Hello, all:

I hope this finds you well, and that you took some time this weekend to relax and watch an incredibly stupid but wonderfully escapist movie. If you need a list of these, please let me know, as my family and I are very adept at finding this sort of thing–it’s kind of our super power.

Today’s e-mail will be fairly short, relative to Friday’s Opus:

First, the library faculty and staff have developed a “libguide” that outlines library support for faculty, library support for students, how to find ebooks, and how to use free textbook resources: https://libguides.wlu.edu/virtualinstruction.

More particularly, if you’re still searching for ways to make resources available to your students, the library has temporary access to RedShelf & VitalSource (both are on the resource list created by Kaci Resau at https://libguides.wlu.edu/az.php?s=183117). These resources contain academic e-textbooks–Pearson and APA are routing their temporarily free ebooks through both providers, just to give a few examples.

Faculty can create free accounts by going through the library’s links and searching for desired titles. Or, they can contact Emily Cook or another librarian for help searching. Students can also go through the process of creating a free account via the provided links to “checkout” these e-textbooks.

Second, just a reminder that CARPE virtual office hours begin today, from 10-12 noon EST. You can find instructions for how to attend–along with links to all of the resources from the CARPE Daily mailings and links to Academic Technologies resources–on the CARPE website. Please stop in with a question, or just to say hi, or just to reassure me that I’m actually doing it right!

Finally, don’t forget about Dr. Jeanine Stewart’s VIA session, “Liberal Arts Values in the Virtual Classroom” this afternoon at 2:00. In many ways, this may be the session that pulls together all of our hard work over the last few weeks. A description of the session and instructions on how to join via zoom are below.

Thank you, all of you, for your hard hard work these last few days. Please continue to get some rest, to spend some time reading (or watching!) for pleasure, to keep contact (if only virtual) with family and friends. We’re dedicated to our students, yes, but we can only help them if we take care of ourselves as well!

All the best,

Dr. Jeanine Stewart, Liberal Arts Values in the Virtual Classroom

Monday, 23 March, 2-3:00 pm EST

In a campus-based, liberal arts setting faculty and students alike value community and small group interaction. As courses and interactions move online, we need to find new ways to represent core values of personal connection and inclusive engagement despite the challenges of inter-personal distance and mid-term disruptions. Guest presenter, Jeanine Stewart will share specific suggestions and open a discussion related to techniques professors can use to maintain a sense of community and foster robust engagement in the virtual classroom.

Join using https://wlu.zoom.us/j/324409270

Meeting ID: 324 409 270