Online Learning Update

October 24, 2011

University to test out online learning: As part of UC system pilot project, UC Merced to launch math class.

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am


UC Merced officials are trying to figure out how to make online instruction as effective as its counterpart in the classroom. “A lot of the information out there shows that the kind of students that we have don’t really do as well online as they do face to face,” said Keith Alley, executive vice chancellor and provost at UC Merced.

Not only officials at UC Merced, but also educators nationwide aretrying to find out what would make online education as engaging as in-person learning. The University of California system has launched an online instruction pilot project and will begin to offer online courses as part of the project in January, said Steve Montiel, spokesman for the UC Office of the President. The main purpose of the project is to “find out what works, what doesn’t work, to find out whether it’s possible to be able to offer online courses of the same quality as they are taught in the classroom,” he said.

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