Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
“The Difference Between Winning and Losing” is the first from Washington State University to go into rotation this academic year, said Bob Keyser, Pac-12 vice president of partner services. It will run in the next few weeks, he said.
The video is one of several that WSU is creating for the network’s Campus Content program, which gives universities free air time.
“A big part of why this network exists is to provide exposure for our 12 universities,” Keyser said. “The goal is to have each university produce one feature a month.”
All three of the featured students are connected to the sports world: One is a Seattle TV producer who works with the Seahawks, one is a WSU basketball player, and one is a Portland Trail Blazers employee.
The video was created by Brian K. Mäki, Global Campus media production manager, and Richard H. Miller, senior marketing communications coordinator.
“We were the entire production crew,” Maki said. “Along with five cameras and innumerable espresso shots.”
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Environmental Assessment (ENVR_SCI 444) examines the National Environmental Policy Act, preparation of environmental impact statements, and federal laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. (Four credits)
The Science and Policy of Climate Change (ENVR_SCI 285) explores the science of climate change, policy options—such as cap and trade and carbon taxation—and alternative energy technologies and adaptation. (Three credits)
Topics in Natural Resource Sciences (NATRS 419) is a one-credit seminar on “Planning for Resilient, Sustainable Cities.” The seminar explores urban ecology and sustainable urban development. This course requires weekly readings, a two-hour face-to-face meeting in Tacoma, Wash., on March 8, and a subsequent term paper. Regular registration deadlines apply.
All the courses are taught by Dr. Kara Whitman, who did her doctoral work on sustainability assessment in watershed regions. “Sustainability in communities is a specific interest of mine,” she said. “Addressing climate change through mitigation and adaptation are a part of building sustainable and resilient communities.”
If you’re interested in a course, it’s always a good idea to discuss with your Global Campus academic consultant how it would fulfill your academic goals.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Topics range from atoms to artwork, from Newton’s laws to nuclear power, said Professor Richard Kouzes. “Each week I pose a set of discussion questions, but I say you can talk about anything else,” he said. “A number of students did their own research – searching out information on recycling fluorescent lights, for example.”
When those discussions become digressions, Kouzes intervenes just enough to make sure students have the facts straight. “I’d like to argue with them sometimes, but my role isn’t to get into opinions.”
But students say that while Kouzes doesn’t pontificate, he often instigates.More...“Kouzes brings up these really controversial topics,” said Ami Brodak. “Evolution, population control, how the U.S. uses energy: all of these have incited strong opinions, at least for me.”
Kouzes may be a provocateur, Brodak said, but he’s a respectful one. “He never clobbered us for having a differing viewpoint from what he’s teaching,” she said. “That stimulated a free flow of ideas. I feel like I’ve learned from other viewpoints, and also been able to shed some light on topics.”
The course, formerly Physics 380, has no science prerequisites, which makes it well suited for non-science majors who need science credits, said Global Campus Academic Consultant Joy Thompson. “For students under the old GER requirements, it fulfills the Physical Science or [P] requirement,” she said. “For those under UCORE, it fulfills a capstone requirement [CAPS].”
“It’s been incredibly enlightening, especially for someone who was very intimidated by the sciences,” said Brodak, a history major.
By the end of the course, Brodak was no longer intimidated by sciences – or by the professor.
“I often disagreed with his contentions,” she said, “yet I totally loved the class. I learned more than I think I ever have in any other class on such a broad range of topics.”
Kouzes earned his master’s and doctorate in physics from Princeton University. He is a laboratory fellow at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, and works in the areas of neutrino science, homeland security, radioactive material interdiction, non-proliferation, and computational applications. He lives in Richland and teaches at the Tri-Cities campus.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Honor roll released. The summer 2013 honor roll is now online. Congratulations to all who made the list!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The award honors the Global Campus for its commitment to assessing and improving the quality of its online education programs through quantitative application of five quality pillars: Access, learning effectiveness, cost effectiveness, student satisfaction and faculty satisfaction.
WSU’s online degree program has also won 10 awards from the University Continuing Education Association and five from the National University Telecommunication Network. In 2009, it was honored with the NUTN Institution Achievement award.
Here’s a Daily Evergreen story about the Sloan award.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Best Schools also mentioned WSU’s consistent ranking in the top tier of public schools both nationwide and across the globe. “The Times Higher Ed report named the institution as one of the best in the world,” the group said.
The honor follows several other recent national rankings for the Global Campus:
· First place for online graduate business programs from U.S. News & World Report.
· Third place from TheBestSchools.org for the criminal justice bachelor’s degree.
· Fourth place for the overall degree program from the SuperScholars website.
· Sixth place from U.S. News & World Report for student services and technology.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Sure, she could do that at home—it’s not for us to judge—but it’s a lot more fun among fellow Washington State University fans.
