Javier A. Reyes
The Portal for Online Education at the University of Arkansas
I am Javier Reyes, Vice Provost for Distance Education, and on behalf of everyone in the Global Campus, I want to welcome you and thank you for visiting our site.
These are very exciting times for our university and higher education in general, not only in our state but across the nation and the world. Technology has progressed in such a way that now it blends seamlessly with almost every aspect of our lives. Education as a field is no exception. Technology is providing us with different ways to interact with our students, for students to access information, and for faculty to present concepts and provide different experiential learning through online venues. These include discussion boards, compressed videos, and interactive lectures, among others.
Our field is not necessarily changing; we are simply adding another platform through which we can deliver the top quality education programs that our university has to offer.
On July 1, 2012, Chancellor G. David Gearhart and Provost Sharon Gaber initiated the administrative realignment of the Global Campus and tapped me to lead our unit. This marked the beginning of a new era for the Global Campus and its academic mission.
We are excited about the future of the University of Arkansas and the role distance education will play. Through the coming months you will see big changes in our website and our connectivity with faculty and students, as well as with outside constituents.
I invite you to come and visit us often. As technology evolves and moves us forward, new opportunities to integrate technology into education become available as well. We plan to roll out a blog that will keep you up to date on our efforts and our projects. We also seek input from all of you as we find ways to innovate and revolutionize all aspects of online education.
We are here to work for our students, our faculty and everyone who wants to be a part of moving forward with the You of A!