Archive for October, 2012

From the Suggestion Box: “Quiet Area” still not quiet

October 24, 2012

You said:

“Would like to see more signs in the quiet area some people insist on talking on cell phones chatting with others and just being disruptive thanks :)”

We said:

You’ve probably noticed that we posted tentcards in the area about a month ago. We know from past practice and from research that more signs and/or bigger signs are not the answer to changing behaviours. What works best is the personal touch, and the most effective way that’s accomplished is through peer-to-peer interaction. So, if you are in the quiet zone and you hear people talking on their cellphone or chatting with their friend, then the most effective way to change that behaviour is for you, as their peer, to remind them that they are in a quiet area and that all conversations need to occur away from that space.

We recognize, of course, that sometimes people are not comfortable approaching another student or a group, and in these cases the staff are ready to assist. You can text us at 403-800-8945 to let us know there’s an issue requiring our attention (this is a local number, but regular rates apply as per your contract) or come down to one of the service desks on the main floor and speak to the staff.

We also plan to increase our staff presence in the quiet zone, on a random basis, to curb the behaviour.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Infographic: ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2012

October 19, 2012

Check out this infographic that visually summarizes some of the 2012 ECAR study results:

Key Findings

See the 2012 report for a full list key messages, findings, and supporting data.

  • Blended-learning environments are the norm; students say that these environments best support how they learn.
  • Students want to access academic progress information and course material via their mobile devices, and institutions deliver.
  • Technology training and skill development for students is more important than new, more, or “better” technology.
  • Students use social networks for interacting with friends more than for academic communication.

ECAR Recommends

See the 2012 report for a full list of actionable results.

  • Look to emerging or established leaders (other institutions, other countries, other industries) for strategies to deliver instruction and curricular content to tablets and smartphones. Learn from their exemplary strategies for IT support and security with student devices as well as planning, funding, deploying, and managing instructional technologies, services, and support.
  • Prioritize the development of mobile-friendly resources and activities that students say are important: access to course websites and syllabi, course and learning management systems, and academic progress reports (i.e., grades).
  • Bridge the gap between the technologies that have seen the greatest growth (e-portfolios, e-books/e-textbooks, and web-based citation/bibliographic tools) and students’ attitudes about their importance. Focus training/skill-building opportunities for students, professional development opportunities for faculty, and support service opportunities on these emerging technologies.
  • Use e-mail and the course and learning management system for formal communication with students. Experiment with text messaging and instant messaging/online chatting, and don’t focus efforts on using social networks and telephone conversations to interact with students.

New Resources for Fall 2012

October 18, 2012

Since most people are settling into the thick of writing term papers, I thought it might be a good time to highlight some of the new resources available to RDC students and staff this fall…


It’s Nobel Prize Week

October 10, 2012

The Nobel Prizes are being handed out this week, with a new one announced each day.

So far, prizes have been awarded for:

Still to come this week: Literature, Peace, and Economics Sciences.  You can follow all the action on the official Nobel Prize website.

Want to know why the discoveries by the prize winners are so significant?  Check out the relevant RDC Library Subject guide to get more information.  Remember that you will need your NEOS barcode and PIN to access many of our resources from off campus.

Mad Women on Mad Men

October 5, 2012

On Sept. 26, RDC Library hosted a book launch to celebrate the publication of a book of academic essays edited by Heather Marcovitch and Nancy Batty, Mad Men, Women, and Children: Essays on Gender and Generation. RDC faculty members Heather Marcovitch, Nancy Batty, and Joan Crate each contributed essays to the book, and each of them read from their essays at the launch event. This book continues the rich tradition of scholarly publication at Red Deer College. A copy will soon be available at RDC Library, or you can purchase it from the RDC Bookstore. (more…)