Roadmap for Success as a Global Campus Student

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Roadmap for Success as a Global Campus Student

Hello, everyone, and welcome to
Roadmap for Success as a Global Campus Student. My name is Kaitlin Hennessy. I’m the program coordinator
over at Global Connections, and we also have Hollye
joining us this evening. HOLLYE MORALES: Hi, everyone. I’m Hollye Morales. I am a human development
major at Global Campus as well as a student ambassador
for Global Connections. KAITLIN HENNESSY: And as we’re
getting started for tonight, as many of you are
already doing, please feel free to use the chat
box to ask questions, let us know if you have
any technical difficulties, or to add to the content if you
have any tips that are helpful. Also as we’re
jumping in, we just want to go over what
we’re doing here today. And the purpose
of today is really to show the commonly used
websites, applications, and programs that are available
for Global Campus students. And the goal of
this is to save you time looking for these
websites and also so you start out with a running
start knowing everything that’s available to you. So some things we’re going
over are my.WSU, Blackboard, some basic troubleshooting
tips, the library services, as well as email,
CougSync, which houses most of the Student
involvement opportunities, core career counselors,
what Global Connections is, and then Hollye’s
going to wrap it up with some top tips
for online students. So I thank you all
so much for coming, and I’m going to turn
it over to Hollye. HOLLYE MORALES: Great. Thank you, Kaitlin. All right, standby as I go
ahead and share my screen here. And we’ll get started
on the my.WSU homepage. And I’ll put that link
in the chat box now. So this is a page that hopefully
most of you are familiar with. When you log in with your
user ID, which is typically your first name
dot your last name, you’ll open up to
this page here. And this is typically
where we access all of our important
student web pages. So we have Blackboard and our
email and our student center, financial aid information,
all of that stuff. And as a new student and
even as a returning student, it can be kind of
overwhelming to log in into this page, because
there are so many links. So I just want to cover a few
links that you’ll probably use most and just show you
where they are, then point out a few helpful things
with student center, then we’ll wrap up with
some troubleshooting tips. So the first thing
I want to show you is just your typical
links that are going to be shown here on the
right side of your screen. So as you can see, it’s
written in right here it says student links. And the first one
that I want you to see is where blackboard is. It’s the second one
down from the top. You can also take note that
the academic calendar can be found here, and that’s
helpful as an online student just to know when that
your teachers might not be in an office, because
maybe it’s Thanksgiving break. Maybe you want to know when the
last day of the semester is. All of those dates
are going to be found on an academic calendar. So it’s really helpful to have
that link and know where it is. So we’ll scroll a
little bit further down, and the next thing
that I want to show you is your Office 365 email link. And this is a really
important link, because this is where all of the
correspondence from Washington State University is
going to be sent to you. So any e-mails,
newsletters, announcements from your instructors,
all of that is typically going to
go to your WSU email. Kaitlin will go into
the email a little bit later on this evening,
but for right now I just want to point out to you
that this is where the link is about halfway down your screen. So if you scroll
down further on, I want to point out where you’re
advising information is found. So if your at the very top
of your my.WSU homepage, you scroll about
halfway down and now you can see this is my advisor page. Like I said, I’m a
human development major, and so Catherine Miller
happens to be my advisor. Of course,
everybody’s advisor is going to be different
based on your major. But just make sure,
especially as a new student, that you’re emailing your
advisor early and often. I can’t stress
enough how important it is to keep that line
of communication open, not only to make sure
you’re graduating on time, but to make sure that
you don’t miss any steps on the way to graduation. So as you can see here, this
box has basic information, phone number, email. This is actually a link,
so if you click on it, it will actually auto populate
into your Office 365 email. So it’ll be easy peasy. It sends off your
question, and then she usually gets back to
you within a couple days. And the final thing that I
want to show you on this page is proctored exams. Now as an online student,
one of the questions that most people
have is, well, how am I going to take
tests, because nobody’s keeping me accountable? Well, that’s what our proctoring
service is available for. So for those of you
who aren’t familiar, the proctored exams
are simply exams taken from the comfort of your
home, the library, Starbucks, wherever you feel comfortable,
and the Proctor will watch you through your webcam. So at the beginning of
your proctored exam, you’ll go through
a series of checks with your proctor, which
looks like taking a mirror and showing your keyboard,
showing the space around you, double checking what
materials you have. The proctor will have
the list of the materials that your instructor
has OKed for your exam. And so they’ll double
check, and they’ll let you know what you can and
can’t have during the exam. And finally, the proctor
helps you log in and log out of the exam and make
sure that everything gets submitted properly. The one tip that I
have on proctored exams is to ensure that you have your
Cougar card, because they will ask you to hold
