WSU Tri-Cities will offer a virtual Jump Start program beginning Aug. 17 that will get students, both incoming and current college students, set up for success for the fall semester.
Check out resources, trainings and helpful tips for virtual learning, pre-recorded sessions on topics to set students up for best academic learning, as well as live faculty sessions throughout the week of Aug. 17 to get students prepared for classes this fall.
The sessions and resources are free and open to the public.
After briefly reviewing First-Year Writing course outcomes, this workshop will share composing strategies focused on invention, revision, and editing to help students navigate the demands of college-level writing.
Writing to Belong
Presented by Robin Ebert Mays
This workshop is an integrative writing opportunity for students to learn more about common fears they may face such as finding success in academics or how to fit into the campus culture. During this time, I will share some of these common themes and help students gain confidence that they belong here at WSU Tri-Cities.
Connecting College and Career
Presented by Kristine Cody
Communicating with Faculty
Presented by Anna Plemons
This practical workshop will cover strategies for effectively communicating with faculty and will include topics like how to send an email, what to do during an office hours appointment, and how to start a conversation about internships or other opportunities.
Virtual Welcome Event
Presented by SOAR & Campus Engagement & Leadership
Hear from WSU Tri-Cities leadership, students, about upcoming plans for campus activities and more.
10 Tips for Successful Virtual Learning
Presented by Janet Peters
Reading your ALEKS Score
Presented by Kevin Fiedler
Presented by Sara Petersen
Presented by Sarah Roley
How to Read a Syllabus
Presented by Saranah Selmi
Blackboard Learn is WSU’s Learning Management System (LMS). It’s a virtual classroom where students and instructors interact and share information. Every WSU campus course has an associated Blackboard Learn course space that instructors can utilize to deliver their classes online.
To access Blackboard Learn, visit learn.wsu.edu. Your courses will be listed when you log in.
Learn how to “go to class”, connect to live Zoom lectures and meetings, find the course syllabus, assignment drop box, gradebook, and recordings, and more:
Follow these steps to get started with Zoom and to ensure your name is shown when you participate in a Zoom session:
You’ve now activated your account and your name will appear when you join a Zoom session.
All current WSU students, faculty, and staff have access to a Zoom Pro license. Zoom is a video conferencing service that allows users to conduct a video meeting using any device with an internet connection. Use Zoom to meet up with classmates for study sessions, group projects, and informal check-ins.
Visit the Cougs Online Toolkit for instructions on using Zoom as well as Teams and other useful communication tools.
Your instructor may want you to create a course assignment using one of the following tools:
Panopto is an application that allows users to create and share video.
VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that allows users to upload, share, and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files, and videos.
WSU Tri-Cities uses ALEKS, a web-based assessment and learning system for mathematics. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know and then instructs the student on the topics they are most ready to learn. It is used for as the entrance exam for math and math course placement at WSU Tri-Cities, as well as in-class for several mathematics courses.
Check out tutorials, helpful trainings on how to use ALEKS:
Set up a free trial account with ALEKS to practice math problems, take practice assessments and more (only an option if you have not yet created an ALEKS account):