Showing posts with label Research Project. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Research Project. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Personalized Learning to Help Students Succeed

snapshot of EDUCAUSE Review web page, with photo of Dean McCarty
Rio Salado Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty provided the EDUCAUSE Review team with an overview of five key college initiatives that are designed to enhance personalized learning-- and student success.

Learn about the strategies and results of the college's efforts in this April 18 article by Dean McCarty.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Celebrating National Library Week!

Poster from ALA National Library Week campaign.  Text: Libraries Transform.  National Library Week, April 10-16  Images of butterfiles.

First recognized in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

Check out this National Library Week guide, created by the Rio Salado Library. It highlights many of the practical resources and services that make the Rio Library an indispensable source of student support.

#librariansrock

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Help Underrepresented Males of Color Succeed


Image of a young man of color looking at the camera.

We encourage you to take part in a lively discussion hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges on April 22, 2016 Underrepresented Males of Color: What Faculty Must Know.

The purpose of this learnshop is to provide faculty with an opportunity to engage in discussion and to develop practices and strategies that will best serve underrepresented male students of color with an emphasis on American Indian male students.  It is believed that the practices and strategies for effective engagement will support student retention, persistence, and completion. (learn more)

Student, staff, faculty and public input is welcome. 

Register Now Online

Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy (Lumbee) is President’s Professor and Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. At ASU, he is Special Assistant to the President for American Indian Affairs, Director of the Center for Indian Education, Associate Director of the School of Social Transformation, and co-editor of the Journal of American Indian Education. (read more)
Dr. Jill Wendt, Arizona State University. Dr. Jill Wendt received her Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Innovation in May 2014. Her research interests and publications have focused on minority male retention in higher education. She has served as adjunct faculty for eight years teaching psychology and sociology at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. In addition to her faculty and research role, she is a practitioner in Student Affairs. (read more)

Dr. Patrick Williams, Chandler-Gilbert Community College Dr. Patrick Williams is a Residential Faculty member in the Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature division at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) where he also serves as Lead Faculty for Developmental Writing. Patrick is a faculty adviser for the CGCC chapter of the Male Empowerment Network that is part of the MCCCD's Minority Male Initiative. (read more)


2016 Underrepresented Males of Color:
What Faculty Must Know!
April 22, 2016
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Rio Salado College Conference Center

2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
For additional event details, contact Dr. Wanda Tucker
480-517-8268

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

What Does it Take to Meet Student Expectations?

snapshot of EvoLLution web page featuring story.  Image of young student smiling at camera.  Text: Scaling Personalization: What It Takes To Meet The Expectations of Today’s Students.  Rachelle Clarke | Dean of Enrollment Services, Rio Salado —With Shannon McCarty | Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs, Rio Salado Community College.  Caption under studnt photo: By leveraging technological tools and taking strides in understanding and grouping students, institutions can deliver the highly personalized experience learners expect at scale.
Rio Salado Dean of Enrollment Services Rachelle Clarke joined Dean of Instruction and Academic Affairs Shannon McCarty to share insights and perspectives with The EvoLLLution team about the use of technology in meeting the expectations, demands and needs of today's students.

In this interview, Clarke and McCarty focus on the importance of personalization and customization of services-- and how technology can help educational institutions improve their student services, experiences and successes.

Read the full interview now

Your thoughts? Engage in the dialogue!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Featured Library Database: Ethnic NewsWatch

Image of a young woman reading a newspaper.

Ethnic NewsWatch contains full-text articles from more than 200 American ethnic, minority and native publications. 

There is no other periodical resource which so thoroughly covers ethnic studies as a whole and which presents unique ethnic presses and publications.

Ethnic NewsWatch comprehensively covers these ethnic categories:
  • African American/Caribbean/African
  • Arab/Middle Eastern
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • European/Eastern European
  • Hispanic
  • Jewish
  • Native People

A sampling of titles includes Kurdish Life, Minority Business Entrepreneur, Asian Week, Jewish Exponent, Seminole Tribune, Appalachian Heritage, Irish Voice, Chinese America, Islamic Horizons, The Filipino Express, Hmong Times, and Black Masks. A majority of this content is exclusive to the resource and is not available in any other database.

Another unique feature is the availability of Spanish language content. Of the more than 2.5 million articles contained in the collection, nearly a quarter are presented in Spanish, making Ethnic NewsWatch a useful bilingual resource of current periodicals.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Use Journal Finder to Find Periodicals

magazine rack with dozens of periodicals

Looking for the latest issue of your favorite magazine or journal? The Rio Salado library subscribes to thousands of periodicals that are freely available to registered students.

Use the “Journal Finder” feature on the library homepage to find electronic issues of a specific magazine or journal!



snapshot of library web page.  Journal Finder tab is highlighted.

