel free to attend sessions that interest you. No registration required.


ConnectCarolina & Infoporte Go-Live Oct 1

As of 8am on October 1, Finance, Human Resources, and Payroll are live in ConnectCarolina, as well as UNC's reporting application, Infoporte! Changes include finding paystubs, updating personal directory information, and more. See what you need to know here.

Note: During the month of October, Finance, HR, and Payroll systems will only be available from 7am until 7pm Monday through Saturday and 1pm until 7pm on Sundays. Student Administration, ePro, and InfoPorte are available 24/7.


Brand Yourself with a WordPress ePortfolio

Looking to put together a portfolio? Check out the next SkillfUL tech workshop on Branding Yourself with a WordPress ePortfolio!

Tuesday, 9/30
3:30pm - 4:30pm
UL 124

The House Undergraduate Library is hosting a series of free drop-in workshops on technology throughout the semester, so feel free to attend sessions that interest you. No registration required.


Proofreading Tips from the Writing Center

Do you need proofreading strategies? Try these or make an appointment with the Writing Center for more writing tips!


Graduating in December?

Graduating Seniors--Today is the last day to apply for graduation in December! If you expect to have all requirements completed by the last day of this term, you must go to ConnectCarolina by 5pm TODAY to apply! See more details from Academic Advising.

Note: There will be a ConnectCarolina outage this weekend starting today at 5pm.


Reading Skills Workshops

Enroll now for the Learning Center's free Reading Skills Workshops to improve reading speed, comprehension, and retention! Workshops are held now through next week and will pick up again at the end of October.

Reading Skills Workshops:


Check out some upcoming workshops and events held by the Center for Faculty Excellence!

TAs and the Honor Court System
9/30, 12-1pm | Graduate Student Center

Learning Goals and Assessment
10/1, 12pm-1:30pm | 214 Davis Library

Campus-Wide Conversation on Faculty Mentoring: Challenges and Promising Practices
10/6, 2-4pm | Wilson Library, Pleasants Room

Evaluation of Teaching
10/22, 12-1:30pm | 214 Davis Library


Improve the Look of Your Web Page with CSS

Interested in learning about CSS? Attend the next SkillfUL tech workshop to learn how to improve the look of your web page with CSS!

Tuesday, 9/16
7pm - 8pm
UL 124

The House Undergraduate Library is hosting a series of free drop-in workshops on technology throughout the semester, so feel free to attend sessions that interest you. No registration required.


Have you heard about the Writing Center?

The Writing Center provides writing assistance for UNC students, faculty, and staff on any writing project at any point in the writing process. They can help you become more skillful, flexible writers!

Writing Center Tutors ask questions that help:

Watch this video to learn more! "What's your favorite thing about Writing Center sessions?"


Code Your First Web Page with HTML

Interested in learning about HTML? Attend the next SkillfUL tech workshop to learn how to code a web page with HTML!

Tuesday, 9/9
7pm - 8pm
UL 124

The House Undergraduate Library is hosting a series of free drop-in workshops on technology throughout the semester, so feel free to attend sessions that interest you. No registration required.


Any of your Sakai pages blank?

If there are links in your Sakai site pointing to external sites, your content may not display due to enhanced security features in the Firefox browser. This can easily be fixed by clicking on the Shield icon in the top left corner of the browser and switching to "Disable Protection on This Page."

See more information from Mozilla Firefox.



Thinking of dropping a class?

Undergraduate Students - Tuesday, September 2nd, is the last day that you can drop classes yourself through ConnectCarolina! After the September 2nd online registration period:

Full details:


Formulas, Charts & Graphs in Excel

Confounded by Excel charts? Attend the first SkillfUL tech workshop of this semester to learn all about Excel charts!

Tuesday, 9/2
7pm - 8pm
UL 124

The House Undergraduate Library is hosting a series of free drop-in workshops on technology throughout the semester, so feel free to attend sessions that interest you. No registration required.


What to know about IT @ UNC

Information Technology Services has released this quick go-to-guide on important things to know about IT at UNC. See tips on protecting your devices, sharing concerns, where to get help, and more! Check out the full infographic on the newly redesigned ITS Website!


ConnectCarolina Display Changes Aug 15

Attention Faculty, Advisors, and Student Services Staff, ConnectCarolina will be making a slight change to their portal interface display on August 15. All student administrative functions will be available under Student Administration on the left-side menu for better organization and functionality.

See ConnectCarolina News for full details.


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NOTE: There are no changes for students on August 15.


Has your Course been Renamed?

