A different focus: Japan-based photographer shares communication expertise through TrineOnline

Trine University faculty bring a breadth of experience to the classroom, and the advent of high-speed internet has allowed the university to increase the expertise available to students through TrineOnline.

One faculty member literally teaches from halfway around the world.

Ben Weller, an adjunct faculty member with TrineOnline, is a journalist who has lived and worked in east Asia for 15 years. Based in Nagoya, Japan, since 2015, Weller has had recent work published in National Geographic Traveller (UK).

“Japan is a beautiful country, and I’ll never tire of exploring here, camera in hand,” he said.

Weller grew up in North Manchester, Indiana. He spent a few years teaching in South Korea after finishing college, then returned to attend graduate school in journalism at Indiana University, intending to become a writer.

“A visual communication class really inspired me and I changed trajectories, putting the focus more on photography,” he said. “By the time I finished grad school, I was shooting regularly for a magazine in Bloomington, and had shot assignments for The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education.”

He worked for a while as a communication intern for an energy cooperative in Bloomington, shooting photos and writing for several of its publications. While it was valuable experience, he said he was “itching for travel.”

He moved back to South Korea, where he taught photography, image editing, film studies, business communication and English conversation at a university.

At the same time, he was building his freelance portfolio, shooting photos for Reuters, the Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and multiple travel and trade publications.

He met his wife, a college professor, while both were living and working in Busan, South Korea. After they married, they moved to Nagoya for her work.

Besides photography, his loves include teaching, and when he moved to Japan, Weller wanted to continue working with students. Teaching through TrineOnline provided the flexibility he needed to grow his journalism career while teaching classes that align with his education, work experience and interests.

“Keeping one foot in the teaching world and the other in the media world is synergistic,” he said. “Through my teaching, I’m able to keep up with trends, topics and theories in the world of media and communication. My work as a journalist enhances my skills and provides real-world experience that I can take back to the classroom to share with students.”

A typical day sees him up at 5 a.m., starting a pot of coffee and checking email.

“Student emails get priority, and I flag other important emails for follow-up later in the day,” he said.

He is currently taking a Japanese class, so he tries to get an hour of study in before his kids wake up. From 9 a.m., he’s in the office grading, checking discussions, recording videos and working on course development.

Any hours left in the afternoon are spent working on story pitches, editing and research. In the evening, once his children are asleep, he goes through emails again and watches a movie if he has time.

“I teach Film Appreciation through TrineOnline, so watching movies is a job requirement,” he said.

He noted this schedule “goes out the window” during midterms and finals, and that he may work out of a hotel or on the train when he’s on assignment.

“I’ve recorded weekly videos for my students from Seoul, Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo,” he said.

Though he may be in a far different location than many of his TrineOnline students, he said he has much in common with many of them.

“As a working parent, I understand the challenges that come with raising kids, holding down a job and going to school,” he said. “Having lived and taught overseas for close to 20 years, I’m familiar with diverse learning and communication styles. I understand that all our students have strengths and face challenges, and I think my experiences help me identify those and work with each learner to help them succeed.”

Through his own experiences learning online, he is conscious of being responsive to students. Although he initially worried about the time difference between Japan and the U.S., he said it has been an asset.

“I’m typically settling into my office in the morning,” he said. “That’s the evening back in Indiana, when a lot of my students are getting home from practice or work, and they’re just logging into Moodle. I’m able to answer any of their emails in real time or jump on a Zoom call to talk them through a question or an assignment.”

He appreciates the investment TrineOnline makes in its faculty.

“I’ve taken the Online Faculty Certification Course (OFCC) and the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop, both of which increased my value as an educator and benefited my students,” he said. “We have faculty development meetings on Zoom, which are a great source of ideas for increasing student engagement, getting the most out of Moodle, etc. I’ve worked at other universities where there isn’t this focus on continual growth. Trine invests in its educators, and I feel valued here.”

Trine University’s online criminal justice program ranked among best in the nation

Trine University’s online criminal justice degree program is one of the top 15 in the United States, according to a national college ranking website.

Best Value Schools lists the criminal justice degree program offered through TrineOnline among its “Best 15 Online Bachelor’s in Law Enforcement in 2021,” released May 17.

The website notes that Trine’s online criminal justice degree program offers three specialization options, and that students may also opt to work toward a Master of Science with a major in criminal justice while completing the bachelor’s program.

