Get a great “Foundation” with new WKU ON Demand courses

WKU On Demand is very pleased to announce that we have added two exciting new, and newly redesigned classes Foundations courses to our catalog for Spring 2018:

MAT 109C (General Math), newly redesigned by Mr. Zachary Bettersworth, is a Math course for non-science majors, suggested for the student who has satisfactorily completed the minimum high school math requirements and needs no further work in algebra.

MAT 109C satisfies the Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement. Topics include sets, introduction to probability and statistics, geometry, and consumer mathematics. MAT 109C fulfills the D.2. (Mathematics) general education requirement here at WKU. The course will help the student to understand and apply mathematical skills and concepts. Students complete their work in MyMathLab and there are two proctored exams in the course.

Dr. Marko Dumancic has developed HIST 102 for WKU On Demand. HIST 102 (WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500) satisfies the Foundations World History requirement. HIST 102 provides an introduction to the global past since 1500. It helps students to understand the diversity of and the connections between the world’s cultures and ideologies and to become acquainted with global political, social, and economic history. It uses readings, exams, and “history labs” to introduce students to major historical developments and consequences as well as key achievements, turning points and individuals impacting world history.

This course also encourages students to think analytically about how people have created and adapted societies and institutions in response to the challenges and opportunities that have confronted them. In addition to the essay and lab work required for this course, there are three proctored exams.

History 102 aims to prepare students for life by emphasizing: Critical thinking, informed citizenship, historical perspective, and social engagement.

Both of these courses are currently open and available for registration. If you know a student who may be interested, they can register for our self-paced, online courses anytime by phone (270-745-4158) or online (www.wku.edu/ondemand.) Payment is required at the time of registration, and Financial Aid is accepted.

 

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DELO Shines at OLC Accelerate Conference

Several members of WKU’s DELO team presented at the annual Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC) Accelerate convention on November 15. The OLC Accelerate convention is focused on “quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.”

DELO’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning’s Instructional Design Team members Juliana Ortolani and Andrew Swanson’s presentation, “Video in Teaching and Learning: Stay Ahead of the Curve” explored the impact that video has on a global scale, and how this information applies to teaching and learning, and the implementation best practices. Their presentation made the case for the importance of video in online classes, and why this medium specifically should not be ignored. Andrew and Juliana gave specific teaching and learning video examples displaying how to effectively engage students and meet learning outcomes. They also explored different video tools, both hardware and software, for creating engaging videos on a scalable level.

WKU Online’s Holly Young, the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning’s Catie Yates, and WKU On Demand’s Donna Kasznel presented, “The C.A.R.E. Model: Reconstructing the Online Learning Experience through Individualized Student Success Coaching.” This session explored the various avenues through which the program builds relationships with students and guides them through their academic experience. As non-traditional learners continue to redefine higher education, it becomes increasingly important to provide digitally-accessible alternatives for instruction and student support. The session encouraged participants to consider the possibilities of administrative intervention in the form of student-centered success coaching.

 

OLC describes itself as ‘a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner’, and the thousands who attended the three-day conference benefited from a wide variety of innovative educational presentations and interactive sessions.

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New Resources For Online Learners And Faculty/Staff Who Work With Them

As you know, this year DELO reorganized to sharpen its focus on online learning and strengthen the support provided to students and faculty. As part of this reorganization, WKU Online & WKU On Demand have joined forces to increase the breadth and depth of the support provided for online learners with a focus on  student success and retention, as well as student recruitment.

Since coming together this year, we’ve increased outreach efforts, student support services, and have begun the development of new reference materials and resources for faculty and staff who work with online learners.

