FALL 2021 WORKSHOPS: Faculty Development, Time Management, Professional Writing, Research Impact, & more

As you return to the classroom, lecture hall, or research lab and start setting your goals for the year, let the Academic Commons help! Our fall 2021 workshops cover various topics, including time management, video recording and editing, publishing your scholarly work, and more.

All workshops will be held virtually and are open to all. Browse our workshops below and register online. Check out this digital clickable flyer, and feel free to share it with colleagues and teammates! 

Responding to Reviewers’ Comments
Wednesday, October 13, 1 – 2 p.m.
In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to make the process of responding to reviewers’ comments less painful and more productive. Learn how to interpret and respond to reviewers’ comments using a simple tool.

Leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy to Support Students & Promote Educational Equity
Tuesday, October 26, 12 – 1 p.m.
The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is growing. At this session learn the reasons behind the increased interest in OER, get tips on how to search for OER resources effectively, and find out how the library can support you in using OER.

Evidence Synthesis for Evidence-Based Teaching
Friday, October 29, 12 – 1 p.m.
This workshop will show you how to find evidence synthesis publications about teaching practices. Learn options for publishing evidence synthesis projects on education topics, such as the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration.

Systematic Reviewers: Get to Know PRISMA 2020 and PRISMA-S

The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) was first published in 2009.  Since then, this evidence-based checklist has provided guidance to researchers in health science-related fields, helping researchers improve the reporting quality of systematic reviews, which prior research found was often lacking. 

Recently, updated guidelines in the form of a PRISMA 2020 statement and accompanying documents were made available. These resources replace the 2009 version of PRISMA, and include guidance that reflect changes in technology, terminology, our understanding of research bias, and changes in the professional publication process. Among the changes and additions are the inclusion of statements of competing interests, information about data sharing, more detailed reporting of search strategies and excluded studies, and a restructuring of the flow diagram. 

Extensions were created soon after the development of the original PRISMA document to facilitate the reporting of different aspects of systematic and other reviews. A new extension, PRISMA for Searching, PRISMA S, includes a checklist of 16 items along with an accompanying Explanation and Elaboration document that provides guidance designed to help authors conduct a search that is transparent, well documented, and easily replicable. As the article introducing PRISMA-S to the scholarly community stated, “incomplete reporting of the literature search methods can introduce doubt and diminish trust in the final systematic review….If researchers are unable to understand or reproduce how information was gathered….they may suspect the authors of…not conducting a thorough….literature search.” 

Thomas Jefferson University librarians are excited by the introduction of this new extension and are ready to help researchers adhere to PRISMA-S guidelines in their systematic review projects.

To consult with a Jefferson librarian about your review project, please e-mail AskaLibrarian@jefferson.edu (Abington/Center City, Scott Library) or AskGutman@jefferson.edu (East Falls, Gutman Library)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) reaches its 6 millionth download!

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) is Jefferson’s open access institutional repository that helps you share your scholarly work with the world.

The goal of the JDC is to help Jefferson faculty, staff, researchers, and students promote their scholarly work by sharing it broadly, both with the Jefferson community and around the world.  Posting your work to the JDC connects you with other researchers and professionals in your field of study and allows you to grow and measure the impact of your work.

That’s why we’re excited to announce that the JDC celebrated its six millionth download earlier this month! The JDC collection includes over 20,000 articles, historical materials, conference posters, and more. If you aren’t yet sharing your scholarly work with the JDC, do it today.

Most Recent Download: “The Significance of a Triple Flexion Reflex in the Acute Spinal Cord Injured Patient: A Case Report and Review of the Literature” Read it here

Top 10 Downloads (of all time): include “A Case Study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” and “The Management of Performance Anxiety with Beta-Adrenergic Blocking Agents” Check out the complete list

Most Recent Additions Include: “Returning to Sport: Female Athletes Living with and beyond Cancer” and “From theory to practice: what global health practitioners need to know about social norms and narrative interventions” Check out the complete list

Explore the JDC and submit your research now!

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month: Celebrate with these 4 resources

There’s no better time than right now to promote vaccinations! National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August that highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. The four resources below provide guides for immunization strategies and communication tools to advocate for vaccines and reframe the conversation about vaccine skepticism.