Lists at Best Value Schools factor tuition and enrollment into rankings. Located at bestvalueschools.org, the website offers resources in addition to rankings to help prospective students find the school that meets their needs at the best possible price.

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Walsh’s Online MBA Retains Tier One Ranking by CEO Magazine

TROY, Mich., April 9, 2020 — For the second consecutive year, Walsh’s online MBA program has been ranked a Tier One Global Online MBA by CEO Magazine. Data was collected from 161 schools across 27 countries and programs were ranked based on criteria including quality of faculty, international diversity, accreditation, faculty to student ratio and cost. Walsh ranked 25 and is the only school in Michigan to make the Tier One Global Online MBA list.

The Walsh Online MBA is identical to the school’s traditional MBA. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all academic programs are being delivered 100 percent remotely for the spring semester, currently in session.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998.

This is not Walsh’s first recognition for excellence in online education. Other recent distinctions include one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., a Top Five Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, one of the Best Online Colleges in Michigan and one of the Best Online Master’s in Cybersecurity.

The complete CEO Magazine 2020 Global MBA Rankings can be viewed at ceo-mag.com/rankings-category/global-mba-rankings/

For more information about Walsh degrees, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh Bachelor’s Program Receives Top 5 Ranking in U.S.

TROY, Mich., Feb. 26, 2020 — Walsh’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management was ranked No. 5 in the United States on the list of the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Business Administration, an annual publication by Online Schools Report. Walsh’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) also ranked at No. 6 on the Best Online Master’s in Business Administration list and earned the program its fourth top ranking in 14 months. Walsh graduate degree programs consistently earn national and international rankings, but this marks the school’s first ranking for an undergraduate degree program.

Online Schools Report evaluates a school based on student satisfaction, admission rate and online presence. Individual degree programs are evaluated based on popularity at the school, department size and average debt for program graduates. The final lists include the top 50 online degree programs across the country.

The Walsh BBA program is available entirely online and offers majors in finance, general business, human resource management, management and marketing. Walsh’s online programs provide the same curriculum as on-ground programs and are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Higher Learning Commission.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998. Other recent recognition for excellence in online education includes a Tier One Global Online MBA, one of the Best Online MBA Programs in the U.S., and one of the Best Online Master’s in Network Security.

View the complete lists by Online Schools Report:

Bachelor’s degree programs: www.onlineschoolsreport.com/best-online-business-administration-degrees.

Master’s degree programs: www.onlineschoolsreport.com/best-online-masters-in-business-administration-degrees.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our internationally and nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).

Walsh MBA Receives Third Top Ranking in 14 Months

TROY, Mich., Feb. 4, 2020 — For the third time in 14 months, Walsh’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been recognized for excellence in online education. Walsh’s online MBA has been named one of the best programs in the country not requiring a GMAT score by Intelligent.com, a publication focused on helping students make informed decisions about higher education programs. Walsh’s online MBA is one of only 30 programs to rank on the final list and is highlighted as an alumni recommended program.

Intelligent.com assesses over 1,600 accredited colleges and universities and 171 degree programs. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. The 2020 rankings were determined through a scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and third party evaluations.

The Walsh MBA is a streamlined degree program that can be completed in under 18 months and is offered entirely online, on ground, or a combination of both.

Walsh was an early adopter of online education, offering its first online course in 1998. Walsh programs are frequently recognized for excellence in online education. Other recent distinctions have included a Tier One Global Online MBA, one of the Best Online MBA Programs in U.S., a Top Online MBA in Michigan, one of the Best Online Programs for a Master’s in Network Security, and one of the Best Online Master’s in Marketing.

The complete Intelligent.com 2020 Best Online MBA (No GMAT) can be viewed at www.intelligent.com/best-online-mba-no-gmat-degree-programs.

For more information about Walsh, visit www.walshcollege.edu/future-students.

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ABOUT WALSH
Walsh is an all-business, private, independent, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral business and technology degrees, as well as certificate programs. Founded in 1922, Walsh is one of Southeast Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, offering classes in several locations and online. Our nationally-ranked programs integrate theory and application to prepare graduates for successful careers. Walsh degree programs include accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, management, marketing, taxation and other fields. For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

Walsh is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (www.acbsp.org).