Below is a brief “progress report” with a few resources that may interest you:

  • Developed the Advisors’ Guide to Online Learning: The Guide is a comprehensive website for faculty and staff who work with online learners, and is tailored to allow direct navigation to most needed resources from a faculty and staff perspective. This site will provide you with the most up-to-date information on things such as:
    • Online Degree Programs
    • Completing the Colonnade Program Online
    • Changes Impacting Online Learners
    • New Support Services for Online Learners
  • Worked with the instructional design team to redesign the Topper Orientation Program for Online Learners: TOP for Online Learners is for degree-seeking undergraduate students, and built around the idea that  the needs of those studying exclusively online differ from those living on campus. TOP for Online Learners walks students through the process of setting up their student accounts and accessing resources online. They also receive tips for succeeding at a distance, gain an understanding of financial aid, as it applies to web and on demand classes, and more! In TopNet, students with a “web” campus indicator are directed to this page for more information. Once enrolled in the orientation, and they proceed at their own pace. Upon completion their TOP hold is lifted, they are provided with advisor information, and can download a guide for future reference.
  • Expanded Coaching for Academic Readiness & Excellence (CARE) via Starfish EARLY ALERT: Starfish is a retention software for monitoring student progress in their courses and degree program, and provides daily reports of critical action items. The list of action items are based on the parameters of the flags that coaches set-up in Starfish. Flags are among the key features in Starfish – they are customizable and can be set based on academic standing, type of course, student, student-group, course participation, assignments, and/or course average. They allow coaches to manage those most at-risk, first, through a comprehensive dashboard that reaches across all disciplines.
    Starfish makes it possible for staff to provide high-touch support for a large number of students in an efficient manner without ever seeing inside the Blackboard course site. This, in turn, helps faculty manage their workloads.
    It’s scalable, and student centered. The implementation of Starfish EARLY ALERT has allowed us to increase the number of students who receive coaching from 12 to over 2,000!
    For more information on CARE, including coaching best practices and a virtual tour of Starfish EARLY ALERT, click here.
  • Newsletters: As an additional way of reaching out, and providing timely information, we now have both a student newsletter, and a faculty/staff newsletter. The faculty/staff newsletter is published quarterly, and will be sent by email. Additionally, you can always access the latest issue through the Advisors’ Guide.
  • Expanded Communication Plans: As part of the recruitment process, we have expanded communication plans, and enhanced the information provided to prospective online learners. This communication incorporates inbound marketing strategies by providing timely, student-centered information based on the value of earning a degree, career outlook information, and downloadable resources. Communication goes out to students who have inquired, but not applied for admission, and students who have been admitted, but not registered for classes:
    • Initial inquiry correspondence
    • Follow-up correspondence received within two days after initial conversation
    • 2 weeks
    • 30 Days
    • 45 Days
    • 60 Days
    • 90 Days
    • 120 Days

Working Together…

Have you noticed a gap in support among the online learners with whom you work? Or do you have a cool idea for a new support strategy? We would love the opportunity to work with you! If you have suggestions – whether it’s for how we can improve internal communication/information or student support – please email me or call 270-745-4087.

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: An Evening With Dr. Todd R. Cheever

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. While the nation has seen an increase in overdoses related to prescription opioids, fatal overdoses involving heroin have tripled since 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And ages 55-64 have the largest increase in overdose deaths.

Dr. Todd R. Cheever will discuss the opioid epidemic on Tuesday, November 14 during “An Evening With.”

Cheever is the Associate Dean of the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus whose clinical work has focused on treating adults with chronic mental illnesses and substance use disorders. He will share valuable insight into the increase in opioid addiction and how to address it.

The free event will take place at the Augenstein Alumni Center. Coffee and desserts will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the program begins at 7. To RSVP, visit wku.edu/sll/rsvp2.php by Monday, November 13.

An Evening With is cohosted by the WKU Alumni Association and the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL), a member-driven organization that offers 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. For information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll. Free parking will be available in the Alumni Square Garage.

The Society for Lifelong Learning is a member-driven organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for people 50 and over who have a love for learning.

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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach

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WKU Professor Anton Recognized for Supporting Continuing Education Through Unique Intergenerational Classroom

A WKU professor was recently selected to receive the Continuing Education Faculty Award at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) South Region Conference in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Audrey Anton, assistant professor of philosophy, received the award on October 12 for her class, “Living Like a Stoic.” She developed the course to allow philosophy students to study alongside members of the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) – an organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for those 50 and over.