it up to your chin to verify your ID for the test. So if you haven’t ordered
your Cougar card yet, I highly suggest that you
get that started just so you have it when the time comes. And another helpful tip
is to have a mirror handy, and usually rather large or
handheld cosmetic mirror is the best, because then it
gives more space in the webcam, so that you can
show your keyboard, because that will be
a requirement to get started with your proctor exam. So as you can see
on my page here, I have one proctored
exam this semester. And so I can look here and
I can see, OK, in psych 350, the third exam is
going to be proctored. So now I know in
the back of my head I need to pay attention to
when that exam is coming up so that I can get it scheduled. That information is going to be
found within your course space in Blackboard. So it’s really
important to make sure that you’re reading the syllabus
and the course schedules to know when that exam
needs to be scheduled. So when the time comes that you
do want to schedule an exam, you come right up here back to
the Global Campus quick links, and you click on
proctored exam info, and then that will house all of
your links to actually schedule your proctored exam. But just keep in mind
that the exams do need to be taken within
a certain window of time. So make sure that you’re
getting the information from your core space
from your instructor, and then scheduling
your proctored exam. So with that being
said, we’re going to go on to the next
section of my.WSU, which is our student center
which is found here at the top middle of your page. And it’s really important
to differentiate between the student
center and the my.WSU, so that you know where
to find information quicker than searching
around both pages. So the way that I like to
relate it is my.WSU page is going to house all of
the general information that all online students
are going to need. So it’s going to be
completely general. So it’s all of your calendars,
your deadlines, your links, everything that other
students will need to. That is found on
the my.WSU page. If you log in and you need
something more specific, like maybe you want to
check on your financial aid, that’s going to be found
in the student center. So just remember
any information that only pertains to you as an
individual is going to be found in the student center. So from there, this red font
here is actually a link, so you just go ahead
and click on this. And I actually have it open
in a separate tab over here. So when you open up the student
center, as you can see already my personalized
information is showing. So I have my class schedule. So if you’re ever wondering
what your classes are, maybe what the
name of a class is, you can find it in
this section here. So what I really like
about the class schedule is that not only can you
see it at a glance and what class numbers you’re
taking, or course numbers, but you can click
this icon here, and you’ll open up into the
information about the class itself. So now I can see, OK, HD341
is Guidance in Early Childhood Programs. I had forgotten
what the name is. I can now see when
my class starts, and my class ends, and all
of the important dates that follow. One little tip
about Student Center is that if you click the
Back button from here, it will actually take you all
the way back to the My.WSU Home Page instead of the
page we were just at. So just be mindful that when
you’re on the Student Center, just scroll down, and these
links will be seen here, Return to Student Center. And that will take you back to
the page that you were just on. So a little bit
further down, you can see we have our Finance box. And this is where you’re
going to find all finance information, so you’re
financially aid, your tuition. Regardless of whether
you’re doing cash payments or financial aid
payments, it’s all going to be found in this
financial aid section. You’re not going to have to
go to two different places. So as you can see, all of
the financial aid information that applies to
you will be found on the left on these links. This is where you can accept
and decline your awards, right here. You can view your financial aid. And if you’re
wondering when you’re financially is going to
come in, maybe you’re waiting on a report
to come back, you can click this link,
View Award Activity, and it will show
you what activity has happened on your account. I kind of like to think of it
as if I’m tracking a package. It will show all
the different places that your financial aid is
going through, so [? it’s helpful ?]. And if you are needing
to make a cash payment, and you can see, from this link
here, it says Make a Payment. This is also where
you pay your tuition. Many of us have already
had our tuition paid, just because school has already
started for this semester. But if we did have
charges on our accounts, it would auto populate
in this box here. But as you can see, it says
I have no outstanding charges at this time. So one last thing that I want to
show you on the Student Center is where you can find
information about holds. And what a hold is something
that the university puts on your account to say,
hold on, this person needs to complete
this requirement before they can register. So as you can imagine,
it’s really important to make sure that all of
your holds are cleared out, so that when your
registration time comes open, you can register. Otherwise, you
might lose a class and that could just throw off
your entire graduation date. So those holds are found here on
the right side of your screen, in this very top
box that says Holds. The hold that you can see here
says Current Student FASFA Deadline. What this is, is it’s
a general hold that’s thrown out on all the student
accounts, just to say, hey, registration is coming up. If you don’t have
your FAFSA in line, make sure that you get it