Anti/Vax : Reframing the Vaccination Controversy

Breaking the Wall of Child Mortality: How Immunization and Malaria Control Are Saving Senegal’s New Generations [VIDEO]

Immunization Strategies and Practices

Vaccine Safety Communication : Guide for Immunization Programme Managers and National Regulatory Authorities

Clinical Investigator Training Course: October 26 – 28 (CME credits offered)

A Competency Based Approach to Clinical Investigator Responsibilities 
Presented by ACRP | Hosted by Jefferson 
Tuesday October 26th – Thursday October 28th 4:30pm-7pm
Virtual event |7 CME Credits offered 

This course presented by ACRP and hosted by Thomas Jefferson University will look at the practical application of clinical research competencies as they relate to the role of the principal investigator and site staff. Through lecture, case examples and interactive exercises this course will focus on both the “WHY BEHIND” and the “HOW TO TRANSLATE” regulatory requirements into more efficient clinical trial conduct. By leveraging the competency requirements of clinical research coordinators and other research staff.

Participants will learn how to be more efficient in delegating responsibilities so that they are more effective as well as compliant in performing their duties as a Principal Investigator. All experience levels welcome. 


Contact kathleen.omalley@jefferson.edu for more information.

The Jefferson Open Access Fund is BACK: Apply now for funding (up to $2,500)

Let Jefferson help cover the cost of publishing in an Open Access (OA) journal.

The Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund provides financial support to faculty, students, and staff who wish to publish in Open Access (OA) journals. Financial support primarily covers Article Processing Charges.

Jefferson will provide up to $2,500 per author, and the amount provided is based on the number of contributing Jefferson authors.

Funds are provided on a first-come, first-approved basis so hurry and apply today!

Learn more about the Jefferson Open Access Publishing Fund and apply here. Check out a list of last year’s funded projects here.

FACULTY: Back to school ready? Get prepared with our quick Canvas Workshops (only 30 minutes!)

Whether you’re teaching remotely, on campus, or a hybrid of the two – we’re all headed “back to school” this fall. Let the Academic Commons help you prepare, regardless of how your classroom will look.

Our Canvas Workshops this August (August 10 – 26) are meant to teach you – within 30 minutes or less – the vital tools of Canvas. Sessions focus on need-to-know topics: Quizzes, Assignments, Communications, Course Copy Tool, and Grading. Check out the calendar below for workshop dates and times. Visit this link for a clickable workshop calendar to register for workshops.

Read full descriptions and register here: https://library.jefferson.edu/tech/training-1.cfm


Can’t make a workshop? Sign up for a Canvas Quick Consult for one-on-one assistance with our instructional designers. Canvas Quick Consults are intended as single question sessions that may be completed in 15-minutes or less. You do not need to register for the Canvas Quick Consults. Click on the Canvas Quick Consult link (found here) to join a scheduled Quick Consult session.

Visit Jefferson’s Canvas website for in-depth Canvas videos, written guides, and more.

New Month, New eBooks: August topics include family practice medicine, public health policy, and gender in marketing

The start of a new month always brings new eBooks to the Gutman and Scott libraries. This August, as we settle into the dog days of summer and the beginning of a new academic year for many, we encourage you to look at the 25 additions below. Topics range from public health policy to gender and marketing, knitting essentials, family practice guidelines, and much more. Browse our complete eBook collection here.

Advocacy for Public Health Policy Change: An Urgent Imperative

Artificial Intelligence and the Environmental Crisis: Can Technology Really Save the World?

Assessment of Medicinal Plants for Human Health: Phytochemistry, Disease Management, and Novel Applications

Chest X-ray Made Easy

The Clayton M. Christensen Reader

Clinical Practice to Academia: A Guide for New and Aspiring Health Professions Faculty

Disaster Management and Human Health Risk VI: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes

Fair Isle Style: 20 Fresh Designs for a Classic Technique

Family Practice Guidelines

Handbook of Research on Gender and Marketing

Health Equity: A Solutions-Focused Approach

Knitting: The Complete Guide

Knitting Pattern Essentials: Adapting and Drafting Knitting Patterns for Great Knitwear

Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully-Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results

Leadership in Postcolonial Africa: Trends Transformed by Independence

Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic

Nursing Theorists and Their Work

Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic

Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: A Clinician’s Guide

Revision Lumbar Spine Surgery

Standards for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns

Teaching Health Humanities

Urban Public Health: A Research Toolkit for Practice and Impact

When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error

Writing for Nursing and Midwifery Students

LGBTQ+ SOURCE: New Database with over 900 journals, eBooks, videos, and more

The new database resource – LGBTQ+ Source – provides full-text coverage for the most important and historically significant literature on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. It also includes a specialized LGBTQ+ thesaurus containing thousands of terms.

