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Important Summer Dates
    Summer session start dates are provided below, as well as a link to the full Summer 2013 Academic Calendar:

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Google Apps: Mobile Access for Faculty and Students
    The Office of Information Technology has increased everyone's mobile computing power by providing a powerful new suite of web-based applications called Google Apps. All WVU Parkersburg faculty, staff and students have free access to the resources.   Being web-based, Google Apps are particularly useful for online faculty and students who cannot carry their personal computers with them everywhere they go:
    Gmail is a full-featured email system and is always available wherever you are, from any device - desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. With Gmail's 10GB (and counting) of free storage, you'll never need to delete an email to save space.

    Google Calendar
    With Google Calendar, it’s easy to keep track of important events all in one place.  You can share your calendar with students and colleagues and invite them to events. Customizable reminders help you stay on schedule.

    Google Drive
    Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your files are there too.  Upload all your important files to Google Drive and access them anywhere you have the Internet.

    Another exciting feature of Google Drive is the ability to create and view documents, presentations, spreadsheets and more without the need to purchase additional software and licenses. Google Drive is compatible with Microsoft Office files, so students can access course materials and create projects, without having to spend the money on the Microsoft Office suite.

    Google Sites
    Google Sites is a web page-creation tool powerful enough for a company intranet, yet simple enough for a family website. You can start a site from scratch or from a template.   This Faculty Newsletter was created using Google Sites.

    Google Groups
    Google Groups  supports discussion groups based on common interests. Users can find discussion groups related to their interests and participate in threaded conversations, either through a web interface or by e-mail. They can also start new groups. 

    Google Talk
    Google Talk is an instant messaging service that provides both text and voice communication. An available plug-in allows for video chat as well.  It is a new day for online office hours; you can actually see and hear each other to discuss concerns.
The following information provided by the Office of Information Technology can help you get started right away:

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Library Resources: Off Campus Access
    The WVUP Library offers a large number of educational resources on its website that are accessible from off campus: web-based resources for student research, including articles, eBooks and streaming video, research guides and tutorials specific to WVU Parkersburg collections, and librarian selected websites that support the college curriculum.  Reference instruction is also available via email for students who have additional questions or needs.  Useful for any student, these items support online learners especially well.  Follow the link below to review the assets and contact Library Director Stephen Hupp to discuss resources for your course:

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Copyright Corner
    More and more digital resources are being produced everyday, and many of them are extremely useful for faculty in their teaching.  Do you want to capture and play all or part of a movie or piece of music in your online course?  Do you plan to share a picture or image or post an article for student downloading?  If so, you need to be aware of the special regulations surrounding the use of copyrighted materials in online or blended courses.  Library Director Stephen Hupp is the campus source for informed and balanced information on copyright, and he can help facilitate faculty decision making about the integration of copyrighted resources into online or blended courses.  Be sure to reach out as you begin to prepare your courses for the fall semester.

    Of course copyright and intellectual property concerns can impact students as well. The Office of Information Technology has provided a resource for faculty that describes the benefits of implementing plagiarism software and reviews four free options available online:

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Quality Matters
    Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning. QM subscribers include community and technical colleges, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and systems, and other academic institutions.  WVU Parkersburg has recently become a subscriber, and the link below can help you familiarize yourself with QM.  The Center for Teaching and Technology will share more information about QM and how you can use QM to improve your online course design: