TA Online Teaching Workshop 8/28

Extending TA Teaching Skills to Online Courses: A Day in the Life of a TA Teaching Online

Presented by Online Learning Council Fellows and Online Learning Team, Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies

SPEAKER: Raymond Lum, Associate Teaching Professor, Director of E-Learning

Please RSVP to Sandra at sbg38@drexel.edu

Thursday, August 28, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Workshop Description:

Teaching Assistants (TAs) represent approximately one-third of the Drexel University Online Learning Council membership. TAs have expressed interest and have been attending Online Course Design workshops throughout the year to support faculty who have online elements to their course. This workshop is a primer to online course design and will discuss best practices and resources available to TAs to extend their teaching skills to online courses. The workshop addresses core design elements such as measureable outcomes, assessment strategies, alignment of assignments and student engagement.

The workshop uses a case study to illustrate the use of Blackboard Learn Tools in media, testing, assignment submission and grading. The case study will present instructor and student perspectives.  Upon registration of the workshop, TAs will be provided a Sandbox Shell in Blackboard Learn. The Sandbox Shell contains workshop materials and an area where they can practice their online course design and teaching skills. Also, this sandbox shell will provide an opportunity for them to be mentored by OLT staff and Online Learning Council Fellows. The skills presented in this workshop can be applied to support face-to-face, hybrid and online courses.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify characteristics for measurable learning objectives.
  2. Apply alignment techniques between course learning objectives, instructional strategies (activities/assignments), and assessment techniques.
  3. Develop appropriate student assessments for a given instructional strategy.
  4. Apply Blackboard Learn Tools associated with media, interactivity, assessment, testing and grading.

Flyer: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/TA-Online-Teaching-Workshop-8-28-14.pdf

DGWISE hosts: Writing Boot Camp Series


RSVP and attend our Writing Boot Camp, to help get your proposal, dissertation, or research papers into the best shape possible! The Boot Camp will run Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks starting Tuesday, July 22nd 12-2pm.

All sessions will be held in the Graduate Student Lounge (Main Building 101).

You can log in to the live webinar or view the archived sessions later:

For live interactive viewing:
1. Log into BBlearn
2. Click on “Tech Support”
3. In “Collaborate” tab, see “First Time Users” instructions. It will ask you to update your Java if needed and have you run a speaker/ microphone test.
4. You will be able to join up to an hour before the session (11am EST)
5. Sessions will also be available later for archived viewing

The Tuesday sessions will focus on a topic that is critical to obtaining the best product possible, while the Thursday sessions will provide a time to work on that particular application with feedback. 

The Tuesday sessions will run from 12-2pm and will provide FREE LUNCH. The Thursday sessions will run from 12-4pm and FREE SNACKS will be included. There will be prizes given out at the different sessions and the you will receive a raffle ticket at each session attended to be entered into a drawing at the end of the Boot Camp.

While we encourage you to attend whether you RSVP or not, we do ask that if you plan to attend the sessions you email dgwiseboard@gmail.com with your name, program and what you are interested in learning so that we can ensure we have enough food and that everyone gets as much out of the Boot Camp as possible. 

A detailed schedule of the topics can be seen be below: 

WEEK 1: How to best utilize the library

Tuesday, July 22nd: Jay Bhatt will discuss topics relating to running systematic literature searches, literature reviews, how to pick the best target journal etc. 

Thursday, July 24th: Dan Driscoll will be present to briefly discuss the resources that the Writing Center has to offer and Jay Bhatt will present the advantages of using Endnote and how to set it up. We encourage you to attend this session with some research goals in mind and capitalize on utilizing the expertise of both of the speakers. 

WEEK 2: How to best verbally portray your research 

Tuesday, July 29th: Dr Lawrence Souder will both lecture and run participant exercises on how to strategically use citations, techniques for reviewing the research collected, and how to interpret and describe your results. 

Thursday, July 31st: We will be running a writing session, we encourage you to bring specific writing goal (e.g a section of your background for you dissertation) and use this time to write. We will have people on hand to help with the reviewing the writing as well. 

Week 3: How to best visually portray your research 

Tuesday, August 5th: Kristy Jost will present on the story telling aspect of communicating research; she will discuss best practices for making figures, posters, and presentations through different mediums. 

Thursday, August 7th: We encourage you to use this time to work on a schematic, figure, poster etc. We will have people on hand to help both technically and to discuss what is most visually appealing. 

Week 4: Panel Discussion 

Tuesday, August 12th: We will have a panel discussion with young professors, post-docs, and students writing their dissertations or proposals currently. This will be an opportunity to gain insight from people that are have recently or are currently going through the same struggles as you. This will also be the day we draw our grand prizes!!

We look forward to seeing you there!! Any questions email dgwiseboard@gmail.com

Flier: http://www.drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Writing-Bootcamp-2.jpeg

Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research 7/23 12pm

Join us for our next Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Graduate Student Lounge (Main 010A)
Basement of Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Brief introduction to current research by graduate students followed by a moderated discussion.
Audience participation is encouraged.
Lunch will be provided.