in line before you register. It’s just a general reminder. It’s not a hold that’s going to
prevent you from registering. However, if you
are a new student, and you haven’t reached
junior status yet– so an example of
something that you might find as a
hold on your account would be the junior
writing portfolio. Because that is
something that you have to have
completed before you can register for
your junior classes. I believe you have the fall
semester of your junior year, and then you can’t
register for spring. So you do have a little
bit of time, but not much. So that hold would
show up in this box, for example, saying Junior
Writing Portfolio Hold, and then you would have
to work with your advisor and get that writing
portfolio completed. And then that hold
would be taken off and you’d be able
to the register. So it’s really important to
be mindful of these holds over here on this side. So now we’re going
to go back to My.WSU. and we’re going to take a look
really quickly at Blackboard. To get to Blackboard, you can
go ahead and click this link, and it will take you to
the Blackboard Login Page. And this is a page
I wanted to show because for the students
who are returning, this is a little bit different. So it does say sign in with
at third-party account, but we don’t want to
do that, because we want to use our WSU user ID. So you just pull the
dropdown menu and select WSU. And then it’ll ask you
to put in your user ID, which I will do now. And then you can go ahead
and login to the Blackboard. And so now it’s going to
open up into the Home Page. And like I said before, with
My.WSU, hopefully, some of you have already logged in. You’re already kind
of familiar with this. But I just want to show you just
a few little things that you may have missed. So most obviously
is your courses. You can see here
under My Course space, you can see the four courses
that I’m personally enrolled. This is where you would find all
of your specific course spaces by just clicking on the course. But again, hopefully
you’ve already logged in and done that. The one thing that
I want to point out, that I didn’t know as
a incoming student, is that this announcement
section here is not just for instructors. So any time that Blackboard is
having technical difficulties or anticipates a
system update, they’re going to announce that
information in this section. So just make sure
that when you login, you quickly glance to make sure
there’s nothing from Blackboard that you need to make note of. Because they will post something
along the lines of scheduled system update happening
tomorrow between the hours of 2:00 AM and 7:00 AM. And that can affect
some students who are studying before work. So just make sure you’re
keeping mindful that, so that you see if there’s
an announcement that you need to pay attention to you. Because if you have
logged into your courses, these announcements do show up
on your specific courses too. So I have come across
a few students who kind of bypass these
announcements, staying within their course space. And finally, if you
to log into Blackboard and you’re having trouble with
the technical side of things, you can come over to that
browser issues section, and you can click on that
link, Internet Explorer Browser Support Page, and
this will take you to the tech help of
Blackboard, in case you need it once you get into Blackboard. So that being said, we’re going
to go back over to My.WSU, and the last thing I want
to cover is troubleshooting. So that link that’s
in Blackboard is great if you can
login to Blackboard. But what do you do
if you can’t log in? So I have been a student at WSU
for a little over a year now. So I’ve had some
technical issues that I’ve had to email
into the help desk for. And I want to share a
few little tips they’ve given me to avoid having to
get those email threads going for you, so you can get into
your class a little bit sooner. So the first thing that the
tech desk shared with me is to simply clear
your browsing history, because when you’re browsing and
you have all of your browsing history piled up,
cookies pile up as well, and those cookies prevent
our user ID from being able to access Blackboard. So the first thing
you want to do is just go ahead and
clear those cookies out. And from then, you don’t
even have to refresh. You can just go in
and try to login. However, if that
doesn’t work for you, the second thing to
try after getting rid of your browsing history,
would be to go ahead and refresh the page. And if those two things
together don’t work, I would suggest deleting
your browsing history, refreshing the page,
closing your browser and opening a new one. If that doesn’t
work, at that point, something is
probably wrong deeper within the system
than just cookies, and so you would need to contact
the tech desk at that point. However, in all
of my experience, those usually solve the problem. But if it doesn’t, I’m going
to wrap up here in a moment, and I’ll put the link to the
WSU tech help in the chat box. And if you have any questions,
I will be on the chat box while Kaitlin presents
our next portion here. KAITLIN HENNESSY:
So first, we’re going to jump into
WSU Libraries. As a Global Campus student,
you have full access to the library system. But then he also have some
special services for you, since you’re a distant student. And when you’re first
familiarizing yourself with the libraries,
I recommend once you get to the main library page,
which is at, or you can access it
through your My.WSU account, is just to go down to
the services section and select for Global
Campus Students. Here you can find a lot of
general information, tutorials, which are helpful
if you’re brand new, as well as media
access, articles access, a lot of how to do things. Also, a stellar resource is
found under research tips, and it’s actually our
Global Campus Library liaison, Erica England. And she is here to
