College of the Redwood's Barry Tucker, the Student Development Advisor for Distance Education and Veterans students, has created a unique project site for supporting veterans at College of the Redwoods. This project site is not only used to send out information to students who are eligible for veteran's benefits, but is also a site for collaborating with the veteran's advisor at the local state university. This site is also used to connect to other veteran's support agencies. Creating a project site like this can be a catalyst for creating collaboration. The Distance Education department supports these efforts and recognizes that this is also a way to introduce students to tools that are used in online courses such as the Discussion Forums, Messages and MailTool, etc. Participants in this session will learn how the site was created, strategies for collaborating with other institutions and agencies, and how Sakai can be used to address the special needs of the veteran's students.
Geoff Cain: Geoff Cain is the Director of Distance Education at College of the Redwoods where he leads the instructional design and faculty training team as well as facilitating the online orientations for students.
Barry Tucker: Barry Tucker is the Student Development Advisor for Distance Education and Veterans students. He is also the co-facilitator of "DE 101," the free online orientation to distance learning for students. After serving eight years in United States Navy he moved to Humboldt County in 1985 where he attended College of the Redwoods before transferring to Humboldt State University where he received his single subjects teaching credential in Social Sciences in 1993. Barry is currently working on his master?s degree in Academic Advising at Kansas State University.