For best results, use the pull-down menu to select “Title equals” and type in the name of the desired magazine or journal: 

snasphot of web search engine with drop down menu.


News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Librarian House Calls 24/7!

Poster for Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat

Need a librarian-- when the rest of the world is asleep or on holiday? Ask a Librarian was made for you!

image of a student in a library, alone

Get help 24/7 with:
●  Starting your research
●  Searching smarter and faster
●  Finding articles, books, and media
●  Citing sources and more!

The librarians are quick to reply-- and available when you need them most. Ask a Librarian is designed to help you succeed!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Improve Information Literacy with IFS Course

image of a young man surrounded by periodicles

Want to Improve Your Information Literacy Skills? Sign Up for an IFS Course Today! 

In today’s digital world, people who are information literate know how to find, access, and critically evaluate information to improve their health, their environment, their education and workplace performance.

Knowing how to interpret information and make informed decisions is key to a successful and productive life. The following IFS course offerings will help you improve your information literacy skills. As an added bonus, they are both low cost/no cost courses, so you will not have to purchase a textbook!

IFS201: Research in the Digital Age
IFS201 will help you develop skills and competency in accessing, evaluating, and using information resources. You will learn about the social and historical context of information technologies, as well as the ethical implications of the use and organization of information. Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in ENG101 or ENG107.

NOTE: IFS201 can be used to satisfy Literacy and Critical Inquiry Requirement.

IFS210: Research in a Global Society
Are you interested in digital technology, social networking, and experimenting with technology tools? Would you like to possess a richer understanding of how people in other parts of the world live and communicate? If so, IFS210 is the course for you! Explore the global culture developing around the Internet in this highly interactive course. Prerequisites: None.

NOTE: IFS210 can be used to satisfy the Global Awareness Requirement.

Image above by Leo Hidalgo under a CC-By-NC license.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Geeks Night Out is Today - March 3!

Geeks Night Out poster.  Text with geeky glasses
Today is the day, when you can roam freely with your light saber, cape or Spock ears-- and explore the newest frontiers in science, technology, engineering and math!  It's the City of Tempe's 5th annual Geeks Night Out at Tempe City Hall, 4:30-7:30 p.m.!

Rich Cuprak with 2015 attendees
Rio Salado College STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak will host an information booth to give attendees a glimpse into some of the latest, emerging technologies—and Rio Salado's Energy System Technology and Nanotechnolgy programs. See related RioNews blog.

We hope you enjoy this free, family event!

‪#‎STEM‬ ‪#‎Geek‬ ‪#‎Nanotechnology‬ ‪#‎AZsciTechFestival‬
www.riosalado.edu/energy
www.riosalado.edu/nano

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Rio Salado Library: African American Experience

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The Rio Salado College Library is proud to feature the African American Experience database in honor of Black History Month.

It has the widest ranging and easiest-to-use online collection on African American history and culture.

Check it out now! 

While you're there, visit the the Black History Month Spotlight on the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses and routes used by abolitionists in the 19th century to lead hundreds of runaway slaves out of bondage.

The engraving above is from The Underground Railroad by William Still, 1872, depicting fugitive slaves escaping from the eastern shore of Maryland.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Explore the Wonders of ScienceOnline

snapshot of ScienceOnline web page.  Headline: Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto.  Image of blue planet with text: "Planet X."


Students now have access to ScienceOnline via the Rio Salado Library!

This database contains articles from the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as enhanced online content from the publisher, including news, topics, multimedia presentations, and more!

Check it out today!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Need Help with Research? Ask A Librarian 24/7!

Text: Ask a Librarian Rio Salado College.  Available 24/7
Need a librarian during the winter break? Check out Ask a Librarian

Available 24/7!

Get help with:
  • Starting your research
  • Searching smarter and faster
  • Finding articles, books, and media
  • Citing sources and more!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Rio Gets 2.6 Million First in the World Grant!

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Rio Salado College is one of 17 schools nationwide to be awarded a First in the World (FITW) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The $2.6 million grant will be dispersed over the next four years and will be used to support innovation and improve student outcomes.

President Bustamante with 2015 workplace training graduates.
“I am excited about the opportunities this funding brings to the college and the support it will provide to our students,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “This recognition validates our innovative practices and reflects our commitment to help underserved students achieve their educational goals.”

Michael Medlock photosAccording to Michael Medlock, interim dean of instructional technology at Rio Salado, the grant award will be used to design and implement an innovative model to improve teaching and learning for at-need students.

“The grant will allow Rio Salado College to pursue new research-supported initiatives that will help students by using three strategies: creating a clear course pathway, personalizing the learning, and providing a success coach to meet student needs along the way,” Medlock said.
Shannon McCarty photo
Shannon McCarty, dean of instruction and academic affairs at Rio Salado, said the target population will be new students pursuing an associate degree or transferring to a four-year institution.

