Job Genie

job genieJob Genie is a fun, free app by Blackboard that let’s you explore potential career paths and college options. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Once you choose what’s most important to you, you are asked a few questions. Based on your answers a career is chosen for you to review. The review consists of: perks, downers, salary and cost of living, and what can I afford? The what can I afford section let’s you pick a state, preferred method of transportation, housing, family life, lifestyle, and savings. There are also videos from professionals describing their jobs to you.

If the career doesn’t sound right for you, you have the option of clicking Nope, Maybe, or Totally. Choosing Nope or Maybe let’s you choose other careers to explore. If the career is totally for you, you can continue on to view a few recommended schools or search more careers.

Download the app today and have fun exploring potential careers!

 

Blackboard Help for Students

We’ve added a new resource section for you! Blackboard Help is where you will find UAS-made tutorials as well as YouTube and pdf tutorials directly from Blackboard. More helpful videos and documents will be added as they are created. Click on the Blackboard Help tab in the top navigation to see what’s there for you now!

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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:

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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UAS Sitka Faculty Win Award for Online Course

Last year Mary Purvis, Faculty Support Specialist, and Kathi Baldwin, Instructional Designer, created a course for all UAS Faculty called ED 593: Designing and Teaching an Online Course. They wanted the course to not only teach faculty about the things they need to know, but to also model the best practices that they know make a difference to student success. Among the creative approaches it uses are Alaskan fish, which serve as metaphors for the important parts of a successful online course that maximizes student learning and enjoyment.

BbProfilePicThe course was entered in the Blackboard Catalyst Awards program and Mary and Kathi were recently named winners of a Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.

Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 160 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 300 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology. Continue reading