What’s new with WKU Online & On Demand this summer?


As summer on campus comes to a close, we’d like to share with you the Summer 2017 newsletter from WKU Online & WKU On Demand.

Here’s what you’ll find in this issue:

  • Faculty Spotlight on engaging students in the online classroom with Dr. Jane Olmsted
  • New resources that will make it easier than ever to work with online learners
  • A guaranteed online pathway for completion of Colonnade
  • A new website/reference guide with downloadable resources. The site, made possible by your contributions, is designed to provide easy access to information that faculty and staff need most when working with online students. Topics range from using financial aid with online and on demand courses to the ins and outs of earning a degree online, and how students can complete Colonnade entirely at a distance.
  • Student spotlight
  • Departmental changes

Access the pdf online by clicking here. Prefer a flip book over pdf? No problem! Access the flip book here.

We’d love to hear from you! Please share your ideas for how we can expand the reference guide, downloadable resources, and/or support for online learners by emailing me at cindy.hawks@wku.edu.


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New Courses Offered through WKU On Demand

WKU On Demand’s unique, self-paced course structure allows us to add new courses to our catalog throughout the semester. We have recently added several exciting new, and newly redesigned classes:

CIT 458, Systems Analysis II, taught by Dr. Mark Revels, covers analysis and design of object-oriented systems. Dr. Revels teaches five other Computer Information Technology classes for WKU On Demand.



AGRI 108, Rural Sociology, is taught by Thomas Kingery.  In this course, students will learn about rural social groups and interaction in rural and suburban America as well as in rural areas of the world. Students will also learn the basic concepts of society and culture and the relationship of rural population, class, social institutions, and groups on rural social change.

PHIL 341, Plato and Aristotle, taught by Dr. Audrey Anton, is the study of primary texts to assess and compare the contributions of Plato and Aristotle and related figures to issues in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and political philosophy. This is the second philosophy course that Dr. Anton is teaching for WKU On Demand; her PHIL 102 course (the Good and the Beautiful) satisfies an Explorations requirement.


MGT 210, Organization and Management, is taught by Dr. Dana Cosby. This course includes both the theory and practical application of management. “Managing into today’s dynamic organizations presents opportunities for success. However, managers will also face the challenge of handling unique problems.” Dr. Cosby’s goal for the class is to help individuals prepare for this environment by focusing on and enhancing communication skills, ethical awareness, and global awareness.

PS 301, Methods of Political Inquiry, taught by Dr. Joel Turner, focuses on the research process, and the understanding and application of scientific research methods for the analysis of political behavior; it also utilizes theoretical and applied skills in research development and analysis using contemporary computer techniques.


Please check out these engaging new classes offered by WKU On Demand. We have more than 125 self-paced classes in more than 25 different subject areas, and as always, you can register for On Demand courses any day, any time, anywhere!

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The Little Big Red story begins

#littlebigredThe Office of Study Away invites you to follow Little Big Red’s adventures throughout America and around the world.

Watch for and share #littlebigred on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

On Facebook, like the page @wkulittlebigred.

Little Big Red connects students and faculty on our Study Away, Faculty-Led Study Abroad, National Student Exchange, and the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad programs.

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Little Big Red in Morocco

Little Bid Red debuted in Morocco with Alesis Thomas on her first study abroad course.


Learn more. 

With the students, Little Big Red will experience new cultures and new places.



Learn more about all these opportunities at Study Away and CCSA.

Share and Like today to keep up with Little Big Red.

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The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad Kicks off the Summer of 2017

The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA) kicked off the 2017 Summer with “Ireland: One Island, Two Countries.”

Students and faculty started the on-site course on May 17 and return to USA on May 31. During the program, students will study across an island divided by a border, but joined in history. The course includes both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

From Dublin, the capital of the Republic, faculty and students will uncover the cultural significance behind Glendalough, Trinity College and places made famous by such writers as James Joyce and Jonathan Swift. Then they will head to Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom), tracking the history of Ireland, ancient and modern, stopping at the magnificent coastal World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway, and visiting locations associated more recently with the Troubles in Belfast and Derry. Then it’s off to the beauty of the mountains, valleys and islands of the West of Ireland where Gaelic and traditional music can still be heard. Together, they will discover the beauty and the tragedy, the history and the hope that define this land still struggling to be united.

Students in Dr. Bruce Pratt’s Agriculture course visit Alltech near Dublin, Ireland

The program includes four faculty, with each teaching their own course: Dr. Maire Blankenship is a WKU Nursing faculty on her second CCSA program; Dr. Barbara Burch from Georgetown College will teach her first English course with CCSA; Dr. Robert Mullaney from EKU will teach= his first occupational therapy course with CCSA; and Dr. Bruce Pratt from EKU will teach agriculture with CCSA for the first time.

Dr. Maire Blankenship’s nursing students at Jeannie Johnston Famine Ship in Dublin, Ireland

Thirty-five student and two non-credit participants will join program director Scott Boyd from MTSU.

Jerry Barnaby, Executive Director of CCSA, said, “The summer 2017 programs offer a unique set of courses taught by intrepid faculty from CCSA member institutions.” He added that CCSA is made up of small and large schools, private and public, but everyone believes in CCSA and the model it offers for so many first-time study abroad students.

CCSA’s twenty-six member institutions are gearing up for the winter 2017-2108 programs in Dublin and London. The summer 2018 catalog will feature a new programs in Ghana and South Africa Scotland, along with the existing programs in Belize, Ireland, Scotland and London.

More information is found at ccsa.cc/programs/summer/2017/Ireland or by calling 1-800-319-6015 or 270-745-4512.

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WKU’s SGA Awards Scholarships to Study Away Students

wku study awayThe Student Government Association (SGA) at WKU has awarded two $300 scholarships to WKU students taking study away courses during Summer Session 2017.

Through continuing support of a Study Away Scholarship, SGA encourages students to expand their learning opportunities off campus. SGA first began offering this scholarship to students taking a Study Away course during Winter Term 2011 and has since sponsored over 64 scholarships, totaling over $7,200.

The Summer 2017 Scholarship recipients are:

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Kennedy Mayo

Kennedy Mayo, a freshman from Lebanon, KY, studying history and social studies.  She said this scholarship enables her to enroll in the new study away course in Hawaii called, “Hawaii Land & Resources.”





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Noah Rudloff

Noah Tyler Rudloff is a Bowling Green sophomore studying Corporate and Organizational Communication. He hopes to someday attend law school and says the course, “Citizen and Self,” centered in Washington D.C., will be right in the heart of what he wants to do with his life.




Study Away Director Jerry Barnaby said that study away courses are an excellent complement to traditional classroom courses, and that scholarships like this help students access these opportunities.

“The SGA scholarship makes a positive impact on students by giving them additional resources to take study away courses,” said Barnaby. “We appreciate the way SGA encourages students to expand their overall academic experience by providing Study Away scholarship opportunities. I encourage other organizations to follow SGA’s lead and develop their own scholarship programs to help students expand their study away opportunities.”

Study Away offers off-campus courses that enable students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom in a practical, hands-on setting. No passport is required for study away courses since they take place within the United States.

Additional information about WKU Study Away is available at wku.edu/studyaway. For information about the SGA Study Away Scholarship, please contact Jerry Barnaby, Director of the Office of Study Away at 270-745-4512.

Study Away is a unit of the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

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Philosophy Students Join Society for Lifelong Learning Members for “Living Like a Stoic” Class

Society for Lifelong Learning (SLL) members recently got to share their classroom with a younger generation and enjoy lively discussions and perspectives on Stoicism, an ancient Hellenistic philosophy that’s widely misunderstood.

For seven weeks during the spring semester, WKU students from Dr. Audrey Anton’s Philosophy 342: Skeptics, Stoics, Epicureans class joined SLL members in the SLL class “Living Like a Stoic.”

“This collaboration provided the opportunity for two generations to learn together and participate in lively discussions about this philosophy and their perspectives on it,” said Dr. Cindy Ehresman, lifelong learning program manager. “SLL members enjoyed learning alongside WKU students who also have a love of learning and are interested in the world around them.”

