Online, Graduate School offices move; distance learning celebrated

November 22, 2016

Staff from UW-Stout’s Graduate School and Stout Online gather outside their new office space.

UW-Stout Online is celebrating national Distance Learning Week in part by having covered some distance itself.

The Stout Online offices have moved three blocks north from the Vocational Rehabilitation Building to the First Bank and Trust Building, 200 E. Main St. The bank building is next to UW-Stout’s Clock Tower Plaza.

Also moving to the bank building complex is the Graduate School, which was in the Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center.

The bank building previously housed UW-Stout’s Office of International Education, which relocated to Harvey Hall after it reopened in the fall following renovation.

It is exciting to see the Graduate School and Stout Online working together to provide services for our students, faculty, and staff,” said Renee Chandler, interim director of Stout Online and the Graduate School. “We definitely see ourselves as a service unit that promotes student success. Distance Learning Week provides an opportunity for us to share some highlights of the work we are doing and to encourage the rest of campus to visit us in our new location.”

Distance Learning Week is Monday, Nov. 28, through Friday, Dec. 2.

UW-Stout has 1,975 students enrolled in online programs this fall, about 52 percent undergraduates and 48 percent graduate students. They are from 49 states and 20 countries.

A total of 4,496 students are taking online and/or distance education courses.

The university is a leader in the UW System in offering online and distance learning options, with 15 undergraduate degrees, 16 graduate programs, 21 certificates and six certifications.

New this fall are four online offerings: the undergraduate program in hotel, restaurant and tourism management; the graduate program in marriage and family therapy; a certificate in social work; and a certificate in enterprise technology.

A popular online certificate program is instructional design, which had 41 graduates in May 2016.

One graduate of the certificate program, Keith Thompson, of Taunton, Mass., said it gave his career a boost. "I feel like a sweepstakes winner after completing this certificate. I received not only a promotion, a bump in pay, and I've been tasked to change our computer education group into an instructional design group that creates training sessions for staff, faculty and graduate students. I would not have been able to achieve this without the four courses in this certificate program."

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Staff from UW-Stout’s Graduate School and Stout Online gather outside their new office space, the First Bank and Trust Building, 200 E. Main St.