Writing Tips: Preparing an Effective Discussion Post

This material was written by Megan Fung, Tutoring Coordinator, Academic and Enrollment Support Services at Penn State World Campus, and derived from materials created for the Smart Track to Success course. Discussion posts are a staple of online courses. This important element of the course structure provides a venue where class members can exchange ideas,…

Disability Services: How to Request Academic Accommodations

Penn State World Campus offers a variety of resources and accommodations to students with disabilities. Although a member of the staff or faculty or an agency liaison can refer you to Student Disability Resources, you can also contact this office directly to discuss resources available or request assistance. One of the most common reasons for…

Writing Tips: Use Email in an Effective and Appropriate Way

This material was written by Megan Fung, Tutoring Coordinator, Academic and Enrollment Support Services at Penn State World Campus, and derived from materials created for the Smart Track to Success course. For most of us, email is an essential staple of daily life. We use it to keep in touch and stay informed. Email is…

Student Disability Resources for Temporary or Short-Term Conditions

When people think of the types of situations that Student Disability Resources would handle, they often think of major, permanent conditions or injuries. While those certainly do qualify for assistance, there is also a broad range of other conditions that would fall under the umbrella of Student Disability Resources. Some students who are experiencing a…

The Disability Resources Team Protects Your Privacy

Students may sometimes be reluctant to seek assistance or special accommodations related to health/medical issues because they are concerned about privacy issues. We want to reassure students that the Disability Resources team — like all staff members at Penn State World Campus — takes great care to protect your sensitive, personal information. When you first…

Creative Writing Contest Winner: Amanda Nelson

This summer, we hosted a poetry/essay contest for Penn State World Campus students that focused on the theme of “Dual Identities.” Amanda Nelson was chosen as one of the winners. Her essay appears below. Reader advisory: this essay shares anecdotes from Amanda’s struggle with addiction, including details about drug and alcohol use.  Drug Addict to Penn…