Topics include:

  • Feminist theory
  • Gay and lesbian spirituality
  • Gender stereotypes
  • LGBTQ+ history
  • LGBTQ+ law

Content includes:

  • More than 150 full-text journals
  • Nearly 160 full-text books and reference materials
  • More than 280 abstracted and indexed journals
  • More than 350 abstracted and indexed books and reference works

Access LGBTQ+ Source

New Unlimited eBooks this July: Post-World War II Fashion, Therapies for Depression, Radiology, Neonatal Nursing, and more

This July we added 25 eBooks to our unlimited collection – which means you’ll always be able to read these eBooks, regardless of the number of patrons accessing them at the same time. Topics in this month’s unlimited collection include therapies for depression, fashion in post-war Britain, radiology, and more.  

Digital Innovations in Healthcare Education and Training

Dressing for Austerity: Aspiration, Leisure and Fashion in Post-War Britain

Guccione’s Geriatric Physical Therapy

Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment and Prevention

Johns Hopkins High-yield Review for Orthopedic Surgery

Journal Article Writing and Publication: Your Guide to Mastering Clinical Health Care Reporting Standards

Maternal-neonatal Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!

Occupational Performance Coaching: A Manual for Practitioners and Researchers

Occupational Therapy Assessments for Older Adults: 100 Instruments for Measuring Occupational Performance

Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Illegitimacy, Adoption and Reproduction Technology: Strangers as Kin

Radiology 101: The Basics and Fundamentals of Imaging

Reading EEGs: A Practical Approach

Reading Graphic Design History: Image, Text, and Context

Reintroducing Materials for Sustainable Design: Design Process and Educational Practice

Shields’ Textbook of Glaucoma

Smart Materials and New Technologies: For the Architecture and Design Professions

Speroff’s Clinical Gynecologic Endocrinology and Infertility

Surgery Boot Camp Manual: A Multimedia Guide for Surgical Training

Uflacker’s Atlas of Vascular Anatomy:  An Angiographic Approach

Ultrasound Q&A Review for the Boards

The Washington Manual Internship Survival Guide

The Washington Manual Nephrology Subspecialty Consult

The Washington Manual Rheumatology Subspecialty Consult

Wasserman & Whipp’s Principles of Exercise Testing and Interpretation

Werner & Ingbar’s The Thyroid: A Fundamental and Clinical Text

Arthritis… in children? 5 Resources to Check Out this Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that over 300,000 children in America have arthritis? Most people mistakenly think that only the elderly suffer from arthritis.

That’s why Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month is so important. Each July, public and pediatric health experts aim to increase awareness about juvenile arthritis – explaining the early signs and symptoms and sharing the important work that researchers and doctors are doing to better understand the joint disease.

If you’d like to learn more about juvenile arthritis, take a look at the five resources below:

A Clinician’s Guide to Rheumatic Diseases in Children

Joint Imaging in Childhood and Adolescence

Pediatric Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography

Pediatric Orthopedics for Primary Healthcare

Juvenile Arthritis: Chronic Pain (in The Anatomy of Pain) [VIDEO]

25 new eBooks to discover this July

The 25 eBooks joining our collection this month have something for everyone. You can learn about herbal medicine, better assess mental health in occupational therapy, discover architecture in Africa, and much more. Topics cover drugs and society, neuroeducation, sports medicine, and LGBTQ history in America, to name a few.

Browse the titles below, or dive into our complete eBook collection here (Gutman/East Falls) and here (Scott/Center City).

2021-2022 Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations and Interpretive Statements

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Revised and Updated

Appropriate Paper-Based Technology (APT)

Assessment in Occupational Therapy Mental Health: An Integrative Approach

Basic Radiotherapy Physics and Biology

Breastfeeding and Human Lactation

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women’s Health

Clinician’s Thesaurus: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports

Complementary Health Approaches for Occupational Therapists

Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear

Drugs & Society

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine

Ethical Considerations When Preparing a Clinical Research Protocol

For the Love of Occupation: Reflections on a Career in Occupational Therapy

GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro 2.6

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice 2020

Hinojosa and Kramer’s Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data

Modern Architecture in Africa: Practical Encounters with Intricate African Modernity

My Quest for Health Equity

The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Practical Translations of Neuroscience in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Orthotic Design and Fabrication for the Upper Extremity: A Practical Guide

Professional Writing in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine

A Queer History of the United States

Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice

Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report (April – June 2021)

Summer is here, and with it is the latest edition of the JDC Quarterly Report. Over the last three months, there were:

