Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nearly 100 sign up for new session

Intersession logoNearly 100 students have enrolled in Washington State University’s first Intersession, an online session that lets students earn three credits in three weeks.

Intersession is launching with four courses: Anthropology 468, General Education 110, General Education 111, and Communications 101. Because of the fast pace, students can enroll in only one course.

The session runs from July 28-Aug. 19, and 99 students have enrolled. Forty-nine of those are Pullman campus students and 23 are from WSU Online. WSU Vancouver has 20 enrollees, WSU Tri-Cities has six and WSU Spokane has one.

The Intersession, offered through WSU’s Global Campus, is among several new accelerated online sessions. WSU began offering a three-week Winter Session in 2010, and this summer began offering two six-week sessions, in addition to the regular 12-week courses.

“These new sessions aim to meet two goals,” said David Cillay, assistant vice provost and executive director of Global Campus, which includes WSU Online. “They let students earn their degrees more quickly. And they provide flexibility for students with busy lives.”

Monday, July 16, 2012

Filmmakers use building as backdrop

van dorenVan Doren Hall, the graceful home of WSU Online, is buzzing today as filmmakers shoot scenes out front for the movie “Admissions.”

The movie, also being filmed at Gonzaga University in Spokane, stars Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga as two parents who fall in love while taking their children on a college admissions tour.

VM program helps students, faculty

Margy FotopoulosThe coordinator of WSU Online's Virtual Mentor program uses the WSU eLearning Services blog to explain how she went from skeptic to advocate.

“I have been coordinating this program for over three years now, and I have to say that I have become the program’s biggest fan and never miss an opportunity to sing its praises,” says Margy Fotopoulos.

What exactly do the Virtual Mentors do? 

"VMs answer non-content related questions, provide technical knowledge (like navigating the course space), and build community within the course," she says. "We have VMs in well over half of our courses, and the continued growth of the program seems to be in the cards." Here’s the link.