Online Learning Update

October 9, 2017

A South Texas University Turns to Online Courses to Help Commuters, Students in Mexico

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Sydney Johnsonc EdSurge

For the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, geography is everything. Split into two satellite campuses in South Texas—one in Edinburgh and another nearly 60 miles away in Brownsville—students and professors may commute more than an hour to get to their next class. And that’s just for those who live who live in the United States.  In Brownsville, a fence dividing the U.S. and Mexico runs visibly through the far-side of campus, and some students live south of the border. Though the Brownsville campus is just one freeway exit away from the national entrypoint, faculty say crossing can take over an hour on a busy day. That, plus the threat of heightened border security, can make attending school challenging, and intimidating, for some students. Increasingly, the university is turning to online classes to alleviate the struggle.

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