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WKU offices in Bowling Green will open at 10 a.m. Friday. Classes Friday remain canceled and campuses in Glasgow, Owensboro and Elizabethtown/Ft. Knox remain closed Friday. Saturday classes in Bowling Green will proceed as scheduled. Here is a link to the University’s attendance policy during adverse weather conditions. Use caution and watch for slick spots on roads and walks. 

Residence Halls remain open until noon Saturday. Bemis & Barnes have space for those who need to stay longer. Visit WKU Housing & Residence Life for more information.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for Wednesday night were canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

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Communicating Online

In online courses nearly all communication is written. This requires that you pay special attention to how you "say" things, since other learners do not have the benefit of picking up on non-verbal queues. Written communication normally takes place asynchronously by taking the form of posts and responses to a discussion forum. In this type of discussion, the instructor will post a topic and require students to post a discussion, respond and perhaps critique and evaluate their peers submission. Asynchronous discussion may be used to generate discussion solely among students.

There may also be synchronous discussions which are similar to chat rooms. The instructor will schedule a virtual meeting, in which students login to blackboard at the scheduled time and discuss course topics.


  • Be polite and respectful to fellow online participants by avoiding:
    • obscene language
    • all-caps type, which is perceived as shouting
    • repeating the same sentence continuously
  • To communicate effectively in the online environment:
    • use smilies, or emoticons, to show tone of voice or emotion :)
    • use symbols such as asterisks(*) to emphasize words
    • use acronyms such as"brb" (be right back)

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 Last Modified 3/4/15