Student Survey and a Chance to Win!

checkbox_markerThe UAS Sitka Title III program, in collaboration with faculty, has created just-in-time learning aids (tutorials) for students that support student learning and address specific college-level concepts or skills.

Please take a few minutes to answer ten questions about the tutorials and offer suggestions for future ones. At the end of the survey you will have the option to submit your name to be entered for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates* to the UAS online bookstore! Winners will be drawn on Friday, March 7.

Access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/title3studentsuccess

(*Only available to students currently enrolled in a Sitka class or Sitka program.)

Thank you!

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Student Survey (and a chance to win!)

newspaperThe UAS Sitka Title III program, in collaboration with faculty, has created just-in-time learning aids (tutorials) for students that support student learning and address specific college level concepts or skills. If you’ve been following the blog then hopefully you are familiar with the tutorials and tips we post.

On Tuesday, students who are currently enrolled in a Sitka class or program will receive an email with a link to a survey with ten questions about the tutorials and an opportunity to offer suggestions for future ones. If you complete the survey, you will have the option to submit your name to be entered for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates* to the UAS online bookstore!

Why do you have to wait until Tuesday? Research shows the best times to email someone are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is bad – everyone is thinking “weekend”, and the weekend is bad because no one is thinking about school or work. Monday isn’t a good day either as everyone is getting caught up. So Tuesday it is! If you are currently taking a Sitka class or enrolled in a program, be sure to check your email on Tuesday and take a few minutes to complete our short survey. Thank you and have a great weekend!

*Only available to students currently taking a Sitka class or enrolled in a Sitka program.

Unplug This Weekend

Social media conceptSophia Breene wrote a great article on Why Everyone Should Unplug This Weekend (And The One After That). She points out the importance of taking technology breaks and how staying plugged in 24/7 can be problematic. It’s “bad for our brains, bad for our relationships, and bad for our productivity.” A few of her points are:

  • Social media encourages brief, unfocused, multitasking-friendly “check ins” rather than long periods of absorption
  • Multitasking is a form of procrastination that distracts us from what’s important and inhibits the formation of short-term memories
  • Studies show spending tons of time online can actively harm relationships, interpersonal communication skills, and mental health
  • Constantly checking email, in particular, prevents people from distancing themselves from the work environment — which can make it impossible to keep stress in check

Breene, Sophia. “Why Everyone Should Unplug This Weekend (And The One After That).” Greatist, 9 August 2013. Web. 26 November 2013.

Take a few minutes and read the article. We have a long holiday weekend coming up; and yes, you probably want to connect with friends and family. Why not do it with a phone call instead of a tweet, Facebook status or text message? If you are lucky enough to be spending your holiday with friends and family – then spend it with them and not on your devices. Stop browsing and start participating!

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Filter Bubbles

Yes, filter bubbles. Invisible too. When you are searching online there is an “invisible, algorithmic editing of the web” happening behind the scenes. “And what’s in your filter bubble depends on who you are, and it depends on what you do. But the thing is that you don’t decide what gets in. And more importantly, you don’t actually see what gets edited out.”

Try it. Search the same exact phrase with a friend (on separate computers) and compare your results. Were they different? Find out why by watching Eli Pariser’s 9 minute TED Talk below (click on the image). Interesting information to keep in mind when searching the internet for class assignments – you may not be getting all the information out there!

TedTalk

Screen Reading Software

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The Title III program at the Sitka Campus has provided the Student Success Center with a copy of the JAWS Screen Reading Software. JAWS is a screen reading program for blind and visually impaired individuals. “JAWS for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read Web pages.” Freedom Scientific

For more information about Disability Services at UAS, please visit the DSS website.

New Law Enforcement Degree Program for Alaskans

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus will offer an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Law Enforcement! Students may earn this degree entirely in an online format from anywhere in the state of Alaska with an appropriate computer and Internet connection.

LawThe Law Enforcement Degree Program is designed to provide participants with up-to-date industry specific training that will enhance their professional opportunities. Tailored to teach students how to handle the challenges of the law enforcement profession, this Alaska-centric degree has been designed to appeal to and address the current critical shortage of Alaskans in the law enforcement profession. The Sitka Campus program will teach students how to “think like a police officer” and be effective as community leaders as well as within departments.

This program is open to any Alaskan interested in law enforcement careers at whatever level desired. It will aid in the pursuit of local, state, or federal law enforcement positions.

High school graduates who are interested in a career in law enforcement will find that the AAS degree program is ideal: it can be completed during the 2 years they must wait between graduation and the age when they could enroll in the Alaska Public Safety Training Academy.

For existing police officers, the program can be pursued in their spare time through e-Learning. This is the kind of study that will help existing officers advance in the profession.

An occupational endorsement is also available to those that qualify. Successful completion of the Alaska Public Safety Training Academy’s intensive 15-week course results in an Occupational Endorsement.

For more information or to apply, please visit the program website.