UMUC Orkand Chair’s Book to Receive 2019 UPCEA Frandson Award for Literature

Peter Smith, Ph.D., University of Maryland University College Orkand Chair and professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, has been named recipient of the 2019 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature, sponsored by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), for his book “Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education.”

The award, given to the author and publisher of “an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature,” will be conferred at the UPCEA annual meeting in Seattle, March 27-29, according to the association’s announcement.  In all, UPCEA honored 10 individuals and six programs with awards in 2019.Continue Reading

UMUC Field Study Students Take It to the Streets of Europe

As UMUC Europe celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019, it heralds its state-of-the-art learning models and a unique program that for decades has immersed students in living classrooms to study history, literature and art in the very places where it was made, inspired or imagined.

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From English Major to Environmental Steward: UMUC Alumnus Makes Clean Water His Mission

Berkeley County, West Virginia, is the fastest growing county in the state as new industry is attracted to the I-81 corridor and Northern Virginia’s exploding population spills into the Mountain State’s eastern panhandle.

As a result, an upsurge of houses, roads, parking lots, industrial parks and the like is creating new stormwater pollution problems in a state where water flows downhill quickly.Continue Reading

UMUC Honors Faculty Worldwide for Teaching Excellence

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) conferred its highest faculty teaching honor, the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award, on eight of its most outstanding faculty members in the U.S., Europe and Asia and recognized more than a dozen others for their noteworthy contributions to the scholarship and art of teaching at UMUC’s Annual Global Faculty Awards celebration Dec. 3 through 7.Continue Reading

Experts Say It Will Take a Moonshot Commitment to Achieve Cybersecurity by 2028

Protecting cyberspace from attacks both foreign and domestic by 2028 requires a national “moonshot” commitment to rally support and educate our young people to create the necessary workforce to bolster our security, insisted speakers at the symposium, “Attacking the Roots of Cyber (In) Security: The Role of Education.” The Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI)–Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) conference was hosted by University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Nov. 8.Continue Reading

Students Say Schools Must Do More to Create a Clearer Pathway to a Cybersecurity Career

For high school students, deciphering the route to a future career in cybersecurity takes ingenuity, perseverance and creativity, said student speakers at the Nov. 8 symposium “Attacking the Roots of Cyber (In) Security: The Role of Education,” organized by Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI)–Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) and hosted by University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

It’s commonly understood that hundreds of thousands of jobs in cybersecurity are going begging now, and projections call for continued rapid growth in the future.  But participants on the panel, “Building the STEM Pipeline: The Student Perspective,” told conferencegoers that barriers still remain in public education that discourage students from going into the field.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Harrison Tells WCET Webinar Attendees That Universities Must Find New Tools to Fight the “Cheating Economy”

Universities are under assault by online predators who undermine academic integrity by luring students into schemes to cheat on courses, Douglas Harrison, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) associate dean of the graduate school, said in a webinar on “The Cheating Economy and Integrity,” earlier in October.Continue Reading

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

On the Road: Portable Professors Reflect on Their Nomadic Path

UMUC’s traveling faculty reflect on the triumphs—and trials—of being a portable professor.

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

For most faculty at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), preparing for class involves booting up a computer. For Gyongyi Plucer-Rosario, who teaches marine biology on Guam, it might include strapping on a face mask and flippers.

“The last field trip is the one everyone looks forward to,” said Plucer-Rosario.Continue Reading