Students: Take the Knovel Academic Challenge!

Students: Bucknell is participating in the Knovel Academic Challenge, an annual contest for engineering students using Knovel’s unique content and interactive features.  So far this year we are in the top 50 of participating Universities!  There are 2 more weeks of the Challenge, students can still register and compete:

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Making a Difference: Moving Your Organization from Transactional to Transformational

How does a Library and IT organization move from transactional to transformational?

To find out, read the new Educause Review article authored by our own Param Bedi and Jason Snyder:

The key takeaways of the article are:

  • A reallocation of budget and resources in Bucknell University’s Library and Information Technology division enabled a shift from transactional functions to transformational initiatives.
  • Involving the campus community early in these conversations makes them part of the process when you need to make choices on focus and what to stop doing.
  • When considering reallocation of resources in libraries and information technology divisions, universities should take a holistic look at services across the organization.
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Need help with your research?

Need help with your research or a course project?  Bucknell’s librarians are here to help you!

Visit our subject guides at to find appropriate research resources for every academic subject, or to make a research appointment with a subject librarian!

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Moodle Tools to Support Student Advising

Every faculty member who is advising student has a “Faculty Advisor” course in Moodle, following the naming convention Faculty Advisor: Lastname, Firstname. That course is automatically populated with all of a faculty member’s advisees, based on the information in Banner. A faculty member can use the QuickMail block in that course to send an email message to all of his/her advisees, and s/he can use the Scheduler activity to help schedule appointments with those advisees.

Faculty members should see the “Faculty Advisor” course in the “Current Course List” block of the left-hand side of the main Moodle page, under Other courses. You’ll need to click on the link for that course in order to use the QuickMail block and the Scheduler.

The QuickMail block is on the left-hand side of the Faculty Advisor course page. Most likely, you’ll need to scroll down on the page to find that block. To send an email message to your advisees:

  1. Click on the “Compose New Email” link.
  2. Your current advisees will be listed in the Potential Recipients box on the right-hand side. If you see the “Not in a section” label next to your advisees names, it just indicates that none of your advisees have been placed in groups. To send a message to all of your advisees, click on the “Add All” button in the middle of the screen. Your advisees will then appear in the “Selected Recipients” box.
  3. Scroll down in the window, and click in the Subject box. Type in a subject for your message.
  4. Click in the Message box, and type your message to your advisees.
  5. By default, “Receive a copy” is selected, which means that you will receive a copy of the email message that you send to your advisees. That is a good way to be sure that the message was indeed sent out. Just below that, click on the “Send Email” button to send your message to your advisees.
  6. You will be taken to the History page, which will list the time the message was sent, along with the subject of the message. You can use the “Navigation” (“bread-crumb”) trail at the top of the page (particularly, the “HOME” link) to return to your main Moodle page.

The Scheduler is one of the activities that you can add to a Moodle block within the course. The Scheduler allows you to set up appointment slots for your advisees, and it allows advisees to choose among those slots in order to secure an appointment. The Scheduler also has an alert feature that emails you when a student has signed up for a slot and that can send an email reminder to the advisee at a selected time (for example, one day) before the actual appointment. You can find detailed instructions on how to use the Scheduler here. Please note that if you plan to use the Scheduler tool in your Faculty Advisor course, you need to edit the settings for the course to make the course visible to students.

Please contact itec if you have any questions about using Moodle to support your work as a faculty advisor.

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Digital Scholarship at Bucknell University: It’s About Student Engagement

Check out this article by our own Param Bedi, Vice President for Library & Information Technology, Matt Gardzina, Director for Instructional Technology, and Emily Sherwood, CLIR Postdoc for Digital Scholarship:

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Students: Don’t Worry, We’re Not Terminating Your Accounts!

Dear Students,

All of you received an email this morning with the subject “[L&IT] Computer account information” informing you that your Bucknell account access would be terminated as of April 15, 2015

We could play it off as an early April Fool’s Day joke.  We could even go so far as to fabricate an ugly post-Valentine’s Day breakup, where we’re taking what account access we came into the relationship with and leaving you with only Bmail.

The truth is there was a rare occurrence we refer to as a “technical glitch,” erroneously sending that message out to all of you.  It was a mistake.  We aren’t joking.  We want to continue our relationship, complete with all of your Bucknell account access privileges–until graduation do us part.

We apologize for the confusion.  Please enjoy this wonderful winter day!

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It’s Tax Season: Be on the Alert for Cyber Scams!

Every tax season brings a host of fraudulent activities from scammers utilizing a variety of tactics. This year seems to be even worse than past years, with rampant reports of phishing, phone scams and fraudulent filings.

Phishing: Scam artists pose as legitimate entities—such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other government agencies, and financial institutions—in an attempt to defraud taxpayers. They use phishing emails to lure users to open malicious email attachments or visit malicious sites to gain access to passwords and sensitive information.

Phone Fraud: The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has received reports of roughly 290,000 contacts and has become aware of nearly 3,000 victims who have collectively paid over $14 million as a result of a phone scam, in which scammers make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials and demanding that they send them cash via prepaid debit cards.

Fraudulent filings: There is a reported increase in attempts by scammers who attempt to use victims’ personal information to file fraudulent tax returns, then claim resulting refunds. Taxpayer victims generally have no idea that anything is wrong until they attempt to submit their own returns. In many cases, it is extremely difficult to determine how the perpetrators were able to get the victims’ filing information.

For more information, see:

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