UAS Nurses Pinning Ceremony Friday, December 12

pinningCeremonyA Pinning Ceremony will be held Friday, December 12 at 6 pm in room 229 of the Sitka Campus. The UAS Sitka Campus cohort of the University of Alaska School of Nursing Program will recognize the nine associate nursing graduates of its 2014 class.

According to Dr. Lori Hart,  Sitka Outreach Coordinator, “The traditional pinning ceremony is a symbolic welcoming of the new nurse into the profession. We celebrate the hard work of these outstanding students, who have completed a rigorous two-year program. Most of their classroom work and clinical rotations occurred here in Sitka. We appreciate the clinical partners in the Sitka community who have helped prepare these nurses. Some of our Sitka cohort graduates will stay here, while others will move on to be nurses across Alaska or in the lower 48 states. Each of these new nurses will make a positive impact on the future of health care; they are a caring, knowledgeable group who reflect well on UAA and the Sitka campus of UAS.”

All are invited to recognize the significant achievement of the graduating nurses. Admission is free and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.

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Gamifi what? Gam·i·fi·ca·tion: the concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. [1]

In education, your instructors may be doing this with point scoring, competition, online scavenger hunts, or group work including role play. Over on the faculty blog this week, we’ve been discussing gamification in education. Do your instructors use this technique in their lessons? If so, please comment below and let us know how and if you enjoy learning this way!

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pluckPS – We created a Pluck the Turkey game for faculty as a fun way of learning or reinforcing their learning about games and the gamification of education. Have a go at the game but you may need to read the faculty posts (Nov 10 and Nov 17) to answer the questions correctly!

Success on Test Day

It’s not too early to start preparing for final exam week! For UAS students finals are December 8-13. We have two tutorials to help you get ready!

study graphic How to Study walks you through the basic steps of how to set up a successful study practice. Studying is a key part of successfully taking tests.
test tips graphic Test Taking Tips introduces you to an overview of general guidelines for successfully taking your college tests, tips on how to take multiple choice exams, and tips on how to take essay exams.


Note Taking and Technology

notes with ipadWe’ve blogged about the importance of note taking before and even created a tutorial for you. Our tutorial highlights specific note taking techniques using pen and paper. But what about taking notes using technology? With technology at our fingertips, it’s easy to take notes using our laptops, tablets or even our phones. But some research has stated that digital note taking may be less effective for learning. A recent article by Beth Holland discusses The 4Ss of Note Taking With Technology. In her article, Ms. Holland states:

…before making a blanket statement that one device may be better than another (e.g. pen vs. laptop) or calling into question what may be the best note-taking system, what if we approach the concept by identifying what is best for individual students?

Read her article to review the 4Ss – support, save, search and share; and decide if pen or keyboard works best for you!

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Infographic: Myths About Online Learning

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Whalefest 2014 is Here!

shobestudios_whaleThe 18th Annual Sitka Whalefest is November 6-9 at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The 4-day Whalefest includes a science symposium, community and cultural activities, marine wildlife cruises, artisan market, music, food, art and a fun run/walk.

In addition to the many lectures offered November 7-9 at the science symposium, UAS Sitka is offering the following 4 classes for college credit:

Current Topics in Marine Research (ED593 or BIOL175) – Nov 7, 8 and 9
Discussion of a series of papers on the 2014 Sitka Whalefest theme. Attendance at the Sitka Whalefest science symposium is required.

Introduction to Alaska Aquaculture (FT193P) – Nov 4-6
This 1-credit workshop will teach students how salmon enhancement works in Alaska. Gain insights into the science and ecology of Alaska fisheries.

Introduction to Molecular Techniques for Management of Marine Mammals and Fisheries (BIOL193) – Nov 4-6
This class will focus on the principles and procedures of DNA extraction. gene amplification. and gel electrophoresis. Learn how these techniques can be used to answer ecological questions.

For more information and fees, view the course flyer.