  • 430 works posted
  • 5,413 streams
  • 196 countries that visited the site
  • 6,372 institutions that accessed content

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • CREATE Day Capstone Projects
  • Department of Surgery Resident Research Day
  • Dissertations
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • House Staff Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference
  • JCPH Capstone Presentations
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Know Diabetes by Heart Meetings
  • MPH Course Projects
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstones
  • Posters and Conference Presentations:
  • Promotional Video
  • Scholarly Inquiry Abstracts
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Added between April and June were a range of capstone projects, with titles including, “Time for a Good Night’s Rest: Occupational Therapy Practice in Sleep after Domestic Violence,” “The Future of Opioid Prescribing,” “Effective Support for the Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” and more.

Also added were poster and conference presentations, including the titles, “Japanese Immigrant Families’ Experiences of Accessing Healthcare in the US” and “CenteringPregnancy Increase the Likelihood of Postpartum Visit and Contraceptive Use.”

Also included are articles discussing telehealth, the racial disparities found in at-home health care, how to get HPV vaccinations to prison inmates, and more.

Check out the JDC Quarterly Report to learn more and read the work of your Jefferson colleagues.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Get to Know New Instructional Designer Leah Richards

The Instructional Design team at the Academic Commons is growing! This summer, two new faces will join our team – Elif Gokbel and Leah Richards. Elif and Leah join a group of instructional designers and educational technologies experts who support faculty across Jefferson. Elif and Leah will help faculty learn new technologies to utilize in their courses, implement teaching pedagogies and themes, and develop engaging and accessible learning materials. Contact them today for help with your courses and projects!

Check out the Q&A with Leah below and read our interview with Elif to get to know her better.

What types of projects will you be working on in the Academic Commons?

Currently, I’m learning more about the EdTech tools that the team uses so I can better support faculty, staff, and students, and one of my first projects will be supporting a medical terminology course as it gets put into Canvas.

What interested you in working at Thomas Jefferson University? What are you most excited about in this new position?

When I was searching for jobs, I knew that Jefferson was growing and expanding, and it seemed like a place I would want to be. Once the interviews started, I really liked all the team members I met, and everyone made me feel very comfortable. It felt like a good fit!

I’m most excited to help others with the technology that has become so important over the past year and a half and to make learning new tools as smooth as possible. We have access to some incredible EdTech tools that have a lot to offer, and I’m looking forward to exploring those with the team and instructors.

You have an interesting background in that you previously were an instructor, and now will be supporting the educators with instructional design. Can you tell us a little bit about your experience teaching and why you’re making the shift from teacher to instructional designer?

I started teaching in Fall 2013. I was teaching 10th grade Spanish and K-6 ELL, before moving to high school Spanish exclusively. Over the past 7 years, I taught all the levels from Spanish 1 through AP, but I often felt like something about being in the classroom didn’t feel right. I was always very interested in EdTech and would try to find tools to make the Spanish-speaking world more accessible to my students, so I pursued a master’s in Instructional Design from Penn State, which I finished in May 2020. When we first started quarantine last March, I was excited about creating online lessons for my students and re-thinking my practices and content. I re-discovered an energy and passion for teaching that I hadn’t felt since my first year, and it opened my eyes to a new career path where I could still help people learn and utilize technology.

Do you think that your experience as an instructor will help you in this role? What perspective will you bring to this work?

I do think it will help! I know that secondary and Higher Ed are different, but I understand some of what instructors go through daily, and I have experienced, “the organization is now moving to platform X,” multiple times, so I know how stressful and time-consuming that can be. Over the past year, I have taught in asynchronous, hybrid, and HyFlex environments as guidelines changed, so I understand what works well, what the challenges are, and how instructors might feel.

What are one or two of your favorite educational technology tools and why?

Anything that allows for screen recording became a necessity over the past year, but I also think Nearpod has so much to offer – I especially love their virtual tours of travel destinations. As a teacher, I loved Gimkit for vocabulary practice because the games were super engaging, and students would beg to play.

What can faculty expect when they work with you?

I’m open-minded and will listen to concerns with empathy so that we can work toward solutions collaboratively with all parties feeling heard and valued!

When not helping faculty, how do you like to spend your time? What are some of your hobbies?

I like to be outside as much as possible, doing something active like hiking, fishing, or watching sports. I love cooking and eating – especially trying out Philly restaurants. For indoor activities, I like doing crafty/hands on projects.

How can faculty find you if they’d like assistance?