If your course ID has been renamed but you are still seeing the old course ID in Sakai, STOP. Do not create your course site just yet! You will need to contact your departmental course scheduling officer to update the LMS tab in ConnectCarolina. Once this is done and our Sakai data has updated in a few hours, your course ID should automatically update in Sakai. You can then create your course site.

NOTE: If the LMS tab is updated AFTER you create your Sakai course site, the site could disappear.


Graduating in August or December?

Seniors, if you plan on this August or December, don't forget to submit a Graduation Application! See more information from Academic Advising on the following:


Trying to find a building or other location on campus?

Check out maps.unc.edu! This site includes several different maps including a searchable campus map, campus accessibility map, visitor/meter map, bike racks, and much more!


Learn how to Create a Logo with Adobe Illustrator at the next SkillfUL Workshop!

Wed 7/16 | 12pm - 1pm
UL 124


Learn how to Improve Your Web Site's Looks with CSS at the next SkillfUL Workshop!

Wed 7/9 | 12pm - 1pm
UL 124


Learn how to Build a Web Presence with WordPress at the next SkillfUL Workshop!

Wed 7/2 | 12pm - 1pm
UL 124


Show Other Sites

Need to copy or move content in Resources from one Sakai site to another? Click on the Show other sites link at the bottom of your Resources page to display content from your other sites! You must be on the main, top-level folder of your Sakai site to view the link.


Learn how to Code Your First Web Page with HTML at the next SkillfUL Workshop!

Wed, June 25
12pm - 1pm
Undergraduate Library Room 124


5 Tips for Summer School Students


       Image on flickr (CC BY)

Summer School Students--check out these 5 tips to help you succeed at Carolina this Summer!

Prepare | Organize | Schedule | Get Help | Follow Through


Speed Reading & Study Skills

Enroll now for the Learning Center's free Speed Reading & Study Skills Summer course that begins on May 13 (SSI) & June 19 (SSII). This non-credit course meets for one hour per day for 8 days. Consider enrolling if you want to:


Congratulations, Graduates!

University Commencement Ceremony
Sunday, May 11 @ 9:30am
Kenan Stadium

commencement.unc.edu


Export Grades for ConnectCarolina

Instructors--final grades are due 72 hours after your final exam! You can easily export final grades from the Sakai Gradebook for ConnectCarolina! See our blog for details.


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Are you ready for final exams?

Join the Learning Center at their Finals Boot Camp to help you prepare for finals! Look for quiet study spaces, help from the Learning Center staff, mini-workshops such as Multiple Choice Test Strategies and Making Study Guides, and snacks!

Finals Boot Camp [Register]
SASB North | Room 0127
April 29, 30 | 12pm - 8pm
May 1 & 2 | 12pm - 5pm

See their flyer for details.


"Paws" for a Study Break!

Feeling overwhelmed by finals? "Paws" and take a study break with some therapy animals to help you relax and prepare for finals.

Exam Paws
Join Academic Advising on Wed 4/30 between 11am and 4pm in Union Room 2518 A & B to meet some therapy dogs! See their flyer.

Pet a Pup or Cat
Therapy dogs and cats will be at the Health Sciences Library on Wed 4/30 and Fri 5/2. Just follow the paw prints to Room 227 between 11am-12pm and 1pm-2pm!


Exams got you stressed?


      Image by jetheriot on flickr (CC BY)

Make a stress ball with Academic Advising to help you relax and get ready for exams! Advising will be in the Pit on Thursday, April 24, from 11am to 1pm. 

Also, don't forget to see an Advisor if you have a Final Exam Excuse - due this Friday! Exam Excuses are commonly granted in the following circumstances:


Writing Center Midnight Marathon


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Join the Writing Center at their Midnight Marathon for a final push on your semester papers! There will be food, prizes, fun study breaks, and tutors available for consultations.

Monday, April 21
6pm - Midnight - doors close @10!
127 SASB North


Study Smarter Coaching Group

 

Improve your productivity and combat procrastination with the Learning Center's Study Smarter Coaching Group! The group meets Wednesdays from 5pm - 7pm in SASB North Room 2109.

  • Set and meet goals
  • Create action plans
  • Structured study time
  • Stay focused with peers
  • Optional academic skills workshop
  • Snacks!

Have a Final Exam Excuse?

Final Exams are just a few weeks away! Certain circumstances usually warrant the rescheduling of a final exam, such as the following reasons. Students are advised to contact Academic Advising ASAP and may need to see a dean and provide documentation for exam excuses.

Have you met with an outstanding Advisor who deserves some recognition? Nominate them for an Adivsor Award by April 14th!


