Educational Technology

July 30, 2012

UW-EC’s online learning program doing its job

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Eric Lindquist Leader-Telegram

Some of the programs have arisen from UW-Extension surveys about the workforce needs of regional employers. Once those needs are identified, UW-Extension works with campuses to see if they have faculty expertise that could be tapped to create an online program to fill the gaps, said George Kroeninger, assistant dean with UW-Extension’s Continuing Education Division. “It’s a fairly new and efficient way to address high-need career areas,” Kroeninger said, adding that UW-Extension contributes money for course development, marketing and student support services. The alternative delivery method can be particularly attractive for the tens of thousands of Wisconsin adults who have earned college credits but don’t have a degree to show for it, said Phil Huelsbeck, outreach program manager for UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education. “The response to the online degree program has been overwhelmingly positive,” Huelsbeck said. “I think it’s inevitable that online programs like this will grow.”

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