The unique opportunity provided students and SLL members to discuss their insights on the philosophical views of Stoics.

“This has been a great opportunity for these two generations to work and learn together and Dr. Anton has made it happen. It allows the WKU students to learn about SLL and visa versa. There are more than a dozen in each group making for a lively discussion each week of this seven week course for SLL,” she added. “We hope to work with other WKU faculty in the future to provide opportunities for SLL members learning alongside current WKU students.”

The Society for Lifelong Learning at WKU (SLL) will kick off its spring/summer 2016 term next week with 23 classes and four Food For Thought events. The term begins March 15 and runs through May 5, with additional travel programs in the summer.

Over 120 SLL members have registered for courses, which include several new classes, such as a study of The Civil War from a Kentucky perspective, the world of cyber security and a look at galaxies, black holes, the Big Bang & the fate of our universe. Other new classes include geocaching, a study of presidential elections of the past and a class on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which includes a trip to Louisville to see the nationally recognized production of “Shakespeare Behind Bars.”

The SLL is a membership organization for people 50 and over who value learning for a lifetime. Membership provides access to all SLL classes and events throughout each term. Many classes and events are included in the membership fee – others require a nominal fee to cover materials or other necessary costs.

Visitors are welcome to attend a single class to sample what SLL membership offers. Food For Thought events are also open to the public, allowing everyone to enjoy a light meal together and learn something new from interesting guest speakers.

The Food for Thought schedule includes the following:

  • The Beatles vs. The Stones, presented by Scott Harris, Director of the WKU Department of Music – Wednesday, March 23, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Immigration in Kentucky, presented by Leyda Becker, International Communities Liaison with the City of Bowling Green – Wednesday, April 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Tips for Staying Healthy as We Age, presented by Jae Kim, Certified Health Education Specialist – Wednesday, April 20, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Taking Care of Elvis, presented by Letitia Henley Kirk, Elvis Presley’s private nurse for over 10 years – Wednesday, May 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Most 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 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

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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WKU On Demand & WKU Online Spring into Summer!

Spring is a busy time for all of us, and WKU On Demand & WKU Online have been on-the-go, reaching out to traditional, post-traditional, and potential WKU students.

Nikki Roof and Donna Kasznel represented WKU Online & On Demand at the Jefferson Community & Technical College Online Transfer Fair in March.


President Ransdell addresses the class of 2021.

TOP Information Fairs at the Downing Student Union are a great way to introduce incoming Freshman to WKU On Demand and Online courses, and we love getting the opportunity to meet future Hilltoppers, and connecting with their parents.

Glasgow Veterans learned about what WKU On Demand and Online Learning can do for them at the Glasgow Veteran’s Job Fair at the National Guard Armory on April 12th.

Online’s Wildflower seed cards were a big hit with students, faculty, and staff at WKU’s 2017 Earth Day celebration.

To celebrate Earth Day 2017, WKU-style, Holly Young of WKU Online came up with a geocaching activity that was very popular with the Pokémon Go-loving students on campus. Students followed clues to collect cards from geocaches at three sites on campus during WKU’s Earth Day celebration on April 20th on Centennial Mall.

Nikki, Morgan, & Catie served cotton candy and popcorn to happy WKU students on Centennial Mall

We also held our very popular carnival-themed Summer Registration Kick-off event on April 26th & 27th here on the Bowling Green campus at the Hardin Planetarium and the Centennial Mall. Students got great information about On Demand and Online classes while enjoying some cotton candy and popcorn, made fresh by Catie Yates, Morgan Skaggs, Holly Young and Nikki Roof!

Holly & Morgan (and Donna) *perfected* the art of cotton candy & popcorn making at the Hardin Planetarium



We’re so glad we’ve been able to connect with so many existing and potential students and we look forward to helping them with their On Demand classes this summer.