CFE April Workshops

Faculty, check out some great workshops this month, hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence! Click on the title to register for the event:

Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning
Friday, April 4 | 10am - 12pm
Graham Memorial, Room 039

How Students Learn
Thursday, April 10 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Room 318

Resilient Leadership Under Stress
Friday, April 11 | 12pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Assessing and Evaluating Student Performance
Tuesday, April 15 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Room 318


Fall Course Registration

Course registration for Fall semester begins Tuesday, April 1st! Check out the University Registrar's blog for details on:


First Year Students - Don't forget!

All first-year students are required to complete the R.A.M.S. Module before April 1. The module is a guide to course registration, the curriculum, Tar Heel Tracker, academic eligibility rules, and other important topics.

*You must complete the R.A.M.S. Module AND complete an Advising appointment to be eligible to register for Fall courses!


Need help designing your resume? Learn how to Design Your Resume with InDesign at the very last skillfUL workshop of the semester! This workshop will be on Monday, March 24, from 7pm - 8pm, in UL 124.


Academic Advising Workshops

It is already time to think about Summer and Fall Registration! Have an Academic Advising hold on your ConnectCarolina account? Attend a Pre-Registration Group Advising Workshop to have the hold removed and for assistance on course planning with Advisors.

First-Years, this will fulfill your Academic Advising appointment requirement!

Thursday, April 3
5pm - 6pm
Murphey 116
Tuesday, April 8
6pm - 7pm
Hinton James

Register at advising.unc.edu/explore.


Summer Writing Groups

Faculty - working on your academic writing this summer? Register for the Summer Writing Group Program to meet with faculty members from all disciplines and career stages to help one another focus on your writing this summer. This program is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Excellence and Institute for the Arts and Humanities.

Summer Writing Group Orientation
Monday, May 5 | 11:45am - 2pm (lunch provided)
Wilson Library | Pleasants Room


Speed Reading & Study Skills

Enroll now for the Learning Center's free Speed Reading & Study Skills course that begins on March 19 & 20. This non-credit course meets for one hour, twice a week, for four weeks. Consider enrolling if you want to:


Course Drop Deadline: March 5

 

Students, the deadline to drop or declare a course as Pass/D+/D/Fail is March 5th. All Academic Advisors will be assisting students that day between 8am and 5pm at Steele Building. Don't miss your last chance!

Academic Advising: Drop In Only Day
Wed 3/5 | 8am - 5pm
Steele Building

*No appointments. Drop-ins only.


Course Drop Express: March 4 | 5-7pm | Union

Undergraduate Students - the deadline to drop a course is March 5th. Stop by Academic Advising's Drop Express on March 4th for quick course drops!

Student Union, West Lounge
Tuesday, March 4
5pm - 7pm

Please note:

*If you have questions about dropping a course or declaring Pass/D+/D/Fail, you must come to Steele Building on Tuesday or Wednesday from 8am - 5pm.


CFE March Workshops

Instructors, check out these upcoming workshops hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence!

Basics of Adobe Photoshop - hosted by University Libraries
Thurs 3/6 | 10am - 11am
Undergraduate Library, Rm 124

How Students Learn
Thurs 3/20 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Rm 318

Leading Discussions
Tues 3/25 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Rm 318


The Learning Center

Visit the Learning Center to help you succeed at Carolina through a range of services including Peer Tutoring, Academic Counseling, Coaching, Study Camps, and much more.


Interested in Adobe Photoshop? Attend the next SkillfUL tech workshop and learn how to Create a Flyer with Photoshop!

Monday, Feb 24
7pm - 8pm
UL 124


Writing Center

Need feedback on your paper or new strategies on your writing process? Check out the Writing Center for assistance on any writing project, available to all students, faculty, and staff. You can make in-person appointments or even submit your written drafts online for review!


Learn how to Tweak Your WordPress Site with CSS at today's skillfUL tech workshop at the House Undergraduate Library! This workshop is TODAY from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in UL 124.


CFE February Workshops

Instructors--check out some great sessions hosted by the Center for Faculty Excellence this month! See the full schedule here.

Interactive Lecturing: [Register]
Thurs Feb 13, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Room 318

Group Work: [Register]
Wed Feb 19, 12pm - 1pm
Wilson Library, Room 318

Flipping Your Classroom: [Register]
Thurs Feb 27, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Room 318


Learn how to Code Your First Web Page with HTML at the next skillfUL tech workshop at the Undergraduate Library! This workshop will be Monday, February 10, from 7pm - 8pm in UL 124.