help you with anything from if you’re having
trouble finding an article, or you’re not sure
which database to use for your
project, or let’s say you have a really
big paper coming up and you need some help
identifying key search terms. Whatever your
library question is, Erica is totally here to help. So you can just shoot her an
email, selecting this button. And it auto populates with the
email, [email protected] Or, let’s say you want
a little bit of a more one-on-one experience
or think you need more help than you really want type
out in an email, that’s OK too. You just go back to WSU
Libraries, the Main page. Go to services, but this time,
in the far left-hand bar, scroll down to Ask Us. Scroll down to Book a Librarian. Select this link, and you fill
out this really short form, your name, email,
virtual, unless you have plans to come to Pullman. And then you can do that over
the phone, or Skype, whatever your preferences is. And then you can even input
your preferred days and times. And again, this
could be anything. They have some
suggestions up here, building citations,
finding resources, whatever your library questions are. And then we’re going to
head back over our Main page for Libraries. We’ll go back to the Main page
and then For Global Campus Students. And another really
neat resource they have is free home delivery
of books and media. So anything that
someone on campus could check out from a
library, you can ask well, whether that’s books, or bound
articles, videos, disks, CDs, it doesn’t matter. If it’s available to check
out for an on-campus student, it is for you as well. If you’d like to explore that
more, you just select this. And also, I’d like
to let you know we have an Introduction to WSU
Libraries for Global Campus Students coming up
with Erica England. And that will be on
September 6th at 6:30 PM. And she’s going to go way more
into the nitty-gritty of how to find the data bases, what
are your research tools, commonly asked questions,
methods to get help. And that will be great
from her perspective. And you can ask for
any questions or issues that you’re running
up against now. Of course, if anything
comes up in the meantime, you’re welcome to reach
out to her earlier. And, if you have any
question, pop them into the chat box at any point. Next we’re going go
to over to our mail. And you all have probably
used your WSU email, and we just want to point
out a couple things about it. This is the primary way that
WSU communicates with you. So it’s a really good idea
to check it every time that you log into
your class space or that you’re doing your
course work for the day. And primary communications
that comes through are the WSU newsletter,
for Global Campus students, which looks like this. And this is an example
of our latest one. And oftentimes, it will go over
important academic deadlines, or things coming up, so the fall
courses opening, online events, if we have any
position openings, so student ambassadors we’re
hiring for right now, if there’s any known
Blackboard outages. Important academic
deadlines are always found in the right-hand
side, under the Stay Up to Date section, or news
from your student government, scholarship information. So this is a great thing
just to pull open and peruse, even if it’s just really
fast, to get a firm idea on everything
that’s available to you. You’ll also find newsletters
from other organizations, like the Alumni Association,
or the athletics. And communications
from your advisors, which are really
important for setting up meetings or reminders,
as well as unfortunately, we all get spam. And this does happen, but
a great way to deal with it is to forward it
to [email protected] So this is just
an example of one, where it says your storage
limit is coming up, and something terrible
is going to happen unless you click here now. You just forward that
on to [email protected] And that’s helpful
for two reasons. One, it lets our IT people know
that a new spam is coming up. And also, if there
is anyone’s account that has been compromised, it
helps them get help earlier. And another thing that’s helpful
is you can always add folders. So if you want to keep
track of communications from your advisors, or
webinar registrations, or anything like that,
that’s a really helpful tool to keep in the
back of your head. And I want to check the
chat box real quick to see if we have many questions. Oh, it’s hard to
check so many emails. That’s true, we all have
a ton of email accounts Ricky Excellent, so I want to
jump back into everything. And we’re going to go
into our Work Sync next. For us it’s called Coug Sync. And this is really the
hub of student involvement opportunities. When you log in, you’ll see
Washington State University Global Campus. This middle area populates
with whatever organizations you have joined or what
you’re interested in. And the first one we want to
showcase is Wellbeing Online. And Wellbeing
Online is a program for Global Campus students
that provides fitness webinars. It has a weekly
workout that they publish on their website,, as well as nutrition tips, and a really
great reimbursement program that Hollye’s going to tell
you a little bit more about. HOLLYE MORALES: Perfect,
thank you, Kaitlin. The gym reimbursement program
is a really great thing that we have as online
students to help us keep healthy and
active, among all of the other
responsibilities that we have as online students, whether
it be work, kids, school, everything. So a few things that keep coming
up as questions from students for the gym
reimbursement program are things that I want to
go over for you so that you don’t have those questions. So the first thing that
I want to highlight is that the gym reimbursement
program covers gym fees up to $100 per semester. Anna thinks that’s very cool. And it is very cool. So the first thing
is that gym fees are classified as fees accrued
