What do the following feature and documentary films have in common: Patch Adams? Bowling for Columbine? Wit? 42? They have all been used in the classroom to capture critical concepts and to support key learning outcomes. Unfortunately, using film can also consume classroom time – time needed to cover other essential ideas. Reynolds library seeks to solve that problem by licensing SWANK Digital Campus films.
SWANK Digital Campus:
1. Allows the faculty member to select from over twenty thousand feature films, and to…
2. Simply link to that film through one’s Blackboard shell.
So instead of watching the film in class, students can watch the film asynchronously and conveniently: in the Starbucks at 9 at night. More productively, classroom time can be used for discussion in order affirm those essential learning outcomes.
Here’s how to request a SWANK feature film:
1. Start by browsing our Video Library page to determine the various ways to show either streaming or DVD video in your classroom.
2. If you think that SWANK is a good pedagogical solution, search SWANK catalog. If the film comes up in the catalog, it’s available to be licensed.
3. Then just fill out this Reynolds form requesting the film that you would like to show through Blackboard. (You should get an email confirmation from a Reynolds’ librarian within two business days.)
4. It takes up to two weeks, for SWANK to generate a film portal for your requested film, so plan early. After approximately two weeks, you’ll receive a website address/url from a Reynolds’ librarian. Simply post that web address to your students in your Blackboard shell.
Here are some final important aspects regarding SWANK Digital Campus:
1. Though free, all films require the user to download the software Microsoft SilverLight. The Reynolds’ libraries will have this software available in the library, but students must download the software on their own personal PC’s.
2. Currently, Reynolds Libraries will be licensing films one semester at a time; that means after the semester ends, access to the film ends. If you would like the library to license the film for a longer period of time, please indicate that need in the DVD or Streaming Media Request Form.
3. Although SWANK Digital Campus provides access to over 20 thousand films, Reynolds libraries only license the films that faculty plan to use with their students.
So, if you use a feature film in the classroom, consider “flipping” the scenario by using SWANK Digital Campus. Take the film outside of the classroom, in order to invite more learning (and time) in!
Ebook Library (EBL) is the newest resource from our VIVA membership (Virtual Library of Virginia). JSRCC partners together Virginia’s public (and some private) institutions for more purchasing power. This new collection model, called “demand‐driven acquisitions,” allows patrons to choose what books are purchased.
The Testing and Education Reference Center from Gale is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.
Over 300 practice tests and courses
Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiation
When the A-Z Resource List appears, click on the T tab from the alphabetical list of tabs located near the top of the screen.
When the list of databases that begin with Tappears, click on The Teaching Professor link.
Off-Campus: If you access the The Teaching Professor from this post or from the library’s web site from off campus, you will be prompted with a Virginia’s Community Colleges login screen first. Login with your My JSRCC username and password.
Sometime you need a straightforward, short answer to a question…and you need it to be CORRECT!
Wikipedia is great for information on pop culture (think Doctor Who) but not so great for your papers and projects. For school, you need a scholarly source, but one that gives an outline of the subject.
Through the the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), JSRCC libraries now offer two new STEM-H eBook databases. These subject-based e-book collections provide extensive, current resources in the STEM-H related fields, and support STEM-H curricula at the college.
Springer eBooks offer high quality Springer print book publications in a digital format. This collection covers Behavioral Science, Biomedical and Life Science, Computer Science, and Earth and Environmental Science. This purchase adds over 2,000 titles published in 2013 to JSRCC’s digital collection.
SciVerse ScienceDirect eBooks includes nearly 700 titles from Elsevier’s most current 2013 collection. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services. This collection includes titles from Physical Sciences, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences.
Both collections can be access through the library’s catalog, or directly through the vendors’ site listed on the library’s database pages.
A small but growing collection is waiting to be viewed by you. From the trend-setting, award-winning MAUS to our new Gone to Amerika by Derek McCulloch, the drawn characters are sitting just inside of the library’s entrance doors, poised in anticipation of their visit with you.
Select a book from the shelf and sit down in a comfy chair to peruse it, or check it out and take it home!