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Fly Fishing Montana – Summer and Fall 2017

fly fishing montanaREC 480 – Fly Fishing Montana – Travel-based Learning in Recreation & Tourism (3 hrs)

Summer 2017 – High School course

Fall 2017 course plus Sept 18-23 Study Away component.

Join us for a fantastic course designed to teach you the fundamentals of fly fishing. Fly fishing is a lifetime leisure pursuit; treat yourself to some quality instruction to jump start the learning curve.

Please contact Dr. Raymond Poff via e-mail raymond.poff@wku.edu for specific details about these courses.

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Robin Ayers brings Western Spirit to On Demand Algebra & Trig

Math Professor Robin Ayers’ office is a visual testament to her passion for her students. Her walls are festooned with mementos and artifacts, newspaper clippings and autographed red towels, collected over her 26 years of teaching college math, each one celebrating a relationship with a cherished student. After speaking with Professor Ayers, it quickly becomes clear that she cherishes ALL of her students.

At WKU’s 2015 Convocation, President Gary Ransdell honored Professor Ayers with the 14th Annual “Spirit of Western Award”. President Ransdell recognized Ms. Ayers’ enthusiasm and passion and that she “never fails to go over-the-top for all things WKU. The pride and commitment she has for WKU shows in her face, in her voice, in her classroom, and in her office.”

When designing her self-paced, online sections of Math 116 (College Algebra) and Math 117 (Trigonometry) for WKU On Demand, Professor Ayers’ goal was to make her web classes as close to the face-to-face classroom experience as possible. To do this, she took on the Herculean task of recording instructional videos for every single section of the class. There are more than 30 videos in both the On Demand  College Algebra course and in On Demand Trigonometry; Professor Ayers works out every problem with the student in each video. She also asked her son, a current WKU student, for advice on how to make her online classes more accessible.

Professor Ayers was guided by the Instructional Design team in Distance Learning to help her structure her classes for On Demand. Instructional Designer Alicia Pennington said, “Robin knew what she wanted to cover. We just helped her reorganize her content so that it is not overwhelming; consistency is the key.” Alicia has also observed Professor Ayers interacting with her students, “She is so caring and collegial; she has worked very hard to make her Blackboard class friendly to online students.”

Professor Ayers understands that students struggle with many different obstacles, from learning disabilities related to autism, to the challenges facing student athletes, or even institutional biases that might affect expectations for some students. Back when student Robin Ayers arrived at Western as a freshman, she met with some resistance when she attempted to register for Calculus. After she received the message that she might be better off taking something ‘easier’, she resolved to major in Mathematics and went on to become the first woman of color to earn a BS in Mathematics from WKU. Her determination and her passion for helping students to succeed is evident in the two Math classes that she has designed for WKU On Demand.

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Summer Early Entry Helps Students Be Ready for First Year of College

College courses like English and math have minimum ACT requirement before students can enroll in them. When students’ ACT scores fall below the minimum, students can complete developmental courses to qualify them for enrollment in their required English and math courses. Summer Early Entry (SEE) allows students to complete developmental courses during the summer so they are fully prepared to take courses in the fall.

SEE is a 5-week program where students live on campus, meet with tutors and take developmental math and/or English courses, including Math 096 or Eng 055. They can also complete a university experience course (UCC 175) and Math 109 for credit. SEE students get to know WKU faculty and staff, as well as other students through social activities and events.

Developmental Courses are required for any student with ACT scores below 16 in English or below 20 in Math.

Developmental courses are important to preparing students for their English and math coursework. By taking them through Summer Early Entry, students have everything they need to successfully start coursework in the fall.

In addition to completing their developmental courses, students are introduced to resources they need to be successful college students, including hands-on support like tutoring, access to computer labs, programming and weekly meetings with peer mentors to help them meet Cornerstone requirements.

SEE students experience all aspects of college life and learn skills to help them effectively transition into college.

The program fee includes 6-7 hours of tuition, campus housing, meal plans, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and social activities/events.

Program dates are July 10-August 10, and applications are available online at wku.edu/see/app.php. Financial aid, housing and meal plans are also available. For more information, visit wku.edu/see.

Carlous Yates
Director of Student Support Programs

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