Web Conference in the Classroom

Looking to expand your classroom or enrich your lectures? Consider Web Conferencing in your Classroom! Web Conferencing is great for:

Classroom Hotline maintains several fully-equipped classrooms for web conferencing and support most popular conferencing platforms, such as Skype, Blackboard Collaborate, and Adobe Connect. Click here for more information.


Data Privacy Month

Data Privacy Month began January 28 on Data Privacy Day and will run through February 28. The UNC Information Security Office seeks to educate users about risks to data, whether the risks are to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the data. Check out these resources to educate yourself on data security at UNC:


CFE January Workshops

Instructors--check out these great sessions hosted by the CFE this week!

Communication in the Classroom [Register]
Wed 1/29, 12pm - 1pm
Wilson Library, Rm 318

Assessing and Evaluating Student Performance [Register]
Thurs 1/30, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Rm 318

Playing to Your Strengths as a Teacher, Researcher, and Departmental Colleague [Register]
Fri 1/31, 12pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room


Build an ePortfolio with WordPress

Build a Professional e-Portfolio with WordPress at the next skillfUL tech workshop, formerly known as engage! Digital University. This workshop will be held next Monday, February 3, from 3:30pm - 4:30pm in UL 124.


Graduate Student Check-in

Graduate and Professional Students, register for the Graduate and Professional Student Federation's Second Semester Check-in to stay up to date on your campus resources!

Thursday 1/30
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Morehead Planetarium, 3rd floor


Speed Reading & Study Skills

Enroll now for the Learning Center's free Speed Reading & Study Skills course that begins on January 27 & 28. This non-credit course meets for one hour, twice a week, for four weeks. Consider enrolling if you want to:


Classroom Citrix Applications

Not sure how to open programs on the computer in your classroom? See Classroom Hotline's help documentation on Launching Citrix Applications using the Citrix receiver for assistance!


Lynda.com available to All UNC users

Want to learn new software or gain creative or business skills for professional or personal development? Lynda.com is a learning company with thousands of online tutorials to help anyone learn new skills, with subjects including Animation, Audio, Business, Design, Developer, Photography, Video, Web, and much more! Lynda.com is now available to the entire UNC community.

Access to Lynda.com:
Faculty / Staff: Software Acquisition
Students: Virtual Lab


Classroom Demonstration


       Genome Sciences Building, Room G010

Not sure how to use the technology in your classroom? Schedule a demonstration through Classroom Hotline!


Changes to ConnectCarolina Access Dec 18

Beginning December 18, important changes will be implemented to ConnectCarolina access for Faculty and Staff. This is part of an effort to increase the security and reliability of Carolina's IT resources.

On Campus: If you are using wireless, you must be connected to the UNC-Secure wireless network. See instructions for setup.

Off Campus: You must use VPN. See instructions for installing.


Exams got you stressed? Come out to Academic Advising's Exam Paws to meet certified therapy dogs to help you relax, decompress, and then prepare for finals.

Student Union, Great Hall Lobby
Thursday, Dec 5
11am - 4pm


Finals Boot Camp

Final Exams begin this Friday! Register for the Learning Center's Finals Boot Camp for 7 days of supervised study to help you prepare for exams. Look for quiet study spaces, help from the Learning Center staff, mini-workshops such as Testing Your Understanding and Managing Test Anxiety, and snacks!

Dec 3-5:  5pm - 8pm
Dec 6, 9-11:  12pm - 5pm
SASB North, Suite 0127 (Writing Center)


Writing Center Midnight Marathon

Writing up last papers of the semester or research results? Come work on your writing at the Writing Center's Midnight Marathon on Monday! Register to join Writing Center tutors for quick questions, short consultations, snacks, and drinks!

Monday, December 2
6pm - 11:59pm (doors close 10pm)
127 SASB North, Writing Center


New Carolina Faculty

New Faculty--don't wait until last minute to prepare for performance reviews! Attend the CFE workshop Performance and Promotion: A Primer for New Faculty to get an idea of the tenure process, an overview of the review process for fixed-term faculty, and a sense of general expectations of faculty at Carolina.

Wilson Library, Room 318
Tuesday, December 3
12:30pm - 1:30pm


Gradebook Workshop

Have questions about the Sakai Gradebook? Register for our next Gradebook Workshop to discuss entering grades, viewing what students see in the Gradebook, calculating final grades for ConnectCarolina, and much more!

Thursday, Nov 21
4pm - 5pm
HSL 307



 

Office of the University Registrar

Do you have questions regarding handling student records, the Tar Heel Tracker, or course request approvals with the University Registrar? Consider attending a Registrar Training Class! See the Registrar's training calendar.


