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

View the complete infographic by Digital Learning Now!

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“Digital Learning Now! is a national campaign to advance policies that will create a high quality digital learning environment to better prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in college and careers. Digital Learning Now! is building support for the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning, which provides a roadmap for reform for lawmakers and policymakers to integrate digital learning into education.” About Digital Learning Now!

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.

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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Think Spring

plannerThink Spring? But Fall is just starting! The UAS Spring 2015 class schedule will be available to view online Monday, October 27. Whether you are already enrolled in a program, taking classes or thinking about getting started our UAS Sitka advisors are here to help you plan your Spring semester!

Online and in-person academic advising is available to UAS Sitka students. Below is a list of services and hours. It is highly recommended you call or email to schedule an advising appointment.

Student Success advisors can assist you with:

  • Discussing your educational goals and career plans
  • Exploring your options in choosing an onsite or online degree program
  • Developing a plan of study
  • Selecting, scheduling and registering for classes
  • Assisting with transition into college
  • Connecting you to other resources
  • Reviewing your academic progress or financial aid status
  • Working through class, instructor or study concerns during the semester
  • Troubleshooting issues or processing petitions
  • Navigating university requirements and policies
  • Following the Next Steps Checklist for Entering a Program

General Student Success Center Open Hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday:  8 am – 7 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday:  8 am – 8 pm
  • Friday:  8 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Hours may change, so please visit the website for current information. Feel free to email the staff to schedule an advising appointment. Or call toll-free: 1-800-478-6653 ext 7717.

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$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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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!