The best way to contact me is to email me at leah.richards@jefferson.edu. Once everyone gets back to campus, I’ll be located on the 4th floor of the Scott Memorial Library on the Center City campus.  

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Elif Gokbel, New Instructional Designer

The Instructional Design team at the Academic Commons is growing! This summer, two new faces join our team – Elif Gokbel and Leah Richards. Elif and Leah join a group of instructional designers and educational technologies experts who support faculty across Jefferson. Elif and Leah will help faculty learn new technologies to use in their courses, implement teaching pedagogies and themes, and develop engaging and accessible learning materials. Contact them today for help with your courses and projects!

Check out the Q&A with Elif below and read our interview with Leah to get to know her better. Welcome to the team, Elif and Leah!

What is your title? What types of projects and work will you be taking on in the Academic Commons?

My title is Instructional Design Specialist. I will collaborate with faculty and other subject matter experts (SME) in designing effective and engaging learning experiences. These experiences can include the design and development of courses, learning modules, activities, materials, and assessments. Also, I will assist faculty in incorporating evidence-based practices and technology into the online, hybrid, and face-to-face classrooms.

What interested you in working at Thomas Jefferson University?

I initially discovered Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) while searching for new challenges and opportunities in my career after obtaining my doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Leadership. Since my interview process, the team has been so welcoming and supportive. The wide variety of instructional technologies at TJU also attracted my attention. Finally, the location was pretty attractive as we are close to our friends while raising a family here in Greater Philadelphia.

After all, I felt that this would be a great environment to join.

What is one of your favorite educational technology tools and why?  

Edpuzzle has recently been one of my favorite tools to create engaging learning experiences. Edpuzzle is an online formative assessment tool that allows instructors to pull in personal and web-based videos, like YouTube, to be cropped and used with other content. This includes embedding voice-overs, audio commentaries, extra resources, or assessment questions (open-ended, multiple-choice).

When creating a video on Edpuzzle, it is possible to embed links, insert images, create formulas, and add rich text as needed. Then it is possible to embed the finished video using an LMS system. When shared in LMS, instructors can check student progress (how long they stayed on the video, how many times they viewed, etc.) and hold them accountable for their learning.

Edpuzzle is also great for flipped classroom models. It allows instructors to assign video lessons for students to watch at their own pace and use synchronous or in-person class time for more meaningful activities. This gives the instructor more time to work on other activities that will reinforce students’ understanding of a topic.

You have lots of higher education experience – from working at Coastal Carolina University to Duquesne University. Can you tell us a bit about your previous experience working in instructional design? What skills and past lessons learned will you bring to Jefferson?

I come most recently from Coastal Carolina University (2019-2021), where I served as an instructional designer and faculty consultant. At CCU, I worked closely with faculty and graduate teaching assistants across disciplines. I facilitated workshops and consultations about evidence-based practices in teaching and learning in different modalities.

Before CCU, I worked at Duquesne University (2014-2018) in varying roles during my Ed.D. program. While at Duquesne University, I worked as an adjunct instructor in the Mathematics Education program. I also worked with the School of Education faculty as a graduate teaching assistant, co-taught pedagogy courses, and assisted faculty in instructional technology use. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in Turkey and my master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Duquesne University.

At both institutions, I had opportunities to collaborate with faculty in classroom research projects to support Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). I am currently serving as 2021-2022 Program Chair for the Annual Conference of the Association Supporting Computer Users in Education (ASCUE). My involvement in ASCUE has been a rewarding experience as it allows me to gain and practice unique skills that could eventually help me grow in the field.

My previous experiences as an instructional designer, instructor, and researcher in higher education will guide my practice at Jefferson to successfully cultivate and deliver training and individual consultations to SMEs.

When not helping faculty, how do you like to spend your time?

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family. We enjoy discovering new places in the Greater Philadelphia area, especially trails, attractions, and ethnic food restaurants. I also enjoy going for a walk or a hike. This helps me minimize screen time outside of work and gives my eyes and back the rest they deserve.

Is there anything you want your colleagues and faculty to know about you?

I want faculty to feel comfortable working with instructional designers and know that I can support them in various ways. I always want my work with faculty to be iterative, reflective, and flexible. I very much look forward to exploring innovative design solutions with the teaching community at TJU!

I want my colleagues to know that I am open to collaboration opportunities in any projects supporting the teaching and research agenda of our faculty and graduate students.

The easiest way to get in contact is via email at elif.gokbel@jefferson.edu. We can always connect through Zoom until we are back on campus. Starting in Fall 2021, I will have a presence in both East Falls and Center City.