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Online instructor stalks dodge ‘student engagement’ in Africa


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Tents are lit up with lanterns at night as climbers prepare for the next day during an expedition to Africa.

Actively engaging students is no easy task, but Robert Powell, who teaches online, has a plan. He will climb Mount Kilimanjaro next spring to energize the imaginations of online hospitality students and show them career opportunities around the world in their field.

Powell will bring U of A online students on their African journey virtually. Readers can come too. The first in a series of articles is now online at The Online Learner. The series will follow Powell in the lead up to his February climb of Mount Kilimanjaro and then 19,000 feet to the top. The blog, managed by Global Campus, will document Powell’s preparations for the experience she will share virtually with U of A students in her online hospitality classes in spring 2023.

Powell teaches several online courses in the hospitality program in the School of Human Environmental Sciences in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. This will be his second trip to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Powell uses real-time travel adventures to broaden students’ perceptions of career options in hospitality management from a local to a global perspective.

The Global Campus supports U of A academic universities offering more than 75 online degree, certificate, micro-certificate and licensure programs. These programs are listed on the U of A ONLINE website at online.uark.edu. More than 440 students graduated from online degree programs in May.


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