The course allowed both groups of students to learn together, resulting in lively discussions from varying perspectives, regardless of age.

“I believe an intergenerational learning community amplifies lessons learned from any subject, but this is especially so with philosophy,” Anton said.

“‘Philosophy’ means love of wisdom, and life lessons are certainly part of wisdom. Through intergenerational exchange, students from every stage in life can benefit from hearing from others — whether it be reflecting back or looking forward.”

Associate Vice President of Extended Learning Dr. Elizabeth Laves is a member of UPCEA and also attended the conference. She stated said that Anton’s enthusiastic, innovative approach to teaching encourages students to be engaged learners.

She was a natural choice for this award,” said Laves.

Dr. Audrey Anton received the UPCEA South Region Faculty Award

Dr. Audrey Anton (right) received the UPCEA South Region Faculty Award on October 12. Dr. Elizabeth Laves (left) also attended the conference.

“Through her Stoicism course, she developed a unique, intergenerational classroom environment that created conversation, learning and engagement between very diverse groups of individuals,” said Laves.

Nominations for the faculty award are submitted by UPCEA South member institutions. According to the organization’s award requirements, nominees must “have assisted in the field of continuing education in a worthy and exemplary manner.” Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Served as an excellent teacher to continuing education learners
  • Developed and/or coordinated model continuing education programs
  • Facilitated new programming areas through continuing education
  • Opened new avenues for the advancement of continuing education learners

WKU Lifelong Learning Program Manager Dr. Cindy Ehresman nominated Dr. Anton for the award, which included written recommendations from SLL Advisory Board members Valerie C. Brown and Kenneth W. Kuehn, as well as SLL Curriculum Chair Barbara Johnston.

“Dr. Anton is an outstanding teacher whose enthusiasm, creativity and highly-innovative teaching methods encourage her students to be engaged learners,” said Dr. Ehresman.

“We were honored to nominate her for this prestigious award.”

For more information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

Founded in 2014, the Society for Lifelong Learning 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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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

 

 

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WKU to Host Conversation about Opioid Epidemic with Psychiatrist and Medical School Administrator Todd R. Cheever

This summer, medical students will begin classes at the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus, the first regional campus medical school of its kind in Kentucky. The new school will also bring a WKU alumnus and long-time UK professor and administrator back to South-central Kentucky, along with his expertise in one of the greatest threats facing our state and our nation: the opioid epidemic.

Dr. Todd R. Cheever is the Associate Dean of the new medical school and will be the featured guest during “An Evening With” on Tuesday, November 14. Dr. Cheever is a faculty member of the U.K. Department of Psychiatry whose clinical work has focused on treating adults with chronic mental illnesses and substance use disorders. He has done extensive studies on the effects of opioid addiction and will share valuable insight into the increase in addiction and how to treat it.

“An Evening With” is an intimate discussion with thought-leaders and experts from various fields through a moderator-led interview led by WKU alumnus and local author Larry Gildersleeve. Attendees also have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the discussion.

 

The Cheever program will take place Tuesday, November 14 at the Augenstein Alumni Center located at 292 Alumni Ave. on the WKU Bowling Green Campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and desserts. The program begins at 7 p.m., and free parking is available in the parking garage next to the alumni center.

This “An Evening With” program is co-hosted by the WKU Alumni Association and the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL), a member-driven organization that offers 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. All programs are free to the public, but reservations are required. To RSVP, visit wku.edu/sll/rsvp2.php by Monday, November 13. For information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

The Society for Lifelong Learning is a member-driven organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for people 50 and over who have a love for learning.

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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

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WKU Professor Anton Recognized for Supporting Continuing Education Through Unique Intergenerational Classroom

A WKU professor was recently selected to receive the Continuing Education Faculty Award at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) South Region Conference in Richmond, Va.

