KPC offers up a variety of ‘lively’ ways to learn

Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A collaborative effort between the UAF Cooperative Extension Service and Kenai Peninsula College has resulted in a summer organic gardening classes being offered to the public at a discounted rate.

Tom Jahns, the local Cooperative Extension agent will teach the information as an expansion of his day job.

There will be a two-credit version and a three-credit version. The first meeting for both courses will be from 6 to10 p.m. June 5 on the grounds of Alaska Christian College. The two-credit class will end in June and the three-credit class will continue into July and August.

For a complete schedule of summer classes, visit

Multimedia workshop set

KPC is offering a summer class titled Still Cinema Multimedia Workshop taught by adjunct professor Spellman Evans Downer. Downer is the Art department chair at Copper Mountain College in Joshua tree, Calif.

The workshop is an introduction to the diverse universe of multimedia. Downer will lead students in creating sophisticated slide dissolve shows that include synchronized sound tracks.

The one-credit workshop will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 2 and 23; from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. June 3, 10 and 17; and from 7 to 9 p.m. June 24.

Registration is available online at or in-person at Campus Services. For more information, call 262-0330 or e-mail

Alaskans Speak Up! Conference scheduled

A free, one-day conference, Responding to Interpersonal Violence against Adult Victims with Disabilities, will be hosted by KPC from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 17. The mini-conference is one of three being offered throughout the state, with nationally known keynote speaker Bonnie Brand, program coordinator with the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life.

The purpose of the conference is to build capacity within communities to promote the dignity of people with disabilities of all ages who have been victims of interpersonal violence.

The conference is open to anyone with disabilities and their families, direct service providers, disability or victim advocacy professionals, or anyone in the general public who would like to raise their awareness regarding promotion of the dignity of victims with disabilities.

For more information, call Diane at 262-0328 or e-mail her at

Distance learning available

In is what is being called the next generation of distance delivered classes, the Elluminate Live! Web conferencing system is coming to KPC for the fall semester (classes begin Aug. 28).

Most distance learning opportunities are designed as self-paced, non-interactive web- based formats that rely on text books and student self-motivation.

According to the Elluminate Live! web site, the system changes the traditional web-based class into an “intuitive, instructor-led environment that delivers real-time, interactive education that leads to real learning.” The system allows online and on-site students and their instructor synchronous capabilities while online, regardless of Internet connection speed.

The system offers online collaboration tools like two-way audio, direct instant messaging, live webcam, application sharing, and interactive whiteboard, breakout rooms for student projects, and interactive quiz and survey management for the instructor. Instructors can record all aspects of the class for future playback and access guest lecturers remotely.

Mark Jensen, KRC network administrator and adjunct faculty, will be the first to use the Elluminate Live! Web conferencing system in his fall course, Web Site Design: Dreamweaver.

“This system will let students from anywhere participate in my class. Students can interact with me and their classmates by raising their hand in cyberspace. They can see what I am doing on my computer and I see theirs to make sure they are on the right track,all from my office. I will set virtual office hours when students know I will be at my computer and we can work through problems together,” Jensen said.

There are more classes, including Beginning Digital Photography, being tailored for delivery in this interactive online environment. KPC hopes to reach out to students from all over the Peninsula and Alaska by using this user friendly, synchronous web-based distance education.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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