Title III SIP Sea Change Grant
The "Sea Change: Growing Enrollment with Real-World, Real-Time, Student-Centered Distance Education" grant at Kodiak College works to develop and improve students' experience in a growing catalog of eLearning courses. This Department of Education grant was approved under the “Strengthening Institutions Program, Title III, Part A of the Higher Education Act of 1965.” The 5-year grant, which runs from October 2010 through September 2015, is an outgrowth of the college’s Strategic and Academic Plans with input from key representatives of all stakeholder groups. This project was developed as a “comprehensive distance education initiative” providing theme-based eLearning courses, state-of-the-art learning technologies and resources, and distance support services focused on student success. The new themed courses are being developed around environmental and cultural issues that affect life on Kodiak and throughout Alaska.
Programs and features under the Sea Change Grant include:
- Remote Environmental Learning Station (RELS)
- Quality Matters (QM) - Excellence in Course Design
- Themed Elearning Courses
- New Online Technologies & Training
- Targeted Advising
- Virtual Students Coaching
- Kodiak Room - Virtual Collections
- Professional Development
- Archived Newsletters/Updates
The Sea Change Grant project is led by Program Manager Katie St. John, who also leads the Alutiiq Studies and Student Support Project. Debra (Debbi) Canavan, who has worked at Kodiak College for 22 years in a variety of instructional positions, is the Title III Activity Director and eLearning Instructional Specialist. Steven Christensen, the Technology Specialist, handles the technology infrastructure and the integration of the Remote Environmental Learning Stations (RELS). Our Student eLearning Support Specialist is Jen Hulse. Support for Virtural Student Coaching and website resources is provided by Bailey Foster. The entire team is kept on track by our able administrative assistant Terrie Johnson. For more information about the various components of the Sea Change Grant project and for project updates, please visit our project webpages or contact any of us individually.