from traditional gyms, fitness studios, or private gyms. So a traditional
gym is going to be a place like 24 Hour Fitness,
LA Fitness, or Thrive Fitness in the Seattle area. A fitness studio
is going to be more along the lines of a Pilates
studio or a yoga studio. And finally, a
private gym is going to look more like the
CrossFit gyms that have popped up more and more. The fees that we can’t cover
under the gym reimbursement program are going
to be fees that you accrue past your monthly
membership costs. So that would look
like fees that you might pay for personal
training or fees that you might pay
for child care. So for example, if you pay
$20 a month for LA Fitness, and then $10 a month for
your personal training, and $5 a month for
your child care, we can only accept
the $20 per month as your reimbursement cost. So with that being said– and yes, Ricky, we’re going
to go over that in a minute– with that being said,
one caveat to the program is that unfortunately we
can’t accept paper receipts. So you need to either
have an email receipt that you can download and
submit or have the ability to scan that receipt in. So when you have your
receipts ready to go, the next thing that
I want to highlight is what you see
in red here, where it says submission
deadline is November 15th. So why this is important
is because even if you turn in your
reimbursement program today, you won’t hear anything back
until the week after November 15th. So it’s just kind
of something to have in the back of
your mind, or maybe write down on your
planner, that OK, I know that I haven’t
heard anything back, but I don’t need to resubmit. It’s just that all
of the applications are seen together, as opposed
to one by one as they come in, for fairness,
and just to make sure that everybody gets what
they need to get and get their applications read. So from there, when you’re
all ready with receipts, you can click the green
bar that says Begin Form. And again, you can turn
this in at any point during the semester as long
as it’s before November 15th. And in the form,
they’re just going to ask you a few simple
things, your user ID, which is going to be the student ID
number that you were given when you registered for WSU, your
first name, your last name, your address. And then, in addition
to the gym membership, we do require that you complete
three additional healthy habits per semester. And we ask that you
define each of them, and write about a paragraph
telling us why they are a healthy habit for you. So what that looks
like is anything that you see as something
that you do regularly that adds health to your life. That could be maybe a
dance class that you go to, or a cooking class
that you took, or a cookbook that you
bought, and it’s something you cook out of all the time. You don’t get reimbursed
for your healthy habits, but we do require that you
participate in healthy habits. So that means that
they don’t necessarily have to be something
you pay for, they just have to be something
that contribute to your overall health. So that’s something to keep
in the back of your mind too. So make sure you set
aside about 10, 15 minutes to actually write that portion
of the reimbursement program form out. And if you have any further
questions about this program, Ramon who is the manager of
the gym reimbursement program is super friendly, and will
answer any questions you have. His email can be
seen here in blue. And the phone number
that you can reach him at is also at the end right
above the Begin Form bar. So if you have any questions
on Wellbeing Online, I’m going to pop
into the chat box, and I’m going to let
Kaitlin take it back over. KAITLIN HENNESSY:
All right, everyone, next we’re going to check out
the student government, which is ASWSUG, and all the
awesome programs that they have to offer. So if we’re back
at her Home Page, you go over to a ASWSU Global. And they have things
like face to face events. For example, we just went
to Rendezoo in mid-August. And Global Campus students
could come out, meet each other, bring their families. We had a resource fair
and a great lunch. And they do those periodically
throughout the year, and just an opportunity to meet folks
and to enjoy each other. And in the chat box,
I see Ricky mentioning that her and Michelle are
both members of the student government. So if you have any specific
questions, please ask them. Let’s say you want get
involved more with your student government, they also have
student involvement committee meetings, technology committee
meetings, and student resource committee meetings that
anyone is able to go to. So you don’t even have to be
necessarily in the Senate. And Ricky mentions
that you can email them questions, at
[email protected], and also [email protected] Additionally, they have some
awesome reimbursement programs that we just want to
highlight quickly, and you can explore more later. So if you’re at your portal
for the student government, you head over to Forms. And the first one is the
graduation cap and gown reimbursement. This one’s not open yet. It will open closer
to actual graduation. And let’s say you want to
walk at Pullman as you’re ready to graduate,
which anyone can do, and we have a good
handful of students that do it each semester,
you can get a payment back for your cap and gown. All you have to do is
submit your receipt, prove that you’re eligible to
graduate, and a short essay of 500 words or less. And on that note,
at graduation they also arrange a really
great event the night before commencement in Pullman,
where all the Global Campus students get together. They bring their families. We have a dinner. And they say a few words. Also, let’s say you
can’t make it over to the east side of
Washington for that. That’s OK too,
because they often do a reception for Global Campus
graduates in Seattle area too. Next, they also do you the child
