Social and Student Engagement

1. (36) Students should be provided a way to interact with other students in an online community.

Not Observed       Insufficient       Moderate Use       Meets Criterion Completely

Students are provided full access to Blackboard Collaborate, our web conferencing tool, so that they can set up their own meetings 24/7. Students use this tool for group project meetings, presentation recordings sessions, and group organization board meetings. Instructions for setting up sessions are posted on the SLIS web site.

An online Drop-in Center is continuously available and live student assistant help is available during scheduled hours. This resource is used by students, faculty, and guest speakers as a place to meet, practice with the web conferencing technology, and get advice related to use of Collaborate.

All students have access to Blackboard IM (Bb IM), an instant messaging tool that connects students and faculty. Each semester, groups are set up in Bb IM based on course enrollment to facilitate easy communication among classmates. Students and faculty can communicate with others at the School by adding them to their list of individual contacts.

SLIS also encourages networking at the local geographic level. A tool branded “SLISAlert” is used to send announcements of local events to students and faculty within a defined radius of a specific city. For example, when a conference reception is held in conjunction with a professional conference at which SLIS will have a presence, invitations are sent to all students in the area. This opportunity to meet other students in the same online program has led to the formation of online networking groups that connect students living in specific regions.

Our School hosts student chapters of national professional associations, providing opportunities for our students to serve in leadership roles, engage in professional development activities, and expand their professional network

Our School’s American Library Association Student Chapter (ALASC) was recognized as the ALA Student Chapter of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and was honored as the runner-up for this award in 2011.  In their recognition of the student chapter’s accomplishments, ALA leaders singled out the group's efforts to involve SLIS students who live across the continent, as well as the chapter’s high quality programs.  During their most recent acknowledgment of the chapter’s accomplishments in 2011, ALA recognized the chapter’s increased attendance at events, outreach to online students, and effective use of numerous communication methods.

ALASC is very active and hosts multiple events throughout the year.   The chapter connects with students through its blog and bi-monthly e-newsletter, as well as through social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  ALASC hosts online seminars, on-site library tours, and other events.  

Our School’s Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Student Chapter was recognized as the ASIS&T Student Chapter of the Year in 2012, just a year after the chapter was reactivated in 2011.  The chapter provides a range of tools to support ongoing interaction for its members, including a dedicated instant messaging channel, as well as a news feed and discussion forum that are integrated into the School’s online learning management system.  In addition, the chapter shares news and interacts with students via its presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

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