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Archive for April, 2008

OTL Xtreme! Week, April 29-May 3

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The Office for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its annual Xtreme! Week, a partial week of workshops scheduled before Spring/Summer classes. Once finals are over, spend some time redesigning a course, learning about Blackboard, or using technology in the classroom!

In addition to our regular workshops, we’ve added two special days: one focused solely on incorporating service learning into your courses (sponsored in conjunction with CommunityEngagement@Wayne) and workshops being offered on Saturday for those of you with busy schedules during the week.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants, so come to all five days, just an hour, or anything in between! Attend four or more sessions and receive a book on teaching!

The full schedule <> is available online. Register for any of these sessions on Pipeline <> and look for our summer newsletter and schedule of events soon!

Wayne State University Technology Resource Center Named National Model of Digital Teaching and Learning

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Wayne State University’s Technology Resource Center (TRC) was recently named an “exemplary model of digital learning and teaching with new technologies” by the international Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Collaboratory (HASTAC). Wayne State joins a distinguished roster of model institutions and projects and appears on the interactive Google map of institutions and projects that are advancing the future of digital learning. (

The nomination was based on an evolving portfolio of projects managed by the TRC, a collaboration of the Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL), Computing and Information Technology and the Digital Projects Initiative of the Wayne State University Library System (WSULS). Called “Digital Partnerships for Engaged Learning,” the portfolio fosters purposeful integration of digital media in teaching and learning by bridging faculty and TRC expertise, building faculty learning communities and collaborating with other institutions in the community (viewable at

Presentations of the portfolio this year included the Humanities Center Brown Bag series and invited national forums of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes in St. Louis in March. The portfolio will also be presented at the HASTAC annual conference at UC-Irvine and UCLA on May 24 as well as the annual meeting of the Association for Integrative Studies at the University of Illinois-Springfield in October.

The three projects in the current portfolio include:

The Digital Media Learning Community is developing new technologies for teaching and learning, including Second Life and other communication and social networking tools. TRC staff are currently working with the Honors Program on the use of new technologies in a service learning requirement with roots in the community, and during the 2008-2009 academic year, the TRC and Humanities Center will co-sponsor a new WSU-HASTAC Digital Humanities Collaboratory (a monthly series featuring innovative uses of technology across campus with a parallel Webspace).

The Art History Luna Project is a collaboration of the Art History Department and staff of WSULS. Using LUNA Insight software, the team is replacing art history slide carousels with digitized images while adding innovative metadata and searchability features that will make the tool more widely available for the university community at large.

The Digital Learning and Development Sandbox (DLDS) aims to foster greater use of the WSULS Digital Images Collections, created through collaborations with museums and archives. The DLDS will be a digital workspace with images from Virtual Motor City and Digital Dress and will also feature templates for authoring digital learning objects that integrate images, texts and audio in online assignments.

For further information, send an email with “Digital Partnerships” in the Subject Line to the OTL at

Finals Frenzy@the UGL April 22-May 4

Monday, April 14th, 2008

For a quick guide to the libraries’ hours during finals time, visit the Library Hours Page.

All floors of the UGL will be open for the following hours from April 22- May 4:

Tuesday, April 22 Open all night from 8 am
Wednesday, April 23 Open all night
Thursday, April 24 Open all night
Friday, April 25 Closing at 9 pm
Saturday, April 26 9am – 9pm
Sunday, April 27 Open all night from 11 am
Monday, April 28 Open all night
Tuesday, April 29 Closing at 11 pm
Wednesday, April 30 8 am – 11 pm
Thursday, May 1 8 am – 11 pm
Friday, May 2 8 am – 9 pm
Saturday, May 3 9am – 9pm
Sunday, May 4 11 am – 11 pm

The Extended Study Center at the UGL will be open for the following hours from April 22-May 4:

Tuesday, April 22 Open 24 hours
Wednesday, April 23 Open 24 hours
Thursday, April 24 Open 24 hours
Friday, April 25 Open 24 hours
Saturday, April 26 Open 24 hours
Sunday, April 27 Open 24 hours
Monday, April 28 Open 24 hours
Tuesday, April 29 12 am – 11pm
Wednesday, April 30 8 am – 11 pm
Thursday, May 1 8 am – 11 pm
Friday, May 2 8 am – 9 pm
Saturday, May 3 9 am – 9pm
Sunday, May 4 11 am – 11 pm

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19 @ Wayne

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Stop by the UGL atrium during the week of April 13 to see some of your favorite University “celebrities” featured in ALA-style READ posters. We’ll have representatives from all over the University, including VP of Research Hilary Ratner, Honors Program Director Jerry Herron, OTL Faculty Fellow Julie Klein, Dean of Students David Strauss and others. You’ll even see a few familiar faces from the libraries! We’ll be adding more throughout the week so come by to check them out!

Excel & PowerPoint Workshops @ UGL, April 16-17

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Wednesday, April 16, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, MS Powerpoint II:  Smart Art

Thursday, April 17, 5:00 – 6:30 pm, MS Excel II:  Advanced Features 

 All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at:

Library System Hosts Teen Poetry Reading Friday, May 2 at Purdy/Kresge Library

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Celebrate National Poetry Month on May 2 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium at the Purdy/Kresge Library with the Wayne State University Library System and students from Brace-Lederle K-8 School in Southfield.

As part of the ongoing Chapbook Project at Wayne State, the Brace Lederle students will read their poetry and show off the art that they created to accompany the poetry. Around 40 sixth to eighth graders will be showcasing their poetry and art work as part of April’s National Poetry Month and would love to share their accomplishments with the University community. Stop by to check it out!

Excel & Word Workshops @ UGL, April 8 & 9

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Tuesday, April 8, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, MS Word II:  Advanced Features

Wednesday, April 9, 12:00 – 1:30 pm, MS Excel I:  Spreadsheet Basics 

All workshops are held in Lab B, Second Floor UGL.

Sessions are free and open to everyone. No registration is required. A complete drop-in computer workshop schedule is available at: