D-ECU News            
News and Information for ECU Distance Education Students 
                                                                                                                                                               January  23, 2008

 In This Issue
January 2008

 1.  Welcome
 2.  DE Student Feature
 3.  DE Student Cards

 4.  Second Life- 3D
 5.  Blackboard 
 6.  Division of Continuing
      Studies ~Message       
 7.  Joyner Library          

 8.  DE Forum       
 9. 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(collinss@ecu.edu) or Travis Hufford (tjh0713@ecu.edu).

 Updates and   Information:

Blackboard 7.3 Upgrade - The Blackboard 7.3 was successfully completed over the winter break.  Many new features have been added to the faculty view of the course to enhance the learning environment.    A full list of these new features can be reviewed
HERE.   The student view of Bb is unchanged.

Here is a quick list of the most important new features.

-   Browser compatible: Internet  
    Explorer 6 and 7. Firefox 1.0 and     2.0.  Netscape 8.0.  Mozilla 2.0

-   Spell Check within the email  

-   Improved Discussion Board.   
Contact the Blackboard 
administrator by email at 

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
https://onestop.ecu.edu/onestop/  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 East Carolina University~

Welcome to the 2008 Spring Semester and 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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DE Student Feature
Meet Sarah Jane Benken~
Distance Education Student

My name is Sarah Benken and I am 25 years old, and a mother of a 10 year old.  I have worked my way through high school, community college and ECU as a single mother.  I have risen and fallen countless times, but my education was never an option of giving up.  I am a senior in the Business program and hope to jump right into the MBA program after graduating.  I stand for hard work and dedication! Currently I am an Accounting Manager for a large Contracting company in Durham, but have held other positions such as: General Business Manager and Subrogation Specialist. With over 9 years experience in a professional environment, I believe that higher education has helped me grow as a person and as a leader.   

One could say that I am a true success by overcoming the odds of being a teenage mother. 

AND, honestly, I could not have done it without the flexibility from the distance education program.

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 Distance Education Student Cards ~ A New Look 

Distance Education Student Cards for Spring 2008 semester will be mailed to all distance education students, with 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.  You should receive your card by January 31st.   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 one semester and are mailed to your home address.  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 for replacement cards or if you have not received your card by January 31st at wilsonki@ecu.edu

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

Welcome to the spring semester! 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.

Fall semester produced a record number of over 5,000 students enrolled in over 60 degree and certificate programs at ECU.  Fall semester also presented 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 this summer or fall 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 ~New Connections 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.  Look for the spring 2008 issue it will soon be available.  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


Synergy, Student Organization of Joyner Library

Interested in being part of a campus organization, but unsure how a Distance Education student can participate in an on-campus organization?  Synergy may be the organization for you.  Synergy is the student organization affiliated with Joyner Library here at ECU. The goal of Synergy is to fuse the voices of the students with the mission of Joyner Library.   As a DE student, you can become actively involved in Synergy, regardless of your physical location.  You can help shape the selection of electronic resources, evaluate the library’s interface, and provide feedback to the library executive body.  You can also participate in Synergy’s outreach division through volunteering in your local library or school’s media center. If you are a DE student within driving distance to ECU campus, you are more than welcome to attend Synergy’s meetings.  For more information or to receive Synergy’s newsletter, please contact Brittany Smith at Synergy@ecu.edu .


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

Attention DE Faculty:  If you are teaching online classes this fall and are interested in having tailored Online Library Research Guides & or pathfinder folders added to your Blackboard course page(s), please contact the Joyner Library DE Coordinator, Yolanda Hollingsworth, directly at hollingsworthy@ecu.edu or  252-328-2259.  We would be happy to work with you!!

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