Monday, August 27, 2012

WSU game to be on TV Thursday

Mike Leach news conferenceCougar football starts Thursday under the direction of new head coach Mike Leach. (Select photo to watch Leach’s news conference last week.) WSU will take on BYU in Provo, Utah, and the game will be on ESPN at 7:15 p.m. (PT).

For those interested in seeing the Cougs in person, we’re offering discount tickets for the Sept. 29 game in Seattle, and throwing a pregame party in the hotel next to the stadium. Check out the website to register or get more information.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cartoon cowboys aim at ethics issues

sport mgmt xtranormal screen shotWSU launched an online Sport Management Master’s this fall. One of the new courses is on ethics, and uses a cartoon to raise tough questions. The story is in WSU News.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We’re global, but we’re here too

van doren dedicationOccasionally, we’re asked where we are actually located. While WSU Online and the Global Campus exist wherever there’s an Internet connection, our physical offices are on the WSU Pullman campus in Van Doren Hall.

The building was dedicated, above, in 1908 as the Domestic Building, and housed home-ec classes. A few years later, it was named after Nancy Van Doren, an English teacher and librarian.

Below is our building now. It’s small by today’s standards, but we enjoy how it exemplifies our long history of bringing education to students.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

WSU pushes back tuition deadline

Financial aid is a bit slow to disburse this year, and WSU wants to ensure that students don't get caught in middle. Here's the article in the student newspaper.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Join us for party, football game

IMG_2208WSU Online students, families and friends are invited to a fun-filled football weekend in Seattle.

Discounts on football tickets. Save $10 on your tickets for the WSU vs. Oregon game Sept. 29 at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. This deal is good only until midnight Sept. 9, so better get them right away. Here’s how: Have a look at the stadium chart; the tickets are in section 124. Go to the ticket website. Enter the promo code: GLOBALCOUGS.

Pregame party. Just before the game, please join us in the ninth-floor banquet room at the Silver Cloud Hotel Seattle-Stadium, 1046 First Ave South. The party is hosted by ASWSU-Online. There will be appetizers, door prizes, free T-shirts and foam paws. We’ll also be collecting non-perishable food for the Northwest Harvest Food Bank and the first 100 students donating at least four items will receive a gift. When WSU Athletics works out the game schedule, we’ll provide an exact time.

Please register here by Sept. 22 if you and up to five guests would like to attend the pregame party. Registration will open Aug. 25.

Monday, August 13, 2012

WSU pilots a new way to chat online

Rubria Rocha de LunaRubria Rocha de Luna: “To learn a language, you have to talk with other people.”

A stapled sheaf of papers became an envelope of videotapes. The videotapes became DVDs, the DVDs became an online media center. In terms of information delivery, online education has evolved swiftly. But what about interaction? Students are online at different times, so how do they communicate?
     For years, the answer has been threaded discussions: Students write something, come back later, and respond to the responses. Part of their grade depends on that interaction. But suppose, instead of writing, students could post audio clips and webcam videos. Suppose conversations took place around a slide show, with students able to sketch on the slides and participate from smartphones.
     And suppose Washington State University’s Global Campus piloted the software in two of WSU Online’s most interaction-intensive courses: Spanish 101 and 102.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

WSU president meets new online leaders

ASWSU_onlinegov_2WSU President Elson S. Floyd was the surprise guest as incoming ASWSU-Online leaders met face-to-face Thursday for the first time.

“When he came in, I thought he looked familiar,” said student government Vice President Demian Ford, a North Idaho native who is serving in the Navy.

Floyd started by asking the group why they chose an online program. The answers came from around the table, and included flexibility, cost, quality, and the ability to take your schoolwork wherever you go, even to Mexico. (Don’t get sand in the keyboard, one senator advised.)

Floyd called the new Global Campus, which includes WSU Online, a “significant step forward” for WSU. The addition of Global Connections and the Digital Academy, he said, lets WSU replicate the residential experience by offering extracurricular activities.

“We’re building capacity,” he said, “in a student-centric way.”

The ASWSU-Online team is on the Pullman campus until Friday, meeting with WSU Online staff and representatives of campus groups. Among the topics of conversation will be the next ASWSU-Online event, a Seattle pregame party Sept. 29. For more information on ASWSU-Online or upcoming events, please go to the website.

In other news: American Public Media is doing a radio show and wants to hear from online students. Select this link to participate.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Health plan covers lion’s share of costs

butch WSU Online“Why yes, you do feel a little chilly. Perhaps it’s your lack of plush fur.”

You’ve heard of Obamacare and Hillarycare. But how about Butchcare?

Washington State University’s student health insurance plan has about 2,200 enrollments for all campuses, said Merry Lawrence, patient services billing and insurance supervisor at Washington State University Health and Wellness. Yet fewer than 100 of those are WSU Online students.

That’s because online students tend to have families and jobs, so they often take fewer credits than the minimum seven-credit course load. And often those jobs already provide health insurance.

But for those who do wish to enroll, the insurance can be a good option. At last check, it offered prescription drug coverage and vision coverage, and was also available for dependents and domestic partners. The deadline to enroll for fall semester is Sept 6. For more information, please visit the webpage.

In other news: WSU’s financial aid office says the new zzusis system means that continuing students enrolled in fewer than 12 credits no longer need to complete the Fall Enrollment Form. It’s all automatic.

Monday, August 6, 2012

WSU veterans expert praises aid act

Matthew ZimmermanWSU Veterans Coordinator Matt Zimmerman tells Kitsap Veterans Life that the extra five years to complete an education under the Post-9/11 assistance act is “an unexpected bonus” But he also suggests that enrolling veterans carefully compare the benefits of the Post-9/11 act to those of the Montgomery GI Bill by going to

“You need to go back and run the numbers with your own pocketbook and see what is best for you,” he says in the Kitsap publication.

We last talked to Matt back in January, when he explained why WSU Online was named one of the top 10 online universities for supporting the military.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

New sign on our historic building

van doren playUnless you come here every day, you probably won’t notice anything different about our lovely building, Van Doren Hall, on the WSU Pullman campus. But if you look very closely, we’ve got a new sign. WSU installed it this week. On the left, it now says “Global Campus” to reflect our new and improved status.

What’s the Global Campus? Select this link to read about it, or hit the play button on the photo to watch a video.