Brandman University doesn’t have a smiling mascot to greet new students. It has something much better: One Stop specialists.
Brandman University’s Center for Instructional Innovation (CII) serves both faculty and students at the university. Its mission is to promote and enhance effective teaching and learning.
For students, that includes information and instruction on Adobe Connect, Blackboard, iDeal, LiveText and the Online Writing and Math Community. Both closed caption videos and handouts guide new and returning students through programs they’ll use in both online and blended courses.
For faculty and staff members, information on Adobe Connect, advanced Adobe Connect, Banner, Blackboard, GradeMark, Ideal, LiveText, PD@BU and Turnitin programs. CII also offers studio services.
CII also maintains an archive of videos on its YouTube channel, including quick tips on everything from email to creating a PDF.
Previous Inside Brandman posts:
- Military Services
- Making education accessible
- Help for worried writers, mathaphobic students
- Virtual library, instant access
- Alumni Association
- Career Services
Brandman University’s long legacy of educating active members of the military as well as veterans continues today with support programs, a variety of on-base and near-base locations and a fully online option.
Brandman adheres to the Executive Order 13607 which established principles of excellence for educational institutions service members, veterans, spouses and other family members.
In addition to the academic coaching and eight-week sessions available to all Brandman students, members of the military have Military Services specialists to help guide them. A military option for the Master of Arts in organizational leadership (M.A.O.L.) recognizes the value of training received through active or reserve duty.
Brandman has also earned the Top School designation from the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities.
The Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services approves and coordinates accommodations and services for students with disabilities in order to acquire skills essential to achieve academic and personal success. Help is available to students with hearing impairment, visual impairment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities and many other conditions and impairments.
Registration with the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services is on a voluntary, self-identifying basis. Services are only available after a student has registered and presents certified current documentation of the specific disability from a psychologist, physician, or other appropriate professional. All information and documentation are strictly confidential.
The office strives to maximize each student’s educational potential by helping to develop self-advocacy, responsibility, independence, and to promote personal growth.
Additional information is at https://www.brandman.edu/disability-services. To register for services, go to https://www.brandman.edu/disability-services/register.
The Online Writing and Math Community (OWC and OMC) provides a growing list of tutoring services and academic resources to Brandman students. Although some writing services, such as feedback on papers and live, online tutoring, are available only to undergraduates, other programs, including online office hours, writing workshops and a variety of resources and links, are available to the entire Brandman community.
As one of the many testimonials the OWC receives notes, why rely on family and friends to read your papers before submitting when you can get an expert opinion for free?
The OMC tutoring services is available only to undergraduates enrolled in MATU 203 or MATU103, but a variety of other resources are available to all students.
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As part of the Chapman University system, Brandman University students, faculty and staff have instant access to a the Leatherby Libraries, including books, periodicals, media, online databases, course-based library instruction and personalized research assistance. Lugene Rosen, Wenling Tseng and Kerry Ortloff coordinate services for Brandman University and write a blog with the latest information on virtual library services and resources, research tips and quotes of the day.
Brandman University alumni, both recent graduates and graduates of Chapman University College, can get more than mugs, hats and license plate holders from the Alumni Association.
The association provides its members with career enrichment tools, mentorship programs and opportunities to network and support the community. The Association wants to nurture a community that serves alumni needs. A Brandman Alumni Card entitles the holder to dining, shopping, entertainment and other discounts.
There is no cost to join the association, but alumni can donate to the Alumni Scholarship Fund and other scholarship funds through the brandman.edu website.
Career Services provides a comprehensive suite of resources designed to assist Brandman students and alumni with reaching their career goals. Among the career tools offered:
- Workshops, webinars and videos
- Career exploration and self-assessment guides and activities
- Interviewing tips, questions and resources
- Job search research and strategies, including access Brandman CareerLink, an online job search portal for Brandman students and alumni.
- Links to additional resources
Career Services also invites employers to join and recruit through the CareerLink network to find the best talent to help their organizations grow and prosper.
For additional information, go to www.brandman.edu/career-services.