Online Learning Update

July 20, 2013

UW-Extension’s first online degree program lets working adults gain sustainability expertise

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

by KAREN RIVEDAL, Wisconsin State Journal

“The average age of our students is 37,” program director Crystal Fey said. “They have kids, jobs, charity commitments — they have their whole lives to run.” “I’ve had students who have been doing their homework while they sat at their mom’s bed at hospice,” Fey added. “I had another woman call me about how excited she was about her coursework, while she was on her way with her daughter-in-law for the delivery of her first grandchild.” Aimed at students who have an associate’s degree or who earned their prerequisites through a different bachelor’s degree, the program was developed and is taught by faculty members from four campuses in the University of Wisconsin System. Students watch taped lectures on video and use multimedia software for required online discussions and even group projects. “This is a rigorous program, but there’s never a requirement to be online at a certain time,” Fey said. “We did that very deliberately, because some people work nights and some work days, and you might have students in a class who live on opposite coasts.”

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