Category: Miscellaneous

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Update

Many aren’t asking if the Coronavirus is going to spread to Alaska, but are wondering when will it get here.   As we move towards education of this virus, and away from panic, I wanted to share a segment from CBS Sunday Morning that aired this last weekend (March 8th, 2020). Although over 100,000 people have …

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Mistakes are a part of life, but never pleasant when they happen. I want to apologize to Leah Mason, who provided me with last weeks FLC’s post. Unfortunately I messed it up, and got the pictures in the wrong order. It was totally my fault. The mistake is now corrected, and you really should scroll …

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Accessible Language Helps More Students Succeed

-Leah Mason, from the UAS-Sitka Campus, brings us today’s Faculty Learning Corner. How often do we question the accessibility of our language? Most of us would agree that plain language is important in public communications – we want people to understand what we are trying to tell them, right? We rarely think about whether plain …

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Single Accreditation in Maine?

This week I thought I would share an article about Maine and how they are looking to accredit all their Universities in a single accreditation.  This article in “Inside Higher Ed” (January 28, 2020) is interesting in that it parallels a consolidation solution Alaska has discussed while dealing with our own budget issues.  Click on …

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What Makes a Teacher Great

What does it take to be a great teacher?  And how do we measure greatness in education?  Although Azul Terronez is not a University professor, he has been asking these questions for many years.  Watch his 15 minute Ted Talk and hear his insights! So, let’s summarize some of his points. “Great teachers eat apples.” …

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Flash Video Content

Adobe Flash is a platform that has been around since the early 2000’s and was instrumental in making multimedia accessible.  It was incorporated into many programs and helped make streaming video easier.  Unfortunately, Flash also has had security issues, so Adobe is discontinuing Flash at the end of 2020. Some Browsers are already blocking Flash …

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Students can have a hard time with the pressure of University studies.  This is important for you, as a Faculty member to know, because you have immediate contact with students.  Anxiety can cause students to miss class as they become overwhelmed by the many challenges they face.  Sometimes anxiety is triggered by a number of …

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Happy Holidays 2019

On this last day before the break, I wanted to wish you Happy Holidays.  Enjoy your time off! Thanks for reading the Faculty Learning Corner. See you in 2020!!

Welcome Back – Resilience

Welcome back to the 2019 – 2020 school year.  As you are very well aware, there has been a lot of news over the Summer about the University budget, and we have gotten to enrich our word power with new words, such as “exigency.”   So in this “Welcome Back” edition of Faculty Learning Corner, I …

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Commencement 2019

We made it through another year, including accreditation. As we look forward to the celebration of our Graduates tonight (and this weekend), it is time to reflect and ask ourselves what worked and what didn’t work this year. This summer will be a great time to do a follow up evaluation that goes beyond Summative …

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