care reimbursement program. And let’s say that you
need some time just to study by yourself,
no distractions, or you’re working on
a really big project, this is an awesome way to get
some alone time to do that. You can get up to $400
per semester reimbursed, if you’re a full time
student, and $200 if you’re a part-time student. And you can see all the
qualifications and requirements down here. And this will also be
opening up a little bit later in the semester,
September 8th. And the final one
we’d like to highlight is a travel grant reimbursement. And this is excellent
for, let’s say, you want to go to a leadership
event, or a leadership conference, or at a conference
that has to do with your major. These are all opportunities
that could be applied for to get the reimbursement. And the reimbursement is good
for lodging, transportation, and registration, just not food. And a quick clarification
on this is that these fees cannot– or this reimbursement
cannot go towards things that are required academic work. And by that, I mean let’s say
you’re in a sociology class and you have to
do an ethnography. So you have to go around
interviewing people in your city. Since that’s part of
a four credit class, and that’s part of the work
you have to do for that credit, then that’s not eligible. But a lot of other
things that have to do with continuing
education or learning more about your field are eligible. So read through this and
check it out further. Next, we’re going to go
back over to our Main page, and head over to Center
for Civic Engagement. And the Center for
Civic Engagement offers a collection of
volunteer opportunities and these can be
ones that you want to do just for your
own sake or you might be in a service learning
class where it is required. They provide two
great options that are searchable to find
opportunities in your hometown. The first, if we scroll
down a little bit, is under Service Opportunities. And you can search here
either by location, or if you know a
certain event, by date, or if you want to be one
time, repeating or ongoing. And then also, and this is
my preferred one, personally, is the community partner map. And this one gives
you a more visual way to see everywhere
that there’s options. If you make it
really searchable, you click to view larger map. And you can either search it
by types of opportunities. So let’s say you really
love working with education and the environment,
then you would just leave those two selected. Or you can search this way, by
typing in a city or an area. And as we’re getting
back over to that page, you can also find your record
of civic engagement, which is really important if
you do have a required service learning, or you have
to prove your volunteer service hours, you can find
that on the main page. And then finally, they also
do you contest and activities surrounding volunteering. For example, around
Earth Day they had a contest where if you
submitted a photo of yourself at your volunteer project
during the week of Earth Week, you were put in a raffle
to receive a bicycle. So just keep an eye
out in the newsletter, as well as their
Coug Sync portal for information about that. And now that we’re
Coug Sync, I’m going to jump over
to see where you can meet our career counselor. You go over to the website, and you select WSU Online
Degrees, Current Students, Student Services on
the right hand side, and then Career Counseling. And this is Chris Miller. And by career
counseling, it really could be anything under
the umbrella of career. Let’s say you need some
help on your resume, or you’re getting
ready to graduate, and you need to tune up
your interview skills. Or you’re starting, you
really love your major, but you don’t know what
you’re going to do with it. He can help you with all those
questions and a lot more. All you have to
do is, if you want to set up a meeting with
him, is get career advice. And, oh, that page doesn’t
seem to– it’s down right now. It was up early this morning. It must be a little glitch. But if you select
that page, I promise that it will go to a really
simple form that asks you for your name, student ID, and
what you are curious about. Or you can also just
email Chris directly, which is right here
at [email protected]du, and you can schedule a
full-session meeting, or a short, 50-minute
mini-advising meeting. So those are great. If you’re not really quite sure
how a career counselor can help you, or you just want to
meet him and test the water to discuss what would be
helpful, those are excellent. Finally, Chris also
maintains a career blog. And I really like
his blog because it covers a big range of things,
from virtual internships, to webinars coming up, or
online networking opportunities, or career fairs around
the State of Washington. And all his blog posts
are really succinct. They give you the facts,
and then you can move on. So this is a great thing
to keep in your bookmark and then just check it once
a week, once every two weeks, or whatever works for you. And I see someone asking for
the link to Chris’s blog. I will pop that in the
chat box right now. It also can be found at And finally, we’re going to move
on over to Global Connections. And Global Connections
is a program that offers opportunities
for online students to discover and participate
in extracurricular events. So just like on
physical campus, we’ll have things outside the
class that you can go to, whether it’s lectures,
or workshops, or fitness opportunities. We have the same thing,
just it’s all online. We mostly do this through
webinars and live streams. So similar to the
situation right now, where there’s a chat box and
a presenter, or live streams are when oftentimes there’s
a live audience and visitors to Pullman. Or sometimes we go elsewhere
to live stream guest speakers. If you’d like to
see the events, you can go to and you can see everything that’s
