Online Courses Catch On in U.S. Colleges

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When today's college graduates get together for a reunion someday, they may decide to do it by computer. That's because right now, nearly one in five college students takes at least one class online, according to a new survey.

For professors, the growth of e-learning has meant a big shift in the way they deal with students.

Take professor Sara Cordell of the University of Illinois-Springfield: Her day doesn't end at 6 p.m., as it does for some college professors.

Cordell sits at her computer in her campus office to chat with a half-dozen students gathered in front of their screens: One is in Tennessee, another in California's central valley, another in Ohio. They're all here to talk about Thomas Hardy's 19th-century novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

Cordell has a microphone hooked up to her PC, and her students listen from home. All but one of them type their responses, which appear in chat-format on Cordell's screen.

Read and/or listen to it all.

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Posted November 29, 2007 at 6:36 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. TonyinCNY wrote:

My wife is working up a course for the college where she teaches and they are popular.  Popular with colleges because of increased revenue and reach, popular with student because of accessibility.  The problem is that classroom interaction is difficult to replicate online.

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