Resource Reminder

The Tips for Student Success blog many resources available to help you succeed as an online learner! Not only do our weekly blog posts provide you with helpful information, our Tutorials, Blackboard Help, and Additional Resources sections have a wealth of information to support student learning and address specific college-level concepts and skills.

On our Tutorials page you can find short tutorials, ranging from 5 minutes to 25 minutes. Currently we have:

  • What’s the Difference? UAS Online, UAOnline, Webmail Elmo…
  • Getting Started in Your UAS Sitka Course
  • Tips on How to Be An Engaged Online Learner
  • Blackboard: Behind the Scenes
  • Is Online Learning Right for Me?
  • Create Posts in WordPress
  • Edit Your Posts in WordPress
  • Test Taking Tips
  • Basic Grammar
  • Email Etiquette
  • How to Study
  • Note Taking
  • How to Write a Basic Essay
  • Plagiarism – What It is And How to Avoid it

Our Blackboard Help page has tutorials created by the university as well as YouTube tutorials provided by Blackboard.

On the Additional Resources page you’ll find links to tutorials and helpful documentation for:

  • Writing
  • Finding Sources
  • Citing Sources
  • What to Study in a Textbook
  • Learning Styles
  • MS Excel

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Disability Services at UAS

supportUAS provides tools for equal access and opportunity for all our students to enhance learning and achievement. Disability Services works with students who have a variety of different abilities and strengths:

  • Physical accessibility issues
  • Learning disabilities
  • Vision/Audio impairments
  • And more

UAS Disabilities Services staff respect and promote the dignity and worth of all individuals and embrace human diversity within a warm, accepting, and confidential environment. What you can expect:

  • Examination accommodations (extended time, distraction-reduced testing environment, readers, scribes, etc.)
  • Communication accommodations (interpreters, note takers, assistive listening devices, etc.)
  • Other adaptive accommodations and assistive technology (alternative text books, speech to text/text to speech, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Livescribe Smart pens)
  • Assistance to get access to academic courses
  • The highest ethical, legal, and professional standards of confidentiality

Frequently Asked Questions

 
How do I know if I quality for disability services?
If you experience a documented disability and have barriers that impact one of your major life activities, please come talk with us about accommodations.

Does UAS provide testing to see if I have a disability?
UAS does not evaluate students for disabilities. We provide referrals to local professionals who can administer evaluations for learning, attention, or psychological disabilities.

Is there a cost?
No. There is no extra cost for disability services.

How do I make an appointment?
For UAS Sitka students, please contact Chris Washko at (907) 747-7703 and request an appointment. Other campuses may call (907) 796-6000.

What about temporary disabilities?
If you experience a temporary disability, such as a broken leg or visual impairment due to eye surgery, please talk with us to see what services we have that might assist you.

What type of documentation do I need to bring to the initial appointment?
Documentation from a professional which supports need for an accommodation, or the impact on your functioning is required. Please be prepared to discuss your needs at the initial meeting.

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CRAP!

search the web graphicDid that get your attention? Well, it’s not what you think! CRAP is the acronym for evaluating the credibility of web information: Currency, Reliability, Authority and Purpose. Researching information has become more complex with the increasing amount of information to sort through online. To determine whether or not information is CRAP, ask yourself these questions:

Currency

  • How recent is the information?
  • Does it appear elsewhere under an older date?

Reliability

  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is the content mostly opinion or fact? Are the two balanced?
  • Does the writer provide references or sources for data or quotations?
  • Is the information source cited or credit given to those who had similar ideas?

Authority

  • Who is the author?
  • Is the writer an expert on the topic?
  • What are the writer’s credentials?
  • Who is the publisher or sponsor?
  • Is the sponsor or publisher reputable?
  • What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements where the article or blog post appears?

Purpose

  • Is the information fact or opinion? Is the information biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell or persuade the reader of something?

Source: “Is This Information Crap? I Sure Hope So.” wiziq. Web. 4 Aug. 2013.

Scroll through The 3As of A+ Research from Chiara Ojeda below for more information about choosing credible web sources.

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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.

 

Spring Semester Schedule Available

calendarReminder – the Spring 2015 semester schedule is available today to view and search online! Visit the search site and find your classes! (Classes are subject to change.)

Contact an advisor for assistance with planning your schedule or if you have questions about your degree options.

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