Dr. Audrey Anton, assistant professor of philosophy, received the award on October 12 for her class, “Living Like a Stoic.” She developed the course to allow philosophy students to study alongside members of the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) – an organization that offers a wide range of high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for those 50 and over.

The course allowed both groups of students to learn together, resulting in lively discussions from varying perspectives, regardless of age.

“I believe an intergenerational learning community amplifies lessons learned from any subject, but this is especially so with philosophy,” Anton said.

“‘Philosophy’ means love of wisdom, and life lessons are certainly part of wisdom. Through intergenerational exchange, students from every stage in life can benefit from hearing from others — whether it be reflecting back or looking forward.”

Dr. Beth Laves (left) presents the UPCEA Faculty Award to Dr. Audrey Anton, WKU assistant professor of philosophy. Anton (right) received the award at the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) South Region Conference in Richmond, Va. in October.

Associate Vice President of Extended Learning Dr. Elizabeth Laves is a member of UPCEA and also attended the conference. She stated said that Anton’s enthusiastic, innovative approach to teaching encourages students to be engaged learners.

 She was a natural choice for this award,” said Laves.

“Through her Stoicism course, she developed a unique, intergenerational classroom environment that created conversation, learning and engagement between very diverse groups of individuals,” said Laves.

Nominations for the faculty award are submitted by UPCEA South member institutions. According to the organization’s award requirements, nominees must “have assisted in the field of continuing education in a worthy and exemplary manner.” Nominees are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Served as an excellent teacher to continuing education learners
  • Developed and/or coordinated model continuing education programs
  • Facilitated new programming areas through continuing education
  • Opened new avenues for the advancement of continuing education learners

WKU Lifelong Learning Program Manager Dr. Cindy Ehresman nominated Dr. Anton for the award, which included written recommendations from SLL Advisory Board members Valerie C. Brown and Kenneth W. Kuehn, as well as SLL Curriculum Chair Barbara Johnston.

“Dr. Anton is an outstanding teacher whose enthusiasm, creativity and highly-innovative teaching methods encourage her students to be engaged learners,” said Dr. Ehresman.

“We were honored to nominate her for this prestigious award.”

For more information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

Founded in 2014, the Society for Lifelong Learning 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.

Society for Lifelong Learning Contact
Dr. Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

 

 

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WKU to Host Moderated Discussions Through a New Evening Program

WKU will offer a unique evening program featuring interviews with prominent thought leaders and experts. An Evening With is a new program offered through a partnership with the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) and the WKU Alumni Association.

“SLL is known for offering interesting, intellectually-stimulating learning programs. An Evening With is an excellent addition, offering a unique and exciting opportunity for people of all ages who have a passion for learning,” said lifelong learning program manager Cindy Ehresman.

The program format will include brief remarks from the featured guest, followed by a moderator-led interview. Audience members will then have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session. Participants will also enjoy dessert and coffee prior to the event.

Larry Gildersleeve, a WKU alumnus, global entrepreneur, local author and chair of the SLL Special Events and Travel Planning Committee, will moderate the programs.

“I am honored to moderate these discussions with such high-caliber thought leaders,” said Gildersleeve. “These interesting, intellectually-stimulating discussions will provide a unique opportunity for our community to engage with prominent leaders in a casual, intimate setting, and I believe the entire community will benefit.”

Gildersleeve said the goal of these discussions is to bring intellectually-stimulating programming to South Central Kentucky and to spotlight the type of high-quality educational opportunities available through the SLL.

The first discussion will feature Chief Justice John D. Minton who will engage in a candid discussion about the most pressing issues facing our state and our nation. Chief Justice Minton is a Bowling Green resident and WKU alumnus who was a member of the Kentucky Supreme Court from 2006-2014 and was elected Chief Justice for three consecutive terms by his fellow justices. The Minton program will take place Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Augenstein Alumni Center, 292 Alumni Ave. on the WKU Bowling Green Campus.

A second program is schedule for Thursday, November 14, featuring Dr. Todd R. Cheever, WKU alumnus, UK faculty member & administrator and first associate dean of the new UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus. Dr. Cheever will share information about the new medical school and discuss one of the greatest threats to our nation: the opioid epidemic.

