About the Grant

The ROLL Grant is a competitive U.S. Department of Education grant under Title III, Part A: Strengthening Institutions Programs. The project title is "Stabilizing College Funding Through Development of a Centralized, Robust Online Learning Environment". The grant's main objective is to improve student retention and performance through the development of robust online courses, support for online students, and an administrative framework for distance education at UAA. The grant runs from October 2015 through September 2020.

Major Components

  • Guide faculty team development of 26 Online Master Course shells (OMCs) for General Education Requirement courses at UAA
  • Create a new faculty media development studio
  • Improve targeted faculty professional development for online teaching
  • Develop improved online supports for students
  • Develop components of administrative structure for online learning, including an Online Learning Advisory Council to draft UAA vision and policy

Grant Achievements

Year 5

  • Developed OMCs for ANTH A200, ENGL A121, WRTG A110, WRTG A111, WRTG A213
  • OMC LEGL 101 became Quality Matters Certified
  • VoiceThread Platinum Features (captioning) added to Blackboard for accessible online discussions for five years
  • Learning Glass lab construction began (ready by Spring 2021)
  • Chatbot services added to First Year Advising web page
  • Online Readiness Assessment approved and added to First Year Advisor plans for five years
  • Complete Course Design Trail Guide with six modules published and available for faculty use (Dec. 2019)
  • Culturally Responsive Online Teaching workshops by Dr. Agatha John-Shields, approximately 130 faculty participated
  • #Pivot and #Pivot 2 intensives, 150+ faculty and 10 faculty mentors
  • UAA Technology Fellows 2020 cohort on inclusive course design and delivery, 11 faculty
  • 21 faculty received online teaching certificates
  • Three AI&e Faculty Associates: Dr. Agatha John-Shields (Alaska Native values-based education), Dr. Kimberly Pace (Tech Fellows mentor), and Prof. Megan Gobeille (student placement project)

Year 4

  • Developed OMCs for ANTH A202, ANTH A205, CHEM A103, HIST A132, PSY A200 and SWK A243
  • Blackboard Ally added to the LMS for accessibility standards
  • CourseArc content building software added to technology tools
  • Online Readiness Assessment pilot project started
  • Course Design Trail Guide module on accessibility, 4 more underway
  • 14 faculty received online teaching certificates
  • Tech Fellows Intensive Textbook Affordability, 13 faculty participated
  • Engaging UAA’s Students in Culturally Responsive eLearning two-day workshop

Year 3

  • Launched the UAA Online Learning Advisory Council
  • Developed OMCs for ANTH A101, BIOL A108, HIST A102, JPC A204, JUST A110, and LEGL A101
  • Built the first Trail Guide module to lead faculty through online course design
  • 6 faculty completed AI&e Online Teaching Certificate pilot
  • Engaging UAA’s Students in Quality eLearning one-day workshop

Year 2

  • Opened the Innovative Design Studio (LIB 210), with multimedia, ePortfolio, and innovative technology support for faculty and students
  • Developed OMCs for AKNS A201, HIST A101, HIST A131, WRTG A111, WRTG A211 and WRTG A212
  • Created a targeted bandwidth online course model for PSY A111, using a course package of open educational resources and faculty materials to run a robust online course in a limited bandwidth environment
  • 12 faculty certified through OMC development team training

Year 1

  • Developed OMCs for MUS A121 and CEL A292
  • Created the Bridge to Success video series with Alaska Native Studies faculty, students and alumni
  • 13 faculty certified through OMC development team training