Still looking for a Classroom?

Use Classroom Hotline's Find a Classroom search tool to find your classroom! You can narrow your search by specific items you need, such as Laptop Connections, LCD Video Projector, White Board, Microphone System, and much more.


November Sessions

The CFE is hosting some great sessions this month that are open to all UNC Faculty members. Of possible interest:

Lesson Planning
Thurs 11/7 @ 12:30PM

Creating Effective Assignments
Tues 11/12 @ 12:30PM

Flipping Your Classroom
Wed 11/20 @ 12PM

>>See all sessions here<<


Interested in SPSS but not sure how to use it? Attend the next .eDU session: Intro to Data: The Basics of SPSS!

Tuesday, November 5
11:30am - 12pm
UL 124


The CFE and ITS are pleased to present the 4th Annual Faculty Showcase. This is a great opportunity for Carolina Faculty members to share and discuss instructional ideas with their peers. Register to find out what others are doing and make some new connections in other disciplines! Breakfast and lunch will be provided and a drawing held for giveaways.

The Carolina Club (George Watts Hill Alumni Center)
Friday, November 1
8:30 AM - 3 PM


Consider attending the next .eDU After Dark session on Tackling a Literature Review! All .eDU classes are introductory and open to all members of the UNC community.

Monday, Oct 28
7pm - 8:30pm
UL 124


Study in the Library

Looking for a place to study? Check out the University Library's Places to Study list to find your perfect place to study! You can sort by different categories: Absolute Quiet, Comfy Furniture, Group Study, Individual Study, Large Tables, Open Late, Reservable.


Attend the next .eDU After Dark session TONIGHT from 7pm - 8:30pm on Conquering Video-related Assignments! The class will be held in the Media Resources Center in the Undergraduate Library.


Changes to ConnectCarolina over Fall Break

ITS is launching a new login page for ConnectCarolina at connectcarolina.unc.edu over Fall Break, which includes important changes. For security purposes, Faculty and Staff will be required to access ConnectCarolina through VPN (Virtual Private Network) for off-campus use. On-campus wireless connection must be through UNC-Secure.

For more information on access and other changes, click on the following links:

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Teaching Portfolios

Teaching portfolios are becoming increasingly important for marketing one's teaching credentials for new positions, promotions, and tenure. Register for the CFE's Teaching Portfolios Workshop to learn about the basic format of a teaching portfolio and developing ideas for your own portfolio.

Wilson Library, Room 318
Tuesday, October 15
12:30pm - 1:30pm


   

Celebrating 220 Years

October 12 is University Day, and this year UNC celebrates 220 years of public higher education in America.

Carolina will also install its 11th chancellor, Dr. Carol Folt, with festivities beginning at 1:30 PM in Polk Place on the steps of South Building.

University Day celebrations are October 10-13. See University Day 2013: Chancellor Installation for the full schedule and details.


Grading Considerations

Grading can be one of the most challenging aspects of teaching and learning. Make grading less challenging by registering for this next CFE session! This session focuses on assisting faculty in selecting grading approaches that are consistent, fair, and efficient.

Wilson Library, Room 318
Wednesday Oct 2
12pm - 1pm


Easy Bibliographies with Zotero

Attend the next .eDU session on Zotero, which helps you "collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources!"

Tuesday, October 1
11:30am - 12pm
UL 124


MOOC Forum

UNC launched its first 2 Massive Open Online Courses this month. The Center for Faculty Excellence is hosting an open MOOC Forum for faculty to stay informed about this new initiative. Register to get an overview of UNC's MOOC initiative, hear details on the course creation process, listen to current MOOC faculty share their experiences, and ask questions!

Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Friday, September 27
12pm - 1:30pm


Wireless Access Points

Did you know that all General Purpose Classrooms now have wireless internet? Check out where all the wireless network access points are located on campus!


Check out the next .eDU session on Unlocking Abstracts! This session will be held on Tuesday 9/24 from 11:30am - 12pm in UL 124.


Faculty, interested in learning about effective leadership skills in organizing group work and meetings? Sign up for this CFE workshop on Leading Groups and Meetings! Lunch will be provided.

Carroll Hall, Freedom Forum Conference Center
Friday, September 13
12pm - 1:30pm


University Career Services is hosting two Career Fairs this week with 100+ employers registered to attend these events! Check out careers.unc.edu for more information. These are great opportunities for potential internships and employment!

Diversity Job & Internship Fair
Student Union, Great Hall
Wed 9/11, 6pm - 9pm

Fall Job & Internship Expo
Ram's Head Rec Center
Thurs 9/12, 12pm - 4pm


Interested in Photoshop? Learn how to create a fancy meme using Photoshop in this next .eDU session!

