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Welcome to Global Connections

Global Connections brings engaging co- and extra-curricular events to Global Campus students—free and online. Through Global Connections you can connect with peers and expert presenters via webinars, livestreamed events, academic contests, and activities.

Global Connections Ready Player One Essay and Art Contests

Ready Player One book cover

October 2- November 26, 2017

Global Connections is offering two contests exclusively for Global Campus students this semester. Each contest centers around this year’s common reading book, Ready Player One, and has a cash prize of $500.


  • Artist Award
    The tangible and virtual worlds inhabited by Wade Watts, protagonist of this year’s common reading book Ready Player One, contain a variety of characters, environments, scenes and objects both grounded in grim reality and the fantastic world of the OASIS.
    We invite you to create an artistic rendering of your choice related to this year’s common reading book for an opportunity to win a $500 award. Learn more about the Artist Award
  • Essay Contest
    In the future when Ready Player One takes place, Wade Watts attends a public school in the virtual reality of the OASIS. Education in the OASIS mimics the classic “classroom” setting while utilizing the innovation and controls of technology. You are invited to examine the future application and effects of a virtual reality based educational system in an essay of up to 750 words. The essay with the most creative, compelling content will win a $500 cash prize. Learn more about the Essay Contest

Upcoming Events

Transferable Skills Professional Development Workshop

Image: Head shape made out of USB cordMonday, October 23, 2017 from 5:15-6:15pm

Make all that you’ve experienced and accomplished in your life translate to your resume.  Skills that you’ve gained from volunteering, taking on leadership positions, interning and parenting can be transferable to a career.  Learn how to articulate those skills on your resume and in an interview during the live workshop and discussion at 5:15pm on Oct. 23. The presenter, Leanne Ralstin, will be taking questions from the live, online audience.

Register for Transferable Skills


Pac-12 Fitness Challenge

Image: Pac-12 Logo on blue backgroundOctober 23-27th 2017

Show your Cougar Spirit and help Washington State University win the Pac-12 Fitness Challenge!  All you need to do to help the Cougs win this challenge is log all your physical activity between October 23-27that Every minute and activity counts—so get out there and walk, run, bike, dance, lift, swim, skip, hop, and jump! 

The university with the most minutes logged between Oct. 23-27 will secure the title of the Pac-12 conference’s most active school! Go Cougs!

We’ll have activities all week from Wellbeing Online and Global Connections to help you get motivated, challenge yourself, and win some prizes along the way.  All you need to do is participate and log your minutes!

Connect with other WSU Global Campus students interested in living a healthy, active lifestyle and participate in Pac-12 Fitness Challenges by joining the Wellbeing Online Facebook Group. 


Global Case Competition 2017

Image: Planet Earth, white backgroundWednesday, October 25, 2017 from 4:00pm

Five teams comprised of WSU students from campuses across the system and a range of disciplines will compete to solve this year’s case, Digital Inequality: Information and Communications Technologies in Tanzania.  The purpose of the Global Case Competition is to bring students together to develop innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues using local resources.

Global Campus is proud to have 19 students enlisted in this notable competition. Watch the livestreamed event at 4pm on Oct. 25 to support your fellow online students in action and find out who will win the 2017 Global Case Competition.

Register to watch the livestreamed event


Artificial Intelligence and the Changing Realities of the Virtual and Physical Worlds

Image: Halved brain, one side is organic and the other is a circuit board on blue backgroundMonday, October 30, 2017 at 5:00pm

As technology develops, how will Artificial Intelligence impact our lives? Dr. Matt Taylor, the Allred Distinguished Professor in Artificial Intelligence at WSU will explore the potential benefits and dangers of A.I. over the next ten years.  Join us at 5pm on October 30th for this livestreamed WSU Common Reading lecture as Dr. Taylor examines how A.I. will change our lives both in the physical world and in the new space of Virtual Reality.

Register for the free livestream


Lunch Hour Concert with Las Migas

Image: Two women playing guitars and one woman singingWednesday, November 1, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm

Unique among Spanish music groups, Las Migas offer a fascinating blend of Flamenco and Mediterranean styles, combining classic and contemporary rhythms with melodies ranging from powerful to passionate to playful. The women of Las Migas come from four different cities—Barcelona, Sevilla, Cordoba, and Lerida—spanning not only Spain’s geography, but also its cultural diversity.

During this livestreamed vocal and guitar demonstration at noon on Nov. 1st, you’ll be treated to a fusion of cultures that’s been described as “music for the soul.”

Register for this live, online event

Get Research Savvy with Nexis Uni

Image: graphic of documents connected by arrows and linesWednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:30pm

Discover how the latest database added to the WSU Libraries system, Nexis Uni, can help with your research.  This database provides access to a range of legal and full-text information in a variety of disciplines. Join WSU Librarian, Mary Giles, online at 6:30pm on Nov. 1 for a tutorial on the features of Nexis Uni.  Students who attend this webinar will learn how to personalize their research experience and collaborate with peers, and will discover best practices for researching with Nexis Uni.

Register for the live webinar