Monday, May 9, 2016

A Digital Approach To Education - Nancy Crotti, Twin Cities Business

Online higher education aims to make courses more engaging and interactive for students of all ages. Adult learners in particular have found that online courses fit better with their work and home schedules than showing up on campus two or three nights a week. They still have quizzes, exams and projects, and they must participate in online discussions or their grades will suffer. U of M Crookston offers 14 fully online majors to students like Thurston, many of whom began college years before but did not graduate, for financial, personal or work relocation reasons. Now quite a few are seeking a “lane change” in their careers, according to Crookston campus chancellor Fred Wood. Most take nine credits per semester while working full time. He considers online education an extension of the land-grant idea that the University of Minnesota was founded on: to educate and train the state’s workforce.

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