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Below is where we will post new and updated college learning and success tutorials, online student tips, and how to’s. A complete list of our tutorials are posted on the Tutorials tab in the top navigation and more information can be found in Additional Resources.

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Is Online Learning Right For Me?

onlineLearningYour success matters to us! And we know that the more you know, the more successful you’ll be.

The first component of our online orientation series will help you better understand online learning and decide if it’s right for you. It will help you understand:

  • the technology skills you need
  • the technical requirements for your computer
  • the personal skills you need
  • how to access resources to help you build those skills.

Once you know what it takes, you are on your way to success! Click on the image to view the tutorial!

Blackboard: Behind the Scenes

Most University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka classes – both onsite and distance learning – have a course site set up on Blackboard through UAS Online. We’ve created a sample course that contains tutorials and guidelines for using Blackboard. It covers topics such as turning in assignments, communication tools, announcements, quizzes and exams, gradebook features, Web Meeting/Collaborate, uploading video and images, and in general tips for success.

Watch the course introduction below. It has audio, so be sure that your headphones and/or your speakers are on.


If you’d like to take the free course, follow these directions:

Student Writers Wanted

woman at computerHackCollege is looking for student writers! HackCollege is dedicated to changing the way students and faculty view education and technology. They are currently seeking students “who are interested in discovering and reporting on things that can help themselves and other students succeed.”

Take your writing to the next level! For more information on how you can guest blog, contact HackCollege!

HackCollege is educating the students of the world about effective, open source software, putting techno-political arguments in everyday language, and creating a cult of “Students 2.0.”

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Google Scholar

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Need to do research for a paper? You can find valuable research-based articles using Google Scholar!

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

With Google Scholar You Can:

  • Search all scholarly literature from one convenient place
  • Explore related works, citations, authors, and publications
  • Locate the complete document through your library or on the web
  • Keep up with recent developments in any area of research
  • Check who’s citing your publications, create a public author profile

http://scholar.google.com/intl/en-US/scholar/about.html

Google Scholar provides citation and search tips. You can also set up your own library with articles you collect and organize them by topic. Google will even keep the links up to date for you! The next time you need to do research give Google Scholar a try and let us know how it worked for you.

Scholarship Opportunity – Deadline Friday!

piggy bankBlackboard is sponsoring a scholarship challenge! One lucky winner will be awarded $15,000 and two runners-up will receive $5,000.

To enter:

  1. Fill out the online form and tell Blackboard: How are you going to use your education to make the world a better place? For extra credit, add a photo or video to your entry.
  2. Share your entry and get others to vote for you.

The student with the most votes by noon ET on Friday, August 29 wins! Good luck!

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Start Your Semester Off Right!

A+ Grade on Homework

Fall semester is right around the corner! Starting your semester off with good habits is easier than trying to break bad habits halfway through. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a great start!

Get organized
Organization play a big role in having a successful semester. Read through your course syllabus and add assignment and due dates to your calendar. Check out our tutorial on Time Management for some tips on finding time, managing time, and avoiding procrastination!

Be realistic about your time
Don’t overcommit yourself. Be cautious about taking on extra responsibilities at home or work, especially if you are taking more than 3 credits.

Take notes
Taking notes is a key part of being successful in college. Taking notes forces you to pay attention to what you are listening to or reading. Not taking also helps you do a better job of remembering what you learn. We’ve created a great tutorial on Note Taking for lectures as well as for reading.

Study!
Successful studying is more than just sitting down with your notes and homework. It takes careful planning as well as specific study techniques. Find out about three keys to successful studying in our How to Study tutorial.

Maintain your health
With classes underway, you should still aim for getting the same amount of sleep every night. It is important to continue to have free time and exercise time. You should add free time and exercise to your daily calendar just as you would an appointment or class assignment. Eating a healthy diet will also help keep you mentally sharp.

Soon you’ll have papers to write and research to do. Be sure to check out our other tutorials on Basic Grammar, How to Write an Essay, and how to avoid Plagiarism.

It’s not too late to register! Search for a Sitka online or on-campus course today!

Questions? Our advisors are happy to assist you!

New Occupational Endorsement Offering – Fisheries Technology!

fish tech imageThe University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus Fisheries Technology Occupational Endorsement program provides practical job-ready skills and knowledge in a reduced time commitment.

Just four web-based courses plus a hands-on intensive lab or internship!

The program offers two different areas of emphasis:

  • Alaska Salmon Enhancement – provides training for individuals interested in Pacific salmon culture practices. Courses introduce the fundamentals of fisheries enhancement in Alaska, basic fisheries biology, and related field techniques essential for working in hatchery or other salmon enhancement positions.
  • Fisheries Management – provides training for individuals interested in fisheries management. Courses introduce international and local fisheries management policy and law, fisheries economics, fish biology, and related field techniques as a working foundation for entry-level state or federal fisheries management positions.

Students can choose to complete the occupational endorsement with either emphasis. Both require either a 50-hour internship or a four-day intensive field/lab class.

This occupational endorsement online course work integrates with the Fisheries Technology Certificate and A.A.S. in Fisheries Technology programs.

Inquire about the Fisheries Programs and start classes this fall!
907-747-7717 or 800-478-6653 ext 7717

The FT OEs were created as part of the UAS Pathway to Employment Project is 100% funded through a $2,507,463 U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant.

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