Undergraduate Library, Room 124
Tuesday, September 10
11:30am - 12pm


Add Participants

While we highly recommend adding participants through ConnectCarolina, if you manually add participants to a Sakai site, be sure to add users affiliated with the University with their Onyen and not email address. When UNC users are added with an email address, a separate Sakai account is created for them and they cannot access your Sakai site through their Onyen account.

NOTE: If you manually add TAs, you are taking responsibility for them handling student record information according to FERPA. See Teaching Assistants Access and Permission for more information.


CCI Printer Map

Tired of waiting in line to print from a CCI Printer? Check out the CCI Printer Map for over 50 printers on campus.

CCI Printer Map


Learn all about Google Search Secrets at the first eDU session of the semester! This session is TODAY from 11:30am - noon in UL 124.


Want separate course sites?

When creating a course site, be sure to select only one roster if you want separate course sites. The course creation process creates one site at a time, so if you select multiple rosters, all the checked rosters will be attached to the course site you are creating.

See instructions on removing rosters that are attached to a course site.


We've upgraded to Sakai 2.9!

  

Welcome to Sakai 2.9! We invite you to explore and discover the new features and improvements. We are continually working on improving the system, so if you find any issues, please open a help request so that we may fix them as quickly as possible. Thank you!

See our blog for highlighted new features and workshops!


Final Grades in ConnectCarolina

Don't forget to calculate final grades in the Sakai Gradebook and enter them into ConnectCarolina! The Registrar maintains a document repository to assist you with entering grades in ConnectCarolina. Contact grades@unc.edu if you have any questions about ConnectCarolina.


Icons and Graphics for Social Media

creative.unc.edu/resources/social-media-graphics/


Learn about Text and Images in Adobe Photoshop at the final summer .eDU session at the Undergraduate Library!

Wednesday, July 10
12:15pm - 12:45pm
UL 124


Bb Collaborate Version 12.5 Upgrade

Blackboard Collaborate (Elluminate Live! Bridge) is currently on version 12.5, so any newly created rooms will be on the newest version. Earlier this week, Bb Collaborate automatically upgraded rooms on versions 10 and 11 to Version 12.5 for improvements and new features. Improvements include mobile access on Android devices, integrated phone conferencing, and improved accessibility support.

Click here to see all new features


Quick-create your Calendar with a Spreadsheet

See our blog for a simple method of populating your Sakai site calendar with a spreadsheet. The calendar helps orient everyone to important course events and displays on the home page of your Sakai site. Most instructors already have events in their syllabus that can easily be copied into a spreadsheet.


Learn how you can organize your life with Evernote at this .eDU workshop this Wednesday at the Undergraduate Library! No registration required.

Wednesday, May 29
12:15pm - 12:45pm
UL (Lower Level), ITS Training Lab


What more can you do with your presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint? Find out at the .eDU: Advanced PowerPoint session this Wednesday in the Undergraduate Library. No registration required.

Wednesday 5/22
12:15pm - 12:45pm
UL (Lower Level), ITS Training Lab


View Site As

Instructors, did you know you can view your site as a Student or Teaching Assistant? Look for the "View Site As" menu in the top-right corner of your Sakai site. This helps verify what everyone has access to in your site. Be sure to exit the Student or TA view to revert back to your regular Instructor view.


UNC Libraries present Clue

Summer School students--get familiar with the UNC Libraries Special Collections and get to know your librarians! Register for their live-action game of Clue to learn all about the Special Collections at Wilson Library.

Wilson Library Pleasants Assembly Room
Wednesday, May 22
5:30-8pm

Learn more about Special Collections


Bb Collaborate Version 12.5 Upgrade

Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate Live!) in Sakai has been upgraded to Version 12.5.  Improvements include mobile access on Android devices, integrated phone conferencing, and improved accessibility support. The updated version will only apply to newly created rooms.

Click here to see all new features


CCI Color Printing

You can now download CCI Color Printing on your computer at shareware.unc.edu! Like regular CCI Printing, downloading the color printer installer on your personal computer will allow you to submit print jobs directly from your computer to the CCI color printers.


Congratulations graduates!

commencement.unc.edu


Forums Statistics & Grading

Instructors, need to get an idea of student participation in your Forums? On the main Forums page, click on Statistics & Grading from the top menu. You can see performance by user or topic, grade student performance, and enter comments. See Statistics & Grading for more information.


Final Exams are coming...ARE YOU READY?

