Congratulations to Tabatha Phillips!

The National College Testing Association (NCTA) has recognized Tabatha Phillips, Testing Centers Coordinator, as a recipient of the 2014 Service Recognition Award.  Tabatha has extended her service to the organization in many capacities including chair of the Ad Hoc Distance Learning Committee and member of both the Strategic Planning and Technical Services Committees.  Tabatha has generously donated her time and expertise to contribute to the mission of NCTA and the award is well-deserved.


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Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium

flsa-delo-logo150Students and Faculty who have engaged in academic activity outside their campus are eligible to present as individuals or as groups in the Kentucky Study Abroad Symposium. The Symposium is open to students at any post-secondary institution who have studied abroad (outside the USA) or studied away (domestic or US territories) during a term beginning from the Fall of 2012 through Winter 2015. Students must be nominated by a Faculty Symposium Advisor or Sponsor who will work with the student on their presentation and abstract.

The goal of the symposium is to extract from students’ examples of how the role of international and off-campus domestic academic experiences enhances student learning.

Learn more

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WKU hosts CCSA

ccsa logo blue and blueWKU hosts The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad board meeting this weekend.  This will be WKU’s first board meeting as the host institution.

Knicely Center — here we come!

Welcome CCSA!


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Office of Study Away – We’ve moved.

wku study awayThe Office of Study Away is a unit of Extended Learning & Outreach.  The office manages Study Away, American Traveler, and Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs, along with the National Student Exchange.

We partner with faculty and academic departments to develop and administer innovative learning opportunities within the US and around the world.

New Location — The Office of Study Away is now located in Tate Page Hall 104.  Our team includes Rebecca Schwartz, Study Away coordinator, and Erin Greunke, Faculty-Led Study Abroad coordinator, who last year supported faculty and over 640 participants in 60 study abroad and study away programs.

ccsa logo blue and blueCCSA – The Cooperative Center for Study Abroad – WKU is now the host institution for CCSA.  CCSA is a study abroad consortium that administers programs in  English-speaking countries for our 23 member campuses.  WKU is a founding member, so this is somewhat of a homecoming for CCSA.  Here is link… .

With this move to WKU, three CCSA staff members join us in the Study Away office.  Robin Byerly is the program coordinator and has been with CCSA for many years.  Robert Bedard joins CCSA as the Accounts Coordinator.  Dave Nelson joins CCSA as the data specialist.  While the CCSA team works exclusively on CCSA programs, we hope to build connections between our WKU programs and CCSA in areas such as professional development and training from which all program leaders will benefit.


flsa-delo-logo150With CCSA, FLSA National Student Exchange and Study Away all under one roof, we are better able to respond to specific academic needs and interests.

WKU NSE logoThe Next Steps – Our team is ready to partner with all areas of campus to create learning opportunities that challenge our students to part of leading American university with international reach.

We look forward to a great 2014-2015 academic year.


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DL Testing Centers Receives National Recognition

The WKU Distance Learning (DL) Testing Centers worked diligently this year to become nationally certified through the National College Testing Association (NCTA).  The process took almost a year to complete and we were awarded certification in June.

I want to thank the DL Testing Centers’ staff for working so hard on this endeavor and send special thanks to Lisa Epley, Testing Specialist, for being the lead contact with NCTA on the project.

If you would like to read more, please visit this link:



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29 WKU students to participate in Texas Sport Facility Symposium

wku study awayWKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport has partnered with the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach’s (DELO) Study Away office and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) to offer the Texas Sport Facility Symposium, a summer seminar Aug. 7-15 in Dallas, Texas.


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Convergence 2014 Call for Proposals

A reminder abUnknownout this statewide conference and the call for proposals. Kentucky Convergence is November 13-14 in Louisville, and the deadline for proposals is August 29.

This statewide conference brings professionals in information technology, online learning, and libraries together for an interesting exchange. I know many of you have exciting things going on you could share or encourage faculty you are working with to share. It is always an interesting experience!

Here are more details from the conference leaders:
Call for Proposals
for the
2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference

A premier event for higher education professionals across the state of Kentucky.
The Kentucky Convergence Conference annually brings together professionals in information technology, online learning, and information professionals from the public and private colleges and universities in Kentucky.