These programs are free, but space is limited. Reservations are required. To RSVP for the Minton program on October 11, visit wku.edu/sll/aew.php. For additional information about the Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU, visit wku.edu/sll.

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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Society for Lifelong Learning Contact

Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

 

 

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Society for Lifelong Learning to Host Fall Open House and Annual Meeting   

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) Annual Meeting and Open House will be held Sunday, August 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Knicely Conference Center.

The public is invited to attend, along with SLL members, faculty and staff. Anyone can attend the Annual Meeting at 2 p.m. Coffee and dessert will be served from 2:30-4 p.m., and attendees can meet class instructors, inquire about membership options and pick up information about courses offered during the fall term which begins in mid-October. Course registration and membership enrollment will also be available.

The SLL is a member-driven organization for people 50 & over interested in high-quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit programs and experiences. Members enjoy access to a vast number of courses each term, ranging from art, music and culture to economics, history and science.

“At Annual Meeting and Open House, people can engage with others 50 & over who have a passion for learning,” said Dr. Cindy Ehresman, lifelong learning program manager.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to experience what the SLL offers: intellectual development, personal growth, cultural exploration and social interaction.”

The SLL fall term begins October 16 and will offer over 25 classes and four Food For Thought events.

Ehresman stated that SLL volunteer have been hard at work developing two new initiatives this year, as well.

“We will encourage members to establish Interest Groups which will gather members with similar interests in a specific subject or hobby together,” said Ehresman. “We will also offer an exciting series of programs called An Evening With . . .

According to Ehresman, the series will feature prominent thought leaders who, through a moderator-led interview, will provide insight into their thoughts on modern events and issues. The first will be held Wednesday, October 11 and will feature Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr.

Additional speakers are currently being booked.

For more information about the SLL Open House and Annual Meeting, visit wku.edu/sll or call 270-745-1912.

Program Contact

Cindy Ehresman
Program Manager, WKU Lifelong Learning
Western Kentucky University Division of Extended Learning and Outreach
270-745-1910
cindy.ehresman@wku.edu

Founded in 2014, the Society for Lifelong Learning is a member driven organization dedicated to offering high quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit educational programs and experiences for adults 50 and over who share a love of learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Society for Lifelong Learning to Host Fall Open House and Annual Meeting

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) Annual Meeting and Open House will be held Sunday, August 27 from 2-4 p.m. at the Knicely Conference Center.

The public is invited to attend, along with SLL members, faculty and staff. Anyone can attend the Annual Meeting at 2 p.m. Coffee and dessert will be served from 2:30-4 p.m., and attendees can meet class instructors, inquire about membership options and pick up information about courses offered during the fall term which begins in mid-October. Course registration and membership enrollment will also be available.

The SLL is a member-driven organization for people 50 & over interested in high-quality, intellectually stimulating, non-credit programs and experiences. Members enjoy access to a vast number of courses each term, ranging from art, music and culture to economics, history and science.

“At Annual Meeting and Open House, people can engage with others 50 & over who have a passion for learning,” said Dr. Cindy Ehresman, lifelong learning program manager.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to experience what the SLL offers: intellectual development, personal growth, cultural exploration and social interaction.”

The SLL fall term begins October 16 and will offer over 25 classes and four Food For Thought events.
Ehresman stated that SLL volunteer have been hard at work developing two new initiatives this year, as well.

“We will encourage members to establish Interest Groups which will gather members with similar interests in a specific subject or hobby together,” said Ehresman. “We will also offer an exciting series of programs called An Evening With . . .”

According to Ehresman, the series will feature prominent thought leaders who, through a moderator-led interview, will provide insight into their thoughts on modern events and issues. The first will be held Wednesday, October 11 and will feature Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr.
Additional speakers are currently being booked.

For more information about the SLL Open House and Annual Meeting, visit wku.edu/sll or call 270-745-1912.

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