UA Statewide Briefs

Kenai college heads Web classes

KENAI – What do two soldiers serving in Iraq, a young Alaskan woman visiting Germany and residents from Kodiak, Emmonak, Nome, Aniak, Juneau, Sitka and several North Slope and Cook Inlet platform employees have in common? They have all taken KPC’s online chemistry class co-taught by adjunct professors Bob Amundson and Susan Mircovich and KPC full-time professor Andy Veh.

Distance-delivered classes are becoming more and more common, and Kenai Peninsula College has stayed on the forefront within the University of Alaska system to create and deliver distance courses that are unique in the system.

Amundson said it has been very satisfying putting together the curriculum for the Survey of Chemistry course and lab. Students asked for the next level of the discipline, General Chemistry, to be adapted to the distance-delivery format. Amundson said that when he brought the case forward to the KPC administration, he was encouraged to proceed.

“Susan Mircovich, who lives in the Mat-Su Valley, and I developed the class, and she will be teaching it in the spring,” said Amundson.

How does a chemistry student carry out laboratory experiments online? The course description says that aside from virtual experiments, the online lab section requires students to attend a six-hour lab session to be completed either at a KPC campus or in the

Anchorage/MatSu area, or set up by individual students at a facility close to them.

In addition to the online chemistry class, Amundson has also adapted Intermediate Algebra to online delivery. The Web-based course is set up as prerecorded online sessions that students can access and complete at their own pace. Amundson offers virtual office hours when students know he will be available to give immediate feedback to their questions, as well as being available daily via e-mail.

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It’s not just chemistry and math that Amundson has a passion for. He is well known on the Kenai River Campus for teaching the humanities course “Film as Literature: Film Noir.”

UA video contest deadline extended

Up to five future or current students of the University of Alaska have the chance to win a free year’s worth of tuition through a video contest sponsored by UA. The tuition scholarships are valid at any of UA’s campuses and are based on 30 undergraduate in-state credits.

The deadline for entering is Jan. 30, 2008. The contest is open to anyone age 16 or older. Entrants must complete a short video that depicts the academic choices UA offers, from their own perspective and through their own creative use of video and words. A panel of judges will review the video contest entries and announce the winners in mid-February.

The contest is being held in conjunction with the UA system’s annual statewide advertising campaign. The goal of the advertising campaign and video contest is to increase awareness about the University of Alaska among parents, elected leaders, business and industry officials, and potential students.

More information and complete contest rules can be found at www.UAmyway.net.