Lehigh Valley liberal arts colleges warm up to online education

by Meghan Moravcik Walbert, The Morning Call

This summer, Muhlenberg is offering its first fully online course — in astronomy — and educators are working to create blended versions of two other courses, in religion and art history. Moravian just landed a spot in a consortium of colleges that got an $800,000 grant to explore and compare online teaching methods. All six of the Lehigh Valley’s private colleges, including Cedar Crest College, Lehigh University and DeSales University, will spend the summer creating a plan to develop ways to incorporate digital technology in the classroom. “This is a timely moment,” Lafayette President Alison Byerly said in announcing a $25,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation that will fund the effort. Private colleges’ foray into online learning world has been slow in coming.


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