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Global Campus: 30 years of opportunity

A student works on a computer outside.In 1992, Washington State University extended its land-grant mission by launching one of the nation’s first opportunities for students to pursue a degree from anywhere on the globe through distance delivery.

Today, our Global Campus is the second largest campus by enrollment in the WSU system with more than 4,000 students enrolled in one of 21 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, or more than » More …

Merging virtual and in-person field trips

A mule deer and two fawns in a green field.Prior to 2020, students enrolled in Washington State University’s natural resource ecology course (SOE 300) made field trips to Kamiak Butte County Park, 20 minutes north of Pullman, as part of a semester-long project. As lovely as spending class time off-campus in nature is, it’s also a challenge for students who don’t drive. During the pandemic, in-person field trips were not possible.

Enter the Virtual Ecology project, where School of the Environment instructor William Schlosser, affectionately known as “Dr. Bill,” worked with » More …

Sparking discussion with music

three guitar players in the desertIn his Politics of Developing Nations summer course (Pol_S 400), Richard Elgar begins each class with a pop music song whose lyrics apply to the lesson’s subject matter.

“The Clash appears quite a lot, like ‘Rock the Casbah’ when we look at the Middle East,” said Elgar. “Also songs like ‘Zombie’ by the Cranberries when we consider conflict, or ‘Bangla Desh’ by » More …

Developing a heritage language class

Cougar Spirt Mark.Students who speak Spanish fluently but who learned the language informally, perhaps at home, will soon have an opportunity to increase their competency and improve their writing skills in a course being developed by Sophia López-López, assistant professor of Spanish.

Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SPAN 308) will help students gain a formal understanding of the language and contribute to higher » More …

Shaping imagination and examining issues

Io Palmer and Manal Alharthi.“In the classroom, incredible things and conversations can happen around the making of art. The process opens your soul,” said Io Palmer, WSU associate professor of fine arts.

“My background set the stage for me to pursue something that brings me a lot of fulfillment, and I want to facilitate that experience for others,” Palmer said. “I want to show students art can be life-affirming and also be a deep, rich vehicle for expression.” » More …

Helping students succeed

A chemists hands holding liquid chemistry experiment.Senior zoology major Cassandra McElroen became a Chemistry 105 teaching assistant because she enjoys helping people and wants to provide students with a better understanding of the material.

Her role as a TA includes holding office hours once a week, where students can ask questions about anything chemistry-related. She also runs a lab section, where she helps her students run experiments and then » More …