Register for the Learning Center's Finals Boot Camp for 7 days of supervised study to help you prepare. There will be mini-workshops, such as Testing Your Understanding and Managing Test Anxiety, quiet study spaces, camaraderie, discipline, food, and help from the Learning Center!

SASB North - Suite 0127
Wednesday 4/24 - Thursday 4/25: 5pm - 8pm
Monday 4/29 - Friday 5/3: 12pm - 5pm

See their Finals Boot Camp handout for info!


Flipping Your Classroom

Join the CFE at the Flipping Your Classroom workshop to explore the advantages of the flipped classroom model, develop the approach in your disclipline, and provide an overview of how you can assess the effectiveness of the strategy in your course.

Tuesday, April 23
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Room 318

The flipped classroom is a model of instruction that places the student in charge of preparing for an active class session outside of class, then spending the class time working with their peers and the instructor to assure that they understand the material they have been working on through interactive techniques and discussion.


Register for this CFE workshop on Lesson Planning! Discussion will include key elements of designing a lesson plan that will engage and involve students. Participants are encouraged to bring previous, current, or future lesson plans.

Tuesday, April 9
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wilson Library, Room 318


Enter math formulas with WIRIS

Users can now insert mathematical formulas into Sakai with the WIRIS editor, which performs basic operations, logic and set theory, matrix calculus, calculus and series, Greek alphabet, and units. See our blog for more details.

 

Register for the CFE's workshop on Group Work this Thursday to enhance the learning experience and develop collaboration skills for your students. Learn how to structure effective short-term and long-term group work assignments, identify ways to minimize problems often encountered with group work, and develop methods to assess student learning within the group.

Wilson Library, Room 318
Thursday, March 28
12:30pm - 1:30pm


COS Pivot Training

COS Pivot is a database resource for funding opportunities that can streamline funding searches and make them more effective. Attend a COS Pivot Training session on Wed, March 20 or Thurs, March 21 in Davis Library, Room 247 for assistance in looking for research, program and curriculum, conference and seminar, and publishing funding. Register at the following:

Faculty and Research Staff: Wed March 20
Interdisciplinary Fields: 10:30am - 12pm
Humanities Fields: 1pm - 2:30pm
STEM / Medicine Fields: 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Graduate Students: Thurs March 21
Interdisciplinary Fields: 10:30am - 12pm
Humanities Fields: 1pm - 2:30pm
STEM / Medicine Fields: 3:15pm - 4:45pm


Personalize your Profile


How Students Learn

Register for the CFE workshop on How Students Learn to get a better understanding of basic concepts in human learning, how to present information to students to effectively encode it into long-term memory, and how to help students know when they know. This workshop will be held in Wilson Library, Room 318, on Thursday, March 21, from 12:30pm - 1:30pm.


Adobe InDesign

Give your articles, books, and brochures pizazz with Adobe InDesign! This .eDU workshop will cover color swatches, paragraph and character styles, and templates for quick e-books.

Thurs 3/21 @ 10:30am
Fri 3/22 @ 11am
UL 124


Innovation and Intellectual Property

As part of the New Principal Investigator Training and Clinical Trial Investigator Series, this module focuses on the roles of the Office of Technology Development and TraCS's Carolina KickStart on campus.

Wed, March 6 from 10am - 11:30am
Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, Room 219

Register through Clinical Trial Investigator Series or New PI Training. Faculty and post-docs only.


 

Join University Career Services for this .eDU After Dark session on creating professional Cover Letters and Resumes.

Monday, March 4
7pm-8:30pm
UL 124


Teaching Portfolios

Teaching portfolios are becoming increasingly important for marketing one's teaching credentials for new positions, promotions, and tenure. Register for the CFE's Teaching Portfolios Workshop to learn about the basic format of a teaching portfolio and developing ideas for your own portfolio.

Tues 3/5, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Wilson Library, Room 318


Papers due? Tests piling up?


Register for the Learning Center's Midterm Madness study camps for supervised study sessions with optional mini-workshops to help you ace your midterms! Workshops include Studying in Sprints, Managing Test Anxiety, Preparing for Essay Exams, and more. You can also get access to quiet study spaces, help from the Learning Center, and a peanut butter and jelly bar!

SASB North, Suite 0127 (Writing Center)
Wed 2/27, Thurs 2/28, Mon 3/4, Tues 3/5
5pm - 8pm


Going abroad?

UNC Libraries have compiled language and travel resources that can be searched by country to make finding travel and language tools quick and easy. This is a great resource for students studying abroad or anyone who wants to learn a new language!


Make a Valentine in Photoshop!

