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COVID-19 Related News and Resources for Students

 

This page will house current updates related to the COVID-19 situation and DTC’s shift to online learning. For more information, please visit WSU’s Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates.

Message from the Director

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!

Kim

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Dr. Kimberly Christen
Professor and Director
Digital Technology and Culture
kachristen@wsu.edu
509.335.4177
@profChristen

DTC Spring 2020 Graduates

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

Previous Message from the Director

I know that this is a difficult time for us as a community. Please be assured that all of us in DTC, the College of Arts and Sciences, and WSU-wide are working to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. DTC faculty and staff are working hard to deliver instruction online while being flexible and adapting to changing needs.

Given the uncertainty ahead, I encourage everyone (students, faculty, and staff) to practice empathy and compassion toward each other. Students, be sure to stay in touch with your classmates and your professors. Keeping up-to-date with information is crucial to remaining safe and healthy.

Please make sure and check in on the DTC Facebook page and the DTC Twitter feed for announcements. If you would like to share photos, videos or other information with the extended DTC community, please tag us on Facebook or Twitter. You can also email us with links to share at dtc@wsu.edu. Let’s continue to do what we do best, use technology for social empowerment and the betterment of our communities. We are in this together!

Below you will find a series of video messages with important financial, health, and instructional updates. We will continue to update this page to help keep you informed. Check back often!

Stay safe and be well,

Kim

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Dr. Kimberly Christen
Professor and Director
Digital Technology and Culture
kachristen@wsu.edu
509.335.4177
@profChristen

Thoughts from DTC Faculty and Staff

DTC Faculty and Staff are thinking of you and hoping that all is well. We are here to make it through this together.

Student Resources

DTC Pass/Fail Options

The video covers the new pass/fail options available for DTC classes this spring.
For more information about switching to pass/fail, please make an appointment with Jill Shafer, the DTC Academic Advisor.