going on right now. And this is updated all the
time as we’re adding new things, so it’s a great thing
to bookmark also. So if we scroll
down a little bit, we can find our upcoming events. On Monday, August 28,
we have a live stream with the author,
Ernest Cline, who wrote this years common
reading book, Ready Player One. We have a fitness
webinar with Ramon, who manages the Coug Fitness Club. Coming up on August 31st,
we have a book club, libraries webinar I was telling
you all about, an internship webinar, and a trivia night. And we’re going to have lots
more throughout this semester. So please check back. Also, if there’s
ever something you’d like to learn about
that’s not being offered or you’re not seeing
it, please let us know. We love to hear from
students, and let us know what would be helpful to you. We have covered a
variety of topics, from career development,
to leadership skills, to student resources,
mental health. Whatever you’re interested in
learning about, let us know, and we’ll try our best to find
an expert presenter for you. And one final thing, on
the site that you can find is let’s say you
miss a newsletter, or you want to catch
up on newsletters, you just go up here,
select newsletters, and you go by date. And with that, I’m going to
send it back over to Hollye. HOLLYE MORALES: Great,
thank you Kaitlin. Bear with me one second while I
get our slide up here for you. So the next thing
we’re going to go over, and that will actually end
our presentation tonight, my personal top-10 tips for
being an online student. I have actually been an online
student since high school. And I continued on
in community college, and finally now here at WSU,
finishing my bachelor’s degree. So please, in the
chat box, add tips that you have for
other students. I know as online students,
we can never get enough. So if you anything
to add, please do. So my first tip is to
rent your textbooks. This is something
that you can do through the Bookie, here at WSU,
or many other online retailers. The one thing about renting your
textbooks that a lot of people are hesitant to do is that
renting your textbooks– I can’t write it, and
I can highlight it, how am I going to be
able to study and have it be a usable course material. Well, that is a myth for
most online retailers. The Bookie in fact actually
puts a sticker right on it to say please highlight,
treat it like your own book. And so renting your textbooks
can really be a money saver. And it can be anywhere
between $15 and $30 to rent a textbook for
the entire semester. So it’s definitely a huge
savings for those of you that are on a budget, which are
most of us as college students. The one caveat that I will
say to renting textbooks is to keep in mind that
WSU has a little bit of a different
academic calendar, being that we start in
August and end in May. So before you rent, just
double check that your return dates are going to line up
with when you need the book, because I have run
into a few return dates that actually ended
up being too early for what I needed, and I would have
had to have paid extra if I went with those companies. So just double check, and if
you don’t want to deal with it, renting from the
Bookie is great. They have a price
match guarantee. And they obviously have
a rental period that fits the WSU academic calendar. So the second thing is
invest in a good planner. And by good planner, I mean
a good formatted planner that works for your learning style. There are so many different
kinds of planners out there. Really take the time to
flip through a bunch of them and find a format that
works great for you. I really like a planner that
has lots of space for me to write in my assignments
and be super organized. Other people like to be
in much more simplified. There are some who
prefer just to use the calendar on their
phone or on the computer. So really make sure that
it’s a good planner that works for your style. So good doesn’t mean
expensive, it’s just the style that works for you. And that leads into my
next tip, stay organized. Obviously, a good
planner is going to help you stay
organized, being that you can take all
of your assignments and write them down
in the planner, and you can see what you need
to get done during the week. Another aspect of
staying organized is just keeping all of your
paperwork, all your books, in a place where
they can be put away. I know some students
that have a desk, some students just have a box
that they put everything away in. Whatever it is,
just find whatever works for you to stay organized,
because it will help you in the long run, especially
during high stress times, like finals. Number four is to print
out your schedule. And your course
schedule can be found in the course space
inside Blackboard for each individual course. One really nice
thing about WSU is that instructors are
required to put up that course schedule,
which hasn’t been my experience in the past. So it is so, so helpful
to be able to go in on the first day of
school, get that printed out, and just have what you need,
and you can see your due dates, and it’s the need
to know information. So definitely get
those printed out. Number five is to set aside
time to schedule your week. And this can literally
be five minutes of time to sit down and look at
your course schedules, and schedule your week out so
that you avoid cramming right before a due date. For example, I happen
to be a Monday to Friday kind of student. I set aside five
to ten every Monday when I sit down to get it
done, get it scheduled, and I don’t think about it
for the rest of the week. Whenever you log on for
the first time that week, I highly suggest you sit down
and go do your week first. It will help you not
get so overwhelmed and it’ll help
you stay on track. Number six, is to give
yourself time off. And for example, like I
said, I’m a Monday to Friday kind of student. To keep my sanity, I