Make a personalized Valentine using key Photoshop skills TODAY in UL 124 from 12:15-12:45pm with .eDU!


 

Interested in learning how to build your own website from scratch or just curious about how HTML coding works? Check out the .eDU HTML crash course on Monday, Feb 11, from 7pm-8:30pm in UL 124.


Heelmail Outage

Heelmail will be unavailable from 6pm Friday, Feb 8, until 6am Saturday, Feb 9, to transition from LIVE@EDU to Office 365. If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Service Desk at 962-HELP.

If you need to communicate with your instructor or classmates during this outage, you can use the Messages tool in Sakai to send a message to participants in your class (tool must be enabled by instructor).


Adobe Workshops

Make presentations and publications that pop by learning how to use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign! Learn Photo Editing and Graphic Design Tools with Adobe Workshops at the Undergraduate Library.


Want to learn how to build a professional or portfolio website in 30 minutes? Join .engage! Digital University this Thursday, January 31, from 12:15-12:45pm in UL 124 to learn about WordPress.


Google Smarter

Learn how to use search engines more efficiently to conduct online research with these tips and tricks.


Academic Success

Students - start your semester right by setting goals, staying engaged, and planning ahead! Campus Health Services has compiled resources to help you succeed academically, such as tips on good study habits, time management, and adjusting to graduate school. See CHS Academic Success for more details.


Need to view a zip file from an exported Blackboard course? Use bFree!

bFree is a Blackboard course content extractor that displays an outline of a Bb course. Preview and extract individual content items or extract any or all content from your Bb course zip files.


The end of the semester can be stressful...

...so take advantage of support and stress-relieving services during exam week. Available services include academic support, stress management, financial health, and other Campus Health services. Check CHS End of Semester Resources for details.


Exams got you stressed?

Campus Health is offering several services to help you relieve stress and anxiety during exam week. Services include the P.A.S.S. Exam Support Fair, therapy dog visits, gingerbread house decorating, and more! See CHS End of Semester Resources for the schedule and details.


Are you searching for research articles and scholarly journals? Search Smarter with University Libraries and learn more about Articles+!


Post-Docs COS Pivot Training

Are you a Postdoc looking to improve your research funding searches and opportunities? The Office of Research Development and the Center for Faculty Excellence are co-sponsoring training on COS Pivot, a database resource for funding opportunities. Register for one of the following training sessions in Davis Library, Room 247:

COS Pivot Training: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Focus
Thursday, Dec 6, 3:15pm-4:45pm

COS Pivot Training: Basic Sciences, STEM, and Medical Focus
Friday, Dec 7, 10:30am-12pm


Blackboard Collaborate has upgraded to version 12!

In case you did not notice the improvements in user experience such as functionality and enhanced audio, we wanted to let you know that Blackboard Collaborate (formerly known as Elluminate Live!) in Sakai has been upgraded to version 12. This change only applies to newly created rooms.

Unfamiliar with Blackboard Collaborate? Learn more about this web conferencing system that is available to instructors. You can also check out our tutorials.


Sakai and all other ITS websites and services will be unavailable during early morning hours this Thursday and Friday

We expect Sakai and Blackboard to be unavailable from:

  • Thursday, Oct. 18, 6:30am-9am

  • Friday, Oct. 19, 5:30am-9am

Staff will be working early both days to make preparations necessary to release the systems to campus as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience.

For more information, please see the official notice.


Unable to create your new course site?

Instructors, are you not seeing the “New” option in Worksite Setup to create your new course site? Contact your departmental course scheduling officer to list you as an Instructor with the University Registrar. When you are listed as the Instructor and our Sakai feed updates, you should see the “New” option.

Note: You must be listed as a Primary Instructor, Secondary Instructor, or Proxy in ConnectCarolina to create the course site. Rosters are not linked to Teaching Assistants.


.engage! Digital University

Stay on top of the latest in the electronic world by learning a new tech skill during this free series in the Undergraduate Library.

http://www.lib.unc.edu/instruct/edu/


CCI Printing

Did you know that you can print to any ITS Lab printer from your laptop? Residents can print to printing stations in specific residence halls on campus as well. Avoid the lineups and get to class on time by installing the CCI Printing client on your laptop.

http://help.unc.edu/5978


5 Tips for your wiki
 

  1. Have clear titles and labels for your pages
  2. Keep it simple and consider ways to chunk information into multiple pages
  3. Establish goals and expectations for your wiki
  4. Encourage group collaboration
  5. Create a 'sandbox' page for students to experiment in

Faculty Spotlight: Jim Barba talks about Sakai wiki