Food Deserts, Population Density and Quality of Life Mapping
Instructor: Phil Vo and Daniel Verbit
Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 p.m.
Gutman Library Instructional Space – East Falls Campus

PolicyMap offers easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs and more in communities across the US. In this session you will learn how  to find the right data  for market studies, business planning, site selection, grant applications and impact analysis. Come learn about this new resource.

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:
-Create an account and map a type of data
-Appraise Datasets for context and relevancy
-Identify possible use in course work
-Experiment with data set meshing


Get Smart(er): Gutman’s Best and Brightest Databases (Mod attire optional)
Instructor: Gutman Librarians 
Date: Friday, February 1, 2019
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Gutman Library Instructional Space – East Falls Campus

Don’t let K.A.O.S. ruin your chances for a great journal article.  Your special agents of the Gutman Library invite you into our cone of silence to learn about top secret resources available only via your campus badge. Armed with this new knowledge, they will assist your Nexus Learning fight against fake news, and students with poor citations.  Meet the agent supporting your major and plan for the fall. Pick up your shoe phone (or mouse) and register today!

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:
-Learn a new resource outside of their research area
-Identify articles without frustration
-Assess resources to use for future assignments


Classroom Apps and Programs that can be used to Engage Students?
Instructor: David Kratzer, MArch
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Time: 1 pm to 2 pm
Gutman Library Instructional Space – East Falls Campus

PowerPoint has become the default means to organize and present information in the classroom.  Research has shown, though, that it is one of the weaker tools for learning especially relative to student understanding, retention and application of knowledge.  Considering that student attention spans in standard lectures can be ten minutes or less, it is important that faculty and students employ differing forms of information apps and programs into their classrooms.  This session presents a series of quick workshops on apps and programs including presentations (PowerPoint, Presi, ScreenCast); student presentation methods (Pecha Kucha, Video); gaming, quizzes & surveys (, KaHoot, Survey Monkey); & on-line interaction & communication (Padlet, FlipGrid, Zoom). 

At the end of this program, participants should:
-Understand the value of incorporating differing apps and programs into their classrooms
-Understand the range of programs available to assist in student learning and engagement
-Develop an introductory working understanding of some of the basic programs


Does technology-aided note taking enhance information retention across disciplines?
Instructors: Monique Chabot, MS; Marie-Christine Potvin, PhD; Colleen Zane, MS
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30
Gutman Library Instructional Space – East Falls Campus

Have you noticed that some students struggle with taking quality notes in class? Do you use PowerPoint slides in your courses? Notetaking is a highly complex task that requires the integration of understanding of content, rapid identification of key points, attention, and handwriting or typing. Students who type often take notes verbatim and are challenged with capturing graphics and mathematical formulas. Student who handwrite may not may be to keep pace with the class. Software assisted notetaking may be beneficial to some students to increasing the quality of their notes and help their long-term information retention. This workshop will discuss barriers to quality notetaking and strategies faculty can use to ease the demands of notetaking on their students. The workshop will also introduce a notetaking software that interfaces with PowerPoint slides that some faculty and students on campus have trialed this past academic year. Success and challenges identified through this trial will be shared with the audience.

At the end of the workshop, attendees will:
-Identify barriers to effective notetaking by students
-Identify strategies that faculty can employ in lectures to support students’ abilities to take quality notes
-Explore Sonocent, a notetaking software trial this academic year