D-ECU News            

News and Information for ECU Distance Education Students 

                                                                                                                                                                April  2008

 In This Issue 
April 2008

 1.  Welcome 
 2.  DE Student Cards
 3.  Second Life- 3D 
      Virtual World
 4.  DE Forum       
 5.  Division of Continuing
      Studies ~Message       
 7.  Joyner Library           

 8.  Campus News 

Second Life-

The 3D Virtual World


ECU has entered another life!  Second Life that is….the 3D virtual world which is gaining popularity in the real world. 

Academic Outreach now has space available and instructors are using virtual world for classes, office hours, and research. Other universities such as UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University have also embarked on this new and exciting method of teaching.  If you are interested in learning more about Second Life, please contact Sharon Collins at collinss@ecu.edu.  

Distance Education Forum in OneStop

Have you checked out the Distance Education forum yet?  This forum is a place for distance education students to share ideas, questions, or comments.  Feel free to post new  discussion topics as you communicate throughout the semester.  To access the Distance Education forum in OneStop, log in
at the following URL
  and click the Community tab.

Campus News
Visit the Campus News page for up to date East Carolina University headlines. http://www.news.ecu.edu/

Pirate  Athletics
Here you will find links to campus sports, Pirate Club, purchase tickets, radio & television broadcast information, history and records, traditions, & more.  http://www.ecupirates.com/   













         East Carolina University
        Office of Academic Outreach
        301 Evans Street ~ Suite 401
           Greenville, NC 27858

Welcome to another edition of D-ECU News -- the newsletter that will keep you informed of university news, resources, and announcements that affect the distance education community.  If you will be traveling to campus to use ECU Libraries & computer labs, be sure to read the information below about the Distance Education Student Cards.   

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 Distance Education Student Cards ~ A New Look 

Distance Education Student Cards for Summer Session I and Summer Session II will be mailed by request only.  You can request your card by sending an email to wilsonki@ecu.edu and put DE Student Card in the subject line.  The cards now have a new look.  It will now include your ECU ID number (Banner ID) on your card, along with your signature.  The card will be included in letter form, and you will just detach it from the bottom of the letter.  The Distance Education Student Card grants access to ECU computer labs and allows students to check out books from the ECU libraries.  Please note that the Distance Education Student Card will not provide access to the Student Recreation Center, Student Health Services, Athletic events and other activities that are available to on-campus students because DE students do not pay these additional university fees.  The Distance Education Student Cards are valid for both summer sessions and are mailed to your home address upon request.  If your address has changed, you will need to update your address through OneStop https://onestop.ecu.edu/onestop/ in order to receive future cards.  Please contact Kim Wilson to request your card for either Summer Session I or Summer Session II at wilsonki@ecu.edu

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A Message from the Student Services Staff of the Division of Continuing Studies

Welcome! If you haven’t visited recently, check out the Current Students section of the Options for Adult Learners website (www.options.ecu.edu).  You will find links for: tutorials on Piratemail and Blackboard (under “How to”); view links to department websites, academic resources and administrative offices (including Joyner Library, Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office) plus other helpful information. Be sure to check the Academic Calendars for important dates.  Check the website frequently as we are always revising it to include helpful information for distance education students.

There is a new option for paying your tuition bill. Beginning with fall 2007 payments, ECU implemented an online payment system through OneStop allowing distance education students the convenience of paying tuition online. You no longer have to worry about busy phone lines or the hassle of getting your payment in the mail on time. 24 hours a day, seven days a week you have a safe and secure method of paying your tuition bill.  Did you pay online this semester? If not, try it out and see just how easy and convenient it really is.

In closing, watch your Piratemail account for frequent updates and reminders from the Division of Continuing Studies. Throughout the semester we’ll send information to your email account about registration, tuition and other important information.  Please feel free to contact us anytime you have a question or problem arise.  Have a great semester!

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                                                            Joyner Library
NewConnections For DE Students&Faculty

Joyner Library's distance education (DE) website has a new look!  We also have a new toll free telephone number:  1-866-291-5581. Our library DE newsletter, DECOVE is still available online.   Past issues are archived.


Online History at Joyner Library

Distance learners should check out the Web sites of the Special Collections Department and the Verona Joyner Library North Carolina Collection at Joyner Library. Here you will discover finding aids, indexes and full-text resources that unlock rich historical information about North Carolina, military and naval history and other topics. Staff members are available to answer questions or to mail copies of materials not available in full-text format. Contact the Special Collections Department or the North Carolina Collection at the addresses and phone numbers below:


Special Collections

Web site: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/spclcoll/index.cfm

E-mail reference: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/Reference/email.cfm

Phone: (252) 328-6671

North Carolina

Web site: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-lib/ncc/index.cfm

E-mail reference: nccollection@ecu.edu

Phone: (252) 328-6601


Important Information

Getting Books

Joyner Library will send Distance Learning students living outside of Pitt County the books you need to do your research. Simply use the Joyner Library Catalog to find the titles you want and fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request. Currently, return postage is covered by the library. For more information, see the Getting Books web page.


Getting Articles

Joyner Library also has a new research tool called One Search.  You will find this listed on the library homepage.    Just  insert  a  search  term  &  multiple  databases  will  be  searched at once!  Use the
E-Journal Portal to see what journals are available online.  Citation Linker  will help find articles when you have partial or full citations.   What if you still cannot find full text online? Request it via ILLiad  and we will find it and send it to you for free!  Visit  Joyner ILL  for more information.


Please contact us at any time for research assistance through:
 IM:  JoynerRef    Telephone: 252-328-6677 and

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