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CTL Support for Blended Learning

May 22nd, 2015

course badgeEDUCAUSE, an organization at the front of innovation in teaching and learning in the digital environment, recently recognized Ivy Tan (CTL Instructional Design Specialist) as a Blended Learning Designer. To earn the credential, Tan completed a five-week blended-learning seminar facilitated by the University of Central Florida and then submitted an e-portfolio for review by a team of national experts.

The learning experience modeled best practices for blended, or hybrid, learning and required Tan to engage in different learning activities in both synchronous and asynchronous environments, including blogging, social networking, assignment design and reflective writing. The experience extends Tan’s expertise in instructional design by concentrating on the current educational environment and innovative tools for extending the traditional classroom’s reach.

As blended learning (the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences) grows in popularity among educators around the world, it’s more important than ever to understand how to design effective courses in this mode.

To learn more about blended learning or designing courses and/or assignments for blended or traditional learning, contact Ivy Tan or the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Nursing Alumni Bulletins Now in the JDC

May 20th, 2015

Nurses Alumni Bulletin 1948More than fifty years of Nursing Alumni Bulletins (beginning in 1935 and going up until 1995) have been added to the Jefferson Digital Commons.

The Bulletins were published by alumni of the Diploma Nursing program, which was started in 1891 as the Jefferson Hospital Training School for Nurses. The first class consisted of thirteen women and the program graduated more than 5,000 nurses by the time it disbanded in 1982. According to the 1891 admission requirements, applicants had to “be between 21 and 35 years of age” and those of “superior education, culture, and refinement” would be given highest priority. Upon acceptance, students went through a 30-day probationary period where they worked 14-hour days, starting with lectures at 7 AM. Once their probation was over they were allowed to wear the Jefferson nursing uniform, a floor-length pink cotton dress and a starched white cap and apron. Over the years the program went through a variety of changes, many of which can be seen in the Nursing Alumni Bulletins.

Grand Rounds in the JDC

May 14th, 2015

The Jefferson Digital Commons has a collection of grand rounds presentations archived from various departments, including:

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New Issue of Jefferson Surgical Solutions

May 11th, 2015

The latest issue of Jefferson Surgical Solutions is hot off the press. Topics include:

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2015 CREATE Day Presentations in the JDC

May 7th, 2015

create_day_presentationCollaborative Research and Evidence Among Therapists and Educators (CREATE) Day is a clinical education program presented by occupational therapy graduate students in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at Thomas Jefferson University. Students conduct a systematic review of the literature on key topic areas that reflect current occupational therapy practice trends. The presentations include an introduction of the topic literature.

The latest round of 2015 Collaborative Research and Evidence Among Therapists and Educators (CREATE) Day presentations have been loaded into the Jefferson Digital Commons:

Access the CREATE Day archive back to 2013.


Writing Café Summer Hours

May 7th, 2015

Does “write more” keep getting pushed to the bottom of your to do list? Are you paralyzed by the amount of work needed to publish your research? Do you have a half-finished manuscript gathering dust on your desk? The Writing Café in Room 200A of Scott Memorial Library provides you a chance every Tuesday from 8 to 10:00 a.m. to prioritize your writing. Put the Writing Café on your calendar, start showing up, and watch your writing projects flourish.

What is the Writing Café? It’s regularly scheduled, uninterrupted writing time in a group setting. When you arrive, you simply sign in, settle down at a writing space, and get to work. Writing Center staff will be available for on-site writing consultation.

Why do I need the Writing Café? Allotting time each week to write is the key to successful writing and publishing. Research has shown that academic writers who follow a schedule are more creative and far more prolific than those who wait until they feel like writing.

Who can come to the Writing Café? The Writing Café is open to faculty, researchers, and anyone else writing for publication.

