Online Learning Update

January 31, 2011

Online learning enrollment at universities on the rise

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

By Renee Busby, Alabama Press-Register

There’s one advantage to taking online college courses. You can be in a foxhole in the middle of Iraq taking a physiology test or at home in bed wearing pajamas while chatting with a professor. That explains the sound of gunfire retired professor Chuck Robinson heard during an online class he taught at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. While teaching students in a war zone isn’t the norm, it’s an example of how online instruction is available to students no matter where they are or the time of day. “It doesn’t make sense that someone who lives 10 miles from the Canadian border needs to come to Alabama to hear me lecture,” said Robinson’s wife, Cheryl Robinson, a clinical associate professor in USA’s College of Nursing. Area professors say online instruction, especially for non-traditional students who can’t always go to a brick and mortar school, is steadily increasing.

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