Online Learning Update

September 17, 2010

SU requires professors to take online class to become online learning / Internet savvy

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By George Clarke, Daily Syracuse Orange

Starting this semester, Syracuse University professors will be back in class to learn the rules of teaching online courses. IST 700: “Tools and Techniques for Teaching Online” is an online course in the School of Information Studies that helps instructors understand the Internet classroom by allowing them to experience it as students, iSchool professor Scott Nicholson said. The course, in which 18 SU faculty members from various schools are enrolled, is a two-credit graduate-level course taught by Nicholson and fellow iSchool professor Peggy Brown. The course is taught online and open to all SU faculty. There are no office hours, and the class meets in person only once. Amid the economic recession, online courses at universities are more popular than ever, according to a 2009 study by the Sloan Consortium, an organization that specializes in integrating online courses into college education.

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