Learning Commons Toolshed Seminar gives insight to 2017 summer courses

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Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at 8:47 PM
Learning Commons Toolshed Seminar gives insight to 2017 summer courses by Madi Gross
Photo: Dakota Palmer

The Learning Commons on the second floor of the Baron-Forness Library is home to many different resources. This semester, for example, the Learning Commons has housed the learning seminars developed to help students with questions about scheduling summer courses.

On April 12, the Academic Success Center hosted the next session in their seminar series, titled, “Measuring Your Options for Summer Courses.” This seminar, led by academic success coordinators Brenda Abreu- Baker and Ashley Wessel, gave students insight on how to register for Edinboro’s summer courses.

The seminar covered topics such as how to use DegreeWorks, where to look up major program sequence reviews and how to fill out the summer financial aid application. In addition, the coordinators explained how to find the core classes an individual needs to take, find curricular requirements and fill out the consortium agreement.

Abreu-Baker and Wessel stressed the importance of students knowing that summer sessions are similar to fall or spring sessions, only within a shorter time frame. One must have a 2.0 overall GPA to take them and any grades students will receive would count towards the spring 2017 semester. They also explained to the students that all typical academic standards apply to the summer sessions such as the grade and curriculum policies.

The coordinators also explained how to find out if credits from a course taken at another university would transfer to Edinboro. On Edinboro’s website homepage, there is a section that says “Transfer Students” within the “Admissions” drop-down box. Within this section is a link to a website that will list all of the schools and courses where credits will transfer to Edinboro.

“This (the seminar) was designed (to inform) students that they could take summer classes and how to do so,” said Abreu-Baker.

She continued: “One of the things that we at the learning commons want to let students know is that there is a learning course sequence and that there are winter and summer courses available for students who may need to catch up on those classes or who may want to get ahead.”

Jelena Vucenovic, a sophomore planning to be a physician’s assistant, attended this seminar to find out more about how to schedule summer courses. Vucenovic expressed that this was the first of the Learning Commons seminars that she had attended. She said that she felt more confident about scheduling for summer classes after attending the seminar.

The summer sessions are split into three different sections. The first session is being held from May 22 to June 8. Within this session, students can earn up to four credits opposed to the eight credits students have the opportunity to earn in the second and third summer sessions. These sessions are being held from June 12 to July 13 and July 17 to August 16.

This was the last of the six seminars that the Learning Commons will hold this spring. Each seminar brought knowledge of different topics to the students such as note taking and organization, emotional intelligence, college- level exam programs, goal setting, and stress reduction and career exploration.

Madi Gross can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com. 

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