Message from the Director

By: Kim Christen

DTC Faculty and Staff want to celebrate you and wish you a wonderful graduation. Congratulations!

Dear DTC Family and Friends,Kim Christen sits in front of a computer and windows.

The end of this academic year showed us that DTC students, faculty, and staff are a caring, creative, and collaborative group. The changes and challenges we experienced were unprecedented, for DTC, WSU, Washington state, and the world. In March we shifted to 100% online delivery of instruction, with faculty and staff adapting face to face courses to online models within ten days. When DTC students showed up after spring break we met them where they were–at home, in Pullman, in dorm rooms, cars, and on Zoom! We were committed to being flexible, agile, and dedicated to the total well-being of our students. We adapted assignments that were no longer doable given that many students did not have access to computers that would run the software necessary to complete assignments. We modified guidelines to ensure that hand-drawn designs and mobile phone produced videos were acceptable. We added one-on-one Zoom meetings for students to ensure they had all the guidance they needed to succeed. Together we remembered what makes DTC so valuable: our humanity. Technology can be mobilized to lift people up, connect us over distances, and provide solace from stressful situations.

We have much to celebrate and to look forward to as we move into summer and look towards the Fall. We have seven summer course offerings through WSU’s Global Campus providing DTC majors and students across all campuses core courses and UCORE requirements. DTC faculty have dedicated themselves to ensuring that when we regroup in the Fall we will continue to make student success our highest priority.

With a sliver of hindsight and a good dose of self-reflection, I can say that DTC rose to the occasion with grace and humility. I have never been more proud to be the director of this program. Take care of yourselves. Be safe. We will be here for you in the Fall.

Go Cougs!



Dr. Kimberly Christen
Professor and Director
Digital Technology and Culture