2014-2015 Annual Report
Up 7% from FY14
There were a total of 586 sections.
Up 13% from FY14
STUDENT SUCCESS RATE
Absolute success requires a grade of C- or higher. Increased emphasis on student support has led to significant improvements in the success rate of eLearners, which is now comparable to UAF courses in general. Hands-on initiatives, such as contacting students who have stalled in their course, an online Success Lab and tech support are just some of our efforts to help each student reach their educational goals.
UAF TESTS PROCTORED
STUDENT-STAFF ART SHOW
Monsters & Legends
Students and staff teamed up for a one-of-a-kind art show in October in UAF’s brand new coffee shop, Arctic Java. “Monsters & Legends” featured student-artists from around the state and numerous staff members. In addition to traditional art forms like photography and painting, there were participatory exhibits including the giving art station, a unique take on living art where patrons were encouraged to knit and crochet winter wear for a local youth shelter.
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS WORKING WITH eLEARNING
We also partner with all of UAF’s support units.
NEW COURSES ADDED
More than 50 more new courses have
been developed for fall 2015.
FULLY ONLINE PROGRAMS
Offerings range from occupational
endorsements to graduate degrees.
UAF’s School of Management launched both a Bachelor of Business Administration (with a major in business administration) and a Master of Business Administration this year, allowing more students to complete their degree in a timely fashion. Online classes offer SOM students flexibility, additional course options, and access to a wider range of adjunct professors. “Most students are balancing busy lives with family, work, and social commitments in addition to their education. Part of the UAF student population is military or rural based,” says Kevin Berry, School of Management associate dean. “UAF eCampus offers excellent student support and helps SOM reach its academic goal of providing a high-quality education to prepare students for professional success.”
School of Management adds Business Administration
HOURS OF CONSULTATION
UNIQUE VISITORS TO iTeachU
FACULTY RESOURCE GUIDE
Faculty are one of UAF’s most valuable resources and this guide, updated annually, aims to provide them with the resources they need to teach an outstanding course. Click here for access to the guide.
In addition to the three regularly scheduled workshops, a special iTeach was developed for the Psychology department as faculty prepare to develop a fully online program.
Nearly 90 staff and faculty applied for the three
traditional iTeach workshops hosted in 2014-15.
SCHOOLS & COLLEGES
Attendees represented all schools and colleges, including the Community and Technical College and the College of
Rural and Community Development.
Every week more than 500 staff and faculty get a quick tip to make their lives easier.
A collaboration with OIT
Every third Thursday faculty join eCampus and OIT experts for hands-on activities exploring best practices in technology and education. These hour-long lunch sessions present new ideas for the classroom whether faculty are teaching face-to-face, fully online or some combination of both. The in-person sessions are capped at 15 faculty (RSVPing is encouraged) but all sessions are also broadcast live. Click to see the 2015-16 schedule.
WELCOME WEE AND MILO
Joanne Healy, assistant professor of special education, began working with Wee and Milo, humanoid robots, to facilitate educational research for those who work closely with students experiencing challenges such as autism. “This cutting-edge technology informs my students about possibilities in the classroom, with research, and in the community,” Healy says.
Sarah Hayes, assistant professor of chemistry, is increasing science literacy through an innovative new course: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry of the Arctic. “We are building collaborative student research teams with on-campus and distance students to generate new surface water quality data across Alaska that will be visualized on maps,” she says.
Nine new CITE Fellows were inducted into the program, each working closely with an instructional designer and faculty from the previous cohort.
This year’s innovators represent these departments:
Business Administration / Chemistry & Biochemistry
English / Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Linguistics / Secondary Education / Special Education