Online Learning Update

June 14, 2013

From in class to online, student reflects on 12-year journey

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

By Rachel Williams, Central Florida Future

Soon-to-be UCF graduate Stephen McFarlane has witnessed a lengthy list of changes in his 12 years of undergraduate education. The biggest change McFarlane witnessed in that time frame was the increase in technology: from online classes, to communicating online, to even just carrying a laptop. “Online classes were not popular,” McFarlane said about when he first started college in 2001. “There were maybe four or five per degree.” Now, the majority of UCF students have taken online classes. During the 2012-2013 academic year, 74 percent of students took at least one of the 3,576 offered online courses, Thomas Cavanagh, associate vice president of distributed learning, said. “I love them now. If I never had to set foot in a classroom again that’d be fine,” McFarlane said.

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