“Rio Salado is known for being an innovator in higher education,” McCarty said. “We look forward to continuing that tradition and redesigning the college experience for our students.”


image of three female students working at computers.
The new model joins other notable student success initiatives at Rio Salado College: RioCompass, a completion portal that allows students to monitor progress toward degree completion, and RioPACE, a predictive analytics system that tracks student login frequency, site engagement, and course progress to increase student awareness and accountability.


Image of a Rio instructor offering guidance to students in a student lab About FITW grant and program
The FITW grant program was created in 2014 by the Obama Administration to drive innovation and keep a higher education within reach for all Americans. Of the Rio Salado College grant award, 100% of the $2.6M project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education - Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.

The FITW program is designed to support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

Friday, September 4, 2015

24/7 Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian 24/7 chat Rio Salado

Ask a Librarian is a free, online service that provides Rio Salado students with 24/7 access to a live librarian who can help you start your research, find resources, answer questions about citing sources and more!

Go ahead, give it a try. Ask a Librarian now!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Anthropology Research Guide Now Available

Research doesn't have to HURT!  Use the librarian-selected, faculty supported resources to support your research projects!  Why use the ASB Research Guide:  Provides access to the best anthropology resources available.  Has an easy-to-navigate menu that instantly connects yu to the information you need.  Is perfect for students working at a distance who can’t come to the library.  Has a mobile friendly interface which can be accessed from anywhere.  Is connected to the 24/7 Ask a Librarian chat support in case you get stuck!

The Rio Salado Library is proud to introduce the Anthropology Research Guide. The guide provides links to key discipline-specific library and Web resources for Anthropology (ASB) students. 

Resources are arranged by topic so that students can instantly access the information they need the most:
  • One Search
  • eReference & Data
  • Books & eBooks
  • News Articles
  • Magazine Articles
  • Scholarly Journal Articles
  • Biographies
  • Countries, Cultures & Customs
  • Streaming Films & Images
  • Writing Help
  • Citation Help
  • ASB Web Resources
  • Web Searching Tips 
 
News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Rio Salado Library eBooks on Business

Image of CRiSP 50, one-minute tips to better communications cover.

The Rio Salado Library provides students with access to the CRISP 50-Minute Series, available via the EBSCO eBook collection

These short, easy-to-read books cover the most critical aspects of business topics in a minimum amount of time. 

Please note, you must be logged into RioLearn to access.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tips for Writing a Research Paper

As you progress through college, especially if you choose to transfer to a university, you will be required to write papers either solely based on research or a combination of research and opinion.
Here are some guidelines you may find useful for such a task:

Create a Schedule
Plan a daily schedule several weeks in advance to decide what components you will work on and when. Writing a research paper is a task that cannot be completed successfully in a few days.

Choose a Topic & Begin Research
  • Develop a research question or questions
  • Choose short phrases from your question to conduct your research
  • Brainstorm alternative phrases that relate to your topic to increase your research results.
  • Ask a librarian for help with using keywords associated with your topic: http://blog.riosalado.edu/2015/07/ask-librarian-online-anytime.html
Evaluate Research
Construct Your Outline
  • You can create a formal outline or a simple list of how you think you will organize your paper based on the research you found
  • Remember this outline may continuously change as you begin to write your paper, and this is ok as the outline is not going to be graded. Keep in mind it is merely a tool to help you structure your writing
Familiarize Yourself with Format Type
Begin Rough Draft, Edit, Submit
  • Use your outline to begin your rough draft. You can also refer to online resources such as: http://libguides.riosalado.edu/ and http://www.riosalado.edu/library/owl/Pages/default.aspx
  • Dedicate blocks of time each day to writing
  • Highlight or mark sentences in your paper you wish to cite using APA or MLA
  • Proofread your paper and ask at least two other people to review your writing for grammatical errors
  • Submit your paper on time


Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Featured Library Resource: EBSCO eBooks

screen shot of web interface for EBSCO EBook collection

Need a book for an assignment but don't have enough time to make a trip to the library? 

The EBSCO eBook collection contains more than 130,000 titles from leading university presses and academic publishers.

This collection is available to students 24/7 and has a built in-citation tool to help with your reference list or works cited page.

What are you waiting for? Check it out today!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Here are the latest additions in fiction, non-fiction and DVDs from the Rio Salado College Library.

Fiction



Nonfiction

DVDs

This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Friday, April 3, 2015

April is National Poetry Month!

Image of an abandoned building, a still from the film Poet of Poverty.

The Rio Salado Library features Filmakers Library Online, a great resource for documentaries on a variety of cultural and historical issues. 

Included is the tragic and inspirational film Poet of Poverty, a Rio Salado Library recommendation to help you awaken your poet’s heart in celebration of National Poetry Month.