have to give myself time off on the weekend to not
be about school, to decompress. However, that’s not the case
for every online student. And that’s the beauty
of online schooling is that you can study whenever. So what I suggest doing is when
you’re scheduling your week, take time to see when you
have time in your week, and what works for you,
even if it’s an hour, if it’s five minutes, to just
take time off and refresh. Sometimes all it takes
is a quiet cup of tea, maybe outside in the backyard,
to really just decompress, especially when
you’re going straight from work into school, or
straight from family stuff into school. It can get so overwhelming. So really take that time
to give yourself time off. And don’t feel guilty for it. Because you need it, it’s
part of being a good student. Because if you’re studying
when you’re not into it, you’re not going to
perform at your best. And we all want to
perform at our best. So take that time off. Number seven is
to pace yourself. I have a built-in pacer by
just writing everything down in my planner. That’s what works for me. Other students, they
prefer just to know when their due dates are and
kind of plan accordingly. But whatever works for
you, just pace yourself so that you don’t
end up at the end of the week with 10 assignments
due on the same day. Make sure that you have some
motive organization in place that you’re doing a little
bit throughout the week, or throughout the
day, or whatever works for you, to avoid that
cram right before a due date, because nothing is worse
than starting a full page paper at night 9 AM, and
it’s due at midnight. You just have to do– yes, like Michelle
said, some every day. That’s the best advice. Number eight is something
really small, but I promise you, it’s going to help so much. And I actually went through my
textbooks and did this today. It’s place a sticky
note on each textbook with important information. So I literally just take
a square sticky note. I put it on the
cover of my book, and it has my course number
on it, the course name, and the instructor name. Three simple pieces
of information, but it’s so important to have
those pieces of information organized, even if you’re
doing something as simple as an APA format, and in
your head, you’re in HD 101– oh, no, I don’t remember
what the name of HD 101 is. That information’s
right there, you don’t have to take two
minutes to go find it. It’s a really quick time saver. Having that information is also
really helpful because as you get into your major fuller– as you get into your
major more and more, you will find that material
will start overlapping. You’re reading about the same
thing in more complex aspects in different classes. And that can be
really confusing when you have to specifically
use one textbook. Can’t tell you how many
times I’ve gone through and I’ve done an
entire discussion post, and as I’m citing it, I realized
I used the wrong textbook and I have to start over. So just something as
simple as slapping that sticky note on
there will avoid that, you’ll be using
the right textbook, and everything will be great. As I covered a little bit, when
I was going through My.WSU, is your proctor exams will
show up on that chat box early on in the semester. And what that
allows you to do is go on the first week of
school, during the first week of school. Get those exams scheduled. You don’t have to
think about it. You put them on your
planner, whatever the mode of your planner is,
and it’s there, it’s done, and you don’t have
to think about it. Nothing is worse than getting
stuck with an afternoon appointment because
you waited too long to schedule your exams,
and you’re a morning person. You want to really
make sure that you’re getting the time that
works best for you, so that you perform the best. So what I suggest doing is if
you haven’t done so already, go into your exams,
see what proctored exams you need to do, write down
the dates, and go directly on, get them scheduled. Because the dates
do fill up fast. There’s lots of students
and not so many proctors. Especially during
midterms week and finals week, you’ll notice that less
and less appointments will be available the further you go. And number 10,
again super simple, but it will really help
you save some time, is to write down
discussion titles, and then write down
who you responded to. If you’re a returning
student, you know that they’ll be three
pages worth of discussion, and you don’t remember
who you responded to, and you’re searching
through trying to remember. If you simply write
down the names in the discussion
that you responded to, everything will
be so much easier and will save you so much
time, because you can then go to discussion,
say, yes, I remember I commented on Jane’s, and
you can contribute back to the discussion–
really simple, and you can save all that time. That being said, I want to thank
everybody for coming tonight. I’m going to go check the
chat box to see if there are any more questions. And I’m going to pass it over to
Kaitlin for our closing slides. KAITLIN HENNESSY:
All right, everybody. Thank you for
coming out tonight. And here are helpful
links that in case you missed them in the chat box,
or you want to jot them down. And our email at the bottom,
[email protected] if you ever have any questions,
or if you want to let us know what you’d like
to see in the future. Also, I wanted to pop a survey
link in the chat box now. I’d love to hear what you
thought of tonight’s program, and also to give feedback. And here is that link. If you have any
questions, please do put them in the chat
box at this time. Hollye and I will stay around
for a few more moments just to see if there are any
last minute questions. But otherwise, I hope you
all had a great night, and I hope to see you at future
Global Connections meetings.

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