Sonoma State American Language Institute in Japan

juhwanclass.jpgThe Sonoma State American Language Institute (SSALI) sent four faculty members to Japan to teach an intensive 10-day English course for Nihon University. The instructors, Miriam Hutchins, Berta Hodges, Peter Vincent, and JuHwan Kim spent the time with 36 students from Nihon at a seminar house in Tateshina, located in the Japanese Alps. Ms. Hutchins, Ms. Hodges, and Mr. Vincent taught Everyday English, Intercultural Communication, and Communication in Business Situations during the day. Mr. Kim lead the students in language games and activities in the evening.  SSALI has been hosting students from Nihon University for the past two years during its summer program.
Some of the instructors stayed on to visit potential sources for SSALI recruitment. Ms. Hutchins will visit Anan National Technological College and Miyazaki International College in southern Japan. Ms. Hutchins, who has mentored students from Miyazaki International College for the past twelve years  will have the opportunity to attend the Miyazaki graduation and meet up with some of her former students. Ms. Hodges will be traveling north of Tokyo to visit Nagano University, Tsukuba University, and Niigata University of International and Information Studies. In addition, Ms. Hodges will meet with one of SSALI's recruiting partners in Tokyo, Steven Hamade of Apprez, Inc. She will also meet several former SSALI students.  Mr. Kim will travel to Seoul before returning to SSALI to make contact with four of SSALI's recruiting agencies there.
This marks the first time in over ten years that SSALI faculty have traveled out of the USA for recruiting purposes. The opportunity has been made possible due to the invitation from Nihon University, which covers the bulk of travel and housing expenses. It is our sincere hope that these personal contacts will lead to stronger ties between SSALI and schools in Japan and Korea.
Helen Kallenbach
Director, Sonoma State American Language Institute
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 USA
Fax 707-664-2742

Online Learning

learn.jpgExtended Education is interested in furthering the mission of making classes as available and accessible as possible to students and the community. Toward that end, we are building up our course offerings in online and hybrid (partly online, partly face to face) classes, as well as offering support to faculty for converting existing face to face classes to an online or hybrid format.

Faculty can access our Faculty Online Course Development Handbook to view tips, suggestions, and a handy checklist for online course development. In addition to the handbook, we offer services for faculty such as:

•    Getting Powerpoint lectures into accessible format
•    Delivering Powerpoint lectures as video/audio   
•    Insuring adherence to Extended Education online checklist (see page 58 in the Faculty
     Online Course Development Handbook )   
•    Converting Powerpoint slides to VoiceThread, a powerful new tool for interactive
•    Designing visual aspects of Moodle course in the Extended Education format
•    Creating a video of the instructor introducing him/herself inside Moodle
•    Creating and placing YouTube videos in Moodle
•    Assisting with initial Moodle set up
•    Providing other services as needed

If you are a faculty member interested in moving toward an online format, but needing extra support, please make an appointment with us and we'll be glad to sit down with you and discuss your ideas, your course goals, or whatever you need to move toward teaching hybrid or online courses.

Lee Brewster, Information Technology Consultant
School of Extended Education

Wine Business Management Certificate Program

winebusiness.jpgIn response to wine industry demand, Sonoma State is creating online wine classes focusing on the business of wine. "Throughout the United States and abroad, members of the industry have persistently requested access to our classes from a distance. These new programs will satisfy that demand across a broad series of wine business topics," said Wine Business Institute Director, Ray Johnson.
The first new offering, exclusively online, is the Wine Business Management Certificate. The Certificate Program was created for professionals already in the industry who want to advance their knowledge of wine business operations, winemakers or viticulturists wanting to expand their understanding of business strategies and principles, and professionals in other industries seeking to enter the wine industry.  The series consists of a Foundation level, along with Intermediate and Advanced levels, with optional certification at the completion of the Advanced level. 
The next cohort for the Foundation level is forming for spring. The four-week course is presented through video lectures, course conference calls, and a unique WineBizSim business planning project, allowing the students experience in building a financial model for a wine business.
Tim Hanni MW teaches the Foundation and Intermediate Levels in the new Certificate Program. Hanni MW, one of the first two Americans to earn the title Master of Wine, is an internationally recognized wine educator Hanni and sits on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Masters of Wine. He is an innovative researcher and wine educator whose wine and food principles have been adopted by the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London.
The Intermediate level will also be offered in spring.  The advanced level will feature elective courses, offered in the summer of 2012, in Production and Quality in the Wine Supply Chain, Strategic Wine Marketing and Global Wine E-commerce.  For those seeking admission to Sonoma State University's accredited MBA in Wine Business, completing the Advanced Level of the Wine Business Management Certificate (including passing the exams) waives the wine experience admission requirement. This will enable professionals in other fields to access to the Wine MBA program more readily.  For more information go to our website.