What do I need to bring? Bring your writing projects, your research notes, and your laptop or just a pad of paper. If coffee or tea helps, bring that, too. Plan to spend the time making progress on your writing goals: finishing a partially finished manuscript; revising a finished manuscript; planning your next manuscript. You’re welcome to work on personal or professional writing projects.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Wilson at the Center for Teaching & Learning’s Writing Center, (215) 503-0441 or

Love Your Library Winner

May 4th, 2015

Love Your LibraryScott Library is pleased to announce that David Chou (SKMC M2) and Giuseppe Staltari (SKMC M4) are the first place winners of our Love Your Library Video Contest. Take a look at their entry.

Thanks to everyone who participated!


14 E-Books New to Scott Library in April

May 1st, 2015

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Scott Library added these 14 e-books in April to the growing collection:

Download Statistics: A New Service for NIHMS Authors

May 1st, 2015

If you’ve deposited articles in the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) to comply with the NIH Public Access policy, you can now see how often they were downloaded from PMC. Read more about the new feature on the NCBI Insights blog and contact us at Scott Library with any questions about NIH Public Access Policy compliance.

NIHMS statistics

Conference Poster Season

April 30th, 2015

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) has nearly 500 archived conference posters. Don’t let your conference posters collect dust and sit in hallways where only your colleagues view them on a daily basis. Send them to the JDC to reach a global audience.


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Mobile-Friendly Redesign for

April 29th, 2015

Next time you’re suggesting a reliable, authoritative starting point for consumer health information, consider the National Library of Medicine’s and MedlinePlus en español.

They launched a redesigned site that’s responsive for devices of any size—desktop, tablet or mobile. Read more about the new features and take a video tour.medlineplus redesign

My Research Dashboard: A New Service for Elsevier Authors

April 27th, 2015

If you’ve written articles published in Elsevier journals you may be familiar with their CiteAlert and Article Usage Alerts. Over the next year, they’ll be rolling out My Research Dashboard, which integrates those features plus additional data from Scopus, ScienceDirect and Mendeley to provide a more visual way to understand how your work is being read, shared, and cited. This is part of Elsevier’s efforts to help you prepare, promote and monitor your work for maximum impact.

Watch the video introduction and read more.


Look for Inside Out: New Issue Just Released

April 23rd, 2015

Inside Out coverThe editors of Jefferson’s Literary Arts Journal, Inside Out, have released their latest issue. Readers can pick up free copies of the journal at various campus locations, including Scott Memorial Library, or access it online.

Inside Out features noteworthy essays, short stories, poems, artwork, and photography by students from across the Jefferson campus.

“The creativity and insight of our Jefferson students is here on display,” said Mark Tykocinscki, MD, in the foreward to the journal. Dr. Tykocinscki, the Dean for the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University, is the Faculty Sponsor for Inside Out. “As they train for their future crafts — whether in healing, discovering, educating — our students are enriched by exploration of their artistic spirit.”

The journal publishes work by part-time and full-time Jefferson students. Submitted pieces are reviewed anonymously and only those selected are published in the journal. The current issue includes pieces by 21 contributors from the Jefferson School of Nursing, Jefferson School of Health Professions, Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

Previous issues of Inside Out are also archived in the Jefferson Digital Commons.

Latest School of Population Health Capstones in the JDC

April 23rd, 2015

The latest round of capstone presentations by students in the TJU School of Population Health have been loaded in the Jefferson Digital Commons.

The 2015 submissions include:

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The Molecular Biology of Precision Medicine: Register by 4/24

April 21st, 2015

The Computational Medicine Center, The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, The Wills Eye Hospital, and The Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences present The Molecular Biology of Precision Medicine: Gender, Population and Race on: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm in Solis-Cohen Auditorium – Jefferson Alumni Hall.

This one-day event is open to everyone in the Jefferson community. Students and Postdoctoral Fellows are encouraged to attend. There is no fee for attending. However, if you wish to attend you must register by emailing your full name and contact information to: by Friday, April 24th.

Download details and a preliminary program for this event.