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Instructional Support Checklist

Are your students facing difficulty?

__  At the Student Success Center, the Office of Academic Continuance assists students who are facing academic difficulty -- those on academic warning, academic suspension, and academic probation.
__ Student Ombudsperson Services (S.O.S) seeks to help students understand University policies and procedures, will gather information relative to their stated concernces, and help them engage in constructive problem solving.
__ Individual, couple, and group counseling are available through the Office of Counseling Services to help students with personal, academic, and career concerns.

Are your students struggling in a specific content area?

__  Academic Skills supports the undergraduate writing assessment program and provides counseling and workshops on improving college writing.
__  At the Writing Center, tutors work with both undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines to prepare them for the challenges of composing essay assignments, test preparation, seminar papers, theses, dissertations, and application materials.
__  At the Math & Science Resources Center (MSRC), students are offered free tutoring for 100-level math courses and 100-200-level chemistry courses.
__ In the Student Success Center, the Peer Educator Program offers peer tutors, mentors, and academic coaches who are committed to the success of ODU students.  The peer educators are knowledgeable and willing to help you with over 40 courses; tutors offer one-on-one tutoring, as well as group tutoring.

Are your students struggling to learn?  Do they need a success plan?

__  At the Student Success Center and at each college Academic Advisors are available to help empower students to explore, experience, and engage in educational activities that assist them in the development of meaningful, educational, and career plans to meet their full potential.
__  At the Student Success Center, the Office of Educational Accessiblity aims to assist all students with disabilities in the pursuit of their educational objectives.  Office staff work with faculty, administrators, and students toward the goal of complying with legal mandates and integrating the student into a responsive campus community.
__  At the Student Success Center, Student Support Services (SSS), a TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, provides academic support to increase the retention and graduation rates of eligible students attending Old Dominion University.  Eligible students include:  first-generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities.


Do you have books you'd like to place on reserve for your students?

__ Books from the Library's collection and personal copies of materials may be placed on reserve for access to students during library hours.  Books not in the collection may be ordered to be placed on reserve.

Do you have documentaries or films you'd like your students to watch?

__ Find video from any of the Library's available resources.

Do your students have trouble finding the kinds of information you want them to use in their papers and projects?

__ The Learning Commons help desk is staffed with librarians, library specialists, and library staff from the Library's reference department.  These individuals are trained to help answer library and research questions.
__  A librarian can be available to meet with classes for instruction in the effective use of library and Internet resources.
__ A librarian can provide in-depth assistance with library research projects through an individual research consultation.  Consultations genearally last between 30 to 60 minutes depending on the complexity of your project and are scheduled between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Do your students have trouble with citation style and/or writing?

__  The Learning Commons help desk keeps the most recent style manuals available for use in the Library.  Style manuals include:  MLA, APA, and Chicaog.
__  EndNote is a powerful tool for acquiring, organizing, and managing citations.  Visit the Library's guide for using EndNote with the Library's databases.
__ At the Writing Center, tutors work with both undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines to prepare them for the challenges of composing essay assignments, test preparation, seminar papers, theses, dissertations, and application materials.


Do your students need specialized computer workstations or equipment for their projects?

__ In the Learning Commons multimedia room, 12 Mac computer workstations are loaded with the Adobe Creative Suite and Cold Fusion.  A sound booth room is also available inside the multimedia room for recording and editing audio.
__ A variety of software is available on all of the Learning Commons computer workstations (PC and Mac), and there is specialized software on specific workstations -- Windows High End Media stations, GIS stations, scanner stations.
__ At the Learning Commons help desk, there is a variety of equipment available for checkout:  iPads, laptops, video cameras, digital cameras, graphing calculators, etc.  Students need a valid student ID to check out equipment.

Do your students need places to study?

__ The Learning Commons offers seven group collaboraion rooms, and the Library offers four rooms on the 2nd floor, two rooms on the 3rd floor, and two rooms on the 4th floor.  Each room is equipped with a flat panel TV, laptop hookup, and some with a computer.  Each group collaboration room requires a reservation through the room reservation system.
__  In the Library, the 3rd floor has been designated as a QUIET STUDY floor.  There are plenty of desks, tables, and chairs for quiet study and work.
__ The Student Success Center lobby offers a small, quiet space for students to study and complete assignments.


For more information on how the Student Success Center and the Learning Commons can support your instructional needs, please contact Marissa Jimenez, Instructional Resource Specialist, at mjimenez@odu.edu.