Blended Learning Workshop with Dr. Curtis Bonk

On Friday, September 25, WKU’s Office of Distance Learning welcomed Dr. Curtis Bonk to campus for a half-day faculty workshop on blended learning.

With nearly 50 faculty in attendance, Bonk presented three lively sessions on blended learning that covered myths and models of blended learning, the TEC-VARIETY model for increasing student engagement and motivation in blended and online learning, and the R2D2 model that addressed the changing roles of faculty and how to engage students by using a variety of innovative methods and tools. Faculty were encouraged to consider the possible application of each tool or idea in their own face to face, blended, or online classes.

As part of his visit, Bonk gifted several faculty with copies of several of his books, including his newest, MOOCs and Open Education (2015). He also donated copies of The Handbook of Blended Learning (2005) and Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014) to Distance Learning.

Dr. Bonk is a Professor of Instructional Systems Technology and adjunct in the School of Informatics at Indiana University. He received both his master’s and doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Bonk has authored more than 300 articles and books on e-learning and has given more than 1,500 talks on many topics related to learning technologies and human learning.

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SGA allocates funds to study away scholarships

wku study awaySGA continues supporting students via the 2015-2016 Study Away Scholarship.

Read more in the WKU Herald


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Society for Lifelong Learning Kicks Off Fall Term

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its fall term on Tuesday, September 15, at 8:45 a.m. with an official proclamation from the Bowling Green mayor and Warren County Judge Executive.

That morning, officials will formally declare September 13-19 as “Lifelong Learning Week” for Bowling Green and Warren County, kicking off the SLL’s fall term which takes place September 15-November 5.

“We are thrilled to officially begin what promises to be a fascinating fall term. The support of Mayor Wilkerson and Judge Buchanon makes it that much more exciting,” said Frank Kersting, SLL board member and chair of the membership relations committee.

“It’s encouraging to know that our city and county leaders place great value on learning throughout one’s lifetime, and we are honored to have them help us kick off the fall term with an official proclamation.”

The SLL will offer 21 courses during the fall term and also host four Food for Thought events. These events provide an opportunity for the community to join SLL members and instructors for informative discussions from guest presenters.

The Food for Thought schedule includes the following:

  • International Year of South Africa, presented by the WKU Office of InInternational Year of South Africa graphicternational Programs – Wednesday, September 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Southern Reconstructing: Sport and the Future of Religion in the American South, presented by Dr. Eric Bain-Selbo – Wednesday, October 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • What’s “Brewing” at the WKU Center for Research and Development? Craft Beer!, presented by Dr. Andres McMichael – Tuesday, October 27 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • You NeThe_Hilltoppers_circa_1954ver Take All the Makeup Off, presented by original member of The Hilltoppers quartet, Don McGuire – Wednesday, November 4 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

SLL activities take place at the Knicely Conference Center located at 2355 Nashville Road. Food for Thought presentations are open to the public. Registration is $10 (in advance) and includes a light lunch.

For more information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit or call 270-745-1912.

The Society for Lifelong Learning was founded in 2014. It is a member driven organization dedicated to offering a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for ages 50 and over who have a love for learning.


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GO Team at work

wku study awayA group of adventurous students will kick up Study Away’s outreach efforts this fall.  The GO Team includes students who’ve completed a study away, faculty-led study abroad course, or National Student Exchange.  But we also include students who support our efforts and plan to complete their program in the coming year.   The team will host small events, conduct fundraising, and speak to as many of their peers as possible to make sure everyone knows about the courses and programs we offer.

Erin Greunke and Diana Howard guide the GO Team.

The current GO Team includes:

  • study-away-GO-teamKaty Bush
  • Emily Embry
  • Hanna Guy
  • Kelsey Leppo
  • McKenzi Peace
  • Jessica Stallings
  • Eden Tharpe
  • Brady Thompson
  • Jeffrey Wren


Other students are welcome to join.  We meet Fridays at 2 pm in TPH 125.

The GO has several meanings, but Global Opportunities comes to mind.



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Climate Change Program Featured by ALIVE Center

flsa-delo-logo150Progression Through Partnerships Newsletter Summer Edition

The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships shared the summer 2015 Progression Through Partnerships newsletter.

This edition highlights the Climate Change Challenge with Toppers at Sea.  See pages 6-7


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Gatton Students in England

flsa-delo-logo150Forty-three Gatton Academy students have returned home following a 23-day study abroad program to London and Harlaxton College in Grantham, England.

This Faculty-Led Study Abroad course was taught by Professor Walker Rutledge, WKU Department of English.

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CCSA Hits One-Year Mark at WKU


CCSA-logo-FINAL-1000CCSA and WKU hit the one-year mark on August 1, 2015.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

A special shout-out to the CCSA team … Robin, Robert and Dave … for their tremendous efforts this past year. More is coming so hold on tight.

I also wish to acknowledge all the program administrators who make it happen on-site (as well as before and after programs).  You represent CCSA with grace and confidence.  Your skill and diligence make CCSA possible.

CCSA London Group - Steven Guns - 600And.. of course.. the faculty who teach CCSA classes.  The highs and lows, joys and frustrations are all part of the job… both in your normal duties and in those you take on for the love of CCSA. It takes a special person to teach a study abroad course.

To the Board, campus reps, friends and supporters, I salute you!

Jerry Barnaby

Executive Director


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Photo by Steven Guns, London Summer 2015.

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Dual Credit and Study Away Partnership Takes High School Students to New York City

Fifteen Kentucky high school students recently gained college credit and studied in New York City through a partnership between Dual Credit, Study Away and WKU’s Theatre & Dance and Economics Departments. Students took one of two online courses, including Thea 151 – Theatre Appreciation or Econ 150 – Intro to Economics. They took three weeks of online coursework and then traveled with their instructors and Dual Credit staff to New York City, where they completed the fourth week of their classes.

“My experience in New York NYC trip 2015 NYSEwas an overall 10 out of 10,” said one student. “It was one of the best weeks of my life with some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I will never forget this once in a lifetime trip.”

Students gained course-related experience, attended Broadway shows and visited the Federal Reserve. They also toured Chinatown, Little Italy, Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island and Central Park and attended a New York Yankees game.Yankee Stadium

WKU Dual Credit collaborated with Study Away and faculty from the Theatre and Economics departments to develop the courses and provide students with this experience.

Dewayne Neeley, Dual Credit program manager, said that the program allowed students to fully immerse themselves in their studies. “The week in New York City was incredible, and the students were great. They were fun and flexible – they completely engaged in the whole experience,” said Neeley.

The course and accompanying trip were such a success, Neeley said, that they plan to offer it every year. “We’ve already set June 11-18, 2016 for next year’s trip,” he added.

For information about the WKU Dual Credit, visit the Dual Credit website. Study Away information is also available online.

Contact: Dewayne Neeley
WKU Dual Credit
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach

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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Promotes Iceland Links

faculty led study abroad0A group of students and faculty from WKU recently returned from a study abroad program in Iceland led by Dr. Bernie Strenecky, WKU Scholar in Residence, and Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North of the Department of Geography and Geology. The course, co-taught with faculty from the University of Akureyri (UNAK), included the opportunity to participate in a landmark event that took place in Akureyri, Iceland, which is located at the northern gateway to the Arctic.

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CCSA London Summer starts July 13.

waterloo stationThe Cooperative Center for Study Abroad kicked off the London Summer program with over 100 students and 13 faculty living in the Southwark area of London with classes taking place at King’s College Waterloo Campus, a stone’s throw from Waterloo Station.  London and its surrounding areas serve as the real classroom.

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