$10K Scholarship Opportunity from LinkedIn

LinkedIn is helping students find their university and pay for it! All you have to do is set up a Decision Board and you could win a $10k scholarship. What is a Decision Board?

Decision Boards allows prospective students to manage their school decision process and get help from friends, family, alumni, and current students at each step in that process.

money imageThere are 3 simple steps for a chance to win:

  1. Build your Decision Board
  2. Add a university or field of study
  3. Share your board

Before you can create a Decision Board, you will need to have a LinkedIn account. Signing up is free (you can pay for a Pro account). LinkedIn is a professional network that allows you to engage with other professionals or students and helps you stay relevant and current. Joining LinkedIn gives you access to the latest career news and job opportunities.

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Study Effectively in College

Dr. Stephen Chew, professor of psychology at Samford University presents a 5 part videos series on how to study effectively in college. Watch the first video below and follow the links to view the others.

If you use ineffective or inefficient strategies you can study long and hard and still fail, but if you use effective learning strategies you can get the most learning out of your study time.

 

Beliefs That Make You Fail… Or Succeed
In part 1 of 5, Dr. Chew discusses beliefs that sabotage your learning and introduces the concept of metacognition – “a student’s awareness of their level of understanding a topic.”

What Students Should Know About How People Learn
Part 2 discusses shallow processing versus depth of processing. Reading or memorizing without comprehension uses shallow processing, making learning difficult. When you think about meaningful connections while studying you learn whether you intend to or not, this is depth of processing.

Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning
In the 3rd video, Dr. Chew explains the basic principles of how people learn and how you can apply the principles to improve your study effectiveness.

Putting Principles for Learning into Practice
In part 4, study strategies based on the learning principles discussed in the series are described. Dr. Chew covers strategies for achieving deep processing, note taking, and group study.

I Blew the Exam, Now What?
In the final video of the series, setbacks are discussed and how you can improve the situation and avoid making it worse.

Build Your Resume in College

Early this week we posted two posters on good and bad resumes. Today we’re showing you an infographic on 12 Ways to Build Your Resume in College by Boundless. You may think tips 1-5 apply to on campus college students but eLearning students can apply these tips too. With the growth and popularity of online classes, campuses throughout the country are finding new ways to include their eLearning students in student government activities and creating online communities.

12 College Experiences Your Resume Needs [Infographic]

You Asked For It…

surveyEarlier this year, we conducted a student survey regarding this blog, the tutorials we developed, and suggestions for future tutorials. We reviewed the 43 responses and from those we determined much of what was suggested is already available from other sources. Over the next few weeks we will be posting the resources we found that relate to the suggestions made.

A few of the respondents were not aware of some our current tutorials so we’ll start with the following:

Suggestions From Survey Respondents Tutorial or Link to Resource
Studying How to Study
How to find online tutoring and support services Is Online Learning Right For Me? (New!)
Student Success Center Tutoring
I want to learn how to schedule my day to add in homework Time Management for Students
How to write formal emails Email Etiquette
Resources found: Menlo College and Oxford University Press
Library article search Egan Library Distance Services
Using Blackboard
Blackboard tutorials with new interface
How to upload a file to Blackboard
Blackboard: Behind the Scenes (New!)

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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:

8 Skills Needed in the Workplace Today

skillsStudent’s take note! Employers in today’s digital era are looking for these eight skills:

  1. Passion for digital
  2. Analytical thinking and application
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Communication skills
  5. Understanding the “bigger picture”
  6. Accountability
  7. Be solution-oriented
  8. Find exceptional mentors to inspire you

Learn more and explore these skills from sources: Edudemic and Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.

Tackling Finals

tipsIt’s not too early to start planning for your finals! HackCollege posted 4 Great Study Strategies to Tackle Finals by Katie Dwyer. Check it out along with our tutorial on How To Study.

PS: Haven’t seen a post from us in a while? We’ve been busy working on something exciting for our WordPress site – stay tuned!