The Teacher of Tomorrow

With student demographics shifting and the internet at our fingertips, UMUC faculty discuss what it means to teach and how the role of the teacher is evolving in the 21st century.

Editor’s note: This article is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of Achiever, the magazine of University of Maryland University College.

Gro Torsethaugen was perplexed.

A student in her biology lab class had submitted a data set from an experiment designed to measure the effect of pH levels on the germination of radish seeds. The assignment called for students to add vinegar to one dish, baking soda to another, water to a third—as a control—and compare the growth rate for seeds in each of the dishes.Continue Reading

University of Maryland University College Launches Campaign Highlighting Historic Mission and “Hustle” of its Students

Adelphi, Md. (August 14, 2018)—University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has launched a new advertising campaign—“Made for You”—that highlights the institution’s historic mission: to bring quality, affordable education to adult and military students outside of the traditional college campus as it has for more than 70 years. The campaign celebrates the hard work and “hustle” that students display as they juggle family, jobs, and even military service while they pursue their educational goals.Continue Reading

From Nigeria to the U.S. Department of Defense: IASP Scholarship Recipient’s Journey Leads to a Cybersecurity Career

It was the Diversity Visa lottery that helped set University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) recipient Charles Kolawole’s course for a career in cybersecurity and good fortune. Kolawole, one of the visa-lottery winners in 2006, came into the United States on January 27, 2007, in search of greener pastures and an opportunity to compete on a global stage.Continue Reading

UMUC Students Use Big Data to Tell a Personal Story in Winning IBM Watson Analytics Global Competition in Shanghai

Mwalimu Phiri, part of a three-member team from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), stood before a panel of judges in Shanghai, China, discussing the impact of air pollution in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation focused on how traditional cooking and heating fuels compromise the health of 3 billion people every year, disproportionately children under age 5.

The “Effects of Household Air Pollution” project may have focused on big data, but it was a photo of a young child building a wood fire in Zambia that captured the audience’s attention at the May 29 presentation.

It was a photo of Phiri.Continue Reading

Mission Impact: UMUC Launches Philadelphia Outreach

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) was established with a bold goal more than 70 years ago: to bring knowledge to adult learners. After teaching generations of Maryland families and the U.S. military around the world, the pioneer in online education is launching a campaign to carry its reputation—and more than 90 academic programs—to the Philadelphia market.Continue Reading

RSAC Security Scholar Program Gives UMUC Students a Leg Up in Their Cybersecurity Careers

For Greg Hawkins, an early interest in computers inspired a career in cryptologic systems. One of his first jobs in the U.S. Air Force was working in cryptology on a satellite communications project. Now retired after more than 22 years of active duty, Hawkins, who graduated from University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in December 2017 with a master’s in information technology, was eager to attend the 2018 RSA Conference (RSAC) at San Francisco in April to network and consider what certifications he should get to advance his career.Continue Reading

Servicemembers Honored at UMUC’s Information-Packed, Fun-Filled Military Appreciation Fair

For Devlon Alexander, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) “Military Appreciation Fair and Fun Run,” sponsored by General Dynamics Mission Systems and held at the university’s Academic Center at Largo in early May, signified an intimate rehearsal for his impending graduation from UMUC over Mother’s Day weekend.Continue Reading

Watch the Interview: Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

On May 18, Yvette Branson, clinical psychologist and coordinator of the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, discussed the challenges facing veterans making the transition from military to civilian and student life—and the strategies and resources that can help them gain a strong foothold in the world beyond the military—as part of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) special Facebook Live interview series in observance of Military Appreciation Month. Watch the replay of Branson’s interview here.Continue Reading

Maryland Senate President Miller to UMUC Graduates: You Have Brass

Whether active-duty military, veteran or civilian, all University of Maryland University College (UMUC) graduates have the brass required to make their dream of a higher education come true, said Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jr., president of the Maryland Senate and keynote speaker for the first of three separate UMUC commencement ceremonies held on Saturday and Sunday May 12 and 13 at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.  Continue Reading