November 13 & 14, 2014
University of Louisville
Shelby Campus

Proposals due Monday, August 29, 2014

The theme for the 2014 conference is Back to the Future: Together, Toward, Tomorrow. The committee is seeking innovative, creative proposals that will engage, educate, and inspire those in attendance. Sessions at the 2014 Kentucky Convergence Conference will focus on innovations in instructional technology, best practices for higher education technology support, current issues for information professionals, shared concerns for Kentucky institutions, and advances in online learning and instructional design. Some ideas are given here, but they are meant only to stimulate your creative juices, not to limit what is submitted.

All conference sessions will last 50 minutes. The committee will entertain proposals for several types of sessions:

1. Presentation session – a presentation by one or more presenters with time left at the end for questions.
2. Workshop/Interactive session – one or more persons give a hands-on workshop that allows attendees to be actively involved in experiencing what is being described.
3. Panel session – generally three or four people form a panel to discuss a topic. There is usually a moderator. Panelists can do very short (2-3 minute) presentations to jump start the discussion. Examples of panel sessions include: campus upgrades, disaster recovery, instructional design, etc.
4. Roundtable discussion – generally one person (sometimes two) facilitates a roundtable discussion on a particular topic; there may be a brief presentation to start the conversation. Examples of Roundtable topics include: Supporting browsers, Administrator rights on user machines, Centralized vs Distributed IT Support, etc.

To submit a proposal, go to:

You will be asked to provide the following:

· Type of Session
· Presenter and co-presenter information – Name, institution, email, address for each presenter plus a phone number for the first presenter
· Session Title – 10 words or less (Consider something catchy that will be attractive to the potential audience.)
· Abstract as it will appear in the program – 100 words or less
· Description (not required for Roundtable discussions)- Please provide a description or outline of your session in 500 words or less. Please include what attendees will take away from your session. If applicable, list any handouts, resources, templates, etc. that audience members will have access to after your session.
· Message to Program Committee – optional

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Upcoming National Presentations

We have some exciting news to share regarding the 2014 Online Learning Consortium International Conference (formerly Sloan-C). Cindy Troutman, Program Manager for WKU Online and Tanja Bibbs, Assistant Director of Distance Learning, will present a 35 minute session on building student support services. The presentation will focus on creating services from the ground up through needs assessment and campus partnerships. The Conference will be in Orlando, FL, October 29-31.

This opportunity is closely followed by a presentation at the 2014 WCET Conference where Cindy will be part of a panel presentation on the use of technology to support student success. The Conference will be held in Portland, OR, November 19-21.

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End of Summer Update: Online Program Services

I hope you all have had a terrific summer! It’s quickly coming to a close, and it has been the busiest of record for us!

There are a few exciting updates that I’d like to share:

WKU now has 80 online programs – 10 of which have been added this summer! The programs include minor areas of study, undergraduate certificates, associate degrees, bachelor degrees (100% online and completion), graduate certificates and master degrees. The selection is broad, offering each of our students the opportunity to pursue their interests in a way that fits their life.

To go along with the new programs, we continue to expand support for WKU’s distance learners. We have recently added the Road to Success webinar series, expanded library support services, transitioned our quarterly student newsletter to WordPress, and this fall we will launch an Online Presentation Coaching program. The Presentation Coaching program is led by Communication Professor, Dr. Donna Schiess, and includes tips for lighting, dress, video upload, troubleshooting, and offers students the opportunity to upload their project for critique. Students can access these services, and many more, with a single-click through the Student Resource Portal.

Stay tuned as we add these new services and programs to our website!


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Toppers at Sea – Recognized for service learning

toppers at sea logoThe Toppers at Sea – Climate Change Challenge – was recognized by the $100 Solution ™ for outstanding service.

Hosted by the WKU ALIVE Center, the national training center for THDS ™, the Toppers at Sea faculty-led study abroad program implemented five $100 Solution ™ projects during the summer 2014 voyage on board the MV Explorer.

Learn about the $100 Solution and the WKU ALIVE Center initiatives here.

Learn more about the Toppers at Sea program here.

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