Thursday, December 15, 2016

UGA online courses see dramatic rise in popularity - Erin Schilling, Red and Black

Nationally in 2015, close to 28 percent of all enrolled students were taking at least one online course, a number that has been rising by a few percentage points each year. At the University of Georgia, there has been a far more drastic growth in online programs in recent years. Since summer 2013, total online summer enrollment is up 265 percent, with undergraduate enrollment up 351 percent, said Nancy Byron, marketing manager at the Office for Online Learning. Byron attributes the rise in enrollment to an emphasis on the idea online courses do not differ from in-person classes. Academic advisers treat the courses the same as they would face-to-face classes, she said. Advisers will sometimes recommend online classes when considering a student’s schedule and intended major.

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