By Jeff Willadsen, WSU Academic Outreach & Innovation
Earning your degree online is known for flexibility and convenience, but can it also provide a robust and engaging community experience? At WSU Global Campus, we work to make rewarding student involvement opportunities available to students around the world. One recent example is the newly formed Global Campus psychology club.
The WSU Psychology Club Global Campus Chapter was officially launched March 2 during the annual Global Campus Rendezvous event held in Seattle. The group is the first subject-driven student club created specifically for WSU’s online students.
Lori Henriod, a psychology major hailing form Clarkston, Wash., was elected president of the club. Working alongside faculty and fellow students, she helped submit the paperwork that made the new student group a reality.
According to Henriod, there has been a growing sense of community amongst online WSU psychology students, leading to an increasing demand for groups like the psychology club.
“In my experience, online students really want to get involved and connect with their peers,” she said. “Psych club is a great way to do that.”
The Psychology Club Global Campus Chapter is open to all online WSU students regardless of major. It is designed as a way for students interested in the subject of psychology to enhance theirs studies, network with fellow students, and build a community around their shared academic interest.
“In psych club, we get to ‘geek out’ about subjects we’re interested in, get advice about courses and assignments, and support each other as we earn our degree,” said Henriod. “I definitely recommend that online students in other subject areas consider putting together their own clubs.”
Though online students are encouraged to take part in clubs, groups or honor societies associated with WSU’s various campus locations, full access to these on-campus groups can be limited for online students who live far from a WSU campus. Student groups exclusively for Global Campus students are designed to meet the unique needs of online learners spread across the globe.
According to Lee Daffin, the online psychology club’s faculty advisor, student groups that promote interaction and engagement can be very beneficial to the learning experience of online students.
“Building a strong sense of community and belonging is very important, and psych club helps give that to our Global Campus students,” said Daffin, who is also the director of WSU’s online psychology program. “Just like students on campus, online learners want to connect and interact with like-minded people. It’s our goal to give our students many outlets to engage outside of their coursework.”
Online psychology students have access to a wide variety of resources and networking opportunities, including the Online Psychology Student Resource Room and the Global Campus Chapter of Psi Chi, the Psychology National Honor Society.
All Global Campus students can participate in community-building opportunities including Global Campus Student Government and Global Connections, an online engagement program that makes livestream events and presentations available to online students.
To learn more about student engagement opportunities at Global Campus, visit the Student Involvement page on our Website.