DL Student Services
January 22, 2003
Attendees: Paul Smith, Dr. Melanie McClellan, Christy
Group members discussed that HorizonLive presentations about
the Excel Center and Career Services had been successfully created.
The majority of the meeting was devoted to the critique of
the new web site designed specifically for the distance learning student
at West Georgia: UWG Online Connection- An Orientation Site for students
attending UWG solely through on-line courses. All distance student services
are covered. The site is located at http://www.westga.edu/~online.
Overall, the site was well received. The "Ask Andy" link connects students
to the online University of West Georgia "answer all expert."
The committee followed up on how distance learning students
can receive personal counseling. The counseling page has been linked
the Online Connections page for distance students. Students
can phone or email a counselor for help and feedback as needed. If long-term
face-to-face therapy is indicated, the counselor will
refer the student to a professional services in their area. The DDEC is
working with the Counseling Office over Spring 2003 to
develop links and online information regarding depression, alcoholism,
resolution, and related areas.
Regarding the Online Connection web site, suggestions were
made for better student usability. The following items were suggested:
linking to a UWG fee payment grid that breaks down the fees
per semester hours for off-campus/distance students.
changing the phone number on the web page from the campus
directory number to the Distance Education Center's number.
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 09:25:23 -0500
All requested changes were made and the source code was
updated so that the page could be viewed in older versions of the Netscape
Browser. The only exception made was that the fees were linked off of the
Fee Payment link.