John K. Lee
MD/PhD Candidate, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Neuroengineering and Bioengineering, Drexel University College of Medicine and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
“How to Win a Nobel Prize and Other Lessons from the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting”

Gaurav Goyal
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Science, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
“Biology at Nanoscale”

Moderated by Dr. Simon F. Giszter, Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Drexel University College of Medicine and Research Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Co-Director, Drexel Neuroengineering Initiative

Tune in live: http://tinyurl.com/BooksandBagelsJuly14

Visit the Books & Bagels video archive:

Want to speak at an upcoming Books & Bagels?
Fill out the form at this link:

 Info: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Flyer-7-23-14.pdf

Call for Books & Bagels Speakers 2014-2015

Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research

The Graduate Student Association and Office of Graduate Studies are looking for Drexel University graduate students to present at Books & Bagels: Conversations on Interdisciplinary Research for 2014-2015!

Books & Bagels is a one-hour lunchtime program. Each program features 2-3 graduate student speakers from various school/colleges and levels of study who present a brief 10-15 talk about their current research projects, the challenges, benefits, and impact of their work, and their overall graduate student experience. Presentations are followed by Q&A and discussion led by a faculty moderator. Presentations are broadcast live via Blackboard Collaborative and recorded for later viewing at http://www.youtube.com/user/DrexelGSA/videos

Please fill out the form at the link below if you would like to nominate a speaker or be considered to speak at a future program.

Ad: http://drexelgsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Call-for-Speakers-Flyer.pdf

Drexel Graduate Student Term Gym Membership Program

Drexel Graduate Student Term Gym Membership Program

Eligibility: Graduate students who are registered online or part-time and matriculating toward a degree can take advantage of a $28 term gym membership to the Drexel Recreation Center paid for by the GSA each term that they are eligible. This includes graduate students who are part-time because they are registered for non-billable credits such as assistantship, exemption, or dissertation credits and/or are not taking three full courses (9 credits) during a particular term. Graduate students who are registered full-time and paying graduate student activity fees should already have access to the gym and do not qualify for the GSA gym membership. Students, faculty, and staff who are registered for courses but are not matriculating toward a degree are not eligible for the GSA gym membership.

Instructions: Graduate students who wish to register for the GSA gym membership must do so by the add/drop deadline of the current term. Students should proceed to the membership desk at the Drexel Recreation Center at the corner of 33rd and Market Streets to register. Students may register for the GSA gym membership each term that they are eligible.

All issues and questions should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at (215) 895-0366 (between 8am-5pm M-F) while at the front desk to verify your status and eligibility for a GSA Gym Membership. You can also contact us with any questions about this program.

2014-2015 GSA Executive Board

Congratulations to the incoming GSA Executive Board for 2014-2015 effective July 1, 2014!

The new GSA executive board members will begin their transition during the summer term working with members of the Office of Graduate Studies, Student Affairs, and the previous GSA board to learn their roles and responsibilities, brainstorm ideas for graduate student events and causes, and review all policies and procedures for graduate student organizations, allocations, budgets, etc.

During the interim:

Student Affairs will be in touch with new and returning graduate student organizations regarding the mandatory recognition and re-recognition process. For questions about the recognition process, please contact Maggie Gordon (maggie@drexel.edu). Please also “Cc” the incoming GSA President.

The Office of Graduate Studies will work closely with the new GSA board and the GSA Senate (consisting of all graduate student organization’s incoming Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Treasurers) to review annual budget requests, allocations, and overall graduate student organization spending throughout the year (July 1, 2014 – June 30th, 2015). For questions about organization finances, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies (ogsstaff@drexel.edu). Please also “Cc” the incoming GSA President and Treasurer.

2014-2015 GSA Executive Board

President: Nicholas Thompson, School of Public Health nicholas.a.thompson@drexel.edu

Vice President: Sundar Ram, Electrical Engineering sundarram.swaminathan@drexel.edu

Secretary: Julia Richmond, Culture and Communications julia.c.richmond@drexel.edu

Treasurer: Yi-Hsuan (Cindy) Lin, Physics yl654@drexel.edu

We all look forward to serving the Drexel graduate student population this year!

National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

Graphene Frontiers is an advanced materials and nanotechnology device company based in Philadelphia, PA. The company is building on its core expertise in graphene film production with the development of a graphene-based biosensor platform that will revolutionize diagnostics by shrinking lab-scale processes to automated chip-sized systems with unprecedented speed and sensitivity.

Graphene Frontiers has an open position for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship. This is a great opportunity for an individual looking to gain valuable research and innovation experience in a startup environment. Successful candidate will work in multi-disciplinary team on large-scale graphene production and sensor development projects.

Start date is August 1, 2014 or September 1, 2014.

Fellowship Eligibility Requirements:

-       Ph.D. in engineering or science discipline (STEM-related field) by the time of start date.

-       Candidate must belong to one of the following underrepresented NSF STEM groups: Women (all ethnicities), African American, Hispanic American & Pacific Islander American


$75,000/year plus health insurance benefits.

To apply:

Please send your Resume or C.V. to info@graphenefrontiers.com with subject line “NSF Diversity Fellowship Application”.

If you are eligible, Graphene Frontiers will send you further application instructions.

MEGA at the Zoo!

Enjoy the perfect day at the zoo, courtesy of MEGA! Did you know that the Philadelphia Zoo is the first zoo in America? Well, now you can enjoy a piece of Philadelphia history along with exotic animals.

Students must RSVP first, before the end of June 30th. Tickets can be used anytime starting June 1st-August 31st 2014. Please register with the link to tickets. Once you register you may pay for your tickets at Bossone 330: 9AM-11AM on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

$2.00 Tickets for graduate students, $3 for guests (Limit 3 guests per reservation).

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433704486898222/