The spring semester at Kenai Peninsula College begins Tuesday. KPC will hold walk-in registration from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Registration online will be available at kpc.alaska.edu until the end of walk-in registration.
Late registration will run through Jan. 19. Students are required to register in person. For more information, call 262-0330.
New technology allows students to attend classes online in real-time
For the first time KPC will offer Web based, Elluminate Live (E-Live) classes that are delivered in real-time so students in the class meet simultaneously with their instructor in cyberspace.
This technology allows students and instructors to engage with each other by talking with full two-way audio, online chatting and messaging, sharing video, and students can view what the instructor writes on a virtual whiteboard and see demonstrations of various software.
In order to participate in E-Live delivered classes, the computers students use must meet minimum system requirements, including connection speeds, and have Java Web Start, a headset to listen and speak into (available locally and in the KPC Bookstore) and they must complete the Elluminate Live configuration process.
Information to help students meet all the pre-E-Live requirements is available online at the KPC Web site. From the homepage, choose Online Services, then E-Live from the secondary menu. There are links on the E-Live page that will help students locate all the information they need to ensure they are ready for their first E-Live class.
Students are encouraged to attend one of the online orientation sessions prior to the beginning of classes. Dates and times for the E-Live orientation sessions are available on the E-Live page on the KPC Web site. In order to attend one of the E-Live orientation sessions, students must configure their computer by following the E-Live Prep Guide link.
Once their computers are configured, students can attend one of the orientation sessions by following the E-Live Orientations link on the E-Live page. Another helpful link on the E-Live page is E-Live Support.
Although the system is straight forward, students should be familiar with the E-Live delivery system in order to get the most out of the new technology. Students must contact the source campus, listed in the course schedule, for textbook requirements and other details.
Wide variety of courses offered this semester
Offering courses that might be of interest to the community is a priority to Kenai Peninsula College. This semester, under the heading of community education, students can choose from painting, fly-fishing, brewing beer, trading stocks, investigating crime scenes or learning yoga as a teaching tool.
Student Services director Bill Howell will teach a one-credit class titled, “The Art and History of Brewing.” Howell will introduce the basic brewing process and the various styles of beer. His class will explore the historical and regional origins of beers, including their presentation and pairing with foods.
The course will include field trips to local breweries. Students must be 21 years old to take the class. The class will be Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in a condensed format from Feb. 6 through April 24.
Crime Scene Investigation is a two-credit class offered Thursdays from 7 to 9:45 p.m. from Jan. 18 through March 29. This class will cover the fundamentals of investigation, including crime scene search, recording, collection and presentation of physical evidence, scientific aids, modus operandi, sources of information, interview and interrogations, follow-up and case presentation.
Oil painting for pleasure, taught by adjunct art instructor Melinda Hershberger, will be offered as a non-credit class Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This course emphasizes oil painting techniques and materials. Subject matter includes Alaska scenes and wildlife.
The course titled “Active Trading,” examines day trading stocks. Using simulated transactions, students are exposed to concepts, tools and equipment needed to acquire online active trading skills. This one-credit class will be held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in a condensed format beginning Feb. 26 through April 4.
Dr. Chris Gehrett will offer a class titled “Peace Studies.” The class will examine the legacies of peace work through the ideas and people of nonviolence, explore violence and its sources and attempt to translate the qualities of peace into solutions to violence in society today.
The three-credit class will be held from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Thursday evenings beginning Jan. 18.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations co-ordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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