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WSU administration discloses more details about fall classes

Courses will be taught in a mixture of face-to-face instruction, distance learning and online. Students are encouraged to develop their personal methods of organization to prepare for fall.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 15, 2020

Fall instruction will incorporate different types of teaching models, and students will be expected to follow specific classroom protocols to ensure the safety of other students and instructors.  “These are evolving. We monitor the public health situation constantly,” said Mary Wack, vice provos...

Schulz says fall classes will still happen

WSU President Kirk Schulz said finalized decisions about fall will be communicated to student, faculty and staff within the next four to six weeks.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

May 31, 2020

The university is planning for in-person instruction come fall, but the WSU experience will likely look drastically different, said WSU officials in an online town hall Friday morning.  WSU interim provost Bryan Slinker said the university plans to reopen for fall, even though classes will not retu...

WSU launches certificate program for online teaching skills

Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU's Academic Outreach and Innovation vice president and director of Learning Innovations, said certification is not required for any instructors but is encouraged.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

May 29, 2020

The WSU Provost’s Office and WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation have launched a new distance delivery mastery certificate to improve the faculty’s ability to teach online. The certificate provides an opportunity for instructors to learn how to successfully adapt their teaching style to an online e...

Chemistry department now using take-home lab kits

Lab fees for summer sessions are waived for students taking chemistry courses, so they can purchase lab kits instead. The cost of each kit varies for different courses with some costing over $200. 

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

WSU's Department of Chemistry is adjusting to online classes this summer by using lab kits that allow students to perform laboratory experiments at home.  Cole Mercer, lab manager for CHEM 345, said the experiments included in the kits range from measuring the melting point of hydrocarbons, which...

WSU offers employees tuition waivers for online classes

Cathy Lentz, program manager for Academic Outreach and Innovation, said some WSU employees are eligible for tuition waivers which will be applied for courses this summer.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

For the first time, WSU employees are able to waive tuition for Global Campus’ summer classes. Global Campus lets students take courses online. Students are not required to be online at a set time during the day, said Dave Cillay, WSU Global Campus chancellor. Cathy Lentz, program manager for Acad...

Professors protect against ‘Zoom bombing’

Gabriel Condon, instructor of classical and jazz guitar, plays a song for his students at the beginning of his Music 120 class September. 2019 morning in Kimbrough 115.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 30, 2020

When Gabriel Condon put together a Songwriters Roundtable, he expected the event to be an opportunity for musicians around the WSU campus to share their music. What he did not expect was for his meeting to be the target of Zoom bombing. Condon, instructor of classical and jazz guitar, said within 15 ...

Orientation, summer classes move online

Mayor Glenn Johnson said the Whitman County Health Department, Whitman County commissioners, and mayors of each city within Whitman County are backing the application for transitioning Whitman County to Phase 2.

AMAAN RAHMAN, Evergreen reporter

April 17, 2020

WSU administrators have decided to move the first few orientation sessions online due to the COVID-19 pandemic during a teleconference on Thursday. Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson said he is working with Gov. Jay Inslee to open some local businesses in Pullman to help the affected business community....

OPINION: Pass fail option doesn’t help students

Having options are nice, but these don't help students who are struggling with distance learning.

HALEY BRICKWEDEL, Evergreen Columnist

April 17, 2020

Campus is allowing a pass/fail option for the spring semester. However, applying for pass/fail classes is not easy as it may seem. Each department has their own limit on the amount of pass/fail classes for a degree. Moreover, the pass/fail class will not affect overall GPA and may count towards a deg...

Instructors describe their transition to online teaching

The chemistry department designed a plan for online labs. The plan includes watching a video of the lab and using data provided by instructors.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

While most students and professors worried about how to resume lectures and exams through online instruction, chemistry professors worried about continuing their labs. WSU announced all classes would be transitioning to online instruction following spring break on March 11, due to COVID-19. Ryan Rice, chemistry laboratory supervisor, said the chemistry department came up ...

Access Center continues accommodations online

Rochelle Dach, Access Center assistant director, said the WSU office is closed and tutoring is conducted over online Zoom calls.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2020

One WSU Access Center employee says the move to online classes removes barriers for some students with disabilities. Rochelle Dach, Access Center assistant director, said the center’s physical office closed due to the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” order, but students can continue to receive accomm...

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