If you’ve watched WSU play Stanford or Berkeley, you may have seen Katey belting out the Cougar fight song in the stands; she’s at every football game near her Morgan Hill, Calif., home. The Global Campus student made her first visit to Pullman for the nerve-wracking 2012 Apple Cup—“a glorious memory that will never leave me.” And she waved the WSU flag for ESPN’s College GameDay:
“I got up at 4 in the morning and drove to Palo Alto,” she says. “I waved the red one and ran over to the other side and waved the white one.”
Another crazy college kid, right? Not even close. Katey is in her 40s. She was a manager at eBay, and is now an executive at Yahoo. She has a 3.93 GPA, and has been on the President’s Honor Roll for seven straight semesters. And she didn’t choose WSU’s Global Campus only because she looks good in crimson. She wanted a respected diploma, and she listened to a wise friend.More... “I had a mentor who said you should look for an online university with a real campus, real community involvement, a real sense of purpose, a vision, and a mission.”
Katey enrolled in 2010. Her major is social sciences with concentrations in anthropology and history.
“As these last three years have gone by, my enthusiasm has grown as I interact with other Cougs,” she says. “There’s a camaraderie here that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Being part of this community is phenomenal.”
Sports are a big part of that community (“It’s a way to be with your people,” she says). So is her involvement in the Northern California Alumni Association, and with Global Campus social events, such as the recent Tacoma Rendezvous. But the frosting on Katey’s cake is made of cheese.
“When I came for the Apple Cup, I drove around Pullman with this wonderment, this excitement,” she says. “I felt like a kid again. Then I discovered Cougar Gold cheese. Oh my gosh. All these years, how did I not know about the cheese? It’s amazing.”
Katey has done her best to re-create the Pullman magic at home. “I have a Cougar shrine in my office,” she says. “I have the fight song printed out—I walk around work singing it—and I have the pompons, a mug, pennant and pins. I feel like I’m in my virtual Pullman.”
At the Tacoma gathering, she snagged more memorabilia: pens, a globe, paw-shaped clips, note pads, carabineer, T-shirt—“I will pick up anything with a cougar head on it and slap it on my body,” she says. But, after the last door-prize number was called, Katey, like all sports fans, found the pursuit of glory always brings the chance of disappointment.
“I was bummed I didn’t win that garden gnome.”
-- Richard H. Miller/Global Campus
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Is it because WSU mascot Butch T. Cougar is too boisterous? Because he’d scarf up all the food? Because other critters would envy his dance moves?
It’s just to keep everything mellow, said Toni GodwinSells, zoo events manager. “Seeing Butch walking around could trigger the zoo animals’ predator or prey instinct.”
In other words, Butch would have the same effect he has on opposing football teams. But not to worry. Even without the furry feline, the Global Campus students will have lots to do. They’ll see the 92-acre collection of animal exhibits—including the week-old giraffe and 5-month-old jaguar triplets—eat a free lunch, and meet their online classmates in person.More...Global Campus in-person events usually draw no more than 200 people, said John Larson, a senator with the online student government. This inaugural zoo event, called “Rendezoo,” topped everyone’s estimates with more than 580 sign-ups.
“We were blown away by the response,” Larson said. “It’s going to be great seeing Woodland Park Zoo full of crimson and gray.”
The high turnout required the Global Campus to move the event from the zoo’s Family Farm to the vast North Meadow.
“Fortunately the zoo has lots of options for private events,” said ASWSU-Global advisor Erica Vieira. “The zoo staff has been a huge help. And the event coordinator I’m working with is a WSU Global Campus graduate.”
The Global Campus also invites online students—and Butch—to graduation parties, tailgate parties and luncheons.
“We always enjoy seeing students get their first taste of the Coug Nation,” said Debbie O’Donnell, Global Campus director of marketing and student services. “But for them this is just the beginning. They’ll have that sense of Cougar pride all their lives.”
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
It consists of three English courses, and two electives in a wide variety of fields.
Check out the story in WSU News.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
A new WSU Global Campus online course uses sports to explain economic theory.
EconS 321, Economics of Sports in America, examines such topics as salaries, sponsorships and ticket sales, said instructor Jadrian Wooten, above. “Students will learn how the laws of supply and demand have changed sports,” he said, “and how to make sports management decisions based on economic principles.”
Although it’s a 300-level course, he said, the only prerequisite is EconS 101, making it accessible to students in a wide variety of fields.
Wooten is creating the course for fall 2013 in conjunction with Global Campus instructional designer Charmaine Wellington. “Economics can seem abstract,” Wellington said. “This course uses sports to make it a grounded, relevant, immediately observable thing.”
Demand was high for the on-campus version of the course, Wooten said, and enrollment was eventually capped at 120. The online version has a limit of 50, he said, and is expected to fill up fast.
Along with teaching online, Wooten maintains his own website, which includes research topics, a blog, and a page with course documents and student comments.